Pruning saw lives on

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Project by robscastle posted 03-03-2015 08:55 PM 1474 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My impromptu Little Project

With all the rain we have been getting of late, I needed to prune up some of the bushes around my place.

I had this green plastic folding saw for ages, (possibly over 20 years or more) it also saw (pun) service with the ARMY as I always had it in my backpack somewhere when I was on patrol.
It was a great tool very sharp and I always preserved it upon completion of work.

I am not sure where it was made but it was brilliant at cutting and used within its design it always worked well.
Last week while I was using it the plastic hinge head broke mid way through a job and the blade departed.

Rats I thought that was a really good saw!

As I had just finished a few more potato Crates I had a piece of recycled jarah left over.

So out with the bandsaw and belt sander and drill and fabricated a replacement, it does not fold but allowed the saw to live on.

The process:
1. Trace the outline onto the piece of Jarah.
2. Cut the profile out and remove the rough edges.
3. Using the band saw again cut a blade recess into the end.
4. Next onto to the belt sander progressively sanding the contours with 60 g 80 g 100 g and finishing with 240 g.
5. Counter bored one side with a forstner bit for the screw head.
6. Drilled completly throught to the other side with a very small drill ( about 3mm)
7. Used the exit point to locate the forstner bit again and counter bored again for the lock nut.
8. Enlarged the center hole to allow the original bolt to be refitted.
9. Reassembled everything and tightend it all up clamping the blade tight.
10. A test run revealed a good fix, no folding aspect any more and so back to complete the pruning job.

Dont you just love having tools at home !!

Just a bit of trivia
If I ever find another one I would buy it without another thought!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-03-2015 09:22 PM

Now fabricate a sheath to protect those fine teeth when stored or backpacked again. Was it GI issued then?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 03-03-2015 09:48 PM

Very good!

When there is a Will, there is a Way… and you just proved it!

COOL fix!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 11:38 PM

Good looking save Rob.
I agree, it’s good to have the tools you need.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 03-04-2015 01:44 AM

Great! Like a lot.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 03-04-2015 08:30 AM

Thanks Guys;

GI Issued:- unfortunately not, but served well
A sheath:- yes that will be next!

I would love to find out what its made out of as its outlived many bush saw blades!

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 03:27 PM

It’s always great when you can renew or save a favorite tool and you did a great job on this one Rob. A nice sheath can also be make in wood in case you are only thinking leather.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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