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CraigsList Find: A Man Eating 1940s Era Maul Two Man Chainsaw — This Thing Will Kill You

CraigsList Find: A Man Eating 1940s Era Maul Two Man Chainsaw — This Thing Will Kill You

Imagine a company today going into the business of making chainsaws and using the brand name “Maul”. Now there is an actual woodsman tool called a maul which I have used to split logs before. It is like an axe and a sledgehammer combined, which means it is capable of fixing virtually any home related problem with large amounts of blunt force trauma. This chainsaw is a cool old Maul brand saw that was designed to be used by two guys.

Guy number one, we’ll call him the “driver” in this operation would stand at the business end of the thing and control the throttle as well as the two handles. Guy number two, we’ll call him the “most likely to be maimed” was in charge of the handle that sits on the far end of the saw’s bar. Basically this big boy would be lifted onto the top of a log, winged up, dropped down and both guys would use their weight to force the spinning saw through the wood. Slipping your hand off that handle would result in a very bad day and a very unrecognizable hand.

As best we can tell, these two man saws were introduced sometime in the mid to late 1940s. They seem to fetch some decent money from collectors (yes, there is a pretty large community of antique chainsaw collectors out there) and frankly this things looks like 100 shades of awesome to us. Power was made by the single lung two stroke engine you see on the “business” end of the saw. We’re not sure how many guys were hit by whipping chains back in the day when using this thing or how many lost their handle on the thing and paid the consequences, but this chainsaw stands as a testament to an era in American life when you bought something, used it, and if you got hurt, your first instinct wasn’t to sue the manufacturer, it was to make sure you didn’t dick up again and hurt yourself for a second time.

This would be a bitchin’ piece to have as a conversation starter, or to take to the Christmas tree farm this winter to pull a Clark Griswold move and really show off. “Stand back Rusty…daddy’s got the Maul fired up!”

Are we nuts for wanting this thing?







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22 thoughts on “CraigsList Find: A Man Eating 1940s Era Maul Two Man Chainsaw — This Thing Will Kill You

  1. Tim G

    The first job I ever had was working in a small engine shop that had one of these on a pole out front with the “Wilson Small Engines” sign hanging on the chain bar.
    I asked old Gene when I first met him,Gene what is that,says Gene,”that’s a widowmaker boy”. LOL

  2. marcus

    If you look at it just right, that handle on the “mauled” end almost looks like a safety guard.

  3. ratty

    i just hope the guy on the scary end got paid twice as much as the guy on the other end… and free medical insurance

  4. Pat ~ The Muscle Car Guy

    The handle on the “exciting” end was probably more to help lift the saw up. You shouldn’t need to push a chainsaw through a tree, especially not with how much that thing probably weighed.

    Still not something most people would want to do.

  5. Mister X

    That thing is tiny compared to the one’s folks use a lawn ornaments around here.

    Now that I hear they’re worth some money, I’d best start asking if they want to sell them.

  6. Mont

    It’s Mall, not Maul. American Restorations did a job on an old McCulloch two person saw earlier this year.

  7. Beagle

    anybody pick up on the two exhaust pipes on the one lunger? Neato. I’ve got some old junk around here, I don’t remember if any of it them has a gearbox. That must be a different chain type than modern junk? New stuff wants a lot of chain speed…

    1. darryl nagy

      killer! but we do have the crazy guys that today that have the v8 chain saw world record! check out you tube its a two man person saw. NUTS !!!!

  8. CPR

    That Mall appears to have chisel chain, not the more primitive scratcher. The long-bar 2-mans required the stinger handle to set the bar in for falling. Before the impulse carbs, the gearbox would rotate and the operator had to keep the powerplant level to stay running. They ran gear reduction boxes and much longer pitch chains than today’s whizzeepoos. They’re slow and fun, but give me a 70s vintage, kart-engined McCulloch to whip all comers.

  9. richard wallendal

    in the. 70’s, I worked for McCulloch. We sold chainsaw bars which took a motor on each end. Up to about 15 ft. long. For big stuff like redwoods.

  10. Casi

    Does anyone know how much these Mall two man chainsaws weigh? I found one in my parents’ barn, but I have no idea how much that beast weighs..

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