Power Hacksaw - 4: Setup and Operation
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WARNING: Machine tools present a safety hazard. Improper operation can result in severe injury. These topics are for non-laboratory study only and are not to be used in conjunction with the operation of any tool or machine described herein. Never use a machine tool without the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Following is the procedure for setup and operation.

  • Mount the work to be cut inside the vise
  • Lower the frame so that the blade is about 1/8" from touching the material
  • Using a scale, measure from the outer edge of the blade to the end of the work-piece
  • Tighten the vise NOTE: movable jaw pivot bolt must be hand tight only. If this bolt is over tighten, the vise will not securely fasten
  • Recheck measurement
  • If multiple parts of the same size are to be cut, set the work stop to the desired length. NOTE: to prevent damage to the blade, a gap must be provided between the stop and the workpiece.
  • Release the frame so that it rises to the start position. This will prevent the blade from contacting the material on the first stroke, which could damage the blade
  • Select the proper speed and feed
  • Turn machine on
  • Engage power feed lever
  • With a new blade, never start on a previously started location as this will cause the new blade to bind and break
  • Verify that coolant is directed to area of blade contact to ensure cooling and chip wash
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