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Old 08-01-2006, 10:33 PM
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Default What Is Triflo?

This keeps coming up among our American brethren especially on lubricating certain heli parts such as the sprag clutch but outside of the USA we don't have a clue what you are talking about.

Obviously it is a lubricant but could anyone be a little more specific on its contents / viscosity so that we non-Americans can try to source an equivalent?

Thankee very much.
Old 08-02-2006, 04:07 AM
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TRI-FLOW™ SUPERIOR LUBRICANT WITH TEFLON

Tri-Flow Lubricant is ideal for preventative and corrective maintenance in industrial applications. Tri-Flow will keep equipment in service longer and reduce costly breakdowns caused by worn and dirty parts. Tri-Flow's unique coating action fills in surface irregularities with a combination of premium petroleum oils, micronized Teflon and extreme pressure additives which act to keep the Teflon in place for long-lasting lubrication. In addition, Tri-Flow contains penetrating aids, moisture displacers and corrosion inhibitors for added performance.
The result is a dramatic decrease in friction and wear, even under the most sever pressure and abrasive conditions.


Uses: Bearings, cables, nuts and bolts, air power tools, ball and socket joints, control cables, conveyors, cutting tools, drive chains, electric power tools, gears, glides, hinges, linkages, precision tools, rollers, taps and dies and valves.

Penetrates inaccessible areas to displace contaminants.
Lubricates with oils, additives and Teflon to reduce friction and increase part life.
Protects against moisture and corrosion damage; displaces moisture to prevent icing; inhibits rust formation and corrosive build-up.
Rejects dirt, dust, sand and other abrasive particles.
Resists rust and corrosion, even under extreme conditions.
Effective from -60°F to 475°F.
Keeps equipment running longer.
Reduces costly breakdowns caused by worn and dirty parts.
Old 08-02-2006, 04:22 AM
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Default RE: What Is Triflo?

Aha!

So the magioc ingredient is PTFE

Cheers!
Old 08-02-2006, 08:11 AM
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Default RE: What Is Triflo?

We usually find it in bicycle shops over here, I'd be shocked if it wasn't available over there but Ricks and Heliproz both carry it of your ordering anyting from either of them. It comes in spray form and a dropper bottle.
Old 08-02-2006, 08:58 AM
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I'd be shocked if it wasn't available over there
Please don't take this the wrong way but that is such a stereotypical statement from a US citizen that I had to smile. There are a whole range of lubrication products made in Japan and Europe. The local retailers have got no reason at all to import something from the USA unless it is ultra special. Now I know the magic ingredient, I am sure that I will be able to find something similar that is locally produced.

As far as personal imports go, international shipping on anything remotely flammable is out of the question.

Now I come to think of it, when I was a kid back in the UK, there was a bicycle oil that went by the name of "3-in-1". No self respecting pre-pubescent biker would be without a can. "Tri-flow" / "3-in-1" sounds a bit coincidental don't you think. Haven't got a clue if it had PTFE in it though.
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Hey, I've been there, they have Burger King! Why not tri flo?

3 in 1 is thicker than tri flo btw, you want something fairly thin, Automatic Transmission Fluid works well too but I prefer tri flo which is thinner than even ATF.
Old 08-02-2006, 06:34 PM
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Default RE: What Is Triflo?

Tri-flo is based on PTFE, as you noticed. 3 - in - 1 oil is just a very low viscosity, petroleum based product. It is great for just about anything mechanical but I wouldn't use it in place of Tri-flo, especially where you might need the properties of teflon.
Just my .02

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Old 08-04-2006, 07:43 PM
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Default RE: What Is Triflo?

Triflow is also petroleum based, and may deteriorate plastic parts.
Old 08-05-2006, 04:02 PM
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BarracudaHockey,

I bow down to you whilst eating humble pie.

I went into my (not so) local heli store and went foraging. On a dusty shelf in the bowels of the shop, you'll never guess what I found?


Yep. specially imported. limited stock only.....Tri-Flow.


Please forgive me
Old 08-05-2006, 08:37 PM
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marvel mystery oil, much better.
Old 08-06-2006, 08:19 AM
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LMAO! Did you have lunch at Burger King while you were out forraging!

Its all good. BTW are you a native to Japan? Your English is excellent, infact so good that I thought you were a serviceman stationed over there.
Old 08-06-2006, 05:29 PM
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Neither, I am a Brit.

Working for a plastics company in Nagano, came here for three years, but that was 14 years ago, also spent some of those years in Singapore and I still travel a lot, though not as much as I used to (thankfully)

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Default RE: What Is Triflo?

Went to an auto shop and saw a product called synthetic grease and it contains: molybdenum disulfide, graphite, and teflon. Is this similar to tri-flow?

Wyatt W.
Old 08-09-2006, 11:05 PM
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ptfd is the teflon, it is common in engine additives like slick 50 and others.
Old 08-15-2006, 02:36 AM
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Default RE: What Is Triflo?

here have some of this.... http://www.gt85.co.uk/

ahhhh 3 in 1 oil.....the good ole days!

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