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Wheel Ballast: Is Food-Grade Mineral Oil Safe For That Purpose?

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#1 Ghis1964 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 02, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Hi all!

 

I thought this post would go here (in the "Safety Discussion" area. I'm not sure why the "Barn" section is along though)

 

I have access to 200+ gallons of food-grade mineral oil (for free).

 

My question is, can I use this for ballast in tire? (tubeless or/and tire tube)

 

Thx;)



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Posted October 02, 2014 - 02:34 PM

I not sure but the oil might break down the rubber in the tube/tire over time.


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Posted October 02, 2014 - 06:47 PM

And, it will be less weight per gallon than water, RV anti-freeze, or WW fluid.

 

I too would be afraid of the rubber breaking down from the oil.

 

Water is 8.34 pounds per gallon.

Mineral oil is 7 pounds per gallon....But hey, its free!


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Posted October 02, 2014 - 06:48 PM

I not sure but the oil might break down the rubber in the tube/tire over time.

This is what I'm afraid of too (which is why I'm asking)

 

I'm gonna find me some discarded windshield wipers and make a test. After a week, if that soft rubber survives, then I'll decide using "oiled" ballast.

 

I can't find any "RimGuard" here in the Quebec state. Only some imitation of that with toxic compound in it.



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Posted October 02, 2014 - 08:17 PM

And, it will be less weight per gallon than water, RV anti-freeze, or WW fluid.

 

I too would be afraid of the rubber breaking down from the oil.

 

Water is 8.34 pounds per gallon.

Mineral oil is 7 pounds per gallon....But hey, its free!

Yeah I know. Real rimguard weights around 12lbs/gallon; 30% above what water/calcium weights (as "advertised" though)

 

I already have a 2¼"x14"x11" metal plate (100±lbs) bolted on the back of my old LT1100(±?±?) 11hp 6speed Craftsman II. But, even though it is effective, I don't mindfully truly enjoy having this weight (+my own 170lbs) supported by its aluminium housing-trans. It is set on Duro Mud ATV tires 22x11-8 tires (instead of the original Turf tires 18"x10"x8" it had). I have not yet found a way to calculate what they can hold (If anyone has found a quick math formula for this, please tell me lol;) But my guess is they can hold around 6 to 7 gallons per tires.

 

I yet have to make some good pics of my "now" range of 4 "given/free" lawn/garden tractors (one working) and explain their use (as each their turn comes into work lol ;)  (the 4th one was even delivered free yesterday. Best of all, I don't even search for them except for the one that's working everyday; such as hauling/delivering door-to-door flyers once every week)







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