Lubricant, grease, and oil buying guide
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff118 guides
Greasing up a bicycle chain, lubricating a lock and oiling a chainsaw chain are common expressions in mechanics. Oil, grease and lubricant come hand in hand with motors, bearings and removing damaged screws. Essential in the workshop and in any tool box, here's our advice to keep is slippery!
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Why use a lubricant, grease or oil?
Any mechanical system, whether complex or not, requires constant lubrication to function perfectly and be protected.
Lubrication can be ensured by various types of products (depending on the mechanism in question) and is necessary for the proper operation, reducing the risk of breakdown and blockages while prolonging its life.
What are the different types of lubricants?
Silicone lubricant has a powerful hydrophobic lubrication (which repels water). This type of lubricant, coming either in a spray or gel, protects surfaces very well from rust. The advantage of silicone, apart from its lubricating power, is that it does not attract residue, dust or debris. Silicone also protects plastics from drying out (such as seals).
Also known as graphite oil, it is ideal for removing any type of mechanical assembly (such as nuts, screws, bolts or studs) thanks to its high penetration rate.
What are the different types of grease?
Grease with copper powder
What are the different types of oils?
Cutting and drilling oil
Oil for wood
What is a aerosol?
An aerosol is a product originally designed to remove bolts. It is another type of lubricating product which also protects against corrosion because its action deposits a light layer of protection on the metal part on which it is projected.
Advice of Choice and Use
Whatever your lubrication needs, choose the product that most matches the job.
From home use, to the garage to the street, follow the links below for oil related accessories and uses, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:
- How to choose your wires and cables?
- How to choose your lock?
- How to choose your pad lock?
- How to choose your torque wrench?
- How to choose your screwdriver?
- How to choose your screwdriver bits?
- How to choose your screws?
- How to choose your electrical connection accessories?
- How to choose your drill?
- How to choose your drill bits?
- How to choose your saw?
- How to choose your chainsaw?
- How to maintain your chainsaw?
- How to choose your hinges?
- How to choose your sealing products for walls and floors?
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff 118 guides écrits
I'm a trained electrician who started off working in large-scale industrial projects. Most of my early career was spent taking on huge electrical installations. I like to think that no job is too big for me, and after all the experience I'd gained, I started managing teams of electricians.
I like to learn on the job, so around ten years ago, I moved into building and construction. As a site manager, I've overseen the building of small residences, sport facilities, and even theatres!
Working with my hands is something I love to do in my free time as well. For four years now, I've been restoring our home in the Welsh countryside. I even built a conservatory for my wife, who loves watching the sheep behind our house.
Whether it's patios, interior design, roofing, plumbing or electricity - I love giving it all a go! I've even made my family DIY converts and together we've built almost everything we have from scratch. My experience, both in the field and in my workshop, has taught me a lot and I'm happy to share what I've learned. No matter how big or small your project is, I'm here to answer your questions and help you choose the right tools and equipment.