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Re­gard­ing the ad for the Kennedy power hack­saw fea­tured in Sum­mer Fun (CM, Au­gust 2017), I res­cued mine from a skip about 20 years ago mi­nus its mo­tor and con­rod. Since I got it run­ning, it has done ev­ery­thing asked of it. In fact, I used it only yes­ter­day!

I’m not so sure about the de­scrip­tion of its £23.13s price as be­ing “rel­a­tively mod­est”. As a 20-year-old fac­tory worker in 1964 with a wage packet of just un­der £8 be­fore de­duc­tions, I cer­tainly couldn’t have af­forded one at the time, nor I reckon would many of the home me­chan­ics of the day. I imag­ine the ad was pri­mar­ily aimed at mid-sized work­shops or garages.

On the sub­ject of old ma­chin­ery, I also have an At­las 5in lathe that I bought 53 years ago and has proved time and time again to be the best pur­chase I ever made. If there’s one piece of ma­chin­ery that you should have in your work­shop it’s a lathe – mine has kept ev­ery­thing from a spin-dryer and a con­crete mixer to numer­ous cars and mo­tor­cy­cles of friends and fam­ily from go­ing to great scrappy in the sky! Mick Gre­gory I am pleased to tell you that the Kennedy power hack­saw is the best thing since sliced bread! I bought mine sec­ond­hand in the 1980s. It is now an al­most es­sen­tial piece of equip­ment for any­one with a mod­el­maker’s lathe. A small lathe will only ac­cept a lim­ited di­am­e­ter of ma­te­rial in the head­stock man­drell, which means that any­thing larger has to be sawn off a stock bar be­fore it can be mounted in a chuck – imag­ine hav­ing to hand-hack­saw a piece of 1in-di­am­e­ter brass or steel! How­ever, the Kennedy saw is use­ful for saw­ing steel an­gle up to 2in.

In ad­di­tion, stan­dard saw blades can be used, in­clud­ing those bro­ken when us­ing the hand­saw! David Born

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