- Jul 31, 2013
- Reaction score
- Southern Minnesota
When they first came out, they were as heavy as a Stihl 031/032, maybe a smidge heavier. The Stihl was an award winning design, and still not an easy saw to work on. But easier than a 610. And not twice the money new.Ever notice that the only thing wrong with a Mac 610 is that it might be a little heavy? And, Stihl owners who paid two or three times as much money for the same power do nothing but make fun of them.
Poulans at the time were lighter and as fast, I would say faster. A 4000 against a 610 is a mismatch IMO, the yellow and black fellow behind at best, way behind in comfort and weight. Partner, again as fast, again lighter. Homelite, a much more dated design, as fast and lighter. 610's may be lighter than a 261 Olympyk, not by over a pound, and as fast, but not as easy to work on, and the Olympyk frame was the same as a 271/281, which would run circles around and over a 610.
Thing is, those other saws were all replaced once and sometimes twice by the end of the 610's run, which sadly, could be blamed for McCulloch's demise, though I would blame management instead.