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Chainsaw Oil ?

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I just bought a new stihl ms270 chainsaw and I'm wondering what seems to be best oil to run in them. Also what is the best kind of bar and chain oil out there.

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If you're referring to mix oil, run the stihl brand.

Bar/chain oil you can use the stihl brand as well. There are summer and winter weight oils so use what's appropriate for the time of year.

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I have used the Quaker state bar oil and seen to be ok.

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I don't know if this is right or wrong, but ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I've used 10w-30 for my bar oil and have never had a problem. That's all dad ever used and I guess the tradition just carried on.

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You'll love that saw - I've had mine for 3 years now and it's been flawless.

I run the Stihl oil in my mix. I also use the Stihl bar oil whenever possible. I was in a pinch last time and ended up buying a store brand and it's been fine. I'll go back to the Stihl though.

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phenomenal saw - use the stihl brand bar chain oil, the orange case for the summer, the blue one when temps drop below freezing

as for gas - make sure you're running 92 octane, and mixing it properly. eventually those stihls will become finicky and quirky if you put a lot of 87 octane gas thru em.

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i use stihl brand oil for the engine and 10w/30 for bar and chain oil.

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I also run premium fuel and Stihl mix oil in my MS280. Only significant difference in bar oil actually designed for chainsaws is that it clings to the bar/chain better than motor oil.

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I run six saws, all but one is a Stihl. Oil mix is Stihl brand only. I like the Stihl bar oil but they only sell in one gallon jugs and I go through a lot so I get the store brand at Fleet in 2&1/2 or 5 gallon pails. If you use regular motor oil for bar oil, you can improve its performance by adding a can of STP to a couple of gallons of oil. It gives it the clingy quality of bar oil.

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I was told bar oils have teflon parts in it to make it slicker, along with another additive for thesaw dust.

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I just use the used motor oil from my oil changes for the bar oil and have never had a problem. Most all mixing oil is the same, just check the jug of Stihl mixing oil for the specs and compare to other cheaper brands.

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I have an old Stihl 025 (15 years old) I've always used the Stihl products.

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