Rapeseed oil has a long history associated with use as an industrial lubricant. The original older varieties were used to produce oil for lubrication in steam engines, but times have moved on!
The double 00 types now grown for culinary oil have retained some of the original lubrication characteristics and so therefore can be used for a wide range of applications. Rapeseed oil is classified in general as an environmentally acceptable lubricant. Some of the industrial type uses are as follows:
- As a release spray in concrete and asphalt manufacturing
- Soap manufacturing
- Fitting lubricant for seals where a mineral oil cannot be used
- As a base oil for chain saw bar and saw lubrication
The process that is used to produce the oil retains the natural waxes and compounds which provides the lubricant properties and this is in contrast to fully refined and solvent extracted oils which remove most of these compounds.
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The chain bar lubricant Chainsaw’s Choice ™ has been developed to meet the most widely accepted biodegradability test OECD 301 and is biodegradeable.
Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wastewater Management Washington DC 20460, EPA 800-R-11-002, November 2011.