Mercury Disston Chainsaw (Pretty Unique)

Your Webmaster has become quite fascinated with a particular chainsaw, one of which we have in our collection of large chainsaws in the outdoor exhibit named for Ron Bradley. First of all, let me show you this chainsaw at work:

Harry Bosse and Russel Leach using a Mercury Disston Chainsawto fell a tree for Linebaugh Logging. Circa 1955 Harry Bosse was a legendary logger and Russel Leach became the Calaveras County Sheriff

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Mercury Disston Chainsaw

Henry Disston was the best name in saws, and Mercury, made by Kiekaefer of Fond du Lac, WI was a great name in outboard motors. Put the two companies together and the product should be a really great chainsaw.

Loggers had a wide range of feelings about this saw. Many felt that it was the best chainsaw ever made. It certainly cut well and fast, and was very trouble free compared to other saws of that time. Its two cylinders smoothed out the motor at all rpms. A Montana store receipt and note from the buyer detail the sale of a saw in 1955 that listed for $700, had been marked down to $399, and sold for $300 with a 30 inch bar and chain.

Kiekhaefer  and Disston had a falling out and Disston tried to build their own motor for this saw, but it never was a success.

 Here’s an interesting spec sheet on the saw. Probably only of interest to the mechanically inclined. Great saw, but maybe not as great as the person who put together the spec sheet states at the end. Ah, maybe it was.

Model: DA-211


MANUFACTURED BY:

DISSTON HENRY & SONS INC.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

YEAR INTRODUCED:

1951

YEAR DISCONTINUED:

1953

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT:

10.99 cu. in. (180cc)

NUMBER OF CYLINDERS:

2 (horizontal)

CYLINDER BORE:

2.00 in. (50.8mm)

PISTON STROKE:

1.750 in. (44.4mm)

CYLINDER TYPE:

Aluminum with cast iron liner

INTAKE METHOD:

Reed valves

MANUFACTURER ADVERTISED H.P.:

9

WEIGHT :

55 lbs. (24.9 kg.) powerhead only

OPERATOR CONFIGURATION:

One or Two Man operation

HANDLEBAR SYSTEM:

Rigid

CHAIN BRAKE:

none

CLUTCH:

Centrifugal

DRIVE TYPE:

Bevel gear transmission

CONSTRUCTION:

Die cast magnesium

MAGNETO TYPE:

Bendix Scintilla

CARBURETOR:

Tillotson AJ float type

AIR FILTER SYSTEM:

Skinner ribbon element

STARTER TYPE:

Mercury automatic rewind

OIL PUMP:

Automatic positive pressure piston pump

IGNITION TIMING:

26 degrees before TDC, (.111 in.)

BREAKER POINT SETTING:

.015 in. (0.38mm)

FLYWHEEL/COIL AIR GAP:

position is fixed

SPARK PLUG TYPE:

Champion J-6-J

SPARK PLUG GAP:

.025 in. (0.63mm)

CRANKSHAFT MAIN BEARINGS:

Ball

FUEL TANK CAPACITY:

96 oz. (2839cc)

FUEL OIL RATIO:

8 oz. to 1 gallon U.S.

RECOMMENDED FUEL OCTANE:

72

MIX OIL SPECIFICATION:

SAE 30 of Pennsylvania crude base stock

CHAIN PITCH:

9/16 in. .5625 in. (14.2mm)

CHAIN TYPE:

Disston Scratcher, Chisel or Chipper

SHORTEST GUIDE BAR SUPPLIED:

24 in. (60.9cm)

LONGEST GUIDE BAR SUPPLIED:

84 in. (213cm)

COLOUR SCHEME:

Unpainted aluminum body with orange enamel spark plug cover, air filter cover and bar clamp.
 

COMMENTS:

Undoubtedly the finest Chain Saw engine ever manufactured. These saws would work day after day with little or no trouble. Quiet, powerful and virtually no vibration due to the twin cylinder design.

 

We were sent this ad by a chainsaw enthusiast

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Comments

  1. Annette McCain Says: January 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Hello i am looking for a service manual for this saw. Do you know where i could atleast get a copy of one please?

    Thanks!!

  2. No, the best we can offer is the specifications as listed above.
    You might find a manual by looking on the web at places like http://www.chainsawcollectors.se/phpbb3/viewforum.php?f=226
    They were very helpful to us.

  3. i have one of these saws what is it worth

    • Well, it partly depends on what condition it is in, and whether you can find someone who really wants it. Are all the parts there? Does the motor turn over when you pull the starter cable?

  4. its in excellent condition pulls over good compession no spark

  5. It seems as if owners of these saws who sell them on e-Bay hope to get up to $150 for them. I would guess that your saw needs a magneto.

  6. I have one that runs and operators handbook also parts catalog

  7. tiffany Says: June 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I’m looking for new saw— still in box. is there such a thing?

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