Chain saw experts out there.
I have a Poulan Pro chain saw I use for light chores
around my cottage. I store it in it's carrying case.
Since new I notice puddle of chain saw oil on the bottom of case.
Is this normal? Or what could be wrong?
The saw operates fine.
I`m not a expert on chain saws but have used them. The ones I have used have a
button that, when you push it, it extrudes oil onto the cutting blade for
lubrication. Any excess of this oil would of course drop off and puddle in the
case after using it.
It is entirely normal. There is always (or should always be) a bit
of oil in the channels to lube the chain. When you set it down,
this will drain out. The oil for the chain does not have a seal, so
it just flows through the channels at will. Try setting it in
different positions to minimize the drainage. I just don't worry
I think its normal for Poulan Pro. Clean out the oil and put a couple
of paper towels in the bottom and you won't notice it much. My Poulan
Pro uses a lot of oil, what I consider to be an excessive amount of
oil, and there is no oil adjustment. As a consequence when shut down
after heavy use, oil drips from the blade (doesn't leak). If I set it
aside for awhile or blow it clean with a compressor, oil doesn't
accumulate in the case. I guess the manufacture thinks a little
excess of oil is far better than a little too much, and they are
probably right, but an adjustment would be nice.
Poulans and Husky cheaper chainsaws
leak like crazy. I have a Husky 136 that
I keep in a shallow litter box pan with
absorbent pads under it to catch the oil.
It leaks right at the lube point and there
is no fix for it. I try to keep it empty when
not in use and add only as much as I
need for a cutting job. If my saw did not
run so good I would get rid of it due to
its leaks. But I use Stihl chains and a
Dremel sharpener and it cuts and runs
so well. I drain all gas out between uses.
...which might or might not have the problem. I have a small Echo,
which is a well-regarded nameplate, and it also drools a bit. It's no
big deal; just don't carry it in the front seat of your car, and you'll
be fine. :)
Bo Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
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