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Old 08-28-2016, 06:30 PM   #1
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electric chainsaw oiler plugged

You guys have always bailed me out when I have a problem and I am sure you can this time too. I wanted to do some tree pruning today that necessitated the use of a chain saw. I have 2 electric chainsaws that don't cut because the oilers are plugged. I went and purchased a 3rd one because I don't know how to fix the oiler on the other two. Buying a new one was probably as cheap as taking the older ones in to a shop. So my question for you is, How do I get those chain saws oiling again? One is a Homelite and the other is a Poulin.

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Old 08-28-2016, 06:39 PM   #2
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Automatic bar oiler or manual pump?
Main spot for the bar oiler to plug up is the passage from the case of the saw into the bar, sawdust can get in and stop things up .
Do you know how to remove the bar and chain ?
Do you have an air compressor ?

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Old 08-28-2016, 06:51 PM   #3
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My electric saw oiler leaked when not in use. I had to drain the oiler after each use but found it was less hassle to oil the chain manually as I cut. 30 wt oil in An old 80w90 qt bottle with the pointed spout worked fine. Chain never knew the difference.

Just stop the chain and lay a little oil along the chain right at the bar, doesn't take much.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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Skip426~it has an automatic oiler. Yes, I know how to remove the bar and chain and we DO have an air compressor.

Probably finish my pruning and clean up the mess before I tackle that. Thanks guys, you are the BEST!

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Old 08-29-2016, 06:10 PM   #5
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I've been battling the same issue with my Stihl MS251 gas powered chainsaw. I had a problem in the past so knew I had to get to the oiler, which is located under the centrifugal clutch. Once I removed the clutch i took the oil pump out, which consisted of a small gear driven shaft with pump driven bya worm gear. The shaft was stuck and although I could get it to turn it would hang up again. Luckily I had an extra one and installed an the put everything back together and it seems to work. I did order a new worm gear as the old one definitely has problems from when the pump shaft was hung up.

In your case I would get a parts diagram off the internet and find out what actually does the work in your oil delivery system. Type in your brand and model number and key word parts list and you should get some hits. Go to the section for lubrication and see if you can tell how it works.

It may just be plugged up and a good cleaning will solve your problem. You may have to drain the oil reservoir and see if there is a filter of some type. Also check if there are any hoses/tubes that may be plugged.
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:07 PM   #6
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I have a old craftsman electric chain saw. The manual oil pump had not worked for the past 20 years. It's 25 or 30 years old. I just use a old fashion oil squirt can, still going strong.

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