Eastwood body saw

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    Hello. I just received this body saw, was wondering if anyone has this saw and what they thought about it. I did not know I'd see a "Made in China" label on it, so I'm a little concerned.
     

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    I have two of them. They work great. Just buy extra blades, I've broken lots of them.
     
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    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    Not bein a smartass, I am just curious. What will this do that a sawzall will not?
     
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    The body saw is a lot smaller and can make more precise cuts.
     
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    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    Gotchya. Thank you drive through.
     
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    Operate on air 😁
     
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    They do work great, but buy quality blades. The made in China blades from Harbor Freight and most other places work rather poorly. You won't believe the difference a good blade will make.
     
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    This is a good question, and I'm not even sure I have an answer. I have a sawzall and got this with the thinking that the blade wouldn't travel as long as with the body saw. I bought it to use on my inner fenders and I was thinking that when I'm cutting on them, the blade might bottom out on structure support or frame. I'm hoping to learn to use this saw, maybe be able to angle it down along the cut line to keep the blade shallow. I will probably also be using a cut off wheel to get this work done. Thanks everyone for the feedback and blade recommendations!
     

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    DaveBonds Garage Trash

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    Body saws only have a throw of about 3/16-1/4", so they work great in tight quarters. They work great in places where you don't want to overcut with a wheel blade or need reach without too much throw on the blade movement, like with exhaust modifications or replacements.

    I found a Blue Point body saw on the street when I was 13 years old. I had no idea what it was when I found it, because the blade was gone, but I knew better than to toss it. I didn't even have a compressor at the time. It was missing the blade guide and the air coupler, so it lived in the junk drawer at the house until I started getting into doing body work, about two years later. I still use it, today.
     
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    Thanks Dave. That's exactly what I was lookin for.
     
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    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    Far as I'm concerned, that's a drawback.
     
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    Okay so I get an F for first use of this body saw. I couldn't get the cut started, then I found out why when the SECOND allen screw popped out of the side of the saw. I'm used to my Makita Sawzall that only has an allen on ONE side, so when I installed my blade I only tightened down one side (I guess that's why it happened). Anyway, China blades will probably work, but am looking for recommendations for replacement blades, Milwaukee? Here's some pics of my replacement patch panel prep work today, too many beers to proceed (to the hardware store) HA!
     

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    I have that same saw from harbor freight works good for $11. Get good blades as stated.
     
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    I think the body saw is the same as the one from Harbor Freight as with a lot of Eastwoods tools and other companies as well. I have had 2 saws from Harbor Freight they work well for a awile even if you oil them daily when in use. It is all about what materials are use in the inside of the equipment brass and steel valves as opposed to aluminum valves. I spent the money and brought a Matco(made overseas as well) but it has stood the test of time so far works just as good today as it did when I brought it. Compare Harbor Freights english wheel,metal brake,sandblasters,etc. to Eastwood's and you tell me?
     
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    One of those saws is on my "to get" list. I've used cut off wheels, a sawzall, and an electric jig saw in the past - but those things are great for tight work.
     
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    Guys be careful with the Harbor Junk air saws. The piston has an aluminum stud which inserts into the steel collar that holds the blade on. I've stripped my last 2 brand new HJ air saws at that aluminum stud location. They are super handy for tight/confined cuts, but if you lug them down even the slightest they will fart the rag in short order.
     
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    Ahahaha.......that's funny.

    I have had pretty good luck so far with my Horror Freight body saw. No fartin' rags yet. :D
     
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    I don't have one of these saws to prove it, but I read a discussion on a metal forming
    site that you can install hacksaw blades at a much cheaper price than the replacement
    blades for these saws. Some even made mention of cutting the tang off the end of
    of sawzall blades to use them as a good quality replacement blade.
    I have been meaning to get one of these saws and try it out myself.
     
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    Hmmm....I don't picture that working. I'll have to look tomorrow.

    I get multiple packages at HF when I'm in there, I think they are about 6 bucks for 5 blades.
     
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    I've been wondering about that Eastwood as well I'm in the market for one of these but I don't like buying the same tool more than once
     
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    Curiosity got the best of me, I had to go look. It's quite possible one could cut a hacksaw blade into shorter lengths and it just might fit in there.

    I'm going to actually see if it will physically fit tomorrow.

    That would be much more cost effective.
     
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    I have a cheap made in china saw that I bought on ebay. Works great if you use quality blades. I´d say this is a requiered tool for working in tight spaces. Some jobs would be possible without this tool but would take a lot longer.
     
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    got one of those, first one took a dump first time i used it,they replaced it, the second one seems to be ok. use a lot of oil in it.
     
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