Construction and Mining

Friction and wear are the worst enemies of construction and mining equipment. Water, dirt, dust and high mechanical loads attack bearings, bushings and swivels. Lincoln lubrication systems offer protection that is efficient, rational and environmentally friendly.

Thad Pirtle, Traylor Bros., Evansville, Indiana
"Putting automatic lubrication systems on our equipment allows us to sustain the reliability over a longer period of time," said VP Equipment Manager Thad Pirtle of Traylor Bros. "Automatic lubrication helps us in the fact that it puts just enough grease in there to lubricate what it needs – doesnt over-grease it or under-grease it. It puts the right amount in there, which adds to the life of it, obviously."
Thad Pirtle, Traylor Bros., Evansville, Indiana


Terry Green, Cemex USA, Houston, Texas
In 1999, Lincoln had the pleasure of interviewing Terry Green, who was at that time the director of maintenance for Southdown Concrete Products Group (since acquired by Cemex), in order to publish the results of this mans extensive research into preventative maintenance practices using Lincoln automated lubrication systems on cement trucks, semi tractor trailers and wheel loaders.  "After we began installing Quicklub systems, our component failures have decreased significantly to the point that we track them with reduced emphasis. In the past, 15% of our trucks were always down. With Lincoln Industrial's automated lubrication systems as part of our maintenance initiatives we've reduced that to 2%.

"We have Quicklub on over 240 vehicles," says Green. "The total savings amounts to 8,300 hours of mechanics time saved. Take that times $35 per hour, and that comes to $290,500 a year in labor savings alone."

Terry has moved on to another position, but he remains a loyal fan of Lincoln automated lubrication systems and their role in improving preventative maintenance practices.
Terry Green, Cemex USA, Houston, Texas


Shone Trimm International Paper – New Boston Lumber Mill, New Boston, Texas
Shone Trimm, Mechanic, International Paper – New Boston Lumber Mill is responsible for the maintenance on 22 pieces of log and lumber handling equipment.  The facility began using automatic lubrication systems three years ago with their purchase of a new Caterpillar 988F log handler. “I love the Lincoln systems.” says Trimm.  “In the past with our manual lubrication practice we would begin replacing pins and bushings on our equipment within the first two years of service.  Today we have over three years of operation on our 988F and haven’t replaced any of these components.  These systems save us thousands of dollars in repairs in a years time.” Prior to employing the automatic lubrication systems, the operators manually lubricated the machines once a shift.  Trimm indicates that it would typically take 15 to 30 minutes to lubricate each machine.  “In addition to the lost production and labor savings we’ve experienced, the automatic lubrication systems minimize the inherent safety hazard associated with the manual lubrication method.” “We get tremendous service from SWESCO, our local Lincoln Distributor.”  Trimm notes.  “With the professional service they provide and the savings we’ve experienced, we will have the Lincoln systems installed on all of our new equipment from now on.”
Shone Trimm
International Paper – New Boston Lumber Mill, New Boston, Texas


Dane Lowry, VP Equipment Manager, RGW Equipment Livermore, California
Terex TXC420LC-2 Excavator
Dane Lowry, VP Equipment Manager, RGW Equipment Livermore, California


Anthony Avila, Anthony’s Laser Leveling Fresno County, California
Anthony Avila, Anthony’s Laser Leveling, has been using automatic lubrication systems for almost three years. Based in Fresno County, CA. Anthony’s Laser Leveling is an earthwork and demolition contractor that has grown twenty-fold since it began in 1980.

Part of the company’s success may be attributed to a strict maintenance program. When Avila first saw the automatic lubrication systems at a local farm show, he says, "It just clicked in my mind that this made absolute sense." When employees were manually greasing the tractors, there was a tendency to over-grease. With the automatic lubrication system, the joint stays wet all day and you actually use less grease throughout the season. "A little grease all day is better than a lot of grease once a day," Avila reports.

The main objective — increased component life — has been achieved. "The pivot point on the tractors is lasting a lot longer." He first installed the automatic lubrication system on 375-hp Case IH fourwheel-drive articulated tractors used to pull scrapers in the company’s earthmoving operation. Prior to the automated lube system, Avila had to rebush a steering assembly (the articulated bushing) on a Case tractor about every 6,000 hours. Since installation of the automatic lubrication system, the company has not had to rebush a steering assembly. "There’s hardly any sign of wear," he says.
Anthony Avila, Anthony’s Laser Leveling Fresno County, California


Mike Morrison, U.S. Concrete’s (Beall Concrete)  Euless, Texas
Mike Morrison, equipment manager, U.S. Concrete, watches over a fleet of 21 wheel loaders. The company recently acquired a pair of John Deere loaders with automatic lubrication systems factory installed. "They have been saving us money since we put the machines in place," he says. Operators are required to service the machines every day, which includes manual greasing. "That takes 15 to 30 minutes every time you get out of the cab," says Morrison. "You are looking at five hours a week to service that machine. Of that, probably two or two and a half hours a week is going to be physically greasing the machine."

With the automatic lubrication system, the operators don’t have to spend time manually greasing the machine, so they get more done in the same time frame.  "Plus the life expectancy of all the greased points is going to be at least tripled, because even the best trained loader operators aren’t going to lube that machine as adequately or as often as they should," Morrison says.
Mike Morrison, U.S. Concrete’s (Beall Concrete)  Euless, Texas


Coy Badeaux, Bear Industries, Port Allen, Louisiana
A few years back, Coy Badeaux, manager at Bear Industries, was persuaded by his Komastu equipment dealer to try a Lincoln Quicklub system on his companys WA380 wheel loader. The initial test machine ran for more than 11,000 hours without replacing pins and bushings - more that three times the normal life expectancy for those parts in the environment in which Bear Industries works.  "Before Quicklub, I had a man on overtime spending a half hour a day greasing his machine. With Quicklub, I get more production at a lower cost. Plus, I get longer life out of my pins and bushings." Bear Industries now installs Lincoln systems on all equipment in their fleet including articulating haul trucks, wheel loaders and hydraulic excavators.
Coy Badeaux, Bear Industries, Port Allen, Louisiana