Many people see lubricants and grease as an afterthought.
A nice-to-have to prevent squeaking and rust.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Lubrication is as important to mechanical engineering design as screws, welding, bearings, gears, clutches, brakes, couplings, flywheels, shafts and axles.
In my university Mechanical Engineering Design textbook, lubrication has its own chapter – taking up 6% of the 958-page Seventh Edition. It comes after rolling-contact bearings and before gears.
How big do you think the lubrication industry is?
It’s huge. The global market for lubricants was more than $55 billion USD in 2015. And it’s growing…
…With this amount of consumer spending, massive lubricant and grease company marketing spending follows. The marketing competition is fierce and gives you mixed messages, is confusing and creates too many choices of lubricating grease.
So when it comes to the niche lubricant category of o-rings, pressure washer hoses, pumps and the pressure washing industry in general, which are the lubricants and greases you need in your toolbox?
Let’s dive right in to find out.
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