WVO for chainsaw bar oil

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WVO for chainsaw bar oil

Postby SunWizard » Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:24 am

Has anyone else been using WVO for chainsaw bar oil? After researching it, I have started using only cleaned canola WVO in my stihl chainsaw and it works great. Some countries in europe have been testing and using veg. oil for years and Austria has banned mineral oils for chainsaws. Here is a report that the US forest service did when testing it, which states: "The benefits of using vegetable oils are well known in Germany, where there are about 80 brands available" and "Vegetable oils have many good natural properties including good lubricity, good resistance to shear, a high flash point, and a high viscosity index. "

Manufacturers and some users claim extended bar-and-chain life when using canola-based products because it lubricates and adheres to metal better than petroleum-based oils. Stihl sells a canola based bar oil they call bioplus, but I like using my WVO for free even better.

Note this is for the bar, I am not using it as a 2 stroke mix oil in the fuel, which some have also been testing.
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Re: WVO for chainsaw bar oil

Postby John Galt » Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:27 pm

Has anyone else been using WVO for chainsaw bar oil?
Yup, for years.
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Re: WVO for chainsaw bar oil

Postby beeline » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:37 pm

I haven't (knowingly) used VO in the saw, but remember that some bought oils, especially cheaper ones tend to get pulled out in long goops instead of a steady stream when it get's cold out (-30C). Used engine oil can be used too when using for firewood, etc. where the color of the oil (discoloration of the wood) doesn't matter.
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Re: WVO for chainsaw bar oil

Postby zoochy » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:25 pm

Yup, it works great. Price is right too.
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