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    Default Hercus power hacksaw

    Hi, I have access to a Hercus power hacksaw, good condition except the large casting at the top is shattered. Is it worth saving, and if so, anyone know of any parts source?
    Any info or views gratefully appreciated

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    G'day Johnny
    Welcome to the forum. Without a picture or two so we can see what the damage looks like, that is a difficult call to make.You could either get it brazed up together or fabricate a new version from steel sections.
    Power hacksaws are a slow way of cutting things and while they still work (and a few people still use them) lots of members here have small horizontal bandsaws. These are faster, easier to find blades for and a bit more flexible as to what you can do with them. A basic version is probably a few hundred dollars (less if second hand) and are one of those bits of kit that seem to last forever. Depending on the damage, you could probably spend the cost of one of these fixing the hacksaw.

    Michael

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    Depends on you aesthetic sensibilities.
    Spend the time and/or money and have a nice bit of old Aussie kit or go cheap Chinese.
    I was amused at a mate trouble shooting one of these but as Autobody restorers itís not an everyday item. It was only loose wires in the 3phase plug anyway.
    Heís also got on old Hercus lathe and chasing their mill for his home set up.
    Personally I use a Brobo plus an old Macpherson gearbox metal bandsaw
    Works for me although I know the set and forget feature of the other saws are useful.
    H.
    Jimcracks for the rich and/or wealthy. (aka GKB '88)

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    I dont need one, its just I hate to see good things wastedhercussaw.JPG

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    if anyone around Perth is interested let me know 0411080999

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    Any chance of a pic of the damage, PLEASE?
    Kryn
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    sm2.JPGThis is the only other pic I have, prior to the shattering of the casting. The offending item is under the cylindrical weight to the right of the pic. I will take some better ones next time im there

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    Hercus Hacksaw Machine
    These are a well built Australian Hercus machine.
    There was a new one of these in the Meadowbank NSW Tech college workshop when I was doing apprentice training there, in 1958.
    Seems a long time ago I was 17 yrs old & can remember the quality of the unit.
    Would be worth restoring !
    regards
    Bruce

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    Hello Johnny,
    I have sent you a PM.
    To find it, at the top of the page after you log on there is a tap "Notifications."
    Regards,
    Alan.

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    hercus.JPGThe offending damaged item

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    Hi Johnny, that should be repairable. Grinding it to a V and then Brazing would facilitate a good repair. After, it could be sanded back then painted, probably wouldn't show the repair then either. If you managed to get it for free it would be a worthwhile project.
    Kryn
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    If you've not already saved it or changed your mind, then .. that part is not really load bearing. Some cleaning and brazing may do it.

    I hate seeing old machinery die as well. You know, they only made 1700 of those things (according to here: https://australianmetalworkinghobbyi...ormation_id=14), so it's not like they're so thick on the ground you trip over them. If they only made that many I think every one of them is worth saving.

    I wish I'd saved my Mother's old EK Holden ... and they made a lot more of them .... but seen any on the road lately .... ? Nope. Save what you can. They are part of Australia's war history. They only made 1700 .....

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