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Recommendations for bar oil?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by duvallite, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. duvallite

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    Looking for recommendations for what bar oil to use. Currently have been using some generic brand bar oil in my old 031AV, but just got a new 241 C-M, and am wondering if I should upgrade my choice in bar oil to something else. Both saws will see only occasional use.
     
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    I use biodegradable chainsaw oil almost exclusively. Better for you, the environment and keeps the saw much cleaner. Better in every way except for when storing the saw for a longer period of time. It is best to use a little petroleum-based oil just before putting the saw away since that oil won't harden/dry over time. I even use rapeseed oil directly from the grocery store for bar oil. Works fine. At least where I'm at the biodegradable chainsaw oil is just 95% rapeseed oil and some additives.
     
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    Occasional use is hard on a saw. I would recommend a branded bar oil and canned fuel. Tractor Supply or The Home Depot usually have good prices on bar oil. You want an oil that will not oxidize much between uses.
     
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    If a guy can afford it and depends on your usages just go and buy a box of stihl light bar oil.
     
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    Whatever is cheapest
     
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    Leave the organic stuff on the shelf. You never know when you may be cutting near a bee tree till they swarm your sweet smelling bar oil. You can't run away with the saw in your hand, cause they fly faster than U can run, so just drop it and let them have it for awhile. They'll eventually leave.
     
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    Been using tractor supply brand for 9 years without any problems, also have used Poulan brand occasionally also, I just have to thin it down in the winter on my saws that have diaphragm oil pumps.

    Steve
     
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    Thats me, I'm a cheap azz old bastard.:)
     
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    I'm using Chevron rock drill oil because I found a 5 gallon bucket of the stuff in the ditch.
     
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    I've had more wear problems from cheap guide bars or cheap chain than any cheap oil I've ever run.

    Not to name drop but I've got an EBay, El-Cheapo special B&C on my MS180.
    The chain stretches and bar feathers worse than anything I've ever run.
    For the price I don't flinch putting it into some roots so I guess that's a good thing.

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    I used to buy Poulan, but I now buy Echo.
     
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    Hello group,
    I use an oil not from retail it's a commercial product.
    I'm an LTL truck driver and have a customer who make a fantastic oil for the industry and he gives me gallons of it for free, he has both a winter and summer blend. I noticed a familiar smell from it so I asked if it was an automotive friction modifier like you used in differentials. No response just a look
     
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    The biggest difference between cheap bar oil and expensive bar oil is the weight of your wallet after you buy it. As long as it's oily and sticky it'll work perfectly well to protect your chain and bar.
     
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    Oh boy, an oil thread!:buttkick::popcorn2:
     
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    I use the FVP from Menard’s. I use the FVP synthetic 2 cycle oil in 40:1 bottles too.
     
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    Used some today, it works well and is even stringy when poured.
     
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    I like the people that pour used motor oil in their saws. What a mess. :crazy2:
     
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    Did that back in the early 80's, dad was using 30HD, new. I thought that was a waste of money, I could get used during oil changes for free.

    Steve
     
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    It didn’t take me long to figure out what I saved using used motor oil for bar oil I spent what I saved on new bars, remember the moto pay me now or pay me later. Either way we pay.

    The best bar oil I ever used was machine way oil. It’s Mobil vactra for machine tools, it’s very expensive and tacky. I had a source and got enough to test it. My saw was happy, happy, happy as the duck master would say. Lol
     
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    If everything was black I knew it was oiling.

    Steve
     
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