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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:25 pm 
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I ended up with a Milwaukee Compact Hacksaw with a 24tpi blade, which went through the spindles like a knife through butter. Very impressed.

And only £13 on Amazon, which is approaching half-price, and the hacksaw feels built to last.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:08 pm 
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I find that you need to grip the metal to be cut, firmly in a vice so it doesn't vibrate at all otherwise difficult to cut
I'm using an old metal eclipse hacksaw with 12" bimetal blades by irwin but bahco irwin, eclipse ok.
The tpi rule generally seems to be the lower the tpi the thicker the metal. 32 for thinner stuff 14 for thicker metal
Cutting 8mm threaded rod today once started with an 18tpi blade went through quick should be higher tpi probably
Also bear in mind, that you need to put the blade in the right way round there is usually an arrow so that the blade cuts on the forward stroke
the hacksaw I use is an eclipse 20T you get them cheap at car boot sales and most old eclipse stuff is worth buying as its becoming collectable but you can also get decent ones new ... ge_start=0

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