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Spring Season Gearbox Check-Up

When it comes to pre-season maintenance, growers should do more than just wipe the cobwebs off their pivot gearboxes.

“It’s good practice to thoroughly check the system’s gearboxes before every growing season,” said Michael Engelbrecht, general manager of Irrigation Specialist, Inc. “Growers should be looking for leaks and checking to see if water has gotten in there. If the oil looks white or milky, that means there’s water – which cuts down the oil’s ability to lube and prevent leaks.”

For gearboxes that have run at least one full year, Engelbrecht recommends replacing standard gearbox oil with GearLife XL Lube.


Unlike standard oils (left), GearLife XL (right) thins when worked and thickens when idle. This property allows for the lubrication to solidify and form a water-resistant seal, preventing leaks and keeping out harmful moisture. With the fastest solidification on the market, oil dripping out of worked in seals is minimized or even eliminated.

Compatible with all wheel gearbox brands, GearLife XL Lube exceeds GL5 standards that offer higher load characteristics, superior corrosion resistance and industry leading wear properties.

“Everyone is really excited about GearLife XL. It’s the replacement oil we recommend after the first season break-in and settle period,” Engelbrecht said. “It gives a really good seal, so growers won’t have to worry about water or leaks again – the gearbox will be virtually maintenance free.” 

The skid is available for our customers to use One of Two ways.

1.   If you buy a 55 gallon drum of GearLife XL we will allow you to use the skid for 2 days FREE of Charge; for every day after the first 2 days you will be charged $25.00 a day…

2.   Any other quantities less than 55 gallon’s; you will be charged $47.13 a gallon and a $25.00 a day for the use of the skid…