Walmart sells Poulan branded bar oil for less than
$3 per gallon. Still on your first gallon? Don't
use than saw much huh? If you burn wood and get
your own, that gallon of oil will be gone fairly
quickly (or the blade will be gone).
The oil on the chain will be distributed in you environment it's
totally unacceptable to use a non-biodegradable oil for lubricating
the saw. The pro's you have seen obviously don't care a dam about the
rest of the world and should be [insert punishment of choice]...
Husqvarna were selling a bar oil based on vegetable oil. I have recently
heard that the performance was/is considered unsatisfactory but this is
very second hand info, just some guy whose brother does logging in
Guess it probably would be more environmentally friendly, somewhat.
I use Poulan bar oil from Walmart. Its 30 weight with a tackifier (sp?) in
it so it sticks to the chain better than motor oil. Since it doesn't have
any of the additives needed to keep an engine clean, its cheaper than motor
Bar & chain oil is a *lot* thicker and stickier than motor oil. This helps it
stay on the chain. Motor oil will work, but it gets slung off the chain pretty
quickly, so you have to replenish the oil reservoir more often. And it makes a
hell of a mess.
Bottom line: motor oil is cheaper, but you use more of it. I'm guessing it's
about even, price-wise.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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