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Old 10-15-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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Harbor Freight Tools

Not sure where to post this, but I was wondering about the quality of the tools you can get from Harbor Freight. I have always used Craftsman hand tools and have had some Stanley stuff, but I was looking into getting some larger tools such as engine hoists, stands, jacks, etc. The prices for the tools on the website seem too good to be true, and in my experience, that means it usually is.

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #2
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If you use them every day then maybe not the best. I got the floor jack, jack stands and a few other sockets and stuff and it work fine for me for the once in a while wrenching on the Jeep.

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If you use them every day then maybe not the best. I got the floor jack, jack stands and a few other sockets and stuff and it work fine for me for the once in a while wrenching on the Jeep.
Exactly what he said^^^
Some things you can cheap out on, but yea i like Craftsman alot too.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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For the average weekend wrench turner who is not using them everyday they seem to do fine..
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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They make some all right bigger tools. they turn into good tools with some aftermarket kits. SWAG offroad makes arbor plates and a press brake kit for the 12 and 20 ton press along with a really nice roll bender mod kit.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies everyone!! You guys have pretty much backed up the reviews on the site, I just get a little nervous dealing with a company I haven't dealt with in the past. Thanks again!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:41 AM   #8
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The bigger, rigid, not a lot of moving parts tools work great because they are so much cheaper than "name brand". Socket sets, hand tools, and power tools from Harbor Freight are GREAT under normal to light load use; however, if you try and use a Harbor Freight (Pittsburg brand) socket on a really really stuck bolt, it can break. Good thing is, they are so cheap, you just go buy another to replace it... I have my craftsman and gear wrench tools that go with me, but my garage is filled with Harbor Freight stuff...
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:51 AM   #9
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Stay away from Harbor Freight jack stands.I got my first big dent last week. My whole passenger side fender needs replacment. I had my Jeep up on jack stands under the front axle. In order for the stands to reach the axle they had to be extended completely. I was getting ready to use my hi-lift to remove the jack stand when the passenger side stand collapsed/broke. It pushed the Jeep over about 2 feet and the other jack flipped over. The force of the Jeep moving ripped the Hi-Lift from my hands and slammed it in to metal fender. It nearly pierced the thin sheet metal and wrinkled that whole area. That could have been me under the Jeep when it collapsed. Not fixable. I found a Mopar fender online for $355 and it will be about $250 to get it painted. I blame this on me being cheap and buying jack stands from Harbor Freight.

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