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#13549 - 09/06/02 06:38 PM I say potato...
arseegee Offline

Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 321
Loc: Statesboro, GA USA
I always love hiring a new man and spending a week getting on the same page. For instance, "Go get a stick of Kendorf". His reply, "you mean unistrut". Well you guys know how it is.

Anyway, this guy is a jam up electrician and I am glad to have him. Today I came into the jobsite after lunch and helped him run some pipe. I had to bend four seperate 3 point saddles in 3/4 and I was fat by a 1/4 inch on the third one. I said "send it back down and I'll trim it so all are the same". Grabbed HIS hacksaw and started to cut. I said "hold on and let me turn the blade around in you hacksaw so it will cut on the back stroke".

That blew his mind. He said I was crazy and that he had never heard of any one turning the blade around.

I have found that it takes a few more stokes but requires less force. And its easier to cut pipe up on a ladder that way too. Do any of you guys turn you blade backwards to cut pipe or am I the only crazy one.

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#13550 - 09/06/02 06:43 PM Re: I say potato...
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Heard of people doing it and even tried it myself. Couldn't get used to it though.


#13551 - 09/06/02 08:32 PM Re: I say potato...
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Damn! A reversing switch on the bandsaw. Brilliant!

#13552 - 09/06/02 10:53 PM Re: I say potato...
Currently Offline

Registered: 04/21/02
Posts: 54
Loc: TN
Actually Japanese cabinet saws cut on the pull stroke for more accuracy and control.
I also reverse skilsaw blades to cut vinyl siding and aluminum coil stock.

Cleaner cut and no jagged edges.

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#13553 - 09/07/02 11:54 AM Re: I say potato...
The Watt Doctor Offline

Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
If I'm not mistaken, a "coping" saw is used with the blade in the "pulling" direction.

arseegee, if you have the right kind of hacksaw, you can hold the saw on the oposite end from the handle, and acomplish the same thing.
We played a "joke" on an aprentice once, where we put a hacksaw blade in backwards. When we went to check his progress, he was holding the hacksaw from the "wrong" end cutting like a champ. Nobody said anything. I guess he figured, he would beat us at our own game. He did on that day.

One potato, two potato, three potato, four...
The Watt Doctor
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Channelview, TX

#13554 - 09/07/02 04:30 PM Re: I say potato...
walrus Offline

Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 671
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
You guys use a hand hacksaw?, battery power recip. saws rule .

#13555 - 09/07/02 08:33 PM Re: I say potato...
sparky66wv Offline

Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2342
Loc: West Virginia
Me, I use a tubing cutter and ream with a step bit on 1/2" and 3/4" EMT... It's such a pretty cut... PVC Cutter on PVC up to 1-1/4"...

Sawzall on bigger stuff (ream with a knife)... Wish I had the big RIGID tools for pipe...

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#13556 - 09/08/02 06:09 AM Re: I say potato...
Trainwire Offline

Registered: 03/15/02
Posts: 364
Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
We have a cheap power miter box with a standard carbide blade in it, Cuts pvc like a hot knife in butter, smooth square end, with no cleanup required. Have an abrasive cutoff saw for the rigid and emt. round file to clean the burr off, run the rigid through the handheld power threader and away you go.
The abrasive cutoff saw works wonders with the sealtite ,mc and unistrut too.
Any body else use a pvc wire saw for those "hard to reach" cuts?


#13557 - 09/08/02 08:42 AM Re: I say potato...
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
You can use a "fishing string" to cut rigid nonmetallic conduit when the work space is limited.

Don't cut the pvc this way though, you may loose a leg!

Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant


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