waxing chutes??

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by chester farmer, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. chester farmer

    chester farmer New Member

    other then the wax provided by ups which seems to not work when it is hot does anybody know of any that works better and lasts longer??
     
  2. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member


    I did not know that UPS offered a chute waxing service. Maybe they'll shave you instead. I hear waxing hurts.
     
  3. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, but think how smooth your butt will be! (I'm assuming "chute" is a UPS term for butt).
     
  4. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I would think that waxing would be a delicate procedure. I fell on mine and got six stitches when I fell on top of my DeWalt Compound Miter Saw that UPS awarded me for driving or showing up for work for so long. The worse part of my injury is pulling that surgical tape off my rear twice a day changing the dressing. I never knew butt skin was so sensitive!

    If chester is referring to slides instead of chutes, we have always used a silicon spray at work. Wet packages don't slide so well on metal slides, I wonder if nylon would be better. We need an expert Plant Engineer for this topic. wkmac?, where are you!
     
  5. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Scratch and Over,You guys keep it up and this thread will go from cut cracks to sniffin' cracks!LOL!
     
  6. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    We used to use a spray on type wax that was made of silicone.
     
  7. pe_gal

    pe_gal New Member

    The "chute wax" provided works best when applied so that it can be completely dry before operations. Most folks make the mistake of spraying it on at the start of the operation - all that does is transfer it onto the boxes and conveyors.
     
  8. mattwtrs

    mattwtrs Retired Senior Member

    I remember PE supplying operations with a paste wax back in the 70's. After the hub was moved out of our center there was no need for wax in the metro area(all straight line belt). When the business grew in the 80's and they started using another belt for air and more trips then spray cans of furniture polish was used on the slides and transfer plates.
     
  9. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    I lost my last old Bomber-style UPS jacket to a stain from the chute spray. I miss the old style jackets.
     
  10. RockyRogue

    RockyRogue Agent of Change

    This was what my first hub used.

    In answer to the poster's question, wax the h*ll out of the chute. I actually had complaints about using too MUCH wax. This was in the Chicago area, in July (very humid) lol. -Rocky
     
  11. As a pickoff in the 90's in Arizona, everything stuck to the slides, chutes, you name it. The wax in our building was like gold. You would have to look all over the building to find it. We substituted BAKERS WAX. This went on like a crayon and once the packages buffed it out we had no problems.

    One word of advise though, if you do decide to use anything besides what is supplied -- Bakers wax, Pledge, etc. you will be asked to have an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). If Ketter or OSHA come in and they catch it, it could be a fine.
     
  12. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Spay silicone works even better than wax. Spray on at the end of the day so it has a chance to dry. Boaters use the same stuff on bunk style trailers.

    TB
     
  13. PE_Guy

    PE_Guy Guest

    You can use a product called Chute Lube by CRC industries. It is available through Grainger. Make sure it is applied at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the sort so that it can dry.
     
  14. Under9five

    Under9five Guest

    Two things work much better, but you will need to get MSDS on both. It is the same stuff you put on your tires and dashboards in your vehicles. Armor All works great, but Black Magic is the best. Far better than the QuickFill wax.
     
  15. chester farmer

    chester farmer New Member

    I used black magic last night. awesome. it worked very well. However there was a very potent smell for about 2 hours after I put it on. Thank goodness I did it at lunch time when there was no day shift. This gave the smell time to leave before twi shift.
     
  16. SoyFish

    SoyFish Member

    Ehhhh the sup sprayed the chute with a "pledge" smelling substance...while the packages were flowing, so the boxes got the liquid on the bottom, thus getting it on my hands causeing my to "drop" a few packages due to slippage out of my handage.
     
  17. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    and in both cases thats why you give it awhile to dry....
     
  18. LKLND3380

    LKLND3380 Active Member

    We have a wax that is a milky white wax that is cut with water and put in a spray bottle... They try to spray down the chutes before start and around break time... We spray it in the middle of the sort as well... Boxes come down wet but a small price to pay I guess...
     
  19. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    I always loved watching packages come down somewhere near the speed of light after the chutes were sprayed.
     
  20. thebrownbox

    thebrownbox New Member


    They have the same smelling wax they spray it's a white milky looking spray and if the packages start getting stuck they start spraying..

    I hate when its on the packages for the reasons you describe.