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If a hacksaw is too big, sometimes you can fit a hacksaw blade into the space with a holder. The problem with using a blade holder, though, is that you always end up bending the blade. Sure, you can install the blade so it cuts on the pull stroke, but it still can and will bind on the push stroke. When the blade stops and your hand keeps going, something’s got to give.

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I don’t know if this is the same contest that TM noted in 2008 (TM 10/27/08), another episode because they made three of these trucks for a national tour, or some glitch due to the economy — if it’s a continuation of the earlier one, they’re taking forever to pick a winner, or maybe this is turning into a perpetual contest.

In any case, if you’re “a professional contractor or skilled trade worker in construction and currently employed in the construction industry,” you can enter the Lenox Site Commander Sweepstakes before 5/1/2010, and you could win a pimped-out work truck. The basic truck is a 2008 Dodge Ram quad-cab, four-wheel-drive 5500 HD with a 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a Reading Spacemaster Classic II service body.

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Tools Direct is selling this Lenox PVC/ABS Plastic Pipe Flush-Cutting Blade Adaptor for $5.77.  Combined with either the HSF12 or HSF18 Plastic Pipe Hand Saw, this adaptor’ll let you make flush cuts on pipes passing through plane surfaces, like the floor of your bathroom.

Plastic Pipe Flush-Cutting Blade Adaptor [Tools Direct]
Street Pricing [Google]


No matter how good your band saw is, if it doesn’t cut square it’s not living up to its potential.  Usually setting a band saw blade square to the table involves a lot of cutting and checking of scrap stock — or you could clip this blade alignment gauge to the blade and check the alignment easily with a machinist square.

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Is it still a saw if it only has one tooth? Lenox avoids the issue by calling this tool a hole cutter, and its design evidently offers some really cool advantages over normal hole saws. For one thing, the cutter works best with low torque and high speed. And it’ll cut holes that aren’t perpendicular to the workpiece!

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Lenox 30808-600P 10 Piece Plumbers Bi-Metal Hole Saw Set

Amazon’s offering another deal/steal, this time on the Lenox 10-piece plumber’s hole saw set, for $33 with free shipping. The set includes six bi-metal saws in sizes 3/4″, 7/8″, 1-1/8″, 1-1/2″, 1-3/4″, and 2-1/4″, which are the most common sizes in plumbing applications. It also comes with a plastic case, two arbors, an arbor adapter, and a pilot drill. Lenox welds the high-speed, steel teeth to a spring steel backing — their patented bi-metal technology means a longer life for your saws.

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lowprofilehacksaw[2].jpgAll hacksaw jobs are not created equal, nor are they all created in easy-to-reach places. Lenox recognizes this, offering a cool twist on the sturdy rectangle-shaped design standard hacksaws have shared for decades.

The tip of their Gray Wolf 5012 hacksaw is tapered down at the front to fit in areas with smaller clearance for those close-quarter cuts, while the rear of the saw remains large to support a big handle grip that’ll fit your gloved hands. 

We’re really impressed.  In the past you had two options: the big saw or one of those little mini-saws that’s barely bigger than the blade.  Sure, sometimes you’ll still have to use the mini-saw, but in our experience, the ‘Wolf could handle 90% of the close-quarters work..

The ‘Wolf uses standard 12″ hacksaw blades and street pricing starts around $20.  (Though if you hunt you can find it for even less.)

The Gray Wolf 5012 Low-Profile Hacksaw [Lenox]
Street Pricing [Froogle]