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Build It Yourself Chop Saw
It cost Mark Kieler, Darlington, Wis., about $11.50 to build his own "chop saw" using junked components.
"I couldn't justify the cost of a new saw so I built my own. The base is made out of two pieces of 4-in. channel iron with angle iron cross pieces that accommodate easy-adjust swiveling clamps that let you hold pieces to be cut at varying angles. A 1/3-hp. washing machine motor powers the blade. The spring-loaded saw arm mounts atop another piece of channel iron at one end of the base and pivots on a metal rod that hinges in two short pieces of 1/4-in. pipe that are welded to the channel iron mount.
`"The only parts I bought were a small motor arbor threaded with a left hand nut ($3.50), an ordinary light switch ($2.50) to turn it on and off, and the blade ($5.50). I put a large washer on either side of the blade and used a grinding wheel bushing
to reduce the size of the 1-in. blade hole. I made a guard to cover the top and sides of the blade out of steel plate.
"I've used the saw for 2 years and it works great."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Kieler, 20038 Holland Rd., Darlington, Wis. 53530 (ph 608 776-3565).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4