Lubrication Engineers, Inc.

- Model EAL 3353 - Wire Rope Grease



Soft, Semifluid Coating Lubricant Lets You Go Green without Sacrificing Performance. LE’s Earthwise lubricants are specifically formulated to be earth friendly while still meeting the rigorous demands of industrial applications. With these products, you can “go green” – and keep up with the latest environmental regulations – without having to sacrifice performance.

Earthwise EAL Wire Rope Grease (3353) is a certified Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL), recommended for use in applications on or near waterways. It meets the specifications required by the EPA’s Vessel General Permit (VGP). It is readily biodegradable, exhibits minimal aquatic toxicity and will not accumulate in the cells of fish and other aquatic life forms.

It is a soft, semifluid formulation designed to coat wire rope as well as moving chain and cable parts to ensure long life and smooth, quiet operation. Its semi-tacky, water-resistant characteristics enable it to adhere to the application and seal out damaging moisture and protect against rust formation. Its robust additive package, including LE’s proprietary Almasol® and Quinplex® additives, further helps it protect against wear, corrosion, impact, rust and oxidation.

Benefits and Recommendations

Available Container Size: Pail
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GHS Statement: For commercial and professional use only

Beneficial Qualities:

VGP Compliant

Well-suited for applications in or around waterways
Formulated with 100% biodegradable base fluid
Meets VGP standard for aquatic toxicity
Meets VGP standard for bioaccumulation
Helps companies be good environmental stewards

Semi-Tacky & Water-Resistant

Clings to metal surfaces, including moving parts
Stays in place in presence of moisture for long service life


Reduces wear to wire rope and all moving parts, including chains & cables
Protects sprockets, sheaves & other wear-intensive areas
Seals surfaces, protecting against rust and corrosion
Shields against acid attack


Softens shocks
Enables metal joints and strands to move freely

Available Grade


Proprietary Additives:

LE’s proprietary additives are used exclusively in LE lubricants. Earthwise EAL Wire Rope Grease contains Almasol and Quinplex.

Almasol® solid wear-reducing additive is able to withstand extremely heavy loads, chemical attack and temperatures up to 1,900°F (1,038°C). It is attracted to metal surfaces, forming a microscopic layer but not building on itself or affecting clearances. Almasol minimizes metal-to-metal contact and the resulting friction, heat and wear.

Quinplex® contributes to outstanding water resistance, tackiness and enhanced mechanical stability, and helps to form a barrier against corrosion.

Performance Requirements Met or Exceeded:


Typical Applications:

Applications on or near waterways, including:
Wire rope
Chains (links, pins, bushings)
Cables (sheave bushings, bearings & strands)
Open and closed silent and roller chains
Ideal for use in automatic wire rope lubricators


Operating range: -29° to 200°C (-20 to 392°F)
Not for high temps or when gear oil is specified

Physical Characteristics - Typical    
Thickener Type: Aluminum Complex
Texture: Smooth
Color: Brown
NLGI Grade: 0

Performance Test Results    
Worked 60 Penetration ASTM D217: 357
Dropping Point ºC(ºF), ASTM D2265: 232 (450)
Viscosity @ 100°C, cSt, ASTM D445: 20.4
Viscosity @ 40°C, cSt, ASTM D445: 128.5
Corrosion Prevention DI H2O, ASTM D1743: Pass
Readily Biodegradable Content %, OECD 301B: >75
Aquatic Toxicity mg/L, OECD 201/202/203: >1,000
Bioaccumulating Content %, OECD 305: 0

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