I’ve been reading on a Facebook group of home sawmillers that a lot of folks replace their regular bar oil with USED motor oil. I’m sure the EPA wouldn’t approve, but that would be cheaper than the expensive stuff they sell at the saw shop. I was down to a half gallon of bar oil, so I topped off the jug with used motor oil. That way, there will still be some stickiness to it. I’ll see how it does. If you dribble any around the fill-hole on the saw, it certainly shows up.
I filled the oil reservoir and poured the last of my two-year-old gas mixture into the gas tank. I’m surprised the saw is burning it okay, but it is. I then put a bottle of mix oil in the two gallon gas can and let it drain. I left the saw in the basement, so it would stay warm and start easier.
This afternoon, I went to the saw shop and picked up a couple file handles and a 13/64 file to use on half-worn-out chains, rather than 7/64, which I have plenty of. I also double checked with the owner as to what setting I should file the rakers to, since it had been ages since I’d filed any. I used to file chains every day when I worked in the woods for a living, but that was over eleven years ago. I’ve used chainsaws so little in the last five years, that I’d just put on a new chain whenever the saw quit cutting well. Unfortunately, I’ve finally used up my supply of extra chains, so it’s time to start filing again.
I then swung by town and put a couple gallons of gas in my chainsaw can. I’ll be glad to have some new gas for a change. I wonder if I’ll notice a difference in how the saw performs?
The main reason I went to the saw shop was in hopes they still had some calendars, but I checked by too late in the year. I thought about dropping by the tire shop that I use, but I saw no calendars there the other day, either, though I forgot to ask. In the old days, nearly every business had many advertising calendars to hand out; often, they had trouble getting rid of the last few. Heck, I used to even get them in the mail. Printing is so expensive anymore, though, that most businesses don’t pass them out anymore, and those that do don’t get as many in. Guess I’ll have to look for one at Chinamart. The times they are a changin’! © 2016