As long as there’s friction (and Australian national treasure Olivia Newton-John) there will always be grease. From hinges to half-tracks, from garden gates to all the equipment used on game day, and everything in between, grease is as much a part of our life as the food we eat, and I mean that both figuratively and literally. The canola oil that you use to cook with is just as much a kind of grease as the WD-40 can in your garage. However, as it is with both life and boomerangs, there are many varieties of grease out there for many different purposes. In this article, we’ll attempt to compare the two most common forms of grease: industrial lubricating grease and lithium grease.
Grease is the Word
The main difference that exists between standard lubricating grease and lithium grease is that standard grease is often used in industrial settings and lithium grease is primarily used in domestic settings. The main reason why is that standard greases (clay-based greases in particular) are able to endure extreme pressure and high heat, as one doesn’t want one’s lubricant converted into an inferno of Greased Lightning, which one would encounter on an industrial level. Unfortunately, industrial greases are typically tailor-made to different industries, so when it comes to its use, don’t go out of your head being hopefully devoted to using it in all aspects of your employment. Lithium grease, on the other hand, while unable to deal with the extreme pressure and high-heat applications industrial grease endures, is a multipurpose grease, at least on a home use basis. It can be used to loosen up hinges, eliminate rust, help create some of the hair products that help you avoid being a beauty school dropout. Its use is so versatile, the only part of home life it can’t function as a lubricant is intimacy, so no matter how desperate you may be, don’t try.to use it this way on one of your romantic summer nights.
Ultimately, even though conventionality belongs to yesterday, the choice between regular and lithium grease is just as relevant today as it was when these variants were first developed, and now, just as it was then, the choice is still completely dependent on the grease’s intended use. Much like a long-distance trip, the question that should be asked is “business or pleasure?” We hope you will make the right choice for you in your grease purchasing pursuits.
Bisley International is a leading supplier of Lithium Grease & Lubricant Additives.