Bosch Chainsaw Oil - Biodegradable (1 litre) £5.99 Amazon add on p&p free delivery if orders £10/prime otherwise 3.30 delivery
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Remember chainsaw oil should not be left for long periods of time (more than 9 months) in the saw as it will gum-up the chain oiler and stop it working.
You should run the chain oil out at the end of the season and flush with some very cheap 30wt motor oil after use.

I find chain oil too sticky and viscous for my liking anyway and dilute with cheap mineral oil at 50/50 all the time. Most pro loggers don't bother using 'chain' oil at all and just run with motor oil due to the cost.

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john184

Remember chainsaw oil should not be left for long periods of time (more … Remember chainsaw oil should not be left for long periods of time (more than 9 months) in the saw as it will gum-up the chain oiler and stop it working.You should run the chain oil out at the end of the season and flush with some very cheap 30wt motor oil after use.I find chain oil too sticky and viscous for my liking anyway and dilute with cheap mineral oil at 50/50 all the time. Most pro loggers don't bother using 'chain' oil at all and just run with motor oil due to the cost.



thanks for the tip, just bought 1st chainsaw and this oil

If you can't find any chain oil, 4 stroke lawn mower oil is the same thing S.A.E 30

batista

thanks for the tip, just bought 1st chainsaw and this oil



Good luck, be safe and take your time.

Learn to file the chain to the correct angle, a sharp chain is a safe chain. Blunt chains break.
Buy a second chain, they only take a few minutes to change and will mean you can tackle most jobs in a day and chains are cheap on Ebay, buy Oregon or Stihl with the same dimensions and size as standard (Stihl chains are harder and will last longer).
Be careful not to pinch the bar, if you are cutting anything big make some wedges and use them, this will allow you to fell in a specific direction and stop the tree from trapping the bar and chain. Research this.

Make sure the chain tension is correct, too tight is dangerous and will not cut well, too loose it will spin off. Also run the saw chain around after adjusting and check again. Make sure the chain doesn't get so hot you can't touch it. If it is something is wrong.

On a final note, if you want to look after your engine remember 2T oil degrades in Petrol, if the saw is lying 3+months make up fresh petrol/oil mix, this will help your piston rings and bronze bushes survive.

Happy cutting, John.

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john184

Good luck, be safe and take your time.Learn to file the chain to the … Good luck, be safe and take your time.Learn to file the chain to the correct angle, a sharp chain is a safe chain. Blunt chains break.Buy a second chain, they only take a few minutes to change and will mean you can tackle most jobs in a day and chains are cheap on Ebay, buy Oregon or Stihl with the same dimensions and size as standard (Stihl chains are harder and will last longer).Be careful not to pinch the bar, if you are cutting anything big make some wedges and use them, this will allow you to fell in a specific direction and stop the tree from trapping the bar and chain. Research this.Make sure the chain tension is correct, too tight is dangerous and will not cut well, too loose it will spin off. Also run the saw chain around after adjusting and check again. Make sure the chain doesn't get so hot you can't touch it. If it is something is wrong.On a final note, if you want to look after your engine remember 2T oil degrades in Petrol, if the saw is lying 3+months make up fresh petrol/oil mix, this will help your piston rings and bronze bushes survive.Happy cutting, John.



thanks for your advice

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I have used rape seed oil for years .I prefer breathing that to any mineral oil and it is cheap.

Always been this price.

john184

[quote=batista][quote=john184] . Learn to file the chain to the correct … [quote=batista][quote=john184] . Learn to file the chain to the correct angle, a sharp chain is a safe chain.



I love this for its simplicity! Even with a proper file and guide, sharpening a chain isn't easy, and most people will probably need to be shown how to do it. For instance only ever cut on the forward stroke never the backward.
Paying to have a chain sharpened is no longer economical so yes buy at least one spare.

got some of this for £3 from local tool hire shop.

I use blood

Thoughtful

I love this for its simplicity! Even with a proper file and guide, … I love this for its simplicity! Even with a proper file and guide, sharpening a chain isn't easy, and most people will probably need to be shown how to do it. For instance only ever cut on the forward stroke never the backward.Paying to have a chain sharpened is no longer economical so yes buy at least one spare.



Filing a chain isn't hard as long as it's done regularly to touch up the cutter, one or two strokes per cutter is generally enough to clean the cutter edge and make it sharp. Removing damage caused by hitting stones and the like (common in stumps) is more time consuming but not overly hard, just a matter of patience, holding your hand steady and filing all cutters to the same length.
Rakers will not normally need adjusted if no major alterations need to be make, this is also easily checked.
When I buy a chain I specifically like Stihl chain which uses a 30degree angle with the file flat on the bar (not the 10 degree down tilt), this makes filing easier.
For people who can't hold their hand steady and down't want to get a shop to file their chains this is a good tool - http://www.willisandgrabham.co.uk/product/oregon-filing-guide-23736a

Just remember to buy the correct size file, people over complicate chain sharpening, it's not hard. Most people still do it by hand and minor differences will not be noticed, even alot of saw chains sold have guide marks to show the correct angle.
As long as the cutters are the same length you will avoid banana cutting
Here is a video of how sharp I can get an old chain on a rebuilt saw, other videos aren't great but it is good to share-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB9SR2oceIY
Edited by: "john184" 21st Apr 2015

im suprised at the lack of jokes in this thread that I only came here for that...

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LightningPete

im suprised at the lack of jokes in this thread that I only came here for … im suprised at the lack of jokes in this thread that I only came here for that...


take it you didn't like what you saw

great just what i need for a AKE model.

Lots of good advice on this thread.
Just to add something often overlooked by newbies... Never cut into the ground (roots etc) the quickest way to kill your chain.
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