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Remle

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Love the Mccullochs and Mcculloch memorabilia. I wish they never went bankrupt and became a relabeled Husqvarna brand.
I don’t know about that. I love the old Macs, but by the time they were making Eager Beavers and 605’s I think the writing was already on the wall. It’s hard to regain a reputation for quality once you start making cheap stuff.
 
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I don’t know about that. I love the old Macs, but by the time they were making Eager Beavers and 605’s I think the writing was already on the wall. It’s hard to regain a reputation for quality once you start making cheap stuff.
All of my old Mccullochs are from the mid 70's through the early eighties, so I don't have any of the later ones. But it did seem like their quality suffered into the 90's, especially with their ignitions. My dad bought one of the last Mccullochs sold before they went under, like a modern equivalent to a 10-10, and he's replaced the ignition module at least twice, and it still acts up. Our older point ignition Macs just keep chugging along.
 
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Robert V. Jackson was an Engineer at McCulloch when they were developing the first CDI electronic ignitions. I have some of his notes where he was complaining about purchasing accepting cheaper suppliers with high failure rates. I think in those days at McCulloch like my fathers days at Maytag, quality was a top priority but there was always a battle between Engineering designing a high quality product and purchasing frequently cheaping out on the products they contract.

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Mrs. Heimann thought we should have a Christmas tree up for the town festivities coming up Wednesday night when the light the large tree in the middle of the intersection right in front of my building. This tree is decorated with a saw chain garland and yellow and black lights.

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In the background you can see the vertical standards going up for some additional shelving that will accommodate more saws up on the wall.

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I have been keeping busy trying to get the shelves up on the wall. The wire shelving will be good for saws that deserve a closer look, the shelves on the wall will tell a bit more of the history/progression.

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I have also moved most of my chain inventory to the new shop. I will have to spend some time improving the organization but at least I have most of it now in one place. I have a few more boxes of miscellaneous chains and parts in the attic, as well as a number of prepackaged loops. You can't see it in the photo below but I have the Oregon chain "scale" decal affixed to the bench top and some pins (finish nails) in the end of the bench to facilitate counting drivers when making chains.

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oohhhh man... I could spend hours looking over those Mccullochs.

For me personally, the quintessential Mcculloch is the 10-10, it's what I grew up watching my dad use and probably the first saw i ever pulled the trigger on.

Incidentally, i went to dig out my garage sale find chain sharpener. I had never even noticed before that lo and behold, it's an old Mcculloch File N Joint!
 

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I have one, or maybe two of the McCulloch branded file n joint tools in the original packaging plus another one or two that will end up on display.

This week I wiped down the PM340 (thanks again to rocketnorton) and took this Mall electric out of the box and put it on the shelf. I will give it some additional cleaning at some point.

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If anyone has a short length of scratcher chain they don't want, I would like a piece to use on my chain display when I get to that.

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