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#482851 - 01/01/04 03:18 AM Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
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Today or tomarrow I'm going to need to use my chainsaw, but I don't have any bar and chain oil. Problem is, I'm snowed in, stuck with a crappy rental car after my accident. My saw has an automatic oiler. Can I use something that I already have? 10w30 oil? 2 cycle oil? ATF?

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#482852 - 01/01/04 03:33 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
7TFord Offline


Registered: 01/30/03
Posts: 352
Loc: Ontario, Canada.
Anything is better than nothing but the options you mentioned won't have the clinging properties of the proper chain oil. Either will fly off easily probably. If you don't go at it too hard making too long a cut you should be able to get the work done without destroying your chain or bar.

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#482853 - 01/01/04 04:11 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
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What do you think would be best of those choices? Thicker? I have a bottle of 15w40 too..

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#482854 - 01/01/04 04:20 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
7TFord Offline


Registered: 01/30/03
Posts: 352
Loc: Ontario, Canada.
..The 15/40 being diesel fleet oil may be more sticky than the other two choices and may stay on better. You'll have to run the saw and hold the tip of the bar close to a surface while rotating the chain to see how much of the oil flings off. Keep an eye on the oil level also as it may use more of this oil than the regular lubricant that you are use to.

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#482855 - 01/01/04 04:21 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
labman Offline


Registered: 03/14/03
Posts: 8711
Loc: Nothern USA
Both my new and old Poulan manuals say a good grade of 30 weight is Ok. It also suggests thinning it in cold weather. Your multigrades are already thinner at the outdoor temperature when you are snowed in. Without the cling additives, either is going to be thrown off more than the regular oil. You might start with a little of the thicker. If you don't seem to be getting oil to the chain, switch to the thinner. I guess like other stuff, FLOW.

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#482856 - 01/01/04 04:40 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
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Alright guys...I don't have too much to cut, just a couple of christmas trees. (really big ones though [Big Grin] )

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#482857 - 01/01/04 07:19 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 4499
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I have a problem with chain life on my Husky saw. I now add 50% valvoline synthetic 75 gear oil to the standard chain lube. It is still sticky and I have improved my chain life by quite a bit!

Chris

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#482858 - 01/01/04 07:46 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
Bror Jace Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 4939
Loc: Saratoga, NY
When running a saw, is there any reason NOT to have the bar oiler at the highest setting?

--- Bror Jace

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#482859 - 01/01/04 10:14 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
blano Offline


Registered: 12/24/02
Posts: 687
Loc: Canada
quote:
When running a saw, is there any reason NOT to have the bar oiler at the highest setting?


With the majority of homeowner type saws, no. certain pro saws like the husky xp series and Dolmar bubble saws the pump massive amounts of oil and will make a real mess. Stihls on the other hand are much more stingy with oil and as a result may be maxed out without the mess.

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#482860 - 01/03/04 01:42 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
Blue99 Offline


Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 2233
Loc: Wisconsin
I took a spin thru the Sears Lawn & Garden this A.M. and the Craftsman bar & chain oil sells for $7.49 a gallon!

I currently use the Husky oil @ $3.99 & bought 2 jugs last fall on sale for $2.99.

Poulan oil is normally available for $2.99 in my area, for those of you who are not color sensitive & can handle the bright lime green jug.

Seems like a marketing scheme at Sears - some of the margin lost on discounted sale items is made up in accessories!

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#482861 - 01/03/04 08:06 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
Bror Jace Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 4939
Loc: Saratoga, NY
"Poulan oil is normally available for $2.99 in my area, for those of you who are not color sensitive & can handle the bright lime green jug."

This is what I use in our Stihl. 1 gallon is $2.99 ... 1 quart is $1.99 at Walmart. The SuperTech bar & chain oil is even cheaper.

Then Dad goes to the Stihl dealer and pays $3.95 for one quart of Stihl brand chain & bar oil. [Roll Eyes]

--- Bror Jace

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#482862 - 01/07/04 01:25 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
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Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 14959
Loc: Iowegia

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#482863 - 01/07/04 01:35 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
TooSlick Offline


Registered: 08/02/02
Posts: 5785
Loc: Dixie
I run the Amsoil B&C oil,which is a semisynthetic, tackified, EP gear lube. It works great in cold weather and you will never gum up the auto oiler. I run the same screen on the pickup tube season after season and the bars/chains last a long time. I can even cut hickory/oak using my Stihl 029 without increasing the flow rate of the auto oiler.

Cheap B&C oil contains lots of wax and flows terribly in cold weather. You can leave this semisynthetic lube outside overnight in the winter and still pour it into the saw the next morning. Don't ask me how I know that! [Roll Eyes]

www.amsoil.com/products/abc.html

[ January 07, 2004, 05:40 PM: Message edited by: TooSlick ]

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#482864 - 01/07/04 05:03 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
Don Stefanik Offline


Registered: 12/09/03
Posts: 573
Loc: Forest On
We've been using the AMSOIL Bar & Chain oil on drive chains on the combine, planter and anything else that has a chain on it.
John Deere combine

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#482865 - 01/08/04 11:03 AM Re: Bar and chain oil - what can I use??
Anonymous
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quote:
Originally posted by MolaKule:
Here are some old threads that might help:

http://theoildrop.server101.com/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=14;t=000005

http://theoildrop.server101.com/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=14;t=000084

Just curious...if you go through that much trouble for the chain oil what do you use in the engine? [Smile]

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