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> Hacksawing cannot be compared to the action of a lathe tool
the voice of bitter experience, you are so right. Additionally, a
hacksaw is designed to cut at slow speed. A polishing lathe, even at
low speed is turning quite fast. The surface speed of the cutting
edges quickly overwhelms the blade by friction, the blade loses
temper, deflects and breaks, or jams.
A safer way to shorten spindles (I've lost track, why are we
shortening spindles?) is to use a carpenter's chop saw with a metal
cutting, abrasive disk.