Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
A hacksaw is made up of a metal frame equipped with a flexible, sharp and fine-toothed blade. The tension of the interchangeable blade is ensured by the C frame and the blade itself is designed to cut through various types of metal (rods, pipes, sheet, etc.). It's worth noting that a hacksaw can also be used to cut through materials like PVC and other plastics.The following characteristics will determine the quality of a hacksaw:
Hacksaws come in a variety of forms.
The blade of these easy-to-use saws must be held under high tension to avoid bending or breakage. Theses saws are generally made up of:
Equipped with an especially fine blade, a junior hacksaw is designed to work in hard-to-reach spots. Smaller than a standard hacksaw, these saws take more time to complete cutting tasks. The frame and handle usually form one part which makes them a bit uncomfortable to use. They are best suited for tasks requiring precision.
If you're looking for extreme cutting precision, go for a compact hacksaw. These frameless saws consist of a straight handle attached to a blade. The absence of the frame makes it easier to make wider cuts.
Depending on the model, a hacksaw designed for heavy-duty use may feature the following:
To get the best out of your hacksaw, place one hand on the handle and the other towards the front of the frame.Please note that the number of strokes per minute depends on the type of metal you want to cut:
Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 235 guides
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