Hand tool question: High quality hacksaw?
Close
Login to Your Account
Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Tooele County, UT
    Posts
    6
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default Hand tool question: High quality hacksaw?

    Hello,

    I'm starting to do some gun customizations, and am looking for a high quality hacksaw frame and blade. What types do people like and dislike... why?

    Thanks for the help,

    Dave

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    SF Bay Area
    Posts
    2,188
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    57

    Default

    I have several, and I like this one best:

    http://www.amazon.com/K145-Starrett-...701976&sr=8-34

    Quite rigid, comfortable grip, pretty inexpensive.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Benicia California USA
    Posts
    8,143
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    1846
    Likes (Received)
    2479

    Default

    Bought several "Lenox " 4012 "Hackmaster" hacksaws a number of years ago. This is a good design that i think others may have as well. Uses a heavy rectangular steel top frame and cast aluminum ends for holding the blade and handle. The good part is the blade tensioning system. They use a sort of bell crank lever that moves about a pivot and is pulled down by a screw and lever nut (not a wing nut). This systen applies greater tension to the blade and the rectangular top tube is most rigid and keeps everything from flopping about. The tube also provides storage for spare blades. It is a neat design but not adjustable for different length blades, think it will only accept 12" blades.
    Cheers Ross

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    uk
    Posts
    14,057
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    4552
    Likes (Received)
    6704

    Default

    get a good one!! blade needs to be tight and well supported. eclipse make a realy nice heavy one. personaly i have a bancho?? its realy nice very strong and realy tensions the blade whilst not letting it twist. cutting 2" solid mild steel rounds is a 20 minute process with it.

    if the blade can wobel after tensioning throw it in the bin. dont skimp on the blades either. a decent quality blade makes life a lot easyer. stick to bimetal blades not fully hardened as a slight twist and the hard ones shatter easly. stick with 12" blades too, i have never understood why 10" are offered, generaly on the average stroke the last inch - 2" of blade are not used, a 12" blade has a lot more life in it for very little extra cost!! also keep a small stock of blades in a range of tooth forms and swap them just like u would any cutting tool to suit the job at hand.

    then mark all the way around and follow ur mark from both sides. done with care its easy to keep even long cuts accurate to under a 1/16" and a 1/32" is very possible. also dont go to fine on the blade, just results in a slower cut in thicker sections at the expense of getting tired and frustrated on your part.

    also think of all the money your saving on that gym membership!!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    50
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    1
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    Thanks for tips guys. We've been looking for a decent hacksaw around here. Stanley and Craftsman models in the $15-20 range are pretty good but I'd like to try that Starret.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Vershire, Vermont
    Posts
    2,042
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    1307
    Likes (Received)
    632

    Default

    Ive bought several hi-tension hacksaws in the past few years: a Lenox Hackmaster, a Milwaukee and a Craftsman. While the Craftsman and the Milwaukee were way better than the conventional frame with wingnut tensioning, the Hackmaster is the most rigid and easy to use.

    Neil

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Round Rock, TX
    Posts
    29
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    Lennox all the way, hands down in my book. I bought mine at an electrician supply store and have not looked back. Lennox blades are the best I have used, they just last so so long.

    The hack saw body has a cast handle and front with a square top tube which makes it incredibly rigid. The grip is nice and ergonomic and somfortable. The tightenning device it uses is under the grip and takes minimal effort to use but puts lots of tension on the blade.

    I cannot say enough good things about my hacksaw.

    http://www.jlindustrial.com/LNS-2091...Y/product.html

    There is the newer version of this but I just have not had a reason so replace mine yet and dont see any reasonin the near future.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    4,518
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    550
    Likes (Received)
    615

    Default

    Can't comment on the Lennox, but I have the Craftsman I got when I was a kid, and I have a Starrett I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago.

    The Starrett wins hands down. Much more rigid, and you can feel it in how it cuts.

    Steve

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    51
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    I have used a Klein hacksaw for going on ten years. I don't know if they make hacksaws anymore. It has a full metal frame and is balanced nicely. I "retired" it to home repair a couple of years ago and bought a new Craftsman. There is a noticable weight difference, the Craftsman being lighter. I still like the Klein one better. I put Lenox blades into both, Lenox blades are the best, in my opinion. I also use Lenox blades in my sawzall.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Beaverton, OR
    Posts
    5,458
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    57

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tejano View Post
    I cannot say enough good things about my hacksaw.
    The guys down at fastenal gave my dad one of those Lennox hacksaws. At first he pretty much though "What am I going to do with this?" and then he found himself using it quite a bit and really likes it.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Claremont, NH
    Posts
    1,637
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    9
    Likes (Received)
    51

    Default

    I have a Lennox (I think) with a round tube frame - about 3/4 to 7/8 inch diameter that is solid as a rock and an unknown brand - may be Starrett with a square very solid frame. Both are about 18 to 20 years old now, shows their longevity.

    Blades: Starrett Red-Stripe.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Cape Cod, Massachusetts
    Posts
    4,660
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    1133
    Likes (Received)
    1889

    Default

    Very happy with my Sandvik model 225. Cast aluminum ends, rectangular tube back, very effective tightening mechanism. The far end of the frame has a nice rounded thumb support for two-handed sawing. Rigid and light.

    I usually use Lenox blades.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Tooele County, UT
    Posts
    6
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    Thanks for all the advice! I'd love to get one of the Lenox Hackmasters. I did pick up a Neilson high tension hacksaw frame while at Home Depot the other day. It rates itself at 30,000 psi tension on the hacksaw blade. It is MUCH better than the old wing nut hacksaw frame I had been using.

    I also choose the Lenox blades, which are very nice.

    Dave

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    williamsburg va
    Posts
    7,882
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    839
    Likes (Received)
    1743

    Default

    I have a special hacksaw that has an 8" deep throat. It is made of 1/4" X 1" rectangular tool steel. Has a very high quality wooden handle.It is by far the most rigid hacksaw I've ever seen. Made for sawing railroad rails,I think. If you ever find one in a flea market,be sure to get it.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Louisville Ky
    Posts
    195
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    2

    Default

    Ill second the Sandvik 225 for the best saw I have used. Its lightweight, compact, strong and holds the blade three ways; straight, 45 degrees for clearence past the frame and the blade can be stuck out of the end of the frame, like a sawzall. Blades can be stored in the frame. The best blade is the Sandvik blue with an orange tip. They last a long time. The teeth stay on and they wont bind in a cut even when dull. They can be bent into a circle and spring back.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Sacramento CA
    Posts
    601
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    1

    Default

    I have several different brands and always pick up the Starrett.


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •