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Is it normal for Chainsaw to leak bar oil if left idling?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by magbarn, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. magbarn

    magbarn ArboristSite Lurker

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    Help a chainsaw newb out... None of my previous cheapies would do this (pull-on brand chainsaws).
    I'm already on my 2nd CS-400 Echo saw from home cheapo (I know about the dealer bit, but I got $300 on HD gift cards that my dealer wouldn't take lol) Th 1st one I returned would also puddle oil when idling (And no, the idle is not too high that the chain moves while idling). The 2nd one I bought also did the same thing. If I adjust the oiler all the way down, the puddling would stop, but then the bar would run dry. They both didn't leak when engine is off. I also removed the B&C and inspected them. Neither one cut any wood so yes they were both immaculately clean. Is this normal? They both coat the chains with a good amount of oil when running. I don't feel like returning the 2nd saw too if they all do this. I almost got the Husky 350 instead from Lowe's but alas I only had $150 GC with them. Do huskies do this too?
     
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    Serves you right for buying from home cheapo when you know nothing about the product. I'm sure a dealer would know the answer to your question.
     
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    that was kinda harsh zane. i mean he had giftcards i dont see why thats so bad.Mike
     
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    TROLL!!!!!!!!!! Time for some neg rep points!

    I don't know about your Echo, but it is normal for some saws to oil even at idle. Some oil pumps are driven off the crank and others are driven off the clutch. If driven off the clutch drum, it will only oil when the chain is moving.

    The 350 is likely a much better saw. I'll let others kick in there.
     
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    In his case he should have used the certificates for a product he knows something about, like a shovel. Instead, he buys a chainsaw, does he even know how to use it? A dealer could show him the ins and outs, but instead he decides to save some money, hope he doesn't cut his leg off.
     
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    it looks like the oiler set up on that saw is attached to the crank and as long as the motor is running it is turning the oil pump.

    not sure just looked at an IPL and thats what it looks like.
     
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    lol +1

    a saw dripping oil at idle is pretty common among different brands and models, it just depends if the oiler drive wheel runs of the crank or the clutch.
     
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    Magbarn, I'm not up to date on the current Echos, but leaking bar oil while idling is normal, depending on the design of the saw.

    Some saws drive the oil pump any time the engine is running. If your saw is one of these, then it will be dispensing oil all the time. If the chain is not turning, the oil will puddle.

    Most modern saws, however, only drive the oil pump when the chain is turning. If your saw is of this design, oil puddling while idling is not normal.
     
  9. Former Saw Builder

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    oil

    A little oil won't hurt anything I get more worried when I don't see oil then when I do. (EPA - SUCKS) I liked the good' old days where the saws were slinging oil everywhere and left nice puddles on the stumps for the bog turtles to stick too. :popcorn:
     
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    Do I want to know what a "bog turtle" is?
     
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    i was limbing woth my little 142 last weekend. i was climbing all over the place and i left it idleing the whole time. yes teh cheapie saws pump oil as long as the motor is running.Mike
     
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    Go to the EPA site it will tell you all about them I'm sure...
     
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    i do, whats a bog turtle
     
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    I'm going to keep this short.


    The Bog Turtle ( Glyptemys muhlenbergii ) is a turtle native to the Eastern United States. It is one of the smallest species of turtle and is considered threatened at the federal level and endangered in some states.

    :dizzy:
     
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    Hmmmm.... disappointing. I thought it was something rude



     
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    The non-pro MS260 (was 260FB here - now discontinued) is a prime exemple - bad deal on an otherwise good saw.
     
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    Does the Husky 350 have the same cheap oiler that's always on?
     
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    I think it only oils when the chain is spinning (ECO PUMP). SAWTROLL will let you know
     
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    350 is clutch driven (no oil at idle)


    STK
     
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    No, and it is adjustable as well - good deal on a "consumer" saw.
     

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