Do you have to lubricate the chain on a brand new chain saw before the first use? If so, can I use regular oil?

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Louise

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Jennifer VandeWater, Community Manager

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Louise, be sure to fill the oil tank reservoir with bar and chain oil before using the chainsaw for the first time. The chain is automatically lubricated with chain oil during operation. Once you've filled the reservoir, just turn on the chainsaw and run it for a few seconds. You should see the chain become lubricated. Once you see that, you are ready to go!
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Use "bar and chain oil".   Not sure what you mean by "regular" oil, Louise.
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Louise

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Thank you...Sorry for the silly questions but I have never used a chain saw before.
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Dave .

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Be very, very careful when using a chainsaw!  It can instantly ruin your day if it gets away from you.
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Jacob

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Yeah. If the chain hits you, it won't feel you, but you will feel it. Never cut one handed, or over your head. NEVER. If you feel you need to. Go get a pole saw. Be safe always.
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Used motor oil has been my choice for over 20 years. I used 1/2 gallon in the last two weeks.
It is harder to come by as I have been driving a Nissan Leaf the last three years. My thanks to the motor home.
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Louise, here are some how-to videos for the chainsaw you might find helpful as well: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...
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Thank you for all of your answers.  They were very helpful.  Used the chain saw yesterday and it was amazing.  Very easy to use and worked great.   EGO makes the best equipment.  I have a blower, weed wacker, and hedger.  I always will buy EGO.
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made several cuts with new ego chainsaw without chain oil, did i wreck it?
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It’s probably ok. Definitely get some oil in that saw before doing anything more though. Even if you did damage the bar and/or chain, they are replaceable wear items you can change yourself.
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You make have dulled the chain a little more than normal wear...especially if you were cutting hardwood...but like Blue said...it's probably OK...:)

New chains can be ordered from a multitude of locations...:)
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Thanks folks! Only did a few cuts (5 or less) on thin willow, so should be ok.
All oiled up now, silly mistake but at most will have to replace the chain a bit sooner.