Do I need to drain the oil from the chainsaw when it's not in use; such as during the winter months?

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Do I need to drain the oil from the chainsaw when it's not in use; such as during the winter months? Or is it ok to leave it in? I notice a small amount of leakage, but not enough to make me worried. I just don't want to ruin the internals by leaving oil in there unnecessarily.
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Leaving the oil in will not ruin the chainsaw.  Just put a pan under it and store.  This chainsaw leaks out less than any other chainsaw I've owned.  Store it sitting properly, not on the side so that the oil doesn't leak into the internals.  You may also wish to store it on it's side, filler cap on top.  This way the oil just drips down into the pan.  Lastly, you can drain it.  It's a fantastic chainsaw that I have no problem leaving the oil in.  It's ready to go.
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It is not necessary to remove the chain oil during storage. However, it is normal for the oil to seep from the saw when it is not in use. To prevent seepage, empty the oil tank, and then run the saw for one minute. When storing the tool for a long period of time, be sure that the chain is lightly lubricated; this will help to prevent rust on the chain and bar sprocket.  We hope this helps!
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What is a normal amount of leakage? I left the oil tank about half full yesterday afternoon after my first use of the chainsaw (well, 1/2 way up the oil window, which I know means more than half full), left it sitting in the recommended storage position overnight (horizontal, front handle facing up, similar to the position I would hold it when cutting a horizontal log). Put a paper bag under it and a plastic bag under the paper bag.  When I went downstairs to move it this morning, the oil is less than 1/4 way up the window and there is a somewhat significant puddle of oil under the chainsaw. I have not previously owned a chainsaw (I've always been able to borrow when needed) so I don't know what's "normal" and what should be a concern.  
FWIW, cutting power and performance were fantastic. 
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Brian, that sounds like a lot more leakage than we would anticipate.  If stored upright as you describe, the leakage should be incredibly low (almost non-existent).  That leads us to believe that there may be an issue with the seal in the oil tank.  Give us a call at 1-855-346-5656 so we can get you taken care of with our 5 year warranty.  
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I'm also having a problem with major oil leaking out. I talked to Joe in customer service who told me to loosen the cap because pressure builds up causing the oil to leak out. I'll try that but it went from full in indicator window to 3/4's after 2 days, to 1/4 after 2 more days, there is literally a puddle of oil and it's all over the bottom and coming out the vents and after reading it could be getting into the internal parts, I'm concerned about this being not normal. I love the thing and it's under the warranty but what's next? Sending it back will most likely be so costly is another concern, barely used it and only on limbs, not my first chainsaw either, first ego chainsaw yes. Sean Hanns
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Leave the bar oil tank full so the pump seals don't dry out. They are designed to be submerged in oil.
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I'm also having a problem with major oil leaking out. I talked to Joe in customer service who told me to loosen the cap because pressure builds up causing the oil to leak out. I'll try that but it went from full in indicator window to 3/4's after 2 days, to 1/4 after 2 more days, there is literally a puddle of oil and it's all over the bottom and coming out the vents and after reading it could be getting into the internal parts, I'm concerned about this being not normal. I love the thing and it's under the warranty but what's next? Sending it back will most likely be so costly is another concern, barely used it and only on limbs, not my first chainsaw either, first ego chainsaw yes. Sean Hanns
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Mine also leaks like a sieve (the 14" version, purchased roughly 5 months ago).  I have to put a "diaper" under it (many layers of paper towels), which sit on top of a plastic container lid.   I tried another one--it also LEAKED LIKE A SIEVE.  One of the reasons I bought FIVE cordless gardening tools was to get away from gasoline, additives, and oil, all sitting and smelling up my shed.   So much for THAT idea.  Not only that, but the bar/chain oil is particular stinky.   Thanks, Ego.  /s
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Diaper, lol! Maybe an idea for a chainsaw accessory? :-)

On a more serious note, maybe when using the saw you could try putting less oil in, like attempting to only put in a little more than you think it will use while cutting? I know that's not ideal, just an idea to keep the post-use leakage to a minimum.
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It leaks even when less than 1/4 full.   it just leaks, leaks, leaks.  Two of them have done the same thing.