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Old 12-14-2010, 06:12 AM
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Afriend has lent me a B&D electric chain saw but i notice there is no oil in it< what kind/type of oil would I use?
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I use old motor oil in mine, a friend owns a tree removal company and he said thats what he uses
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They make chain saw bar oil, it's kinda sticky and holds onto the blades....is that too heavy for an electric saw??
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Get on-line with the manufacturer and you'll find the answer. Maybe electric saws don't generate enough bar friction to require oil?
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The cheapest crap you can find
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Any oil is better than no oil. Yes, the chain requires oil
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I think the bar oil you buy is just plain old 30 weight. Like the others said, its not critical that you buy the "right" kind.
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I have a Husqvarna Rancher 455 and use their bar oil. It seems a little thicker than 30W but I always tend to use it when it's cold out so who knows. Go to sears or look online. HD/Lowes has bar oil also
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Thanks, will do.
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I've put anything from motor oil to ATF in all the chainsaws I've run. The bar oil is tackier as I can see it leave "webs" on the bar/chain/wood but I think something is better than nothing for sure.
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What, no comments on borrowing tools?

Do you already have a chain saw and you're cheating on it?

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Chain saw oil or 30W would be fine. If you're in the cold, sometimes a lighter weight is better.

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bar and chain oil 10w for colder temps 45 and lower 30w for warmer. Bar and chain oil has additives in it to protect the bar and the chain
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Yep, bar and chain oil is the only thing you should use, it is very sticky stuff, hangs onto the chain instead of being slung off like motor oil.
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I use the cheapest chainsaw bar oil that I can find. My electric chainsaw does "spit" oil out on the wood being cut so I'd be careful of that.

Always think safety too!
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Wow, what a wide range of responses.

If it's my equipment is one thing, but if I borrowed it from a friend or family member, trust me it's getting the Cadillac of juices...chain saw oil. IMO there is a time to be cheap and there is a time to be stupid....neither of these is time for this IMO.
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You can easily go to the B&D site and pull up the manual for the exact model you have (borrowing). This is from the site for one of their saws....

"You can use any type of bar/chainsaw oil. If you are interested in using any other type of motor oil, please do not use very thick oil or very thin oil (i.e. oil for sewing machine). SAE #10 is recommended for cold weather, while SAE #40 is recommended for warm weather. For further information, please refer to your instructional manual provided with your purchased product."
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I would also be inclined to say this.....if I loaned out my chainsaw and it came back with motor oil in it for chain lube, that person would never get another tool from me!
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Wouldn't use motor oil. It doesn't have the thickness to hold onto the chain. Bar and Chain oil is the way to go, if you buy a gallon and don't do a ton of cutting it will last for quite a while. Using cheap oil or no oil will ruin a chain. The chain will get really hot, expand, and the next thing you know you have broken a chain. Not the place to save a couple bucks in my opinion.
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A good bar oil will really speed the cutting up. Without it you will replace the bar or at least the sprocket at the end of the bar prematurely. Chains will dull quicker also.
I don't really like regular oil for bar oil. In the brush its fine, but it makes more of a mess than bar oil due to its less tackiness. You should be able to point it at the ground or a log or whatever and run the saw and see a fine spray of oil on the surface from a few inches away.
Sometimes with regular oil it will seep through the oiler or seal for the resovoir depending on how you lay the saw.
I have noticed also that when I have used regular oil it ran out before it should have. IE, Most saws have a bar oil resovoir that is sized proportionally to contain enough oil to lube the bar for an entire tank of gas/oil mixture. It is usually pretty close atleast. I found that when I used motor oil I would notice the bar oil resovoir was empty alot of times way before the gas tank ran dry. When you are filling the saw up alot it is just easier to fill em both and not have to drag bottles of oil up and down the side of a mountain.
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go to any hardware store get yourself a jug of bar and chain oil--- any brand!

do not use motor oil or used motor oil

no need to make it more complicated than it really is, bar and chain oil for the bar and chain.

Be very carefull with that saw, I never ever ever loan out a chain saw. I will go cut something for some one, but they ain't leaving with one of my saws. A guy who doesn't own a chain saw, when using a saw, will cut a lot more than what he wants!
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