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Old 12-11-2018, 02:40 PM
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Quick question for you chain-saw guys. Using a 5/32 file do you go one way, or back and forth to sharpen the teeth ? And why can't I use new motor oil to lube the chain. Use the saw on the farm in Alabama ,clearing trees and limbs. Thanks Jim
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Ran a stihl 090 with 6 foot bar and frame (alaskan mill) for milling out in the bush and man those chains had some teeth. We set up a second oil feed on the tip (old mower tank and fuel tap) and just used new cheap motor oil but lots and lots of it. Chain ran through the heart of the tree and lots of Aussie trees are really hard with termite nests full of sand up the middle so chains really got a pounding. Round file and a good eye when out on the job then swap chains a few times a day. Set up for a good sharpen with the dremel at night with a beer or 3, light touch and quick or you take too much good tooth.
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Old 12-11-2018, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by deckape View Post
Quick question for you chain-saw guys. Using a 5/32 file do you go one way, or back and forth to sharpen the teeth ? And why can't I use new motor oil to lube the chain. Use the saw on the farm in Alabama ,clearing trees and limbs. Thanks Jim
files cut one way, pushing away from you. The pointy end is where you attach the handle.

Motor or oil is not thick, and it is not sticky. It won’t stick to the chain and make it all the way around the bar. Top of the chain will be well lubed, and tip/bottom hardly at all.
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Old 12-11-2018, 05:55 PM
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The DEP park rangers here use canola oil. They say it works as well and is a lot more environmentally friendly. I use regular bar oil that is dirt cheap and I always be sure I have plenty. I also stock chains and a spare bar. After a hurricane, anything chain saw related is a precious commodity. They hauled about 60-70 cu/yds of hort waste away after Irma.
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Old 12-11-2018, 07:46 PM
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never thought about it before, but veg oil may be a good choice when cutting BBQ/smoking wood for cooking
If you have a saw with a feed control just turn it up to help send more down the line and it should not hurt the wood for smoking
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:16 PM
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I dont think Id want to sling vegetable oil through the woods with a saw.

I worked on some logging jobs with a company that used bio fluids in their equipment. One of the things was they used some sort of vegetable based oil inplace of petroleum based hydraulic fluid. Whenever you would blow a fitting or hose on an excavator or loader there would be swarms of yellow jackets all over. They'd just crawl all over the machine wherevef there was "hydraulic fluid" sprayed. Joy of joys. I hated when we had to work with that company on a job.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:04 AM
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I was out, tuning the high-speed fuel screw on one of my saws the other night as the engine was not reaching WOT-I got it and the low speed screw dialed in and when testing the newly sharpened chain, holy chip-tasitc!!! The cutters are all sharp and tuned, the rakers/depth guages are all set correctly, now I just need something to cut.

The food-grade oils for bar-oil is not a bad idea, just not when it is warm out for the insects/bees,but would probably be ok in the winter like it is up here now.
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