Chainsaw smokes and has reduced cutting effectiveness

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I have a problem with my ego 14 inch chainsaw and would really appreciate someone's help. I'm not experienced around chainsaws having used my ego to remove 3 middle sized trees (recently). After a while, the chainsaw and the wood it was cutting started smoking, not badly. At the same time the effectiveness of the cutting had dropped by about 60-70%.

To remedy this, I have looked on these forums and gone through the following steps. Replaced the chain and double checked it is facing the right way(!), made sure the oil is topped up and cleaned every part I can see from a YouTube general maintenance video. I am likely missing something pretty straight forward and would be really grateful for some guidance?
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While I've only owned an EGO saw a few months, I have use different gas saws for decades. What you are describing can really only happen from a few things. 1. Chain is dull. 2. Chain is installed in the wrong direction on the bar. 3. No oil in reservoir, or oil path is plugged so that the oil is not being distributed to the chain while cutting. 5. Oil pump not working. 6. Improper tension set on the chain. 

Sounds like you've done everything, perhaps not making sure oil is being distributed to the chain. After following all the safety precautions, I would remove the chain and bar and clean out all the gunk around the complete oil path - the oil ports on the saw, the oil ports on the bar, the entire groove that runs the entire perimeter of the bar that the chain is seated on. There is going to be lots of sawdust, dirt, old bar oil, tree sap that needs to be removed. Take your time and be thorough.

If the chain isn't getting oil, it will definitely dull quickly and burn wood due to the friction of a dry chain. I think it's a good way to mess up your saw. You may also realize you are not adding oil to the reservoir because the oil path is somehow plugged up (or the oil pump isn't working - which seems very unlikely).

Assuming new/sharp chain, correct chain orientation on bar, correct chain tension, oil reservoir filled, complete oil path clean.. well I think you have a good chance of fixing your problem.

Hope this helps!

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One other solution for clearing oil obstructions is in this YouTube video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiZZG4vwlwI


Beyond this, I would just try calling EGO customer service and explain your situation.
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Make sure your oiler is working by pointing the tip of the chain saw blade toward a piece of wood, and allow the chain to rotate around the guide bar. Check the wood to ensure that the chain throws small amounts of oil during operation and before cutting.
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Thanks very much both, very kind. I have not been as diligent around the cleaning as you suggest. I will try that and then do the oil test. Thanks again!
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Nothing to add. That advice will save some headaches. I had to do the same thing. My 14” goes threw chains like they are made of aluminum. It’s the Oiler. Just doesn’t put out enough.