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Hedge cutter oiling

Afternoon 

what does everyone use for oiling up hedge cutter blades??

I use 3 in 1 spray, a friend of mine uses chainsaw oil in an oil can with the little lever and sprout, we were working together yesterday and was thinking the consistency of it seems to work. What are you thoughts on that??

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  • I use a combination of 3-in-1 oil and WD40 spray. Use them both daily and has always worked well for me.

  • I've usually got a can of wb40 type stuff or engine oil in a can with a spout, both do the job. Can't really say I notice a difference between them. 

  • When I worked for the council many years back, no-one ever used any lubricant on the hedgecutter blades. When I think of the hammering those machines had, there was never any problem attributable to this lack of lubrication...... the blades were only ever replaced when they'd been sharpened so many times, there was no meat left on them. When you think about it, the blades are only lightly incontact with each other and the sap must have some lubricating effect.

    • When I worked down here along the coast for a city council, we had loads of poor working practices and most gave no hoots about doing things properly and being kind to tools. Tools like hedhecutters chucked over dropsides of vans, mowers not strapped down etc.

      Even saw one team lying mowers on their side to stop them moving in the trucks. Very few took any care.

      Was part of the reason for leaving and setting up own where we can do things properly. According to mates who still work there - nothing’s changed.

      My view;, Sap gums up blades and affects their speed. A good lubes reduces friction, keeps them clean and rust away.

      If it doesn’t, they are normasky so shagged from being not looked after it woukdnt  matter anyway.

  • I use wd40 or gt85 spray, preferably gt85, Aldi often have these at a good price. Also I keep a bottle of veg oil in the van to oil blades/ chainsaw etc in case I accidentally run out or leave the spray at home! It's v cheap and does the job. 

  • old engin oil and a cheep paint brush for the end of the day maintainance carry a spray can of oil if it wants doing in the day 

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