August 19, 2015

McCulloch Pro Mac 10-10 Chainsaw - Review


For this installment of Chainsaw Week (TM), we're taking a look at a little slice of history: Poppa ToolSnob's McCulloch Pro Mac 10-10 Chainsaw.

To me, this tool is what always first comes to mind when someone mentions the word "chainsaw." It's the first one I ever saw and it's imprinted on me like a momma chicken is imprinted on a baby chicken. FOTS (Father of Tool Snob) has had it as long as I can remember, which probably ages it somewhere around at least the 35 year mark.


Just a couple years ago, he brought it in to a local repair shop to have it tuned up and the guys at the counter got excited and called all the backroom fellas out to come take a look at it. It still runs fine. Compared to the new saws, it's pretty loud and it doesn't do the arms any favors, but it's built like a tank and's still running after more than 30 years. So there's that.


And that's the thing about this saw. It still works after at least three decades of regular use. Is it the flashiest color? No. Does it have all the latest and greatest features? No. Is it heavy as hell? Sure, why not? But it does what it is supposed to. When you come across a tool like this, it really drives home how disposable things are these days. You look around and everything is plastic and replaceable. Mostly junk. This is a lifetime tool. Something that, if properly cared for, should last another 30 years.

Here's to the McCulloch Pro Mac!

*lifts glass, stumbles backwards*

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 19, 2015 8:01 AM
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I have that exact saw from a yard sale back several years ado, with yellow case and bar sleeve. All original and the carb filter does not look very dirty to me. It looks like it was not used much and is not chipped up or very dirty. Compression is good, but I cannot get it started. I have not yet replaced the spark plug or other parts. Is it worth selling since it is all original and a powerful saw?

Posted by: Doug H at March 16, 2017 7:37 PM

I have one in the case with bar sleeve. it runs but is loud and heavy. any interest... ? Richmond VA

Posted by: Doug H at January 6, 2017 12:51 PM

classic, we had mac chainsaw in my house growing up too not sure what model. Also had a small 14 inch chainsaw with a Bee or yellowjacket label on it, may have been a minimac.
Those things were built to run. No worries about fuel treatment, epa standards, carbs, etc in those days.

Posted by: Kevin at August 26, 2015 8:34 PM
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