Lubricant selection

Selecting a grease can be a delicate process. SKF has developed several tools in order to facilitate the selection of the most suitable lubricant. The wide range of tools available includes those from easy-to-use application driven tables to advanced software allowing for grease selection based upon detailed working conditions.

SKF Greases and oils

Basic bearing grease selection chart

The basic bearing grease selection chart provides you with quick suggestions on the most commonly used greases in typical applications.

Basic grease selection table
Generally use if:

Speed = rotational speed* up to 300 000 **
Temperature = 50 to 100 °C
(120 to 230 °F)
Load = C/P ~8 ***
LGMT 2General purpose

Expected bearing temperature
continuously >100 °C (210 °F)
LGHP 2High temperature
Expected bearing temperature
continuously >150 °C (300 °F),
demands for radiation resistance
LGET 2Extremely high
Low ambient –50 °C (–60 °F),
expected bearing temperature
<50 °C (120 °F)
LGLT 2Low temperature
Shock loads, heavy loads,
frequent start-up / shut-down
LGHB 2High load
Food processing industryLGFP 2Food grade
Biodegradable, demands for
low toxicity
LGGB 2Biodegradable

* rotational speed = rotational speed, r/min x 0.5 (D+d), mm.
** for ball bearings, for roller bearings SRB/TRB/CARB rotational speed up to 210 000 and for CRB rotational speed up to 270.000.
*** C/P = load ratio, where C = basic dynamic load rating, kN , and P = equivalent dynamic bearing load, kN.

LubeSelect for SKF Greases

With additional information like speed, temperature, and load conditions, LubeSelect for SKF Greases is an easy way to select the right grease. Just register and you can use this online tool for free.
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