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Old 01-02-2015, 08:21 AM
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Cleaning trimmers with used motor oil?

Does anyone practice this? It seems like it would work at preventing rust, correct me if I'm wrong. Our trimmers are subject to some dirty and nasty conditions. Some might look at trimmers as a small investment tool, but in reality, now days if buying a couple of trimmers can lead into the $1,000.'s real quick, in a hurry.

I had the idea after I have about 10 gallons of motor oil that I have to take to dispose of this week. Would this oil not be good for cleaning things that are metal, like the trimmer shafts?
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:29 AM
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prevent rust where? i have never seen (or never noticed) a trimmer rust. sounds like an unnecessary thing.
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:31 AM
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Hedge trimmers or string trimmers?
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:36 AM
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I spray my hedge trimmers down with WD40.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:42 AM
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Does anyone practice this? It seems like it would work at preventing rust, correct me if I'm wrong. Our trimmers are subject to some dirty and nasty conditions. Some might look at trimmers as a small investment tool, but in reality, now days if buying a couple of trimmers can lead into the $1,000.'s real quick, in a hurry.

I had the idea after I have about 10 gallons of motor oil that I have to take to dispose of this week. Would this oil not be good for cleaning things that are metal, like the trimmer shafts?
Oh, yeah, works great! Just pour some in a small can, and using a paint brush, slather it on! It works wonders on preventing rust on the aluminum shaft tubes, gear heads, and lets not forget the alum. and plastic motor head!

If ya have any left over, you can use it to clean and protect your car or trucks finish from rusting. Just wipe on, no need to wipe off. Bird chit will never stick again!
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:47 AM
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I spray my hedge trimmers down with WD40.
Ya oughtta try Fluid Film. Pricey, but lubes the blades better and wont cause the foliage to turn brown.
http://www.fluid-film.com/
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:57 AM
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Used oil might be hard on plants.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:10 AM
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I'm not sure but I buy wd-40 by the gallon, which I then dilute 50-50 with used motor oil... That greatly reduces the cost of the wd-40.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:13 AM
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Oh, yeah, works great! Just pour some in a small can, and using a paint brush, slather it on! It works wonders on preventing rust on the aluminum shaft tubes, gear heads, and lets not forget the alum. and plastic motor head!

If ya have any left over, you can use it to clean and protect your car or trucks finish from rusting. Just wipe on, no need to wipe off. Bird chit will never stick again!
Only use transmission oil on vehicle's finish.
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:01 PM
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Only use transmission oil on vehicle's finish.
Actually, if ya add a 50-50 mix of used gear oil as a topcoat, the smell will help keep people from parkin' too close to ya and dingin' yer doors, EXCEPT if ya go to WallyWorld, it just kinda attracts all them non drivin' hillbillys.
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