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v box drag chain lubricant

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by rcnease, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. rcnease

    rcnease Member
    Messages: 31

    I have two v box spreaders with drag chains. I am trying to figure out what is the best lubricant to use on them. I have been told and currently use a diesel fuel and transmission oil mixture. That makes a huge mess and will drip over the asphalt for quite a while. I am wondering what everyone else uses, and if there is a better way than what I am using as to not damage the area I have to lubricate these things. I live in a residential area so I don't have the ability to just drive into the back yard and just let it rip so to speak. Any thoughts would be great to hear.
  2. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I just use used motor oil. I can lube the links w/ a squeeze/filler spout on a 1 qt. plastic oil container.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    same except setup but i use new oil .its a little clear and i put the chute in a trash can and leave it run for a while.
  4. chev_4x4

    chev_4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    Fluid film
  5. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Fluid film....and in the spring we clean all of our spreaders thoroughly and then spray all metal parts heavily. Seems to do a real great job. Only been doing it a couple years now but the metal parts still look great with almost no rust or scale and we have had no issues with anything seizing up.
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Dido. We spray everything down with FF, spreader chain and bolts, entire plows, bolts/nuts on mowers and basically every nut and bolt on equipment. Our 06 plow still looks brand new except for a couple trip springs starting to rust.
  7. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    Oil mixture for 25 years, with all the dripping mess, rust scale & oil spitting out on first start up of the winter, and now Fluid Film for the past 2 years with no dripping mess, no rust scale or oil spitting out on first start up of the season.

    Fluid Film from now on.
  8. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    I won't knock any of the oil mixtures people use because I think most of them work well, but what I like about Fluid Film as opposed to oil is there are no "rainbows" on my customers lots from the dripping lol
  9. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    Rhomar Lubraseal
  10. ss502gmc

    ss502gmc Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    This will be my first year using fluid film, I will be using it on my brand new drag chain in the spreader and reskinned fisher plow. So I'll see how it works. All I have is a couple rattle cans of it now but will buy a gallon if it works like everyone says. How often should I spray the spreader throughout the season?
  11. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,782

    Chain saw oil, stringy , sticks and gets everywhere and is cheap.
  12. jcoria

    jcoria Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    How much Fluid Film is needed to lube the drag chain on a vbox?
  13. RSI Const.

    RSI Const. Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I use used vegtable oil. It helps that my brothers own a restaurant and they have friolators, so I have access to all I need. I apply it at the end of each season and then midway through the summer and then again in the fall. You get no rainbows and is non hazardous.
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Fluid film