1. Is new Tellus fully compatible with the old product?
Yes completely - whenever a Shell product is reformulated, the first constraint placed upon our lubricants research team is that the new product must totally be compatible with the old.
2. It’s all I can do to keep this business going at a profit, and you want me to pay more when hydraulic fluids aren’t all that important to me. Why should I listen to you?
We recognise you are interested in how you can achieve cost savings, minimize the downtime of your equipment and secure increases in productivity. At Shell we’ve made hydraulic fluids our business, and we’ve committed many years and significant funds in research and development to perfect a range of hydraulic fluids that are designed to give you cost savings, minimize down time and increase your productivity. By choosing Tellus, you draw on our professionalism and long experience in hydraulic fluids to give the things that are the most important to you.
So, don’t discount the importance of hydraulic oil in helping you to achieve your ultimate business goals.
What you put into your machinery will reflect in the productivity you get out of it…
3. Are all hydraulic oils the same?
The short answer is no.
It is important that as a user of hydraulic oil you determine what you need and want from your hydraulic oil and this will determine what type of oil you require.
Performance of hydraulic oils is very dependent upon the quality of base oil to ensure good filtration, trouble free operation and a long service life. The mix of additives and base oil is also critical to achieve the right performance cost effectively. Indeed, the additive combination within Shell Tellus Oils differentiates them so effectively from the competition that it has been patented.
Shell Tellus oil formulations have been developed to achieve optimum performance in the areas of thermal and oxidative stability, anti-wear performance, filterability, water separation, air release and foaming characteristics.
4. Are hydraulic oils performance tested?
Each hydraulic pump manufacturer has its own oil acceptance test, which incorporate their pumps in a series of rig tests designed to accelerate potential failure modes.
Shell has a full range of these rigs so that it can conduct its own independent fluid development work, often in conjunction with the hydraulic pump supplier. Today approval requirements are so stringent that well over 50 separate rig and bench tests are required to evaluate the performance of candidate hydraulic oils during development.
5. I'm perfectly satisfied with current Tellus - why should I buy the new product?
Hydraulic systems are moving to a new generation of fluid requirements. Next Generation Tellus has been formulated in response to developments in fluid power technology, which places greater demands on hydraulic fluids. All of the benefits you are enjoying with current Tellus are built in to the new product - in addition the improved features will provide you with a hydraulic oil catering for the more extreme applications where before it may have been necessary to use a special grade.
You have all the confidence you had in the old product, plus you get a significant improvement in product performance, which longer term means longer fluid and equipment life.
Think of the potential costs to your business if you did have a pump or valve failure.Next generation Tellus goes the extra mile to protect your machinery and extend fluid life, meaning increased profitability for your business. You will not get this peace of mind from an inferior quality hydraulic oil product. A small amount of money per litre on oil pales into insignificance when compared to the costs associated with machinery failure and downtime.