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How do you know if you’re using the right hydraulic oil? For most lubricated machines, there are plenty of options when it comes to lubricant selection. Just because a machine will run with a particular product doesn’t mean that product is optimal for the application. Most lubricant mis-specifications don’t lead to sudden and catastrophic failure, but rather they shorten the average life of the lubricated components and, thus, go unnoticed.

With hydraulics, there are two primary considerations – the viscosity grade and the hydraulic oil type. These specifications are typically determined by the type of hydraulic pump employed in the system, operating temperature and the system’s operating pressure. But it doesn’t stop there. Other items for consideration are: base oil type, overall lubricant quality and performance properties. A system’s requirements for these items can vary dramatically based on the operating environment, the type of machine for which the unit is employed and many other variables.

Selecting the best product for your system requires that you collect and utilize all available information.
Pumps and Viscosity Requirements