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Off-highway machinery and vehicles need the right lubricating oils to help extend their lifespan and keep them working efficiently. Picking the right product for your needs helps to save money while also increasing performance to plant vehicles and off-highway equipment. There is a wide range of industrial oils on the market and so choosing the right one may seem difficult. Here at Exol we provide all of the oils your equipment may need. This guide will help explain the types of products available and their applications in the off-highway sector. For instant clarification on which oil is recommended for your vehicle, you can input your vehicles registration here (in the yellow box).

Engine Oils

The engine is the heart of any vehicle or machine, and therefore, the correct engine oil is needed to keep it healthy. The purpose of engine oil is to form a protective film around the engine and help prevent metal to metal contact. The oil helps to prolong the time it takes for your machinery to degrade over time, which ultimately leads to costly maintenance and repairs.

There are multiple measures when it comes to viscosity (meaning the ease and flow of the oil), the two most common are kinematic and absolute. The correct oil should be heavy-duty to help with the engines performance and demands of your machinery or vehicle.

Universal Oil

Universal oils are useful to help with a wide range of applications. They contribute to the functionality and the lifespan of your equipment by reducing friction and the natural wear which will occur over time. Sourcing oil lubricant from a distributor like Exol can offer the stability needed for equipment and help retain your equipment’s efficiency, whether it's off-highway or any other application. A universal oil can be beneficial for a ‘one size fits all’ resolution. However, you should always check the compatibility of an oil with the equipment in question.

Gear and Transmission Oil

Like most moving parts on machinery or in vehicles, manual gearboxes require the use of a lubricant. Gear boxes can degrade as a result of extreme high or low temperatures and can also gradually become damaged through corrosion and friction. Gear oil increases efficiency by properly lubricating the moving parts within a machine or vehicle.

Much like gear oil; transmission oil lubricates the gearbox, but it also lubricates the pop shaft, clutch and drive-shafts. Transmission oil is the well-known term for a lubrication designed for automatic transmissions.

Hydraulic Oils

Hydraulic oils are very reliable for equipment used in a wide range of temperatures. Hydraulic oil improves performance and can help improve viscosity control under extreme conditions that perhaps other oils cannot provide as effectively. There are also various kinds of hydraulic oils. Some have detergents in them, whereas others don't. It's always recommended to check the compatibility of oils containing detergents as to not compromise your machinery or vehicles. Using the incorrect type of oil on equipment can void its warranty.


Grease can offer extreme pressure resistance for industrial machinery and vehicles. These extreme pressures are usually caused by shock loading, which is a common occurrence when a load is dropped from a height or onto an uneven surface. Grease also helps protect equipment against rust and corrosion. It can usually operate in varying temperatures and provide extended protection, even in wet and often dirty work environments. Grease is suitable for a wide range of applications including bulldozers, tractors, cranes, and cotton pickers, to name but a few. It’s important to use it on most of your vehicles.


Pairing the right oil lubricants with your equipment is essential for saving on costs, increasing efficiency and preventing machinery from breaking down. If you require any further advice regarding oil lubricants, Exol are here to help. Contact our friendly advisors either by calling +44(0)121 568 6800 or emailing hello@exol-lubricants.com today.

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