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02-18-2013 02:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hacksaw question

I’m in the market for a new hacksaw. I find myself cutting metal more and more as I am learning to make some of my own tools. My ancient Craftsman works okay, but I am thinking that one of the newer high tension hacksaws might be better. Does anybody have recommendations?

-- Bondo Gaposis


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#1 posted 02-18-2013 02:44 PM

I’m not aware of any new technologies in the world of hacksaws.
There are good blades and crap blades and like any other saw I ever used, the better the blade quality the better the cut and with less effort.
Also, it’s important to use a blade with the proper tpi (teeth per inch); higher numbers for thinner materials.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 02:46 PM

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 02:50 PM

http://www.harborfreight.com/horizontal-vertical-metal-cutting-bandsaw-93762.html

The best hack saw I could afford.
I got one for around $160.00.
It needs some tweaking but after that it works great.
Reviews:
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/product/2583

-- Bert

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 03:08 PM

I’m starting to believe that Bert has stock in Harbor Freight.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 03:21 PM

If you are into hand tools, I have the dewalt, it is a good one. But the new high quality blades make it a saw.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-18-2013 03:22 PM

Brandon, I do not but I should.
This saw is really good for the price and it saves a lot of work

-- Bert

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#7 posted 02-18-2013 03:34 PM

Something is rotten in Denmark here.
I just looked at that link to the Irwin “High Tension” hack saw.
They claim they are putting 25,000 lbs of tension on the blade.
BS.
The cross section of a hack saw blade is such that if you applied 25,000 lbs of force to it, it would have to have a tensile strength of over 800,000 lbs. Can’t happen. No way. That steel might have a tensile strength of 300,000, and that’s being very generous. Grade 8 bolts are only 160,000.

I would tend to agree with Bert. If I had a lot of metal cutting to do I would love to have a power saw. But, I thought the OP was asking about a manual hack saw.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#8 posted 02-18-2013 03:40 PM

After years of going through cheap hacksaws, I decided to take the high road and pick up something that would last and I haven’t regretted doing so. I bought a top of the line Nicholson saw they had at Home Depot. It’s very sturdily built and has neoprene handles at both ends. The tensioner stays tight all the time. I don’t expect to ever need to buy another hacksaw.

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#9 posted 02-18-2013 03:46 PM

The green one is my favorite. I use the yellow one on the floor when I am in the mood for hand tools.

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#10 posted 02-18-2013 06:11 PM

I am talking hand tools here. The power hacksaws look great but I do not have room in my shop for another stationary power tool.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 02-18-2013 06:16 PM

I have an ex-Navy hacksaw built somewhere around 1942 made by Weiss (I think).
It has been the best hacksaw I’ve ever owned. It holds the blade true, doesn’t loosen, is stiff and doesn’t flex.

I have worn out a lot of other hacksaws in my life, but this one is still around and who knows how many owners had it since it was liberated from the Navy.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 02-18-2013 06:16 PM

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/5-in1-hacksaw/953818

This can also be used as a jab saw, seems a little more versatile and
not that more expensive.

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#13 posted 02-18-2013 06:18 PM


bondogaposis said “I am talking hand tools here. The power hacksaws look great but I do not have room in my shop for another stationary power tool.”

We know, just goofing around.

I have this Craftsman frame I really like. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available. Maybe you could find one similar on eBay.

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#14 posted 02-18-2013 07:06 PM

My 2 cents. If you want hand saw, I would look at flea markets for something old. I have not been pleased with any thing modern.

I just bought one of those hand held band saws. really happy with it.

-- Who is John Galt?

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