Small engine, big success
McCulloch's successes were mainly thanks to its founder, Robert P McCulloch and his tireless experimentation. Small, light engines were his specialty and during the 1930s, he had been building highly efficient engines for racing cars in mini format called midget cars.
During World War II he developed and manufactured twin-cylinder engines in remote-controlled training targets for fighter pilot training. Reducing the weight of these engines was a constant challenge – and it was the lessons he learned during this time that proved to be useful when developing chainsaws.But how did McCulloch start making chainsaws? Well, as was often the case at the time, you had to take advantage of every business opportunity without thinking "Does this fit our product portfolio?"
After the war, McCulloch Motors had entered into a multi-year agreement with Reed-Prentice for the delivery of chainsaw engines.