How do you lubricate a chainsaw chain?

Rapeseed-based (usually called canola) oil is currently the most common environmentally compatible chain-and-bar lubricant. Vegetable-based oils are triglycerides or natural esters that come from agricultural crops.

Rapeseed-based (usually called canola) oil is currently the most common environmentally compatible chain-and-bar lubricant. Vegetable-based oils are triglycerides or natural esters that come from agricultural crops.

Secondly, can you put motor oil in a chainsaw? Motor Oil. Chain saw bar and chain oil isn’t rated by SAE like traditional automobile motor oil. If your manufacturer’s bar and chain oil is unavailable, you can use SAE 30 weight motor oil to lube your chain during the summer and SAE 10 weight during the winter, according to the University of Missouri Extension.

Thereof, what happens to a chainsaw without bar oil?

Without lubricant, the speed at which the chain moves over the chainsaw bar can cause some serious friction. A slowed-down chain and excessive fuel burning mean there’s a lot of friction between your bar and chain, which means a lot of heat is being produced that could do major damage to your saw.

What is a good substitute for chainsaw bar oil?

Bar And Chain Oil Alternatives

  • Motor oil. Motor oil is the most readily available alternative lube available.
  • Vegetable oil. Vegetable oil is also a quite affordable bar and chain oil alternative.
  • Canola oil. Canola oil shouldn’t be confused with vegetable oil.
  • Drained hydraulic fluids.

Can you use regular motor oil on a chainsaw?

Drawbacks of Using Motor Oil on Chainsaws No one recommends using old recycled motor oil. Some note that used motor oil could burn up your bar and chain sooner, which will make up for any cost savings. Used motor oil will sling off your chainsaw faster because it is already broken down.

Can I use vegetable oil in my chainsaw?

One final note: This article recommends using vegetable oil to replace chain oil in chainsaws. However, this does NOT mean replacing “mix” oil which is used for the gas mix. For mix oil, you must use the petroleum-based 2-stroke mix oil recommended by the chain saw manufacturer.

Can I use hydraulic oil for my chainsaw bar?

Hydraulic oil should not be used as bar oil. For one, it does not work as well for eliminating pitch on the bar. A quality bar oil will help reduce buildup of pitch on the bar and chain, which helps to reduce wear and increases cutting efficiency.

Can I use 2 stroke oil as bar oil?

Always use 2 stroke oil only for the mix. Oil is “relatively” cheap, compared to small engines. It is not worth the loss of lubrication and deposit control risk. Bar oil needs to be sticky in the summer for lubrication and to flow with “stickyness” for bar and chain lube in the cold.

Can you run a chainsaw without bar oil?

Yes. You’ll overheat and burn the bar and the chains without it. I tried used motor oil once – what a freeking mess~!!

Is bar and chain oil the same as motor oil?

Bar and chain oil is stickier than regular motor oil, so it stays on the chain longer. Motor oil flings off the chain more quickly, so if you try Terry’s tip, be prepared to refill the oil on your chain saw more quickly than with regular bar and chain oil.

How tight should a chainsaw chain be?

A properly-tensioned chainsaw chain should still be just a little loose on the chainsaw guide bar, but the chain needs to be tight enough that you can’t pull the drive links out of the bar nose.

How much chainsaw oil do I need?

When to Oil Gas chainsaws use about one tank of bar and chain oil for every tank of fuel, so fill the reservoir every time you fill the tank.

Why is my Stihl chainsaw not oiling the chain?

Turn up the Stihl chainsaw oiler adjustment counterclockwise to increase the oil. Hold the machine up and start the throttle. If it’s working right, there should be tiny oil drops as the chain spins. There won’t be any drops at all for a Stihl chainsaw bar oil clogged passageway.

What kind of oil goes in a Stihl chainsaw?

All STIHL gasoline-powered equipment runs on a 50:1 mixture of gasoline and 2-cycle engine oil.

How does the oil pump work on a chainsaw?

Specially engineered chainsaw bar oil goes into the oil reservoir. As you throttle up, a worm drive engages the pump to send oil through a port that releases onto the bar. As the chain moves across the bar, it distributes the oil across the surface, reducing the friction and the heat that occurs when cutting.

Why does my Stihl chainsaw leak bar oil?

This condition is deemed to be normal for any chainsaw with a similar bar & chain lubricating system. If the unit continues to seep oil after a few days, the problem may be the vacuum relief valve located in the side of the engine housing between the oil output hole and the bar stud(s).