Initial prototypes for the first Scottoiler system appeared over twenty five years ago, when Fraser Scott began to investigate and invest in the potential of his idea for a motorcycle chain oiler.
As a life-long motorcyclist, the initial idea came to Fraser when he was commuting from Glasgow to Manchester on a regular basis to meet with a girlfriend! Due to the high mileage that Fraser was travelling, he found himself having to continually adjust or change his chain. Eventually, under the name of FM Scottoilers Limited, Fraser first made the Scottoiler available to the public in 1986, finally settling on trading as Scottoiler (Scotland) Limited in 1992. Since then continual improvements and innovations have culminated in today's range of products.
The Scottoiler chain lube systems, for which Scottoiler is now widely know, clean and lubricate the chain. The solution was originally designed for motorcycle chains, but we also do a similar product for bicycles too. With motorcycle chains a coating of oil or grease protects the chain from wear and corrosion. However, road dirt tends to adhere to the oil and this combination of dirt and oil forms a grinding paste that increases friction and accelerates chain wear. To prevent this from happening it is necessary to clean the chain often. This used to require the chain to be removed from the sprockets and immersed in a bath of solvent which was a tedious and messy chore, often leading to staining of the cleaners' hands and clothing. Fraser wanted his invention to prevent this by significantly reducing chain wear. The Scottoiler not only does this but it also improves performance along with other benefits such as improved fuel economy. Fraser Scott’s invention has since changed people’s perceptions of what can be expected from the life of a chain and sprockets.
The popularity of Scottoiler products globally has created an ever expanding workforce with its HQ based in Milngavie just outside Glasgow. With a strong R&D function continually developing future Scottoiler products the company plans to bring the benefits of their product range to a much wider global community in the future.
Want to find out more about Fraser – check out his story about the invention of the original Scottoiler system.