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Thought on cleaning conveyor chain

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by fhafer, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. fhafer

    fhafer Member
    Messages: 69

    I want to clean and preserve the conveyor chain for my sander/salter. It's a small eight foot Hi-Way, so the chain is not very large. I'm thinking about buying an electric cement mixer from Harbor Freight for around $140.00, throwing the chain in it along with some sand and letting it spin for a few hours...then soaking the chain in an oil/diesel mix until the fall when I reinstall it.

    I can use the cement mixer during the summer with walnut shells & corn cob to bulk tumble reloading brass.

    Any thoughts?
  2. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Power wash it and spray it with oil. No need to get crazy
  3. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Um,,,,no to the cement mixer idea!Thats just crazy talk! Like mentioned,clean it and coat with diesel or similar product.
  4. fhafer

    fhafer Member
    Messages: 69

    Thanks for the feedback.
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    We're still on our original chain from 2006 on our Downeaster. I just wash it off occasionally while running the conveyor and apply Fluid Film and we haven't had an issue other than taking a couple links out this season.
  6. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    Leave in on the v box and LIBERALLY apply Fluid Film. Run it. Adjust it. Re-apply if necessary. Good to go.

    Bulk tumbling brass...............sweet.
  7. Casper1

    Casper1 Member
    Messages: 50

    Wet stainless pin tumbling is were it's at. I have a universal de-capper so even the primer pockets get clean. Add a little Dawn, some Lemishine and brass is as clean as a whistle.
  8. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,677

    Used motor oil is free and works just fine!
  9. RWS81

    RWS81 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I use Bar and Chain oil
  10. CashinH&P

    CashinH&P Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    I just pressure was mine and liberally apply bar and chain oil.
  11. chev_4x4

    chev_4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    power wash as others have said and fluid film no problems
  12. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Cement mixer? LOL

    Power wash, apply Saltaway, then bar and chain oil