Select the Right Gear Lube

How do you select the right gear oil for your application? We often get calls with the conversation going something like this:

“Got any 90 weight gear oil?”

“Sure, what are you using it in?”

“A gear box, duh.”

We were recently asked about gear oil availability and fortunately our local Lubrication Consultant is wise enough not to prescribe Rx over the phone. He arranged for us to go out and look at the actual application.

We asked about the plant operation. “We process juices, milk, yogurt, and ice cream”. We asked to see the manual for the gearbox. Sure enough, it called for an ISO 220. When asked about how the gear box is being used; “It’s used to rotate product right before going into the holding area awaiting transportation”. We asked other questions to determine the Load (normal), Environment (in-doors), Temperature (cool), and Speed (nothing special) of the application (he’s a man of few words). Of course we didn’t stop at this point and pressed for more in-depth answers and asked to see the gearbox application.

When we arrived in the area of the application, the maintenance foreman handed us parkas. As we entered the area, a large thermometer on the wall indicated -40. The gearboxes were being used to rotate open gallon containers of ice cream in the blast chiller area.

Quite often, we’ve seen well meaning personnel purchase a bucket of what they think is the right lubricant, put it into service, and then be met with failure of the machinery.

We prefer to *Blue-Print* the application with a real time, eyes-on observation, consulting the manual, verifying the Load, Environment, Temperature, and Speed. In this case, we prescribed a food grade, high viscosity index, low viscosity gear oil.

Contact us. We’ll help.

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Pascal’s Law

Pascal’s Law states that pressure set up in a confined body of fluid acts equally in all directions, and always in right angles to the containing surface. Further, the pressure inside a container will always be the same at all points in the container.


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Hydrotex has been providing agriculture producers with premium lubricants and fuel improvers in the United States since 1936.

Principles of Lubrication Class

Principles of Lubrication Class

I’ve had the privilege to teach hundreds of classes to thousands of attendees. This is the foundation. Of the available 51 modules I teach, this is the prerequisite. I’ve adapted this class to a group of school bus drivers through mechanical engineers.

This generic 2 hour class has been developed and will be presented by Hydrotex experts.  This class is based on the Hydrotex® Lubrication University Qualification 3-day Course, specifically to train our Lubrication Consultants, our Division Partners and our Customers.  You will learn the most current application procedures, product knowledge, industry changes, upcoming mandates and environmental issues in the Lubrication Industry. Upon completion, you will have more lubrication product and application training than most Engineering school graduates!

You will leave knowing grease is NOT just grease and oil is NOT just oil.  You will understand how vital it is to utilize the correct lubrication for specific equipment, load, environment, temperature and speed.  Test results, images, case studies and demonstrations will display exactly what WILL happen when the wrong products or wrong application procedures are utilized.

Here are a few highlights of what you can expect to learn:

  • What is the REAL cost of Lubrication & How to Select the Right Product
  • Why Viscosity is really important
  • Why Flush a System
  • Basics of Food Grade Lubricants
  • Grease/Oil – why any old grease/oil WON’T work; where you use grease/oil
  • Updates on Diesel Fuels, Fuel Improvers and Energy Policy
  • How you can Lower Energy Costs and Usage
  • Why the Correct Lubrication Products Make our Planet and Families Healthier
  • Testing – Standards versus ?

Some definitions and procedures you will understand:

  • Hydrodynamic Lubrication
  • Hydrostatic Lubrication
  • Elasto-Hydrodynamic Lubrication
  • Boundary Lubrication
  • Basestocks and Additives
  • Detergents
  • Dispersants
  • Anti-Wear Additives
  • Pour Point/Flash Point/Fire Point
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Anti-Foam Agents
  • Demulsifiers
  • Emulsifiers
  • Tackiness Agents
  • Friction Modifiers
  • Oxidation
  • Emissions

In addition, there will be plenty of time to discuss specific questions or address current lubrication applications.  We find that our attendees are very interactive and tend to share personal experience, thus, creating an atmosphere for brainstorming.  Good ideas and new solutions are always an added-value after completing the course.

We look forward to seeing you at our next training session. To make arrangements Contacts us.

Why is a Barrel of Oil Abbreviated BBL?

Before the oil guys deemed a 42 gallon barrel their vessel of standard choice, they used whiskey barrels, casks and barrels of all sizes.

In 1872, the 42 gallon standard was officially adopted by the Petroleum Producers Association, and by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1882.

After the decision was made, Standard Oil Company began making the 42 gallon oil barrels, which were PAINTED BLUE. It wasn’t long before people in the oil and gas industry started referring to the barrels as BLUE BARRELS, and thus the abbreviation BBL came into play.

Why is a Barrel of Oil 42 Gallons?

A few years after the first oil discovery in 1859, some oil and gas producers in Pennsylvania decided that a barrel of oil should be set at 42 gallons. Forty-two  gallons seemed like the most reasonable size for transportation and for floating down the Allegheny River.

A 42 gallon barrel weighed 300 pounds when filled with oil. At that time, men, wagons, horses and boats and barrels moved the area’s oil. Three hundred pounds was about as much weight as a man could handle. Twenty would fit on a typical barge or railroad flatcar. Anything bigger was unmanageable, anything smaller was less profitable.


Better Grease Cartridge Requires Different Opening Technique

Hydrotex recently started using an all plastic design for grease packaging in 14oz. cartridges. One of the many reasons this was done was the increased strength and durability of the tubes. The increased durability of this tube means the pull tab requires a little more elbow grease to remove than the previous metal pull tab. To make this task a little easier please share with our customers this tip:
Better Grease

Gonzalez Transport Selects Hydrotex as Lubrication Solutions Partner

Press Release

DALLAS – October 21, 2015 – Gonzalez Transport, a general freight company headquartered in Pasco, Washington, has selected Hydrotex as its fleet and fuel adviser to improve the performance of its heavy haul trucks with environmentally-sustainable lubrication solutions. Gonzalez Transport’s operations include general and specialized freight and serves customers throughout southern Washington.

The company is incorporating Hydrotex lubricants into its fleet maintenance program to increase the fleet’s productivity and reliability by extending service intervals and providing wear protection.

Hydrotex helps customers develop sustainable solutions designed to improve system reliability, save energy, limit pollution, extend fixed asset life, reduce maintenance costs and improve fuel efficiency. Its products and services leverage more than 75 years of innovation resulting in superior lubrication solutions and high touch customer service. For more information and to find your local Hydrotex consultant, contact


New Inventory Control

Today we’re in the warehouse laying the groundwork for an all new inventory system.  This will allow us to track SKU’s and lot numbers even better than before.  This will be live by the end of the month.