The Great Wahl Clipper Oil Experiment!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Ralph, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Alanbateman

    Alanbateman New Member

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    Wahl Oil

    Hi All :wave: From the UK

    I will pass your site onto my friends in railway modeling.

    Cheers
    Al
  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    At 47 sometimes I feel like an old guy! :)
    Ralph
  3. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    I just have 1 word: amazing

    First I cleaned the rails wit a Brightboy then I used an alcoohol damped cloth.
    It was followed by a "quality control" passing a dry qtip on the rail and it was clean , so my rails were clean right ? wrongThen I put 1 drop of Wahl oil on each end of a qtip and applied the qtip on all the the rails of my layout.
    I then ran the train for 30 minutes .I was expecting the locomotive wheels to spin madly,but I didn't notice any degradation in traction performance.
    I even tried some "drag racing" ( going from 0 to the maximum on the throttle as fast as I can ) and ... still no wheels spinning
    Then had another quality control with a clean qtip and guess what? it came back all black.
    It looks like the Wahl oil having a very low viscosity dissolve the black crust in every cranny and make it "float" on the top surface of the rail.

    Am I converted to Wahl oil ? you bet I am.
    I might even purchase Wahl stock on the New York stock exchange :)
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    At 46, I find my recollections of trolley cars, home milk delivery, phone numbers starting with 2 letters and no zip codes on the mail interesting when I converse with my 5 and 10 year old kids.:rolleyes: "Gee, Daddy, did buses really have poles stickin' outta the top to get electricity?":oops:
  5. Russ Bellinis

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    I haven't tried it, but I suspect that the Wahl clipper oil works much like dielectric grease in other electrical applications. It makes no difference in traction, unless it is put on too heavy, but it will promote good electrical conductivity.
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I believe you've summed it up nicely there Russ!
    Ralph
  7. Biased turkey

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    I desagree with you Russ, because if Wahl oil is as you say like dielectric grease it cannot promote good electrical conductivity.
    By definition, a dielectric is a poor conductor of electricity. As a matter of fact oil was ( is ? ) used for insulating and cooling power transformers.
    It's like saying "draft beer in a bottle " ;)
  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Hmmmmm, well, however it works...it works! :)
    Ralph
  9. cidchase

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    Hi AlanBateman:wave:

    We're really not ignoring you, it's just a working day:D :D
    Welcome to The-Gauge, and yes, please do pass the word!!:thumb: :thumb:
  10. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I'm sorry I didn't notice you either:wave:

    A fresh pot o' Bubba's special corn squeezin's is just come up fer ya...:thumb:

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  11. wickman

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    Robert when you say you have used it to lubricate the engines are you speaking of steam engines like all the moveing parts ? Mine seem to be very noisy and I was thinking the clipper oil may be a bit too thick.:wave:
  12. planeshavings42

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    I went to that site, applied for two 4oz bottles, and the price was L 38.78 with shipping, a bit high i'd have to say..
  13. 60103

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    I still say ask your barber. Mine has a bottle that they use for hair clippers, of all things. They apply it if the clipper tugs at the hair.
    One of our large hardware chains sells hair clippers and the oil.
  14. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    Hi Lynn,

    I basically just add a few very small drops to the bottom of the loco, usually just on the wheel bearings or any gears that are showing. Again, the key is to place only a few very small drops. According to this fellow at the LHS (that I mentioned) this is all you need and the drops of oil easily work their way into to the motor. This seems to work for my locos and most of mine are steam models. Yes, Wahl oil is thick but this LHS owner practically swears by it. He also said that you can't harm the locos. So it's very simple and easy to do, which is why I like it!

    Wahl oil is also great for cleaning track and removing crud from wheels -- although it takes some time and perserverence.

    But if I had 1-2 noisy steam locos that I was concerned about, it might be best to have a LHS professionally lubricate and service them.

    Hope this helps!
    Rob
  15. leghome

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    I bought my Wahl's clipper oil at Sally's Beauty Supply. I would think that most business of this type would carry it.