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Sheeps Wool Lubricant Works Better Than Oil
A natural lubricant made from lanolin, the natural lubricant found in sheep’s wool protects against corrosion and lubricates better than petrochemical lubricants, according to the New Zealand manufacturers of Prolan. Environmentally friendly, it’s non-conductive, resistant to saltwater, acid and alkali and won’t break down rubber or wiring. The heavy-grade liquid even handles extreme temperatures as low as 49 degrees below zero.
  “It can be used directly on electrical connections to prevent moisture corrosion,” says Hugh Carroll, North American distributor. “It creates an airtight barrier, preventing electrolysis between dissimilar metals, rusting and corrosion. You can use a cutting torch or welder on Prolan-treated surfaces without the spattering or burning you get with petroleum lubricants. It just melts away.”
  The lubricant qualities of lanolin are no surprise to anyone who has worked with sheep or their wool. Lanolin sheds rain and moisture, yet keeps wool from drying out in the sun and heat. Prolan puts those qualities to work in an industrial grade quality and form, says Carroll.
  “Prolan converts raw wool grease into environmentally friendly products that are safe and easy to apply,” he adds.
  Prolan products resist being washed off after the carrier has evaporated. Treated surfaces can even be pressure washed without loss of the protective surface.
  “It frees up seized parts and is a great workshop lubricant,” says Carroll. “It’s even certified for the food industry.”
  Prolan is available in a broad range of container sizes of light, medium and heavy-grade liquid and as an anti-seize grease. Prices range from $18 for a 10.5-oz. aerosol pack to $414 for a 5.3-gal. container of heavy-grade oil.
  Prolan can be sprayed on, wiped on with fingers or cloth, or the item to be protected can be dipped. Even with the excess wiped off, a protective coating remains. If left overnight before the treated surface or system is used, the carrier evaporates and less dust and dirt will collect.
  “New Zealand farmers use it as a rust protectant under ATV’s and UTV’s on dairy farms,” says Carroll. “One treatment generally lasts 9 to 12 months. Spraying it on fiberglass or plastic surfaces and rubbing it into the surface rejuvenates the color.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hugh Carroll, Thermo Boat Ltd., 2064 Henry Ave. West, Suite #5, Sidney, B.C. Canada V8L 5Y1 (ph 250 472-8495; toll free 888 769-8495; www.thermoboat.com).

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