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NPComb
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Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
I can’t find my chain saw oil and want to cut two limbs. I have some vegetable oil, would that fowl things up or can I get away with skipping a trip to Lowe’s?
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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
Id prefer motor oil if you have some of that laying around


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
sure. but, i don't think that it'll lube for a very long time.



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NPComb
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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
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prefer motor oil if you have some of that laying around


I have used motor oil that I haven’t recycled yet from an oil change about a month ago?


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
If it doesn't have water in it than use that.


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
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I have used motor oil that I haven’t recycled yet from an oil change about a month ago?


I hope that is fine, because that is what I use as chain oil most of the time.


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
For 2 limbs almost any oil will work. I’d use the dirty motor oil but the chain won’t care as long as you have something heavier than WD-40 on it for a job that short.


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Kyrie Eleison
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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
transmission oil/fluid works better...


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
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that is what I use as chain oil most of the time.


Same. As long as you put it back in some kind of decent container without getting it filthy its great bar oil.


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
Great for making sure your saw's bar oil pump will start leaking. And it doesn't have sufficient properties to properly lubricate the chain, bar, and sprocket. I just overhauled the Echo PPF-2620 for the guy that does my parent's yard, leaked like a sive because he'd been running 10W-30 in it since he bought it new last year. $500 piece of equipment that took another $100 in parts to save $10 on oil...

Motor oil has additives that aren't compatible with the cheap buna-N o-rings. Used oil has that problem plus all the crap that was cleaned out of the engine it came from.

Good bar oil isn't a big expense, people will pay a premium for non-ethanol fuel, synthetic 2-stroke oil, then put used shite in for bar oil...


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
Are you in the woods, yes

In the city, drive to Lowes


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
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Good bar oil isn't a big expense,


Good bar oil is the wash from pipes with a viscosity modifier added.



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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
Thats all well and good and I'm sure 100% accurate, but its a and I have gallons of used oil. It works just fine and in my experience doesn't hurt anything.


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
I am w/ downshift - I have been running used motor oil thru Stihls and Huskys for a decade plus - no issues. The only thing I notice is its a little thin in the summer but below freezing the viscosity is fine.


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
Hell there's a video on youtube of a guy running a pushmower on filtered bacon grease.

And honestly, after it burns the contaminants off... It ran amazingly well for hours on end


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Clames
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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
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Good bar oil is the wash from pipes with a viscosity modifier added.


Depends on your definition of good then. I have a gallon bottle of the Stihl woodcutter oil and a quart of the bio stuff in the green bottle. The bio stuff is tackier and certainly not something washed out of a petro plant. I use the green bottle stuff exclusively if I could get it locally.


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
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The bio stuff is tackier and certainly not something washed out of a petro plant.


Well... It is



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GREENHEAD22
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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
Yall are going to get a laugh but I thought it was normal that saws leak bar oil. My Echo has since I bought it. Guess I need to look into that. ??


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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
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Yall are going to get a laugh but I thought it was normal that saws leak bar oil.


Gotta tune that screw just right so it sprays a fine mist of bar oil when running baw. Slicker than greased owl shite under a heat lamp.


Clames
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re: Can you use vegetable oil for pole saw lubricant? ETA: thanks Baws for the responses!
My 025 did until I pulled the pump, replaced the seals, and started using Stihl bar and chain oil instead of generic stuff. Used to keep a stack of pig mats in the saw case to keep the saw from pooling the case and soaking the sharpening tools. My MS391 has never leaked but it's a much newer saw and never had anything but Stihl oil in it. Something to consider is to check the bar to too if the oil hole is partially clogged. That will put a lot of oil under the cover and it will drip out.


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