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Morty21/07/2019 10:08:34
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Hi Everyone!

Due to an enforced lay-up (main hydraulic pump fault!) I have not been able to make a start on My workshop conversion yet, but I have been able to check over My Myford Super 7 to look at it's general condition and operation (will do a post this week with a question or two....or three...).

I'm starting to potter around a little as things are slowly returning to normal, and I am concentrating on getting other items in ready for setting up.

The first thing I was looking for was a way of cutting stock up for machining, My sawing arm is not what it was, most power hacksaws are too big for the space I have available, so was thinking off a cut-off machine (Rage etc.) then this appeared on Fleabay this week:-
(hope the picture links work,first time I've posted any on Forums!) Photos added to album.
Very compact machine, 2' x 1' x 18", did a test cut when I got it home and works fine,and very well built, and takes standard hacksaw blades.
Guy I bought it from is selling items from an engineer who has sadly past away,
and did not know about the history of the machine,he was'nt sure if He had built it Himself, but it looks like a bought item.
Can anyone shed any light on it re manufacturer etc.?
I will be cleaning it up and freshening the paint up (and, yes, changing the switchgear!!)
Any thoughts/advice greatly welcomed!
Cheers, Pete

Edited By Morty on 21/07/2019 10:23:24

Ian S C21/07/2019 10:38:00
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Hi Pete, sorry no pics here, you better go up to the green line at the top of the page, go along to the camera/albums and start an album, you transfer direct from your computer, best to reduce the size, I use 640 x 480. It took me months to get going, I was on dial up, and trying to put the photos direct without reduction, grrrr. Give it a go.

Ian S C

Morty21/07/2019 10:49:47
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Hi Ian SC!

Thanks for the tip, I've just created an album with the pics!

I tried to embed them originally from flickr, works (sometimes) on other forums I post to, must have missed something on here!

Cheers, Pete.

Morty21/07/2019 11:44:17
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6.jpg5.jpg4.jpg3.jpg2.jpgLinked pics from album, let's see if this works......


Edited By Morty on 21/07/2019 11:44:51

John Reese22/07/2019 18:35:39
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Definitely a power hack saw, probably shop built. With that enormous adjustable weight I bet it could really eat up blades.

Morty22/07/2019 20:07:52
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Hi John!

First thing I thought when I 'saw' the weight! (Sorry, couldn't resist......)

I did a test cut one some 1" bar, it didn't protest at all, but took a few minutes, stroke rate is roughly 60 per minute.

Started to strip it today, the engineering is exceptional if home built, will post some pics tomorrow,

Cheers, Pete

Neil Wyatt22/07/2019 20:09:21
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Yep, looks like a crusty home build, but I bet it works well if you clean it up.

Echoing what John says, I would start with the weight at the pivot end.


Roderick Jenkins22/07/2019 21:07:44
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It looks similar to the "Duplex" design in Ian Bradley's "The Amateurs Workshop"

duplex hacksaw.jpg


Morty24/07/2019 12:55:25
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Hi Neil, thanks for the advice, I will start with the weight further back then experiment with the setting until it is happy!

Hi Rod,yes, the saw frame does look pretty similar to the Duplex with an own designed base and drive system, the further I dig, the more it looks like a shop built machine, very well put together as the photos above show.

(I tried the put the text above the pics, but need to have a play around to get it right!)

Clean up and paint next, thanks for posting these very useful replies, more soon!

Cheers, Pete

JC5424/07/2019 22:37:26
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Many thanks Rod for the picture of the Duplex Saw. I now know what I have got (ebay buy). I have altered my drive to put the motor underneath the main frame so that when cutting it does not stick out the front of bench.

Morty (Pete) you may find that you need the big weight , I have increased mine and it cuts a lot better than it did.


Morty24/07/2019 23:15:31
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Hi John!

Thanks for the heads-up, I did try it out before I stripped it down,took a while to go through some 1" steel bar, but I put that down to the stroke rate(estimated at 60 strokes per minute, but the gear drive shows 71rpm),but I'll have a proper look when It's back together.

Cheers, Pete

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