HELP! - self-oil adjustment on chainsaw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by A1 Grass, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I have a Poulan 2050 chainsaw and it is self-oiling. It goes through the oil WAY TOO FAST. Does anyone know of an adjustment for that?
  2. Don't know your exact model but if it has adjustable automatic oiler it will be on the bottom of the saw on the crankcase.
    Increase oil turn screw counter clockwise
    reduce oil clockwise

    are you using bar oil?

    Also running at high rpms for long time can cause to feed more oil than needed
  3. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    There's no adjustment anywhere on the outside of the unit. I took off top and side covers, but didn't see anything...
  4. lots of self oilers are not adjustable but oil at maximum all the time-my guess is on 2050 it isn't, but
    if you don't have a manual try on-line to see if you can at least find a schematic to compare to yours to see if anything is broken or missing.

    Have you removed case and cleaned out all sawdust, when debris builds up saw will heat up, that could thin oil in reservoir causing if to flow quicker

    It may be worth cleaning and refilling reservoir, they can get dirt in them easily, though that usually plugs rather than over oiling
  5. Art Stubbs handy 58

    Art Stubbs handy 58 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Well thats your first problem it's a Poulan, just kidding....
    most often self oilers are not adjustable, thats why they are automatic. and the higher RMP's you run the faster it will burn,if bye chace it has an adjustment it will be on the bottom side of the case....
  6. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Why type of oil are you using? If your using good bar oil, most saws are designed so that if you fill both the oil and fuel up at the same time, when the fuel runs out, there should only be a little oil left.

    I also suggest giving it a good cleaning inside and out to help keep the heat down
  7. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    Not sure what kind of oil is in it... got it from a friend who said it was "broken"... you know - the air filter was dirty...

    Anyway, maybe a suggestion for a "thicker" bar oil or something? Maybe just 50wt oil?
  8. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 194

    I have the same saw and I have had problems with using cheap bar oil like when I bought some Ace brand and it drinks it like mad. But I changed back to the lot more expensive Stihl brand and the saw uses alot less. The Ace brand goes for like 6$ and the Stihl goes for around 15$ a gallon but I do believe it is a better oil because I don't have as many problems with the chain loosening up.
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    im pretty high on stihl products myself. but not high enough to pay 15.00 for bar oil. homelite bar oil [not the saws] works well in my stihls. in any case id much rather my saw used to much oil ,as not enough. in truth 30 wt dino used to be the standard bar oil around here.
    i do think the tackifyers might help tho.
  10. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I will give my opinion on this matter. Only use name brand bar oil butÂ…many people will argue that you can use clean motor oil rather then bar oil. I believe bar oil to be better as it is thick, has "tack" additives to help prevent it from being slung off of the bar and is made for this purpose. Another thing to point out is you can never have too much lube on the bar. That is what reduces friction and helps slow the wearing of the bar, tip and chain.

    Gravely_Man (Also the user of many, many hours behind the handle of a chainsaw)

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