Chainsaw and other dump finds!

rwh63

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Nov 12, 2019
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MA
didn't see a specific thread. today, at our transfer station metal pile, saw some saws and cases. grabbed a full and half craftsman plastic case, as well as a really nice 1970's McCulloch MAC 110 and a well used 1960s vintage McCulloch 250. Worked on the 110, put in a new plug, after lots of pulls, got it working. probably needs a good carb and fuel system cleaning, but looks nearly new. probably just going to dismantle and clean up the 250. too big and dangerous for my needs. weighs about 18 lbs. i'll download pics at some point.
 
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PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
785
MA
Nice. Dad bought a McCullough when we moved to CT in 1965. Had it 20 years. Don't know what happened to it when they sold the house in 1985. Probably gave it to my BIL.
 

rwh63

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Nov 12, 2019
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MA
the 250 is needing a deep cleaning, lots of embedded wet wood dust. protect the carb and fuel; can everything else be washed/hot water blasted? also need to get a user manual/repair manual for this saw (the 110 perhaps also).
 

andym

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Feb 6, 2020
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Hicksville, Ohio
didn't see a specific thread. today, at our transfer station metal pile, saw some saws and cases. grabbed a full and half craftsman plastic case, as well as a really nice 1970's McCulloch MAC 110 and a well used 1960s vintage McCulloch 250. Worked on the 110, put in a new plug, after lots of pulls, got it working. probably needs a good carb and fuel system cleaning, but looks nearly new. probably just going to dismantle and clean up the 250. too big and dangerous for my needs. weighs about 18 lbs. i'll download pics at some point.
It's insane what some people consider junk. I'm not an earth nut or tree hugger (tree burner actually!) but enjoy taking my children along to the landfill ocasionally and give them a lesson on waste. It's apalling. Would love to see half dozen people at the gate inspecting loads and salvaging good items. The landfill could open a thrift store and boost income while reducing landfill space. Glad you made a good find!
 
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rwh63

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It's insane what some people consider junk. I'm not an earth nut or tree hugger (tree burner actually!) but enjoy taking my children along to the landfill ocasionally and give them a lesson on waste. It's apalling. Would love to see half dozen people at the gate inspecting loads and salvaging good items. The landfill could open a thrift store and boost income while reducing landfill space. Glad you made a good find!
well, we don't have a landfill (thank god, but current transfer station is located at the old capped landfill location). we do have a re-use shed, but it has been closed due to covid, so some good stuff is ending up at the metal pile. a few months ago i scooped up a nice midnight blue vc resolute 3 at that pile! someone else would have probably grabbed these saws if i hadn't. all kinds of re-useable items end up in this pile, like wheels, pipes, tools, snowblowers, etc.
 
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andym

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Feb 6, 2020
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Hicksville, Ohio
well, we don't have a landfill (thank god, but current transfer station is located at the old capped landfill location). we do have a re-use shed, but it has been closed due to covid, so some good stuff is ending up at the metal pile. a few months i scooped up a nice midnight blue vc resolute 3 at that pile! someone else probably grabbed these saws if i hadn't. all kinds of re-useable items end up in this pile, like wheels, pipes, tools, snowblowers, etc.
I have no idea how things are done out east. Sounds like it's better in some ways at least. Around here not much is done to re use junk. Unless you pull it out of a dumpster of course. In some area towns you are not even allowed to lift items awaiting curbside pickup! When it's at the curb it becomes city property.
In many poor countries there are trash cities made up of people who sift through garbage to eke out a living. A horrible way to live, but Americans could learn some things.
 
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salecker

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Aug 22, 2010
1,197
Northern Canada
the 250 is needing a deep cleaning, lots of embedded wet wood dust. protect the carb and fuel; can everything else be washed/hot water blasted? also need to get a user manual/repair manual for this saw (the 110 perhaps also).
Yes so long as you don't fill the carb or exhaust with water.
I have sprayed real dirty saws with a cleaner then pressure washed them.I usually pull the saw apart after it's been washed.
 
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duramaxman05

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Aug 17, 2014
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Perryville, Mo
Hey, one man's junk is another man's treasure. I work for a demolition company in st louis, mo. It is ridiculous what people throw away. Even new construction is very wasteful. I was rented out to another contractor to do some clean up work. I was told to throw all this metal away. 2 1/2 bundles if 2"x2"x1/4" 20ft of angle iron and a bundle 5/8" rebar and some random beams and c channel. I asked the super intendent why they don't send it back. He said it was already figured into the budget. I said ok. I made a call to the boss and told him to get a trailer over here. Lol. Schools seem to be the worst at that.
 
Run some seafoam thru it ..
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,222
Unity/Bangor, Maine
One of the favorite things I like about living where I do is when I have something that is still decent, but not needed by me I can often put it out by the end of the driveway with a free sign and it magically disappears. I have got rid of old sinks, a hot tub, chairs and other items which were too good to toss, but not needed. In one case they even took the free sign. In the case of the hot tub I even offered to haul it down to the neighbor's house on the trailer so they could easily unload it.

Of course it is a two way street . . . I have a perfectly good stool and a fantastic steel wheelbarrow which only cost me the price of a new tire that I picked up from a neighbor.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,774
Downeast Maine
One of the favorite things I like about living where I do is when I have something that is still decent, but not needed by me I can often put it out by the end of the driveway with a free sign and it magically disappears. I have got rid of old sinks, a hot tub, chairs and other items which were too good to toss, but not needed. In one case they even took the free sign. In the case of the hot tub I even offered to haul it down to the neighbor's house on the trailer so they could easily unload it.

Of course it is a two way street . . . I have a perfectly good stool and a fantastic steel wheelbarrow which only cost me the price of a new tire that I picked up from a neighbor.
There is actually a place around here called Too Good to Toss, I've seen some nice stuff come and go.
 

WiscWoody

Minister of Fire
Dec 24, 2011
1,944
Winter WI
I found two McCulloch chainsaws at our dump a few years ago. Both were in. Ice cases and both ran good so I sold them both for $60 each.
 

Easy Livin’ 3000

Minister of Fire
Dec 23, 2015
2,732
SEPA
dragged it home today. now what! notice the pull cord is gone (probably broken cord).
That is cool! It's a mini version of the hammermill rotary mowers they use to mow the sides of the road. I'd take a medium sized one of these over a brush hog mower for clearing overgrown fields any day.
 
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rwh63

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Nov 12, 2019
146
MA
not sure this qualifies as gear, but earlier this summer i came across a discarded 1984 VC Resolute stove at the metal pile. it was a beautiful enamel midnight blue shell. i was frustrated that it was not intact. then i started looking around the stove and saw many of the parts. apparently the discarders had lightened the load by pulling off pieces and tossed them separately!

i gathered all the parts i could see, took the whole bunch home. one of the legs had broken during disposal. also, it was actually set up for coal, so the interior was missing some wood parts. the top had a small crack. other than that , in excellent lightly used condition.

btw, love the midnight blue enamel on this stove!

decided to part it out on ebay. don't have a full pic of the stove, but some of parts:

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rwh63

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Nov 12, 2019
146
MA
todays score:

poulan 250A chainsaw w/case
ryobi cs 30 string trimmer
echo gt 225 string trimmer

don't know anything about poulan
the echo is missing the head and gas cap. very lightweight trimmer, probably a budget one.
the ryobi looks intact. esp. attracted to that because that is the brand i use. a couple of years ago my lower shaft failed. a replacement piece alone was $70. ended up buying a whole trimmer for about $100 instead. this one at least has the lower shaft intact. gonna see if it functions. that alone is worth grabbing it.

the metal pile if getting fairly full, so i am grabbing what is attractive before the scrap company shows up and clears it out completely.
last year i missed out on a nice Husqvarna snowblower because of a scrap pick up :mad:
 

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salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
1,197
Northern Canada
Those top handle Poulans used to rule the top handle world...
Then the Stihl 020/ MS200 came along...
 

rwh63

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Nov 12, 2019
146
MA
cleaned up the Poulan. added fresh gas and bar oil. checked spark plug (looked good). can't get any ignition yet. iOS it normal for the chain to move when i pull the cord?