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Compo 08-04-2010 07:16 AM

metal saw replacable blades which
 
I want to disassemble some pallets.
I want a saw that can cut through the nails between the planks.
A hacksaw won't do as it won't fit.
I want a hand saw.
There are a number of general purpose saws on the market
Questions
1) Are the differing manufactures blades interchangeable,
2) Can you get handles for the power saw blades.

In conclusion can anyone recommend a metal cutting hand saw ?
Thanks
Compo

DangerMouse 08-04-2010 07:22 AM

They make holders for hacksaw blades so you can use the end of the blades as you need to, but a sawzall with a metal blade would be a helluva lot faster and easier.

DM

Mr Chips 08-04-2010 04:58 PM

a crow bar would be easier than a handsaw. i'd rent/borrow/buy a circ saw or recip or even a chainsaw if it was me.

if you insist on doing it with a hand saw, just get a couple cheap all purpose "tool box saws". the blades aren't replaceable, but for $10 or so a piece you can toss them if you wear them out. they do make a handle for a hacksaw blade, without a frame, but the teeth of a hacksaw blade are way too fine for cutting pallets

canadaclub 08-04-2010 09:01 PM

Pallets..another joke, right???

DangerMouse 08-04-2010 09:05 PM

Ya never know....

DM

Proby 08-04-2010 09:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Chips (Post 480455)
but the teeth of a hacksaw blade are way too fine for cutting pallets

He doesn't want to cut pallets, he wants to cut the nails between the planks.


This tool holds sawzall blades:

Scuba_Dave 08-04-2010 09:23 PM

I've seen some pallets that were built with some very nice Oak
Plenty of people take them apart & make furniture out of them
I'd us a sawzall myself

This chair was made from a pallet


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1267/...755936.jpg?v=0

WirelessG 08-04-2010 09:35 PM

I would rather be water-boarded than use a hack saw. Buy a reciprocating saw (sawzall). You'll use it again some day. If you want a cheap one, harbor freight (cough, vomit, swallow) has them for $30. If you want a good one, get a DeWalt from Lowes for around $100.

Mr Chips 08-05-2010 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Proby (Post 480593)
He doesn't want to cut pallets, he wants to cut the nails between the planks.

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that's why i said a crowbar instead of hacksaw. just pull up the stringers a little, then pull the nails. Faster and easier than hacking nails

oh'mike 08-05-2010 06:49 AM

Pallet nails are usually hardened twisted nails---not easy to cut or pull---

DangerMouse 08-05-2010 06:54 AM

Well, a sawzall would still breeze through them, but I gotta agree with Chips.... use a crowbar!
Unless there's a REASON for wanting to keep the nail heads in your boards?

DM

Compo 08-05-2010 07:51 AM

I have looked into many ways of dismantling pallets.
Originally I used a crow bar but most pallets use ring shank nails and are virtually impossible to get out, the planks usually split and nails pull though.
It is possible to prize the planks up a bit and try and get a crowbar onto the nails.
Often the head just pulls off and it's very time consuming.
So eventually I came to the conclusion that to saw between the planks and cutting the nails is best for time/effort/damaged planks.

Compo 08-05-2010 07:59 AM

The Lenox handle looks promising, any UK suppliers?
Can't see it on ebay or amazon.
Note: Recycling pallets obviously means I am a scrooge, so minimal price is best !

Proby 08-05-2010 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Compo (Post 480724)
The Lenox handle looks promising, any UK suppliers?
Can't see it on ebay or amazon.
Note: Recycling pallets obviously means I am a scrooge, so minimal price is best !

You'll loose money on the time wasted trying to cut the nails by hand, vs. spending $69.95 on a sawzall.

Mr Chips 08-05-2010 09:33 AM

There is a hacksaw blade holder that's much cheaper than the lennox one. Try searching for"mini hacksaw" or " Bronco Hacksaw". They call it a mini, but takes standard blades

found one that should fit your Scrooge Budget. Happy Hacking
http://cgi.ebay.com/Bronco-Mini-Hack...item35a5cc2ed5

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-20-807.../dp/B0009VUL18


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