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Today at a pawn shop I picked up a McCulloch Mac 160 chainsaw for 40.00. Its the ubiquitous little top handle type saw that McCulloch made for decades under a variety of names such as Mini Mac, Mac, and Eager Beaver. The saw looks to be in good shape. It has a manual oiler.

Some questions: When about was the Mac 160 produced? It seems that McCulloch made incremental changes to this model and renamed it each time; I've seen Mac 110, 120, and 130 saws that look nearly identical. Does this saw have an automatic oiler as well as manual? When using a saw with a manual oiler are there any hard and fast guidelines as to how often to pump the oiler? Are there any notorious trouble spots with these saws? I assume this saw uses a 40:1 fuel/oil mix, correct?
 

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I have an old "Mini-Mac" that I liked a lot,its engine screams and it cuts well,and is nice and lightweight..has about a 14" bar..

The only bummer is,it has a nearly impossible to find bar and chain,with 1/4" pitch--and the bar broke on it last year when it got caught in a tree branch as it was hanging off the rear of my tractor as I drove by it,and the chain pulled so tight it cracked the tip of the bar off..:(

I have yet to find any replacement bars for it..looked everywhere,some sites online list the chain,none list a bar anymore for the 1/4" chain though..tried old stores that might have had old stock,no luck..I did find listings to upgrade it to a 3/8" Low Profile (LP) chain,but that requires a new clutch drum and the bar and chain..nobody had all 3 ,so I decided to cobb on a bar I had off a Homelite 10" "limb and trim" saw that the carb rusted out on and was cannibalized..it didn't fit perfect as is,I had to modify it by drilling one new hole for the adjuster,and shorten the original Mcullogh chain..
I felt it was not worth spending 50 bucks on,it was a gift from a friend who'd had it given to him at a yard sale,and he failed to get it to start..I would like to fix it before it goes to **** fro sitting like the Homelite did,but I'm not buying new parts,I'm hoping to find another whole saw cheap like it for parts at a swap meet or flea market..of course I've seen NONE since I got it!..(or should I say BROKE it!)..

I see a guy selling brand new "ECHO" saws at one flea market for 150 bucks,so I think I'm not willing to pay more than 25 for a parts saw..
 

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Bummer. I think the Mini mac series came out before the Mac 100 series, so hopefully I won't have that problem. The chain on mine looks no different than that of my Poulans. You can probably find a complete parts machine on Ebay.
 
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