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    Chain saw problem

    Hi folks. I don't use my saw all that often, in fact the last time was when I cut up the piece of chocalate Larry sent me. That was a while ago.

    My problem is, even though I use plenty enough bar oil, and clean all the wood shavings off the bar and chain when I take the bar and chain off the saw (for more compact storage) when I go to use it again, the chain is all stiff and needs to be loosend up and re-lubed. I use the synthetic chain oil, if that's good, but it seems like it turned to a black cakey stuff on the chain and will not flex at the pins. I hang the chain on the bar in one of my tool cabs, and I thought it was rusting, but it doesn't look like rust.

    The current chain was a new Oregon chain and only was used on Larry's chocalate.

    I think next time I am going to put the chain away in a freezer bag with lots of oil on it. It's soaking in one now with penetrating oil.

    Any suggestions? BTW, if this is not the right place for this thread, please move it. Thanks.
    Last edited by Tony Baideme; 09-16-2011 at 02:57 AM.
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    I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that you were cutting walnut. I know that walnut will blacken my lathe bed and hands when I work on it. I wonder if the sawdust is reacting with the steel and oil and making an oxidized sludge that's hardening up on you.

    I haven't had a chance to use a chainsaw on walnut, so I don't know if others have seen this before or not.
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    Thanks Vaughn. Maybe Larry will chime in with an answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Baideme View Post
    Thanks Vaughn. Maybe Larry will chime in with an answer.
    Eh...what does he know about cutting walnut?
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    I think a lot of it is sawdust/oil mix sitting for some time. I know walnut is worse than others but mixed with oil and not used for some time will stiffen. I soaked mine in a small can of gasoline for several hours and it came out fine.
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    Chain saw problem

    Thanks Bernie,

    I'll have to give that a try. My saw is an 18" Craftsman electric, so I don't have any gas at home.

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    Hmm...the chain on my electric chainsaw seems to get gummed up on a regular basis, but the one on my gas one doesn't. I wonder if it has to do with the speed of the chain? A difference in heat, maybe?
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    Tony you are using the chain oil made for electric saws, right?

    There is a BIG difference, the regular chain oil for gas saws is much thicker, as it gets warmed up by the high speed chain, and the gas engine.

    The chain oil for electric chainsaws is much thinner stuff.

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    Chain saw problem

    Ok Stu, Vaughn, you got me curious.

    The oil I am using ("G Oil" brand) is claimed to be "Ultimate Biodegradable", "Green Oil", made with "American GROWN base oils"
    and is not mineral oil based. It is "for use with all chainsaws". It is pretty thin.

    Their website is: www.GETG.com

    I figured it would be good for my saw. What do you think?

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    Last edited by Tony Baideme; 09-16-2011 at 05:35 AM.
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    Toni, don't know anything about an electric chainsaw so can't provide help in that front. But am thinking if the chain is sharp at all, a plastic baggy isn't the storage solution. How about a little bucket with a lid and immerse it in oil. Then before you use it, hang it over the bucket and allow it to drip dry the oil back into the bucket. When not in use, bucket with chain in it, lid on it and all should be good.
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