EPA Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

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Industrial Applications

Industrial Oils
On/Off Shore Drilling Fluids

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21st Annual Spring Boating Expo
March 14-17, 2013

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46100 Grand River Avenue,
Novi, MI 48374
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NAEC 64th Annual Convention & Exposition
September 22 - 26, 2013

Tampa Marriott Waterside
& Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, FL
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Hydro Safe’s® readily biodegradable, non-toxic hydraulic oils qualify towards LEED points under Materials and Resources: Rapidly Renewable Materials.

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Our products have a proven track record having been in the market for over 20 years” Hydro Safe products can replace many petroleum products with Ultimately (Readily) biodegradable and renewable products that help protect the environment and lead to sustainability.

HYDRO SAFE, INC. markets bio-based products to industry and anyone needing environmentally friendly products. Hydro Safe provides hydraulic oils, cleaners, lubricants, gear oils, chain and bar oils and other bio-based products. We have a proven track record for being around for 20 years and our oils have been used continuously in some equipment since 1996. See the complete list of available products at the bottom of this page. Hydro Safe products use vegetable-based oils as base fluids that are made from a renewable resource. Hydro Safe's product line was expanded to meet customer demand by adding Renewable products to our list of materials we can offer you, our valued customer. Hydro Safe ® is a vegetable-based hydraulic fluid formulated to meet the growing demand for biodegradable hydraulic oils. Hydro Safe ® offers excellent antiwear performance in a wide array of hydraulic applications and can be used as a superior replacement for conventional petroleum oil.

Hydro Safe exhibits excellent thermal and oxidative properties when compared to other vegetable-derived products. Additionally, Vegetable-based oils have improved performance characteristics over mineral based oils. These include low volatility, high flash points, super high viscosity indices, and excellent lubricity, in addition to biodegradability and low toxicity. Most of Hydro Safe our products are formulated from canola (rapeseed) oil, and contain biodegradable, non-toxic chemical additives, Hydro Safe ® is designed to minimize environmental impact and have low environmental persistence. Its high viscosity index (VI) allows outdoor operations in winter and summer without the need for fluid changes or equipment modifications. Certain Hydro Safe products use other vegetable oils to produce the desired product characteristics.

Hydro Safe products are: These products have been successfully used in the following applications:

  • Elevators
  • Marine
  • Military
  • Forestry
  • Industry
  • Shipping
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Railroad
  • Postal System
  • Municipalities
  • Transportation
  • Recreational

Why should you switch to Hydro Safe products?
Hydro Safe products are easy to use, can easily replace petroleum products, have a long service life (when properly applied), are biodegradable, environmentally friendly, have greater fire resistance Canola, or vegetable based fluids have greater fire resistance compared to standard petroleum. than petroleum-based products and come from renewable materials. Also, Title 9 of the Farm Bill "The BioPreferredSM" includes a biobased products preference program, which obliges all government agencies to purchase biobased products "to the maximum extent practicable".

Viscosity Index ASTM D-567, ASA Z11.45 is an empirical number indicating the rate of change in viscosity of an oil within a given temperature range. A low viscosity index signifies a relatively large change in viscosity with oil temperature, while a high viscosity index shows a relatively small change in viscosity with oil temperature changes, providing viscosity consistency and stability. Viscosity Index cannot be used to measure any other quality of an oil. Hydro Safe ® is formulated to provide a long life cycle as documented by the long Bomb Life, as indicated below. Hydro Safe fluid is totally biodegradable, and exceeds the government criteria of being "readily biodegradableA material is described or classified as 'readily biodegradable' if there is evidence from standard tests that it will be broken down by living organisms and thus removed from the environment. To pass the most stringent tests defined by the OECD, at least 60- 70% of the material must be broken down within ten days. ". Readily biodegradable is defined as an attribute of products that have a natural ability to biodegrade quickly and completely. When Hydro Safe is leaked onto the ground, it has the ability of substance to be digested or consumed by naturally occurring microorganisms present in water, air and soil systems. Complete biodegradability is the conversion of a substance to carbon dioxide and water.






Clear Light Amber Fluid

Clear Light Amber Fluid

Viscosity, SUS @ 212°F (100°C)



@ 104°F (40°C)



Foam I, II, III



@-25, Brookfield


3400 cP

Viscosity Index



Neutralization Number - mg KOH/gm



ASTFM Flash Point, C.O.C., °C



ASTM Fire Point, C.O.C., °C



ASTM Pour Point, °F (°C)



Specific Gravity



Dielectric Strength Test - ASTM D877


38.9 KVAC

Copper Corrosion Test 3hr @100°C- AST D665A



Rotary Bomb Oxidation-(minutes) - ASTM D2272



Swell of synthetic NBR-L Rubber, % (Ave)



Volume change (%)



Shore A Hardness Change (%)



Demulsibility, ML Oil/Water/Emulsion



Four Ball Wear, 1h, 167°F, 1200 RPM, 40kg



Biodegradation Classification

Ultimate, PW1

Ultimate, PW1

FZG Test



Environmentally friendly



Rust Prevention ASTM D6658 Distilled and sea



USDA Biobased Tested



Hydro Safe® ISO VG-46 FR and VG-68 FR are fire resistive fluids. The super high viscosity index of the HOBS naturally improves the thermal shear stability of the formula and load capacity. The HOBS's extremely low volatility increases the flash and fire safety features in these formulas and they can be listed by Factory Mutual as less hazardous fluids. Learn more about the oils and other products on the Frequently Asked Questions page.




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