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I just bought a hayrack that I want to use primarily for hay rides and hauling people. The wood has been outside but is still in pretty good shape. What is the best preservative to put on it to keep it from drying out?



Andy Daniel says 2017-12-14 07:08:29 (CST)

I have had very good luck with linseed oil.

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vince mautino says 2017-12-14 09:30:38 (CST)

If you use lineseed oil ,you should probably ad d some type of drying agent or folks will be getting some sticky seats for awhile.

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Klaus Karbaumer says 2017-12-14 09:42:32 (CST)

I agree with Andy.I don't know if it's the "best", but I have aways used linseed oil for wooden poles and eveners with good results.

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Scott S says 2017-12-14 21:54:45 (CST)

Thompson water sealer also works well.

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NoraWI says 2017-12-15 05:47:12 (CST)

Whatever you end up using, make sure it does not remain slippery when dry. Several years ago, elderly neighbors threw a party for friends, ending with a hay ride. He had just refurbished his flatbed (pulled by a tractor) and had finished it with something pretty with a gloss. They put small squares of hay on it for seating. Well, the end of the story is not so pretty as their whole senior entourage got dumped off the flatbed on a hilly turn. Luckily, there were no deaths But there were many broken bones and other sad lasting results.

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Todd NE WY says 2017-12-16 10:48:48 (CST)


Definitely nothing slick. I am going to be primarily hauling kids.

I forgot earlier, here is a picture of the wagon.



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So. Oh. Bill says 2017-12-16 21:46:27 (CST)

We have used boiled linseed oil for most of my life on everything with a wood handle or a wooden tongue with great success. There is one thing to watch out for with boiled linseed oil is that any rags or sponges used to apply it with must be either put in water or burned when you are finished because it will catch fire thru spontanius combustion after several hours or overnight. Be careful. A lot of buildings have burned before the next day.

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G.D.Rose says 2017-12-16 23:01:23 (CST)

Good looking wagon, just a comment for safety reasons you might want to put side rails on it. I ran a high school kid one with a trailer behind a pickup. He jump off of the trailer as we pulled up to a house to sing and he slipped on snow and feel under me. He wasn’t hurt luckily for me, hope things go good for you.

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Todd NE WY says 2017-12-17 10:23:57 (CST)


Yes, it’s going to get sides and a back with steps. If everything goes good I want to do a pumpkin patch and rides with Santa next year.


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