Well, a field expedient, or maybe for folks who beat up a bar so bad so fast
that it's not important, like limbers.
However, bar oils are formulated differently even for summer and winter to
try and hit that happy place where it carries well enough to lubricate,
while having the good sense to get out of the way with its burden of dirt
when the chain runs fast and free.
I'm in hardwood country, and in the days before harvesters it was really
tough to find someone who didn't use bar oil, or respect the tool that
brought him his livelihood well enough to spend the four bucks per gallon.
Bubba in the pineywoods might have enough waste oil in the junkers in his
front yard to cut for a couple of days, but it just doesn't make sense for
someone earning a living with his saw to scrounge dirty oil.
Who the hell let's the bar or chain hit the dirt?
If you are that careless, then you may as well use water
instead of bar oil.
email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
I'm wondering which part of "The first time the tip touches dirt even
for an instant, you've just put more crap on the bar than any amount of
used motor oil possibly could" you can't comprehend.
Face it, Doug, waste oil is perfectly fine as bar oil, despite your
bleating to the contrary.
(And the greenies who might want to cry about it are perfectly welcome
to go suck rocks.)
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Hoping you are not as obtuse as Doug, the purpose of the oil is _also_ to
help get the dirt which gets on the bar flushed away.
Unless your trees are much different that the rest of the world, the
bark/branch pockets/crotches will collect dirt.
I'm not sure what you think you read. I never said anything beyond stating
what is, or should be, self-evidently obvious: that new oil is a better
lubricant than used oil, and that oils specifically formulated for a
particular purpose are better suited to that purpose than oils which are not.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
It's the logical characterization by extension of your absolute position
which is repeated on a myriad of subjects...
It's not that the statements themselves are strictly incorrect (yes, new
oil <is> more lubricating than old, and yes, what is entrained in used
oil isn't a lubricant), it's that you tend to apply the principle to the
extreme where, in this case, the lubrication reqm'ts are so minimal and
the inevitable introduction of extraneous dirt and grime makes carrying
on over using virgin lubricant specifically tailored to the purpose such
overkill as to invite parody...
That help? :)
And, btw, most of the loss of function in motor oil isn't the oil, per
se, it's the breakdown of the additives that are there specifically for
the high-temperature/high-pressure conditions of an engine--conditions
not at all prevalent in the application here.
To that I certainly plead guilty... :)
I consistently try to point out the tendency to go to extremes (of which
you're not the only propoent), sadly. :(
I had hoped you just <might> see at least a modicum of levity arising in
the continuing descent into absurdium...alas, if not. I tried.
We've been waiting for that 'round these parts as long as I can remember. I
don't think Doug ever admits to being wrong. As near as I can tell, his
opinion is the nearest thing to gospel truth. Doug, thanks for setting us
all on the path to righteousness!
I've been using hair oil in my chain saw for years. The chain always
stays neat and nicely slicked down, even in a strong wind.
Occasionally you should take it to a barber for a trim. Some prefer to
take the chain saw to a beauty parlor for a wash and set, but that's
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