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New to the forum, hope this is posted in the right section. I just aquired this Peerless power hacksaw. It has a 13 inch capacity and a patent date of 1912. Ive never operated 20180316_080032.jpg 20180316_080040.jpg 20180316_080209.jpg 20180316_080220.jpg 20180316_080230.jpg 20180316_080300.jpg 20180316_080314.jpg one of these. From other pictures I found online it appears that it is missing a curved toothed bar that goes in the groove of the lever on the bottom (picture where my finger is pointing). Not sure what this lever is for. I think it has something to do with feed rate?

Also the handle that has a hand switch on it that releases the teath to raise the saw appears it has a rod missing that the hand switch would actuate. Not sure what the purpose of it is. Also looks like there is a linkage gone between the automatic cut off power switch.

Any info on the saw, how to operate, and the missing parts and their function would be fantastic. If anyone has a similar saw and has pictures of the missing parts that would be great. Thank you.
 

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I have a 6X6 Peerless that has many similar parts; likely the machine you have dates to the 1940s. I will try to post some pics a bit later.
 

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Here are some pics. If indeed the machine is an 11", it was first produced in 1945 and continued to 1954; if you can find a serial number, I can give you the exact year, it would begin with M11, starts at 207 and ends with 831.
 

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Thanks a lot for the pictures! I actually talked to the people at Peerless, they were very helpful. I sent them pics and they identified as a "13 inch standard". I could not find a serial number. They sell a manuel for it for $75 and some parts are available.

What does the arm that is connected to the curved toothed bar do?
 

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The arm that fits the curved ratchet adjusts the amount of feed pressure on the blade. I am surprised they are still in business! about the late 1960s I bought a new saw frame for mine, it had been broken and welded back together crooked, like so many of them, when a bar is cut and the piece rolls and gets caught between the machine base and the saw frame.
 

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According to the history on the website the name has been bought a couple different times. I was suprised how helpful they were. And apperintly they have kept records.

Can you use the saw without actuating the preasure lever? I'm guessing not.

Maybe i could rig up a hydraulic jack to set the pressure lever?
 

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According to the history on the website the name has been bought a couple different times. I was suprised how helpful they were. And apperintly they have kept records.

Can you use the saw without actuating the preasure lever? I'm guessing not.

Maybe i could rig up a hydraulic jack to set the pressure lever?
It seems that most of the time I have mine set for maximum feed pressure, at any rate, you could just stick a piece of wood under it, most of the way up. If the feed pressure is not raised. it will not feed down. I looked in the serial number book, and the only 13" standard model is called the 13"X16" standard, then there is a 13" universal. If you ever find a serial number, it would define the model.
 

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Got one myself. Bought it out of a scrap yard 25 years ago for $50.00. It was driven off a line shaft as it still had the idler pully and switching lever still attached. Have not been able to find a serial plate so I can't date it. Changed it over to a V belt and jack shaft arrangment. The main drive wheel was a large gear. I turned off the teeth and cut a V groove. I use it all the time cuts great and when thru the cut the arm retracts and shuts down. Can't beat good old American iron.
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Got one myself. Bought it out of a scrap yard 25 years ago for $50.00. It was driven off a line shaft as it still had the idler pully and switching lever still attached. Have not been able to find a serial plate so I can't date it. Changed it over to a V belt and jack shaft arrangment. The main drive wheel was a large gear. I turned off the teeth and cut a V groove. I use it all the time cuts great and when thru the cut the arm retracts and shuts down. Can't beat good old American iron.
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I did get quite as good of deal as you. I bought mine for $200. Thanks for the info.
 

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First, Welcome to the Hobby-Machinist!

Have a look at the files here: https://www.hobby-machinist.com/resources/categories/peerless.966/
Specifically this one: https://www.hobby-machinist.com/resources/peerless_6-9-13-inch_power_hacksaw_operating-1-pdf.2970/

I believe some of the other documents labelled as "6 inch" also apply to the "13 inch" model.

-brino

EDIT: this thread might also be useful: https://www.hobby-machinist.com/threads/peerless-power-hacksaw.44510/
Thank you so much! Looked at the links. It makes so much more since now!
 
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