Lubrication is a huge part of maintaining your pole saws to ensure it lasts as long as your satisfactory meter goes. Different parts require different ways of cleaning and maintaining them. When it comes to lubrication, the most important parts that need to be oiled are the bar and chain.

On this page, you’ll be getting a detailed insight on how to oil your pole saw and some additional tips here and there which may come in handy.

Let me tell you that even if you bought the most expensive or the top-rated pole saw, neglecting the need to lubricate the bar and chain can turn it into a piece of high-priced junk in just a few months.

Why is oiling the bar and chain so essential?


Bar and chain are the 2 parts of any pole saw that come into constant contact whilst operating it. As time goes, all polished surfaces get rough and that roughness causes friction. Imagine riding a cycle in a sand desert and imagine riding the same on a flat and smooth road surface. Which would be easier for you? The same goes for the bar and chain.


One leads to another. In this case, friction automatically paves the way for overheating. And overheating can be quite a bugbear, isn’t it? When your pole saw gets too heated, it affects the overall efficient functioning of the machine.

Thus, to avoid these situations from affecting the smooth flow of operation or the optimal performance capability of your pole saw, you’ve got to oil it properly.

How To Oil A Pole Saw Correctly

Types of Pole Saw Oils

  • Summer Oils

This includes oils that have a thick and sticky consistency. Using such a thick oil ensures that it doesn’t get disappeared as soon as you turn on the machine. It sticks to the surface longer during hot weathers so that you don’t have to refill the oil multiple times.

  • Winter Oils

As you may have guessed already, these are thinner oils, best for the colder climates. The consistency is much more fluid which enables smooth spreading of oil to all parts. Naturally, in cold conditions oils tend to get denser, so thinner oils will give you the perfect consistency.

  • Common Oils and Bio Oils

These are the most cost effective and common oil types used by lots of pole saw users. Due to the fact that these are easily available and are cheaper alternatives as compared to others, many users prefer them. Petroleum-based and motor oils come under this category.

Though these may be good for your wallet and pole saw, kindly note that these are possibly the worst options for the environment.

For those who care about the environment a little more than others, you can go for a much better choice. The better alternatives are bio-oils like vegetable or cold-pressed oils. These are biodegradable and do no harm to your wallet and the environment.

How to Oil a Pole Saw (Step-By-Step Instructions)

  1. Turn off your pole saw and let it cool down completely. Lay it flat with the bar side down on any non-shaky surface.
  2. Do a quick clean-up of your pole saw. Remove any dirt or debris around the oil reservoir.
  3. Use a funnel (as the oil reservoir opening of most models is quite small), and pour it into the reservoir neatly.
  4. You can do the above step without a funnel but it makes your job much easier and less messy.
  5. While pouring the oil, check the oil level through the transparent or see-through oil level indicator present in your pole saw. Try not to over fill or under fill.
  6. Lastly, close it up and wipe off any spilled oil or excess with a damp cloth.
  7. Check for loose screws or parts and tighten them up.

How To Figure Out If The Oiling Mechanism Is Working Properly?

There are a few ways to figure out if your pole saw’s oiling mechanism is working as it should be or there’s something wrong with its process. It might be a leakage or disconnection.

# First Way

Turn on the machine and let it run at a distance of 1 – 2 inches from a tree. If there’s a thin line of oil on the tree, then the system is working just fine. Else, you have to check for repairs or take it to a repair workshop.

# Second Way

Similarly, as the previous way, turn it on and run it for a short duration. Turn it off and let it cool down just a bit. Touch the chain and see if the oil is present. If not, you’d have to do some work to readjust the flow of oil.

Some common tips:

  • Use the type of oil your manufacturer recommends. This is always clearly mentioned in the manual so do a thorough read through of it.
  • Check the oil reservoir frequently. This is because some pole saws may be more oil thirsty than others.
  • Some manufactures may suggest that you empty the oil reservoir after using it. If so, empty it fully before storage.
  • Never use old or discarded oil as it can clog up really easily and cause another new headache for you. Always use newly bought oil only.


Now we know why lubrication is so crucial for the proper functioning of a pole saw and how failing to do so might waste your money. All you’ve got to do next is to pick the right bar and chain oil and make it a habit to frequently oil your pole saw.

By doing this one step, you can reduce friction, avoid overheating, reduce the risk of clogging, increase your sense of safety and lengthen the lifetime of your investment. Every single step you take towards the wellness of your belongings can definitely go a long way.

I hope this article has made this simple process even more understandable and doable for you. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure you’ll be conscious of maintaining the quality of your pole saw as when you first bought it.

Have a great day!

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