What would cause this?

MissMac

Minister of Fire
Dec 4, 2017
509
NW Ontario
i would take it apart and clean it up. see if that doesn't do the trick. could just be really gunked up
 

Jazzberry

Minister of Fire
Dec 17, 2014
641
Next to Yosemite
Air compressor and a blow gun works better
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DodgyNomad

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
517
West Michigan
Yup. Looks like a lot of very fine flour like dust on your felling dogs, usually from a dull chain. I'd bet you need to pop off your bar, blow off and brush off the oil channels, clean around the clutch and in all the grooves of the bar and oiling passages, and you'll be good as new.
 

xman23

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
2,019
Lackawaxen PA
Never had an issue with the chain oil. But I maintain it often. I've always wondered if you could tell the oil feed was plugged up. That is before the chain smokes. I have the oil feed wide open. More is better. With every fuel fill, I fill the oil. The oil is about half empty. I pull bar, often and clean everything.
 
I have this great tool
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see that hook ..run it down the bar to clean out the grove..
Then flip the bar once in a while...
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
974
Northern Canada
Yup. Looks like a lot of very fine flour like dust on your felling dogs, usually from a dull chain. I'd bet you need to pop off your bar, blow off and brush off the oil channels, clean around the clutch and in all the grooves of the bar and oiling passages, and you'll be good as new.
Plus don't forget to sharpen the chain so you don't get saw dust.
 
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A sharp chain ... ;)
 

tadmaz

Feeling the Heat
Dec 21, 2017
345
Erin, WI
and especially when ripping soft wood such as cedar. sometimes 6 inch+ strings.
 

Jazzberry

Minister of Fire
Dec 17, 2014
641
Next to Yosemite
Ripping. I get them a few inches long with a sharp blade.
 

Jazzberry

Minister of Fire
Dec 17, 2014
641
Next to Yosemite
Never cut maple but like Tadmaz said above they get long in softwood.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
733
Palmyra, WI
50yrs ago all we had was a mini mac 6 for cutting fireplace wood. Saw a lot of dust coming from that thing. Somehow the idea of a sharp chain wasn't very important. Last time I used it, it wouldn't cut, at all. Actually, it threw sparks. Just depends on where you're at in life. That was a long time ago. A lot has changed, lives change, people move on. Now equipment around here runs like a swiss watch, and cuts like a btch. Ribbons it is or it's shut down and tended to. I like things a lot better now.
 
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DodgyNomad

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
517
West Michigan
I'm a fan of big old ribbons myself. That's where I like my chains to live, but big chips flying at a minimum. I've had more than person point out and comment on the ribbons shooting from under my saw while I was bucking.

OP has a very dull chain to be able to create the fine dust that seems to be all over that saw.
 
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