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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 06:43 AM

Many of us have done all the dirt turning we are going to do this spring, so I thought I'd ask.

Years ago, my dad taught me how to put away a plow after use. His Dad taught him to paint the plow with grease, then layer with newspaper, then more grease. About 10 years ago, we stopped doing that and just started using whatever color spray paint we had around. Seems to work well for us.

Anyone have a process they use to keep their plows, tillers, discs, etc safe till next spring? Especially if they have to live outside?

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 06:53 AM

I buy PB Blaster buy the gallon. I spay down everything that stays outside. I too had to grease and paper the plow when I was younger.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:31 AM

I use bearing grease and slather a thin layer on. Works good!

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:53 AM

I use spray grease - Fifth wheel lube - Slide Glider or anything handy.
With burning waste oil I sometimes come across a pail of grease someone may want to get rid of and it is free. If I get to much I can set small cans of it in the oil burner and it burns off causing heat.:>)

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 12:42 PM

I too spray everything down with PB Blaster, has worked good so far.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 05:01 PM

I try not to store anything outside LOL. However there may soon come a day when I run out of under-roof space. We use a type of grease at work called RexLube. We use it in bearings that see constant water exposure or submersion, i.e. in our scrubber tank. It would probably hold up under almost any weather conditions! Trouble is, It doesn't come off so easy when you want it to LOL. That said, cheap spray paint would probably be my weapon of choice!

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 05:48 PM

Never use them, and keep them inside.:smilewink:


But, really, wash them after use, and light coat of oil or grease.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:55 PM

My Grandfather and father put boiled linseed oil on all their shovels and outdoor tools to keep them completely rust free. I recently inherited my Father's yard tools (many over 40 years old) and they all look brand new. I'm now following this method and find it works great. Once I clean off all the mud and muck I take a rag soaked in linseed oil and wipe it on thoroughly. The tools stay rust free and shine bright everytime! The linseed oil dries clear, smells great and doesn't leave a mess.
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Posted May 06, 2011 - 11:26 PM

( stickem in the ground) clean it then cheap spray paint

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 11:37 PM

My Grandfather and father put boiled linseed oil on all their shovels and outdoor tools to keep them completely rust free. I recently inherited my Father's yard tools (many over 40 years old) and they all look brand new. I'm now following this method and find it works great. Once I clean off all the mud and muck I take a rag soaked in linseed oil and wipe it on thoroughly. The tools stay rust free and shine bright everytime! The linseed oil dries clear, smells great and doesn't leave a mess.


For years, when Dad and I are restoring (survivor look) old wooden & steel pieces, we use Linseed and turpentine mixed. Protects the metal and the wood at the same time. When the mix dries, it leaves a nice patina too.

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Posted May 07, 2011 - 09:28 AM

Word of Caution about Spontaneous Combustion and Linseed Oil
Rags soaked with linseed oil stored in a pile are considered a fire hazard because they provide a large surface area for oxidation of the oil, and the oil oxidizes quickly. The oxidation of linseed oil is an exothermic reaction, which accelerates as the temperature of the rags increases. When heat accumulation exceeds the rate of heat dissipation into the environment, the temperature increases and may eventually become hot enough to make the rags spontaneously combust.[27]

Alwasys store used oil and petroleum rags in sealed, fireproof metal containers, away from heat, and far from materials and/or structures that pose a fire hazard.
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Posted June 02, 2011 - 09:34 AM

paint them with one of these Chassis Saver or Por-15 and you can bury then under the ground and well never rust.
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Posted June 02, 2011 - 06:20 PM

I usually put on a light coating of grease

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Posted June 02, 2011 - 06:42 PM

I clean excess dirt off and put used motor oil on them. Might need to get some linseed oil for the wooden handles on things.

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Posted June 05, 2011 - 09:33 AM

hello , i use an used oil .




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