I use the bar oil from Lowes, which is thick and syrupy, but I can't help
but think that thinner 30 weight motor oil should work.
I realize the motor oil might get flung off, but so does bar oil if you
Anyway, has anyone ever RUINED a chainsaw by substituting motor oil for
bar oil, or is it just not something you've risked testing?
On Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:40:40 +0000 (UTC), Ewald Böhm
SOME chain saw oil is biodegradable but far from all. The eco friendly
oil is basically canola or some other vegetable oil. It is more
expensive but it seems to work about the same without putting an oil
slick on ponds and rivers when you are cutting trees there..
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:32:26 PM UTC-7, Ewald Böhm wrote:
The only real difference between motor oil and bar oil is the addition of '
tacky stuff' to help it stick to the chain...and yes, it does sling off. B
ack in the day (and that was some 70 years ago) the professionals used moto
r oil, most times used motor oil. Of course that was back when chain saws
were all gear drive and the chain didn't move at warp speed.
A couple decades ago, a friend of mine mentioned
a neighbor who saved a lot of money by using used
crank case motor oil in his chainsaw bar. However,
he wore out bars and chains more rapidly, and that
took all the fun out of it. As to new oil, I'm not
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The used oil is already worn out and also full of bits of metal. That
equates to not much lube and lots of abrasive material.
Used oil of any kind should not be used with maybe the exception of some
that is used for cooling such as out of a large transformer.
In a pinch almost any oil will do . I don't cut as much wood as Harry ,
but I do a few cords a year and I use chain oil . Cheaper than replacing
worn out bars and stretched chains . TIP: a sharp chain will run cooler ,
stretch less , and last longer in addition to cutting faster . If I touch
rock or something I put that saw away until I have time to check it out -
that's why all 3 saws go out with me when I'm cutting .
Harbor Freight has an electric sharpener on sale for around $ 30 or $ 40
that you can shapren a chain within a few moments. The chains can be
sharpened severl times.
While not heavy duty, it works fine for the average home owner.
On Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:15:41 PM UTC-7, Terry Coombs wrote:
I carry my toolbox with at least 2 chains for every saw I have on the truck
. Usually 3 but the other day I found I had 5 and used every one of them (
small stihl 192t to large Stihl 441. More just to give them some work than
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