Despite founding the McCulloch Motors Corporation in 1943 and subsequently revolutionising the chainsaw industry, Robert P. McCulloch is perhaps best known as the man who purchased the old London Bridge in 1968 before moving it to a city he founded: Lake Havasu City. The urban myth that McCulloch believed he was purchasing Tower Bridge is untrue; he simply believed that moving the entirety of London Bridge to the middle of Arizona would raise the profile of Lake Havasu City.
But let us leave that aside for a moment, as although the McCulloch Motors Corporation was established in 1943 it was only once the company began making chainsaws that things really took off. Released in 1949, the Model 3-25 was particularly notable for being much lighter than its predecessors and soon became an industry standard. McCulloch continued innovating, with models such as 1968’s Power Mac 6 (the world’s lightest chainsaw at the time) and the Mini Mac 1 (an early consumer machine designed for the domestic market) standing out amidst a proud history.
In the 1970s and ‘80s McCulloch added hedge trimmers, grass trimmers and leaf blowers to its product range, signifying the company’s growing status within the lawn and garden industry. Since then McCulloch machines have become a staple of garden maintenance across the world, with the current range including a variety of exceptional chainsaws, trimmers, lawnmowers and garden tractors. All McCulloch equipment benefits from the company’s hallmarks of powerful engines, technical innovation and ergonomic design, so you can trust a McCulloch tool to get even the toughest horticultural jobs done with pleasingly little fuss. Moreover, thanks to a continuing dedication to providing the latest in hi-tech, low noise and low emission technology McCulloch tools are also reassuringly clean and quiet running, while their OxyPower engines provide greater fuel economy than ever before.
Robert McCulloch should be remembered primarily for founding a company which provides superb garden care solutions, rather than for his peculiar decision to move a major London landmark half way across the world. Though given that pretty much the only thing most people know about Lake Havasu City is that it is the current location of the old London Bridge, it’s fair to say McCulloch’s endeavour did succeed in raising the profile of the city. Whether that justifies spending $2.46 million and shipping many tonnes of masonry across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal to California then another 300 miles inland is another matter.
The man was clearly an original thinker though and also made some very good chainsaws, so let’s focus on that.