Open Gear Lubrication: How to Reduce Wear and Boost Reliability

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In this brief video, Rafe Britton explains why open gear lubrication presents unique challenges and how to overcome them. 

Open gears are not enclosed within a housing and are subjected to harsh operating conditions making them more prone to wear and damage. They can experience excessive friction and heat when they are not properly lubricated, leading to premature failure and downtime.

Precision open gear lubrication helps to reduce friction, dissipate heat, and protect against wear and corrosion. It can extend the lifespan of the gears, reduce maintenance costs, and improve the overall efficiency of machinery.

Proper open gear lubrication is essential for industrial machinery’s safe and efficient operation. By selecting suitable lubricants and following best practices for application, you can maximize the lifespan of your open gears and reduce the risk of costly downtime.


  • Rafe Britton

    Hi, I’m Rafe Britton, the Lubrication Expert. I’m known within the industry for my YouTube channel and podcast, and I work with mid-size industrials to improve their equipment uptime while reducing the cost of their lubrication program. I’m a mechanical engineer with 13 years of experience on both sides of the industry, both as an operator and lubricant supplier. I hold a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Physics from UNSW. I’ve helped dozens of industrial clients upskill their workforce, reduce waste, improve reliability and take great strides toward their corporate sustainability goals. I serve on the Australian Lubricant Association technical committee to push the lubricants industry forward and help end-users better understand the importance of lubrication. Website | YouTube Channel | Podcast