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Forum topic by Dallas posted 03-07-2013 10:17 PM 876 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2013 10:17 PM

The other day I was cruising CL near us and happened upon an ad for an old McCulloch chainsaw.

This is a Pro Mac 610, pretty much the original saw I started out with back in the 70’s.

From the pictures it didn’t look too bad and from talking to the fella via e-mail it sounded like it was a runner, although had been sitting since 2000 when his father passed away.

This morning we took a trip to town and I called the guy to meet us at Lowe’s.
When he pulled in in his pick up and got out he was wearing a local PD uniform, badge and weapon so I didn’t feel too vulnerable….. besides, I had the trusty Sig in the small of my back and the wife was carrying her Taurus .380 in her bag.

We looked at the saw together and I felt it up pretty good, (Minds out of the gutter now!), it was stone cold from sitting over night at least. Last night was around 38°F so I figured, what the heck, let’s try it.

I poured some fresh gas in, flipped the switch to on, and pulled twice, (Old Mac trick), closed the choke and gave a mighty tug and.. and…. and…..... I was rewarded with a mighty roar and a cloud of smoke!

I ran it up a few times, got my $50 out and handed it to him as fast as I could!

This old saw may not hold up to the newer Stihl or Husky’s but nothing in the world makes a sound like the old Mac’s.
I used one of these old saws back in the early 1970’s cutting Lodgepole pine in Idaho and Montana, and using as a trim saw in Oregon and Washington. this was THE saw to go to before Husky and Stihl came to the US, and as far as I can tell, this particular saw still has some life to it.

I asked the wife if she wanted the 60cc motor on her tricycle, (An adult one, LOL), but she informed me she didn’t want that old yaller chunk of metal junk anywhere near her.

The bar is worn down and needs filing and the two chains are about dead, maybe one or two more sharpenings each, but those problems are easily fixed.

All in all it’s been a fun kind of day!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 02:29 AM

The best Mac I ever had was attached to my go-cart. What a screamer ! ;o))

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 02:35 AM

Still have mine and it needs a tune up. Great saw I have cut a lot of wood with it. Enjoy

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 02:37 AM

I’m glad this one worked out for ya, as buying old power tools are iffy at best.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 02:10 PM

LittlePaw, I am a sucker for old power tools, LOL.

I remember my grandpa having a wood working shop full of Oliver and other machinery run by leather belts from the ceiling.
The power source was a big old McCormick steam tractor parked out back.

My dad got it later and replaced the steam engine with a 330 Ford industrial engine.

My first chainsaw was this huge old Homelite Boat motor “55”. It was built in the 50’s and weighed as much as I did.

It’s kinda fun to take an old piece of history apart and rebuild it from the ground up.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 03:27 PM

My first chainsaw was an old cast iron Mac I got for $20. I had to make carburetor gaskets for it and bend a
wire to make a throttle linkage, but I was younger, so the weight did not bother me too much. Sawed a lot
of firewood with it for a few years until I bought a Husky which my oldest daughter is still trying to wear out.
The local saw shop took the Mac in on trade and hung it on the wall as an antique.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 03:39 PM

I have a Mac and a Stihl, the Stihl is maybe 10 years old, but the Mac is a 310 that I bought new in 1972….and it’s still the one I reach for first.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 03-08-2013 03:39 PM

Homelite Man here. Remember the little advertising jingle YOUR IN LUCK WHEN YOU GOT A McCULLOCH CHAINSAW.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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