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#1 posted 04-16-2013 05:52 PM

I work with the Baptist Disaster Relief. For no charge we remove trees from cars, roofs, streets etc after tornados, ice storms hurricanes etc. We use Stihl chain saws exclusivey. We use a lot of Stuhl chains and bars. I think they rank up there with the Oregon brand. I have used those on my personal saw at home. I will say that cutting dirty wood is the most damaging thing you can do to your chain and bar. Use good oil and that doesn’t always mean expensive oil. We also use nothing but Stihl 2 cycle oil in the engines. We use cheaper oil for the bars. It needs to have some viscosity to it. We clean the saws at the end of every work day or more often if required. When we clean the saws, bars and chains we turn the bar over. On day one the Stihl logo will be readable. On day 2 the logo will be upside down. When the slot (for lack of a better term) wears it becomes wider and the chain lays over to the side.The saw tries to cut in a circle and it will stall the engine. This is a good trick and we all should use it. This will extend the life of the chains and bars.

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