Compressor Lubricant Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the Lubricant Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, please Contact Us and we will assist you.

QUESTION: Why is lubricant important?

ANSWER:  Lubricant is essential to a compressor's strength and vitality. Champion lubricants are specially formulated to combat the harsh elements of compression while maximizing efficiencies and equipment longevity. 

Are you experiencing any of the following? 

Operating in extreme temperatures or severe air intake environments 

  • Unusually high oil carry-over 
  • High compressor maintenance/preventive maintenance costs 
  • Degradation of air system seals/seal material 

Some or all of these real life situations can result in:

  • Breakdown of the lubricant and its ability to protect the compressors critical components (i.e. bearings) 
  • Oxidation/varnishing 
  • Increased energy consumption 
  • Compressor failure 
  • Increased make-up, condensate and used oil disposal and maintenance costs 
  • Swelling or cracking of air system seals/seal material 

To avoid these costly and potentially catastrophic situations, it is important to use the lubricant that meets your unique needs.  


QUESTION: What kind of lubricant does Gardner Denver offer?

ANSWER:   Champion's specially formulated mineral, synthetic, and food grade lubricants use high quality base stocks and state-of-the-art additives to maximize the performance and life of Champion reciprocating and rotary screw air compressors. 

Champion offers lubricants that meet individual applications and environments. For example, ChampLub Synthetic has greater performance in high and low temperatures than common multi-purpose oils as well as superior demulisbility, while ChampLub Food Grade is the idea choice for applications where there is incidental food contact. ChampLub Food Grade meets the FDA CFR 178.3570 and USDA H-1 guidelines for lubricants with incidental food contact. 

Regardless of the application, Champion has a lubricant to meet your unique needs. 

QUESTION: What makes Champion lubricant better than competitors?

ANSWER:  There are quite a few lubricants on the market today, but Champion's specially formulated lubricants were engineered specifically for reciprocating and rotary screw air compressors and the demands these types of equipment face. 

Champion's free oil sampling program is an added benefit allowing for a third party lab to test the lubricant to ensure its operating at peak efficiency and to alert the customer if abnormalities are present. By alerting customers early, potentially big problems and/or equipment failure can be eliminated. 

Champion not only offers great reciprocating and rotary screw lubricants, we provide a level of support unmatched in the industry, to ensure our products are operating at the highest levels to keep your equipment running effectively. 

QUESTION: How do I choose what lubricant is right for me?

ANSWER:  Champion has an extensive, highly-trained network of authorized distributors who can assist you in identifying the proper Champion lubricant to meet your special needs. Take the guess work out of selecting the correct product and let the experts guide you in the right direction. 

QUESTION: I’ve found the right lubricant for my application. How do I purchase it?

ANSWER:  Champion lubricants can be purchased through an authorized Champion Distributor. Our strong network of distributors have the knowledge and experience to support your investment for its lifetime.