|Review by Sodabowski||posted 06-12-2013 08:45 PM||2644 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
So I was tired of my crappy U-frame saw, made of steel tubing, having hacked it as much as I could to improve – that’s a lesser word – the blade locking mechanism. It kept twisting blades on me and they snapped too easily. So I litterally tossed it out and settled to raid eBay, in search for a better saw frame.
I had already purchased several times from the Proops Bros, and had noticed they carried a wide array of hardware, all made by themselves in the UK. And so I shelled out the £6.95 plus £3 postage for France, and a few other things (which didn’t graduate to my standards, but that’s another story). A week later the parcel comes in, bubblewrap and all.
Let me tell you straight: I love this little saw! It’s sturdy, once locked it doesn’t move (unlike the U-shaped ones), it adjusts to any blade length you have up to 6 1/2” (16,5 cm) down to as small as 1 1/4” (3,5 cm) if you’re really on a budget and you can’t buy new blades after the last one broke on you. Sure would be quite a thing to saw with something so small but you get the point: adjustability, which I didn’t have before.
The handle is a standard round handsaw one: plain boring white wood, but it’s decent enough for the calling price (could be a chisel handle). If you really pull hard enough (I didn’t try but it’s sturdily attached) you can certainly take it out and replace it with your own fancy pants handle turned out of solid mahogany from a parasol stick (Mads, are you reading me? ;p)
The blade is firlmy held between two rather large square nuts (11×11mm, 7/16” by), knurled on the inside for a nice grip on the blade, along with large flat thumbscrews: very comfortable to use, not like the wing nuts of the old (25€!) crap that I had before.
Frame length is adjusted by a 9/16” (16 mm) deeply knurled thumb screw, again really easy to adjust and once it’s locked in, nothing moves at all.
So if you’re shopping around for a nice little frame saw for small-scale veneer cutting (or if like me you plan on building a small tabletop chevalet to go around it), you can check this one out.
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...