18 years ago
building a powered hacksaw. The concensus was to go with a bandsaw
instead ... advice with which I agree overall. But -- I've been
kicking around an idea for a different style of power hacksaw than
what I've usually seen, and thought I'd get your comments.
What about building a parallel-beam style of power hacksaw (ie,
designed like an over-sized scroll saw)? This would be a fairly simple
project to build, I think (famous last words). It would not be all
that great to use on large pieces of steel, but might be very handy
for smaller pieces.
Thoughts and comments? Here are a couple of thoughts I've had about
I know that one of the H/V bandsaws would be even better, since it
would allow cutting larger pieces, but also the flexibility for
smaller pieces. But my current skill level wouldn't come close to
building an H/V bandsaw, whereas I think I could build a parallel-beam
style of power hacksaw fairly easily.
Yes, I also realize that it would be far cheaper, if I value my time
at all, to buy one of the HF or other cheap import bandsaws than to
build this saw ... but metal-working is a hobby for me, a way to relax
and do something different from the 9-5, so the point for me would be
enjoying designing and building the project. Time spent would be time
spent having fun!
If it really doesn't work at all well as a hacksaw, I think I could
design it so that it could be converted to use as a scroll saw.
Of course, I may be missing something here. Or maybe someone has
already built something like this? I look forward to your thoughts and