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Harry Wilkes14/09/2018 14:10:08
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The last lot of junior blades I purchased from B&Q have not lasted very long, they cut well at first but sooner went dull. I was thinking of getting some Eclipes but before doing so I thought I'd asking what the forum members are using ?



John Rudd14/09/2018 14:12:53
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Buy cheap buy twice...

Brian H14/09/2018 15:08:54
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I'm using Eclipse; once bitten etc.


Gary Wooding14/09/2018 15:16:37
524 forum posts
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Eclipse for me, too.

Brian G14/09/2018 15:20:10
455 forum posts
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Eclipse, I'm still working through my father's 1970s stock I have bought some Groz blades to try, but it is too early to say how they compare (although they are much better than the blades that come with cheap junior hacksaws).


Brian Oldford14/09/2018 15:29:19
476 forum posts
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Do B&Q actually use metal in their junior hacksaw blades?

Ron Laden14/09/2018 15:51:00
969 forum posts
145 photos

Sandvik is what I,ve been using and they seem to cut well and stay sharp.

Derek Lane 214/09/2018 16:11:05
157 forum posts
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I have only ever used eclipse had no problems with them

Thor14/09/2018 16:27:33
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Like Ron, I use Sandvik because that is what is available where I live.


mechman4814/09/2018 17:00:14
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I am using up old stock of eclipse that I found whilst clearing up my old toolbox, have used blades from B & Q... rubbish. you can generally tell a good blade... eclipse blades have a spring feel to them when you bend them ,& snap cleanly & crisply whereas other cheapo diy blades will easily bend & break without a clean snap, you can actually feel the diy blade failing ( crackling sound / sensation ), so when ever I find eclipse blades I buy half a dozen or so to keep stocks up.


Speedy Builder514/09/2018 17:14:10
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By mistake, I bought Junior hacksaw blades which were marked "For Wood". OK for cutting up Chedar Cheese, but not much else !

Harry Wilkes14/09/2018 18:03:47
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Posted by Brian Oldford on 14/09/2018 15:29:19:

Do B&Q actually use metal in their junior hacksaw blades?

They taste like metal ! Thanks guy's I will get some Eclipse yes



the artfull-codger14/09/2018 20:12:17
233 forum posts

Eclipse make good hacksaw & jnr hacksaw blades which I use but I don't rate their piercing saw blades though,much prefer vallorbe swiss blades [more pricey !!] but much more accurate & easier to use.

pete hammond14/09/2018 21:07:02
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The beauty of an old/well lived workshop is- you tidy up behind a bench or cupboard and find new unused but old in years, meaning sharp and good ,hack saw blades other similar goodies and lots of swarf that's out to get you!

larry phelan 114/09/2018 21:30:02
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B&Q and others do use metal in their blades,but it,s mixed with putty,and not even good putty !

No doubt they have their uses,I just have not found what they might be.

George Clarihew14/09/2018 22:57:08
77 forum posts

Ah, but which direction do the above users fit the blade, cut on the push stroke or cut on the pull stroke.

I find that blades last much longer cutting on the pull stroke, at least they do in the pupils hands at work.

Hopper15/09/2018 02:45:12
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Posted by George Clarihew on 14/09/2018 22:57:08:

Ah, but which direction do the above users fit the blade, cut on the push stroke or cut on the pull stroke.

I find that blades last much longer cutting on the pull stroke, at least they do in the pupils hands at work.

Standard procedure in some European countries. I always wondered why the Swiss and Italian guys I worked with did that. All they could tell me was "because it is the correct way". Maybe you have discovered the secret. Makes sense when you think about it.

not done it yet15/09/2018 06:13:59
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The direction of cut may well depend on the frame. Every push cut, with a flimsy sprung frame, may well reduce the blade tension. Not good.

Brian G15/09/2018 08:04:44
455 forum posts
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I wonder if our practice comes originally from woodwork, a coping saw is (edit: usually) pushed so that any splinters are on the back of the work, and a fretsaw is pulled so that any splinters are underneath. Similarly we push a junior hacksaw and pull a piercing saw.


Edited By Brian G on 15/09/2018 08:05:22

john carruthers15/09/2018 08:12:31
583 forum posts
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I thought I was buying Eclipse but as the tooth profile was 'rounded' and they could be tied in a knot I doubt they were the genuine article. Beware.
Luckily a neighbour is issued blades at work and he gave me a box full.
No name but excellent blades.

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