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Improving hydraulic hose drive chain reliability in the steel industry


The hydraulic hose drive chain failed before its anticipated life expectancy (less than 4 months) due to environmental issues of heat and water.  Access to provide lubrication was also difficult. 

Even after using Chesterton 601 Chain Drive Pin & Bushing Lubricant and Chesterton 715 Spraflex® Gold, the life of the chain was only extended to 10 months due to the limited access area and the time allocated to re-lubricate.

The customer requested an increase in the chain life to 18 months.

Products featured in this case study:

Chesterton 601 CDPBL being sprayed

Chesterton 601 Chain Drive Pin and Bushing Lubricant

spraying product into cogs

Chesterton 715 Spraflex Gold

Chesterton Lubri-Cup OL 500 Oiler

Chesterton Lubri-Cup OL 500 Oiler


The Chesterton specialist suggested increasing the use of the 715G Spraflex Gold in the application and using Lubri-Cup OL500 to provide consistent lubrication.

Preparing equipment for Lubri-cup OL500 installation

Preparing equipment for Lubri-cup OL500 installation.

Chesterton Lubri-Cup OL500 installed

Chesterton Lubri-Cup OL500 installed.

After installation of Lubri-Cup OL500 and 715G with brush for more lubrication

After installation of Lubri-Cup OL500 and 715G with brush for more lubrication.


Increased Productivity & Reliability
The customer reported improved drag chain reliability due to the improved system of lubrication.  The chain life has been extended to over 18 months.

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