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Old 08-05-2010, 08:38 AM   #16
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Since most of the nails are on the ends, even a saber saw with a metal blade could work, no?

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Old 08-05-2010, 08:45 AM   #17
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if you don't want to use hacksaw blades, here's one for sawzall blades
http://www.amazon.com/MK-Morse-JSHRB...1015834&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-48-0...ref=pd_cp_hi_0
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:58 PM   #18
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To me I think the big problem in using a hacksaw blade (or a Sawzall blade) is in forcing the blade between the pallet frame and the salvaged board without unnecessarily scarring the board. A hack saw blade holder by itself IMO would require a lot of extra effort to overcome the tight bond to the pallet frame.

I would use a cheapo circular saw to make cross cuts to cut away the frame around the nails. It would take multiple cuts through the 2x4 pallet frame to isolate the nails but a circular saw would take care of most of the hard work.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:13 PM   #19
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It's going to be crazy slow to go at that with a hacksaw. What kind of wood in the pallets? If it's breaking up when you use a crowbar, it kind of begs the question: is it worth recovering?

If you do settle on cutting the nails, definitely get a reciprocating saw (Sawzall). It's a $20-$30 deal at Harbor Freight. We're talking about saving you a lot of hours.
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HF has one with a rotating on sale for $25

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Old 08-06-2010, 02:26 AM   #21
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Hmmm decisions decisions.

Having trouble finding UK suppliers or UK ebay/amazon.

What I might do is

I have a cheap general purpose saw.
Use that till it gives out.
Then chop the blade off leaving a few inches.
Drill a hole and mount a reciprocating blade with a nice big bolt.
Also there seems to be some sort of "notch" on the blades. Once mounted I might mark through this at various angles and drill holes and insert a small bolt to stabilize things.

Does this sound like a plan ?
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:22 AM   #23
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Re Compo , yes I am a gardener and joined a garden forum. I used Compo on that and retained it .
The recycled pallets are used for raised beds !
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I have opted for

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...EOIBSA:GB:1123

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=230349483038


Will let you know how well they work !

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I don't think it's going to work that great. 6 teeth per inch isn't that good for metal, especially when cutting by hand. That's more of a universal metal and wood blade.

I think you are going to be there for hours upon hours upon hours, killing yourself. A $30 sawzall would do that work in seconds.

Either way, good luck!
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I don't think it's going to work that great. 6 teeth per inch isn't that good for metal, especially when cutting by hand. That's more of a universal metal and wood blade.

I think you are going to be there for hours upon hours upon hours, killing yourself. A $30 sawzall would do that work in seconds.

Either way, good luck!
I was thinking the exact same thing. It should work fine on the stringers, but I can't see him possible getting anywhere near enough strokes-per-minute to get this coarse blade through a standard or hardened nail. Hopefully he's not cutting the nails ( don't think he ever said for sure)
He's gonna have forearms like Popeye by the time he gets these planters built.

Compo-- Best of luck, let us know how you make out!!
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Hopefully he's not cutting the nails ( don't think he ever said for sure)
I think his intentions are to cut the nails:
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I want a saw that can cut through the nails between the planks.
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So eventually I came to the conclusion that to saw between the planks and cutting the nails is best for time/effort/damaged planks.
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I think his intentions are to cut the nails:
WOW, i totally missed that post. but i read the one directly after it. Strange....
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Old wood salvagers often use a home made 'hole saw' to cut around the nail--leaving only a hole.

If you have access to some old push rods from a large engine---cut it in half--file or grind saw teeth on one end---chuck that in a drill. Center it over the nail and drill!

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