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Just bought a Echo chainsaw and was using it today and as the day went on it seemed to not cut the wood as well as it did earlier in the day. And was even burning the wood and smoking as it tried to cut through. I tighten the chain up as well but I think its low on oil, though when I looked at the chain it had some oil on it. SO do i have a dull chain already? Or does it need more oil. I was cutting some shrubs out with it and yeah it did hit the ground a few times but not like the whole time.
This was a showroom model chainsaw so I dont know if that makes a differance.
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It definitely sounds like you have a dull chain. If you have a small amount of oil left after you run through a tank of gas you're oiling about right. You need to touch up your chain after each tank of fuel.
 

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When testing the chain for tightness you should be able to pinch the chain between your thumb and forefinger and pull it away from the chain-bar with about 1/8'' free play but the chain should snap back to the bar when you let it go.

To test if the chain and bar are getting sufficient oil, hold the saw above the ground with the tip of the bar facing to wards the ground.Run it right trough the rev range and you should be able to notice little bits of bar oil splattering up against the ground. No splats of oil, increase the lube output

I know alot of loppers and if your going to be cutting in undesirables conditions (Butting stumps off at ground level,cutting rotten wood, Cutting wood thats icy dirty etc) you should look at a tungsten carbide tip chain. These will hold their edge for soooo much longer than a normal chain. They are pretty expensive though.
 

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How do you increase the lube output. I have an Stihl 036 pro that seems to run hot. The chain bar gets really hot and eventually the motor has a hard time restarting. Any ideas?
 

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jchil1qw said:
How do you increase the lube output. I have an Stihl 036 pro that seems to run hot. The chain bar gets really hot and eventually the motor has a hard time restarting. Any ideas?
There's a recessed screw on the bottom of the saw for adjusting oil flow to the bar.
 

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Rototilling=Dull Chain. To keep a chain sharp you need to start with a sharp chain and file it many times throughout day. Everyone usually learns the hard way on how to keep it sharp. It dosesn't take hitting the ground but once to dull it. Cutting close to ground will dull it fast. We all learned the same way...
 
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