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Hedge Trimmer Lube

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by morgaj1, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. morgaj1

    morgaj1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 318

    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.
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,806

    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.
  3. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,666

    Fluid Film
  4. ed2150

    ed2150 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

    yep, fluid film
  5. mnms0562000

    mnms0562000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    The Stihl de-sapper/cleaner/wonderful smelling stuff.
  6. dtford

    dtford LawnSite Member
    from 02338
    Posts: 80

    never heard of fluid film, where do you buy it ?
  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,806

    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.
  8. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Most John Deere dealers have FF.
  9. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,458

    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.
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,915

    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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