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You named your favourite penetrating fluids

In the February 4 issue of Grainews we published our penetrating fluids comparison, then we asked for your feedback, and we got it. Many of you wrote in to let us know which product you preferred. Here’s a look at which brands some of our readers trust in their own workshops.

Tim Clarke let us know he likes a product called Aerokroil. “It comes in an orange aerosol can and is expensive, over $20 per can,” he wrote. “It is amazing stuff but don’t breathe the vapours.”

Ron Krahn mentioned he has heard of using a 50:50 blend of acetone and automatic transmission fluid. “It apparently works amazing,” he explained. “But is difficult to store for some reason, so it needs to mixed up as needed.”

Pat Barkman told us about his preference. “As an independent repair shop specializing in Ag equipment repair, we have found the Wynn’s X-Tend #5 Foam Spray “The Nut buster” to be the most effective penetrating fluid,” he wrote. “We have used the Loctite Freeze and Release as well as the JD Penetrating fluid and both work reasonably well, but we keep going back to the Wynn’s product. It is generally a little more costly, but the effectiveness is worth the extra coin.”

“It is also very effective as a carburetor cleaner, as it seems to melt the sludge and deposits left behind by ethanol-blend gas.”

John Oystryk used good old Canada Post to send in his comments. He remembers having very good luck using a brand called Carbon X, although it’s no longer available under that name. “At present, for the past 12 to 15 years, it is known as AC Delco Penetrating Fluid #992955,” he explained.

And Neil Olstad had this to say: “My favourite is MOOVIT sold by Snap On and also Princess Auto. It is an excellent lubricant, best I’ve tried.”

Finally, Rick Orser, territory sales manager for Milligan Biofuels in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, noticed our penetrating fluid test and challenged us to put that company’s product to the test.

We accepted his challenge, so we’ll be doing it all over again this summer with a new collection of contenders, including Milligan’s. So watch for the results in a future issue of Grainews sometime in late summer or early fall.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their comments.

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Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.

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