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Bar flipping

Stihl MS211 chainsaw bar instruction

I forget where I read about running a chainsaw with the bar upside down.

The logic is that the bar will wear more evenly if you flip it every so often.

My system is to make the swap each time I install a new or machine sharpened chain.

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I've been given the same advice and I follow it. I burned up one of my first bars by letting my bar oil get low. Eventually I think you burn up a bar no matter what, but flipping it will extend it's life. These days I only put half a tank of gas in, fill up the bar oil and then I know I won't run out of bar oil...unless I'm cutting fresh maple, which is so sticky and full of sap that it is a pain in the ass to bob.
Comment by Danny Tue Feb 7 20:13:04 2012
Ours seems to be pretty frugal with the chain oil. Mark generally tops it up every tank, but I don't think it's every run out (except for once when the cap was loose and it spilled out....)
Comment by anna Tue Feb 7 20:24:25 2012
Great tip!
Comment by Phil Tue Feb 7 22:41:05 2012
I hope it extends the life of your chainsaw (or at least the bar.)
Comment by anna Wed Feb 8 08:48:01 2012

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