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bar and chain oil... make your own??

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by redneck51587, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. redneck51587

    redneck51587 ArboristSite Operative

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    I cut A LOT of firewood... And bar abduction chain oil just seems to get more expensive every time i stock up. Does anyone make their own??
     
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    Look for sales at the big box stores.

    I stocked up on bar oil from a store called Menard's back in September. It stinks like old differential oil though I don't notice it while cutting.

    For some 30 years, I used drain oil filtered through a pantie hose and never had any bar or chain trouble but for the last 15 years have used bar oil from the various discount stores. Still no trouble.

    Look for a oil that is stringy.
     
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    Bar oil contains tackifiers which allows it to cling to the chain while rotating around the bar at high speeds(similar to chain "wax" often used on moto-x bikes), otherwise it would simply sling off as soon as it rounded the sprocket tip. Which in turn would leave the bottom side of the bar with minimal lubricant.
    Causing pre-mature bar and chain wear.
    I can pick up a gallon of bar oil at the local Tractor Supply Co. for about $7.99, which is a heck of alot cheaper than motor oil.

    :popcorn:
     
  4. JRepairsK70e

    JRepairsK70e been there ...done that

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    i do a blend of 25%bar oil 75%clean oil drained from qt and gallon bottles of 5,10,15 wt and or any atf bottles , drain all bottles for a couple hours ,into a gallon bottle takes me about a month to get a full gallon [ doing 3-4 oil changes a week in my shop] end up buying 3 gallons b/c oil per year yields 12 gals special blend . i use the most in the spring during firewood processing so i sometimes run a little low and it takes the rest of the year to rebuild my stock pile . works for me jk
     
  5. redneck51587

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    Tsc oil is 10 bucks here... And Walmart sells it for 7.50. I used to get it for 5 at ace hardware after thanksgiving but they are up to 13 bucks. Just tryin to save a little money... Don't wanna trash my saws or anything. I remember my grandpa used to make it but he's not around anymore to ask :( RIP gramps
     

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