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Treating chain on Sprdr

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Bossfan, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Bossfan

    Bossfan Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 64

    Hi all!! Was wondering, I know there are a lot of different things to do to keep rust off the drive chain on a spreader. What is the best way to lubricate it? I just last week got out my Highway stainless Honda spreader, started it, ran it through, hosed it, washed it and greased it. What sort of treatment should i give the conveyor chain? Some say to mix some soap, water and diesel and spray that on. Others recommend just regular penetrating oil. What do you think is best?
  2. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    I would think that WD-40 and Zep would work well. I prefer Zep as they are stronger and last longer. We use those stuff on our fire dept. extrication tools to keep it from rusting.
  3. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

  4. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    WD-40 works well to help displace water and prevent short term rust,but you should really treat it with something else afterwards.Fluid Film is good for long term durabilty,and holds up well to salt.Not heavy and thick like grease.Use the WD-40 right after washing,and then apply the Fluid Film after the WD-40 dries up a bit.

    Fluid Film website for more info
  5. snowjoker

    snowjoker Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    What about used motor oil and kerosene mix?? and just spray it on with a garden sprayer.
  6. JML

    JML PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 70

    someone told me diesel fuel???
  7. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Forgot to mention,but the Fluid Film is environmentally friendly,unlike most petroleum based products.
  8. Garagekeeper

    Garagekeeper Senior Member
    Messages: 459


    Bossfan you can contact RHOMAR Industries out of Springfield Mo.
    They have a product called Lubra-Seal which is for chains and hoppers along with coating undercarriage's and fittings.
    You can get info at their website. www.rhomar-industries.com
    or by calling them at 1-800-688-6221

    :rolleyes: John...........
  9. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Another vote for Lubra-Seal. I have used it, and it works great. It is very messy to work with. They recommend a pump sprayer to apply it, but I have found that is very wasteful, and a paint brush does a much neater job.

    I got salter control wire extensions, so I could run the salter while it was up on crates, and not on the truck. Like I said, it's a messy job, and the Lubri-Seal sticks to paint.

    Rhomar also makes a salt neutralizing wash, that you can use to clean off the salt before applying the Lubra-Seal.

    Not exactly cheap, but cheaper than a new chain, and the labor to install it!

    Forget WD-40 for long term, it will dry up.....

    Don't forget to treat the spreader drive chains on the motor. I suggest a good chain lube, like PJ-1, or even Stihl Bar & Chain oil.

  10. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    I contacted Rhomar Industries regarding Lubra-Seal.

    Getting info faxed to me, also getting info on Neutro-Wash and Rhoma-Sol.

    The Neutro-Wash

    The Rhoma-Sol will remove/dissolve asphalt sprays and splatters on vechiles (my truck being white, I thought I'd get some, being diesel is a soil contaminant as defined by the EPA now).

    I'll report back after I get the info.

  11. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    Yes it is messy...

    A paint brush "THAT'S A GOOD IDEA". I'll have to try that one
  12. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    i use chain lube designed for dirt bikes and it works great