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post #1 of 47 Old 11-13-2011, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

Instead of paying ridiculous prices for oil, what can I use instead of Stihl or Poulan bar oil? Seems like snake oil just to lube your chain with some branded lube when prob most heavier oil in my garage will work. Thanks
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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

I use the Tractor Supply brand. In my area, it's $8.79 per gallon and a gallon will last me one two seasons.

It's plenty sticky and I haven't had a problem with burnt or overheated chains. It works for me.


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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

I have a drain container set up in my garage for all my funnels and oil jugs. I use those drippings for my chainsaw bar oil. I also use partial containers of oil, trans fluid etc. that I come across.
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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

I've heard of people straining waste motor oil and running it through their saws. I haven't tried it but don't see why it would hurt anything. I've got a 7.3 PSD in the fleet that would drop half my winter supply of bar oil in one oil change.... I've also heard of using vegetable cooking oil if you're cutting something you don't want contaminated.

I could see used ATF working very well in the winter as it's thinner and more pourable. As long as it's not totally trashed with metal in it I would use it as well.

I've personally used straight 30wt motor oil, 80-90 gear lube, and hydraulic oil in my saws when I was in a pinch. Never had an oiling-system related failure.

That being said, I do prefer to use actual bar and chain oil when I can. One thing about that walmart Poulan oil though, it has a stink to it.

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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

My chainsaws are part of my family, and I've always used store bought bar and chain oil. By the gallon it's not that costly. Like DJ I've used Tractor Suppy brand.

I would not give my kids outdated milk, I won't give my saws dirty or the wrong type of B&C oil either.

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My local guy carries Husqvarna bar oil. Why mess with cheaper stuff, it's not that expensive.

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Well my chain saw days are over, but when I did use them they got good ol drain oil and the lasted for years. And we did not have milk so the kids got the same. But if I were rich I would only use 3 in 1.


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I just buy it @ Lowes mainly because I buy there Pro Mix oil there once you try it you" ll be hooked!

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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

The whole idea behind chainsaw bar oil is for it to be tacky so it will stick to the chain and drive teeth instead of just slinging off of the chain during use. I know people who use old oil, but I also know their saws are a lot more messy than mine to clean up at the end of the day, not to nemtion it gets all over their chaps, coveralls. shoes etc.

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If your chainsaw ain't worth real chainsaw bar oil, feel free to run old stale gas in it too. Motor oil is not worth anything for lubing a chain, it's not stringy, flies off, doesn't have the viscosity to really lube the tip (no matter what type tip your bar has) and it certainly can't perform at the drive sprocket. One case where cheap isn't better.

Something closer to chain oil is rear end or "hypoid oil" thinned with kerosene. Even that is better than new or used motor oil which has already been changed out because it's lubrication properties won't lube an engine. Just because it "looks like oil" doesn't mean it still is. But these words are from a guy that uses bars until the chain drive tangs start dragging the bottom of the groove after a bunch of bar resets and truings.
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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

I agree. There is no replacement for true bar & chain oil. My cousin gave me a brand new saw several years ago he bought brand new and then let a co-worker borrow it. He was too cheap to use the proper oil, so he filled it with ATF. It destroyed the bar and chain in no time. I would say less than 2 maybe 3 tanks of fuel. It even messed up the oil pump, so after I replaced these 3 items, he was almost at the price of the saw when he bought it, and would have been way over if he had taken it in for labor and parts. Oil by the gallon at TSC stores go on sale for about $7. I haven't seen many brands over $9 regular price. Parts are too expensive to use anything but the real stuff I.M.H.O.
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On using the right bar oil.
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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

I am tempted to start a new thread, and indeed I may....as this thread isn't an exact match from my question on "cold weather chain bar oil".

I read on a customer evaluation for my newest saw, a Husky 440I, that he uses vegetable oil, and says it is cheaper. I have a problem with both parts, but the part that says vegetable oil is better in cold (below 40 degrees F?) weather may be correct. The cost, I pay about $10 a gallon for bar oil, I think Tractor Supply has a house brand for that amount.

So, what should I use below 40 degrees, how about vegetable oil? Which doesn't pass the "sticky" requirement in my experience with vege-oil.

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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

I catch a load of crap from the guys for using plain old 30wt, Jerry.

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Re: What to use for Bar & Chain Oil?

I use used oil... for people that say Used oil doesn't lubricate enough. I guess my HEMI needs bar oil instead .... Get real....
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