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Grindstone Cowboy14/11/2021 16:57:07
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Hi all

Does anyone have any recommendations for decent hacksaw blades, please?

Thanks,

Rob

Michael Gilligan14/11/2021 17:10:13
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Starrett Red Stripe

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https://www.starrett.co.uk/shop/power_tool_accessories/saw_blades_and_hand_tools/handhacksawblades/

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 14/11/2021 17:12:43

Robert Atkinson 214/11/2021 17:12:42
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+1 for Starrett

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Thor 🇳🇴14/11/2021 17:24:09
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I too use Starret or Bacho hacksaw blades.

Thor

Grindstone Cowboy14/11/2021 17:25:28
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Thanks guys - just had a look at the link and I'm a bit stunned by the displayed price of nearly £300 for 2 frown

I'm assuming that must be for the 100 pack but it doesn't change if I select other options. I'll proceed further through the buying process and see if it rectifies itself.

Rob

Michael Gilligan14/11/2021 17:33:49
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Hopefully, Rob

They are certainly available at realistic prices

But they won't do themselves any favours by listing them like that surprise

MichaelG.

SillyOldDuffer14/11/2021 18:02:11
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Posted by Grindstone Cowboy on 14/11/2021 17:25:28:

Thanks guys - just had a look at the link and I'm a bit stunned by the displayed price of nearly £300 for 2 frown

I'm assuming that must be for the 100 pack but it doesn't change if I select other options. I'll proceed further through the buying process and see if it rectifies itself.

Rob

Starrett tools may be good, but I'm not impressed by their website! Tricky to navigate and those prices can't be right! Cromwell are more reasonable. Other sources available.

Dave

Chris Evans 614/11/2021 19:26:00
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I buy mine from RS Components. Always choose the "All Hard" rather than the bi-metal flexible type, I've tried the flexible ones and can not cut straight with them and they do not last as long.

Michael Gilligan14/11/2021 19:54:40
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Posted by Chris Evans 6 on 14/11/2021 19:26:00:

I buy mine from RS Components. Always choose the "All Hard" ...

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yes Those would be the RedStripe ones

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alan ord 214/11/2021 20:26:35
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Lenox. Best blades in the US and can be purchased in the UK.

Alan.

Dave Halford14/11/2021 20:59:52
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Posted by Grindstone Cowboy on 14/11/2021 17:25:28:

Thanks guys - just had a look at the link and I'm a bit stunned by the displayed price of nearly £300 for 2 frown

I'm assuming that must be for the 100 pack but it doesn't change if I select other options. I'll proceed further through the buying process and see if it rectifies itself.

Rob

That might mean they are out of stock, it's a trick RDG use on ebay

Michael Gilligan14/11/2021 21:04:37
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You may be right, Dave ... The 'reciprocating saw' blades seem to be showing reasonable prices.

Damned silly way to operate your own site though dont know

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Ref. https://www.starrett.co.uk/shop/power_tool_accessories/reciprocating/metal_cutting/

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 14/11/2021 21:08:37

Grindstone Cowboy14/11/2021 23:24:52
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Thanks again for all replies, I went with the Starretts from Cromwell. Of course, I just had to add a few other things to make it over the thirty quid required for free postage... (early Christmas presents) wink

I didn't go for the Lenox as I'm heavy-handed enough to break a few.

Rob

J Hancock15/11/2021 08:30:06
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What is really shameful ?

For a reason , Eclipse is not mentioned.

David Jenner15/11/2021 08:31:28
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I've used a variety of brands, but I cannot see the difference in performance between Eclipse brand and Starrett.

Check the RDG tools "Eclipse Section".

However donot buy any of the unbranded blades on the wider marketplace, unless you like chaging blades frequently!!

Dave

Michael Gilligan15/11/2021 09:07:44
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Posted by David Jenner on 15/11/2021 08:31:28:

I've used a variety of brands, but I cannot see the difference in performance between Eclipse brand and Starrett.

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For completeness [and, I fear, for historical reference] here is an Eclipse brochure : **LINK**

https://docs.rs-online.com/5b9f/0900766b8124f1f6.pdf

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Note:

My earlier recommendation was for a specific range of blades, not for a brand-name.

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 15/11/2021 09:09:02

BOB BLACKSHAW15/11/2021 09:21:22
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I got some Eclipse blades from the Midlands engineering exhibition several years ago,they are 1970s old stock told by the vendor. He said they don't make blades like these today, he's correct I still have the same blade on the hacksaw from then. I've got a few cheap blades but they just snap when I used them but the ends come in handy for .5mm grooves on the parting tool.

Bob

Grindstone Cowboy15/11/2021 09:24:56
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At the risk of starting an argument over the pros and cons of Eclipse blades, my original reason for asking the question is because I have become totally disillusioned with the performance and longevity of a pack of "Eclipse" blades I have. Now, to be fair, I did buy them from a random stall at a show many years ago, so they may be fakes - do people do that with hacksaw blades?

Rob

David Jenner15/11/2021 09:31:41
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I can only speak from experiance, the three packs I bought from RDG last well, about the same as the Starrett ones. I cannot quantify that obviously!

Dave

Nicholas Farr15/11/2021 12:35:24
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Hi, I've use mostly Eclipse blades and are normally the all hard ones, but the bimetal flexible ones are useful when sawing off something in a difficult position as they don't snap quite so easily if they get twisted during the sawing operation. Below is one each of a modest supply that I currently have, the black one was branded Max-Pro, of which I bought 20 packs of 12 at an auction many years ago at a very nice price, they don't match up to any of the ones above it, but do give a reasonable amount of use in general and are worth what I paid for them, I sold a few packs to some of my work mates at the time and gave some to a few close friends and family and I have probably still got half a dozen packs left.

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I don't think I shall every have to buy any more for quite a long while, if ever.

Regards Nick.

P.S. Rob, I think you'll get fakes of just about anything these days, most of the good makes are not exactly cheap.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 15/11/2021 12:40:38

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