Combine harvester in field

Case Study: Saving with a Smarter Grease Solution

Farming equipment in field of crops

Shell Gadus Doubles Combine Harvester Component Life

Overcoming demanding conditions with a smarter grease solution

Challenge

An equipment renter to the Uruguayan agriculture sector, Cosecha Patria Vieja regularly changes and then greases all bushings and bearings on its New Holland TC-59 combine harvesters ahead of each harvest season. Doing so helps ensure performance but can also be expensive.

Solution

In an attempt to reduce component and grease costs, the company switched to Shell Gadus S3 V460D 2. The product was selected due to its enhanced mechanical stability and good performance in wet conditions when compared to competitor products.

Impact

In choosing a product form the Shell Gadus range of greases, Csecha Patria Vieja was able to extend the time between component replacement and grease application to two harvest seasons.

This doubling in component life enabled an associated annual saving of $9,050 through:

  • lower grease consumption,
  • reduced component costs,
  • increased equipment availability.

Savings indicated are specific to the calculation dates and mentioned sites. These calculations may vary from site to site and from time to time, depending on, for example, the application, the operating conditions, the current product being used, the condition of the equipment and the maintenance practices.

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