Veggie / Canola oil lube: chainsaws > Lawn Equip.??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mdvaden, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    On the arborist forums, I've been tracking a thread about using vegetable oil for chainsaw bar oil.

    One reply even referred to Stihl making a 90% plus veggie bar oil.

    Quite a few arborists use this stuff.

    How about the lawn service owners / workers?

    Anybody using vegetable oil in other equipment for lawn care? Any other environmental lubricants available for equipment?
  2. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Can't answer it...but I have seen a chainsaw lubricated with veggie oil used to quarter a moose in Alaska....

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    Sure. I use it in the gas tank all the time. Don't ask stupid questions.
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I use PAM on my hedge trimmers....
  5. Camelot Gardens Uk

    Camelot Gardens Uk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Jan 2006 I went on a Chainsaw Licence course here in the UK, the instructors recommended we switch to vedge oil and more eco friendly.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    The only stupid question is the one not asked, if you know the answer move on, No need to try and intimidate others.
  7. GFTC

    GFTC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    I am a professional arborist and I use veggie oil as bar oil. Its not a stupid question. As a company we are striving to become a "green" company and are always looking for more eco friendly ways to operate.
  8. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    What about the trans-fats? Aren't you worried about them?
  9. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    This morning, I found a short article by a triathete, about these oil alternatives. He used the term "Biolubricant". That seems to be a good keyword for searches.

    This is one of dozens of pages that displayed for that search...

    The 0.8 liter potential for oil getting into the environment, is quite a bit, for an hour.

    Here's the page from Stihl on it's biodegradable oil...
  10. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    I use the old motor oil I drain from my lawn mowers.

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