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antique MALL CHAINSAW resurrection

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Here is my Sunday afternoon ‘recreational labor’ project…..Gimme a break, it is RED! :)

Some time ago I bought this Mall model 12a chainsaw at fundraiser auction for a tractor club. No one else thought it was worth anything because I had the only bid, so I took it home un-challenged. The term “Fundraiser auction” could be synonymous with ‘junk auction’ depending on what you came to buy but I defiantly got my money's worth.

This thing is a brute; it has a 24” bar and weighs 35 lbs. The 2-cycle engine has a ‘knarly’ sound to it, I can think of no other way to describe it! It took a little tinkering to get it to run, just the usual stuff: clean the breaker points, carburetor and a fresh spark plug.

The bar and chain were another story. They were rusted together. The chain had to be soaked in penetrating oil (Gibbs) and then worked loose with pliers, one link at a time to loosen the joints. The rust on the bar I took care of with the cup brush on the hand grinder.

After mixing up another fresh batch of 16:1 oil mix fuel, a little more tinkering to get the float in the carburetor to work and a whole lot of Gibbs on the rusty chain, the saw was ready to try. It started on the 3rd pull and ran just like it was 50 years ago. I made a celebratory cut through a small cottonwood branch that was laying around from the last tree trimming session.

This saw probably hasn’t cut wood for DECADES but I had a blast this afternoon! :P

Have you ever seen one of these saws? The engine is mounted ‘axial’ and there are a set of bevel gears that turn the power 90 degrees to operate the chain sprocket. The engine also rotates on its mounting axis so the bar can cut at any angle while the engine stays level. This is necessary because of the float type carburator. – see pics. Other than pictures, this is the only saw I’ve seen built like this.

Information about the Mall Tool Company is scarce but I did find out that Remington (saws) bought them out.

Mall model 12a

24” BAR

16:1 oil mix

It sure is easy amuse me! B):P:D:o

<washes hands>

dave

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have you checked in at arboristsite? theres another great source for chainsaw information out there ill see if i can dig it up.

pretty cool saw ya got there, they do sound wicked i seen one run at woodsmen feild days in tupper lake. looks like your having fun! cool!

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I grew up on the operating end of one of those Mall saws just like the one in your photo. AAARRRRGGGGGHHH!!!just remembering it........ Very heavy.

Does your saw have a clamp on the gearbox that you squeeze to rotate the bar? You needed to rotate the bar to cut at different angles because, as you said, it had a carburator and the engine had to remain level to run.

ken

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Hey redgreen, if you lived near me, I'd take the chain up to work & put a real good edge on it for ya.

Mark

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hey, is that thing OSHA approved :blink::D

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Guys,

Thanks for the replys! :D

Plowmaster;

Yes, I made my way to the Arborsite and left a post about two months ago. Not much activity on the subject since. I did look at one of the member sites, Mile Acres has a lot of saw information on various makes, etcetera, including the Mall saws.

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Ken;

It's good to hear from you about your experience in using this saw model. I was kinda getting worried that there was nobody left alive that had used one! It is certainly heavy, and would be a 'man killer' to have to use all of the time! B) Yes, it has the clamp that you describe so the power unit rotates relative to the cutting bar....a very strange design!

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Mark;

Thanks, that is a tempting offer - a sharp chain does wonders for a saw! I'll see what I can learn about the chain pitch and size, etc.

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OldF20;

OSHA?

Isn't that a town over in Wisconsin? :o

dave

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thats the site i was talking about, glad you found it.

theres alot of old saw owners over at the forestry forum.

good luck!

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We used to saw logs for milling and wood with a McCullogh 5-49 and 7-55. They were both 2 man saws and real "mankillers". They came about in the same era as the Mall saws. I still remember crosscuts, them babies could work the daylights out of you too

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OldF20;

OSHA?

Isn't that a town over in Wisconsin?  :o

dave

oh, thats a good one :D

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O lord does that picture bring back memories. Pop had a MALL with a 36" bar and a handle on the tip for the second sawyer to help. I learned to fell trees with that saw.

Good job on the restoration and thanks for the memories. :D

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