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Just bought some McCullough chainsaw oil and on the way home had an idea. It
says on the container that it is biodegradable which suggests that it might
be a vegetable oil. I can get 5 times the amount of vegetable cooking oil
for the same price I paid for the McCullough.
Has any one tried cooking oil and is the chain still going round?

BillR



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Bar and chain oil is formulated to be sticky, so that it won't be slung off of
the chain in the first five seconds of operation. Anything as thin as cooking
oil won't stay on the chain long enough to provide adequate lubrication.
You'll probably wind up using *ten* times as much.

And it won't be high-temperature stable, either. It'll probably smoke like a
chimney as soon as the chain starts to heat up from cutting. Burnt oil does
not lubricate well.

If you still want to try it... wear a raincoat.

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Regards,
        Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)

Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?

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Doug,

Take your point about the viscosity, not sure about the temperature as you
can cook chips (fries) in it.

I don't have a raincoat so I will give it a miss.

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Chainsaw can generate enough heat to smoke petroleum oils...
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Good decision IMO.

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Regards,
        Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)

Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?

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Butchers use a chainsaw to cut a cow in half before hanging.  They use
vegetable oil in the saw (tastes better than oil).  Doug is right that it
won't stick to the chain as well, and you might go through chains and oil
faster, but it will work.

Henry

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Henry.

We use a captive bolt to kill cows in the UK. Hanging was banned about 30
years ago ( :-)

BillR

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It's a cowboy thing that got confused over the years.  We can't hang
rustlers anymore so we hang cows instead.  Something to do on a Saturday
night instead of cow tipping.

Henry

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Come on now!  Are you really turning on that much of a shoestring?  There's
a fine line between being frugal and being cheap-assed.

When I cross that line, I usually screw up something  that costs ten times
as much to fix as I would have spent doing it right in the first place.

Lubricants are formulated for specific purposes.  Use them for the purpose
they are intended.  Your equipment will show it's appreciation by performing
better and lasting longer.

Barry



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Barry,  You are so right. I crossed that thin line a long time ago and
have screwed up enough things along the way to prove it.  

Bill & Henry, Ain't it amazin how some  people who cross over that wide
line from Jet-Mini to Stubbly quit lubing with 'Wesson Oil' and greasing
with 'I can't believe it's not butter'. Some even start using store
bought tools & finishes and buy wood.

Barry, I've crossed over the line between 'happy for you' to 'mean
jealousy'.  A COC who can't stand knowing that you are enjoying both
lathes. :)  

                    
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Hey Arch,

I've crossed that line myself so many times it's not even funny............

By the way, I just spent a couple of hours in my shop turning
winestoppers.......................on my Jet Mini.............never even
turned the Stubby on today.  You told me I would do that eventually.  I do
plan to go back to it, though!

Barry


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Just a thought on chainsaw oil or an chainsaws in general for that matter. I
have been around them for ever and used them since I was 12 or 13, for hours
on end during summers from the time I was 14 or so. They are an expensive
tool if you get a decent one, but a tool that endures if well cared for.
They are also a good piece of engineering in which every part is designed to
compliment the next. Gas oil mixtures keep the internal parts well
lubricated for passage at high speeds. Chain oil undergoes a beating as it
strives to keep a rappidly moving chain bearing on a flat passage. It is a
precision engineered component of the saw much as is a carburetor or a spark
plug. You would not use a generic spark plug and expect to get the same life
out of the saw as using a manufacturer's reccomendation. Nor would you use
the carburetor froma junked Chev and expect it to perform. Considering the
cost of gas to make the saw run, chain oil is cheap to keep the bar working
well. For that matter, chain oil is cheap compared to a new bar and chain,
not to mention the wear and tear on the saw because it has to strain to
overcome cheap bar oil. Save some money. Use fresh gasoline, recommended mix
and good quality chain oil.

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Darrell Feltmate
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Darrell, that Chevy and its carb was probably junked because the engine
oil was never changed and was run on kerosene and moth balls. I grew up
with cross cut and bow saws, but I agree that SAE ND40 and vegetable oil
is a very expensive substitute for bar oil....maybe Crisco or cheap
generic bar oil? Or not!  

If you can't lube the chain with vegetable,
how about with animal?  Lard oil used to be a good screw cutting lube,
but it did stink.

Do I really need a disclaimer?  :)

                    
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Kerosene and mothballs? ? ?   That's a new one for me.  Is this a gasoline
substitute?

Barry


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Barry, in the early 30's kerosene was very cheap and moth balls were
made of napthalene which is volatile and can form a flammable vapor.
Supposedly they could be added to a model T or A ford gas tank to extend
gas mileage cheaply. I've long forgotten how many moth balls per gallon.
I never tried it and I doubt it really worked. Maybe somebody here knows
and can add this important woodturning info. :)
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I don't think there is any napthalene in today's mothballs, but __DON'T
ANYONE EVEN THINK ABOUT TRYING THIS.__ NAPTHALENE IS TOXIC AND ALSO A
CARCINOGEN!!!   (It would probably blow out your chainsaw too.)
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Thus the warning in the men's room to not eat the big mints....



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That was a good movie.

"Road House", with Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott.  Sam and Patrick in a
bathroom and are reminiscing about some of the dives they have worked in and
Sam says to him, "The urinals had a sign that says, Don't eat the big white
mints!"  Great movie!

Barry


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Chainsaw?  I wanna try  it in my Grand Cherokee!  With $2.00+ gasoline
prices, we need all the help we can get!  Thanks.  That was a new one on me.

Barry


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On Sat, 26 Mar 2005 19:13:21 -0600, Barry N. Turner wrote:

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IIRC, makes benzene. Burns sooty ... but it burns enough to keep the LOW
compression engine in the Model A's (etc) lumbering along.

Don't even try it in any motor manufactured in the most recent 90 years.

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Lard? It should be spread on bread with a nice slice of spam to make a tasty
sandwich.

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No! good brown Guldens Mustard (not Yellow Mud), and make that a good seedless
Rye Bread

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