In 1963 Mr Macklin owned a car garage called Friars Cliff Motors near Mudeford Quay. Alongside the business he was also building boats. While in a meeting with a supplier discussing outboards, he was introduced to another product they were distributing, the pioneer chainsaw.
The supplier asked him if he would consider becoming a dealer as there were currently none in the area. After some thought he agreed to purchase six to start off with. When they arrived Mr Macklin’s mechanic at the time took one out in the van with him to see if there was a market for them, he sold it on the first day.