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D Hanna23/08/2018 10:05:30
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I noticed a fellow member from Australia is asking about availability of Abrafiles in Australia etc in the last MEW mag. They have been extinct for many years now. If RICHARD CAINS is a member here or someone has contact details, send me a pm. May be able to spare a couple.

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Paul Lousick23/08/2018 10:44:05
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Tungsten carbide rod saw blades are available at Bunnings hardware in Australia. (They may be in the tiling department of the store). Look for 152mm rod saw blade, made by Suttons.

Paul.

Paul Lousick23/08/2018 10:44:08
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D Hanna23/08/2018 14:05:27
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I know Bunnings have those but that isn't what Richard is requesting. The ones he wants are the longer blades around 1/16" diameter.
Brian H23/08/2018 14:20:35
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Check for Vitrex Radial Hacksaw Blades. Not sure about Ozz but are available through Amazon.

Brian

Mark Simpson 123/08/2018 16:38:12
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I've found the Hacksaw and Fret saw blades from these guys are a great replacement for Abra Files. Only posted from the US, but work well and you can remove the hacksaw ends to thread through a small hole, they last a surprising while even in steel (no connection only a satisfied customer)

https://bestwayproductscompany.com/products.html

Maybe a UK distributor will appear

Michael Gilligan23/08/2018 17:53:39
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Thanks for that link, Mark yes

The availability of 100ft coils is particularly interesting.

MichaelG.

Doubletop24/08/2018 09:56:13
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Posted by Paul Lousick on 23/08/2018 10:44:05:

Tungsten carbide rod saw blades are available at Bunnings hardware in Australia. (They may be in the tiling department of the store). Look for 152mm rod saw blade, made by Suttons.

Paul.

So they are!! Thanks for that **LINK**

Pete

Nigel Graham 219/06/2019 18:49:01
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"Vitrex Radial Hacksaw Blades" are the TC tools made and sold for cutting tiles, and readily available from builders' tool stockists. They are abrasive, not toothed, so might not be suitable for metalwork, certainly not softer metals that will just clog them.

Nigel Graham 219/06/2019 20:53:18
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The Japanese blades advertised by Axminster look like copies of the Bestway product, but note the small-print on the Axminster site: "... case-hardened..."

That suggests they are made from mild-steel, and intended for cutting only thin wood.

Michael Gilligan19/06/2019 22:24:13
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 19/06/2019 20:53:18:

The Japanese blades advertised by Axminster look like copies of the Bestway product, but note the small-print on the Axminster site: "... case-hardened..."

That suggests they are made from mild-steel, and intended for cutting only thin wood.

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I am almost certain that the 'Japanese' blades ARE the Bestway product

... they are clearly marked as being Made in the USA

https://www.bestwayproductscompany.com/products.html

... There are several interesting variations on the theme

MichaelG.

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 19/06/2019 22:29:39

Nigel Graham 225/06/2019 18:46:19
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I tried a simple test with a 300mm Vitrex TC "blade" this afternoon.

With end fittings rather like wire crimp terminals it fitted the hacksaw easily, but would need a short slot cutting if used entirely within the material.

It had no problems with an oddment of RHS steel angle 6mm thick, but as it is abrading its way with a kerf of perhaps 4mm, it's not the most efficient method.

It had no problem with a small scrap of aluminium-alloy bar, apart from a bit of clogging.

I tried it on the back end of an HSS lathe tool, with a view to suitability for roughing out a form tool, or cutting a length of tool-steel to make a boring-bar bit. Starting the cut neatly was hard because it skidded all over the place, but eventually I made a groove perhaps 6mm deep before stopping - no point wearing the blade further. An angle-grinder with a cutting-disc would be the better choice, and a lot cheaper.

So these abrasive tools are better than nothing, but not ideal replacements for round tension files for making cut-outs in metal plates.

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Anyone tried the Bestway files yet?

Michael Gilligan25/06/2019 20:10:48
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 25/06/2019 18:46:19:

Anyone tried the Bestway files yet?

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Yes ... I found them very good on Perspex, and on hard leaded engraving brass ; but less effective than the old Abrafile blades on harder/slippery materials.

[note: Alan Wood appears to have fared better]

For me: The blades are pretty good; the end-terminations gimmickey; and the saw frame appalling [*]

Hence my interest in the availability of 'blade by the yard'

MichaelG.

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If you have smaller hands it may be O.K.

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 25/06/2019 20:11:49

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