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Old 09-17-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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I'm new around here. I just read through a lot of the pics of tool bags post. I just couldn't do the whole thing.. about 85 pages was all I could hack

I do have this one question. Why do so many guys carry hacksaws? I've been in the trade for 8+ years, got my masters and I have very very rarely used a hacksaw.

I've done a good mix of resi, commercial and industrial... though less on the industrial.

Do you cut pipe with it? I'm sorry if I'm ignorant or inexperienced I just cant think of where I would use a hacksaw over a sawzall.

What am i missing?
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If you only have a few cuts to make, a hacksaw works just fine.

A lot of pipe to run? Then break out the sawzall ....
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With cordless tools, the hacksaw is pretty much a thing of the past. However, they do come in handy on those rare occasions so I still keep one around.
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With cordless tools, the hacksaw is pretty much a thing of the past. However, they do come in handy on those rare occasions so I still keep one around.
I'm with you, but it seemed like a lot of the "toolbag" pics had hacksaws in them and I just don't get why you would lug one around... That's why i'm wondering if there is something that i'm missing..
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Man I still use my hacksaw once or twice a week. I hardly ever run pipe either.
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My hacksaw allows you to poke a blade out the frame so I use it alot for cutting steel studs out of box holes, I truncate it with 2 cuts then use a cold chisel or dog bar to fold it in on itself.
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I prefer them to rotozips unless I am doing a LOT of lighting whips, just like it better. I can also use it to cut the edge off a wallplate for a tight situation. They are a lot lighter than the sawzall, and will do a finer finish than a sawzall. (I don't need 2 hands on the tool, just one is all thats required) No batteries! No cords!

It is one of the most universal tools out there. You can even slice just a little of your knuckle if you practice. With a sawzall, you are no where near so delicate, and instead smash the entire digit that got in the way.
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Hi Folks!
I'm new around here. I just read through a lot of the pics of tool bags post. I just couldn't do the whole thing.. about 85 pages was all I could hack

I do have this one question. Why do so many guys carry hacksaws? I've been in the trade for 8+ years, got my masters and I have very very rarely used a hacksaw.

I've done a good mix of resi, commercial and industrial... though less on the industrial.

Do you cut pipe with it? I'm sorry if I'm ignorant or inexperienced I just cant think of where I would use a hacksaw over a sawzall.

What am i missing?


Your not alone,When they came out with the battery sawzalls my hack saw got retired,,However I still have it on the truck just in case of dead battery's that sometimes happens on the coldest winter days but I think I have used it once or twice in the past 5 years .

Now with the Milwaukee Hackzall it will probaly never get used..

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My hacksaw allows you to poke a blade out the frame so I use it alot for cutting steel studs out of box holes, I truncate it with 2 cuts then use a cold chisel or dog bar to fold it in on itself.
Say what mate.....??

That's what I call Electrical Jargon........
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I'm new around here. I just read through a lot of the pics of tool bags post. I just couldn't do the whole thing.. about 85 pages was all I could hack

I do have this one question. Why do so many guys carry hacksaws? I've been in the trade for 8+ years, got my masters and I have very very rarely used a hacksaw.

I've done a good mix of resi, commercial and industrial... though less on the industrial.

Do you cut pipe with it? I'm sorry if I'm ignorant or inexperienced I just cant think of where I would use a hacksaw over a sawzall.

What am i missing?
BTW the tool bag thread is only 53 pages,,You can set your account to 50 posts per page for those 'fast pace hard hitting threads' we have around here sometimes.
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My hacksaw allows you to poke a blade out the frame so I use it alot for cutting steel studs out of box holes, I truncate it with 2 cuts then use a cold chisel or dog bar to fold it in on itself.
A compact hacksaw, kinda like this?



Those are awesome for cutting out device box nails and stuff.
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A compact hacksaw, kinda like this?

Those are awesome for cutting out device box nails and stuff.
No, Im straight Eric.

My hacksaw as onboard blade storage that you can poke one out and tighten the screw down again to make something similiar to that.
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With cordless tools, the hacksaw is pretty much a thing of the past. However, they do come in handy on those rare occasions so I still keep one around.
I have to disagree with you on that. hacksaw is so useless to me, I do not own one. if all 10 of my batteries are dead, then thats on me, ill cut through the metal with my teeth...
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I have to disagree with you on that. hacksaw is so useless to me, I do not own one. if all 10 of my batteries are dead, then thats on me, ill cut through the metal with my teeth...
Yeah, but you are a low voltage fag.
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Some of us don't carry cordless tools, in which case a hacksaw is mighty handy.
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Your not alone,When they came out with the battery sawzalls my hack saw got retired,,However I still have it on the truck just in case of dead battery's that sometimes happens on the coldest winter days but I think I have used it once or twice in the past 5 years .

Now with the Milwaukee Hackzall it will probaly never get used..

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same here its on the truck not in the bag!
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Some of us don't carry cordless tools, in which case a hacksaw is mighty handy.
A hacksaw doesn't count as cordless? Mine does.
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Do you cut pipe with it?
Yes, it was quite common to do so.

I got in the trade in 83 or so and at that time there were no cordless tools on the job sites. It was a corded sawzall or a hacksaw. I would regularly use a hack saw to run up to 1.25" EMT.

I was also trained to strip MC, AC etc with a hack saw and I still do from time to time.

About a month ago I was working with a guy about 10 years younger than me relocating some fixtures. I had to make two cuts in 1/2" EMT so I just grabbed my hack saw, the other guy thought that was funny, he asked why I did not get out the cordless ........... I mean really, it would take longer to break out the cordless than to just make the cuts.

You should try it and learn how to do it without cutting the back side of your thumb.
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