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Old 04-02-2010, 11:35 PM
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Hedge Trimmer Lube

What do you guys use to lubricate the blades on a hedge trimmer? I have been using WD40 but have heard that this is wrong.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:39 PM
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Either fluid film or horticultural oil. WD-40 provides you with the possibility of burning the tips of the shrubs you're trimming. Hort oil and Fluid Film will not burn.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:45 PM
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:13 AM
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yep, fluid film
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:25 PM
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The Stihl de-sapper/cleaner/wonderful smelling stuff.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:39 PM
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never heard of fluid film, where do you buy it ?
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:10 PM
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never heard of fluid film, where do you buy it ?
It's available online through some mower parts stores, also available locally through John Deere dealers.

It's a lanolin based rust preventer/inhibitor that never dries and soaks into metal to stop rust. It's also good for anything WD-40 is good for like general lubrication procedures. It's not petroleum-based, so it won't burn plants if used on hedge trimmers.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:39 AM
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Most John Deere dealers have FF.
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Fluid Film all the way. Since I start using it, I never have to clean the blades once. It even clean the old gunk from before. Both my hedge trimmer's blade look shinny.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:49 AM
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Bar and chain oil -- same oil I use in my chain saw. I've never seen any after effects on plants. I oil about every 20 minutes of operation, twice oiling between fueling (runs about 45 minutes on a tank of fuel). I always oil after finishing for the day and put the machine away.
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