Steam Engine Lube - Update history

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Blenders of Traditional Oil and Grease for Industry, Consumers and Resellers
Lubrication Specialties - PO Box 117 - Carnation, WA. 98014 USA
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GREEN VELVET UPDATE History - 18 October 2015
Here is where you can find the earlier posted Green Velvet website updates.

As we enter our 15th year, the Green Velvet product line has expanded and matured to become the largest line of lubricants exclusively formulated, blended and marketed to the vintage engine and  heritage machinery community. If your old machine was built before 1950 we probably offer at least one traditional lubricant that it used in its heyday!
NEW SODA GREASE - 19 September 2014
Prior to World War II one of the best greases for open bearing lubrication was “fiber grease” made with sodium (tallow) soaps. These types of grease were known as soda greases and they varied in consistency from the common, every day #2 grease for chassis and grease cups to block greases that were hard as bricks and used in heavy bearings like steam locomotive rods and axle bearings.
After a long development period we have brought back soda greases for the benefit of all operators of open bearing machinery.
Soda grease has many benefits, but the "main advantage" is that it won’t pound out or sling out of open bearings. It stays in the bearing to do its job. Excess amounts form “grease collars” around the edges of the bearings and keep dirt and grit from migrating into the bearing.
Sodium soaps are soluble in water which is bad in sealed bearings. But, in open bearings the grease tends to absorb water and keep it away from the journals and bearings. It is easily cleaned from machinery with soap and water, pressure washing or steam cleaning. Unlike lithium greases which are not water soluble, it completely disappears.
Our soda greases use the popular PB&J oils as the base lubricant. These are tackified oils so our soda greases have the rust prevention benefits of the PB&J lubricants.
Our soda greases are quite simply PB&J in a tube!
Check out the grease page to see our NLGI grades #2 #3 and #5 greases.
We are confident your grease consumption will be much lower and your old machine will be much cleaner when you switch over.
FedEX GROUND SHIPPING - 19 September 2014
In an effort to reduce shipping and handling costs we have started a partnership with FedEX Ground. All our products are now shipped via FedEX at discounted rates. Our valued customers now pay up to 30% less for shipping and handling.

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