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Old 05-01-2013, 09:35 PM   #61
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I have the 1/2 inch impact wrench, $10 grinder, zallsaw, torque wrench, breaker bar and all have been great. In some cases, impact wrench wasn't strong enough, used breaker bar to loosen, then impact to get it the rest of the way. All have helped me do things that I wouldn't have if I needed to buy the more expensive competitor tools.

I have the 300lb creeper and a wheel failed after trying to roll over a socket that rolled under the wheel. Have been trying to figure out how to fix/reinforce, but I got it for $20, so not too worried.

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I have the 1/2 inch impact wrench, $10 grinder, zallsaw, torque wrench, breaker bar and all have been great. In some cases, impact wrench wasn't strong enough, used breaker bar to loosen, then impact to get it the rest of the way. All have helped me do things that I wouldn't have if I needed to buy the more expensive competitor tools.

I have the 300lb creeper and a wheel failed after trying to roll over a socket that rolled under the wheel. Have been trying to figure out how to fix/reinforce, but I got it for $20, so not too worried.
I'm assuming you have the electric impact too?

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:43 PM   #63
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I have a few tools.... Dial indicator with stand, 1/4 inch pound torque wrench, 3/8 foot pound torque wrench, blind bearing remover kit, motorcycle chain breaker, deep metric impact socket set, some drill bits.... The inch pound torque wrench is junk, bits don't last long, and the dial indicator just isn't precise.

I've used the bearing puller hundreds of times as well as the foot pound torque wrench and I have no complaints. Everything else is fine too!

Just don't go to harbor freight to buy anything that you expect precision out if, such as micrometers, feeler gauges, calipers etc.....
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #64
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I use their jack stands (for the last 15 years).

I also picked up a clean water pump to drain my pool. Worked perfect.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:23 AM   #65
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I've never test/used the torque wrenches in any high precision situations but they have performed well.

The oscillating saw is awesome and did an awesome job on my fender flares. For $13, that tool has gotten some considerable use and if it were to die tomorrow, owes me nothing.
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This is my first Monday that I haven't needed to go to HF.
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Ive only seen one other comment about their tool chests. I have the Medium sized red one top and bottom, the set cost half what even Menards brand cost, and theyre ball bearing and foam lined drawers. Very good tool storage at a great price.
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I've never test/used the torque wrenches in any high precision situations but they have performed well.

The oscillating saw is awesome and did an awesome job on my fender flares. For $13, that tool has gotten some considerable use and if it were to die tomorrow, owes me nothing.
What particular brand saw did buy for the fenders ?
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:35 PM   #69
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Well ... What tools from good ol" HF have treated you right ? I'll start

25" breaker bar $12

The length works great for holding the nut end against the ground. makes torquing CA bolts yourself quick and easy. (pic)
I bought that same breaker bar about 1 year ago on clearance/open box...$9. Great purchase....wish I had done it sooner!

Edit: now that I read the whole thread, I guess I should add other stuff I bought there:

1/2" torque wrench (works great)
jack stands
torx sockets (the big ones we need for our jeeps)
angle grinders (these are cheap enough i bought 2)
socket racks (multiple....cheap, but work great)
oil suction pump (for changing the transfer case fluid)
air compressor hoses (Goodyear rubber one)
various air compressor connectors
flux welder (yeah, the $99 one....I've since upgraded to a Miller 180 MIG, but the HF flux one works good also)
numerous other stuff....if you go in a HF store, you never leave with only what you intended!
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Only thing so far is the 1/2 inch electric impact. Got it to do my driveshaft, have used it on a few other things, works like a champ.
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Auto Darkening Welding Hood. < This is probably one of the best buys anywhere. It has settings for 9-13 plus a grind setting. Two sensors and slow/fast darkening. It fits better than a cheap Miller hood I have that I paid more fore. It is battery powered with a solar booster. I use it all the time.

Thank you so very much for this tidbit of advice! It never dawned on me to look @ HF for an auto darkening helmet ... been wanting to make the switch but didn't want to spend big money. Maybe I'll watch their flyers & catch it on sale sometime.
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Thank you so very much for this tidbit of advice! It never dawned on me to look @ HF for an auto darkening helmet ... been wanting to make the switch but didn't want to spend big money. Maybe I'll watch their flyers & catch it on sale sometime.
I think they just went on sale in the new ad i got yesterday.
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Multifunction Oscillating Power Tool - 1.6 Amp, 120 Volt

It's listed for $20 but i found it on sale for $13. I'll probably buy another one when i see the price that low. The blades aren't cheap though.
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Multifunction Oscillating Power Tool - 1.6 Amp, 120 Volt

It's listed for $20 but i found it on sale for $13. I'll probably buy another one when i see the price that low. The blades aren't cheap though.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:22 PM   #75
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I have an older version of this flux wire welder: Wire Welder - Save on this 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder

It's lasted me 7 or 8 years, and I've used it to build several different custom motorcycles. I've used it well, well beyond the duty cycle, and it's never overheated or given me any trouble.

I've had good luck with all the HF air tools I've purchased over the years. Die grinders, air ratchets, they've all worked wonderfully.

I have this air compressor: Small Air Compressor - 2.5 HP, 21 Gallon, 120 Volt, 125 PSI

It... well, it works. It's an oil-filled pump so it's way better than the oilless. It takes forever to fill up and it's good for air ratchets and such, but not for die grinders. However, there are some mods you can make that will make it a LOT better.

First off, toss the regulator. It's junk, and it restricts the flow too much. With this thing you pretty much want full pressure all the time anyhow. Second, ditch the stock air filter. I got a pipe fitting from the hardware store and screwed it into the air intake port, and then attached a lawnmower air filter to that. It's a little quieter, but it changed the fill-up time from five minutes to three. If you REALLY want performance, the trick is to take off the head and dremel out all the casting flash in the intake port. There's a lot of it. You can probably even see it when you take the air filter off. I haven't done this, but there are write-ups about it. I finally bought the parts to repair my dad's old air 1970's Craftsman compressor, and so the HF compressor is just an additional air storage tank now. (I have both compressors hooked together). Otherwise I probably would snag some gaskets and give it a shot.

The deep-well black oxide socket sets are great, but check them before you buy them. My metric set had two 13mm sockets and no 12mm socket :/

The auto-darkening welding helmet I bought worked for about five years before giving up the ghost. It was $40 instead of the $120 they cost at Lowes, so I figure that was a good buy evne if it did fail eventually.

Bought new hoses for the oxy/acetelyne torch my father left me (also from the late 60s/early 70s). No problems with them at all.

The motorcycle/ATV jack is nice, but if you have a big heavy bike you'll need to replace all the bolts and nuts with grade 8 hardware. Otherwise it sags a bit.

My bench-mount drill press works great, never had a problem with it. It's the biggest bench-mounted they sell.

I've gone through *several* vices, they all seem to strip out eventually. But then, I really, really crank them down (I use them to press out bearings and such occasionally). I finally bought the biggest, most expensive one they had, and haven't had a problem with that one yet.

My metric tap and die set is awesome, never had problems with it, never broke a tap or dulled a die yet.

Bottle jack has worked well, I keep it in my pickup, because with my lift a regular came-with-the-truck jack doesn't quite cut it.

I bought a grinder/buffer there that I've not had any issues with. I've used it HEAVILY to polish aluminum motorcycle parts. I mean, heavily. Probably should have burned it up, but it never gave me any trouble. 10 years I've owned that. This one: http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-...fer-94327.html

Lets see... oh yes, the 14" cut-off saw is good shit. Works wonderfully.

Stay away from the handheld power tools. The angle grinder I bought had plastic gears inside, and lasted all of 20 minutes before failing catastrophically. Bought a dewalt and it lasted a couple of hours. Finally dropped good money on a milwaukee and I've had that for 6 or 7 years now. I do a LOT of metal work, building motorcycles for fun. (hence the "chopper charles" monkier).

The big-ass bolt cutters... well, the lock stayed uncut, and the bolt cutters broke. So, skip them. (Torch worked on the padlock though!)

Anything solar is garbage. This is true in general, but especially so for harbor freight. If you're going to go with patio, fence, or walkway lighting, always get the wired kind.

That's all I can think of at the moment.

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Old 06-27-2013, 01:04 PM   #77
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I have a long list. The air tools are great. Not the impact guns, die grinders and body saws. I get blades and tips from Home depot. Welding supplies are good. Consumables are not. I get wire from a welding shop.

I have the deep well impact sockets 1/2 drive in metric and standard. They are the first things out of the box and the last to back in any time there's a job in the drive way. They have the big sizes that are needed for the JK suspension stuff.
I have the color coded deep well metric and standard in the tool box that rides with me.

I have a 20T shop press, engine stand and cherry picker. The cherry picker is amazing. I use it on lift kit installs (I've done about 8 to date). I can lift the front or back high enough to get the 6 Ton jack stands under it.

Engine stand I bought to build a few ford engines. Still in the garage, not getting much use.

Ball joint service kit. As good as any I have ever used.

4 sets of jack stands. I think the lock pin has come loose on one. Probably need to spot weld that.

Tap and Die set, works when it needs to. if I lean on a bit and it snaps, I replace it.

Transmission adapter for the floor jack. Makes dropping a transmission a one-man job. And a must on a lifted rig.

I picked up or have been given 3 of those LED oval flashlights. Stowed hook and magnet make these the smoothest light to use when working on a rig. It'll mount any where. I love these things.


Welding, I use a Miller Challenger 172. When I am welding, it's a project. Just finished up a 5x8 trailer for a friend. 2x4 square tube frame and supports. I have an HF welder too. It just cannot keep up when I hit the long hard projects.

Acetylene work, the tools are good. Hoses, gauges, tips, etc. Holding up just fine.

Everything but the flashlights and color coded sockets have been used extensively for a little over 10 years.

I am sure there few more pieces I have in the garage.


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I really like their trailer ramps. It has a full floor to be able to roll a toolbox up.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:33 PM   #79
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Good idea... How much ?
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Don't remember but something like $10-$15. Well worth it. I need to buy another one.
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Their big ass hunting/survival knife for $10! Who doesnt like to Rambo open a bag of chips while camping???
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I have that survival knife, and it doesn't hold an edge worth crap. It's kinda cool, but really useless as a knife.

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Magnetic antenna for retrieving nuts n bolts. Magnetic nut n bolt tray. Torx sockets for jeep. Creeper. 6 ton jack stands. Black rolling toolbox. Heat gun. Zip ties. Flexible cable loom sleeves.
To name a few more.
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This floor jack

It's great lifts 20", fits underneath any thing (including lowered cars), lifts quick with dual pistons, nice and big so its stable, and has lots of power I swear it could jack up a tank by the feel of it. Only down side is it weighs as much as a bag of concrete at 70+ lbs but its a worth while trade off for the stability factor.
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I've had great luck with the jack stands and the compressors.. in fact most tools from HF have been great
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I've read that the HF auto-darkening, solar-powered welding hood has a little battery in it and when that dies, so does the faceplate. But if you open up the box where the circuit is, you can replace the battery -- might be a bit of a klooge job, like you may need to cut open the plastic, but it's supposed to be possible.

Check on some of the other forums (fora?) like the Chaski "home machinist" site. You probably will find some posts about doing this.
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I grabbed a 12K badlands winch from there... had good luck with 75% of the stuff i have got from there and only about 25% of the 75% have i had to return under warranty and it was no hassle at all


I have lots of random HF hand tools mixed in with my craftsman
I have the HF welder
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