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Greasing the clutch and bar sprocket? Airfilters

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Huskybill, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. Huskybill

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    How often do you grease the clutch and bar sprocket?

    How often do you clean or change out the airfilter?

    I do both daily after a day of cutting. Since I clean my air filters every evening I don’t carry extra air filters. I split my airfilters and spray ether from the inside out on the mesh nylon filters. My son is up in the wilds cutting I gave him new filters for both husky saws. Ether removes the oil from the airfilters.
     
  2. Kensie1988

    Kensie1988 Vintage Saw Maniac

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    Boy you just opened a can of worms with that one lol

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    Don’t depend on the bar oil to lube the sprocket. Again the used saws feel like the rollers in the clutch are square from lack of lube. It’s abuse of equipment, I’m sorry but I see lack of maintence.

    On my used saws it’s a new air filter, spark plug, rim and drum and clutch bearing.

    If your buying a used saw in person remove the air cleaner and look inside the horn that adapts the air filter to the carb and the choke plate for wood dust.
    Scary topics for some?
     
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    Kensie1988 Vintage Saw Maniac

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    There are A LOT of opinions about whether to grease your bar tip or not.

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    That’s why I see so much play in the sprocket nose just before it goes ballastic? I keep my bar rails dressed and my sprockets greased.

    My saws got maintenance before I ate supper after a day of cutting. When you make a living with them nothing is spared.
     
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    Do you use the same grease for the clutch bearing as the sprocket tip ?
    I use the blue stuff from Oregon that comes in that tube made for the sprocket not much just a touch.
    Wonder sometimes if it can take the heat from the clutch drum.
     
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    The moly grease works fine for me. Never had a problem with the clutch slipping. Just one little pump from the sprocket/clutch grease gun.
     
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    Considered by most a "non-issue". That is what is the fun part.
     
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    I greased my clutch bearing once and made a huge mess. It's easy to put too much in there. Im thinking about taking the clutch off and applying it with my finger going forward. It's something I need to do more often though. I don't grease my bar tips at all. Every time a chain comes off the bar the bar rails get a good inspection and burrs removed as needed. I clean the bar groove and the oil hole and it goes back on with a sharp chain, usually flipped... I've noticed my 298 clutch drum bearing sounded a little dry when I ran it last but couldn't pump grease into the end of the crank shaft to lube it. Maybe its not drilled or its blocked. Either way, the clutch needs to come off to be inspected but I put it off... maybe soon.
     
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    I grease the clutch bearing when I remember and never grease the sprocket. Air filters get tapped out when it needs it but i check it when i refill the gas and bar oil.
     
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    When I change the sprocket.


    When I think of it, maybe every few months of running. They don't get that dirty.
    Get saws in often that haven't been touch in years other than run and sort of sharpened.
     
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    I've got one saw I use for clearing trees out of the creek with, it gets cleaned and greased after every trip. The others gets greased every 30 days of my normal use.

    Steve Sidwell
     
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    Every time I sharpen. Sometimes I wish that the clutch grease hole was exposed on the side cover so I didn’t have to take it off to grease it. I also wish the 372 had a grease hole on the crank, I tried drilling it once but it’s tempered steel and no dice on that
     
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    The bearings probably once a week. Sprocket tips... I don’t. I knock out the air filter a few times a day, blow it out in the evening. The bar gets dressed with a file at the end of the day when I flip it. I grind on an as-needed basis.

    That said, I may be running a saw two days a week. If I’ve gotten into a situation where I’m production cutting every day for a week my clutch bearings go to every day I don’t shave, which is every other day. Everything else stays the same.

    If I was running a bar that had a grease nipple or hole to be greased like some of the old Windsors I ran when I was running Husqvarna saws I would grease them when I did the clutch bearings. If there’s not a point to be greased it makes a mess and to be honest, isn’t worth it.
     
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    My opinion your waaaay over greasing but your a pro I’m not.
     
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    Pro greaser?
     
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    I once had a customer when I worked at a dealership, bring his ztr mower back, @ 1 year old, screaming WARRANTY!!!! His deck spindles were coming apart, all of them.
    I put the mower up on the lift, and the deck underneath was clean looking, no grass stuck to anything, any a thick coat of oil/grease over everything. I grabbed the blades to check the bearings, and ball bearing pieces bounced out on the shop floor.
    I called the customer to talk about things, asked him if he greased the mower himself. He sounded excited and blurted out, "Every time I use it"!!!!!
     
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    Well said.

    I


    Sent while firmly grasping my redline lubed RAM
     
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    I grease both probably once or twice a year. I cut probably twice a month and have had zero problems for 20 years with that process. I check the air filter before use every time and if it looks dirty I clean or replace it.

    As far as my mower. I cut between 5 and ten acres a week during the cutting season. Spindles get greased once a season.
     
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    That’s the way I do it.
    Take off the clutch and a bit of grease worked in.
    Only spins when you idle.
    Get busy cutting.
     

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