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Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar Oil?


Logging A lumberjack working with a chainsaw.
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Question: Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar Oil?
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Answer: You really do need to use a quality bar oil. Here is why! Bar and chain oil has a "high-tack" additive that prevents it from slinging off the chain as it travels around the tip. NEVER use used motor oil!

Here are some quotes from my forestry forum...

"NEVER use motor oil, it will burn up your bar and chain way too soon to be cost effective. Used motor oil will sling off twice as fast because it is all ready broke down, and since it's flying off the chainsaw asap it will all end up on your boots and pants making a big mess." - RECYCLE1

"Yes, bar oil has an additive that is extremely sticky, that keeps the oil sticking to the bar groove and chain. I actually have a quart of the stuff and it is amazing. I got it from an oil distributor and I think it's called Mac T or something similar." - TREEMAN2

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