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Power Hacksaw Made From Washing Machine Parts
Alvin Wallace used a transmission from an old washing machine to create the reciprocating action needed for this power hacksaw. It was an upright washing machine with a "dasher" that sloshed water first one way, and then the other.
  The main frame for the saw was fashioned out of 6-in. channel iron. The saw blade is held by a couple pieces of 2-in. flat iron, one of which pivots for mounting and dismounting the blade.
  There is a connecting rod from the washing machine agitator gear to the saw. It changes rotary motion to reciprocating motion.
  Just in back of the driving mechanism is an extension on the main arm that has notches for adjusting a hanging weight. The placement of the weight determines how much down pressure to apply to the metal being sawed.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alvin Wallace, Rt. 2, Blyth, Ontario N0M 1H0 Canada (ph 519 523-9268).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5