Re: the oil that is in it, is poulan, chain, and bar 30...
I usually just drain the oil. Bar and chain oil is thinner than normal SAE 30. If the engine is not seized, then I would suggest using a 15W-40 oil if you are in a warm climate area. These air cooled engines get hot quickly and that will cause the oil to thin more quickly and become less effective. Using the 15W-40 may cause hard starting at lower temperatures. Depending on how long the engine ran with that oil has a lot to do with the "reliability" of the engine. If it was smoking the last time you used it, then yes the engine needs to be reworked (new rings and valve seals in particular). If it wasn't smoking, I would run it with the heavier oil until it just won't turn anymore. These little engines are pretty tough. If the mower is less than 2 years old, then I would put the manufacturer's recommended oil back in it. Don't be too concerned if all of the old oil doesn't drain. Just change it again around mid-season.
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This engine is certified to operate on unleaded gasoline.Before operation,gasoline must be mixed with a good quality synthetic
2-cycle air-cooled engine oil designed to be mixed at a ratio of 40:1.Poulan/Weed Eater brand synthetic oil is recommended.Mix
gasoline and oil at a ratio of40:1.A 40:1ratio is obtained by mixing 3.2 ounces of oil with 1 gallon of unleaded gasoline.
As far as bar and chain oil:
Genuine Poulan R bar and chain oil is recommended to protect your unit against excessive wear from heat and friction.Poulan R oil resists high temperature thinning.If Poulan R is not available,use a
good grade SAE30 oil. Never use waste oil for bar and chain lubrication.
Always use HD in any engine, especially small ones. Most regular SAE 30 is HD anyway, but nowadays, some is not with recycling and all. May I recommend synthetic? It will clean the engine, lubricate better, allow the engine to run cooler and possibly guarantee no mechanical breakdowns of the engine due to it's superior lubricating quality. Advance Auto Parts has their house brand oil now available in synthetic. . IF using synthetic you can use a muti-viscosity oil, like SAE10-30, but NOT when using conventional oil. If you are steadfast on using conventional oil, always use HD and use SAE30, not multi-viscosity oil.
It is an electric chainsaw, you need bar oil. Your manual says use 30 weight non-detergent. That is what bar oil is, with a few additives to help keep it on the bar and chain. It can be purchased at home centers and hardware stores and is less expensive than most motor oils. HTH
Contact Poulan here: Poulan.com The dash number of your serial number is the type. http://www.poulanpro.com/node4033.aspx or telephone during normal business hours EST here: Handheld (Chainsaws, Trimmers, Blowers, Edgers) 1.800.554.6723 Have your chainsaw within easy reach, they will want your serial number.
So does my Craftsman, 2 McCullochs, 2 Pioneers, and a Remington. The oiler creates a siphon that is very difficult to stop in something as thick as 30 weight oil. The only sure way I've found to stop it is to drain the oil tank. I know that isn't what you hoped to hear but it is honest. HTH
My Husky 359 is the only saw I own that does not weep oil if put away wet.
yes sounds as if you have gummed up the port for the oiler. you will need to clean the oil resevoir out using some kerosene or mineral spirits this will clean the port out and will not be harsh on the plastic. bar and chain oil is thick but has a sticky quality or viscosity that allows it to lubricate gas engines mor effectively and uses the heat from the engine to help thin it to a consistency to be of use to the bar and chain. on an electric chain saw there is not enough heat to allow this. a good oil resevoir cleaning and replace you oil with a light weight oil recommended this should do the trick. good luck hope this helped.
Sounds like you're not getting enough oil to the chain. Basically you've got an oil pump, pickup and filter involved in getting oil from the resovior to the chain/bar. If you cleaned the obvious area and the chain is not coated with oil, you may have a clog further up (inside) the oil delivery mechanisms. Also, drain the oil from the tank, and see if you can "blow" air through there. With the saw running & pointed down, you should be able to see oil on the ground being slung off the chain, if not, you are not getting enough oil to the chain.
Just a thought: Is it cold where you are? At this saw mill where it is my job to keep chain saws running, learned years ago that you cannot use "bar oil" in winter. Need thinner oil, like motor oil. ....preferably a "non-detergent" motor oil, plain 30-weight is OK, HD30W will work, but the HD part causes the chain to stretch more so than standard bar oil. The bar oil literally is so thick in cold that it stripped the worm gear out of a Poulan Pro oil pump (plastic gear, anyways, wasn't much to begin with.) But thought you may want to try thinner oil, if it is cold where you are. Oh yea we also have 2-Husqvarna 359's with 20-inch bar, and use thinner oil in winter. Our Husqvarnas have an oil adjuster located on bottom, on clutch side. Straight slot screw adjustment.