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#1 Little Irish Men OFFLINE  

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Posted September 30, 2014 - 02:54 PM

I just bought a brinly 10" plow (used)and i read on here that they are not to be stored out side . Like all equipment.My question is, do you treat it with some kind of oil? what kind? how much ? and for how long? Thank you.


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Posted September 30, 2014 - 02:59 PM

I smear the surface of the moldboard, point, and landslide with grease.  Thin as possible, then if storing where I might come in contact with it I lay clear kitchen wrap over.  It sticks to the grease and keeps it off you.  When plow time comes, pull off the wrap & go....she'll be slick as the day you quit plowing.


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Posted September 30, 2014 - 06:32 PM

I smear the surface of the moldboard, point, and landslide with grease.  Thin as possible, then if storing where I might come in contact with it I lay clear kitchen wrap over.  It sticks to the grease and keeps it off you.  When plow time comes, pull off the wrap & go....she'll be slick as the day you quit plowing.

 

I do the same thing to middle busters and cultivators, too, if I buy one and store it for some time after cleaning it up.

 

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Posted September 30, 2014 - 07:39 PM

Always grease the. Our big plows for the farm sit outside but we grease them. One even sat out for 10yrs and we wiped the grease off and it was still shiney as the day it was pulled from the field.
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Posted September 30, 2014 - 07:46 PM

I have some old ugly color spray paint that I put on mine but watch the over spray on the nice looking beam :wallbanging:


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Posted September 30, 2014 - 07:55 PM

I know we may be in the minority or are just lazy but we just set ours outside and don't do anything with them. Come the following year put it in the ground and after a few passes it is shiny again :D


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Posted September 30, 2014 - 09:02 PM

I know we may be in the minority or are just lazy but we just set ours outside and don't do anything with them. Come the following year put it in the ground and after a few passes it is shiny again :D

That works too, but every furrow counts when making perfect furrows. Setting a plow just right, having the right speed to throw and turn the soil, and a shiny-slick moldboard to project the soil in a twisting motion on top of itself.

I'm waiting for plowing competitions to start showing up here in the USA.
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Posted October 01, 2014 - 05:36 AM

Grease will do the job but isn't good for the ground. Wouldn't it be better to use something like fluid film which is lanolin based or maybe a wax based product. We used to make homemade undercoating by melting down wax toilet flange seals and mixing in a bit of paint thinner to keep it thinned until we could apply it. That stuff was a geat undercoating but you needed to keep it away from high heat.



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Posted October 01, 2014 - 05:41 AM

Always use Grease when storing them. My grandfather always did the same.

 

 

Grease will do the job but isn't good for the ground.

 

The tiny amount of grease you put on the plow does not affect your soil.


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Posted October 01, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Always use Grease when storing them. My grandfather always did the same.

 

 

 

The tiny amount of grease you put on the plow does not affect your soil.

A small amount yes but It's still a hydrocarbon which will eventually end up in the water table.


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Posted October 01, 2014 - 04:16 PM

around here they have a thin clear coat for plows that you spray on in the winter i either paint mine or put grease on it. our farm plow just sits outside but we usually use it in the spring and fall so it doesn't get too rusty 


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Posted October 01, 2014 - 04:28 PM

We always greased. It helps keep the moldboard shiny and tends to leach in to the cracks here and there and keeps the rust down there too. As for the grease in the ground, it is insignificant in the grand scheme of the world IMHO. Far, far, far less than what would be created by industry or even leaky vehicles in the junkyard. I would bet that the local recycling area or garbage truck drips more oil/grease/etc in a week than all the plows used on this site combined.

Today, however, I paint. It forces me to clean them a little more and run the air hose into the cracks. Then I use ElCheapo brand spray paint. Even picked up some at an auction once... Whatever it takes to keep me from having to shine them up again, but just one coat.

One added advantage to the paint. You can see pretty well how much of the moldboard you are using.


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Posted November 13, 2014 - 09:11 PM

I used to use grease, but I have switched to using Vaseline. It's clear so the natural shine will still show, won't hurt the ground any, and is rain resistant if the plow sets outside. A tub will last for a good long time.

 

I even started packing my wheel bearings with Vaseline. You're supposed to use grease for packing, but I got tired of the black or brown grease running down over the painted wheels whenever the temperature was hot, and staining my painted rims. The Vaseline will melt a little when the temperature is hot, but won't run like grease does, and it won't stain. Oh, and I also use it to pack my steering boxes.


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Posted November 13, 2014 - 10:09 PM

I used to use grease, but I have switched to using Vaseline. It's clear so the natural shine will still show, won't hurt the ground any, and is rain resistant if the plow sets outside. A tub will last for a good long time.

I even started packing my wheel bearings with Vaseline. You're supposed to use grease for packing, but I got tired of the black or brown grease running down over the painted wheels whenever the temperature was hot, and staining my painted rims. The Vaseline will melt a little when the temperature is hot, but won't run like grease does, and it won't stain. Oh, and I also use it to pack my steering boxes.

Is this the fancy, lilac scented stuff, or the regular?image.jpg

:poke: just pulling your chain, sounds like a great idea on a unit you're trying to keep nice.
Thanks for sharing.
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Posted November 14, 2014 - 12:26 AM

Used to use grease now it's Rustoleum paint. Grand-kids climb all over everything so the grease is out. Leave the plow bottoms up off the ground. Food grade grease would work also. 


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