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    Chainsaw Bar Oil

    The arborist that did our tree trimming yesterday uses canola oil or vegetable oil for chainsaw bar oil, says hes been using it for years, 15+.
    Searching the internet indicated a lot a people use it, who knew.
    I've always used straight 30w motor oil....now at approximately $5 per quart.
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    Huh. I'd never given it much thought. I've had a one chainsaw or another for 30+ years now and always just use plain old bar & chain oil. I've never heard of anyone using anything else.

    I wonder how long it takes for that stuff (veggie oils) to go rancid and if that would have any effect on a saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Huh. I'd never given it much thought. I've had a one chainsaw or another for 30+ years now and always just use plain old bar & chain oil. I've never heard of anyone using anything else.

    I wonder how long it takes for that stuff (veggie oils) to go rancid and if that would have any effect on a saw.
    I think we always have a fresh bottle in the kitchen.
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    Just cheap ole bar and chain oil here. Never have had a problem with chain lubrication.
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    Some years ago, I read that Bar Oil has a stick factor built in for it to cling to the bar and chain rather than being flung off. Cooking Oil? Interesting... Rancid comes to mind although it sounds odd.
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    Bar oil for me its cheap and thick. I'd think 30 weight is a bit thin. I'll keep this in mind if I run low on bar oil some weekend.
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    Just read online that some manufactures bar oil is based on vegetable oil.
    IMO the sticky factor of oil at 13000 RPM is nothing more that a selling feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I think we always have a fresh bottle in the kitchen.
    Yeah, but do you drain any excess out of your saw before you put it away? I only use my chainsaw once every 2 or 3 months. I'd hate to fill it, use it to cut up one tree, put it away and then pull it out 3 months later only to find it full of nasty, rancid oil. I suppose if it's veggie oil you can just open the filler cap and pour it out onto the lawn or into the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Yeah, but do you drain any excess out of your saw before you put it away? I only use my chainsaw once every 2 or 3 months. I'd hate to fill it, use it to cut up one tree, put it away and then pull it out 3 months later only to find it full of nasty, rancid oil. I suppose if it's veggie oil you can just open the filler cap and pour it out onto the lawn or into the woods.
    From what I read, going rancid is not an issue. At least with the canola oil.
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    When I used to moose hunt, several fellas would have a small arborist saw with veggie oil in it to cut up their kill. (Some prefer that method over an axe to split the hip.) We never had an issue with it, but we weren't cutting trees with those saws either.
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