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    It has taken me since last Saturday to bring my Perfect Power hacksaw back to life. Work dome includes re reaming the main pivot and making a new shaft to suit( There was about 5 thous wear in the housing, virtually none on the shaft). replacing the crankshaft, the shaft was down about 10 thous in places but the housing was hardly down a thous), repairing the vice where the tightening screw enters the casting and adding a proper hinge to the motor mount.
    I await a new 10 inch vee belt pulley, the existing one is damaged, some new blades and a GFCI before cnsidering the job done and setting her to regular work .
    I hope this is encouraging to others. I am now so disabled by arthritis that I spent lots of time crawling on the floor working on the machine, rather than getting up and down, which has become so hard. but I will be damned if I will give in.
    Regards David Powell.

  • #2
    Maybe get a pump up lift cart.
    Got to work comfortable.

    -D
    DZER

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    • #3
      That is a very good suggestion. Unfortunately my basement shop is small and awkwardly shaped and nothing i have found or seen so far has seemed likely to fit, motor bike lifts have come close.
      I have a big electrically driven hydraulic table in the driveway for the model steamers, lawn mowers, compressors etc and find it one of my most used and useful tools I can sit or stand and move whatever I am working on to convenient height.
      From your postings I reckon we could well have got on well together had we ever worked together.
      Regards David Powell.

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      • #4
        Good to hear. I'm a PH fan. I had a Robertson that I did a lot of work to, but now have a Kasto.

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        • #5
          I have similar problems with arthritis in the back and shoulders. I was able to eliminate a lot of crawling around by using a HF 500 lb. hydraulic table. It's about 1/3 smaller than the 1,000 lb. one I have in the garage and easily fits in tight places.

          500 lb. Capacity Hydraulic Table Cart (harborfreight.com)

          I also use an adjustable swivel shop stool from Northern Tool to make moving around the table easier.

          Ironton Adjustable Swivel Shop Stool with Casters and Tool Tray — Steel, 300-Lb. Capacity, 15 3/4 to 19 1/2in. Seat Height | Northern Tool

          When things are heavier than I can handle I lift them with a beam mounted hoist like this.

          Strongway Electric Cable Hoist — 750-Lb. Single-Line Capacity, 1500-Lb. Double-Line Capacity, 38ft./19ft. Lift | Northern Tool

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