I recently got a Homelite 16" chain saw by John Deere. It works well, but it
puts out so much bar & chain oil, that it virtually drips off of the chain when
it is stopped. If I let it idle, it will drip about a drop of oil every 10-15
seconds. Is this a normal amount ??? Is it adjustable ??? It makes a mess !!!
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The older ones were - an old Norelco saw of mine had a meter screw right where
the bar mounted to the engine. Not so sure about the newer consumer models. I
have a 4 year old McCullough 50cc that isn't adjustable.
Nice feature - but the consumer models I've seen aren't that well engineered.
It doesn't have "tack" stuff added to it for one thing and doesn't
stick to the bar/chain. If it is so "clean" why change it? To say
thee is something wrong with your logic is a gross understatement.
Actually clean has nothing to do with it. The molecule chains break
down, that's why you change it.
My mac oiler is adjustable but can't say I ever have. It tends to be
on the light side as far as amount but I give it a pump or 2 every
once in a while.
Gear oil is a sticky oil, motor oil is a different thing not made to
stock, there is an actual additive to make chain oil sticky, id say if
it doesnt bother you by dripping out oil fast and run out old motor
oil is fine
The trouble with all you text book mechanics is that used motor oil has
been used for decades by lumberjacks without any problems. These mystic
beliefs propogated by the sellers of "Special" stuff suck you in.
If I wasn't me I wouldn't like me either.
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I have never bought chainsaw oil. First time my first saw needed it I
was in a jamb so I used gear oil. Since that I always used drain oil.
If I get some drain gear oil, I mix it with the used engine oil to make
it a little thicker. The plastic case the saw is stored in was full of
oil when I bought the thing (it was a return sold half price) and that
was real chain oil. I just put a rag in the bottom and now and then
change the rag. The greasy rag normally goes in a trash fire, smokes
like hell but they say the air is easier to clean then the groundwater.
It does? I thought it was between the crankshaft and the various
bearings, put there under pressure from the oil pump. No significant
amount of oil will just stick to the crankshaft, and even if it did,
what would be the point? To oil it where it has no friction?
Motor oil will drip and spit out the chain in no time, it doesnt have
the"sticky stuff" additive so it wont sling off the blade, motor oil
will be drained before you know it, then you can ruin the chain if you
forget to check the tank.
New or used motor oil should work just fine if you add some STP to the
mix. That may well be the main additive in bar oil anyhow. I think I
will try it on the next tree removal project that comes up.
I put anything that's handy in my bar oiler. Maybe if you run your
saw everyday for a living the difference might amount to something but
for the average diy'r it doesn't. And my saw is 30 years old. I'm on
my second bar, already flipped, but I don't have a clue about number
of chains. I can say that when I put a new chain on it it's because
there is not enough left of the teeth to sharpen it any more. I am
about due for bar number 3.
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