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post #1 of 16 Old 09-16-2019, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Just spent the afternoon doing seasonal maintenance on my Arien Deluxe Platinum 24. Used WD40 Dry Lube with PTFE on the chain. Needed some Ariens gearbox synthetic lube from Jacks and seen a product made just for chains.

Anyone ever use Chain Lube? Supposed to be engineered especially for lubing chains (such as like the one inside the Ariens.)

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Just use good quality motorcycle chain lube. It is specially designed for chains. It has tackifiers to keep it on the chain. It penetrates between the pin and bushings and protects against rust and water contamination, plus it is designed for extra pressures.
If you use plain motor oil, that will drip off of the chain.
The special chain lube goes on thin, penetrates into the chain, and when the solvents in it evaporate, it becomes thicker like a grease and it is very easy to use when it comes in an aerosol can.
Just spray it on the chain with the attached spray tube while you are rotating the wheel so the chain moves and the oil will get on the surface of the chain and will penetrate into the pins and rollers.
The chain oil has directions on the can, just read them first, and you will be in business.
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I haven't tried it, but was wondering if chainsaw chain lube might be good to use on a snowblower chain. Seems to possess all of the properties that are needed, but it might not be viscous enough to withstand the cold temperatures during Winter. Any thoughts ?
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+1 on the motorcycle chain lube!
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Enigma,

I'm sure all the responses you got are great suggestions.

As for myself, I use this stuff (link below) and find that when I do my annual maintenance on my machines, the stuff still looks good and doesn't get all dry and cakey.



It's supposed to be good for temps down to -65.
(If it gets colder than that where you live, don't worry about what grease you use. Instead, you should consider moving......)
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Enigma,

I'm sure all the responses you got are great suggestions.

As for myself, I use this stuff (link below) and find that when I do my annual maintenance on my machines, the stuff still looks good and doesn't get all dry and cakey.
https://www.amazon.com/Jet-Lube-3505...8750812&sr=8-1

It's supposed to be good for temps down to -65.
(If it gets colder than that where you live, don't worry about what grease you use. Instead, you should consider moving......)
It doesn't tell you much what it is, just calcium. Is calcium a lubricater? To me it's a solidifier, clumper.

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When you lube the chain and gears, you really only want to lubricate the chain, specifically the inside of the roller and the outside of the pin that goes through the roller. Chain stretch occurs in two places, the metal in the side plates stretches, and the pin and roller wears. It is always the softer of substances that wear. The softer is the chain, the gears are a much harder metal than the chain metal and there is no stretch in the gears.

What I do, I use spray motorcycle chain lube that foams up then settles down and becomes very sticky, Yech sticky. I then use a little synthetic grease on the gear teeth.

Chainsaw oil is sticky but will fling off. Anything that flings will get on the rubber contact ring and the contact drive plate.

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Continuing on ....
I ran across this YouTube video where a fella ran all sorts of tests on chain lubes. Granted it was on actual motorcycle chains, but a valid series of tests nonetheless.

Have a listen and see what you think. At very least, he was able to determine one product that seemed to outperform the others in the areas of rusting, dirt pickup, slinging off and actual lubrication.

https://youtu.be/VnPYdcbcAe0

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It doesn't tell you much what it is, just calcium. Is calcium a lubricater? To me it's a solidifier, clumper.

J/L,

Lol....I know what you mean. Going by that inadequate description on Amazon's page, you might wonder if this stuff looks like chalk or toothpaste or something like that! (Note: they even spelled "calcium" wrong in one place!).

Trust me, it looks like a lot of other types of grease you'd be familiar with, but it really doesn't seem to be affected by the cold at all.
Here's some specs from the manufacturer:

https://imgur.com/e5EVByJ



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I haven't tried it, but was wondering if chainsaw chain lube might be good to use on a snowblower chain. Seems to possess all of the properties that are needed, but it might not be viscous enough to withstand the cold temperatures during Winter. Any thoughts ?
No, it wont stick to your chain, plus its too thick to penetrate properly.
Chainsaws pump their oil thru the bar to the inside of the chain, then centrifugal force forces the oil thru the chain and it flings off the chain. It will make a big mess down in the lower end of the chassis and it will end up on the drive plate and disc, causing slipping.
Chainsaw oil is not meant for drive chains on a motorcycle or snowblower, plus it doesn't have the additives that specific motorcycle chain oil/grease has.
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