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Used Oil
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Jim(MO)    Posted 05-16-2002 at 10:02:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What ya'll do with your used oil?? After changing the Hyd/Trans/Diff and crankcase oil in the tractor, the riding mower and several other infernal combustion engine contraptions I now have over 10 gallons of the stuff. Used to give it to couple of places that have used oil burning furnaces but they are always well supplied and don't want it any more. Some of the local quickie oil change places will take 1 or 2 gallons at a time but mine is in 5 gallon container's. I do want to be environmentally responsible but I'm getting tempted to feed it into the burn pile. Oldtimer's used to spread in on the road around their homes to keep the dust down but nobody does that anymore. Don't have more than a couple of vehicles a week go by our place anyway

SEAMO    Posted 05-17-2002 at 08:01:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in central Illinois I sell waste oil furnaces. We sell the REZNOR brand It has its own air compressor, on board computer which adjusts to the viscosity of what your burning, trans. fluid hyd. oil,waste oil , diesel fuel gearoil can be mixed in . It has a heater that heats the oil to 180 deg. It burns real clean. Just drop the door and vaccum out about every 600 to 800 hours of operation. Save your oil FREE HEAT. E-mail me I can put you in touch with the dist in your area. It will put money in your pocket. EARL

Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-17-2002 at 05:52:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Advance Auto Parts 20 miles up the road takes it here. Only 5 gallons at the time. The guy said I could leave and come back with 5 more. You have to put your name and brand of oil on a paper.

I called the county here about recycling different items. They don't have a clue!

Tom A    Posted 05-17-2002 at 03:17:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've got a couple of 5 gallon buckets with lids that I fill. Once they're full I make a trip to a service station that the county pays to accept used's about a 15 mile drive each way, but I only do it a couple times a year. I just don't want the stuff getting into my ground water/well, and figure it is worth my time to get rid of it right.

The Rebel    Posted 05-16-2002 at 22:54:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do the same thing I have been doing for 30 or 40 years--I pour it in a line down the gravel road. It helps keep the dust down. My neighbors do the same thing.

I have also found that used oil is great for pouring on ant piles--just dig a little hollow into the top of the pile and pour in a gallon or two. The ants either die or leave. The piles get deserted.

We always soak wooden fence posts in barrels of used oil, soaking both ends for months. The posts last 3 or 4 times as long as if you just put them in the ground untreated. And it costs nothing, just a little time. Not as good as penta was, but lots better than nothing.

Used oil will kill some weeds that do not respond to regular weed killers that you can get. Plus in a couple of years, that spot will be the greenest spot in the field. The oil must have some fertilizer value once it breaks down.

Now I know that all of the above is not P.C., but I get tired of being told what to do by some bureaucrat that doesn't have any concept of what I do on my property. And I have never been called on any of it. There are too many rules.

LH    Posted 05-16-2002 at 19:25:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm sure this isn't politically correct or environmentally sound by todays standards, but I use mine to start fires in my brush piles when I burn em.

Thanx all.. Jim(MO)    Posted 05-16-2002 at 18:11:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There isn't any kind of public disposal available in the rural areas. Did hear about a place in Macon that will take it if I call ahead, going to check that out. Also have an old trailer with a native oak plank floor, coul probably use a gallon there.

Les...fortunate    Posted 05-16-2002 at 17:53:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I guess you haven't been watching Red Green, have you. ";^)

Jim(MO)    Posted 05-16-2002 at 18:05:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No ! Is that still on ?

Salmoneye    Posted 05-17-2002 at 05:36:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If the women don't find ya handsome,
They should at least find ya handy...


MikeH-Tx    Posted 05-16-2002 at 17:26:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been restoring one tractor a year for the last three years. I get 5-10 gallons a year from that plus the normal machinery maintenance. Used to be that the local Pep Boys would let me dump all of it into their recycle, but last time they said there was a limit of 3 gallons every three months (or something close). They also said there was a local EPA office close by that would take everything I wanted to deliver. Haven't tried yet, but this year's tractor is still full of old oil. I sure hate the idea of dumping it onto weeds and will try the EPA route first.

DeadCarp    Posted 05-16-2002 at 17:19:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know it's not instant, but you CAN wick the stuff thru a big rope from one jug to another. That's the way we used to reclaim oil. The rope (fiber, not nylon) should be about 6 feet long and acts like a filter along the way. Set up the jugs with a 2-foot fall from the high one to the low. To start it fast, saturate the rope with new oil, dump the old oil in the top jug and just submerge the top end and let the bottom end of the rope dangle into the bottom jug. The rope will start to wicking just like a siphon, and after supper you'll see real nice, clean, free oil dripping into the bottom jug. Throw a tarp, tarpaper or some dust cover over the mess and forget it for a week. Or until your kid blows his money and runs low on beater oil. :)

TimC    Posted 05-16-2002 at 14:23:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
A friend of mine uses it to paint the insides of his barns to keep the termites out. Leaves a nice dark finish, smell for a day or two, no mess.

His dad puts it around the house with a sprayer.
Helps when weed eating. No bugs either.
Also not legal.

Jim (Mi)    Posted 05-16-2002 at 11:27:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My uncle works at a machine shop who has a wide variety of chemicals they use. I give him my 5gal pals and they say no problem to dump. Might want to ask them. I also bought 10 gallons of gear oil for my tractor. I recycled the old to my Allis dealer. I told them since they sold it they better recycle it, they had no problem. Also I use murray's or autozone. Their you have to mask it though. They only collect "motor oil" so make sure your mixture is dark black. But if not your county should have a program, that is where I take my battery's to.

screaminghollow    Posted 05-16-2002 at 10:26:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
used "drain" oil is great for bar oil in chain saws, let the stuff settle before using it and don't use the dregs at the bottom. A few old timers around here paint it on there wooden trailer and hay wagon decks as a preservative/waterproofer at the end of the season. I've even used the stuff in the oil can to lubricate bushings and wear points on farm machinery.
I also use a few gallons per year to start brush piles on fire. We clear out the brush and saplings from along fence rows and in pastures and end up with four or five big brush piles to burn. We generally only burn on rainy days, so some newspapers soaked in oil are usually necessary to get the pile burning.

Matt NY    Posted 05-16-2002 at 18:27:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
On longer bars the thin oil doesn't make it all the way around.

Burrhead    Posted 05-16-2002 at 13:43:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
It does make a good trailer floor treatment. If you have a tank big enough to soak fence post it does super good for fence post too.

Salmoneye    Posted 05-16-2002 at 10:13:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our county has a recycle center and a 'rover' that sets up in different towns throughout the month.
You may be able to find if you have the same deal by calling your county seat...

Chris Bedgood    Posted 05-16-2002 at 20:19:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you know anyone who has hogs. You pour it in the pin with them and they will role in it. It keeps flies,ticks and lice from getting on them. When you pour it just watch they will go crazy. Its like a miricale drug to them or atleast for my uncles it is. Thats what i do with mine.

Dennis C    Posted 10-20-2002 at 07:55:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
No wonder the bacon has more grease in it than usual LOL

Dennis C    Posted 10-20-2002 at 07:55:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
No wonder the bacon has more grease in it than usual LOL

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