I want to take care of my crusher/destemmer and am noticing I washed off all the grease from the chain. What lubricant can I put on that chain before I pack it up for next year?

  • Bike chain lubricant?
  • Olive oil?

You can sort of get a feel for the size of the chain in this product photo:

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  • Any oil will prevent rust, but would not last as long as grease. You can use a vegetable/olive oil for parts that are inside/in contact with the fruit.

  • Bike chain lube is designed to stick to a chain that will move fast and even generate heat, so it will work as well as grease. It come in spray so it is very easy to apply. I would use this for the chain.

  • There is also chainsaw bar oil that can do the job for the chain.

  • Using grease works for the chain, but I find it a bit more messy.

  • Bike chain lube, or a Thick grease would be best.
    – jsolarski
    Sep 24, 2018 at 18:57

The manufacturer indicates the use of grease.

Once washing is completed, if the machine is not to be used for a long period of time, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the carter that protects machine gear.
  2. Grease all chains, internal gear, supports
  3. Grease the roller and the agitator support

I got the info from here

I wouldn't use olive oil.


I have found this to be a food-safe option:


Sanitary Petro Gel from McGlaughlin Oil Company.

I reapply after each cleaning cycle (after a crush).


I had a crusher just like that for a long time. You want to use food grade oil or grease. You can find this easily. Olive Oil will work in a pinch. I used Weston food grade silicone spray on many different pieces of equipment from pumps to crushers. Weston Food Grade Silicone spray

You should've spent more and got the stainless crusher model. The painted model will rust very easily.

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