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Old 10-22-2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default hacksaw, which one's the best overall

My Nicholson high-tension saw works great, but it's frame is just a bit longer than a Klein, Lenox, or Craftsman (which all look extremely similar to each other). The extra length makes the Nicholson more difficult to stow in a toolbag.

Also, the Nicholson is heavy, which is also a benifit, I believe, in terms of cutting. (The weight of it seems to help it get through material faster than other saws).

The older saws that I have seen and used seem to say 'made in Sweden' or 'made in USA' on them.

I'll use a porta-band if there's one available, but being a construction electrician I end up cutting a lot of EMT by hand.

http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brand...LSON/index.cfm

http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brand...c=037103809650

(This is the one that I am using, only the grips are blue, not black).

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Old 10-22-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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I have a really old Lenox hacksaw. I like it much better than any of the ones available today.

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People still use hacksaws?

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Ditto, I love my old lenox hacksaw. Had it since I was 18!
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Everyday! I don't like portabands, I much prefer a sawzall with a good greenlee or bosch blade
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Uh, yeah... some of us do.

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Everyday! I don't like portabands, I much prefer a sawzall with a good greenlee or bosch blade
so do you use a hacksaw or sawzall?

I dont even own a hacksaw I do own 2 sawzalls though.

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Uh, yeah... some of us do.

Thanks Tool!
Oh youre a union guy.. youre required to have one

Would you use one if you didnt have to?

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Would you use one if you didnt have to?

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Seen the cordless porta-bands that Stout makes?? Wow, are they nice! I have used one that has, I believe up to a 2 inch capacity. May even be shorter than my hacksaw. If I could afford it, I would buy one of those, and stow my hacksaw away where I couldn't find it.

Yes, hacksaw is on our tool list...
And, the agreement also reads... 'shall have, but not limited to...'

But, there's that unwritten rule about no personal power tools.

We may have some words tomorrow, as it is. Foreman wants to look through my tool bag, to see what I have in there that's not on the list. First, we'll look in his tool bag and see what's on the list that he doesn't have..

So, NO is the answer to your question Tool ...

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We may have some words tomorrow, as it is. Foreman wants to look through my tool bag, to see what I have in there that's not on the list. First, we'll look in his tool bag and see what's on the list that he doesn't have..
The last person who gave me an issue about having hand tools that weren't on the list found himself on the wrong end of a pretty mean verbal lashing. Hurt feelings and all, it was a blood bath.
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The last person who gave me an issue about having hand tools that weren't on the list found himself on the wrong end of a pretty mean verbal lashing. Hurt feelings and all, it was a blood bath.
I don't get why certain tools would be prohibited by certain "brotherhoods" of a an international nature.
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I don't get why certain tools would be prohibited by certain "brotherhoods" of a an international nature.
Was that "of a an" a stutter or a misspelling?
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Was that "of a an" a stutter or a misspelling?
Typo.

But you being more in tune with union issues than anyone else are adequately equipped to answer that question.
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so do you use a hacksaw or sawzall?

I dont even own a hacksaw I do own 2 sawzalls though.

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I always use my hacksaw on 1/2 thru 1" conduit, and if I need to cut unistrut or anything bigger than 1" EMT and there is no sawzall around, I use an apprentice (when available lol)
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No.

Seen the cordless porta-bands that Stout makes?? Wow, are they nice! I have used one that has, I believe up to a 2 inch capacity. May even be shorter than my hacksaw. If I could afford it, I would buy one of those, and stow my hacksaw away where I couldn't find it.

Yes, hacksaw is on our tool list...
And, the agreement also reads... 'shall have, but not limited to...'

But, there's that unwritten rule about no personal power tools.

We may have some words tomorrow, as it is. Foreman wants to look through my tool bag, to see what I have in there that's not on the list. First, we'll look in his tool bag and see what's on the list that he doesn't have..

So, NO is the answer to your question Tool ...
Why is it his right to go through YOUR stuff? Unless... you didnt have a tool you were supposed to have and slowed down a job.

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How about a good Yankee screwdriver?



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I don't get why certain tools would be prohibited by certain "brotherhoods" of a an international nature.
It helps to understand the union tool list is you realize that the electrician is not a permanent employee of a contractor. A tool list was meant to protect the worker from having to buy specialized tools for every job. It is also an equalizer. If a contactors needs five sparky for two months then keeps only two for the next few months who do they keep? If the skills are equal and one of the electricians has specialized tools (that the contractor did not need to buy) who do you keep? It could start a tool "arms" race, I have seen non union industrial electricians with an own gang box full of tools, just to keep employed.
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i use the klien hacksaw mainly because its baby blue
it cuts about the same as any other hacksaw

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