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Portable power hacksaw
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:34:18 AM »
I have managed to get hold of this Portee hacksaw, portable it aint (more like a 2 man hernia job).
Small enough for my small workshop.
Complete with coolant sump and a pump that seems to work off the crankshaft.
Never heard of this company, has anybody had one of these good/bad.
A project in the making.
John W
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 01:31:05 PM »
It's a cool machine, does it run?
If so, how does it cut?  :beer:



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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 07:02:31 PM »
VT, the motor runs quite well considering the state it was in when I found it, I have scraped a lot of detritus out of the sump, the motor runs very quiet. I do not know the age but as you see by the pictures it will need some TLC (tender loving care) to bring it back to life.
The cut is square and true so no worries on that count.
I will post progress as I go.
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2015, 07:22:14 PM »
Sounds like a great little machine!  :thumbup:
I love it when a Plan B comes together.

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2015, 05:32:49 AM »
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Cracking fined John  :thumbup: a canny addition to any shop .

I do like the built in coolant system  :med:



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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 06:16:12 AM »
Hi John,

I haven't seen one of those for many years, but I don't recall a portable version.  They were very popular at one time.  You do need to keep the frame guide shaft well lubricated though.  Nice find. It should give you years of good service.  It might pay you to grab a couple of spare blades if you can, since they are becoming hard to get hold of.



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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2015, 08:44:49 AM »
 
   Hi John, you can't beat a good solid machine, will look great when restored, nice buy.

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2015, 01:43:40 PM »
The vice is clearly intended to accommodate odd shapes - a very useful feature. An all round handy piece of kit and a good find.

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2015, 07:15:01 PM »
Thanks Gents,
  VT should be a nice bit of kit after a wash and brush up.
  Rob, I had to scrape out the sump whatever was in there had set like concrete.
  Baron,  I have never heard of this company still a little treasure all the same, I think we will use the word portable with tong in cheek.
  David solid is an underestimation   :bugeye:
  Pete, my workshop is small but I will be able to find a corner for it.
Thanks for the interest.

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 11:48:36 AM »
Baron thanks for the advice, had a rummage for blades no joy, could you or anybody point me in the general direction, looked at ebay not much luck.
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2015, 12:38:05 PM »
John,are the blades an odd size? if so couldn't you modify longer ones by shortening and making a new pin hole?
Helixes aren't always downward spirals,sometimes they're screwed up

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2015, 03:17:56 PM »
Manxmodder, yes you guessed,  :bang: odd size 13"x1"x 1/8 @26 tpi, took the blade off earlier somebody has already modded it.
All I can find is 12 or 14 inch so will have to modify or buy a 12 or 14 blade and see which fits the best.
When I get a fit I will buy enough for me and my son  :thumbup:
Thanks for the input.
John W
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2015, 03:21:09 PM »
Hi
Go with manxmadder and shorten blades to fit.
Tungsten Carbide Masonary Drill slow speed and heavy feed pressure until the tip just breaks through then lighten up on pressure.
Cutting Oil is essential.

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2015, 03:30:29 PM »
Hi
A 12 inch blade and modify the tensioner  to fit would be easier than drilling blades.
The last inch on the blade length will not be missed.
Sorry for Double post as the extra info on your last post clinched it/

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2015, 09:15:47 PM »
Eric thanks for that, I think 14" blade trial fit. if it doesn't go take an inch off the end.
The tip for the masonry drill is stored away, the tensioner would be the last resort.
John W
 
 
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2015, 07:33:40 AM »
Hi John,

I knew the blades were scarce but didn't think they were non existent.
Making a link and using 12" blades is the way I would go.

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2015, 03:08:25 PM »
Baron, have found a supply of blades, yesterday ordered one of each 12" and 14" to get the size correct.
Also today phoned a long forgotten tool supplier in Gosport :Doh: he has the sizes I want. Apparently a 13" blade was never made so fingers crossed.
John W 
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2015, 08:37:55 AM »
JD,
Found these on Ebay. Searched for 330 mm instead of 13 inch

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-POWER-HACKSAW-BLADES-13-x-1-x-6tpi-British-330mm-/150191450156

Any good?

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Sean

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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2015, 04:58:42 PM »
Hi John, Sean,

Since 330 mm is for all intents and purposes 13" they should be ok ! 
However 6 tpi is a little bit coarse for steel, fine for cast iron though.  With a blade that coarse I would worry about it jamming in the cut.

The seller quotes "322" mm between holes, double check that your machine can accommodate them.
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2015, 04:57:42 PM »
Gents thanks for your input, problem solved took the blade frame apart yesterday what I thought was a roll pin on the rear blade adjuster turned out to be a grub screw  :doh:  so after cleaning and fettling I now have full adjustment for the blade  :thumbup:  length of blade turns out to be 12".
John W
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2015, 05:12:41 PM »
Hi John,

That's good to hear.  Looking forward to hearing that its making swarf.
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Re: Portable power hacksaw
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2015, 03:57:56 PM »
Baron, thanks found out today my local Cromwell industrial supplier stocks 12" blades in 8,10,14 TPI so not far to go and cheaper then on line  :ddb: result.
The strip and clean starts shortly, looking forward to that.
More to follow
John W
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