A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be able to rescue a
Qualters and Smith machine hacksaw from the skip. It is in very
The plate on it tells me that 'Qualters and Smith Bros. Ltd.' resided in
Barnsley, and that the serial number of the saw is LDS 6 1257
A quick Google found a post code for what I take to be the factory at
BD19 5JU, but little else. There are a couple of pictures on Google
Can any kind soul point me to further information - please.
That's a very exciting find. These are good machines and, looked after,
will last pretty much forever. I wish I lived near skips like that!
The serial number breaks down into three parts. "LDS" means "light duty
saw". "6" is the cutting capacity of the machine, which in this case is
6 inch diameter round stock. "1257" is the machine number. I have the
heavy duty 8 inch version which carries the number "HDS 8 2505".
Qualters & Smith were bought out by Birkett Cutmaster. Their contact
details are as follows:
Birkett Cutmaster Ltd
PO Box 30
Tel. 01274 870311
Fax. 01274 862754
They do keep a very limited range of spares for these machines. I
bought the two blocks which clamp the blade from them a few years ago.
If you call them, David Moorhouse is a helpful and knowledgeable person
to speak to.
If I can be of any help, let me know. Good luck with the project!
By the way, Birkett Cutmaster sent me a photocopy of the original
manual for my saw, free of charge. They might have the manual for your
saw, if you're lucky. If you have problems getting a manual I can make
a copy of mine for you.
hi I just got a power saw donated to out workshop its a Qualters & smith wi
th a 14" blade the serial no is gon on the plate so don't no model. I am lo
oking for a service book or any information on the hydrolysis lifting pisto
n ass it do-sent work Thanks David. email@example.com