Farming changed a lot after the popularization of diesel tractors, before then ploughs and seed drills were horse drawn and a lot of manual labor was employed.
In 2018, farming is a global industry feeding over 7.5 billion people, with a real emphasis on efficiency, productivity and speed.
There has been a massive change in technology for the better. Machinery has become more powerful and multifunctional – tractors are used for a wide range of tasks from ploughing to seed drilling to fertilizing. They are in operation throughout the year, so they must be more reliable.
And it’s not just tractors that are used: farms regularly use other machinery such as combine harvesters and sprayers, all of which have moving parts needing protection.
A farmer’s biggest fear is downtime. When machines break down, alongside the cost of parts, farmers lose the time it takes to get the machinery back up and running. All leading to lost production.
Using quality, approved lubricants is key to farming. Using the wrong oil can have disastrous consequences. Take the wet brakes for example, use the wrong oil and stopping distances can be compromised, leading to potential collisions and the tractor being out of action.
Oil protects the transmission, hydraulic system and wet brakes against metal-on-metal wear, water egress, A reaction occurring when oxygen attacks petroleum fluids. Oxidation is accelerated by heat, light, metal catalysts, and the presence of water, acids, or solid contaminants. Oxidation leads to increased viscosity and deposit formation. and all types of corrosion. Lubrication is key, less wear means less maintenance means more farming.
Farming might be complex but needing only one oil for all your fleet makes life a lot easier.
For more information on Lubrizol’s solutions for farming machinery, contact your Lubrizol representative.