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04-10-2014 07:56 PM
cajunhillbilly
Love HF as well as Workshop Tools
04-10-2014 07:39 PM
Mambo Dave And... so since today was my day off I took the inspiration and headed out to find a few tools that are getting good ratings. Lucky me, with a slight altering of what I was after a few of the items I went for were actually on sale right now

impact sockets 3/8" size (mainly because they are stronger and 6-point instead of 12-point)
37 Piece 3/8" and 1/2" Drive Combination Impact Sockets

(originally didn't want SAE... but it was on sale so with YJ's being the mix of SAE and metric..., why not?)

flex ratcheting wrenches
5 Piece Metric Flex-Head Combo Wrench Set

Suction Gun
Oil Suction Gun - Save on this Suction Gun at Harbor Freight

Tap & Die
60 Piece SAE & Metric Tap and Die Set

Torx socket set
http://www.harborfreight.com/8-piece...set-61336.html
04-10-2014 05:58 AM
Mambo Dave subscribed to the thread.

Have to agree with their angle grinder being just fine.

Flap disks - used one for the first time a few days ago, worked fine.

This low-speed hand drill is what I went with after many months of researching getting a drill press for home use: 1/2" Heavy Duty Low Speed Drill

I wanted a drill made for slow RPM's to drill into steel the correct way, and thought a drill press was my only option. Like an earlier post though - this thing can seriously injure you... be careful.
03-23-2014 03:26 PM
Darin I just bought a pair of 12 ton jack stands so I could install my lift and get the right height and stability on the frame rails without using wood blocks. I love them. They are made for tractors or big rigs but are so stable and the price couldn't be beat. I agree all the odds and ins are all great buys there. I can't tell you how many free tape measures I have...
03-23-2014 03:19 PM
kjeeper10 Pittsburgh 6" digital calipers

Fraction/inches/metric .. Pretty darn accurate $20
03-19-2014 09:37 AM
jmacgreg The "good:"
4 ton jack stands
3-ton floor jack (reliable, but very heavy)
4" Bench vice
3/8" Torque wrench: (I had it tested alongside my son's Snap on and it was 100% accurate)
Receiver hitch cargo rack

The "bad:"
Electric airless paint sprayer (broke 1st use - replaced twice and broke again - refund)
Pneumatic break bleeder (broke 1st use - replacement sorta works but leaks)
Air powered angle tool - Complete junk replaced twice gave up and got refund
Heat gun - Blew up in my hand - tried to electrocute me

"Sorta good:"
Folding trailer: I got the one with the larger wheels. Needed to replace the bearings within the first year, but used it weekly for 4 years after that. Not the sturdiest contraption, but numerous repairs kept it on the road.

In general, I'll buy the simple stuff from HF. Powered tools seem to be very low quality.
03-15-2014 09:31 PM
chopperbobby
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Originally Posted by krawdaddy View Post
I have their small electric hoist that was about $80 after coupons. Works great. I have a LOT of tools from HF that work great. I can't think of any that really "suck"

I have this same winch for my hard top removal works great. It is up in the attic

02-27-2014 01:53 PM
Smokinjoe I have a Hi-Lift but that is a last resort tool, I have seen them fall and slip scary to the least. I also carry a hydraulic floor jack on a slide so I can use on dirt or gravel also have 4"X4" blocks to help.
02-27-2014 01:44 PM
bluevr6 also, once the jeep / subi / whatever is on the jack stands, the floor jack comes in handy for holding things while you bolt them up (like transmissions / rear-ends / replacement bumpers, etc...)
02-27-2014 10:42 AM
Bullethead
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Originally Posted by DBoat View Post
A floor jack is faster and more convenient (usually). I have a hi lift and (as posted above) intend to only use it off-road. Also the jaws on a hi lift would likely scratch the paint on that Subi of yours. Versus the steel bumpers or rock rails on a Jeep, that can also likely be touched up with some rattle can paint
Dana
Very good point. Just was curious.
02-27-2014 10:05 AM
DBoat
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Originally Posted by Bullethead View Post
Quick question. If (and i am assuming most of us have these) I have a hi-lift jack, to do work on my car would I really need a jack like say krawdaddy posted above? I got the HF Jack Stands, I have a Hi-lift for my jeep, I should be able to use both of those to get my subaru off the ground right? I guess I'm just wondering why buy the floor jack, if the hi lift jack is serviceable
A floor jack is faster and more convenient (usually). I have a hi lift and (as posted above) intend to only use it off-road. Also the jaws on a hi lift would likely scratch the paint on that Subi of yours. Versus the steel bumpers or rock rails on a Jeep, that can also likely be touched up with some rattle can paint
Dana
02-27-2014 09:44 AM
kolky I would not use a high-lift jack to lift my jeep unless it was a last resort needed off-road. They seem fairly dangerous.
02-27-2014 06:11 AM
Bullethead Quick question. If (and i am assuming most of us have these) I have a hi-lift jack, to do work on my car would I really need a jack like say krawdaddy posted above?

I got the HF Jack Stands, I have a Hi-lift for my jeep, I should be able to use both of those to get my subaru off the ground right?

I guess I'm just wondering why buy the floor jack, if the hi lift jack is serviceable
02-26-2014 08:05 PM
krawdaddy I'm waiting for this jack to drop under $100 (with our w/o coupon)

Once I finish plumbing my garage to the basement, I will likely get one of their earthquake impacts. I have one of the super cheap ones and it is weak and slow
02-26-2014 06:22 PM
kolky My house is only about 3 minutes from a Harbor Freight store. Hard to beat it for the money. Some of the stuff I have and like.

1/2" earthquake air impact
3/8" earthquake air ratchet
Adjustable ball hitch
1/2" electric impact
3 ton jack stands
3 ton floor jack
10" 2.5 horse power tile saw (thing is a beast)

Odds and ends like electric crimps, self tapping screws, etc.... are an awesome deal there.
02-19-2014 10:30 PM
DBoat
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Originally Posted by getoffmyleg View Post
2000 Watt Continuous/4000 Watt Peak Power Inverter Cen-Tech - Item#69662 Mounted under passenger seat with #2 copper to battery. It runs my circular saw so I can cut down lumber in parking lot and will power my shop vac to suck out mud and dirt.
Have thought about this too, thanks for posting.
02-19-2014 08:21 PM
getoffmyleg 2000 Watt Continuous/4000 Watt Peak Power Inverter
Cen-Tech - Item#69662

Mounted under passenger seat with #2 copper to battery.
It runs my circular saw so I can cut down lumber in parking lot and will power my shop vac to suck out mud and dirt.
02-16-2014 11:49 AM
kjeeper10 HF revised their 1/2 torque wrenche. I could have this backwards. There used to 2 screws in the front that held the plate and internals in. This one fell apart but was able to reassemble it. Few months later, I was at the store shopping. looking at them i noticed the screws are on the other side now. I bought one for $10 or so. I still have it but eventually bought a nice CDI. I use it a lot, the handle is longer and it adjust easier. I keep the HF in the jeep. CDI at home,
02-16-2014 06:02 AM
demarpaint
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Originally Posted by Tech03 View Post
I broke their torque wrench tightening my first lower control arm bolt.
Did you try to get a no cost replacement? Any issues? Thanks.
02-16-2014 05:12 AM
Willson Attachment 772169

300 lb rope
2 single pulleys
1 double pulley
1 hoist

And about 8 hooks (from Home Depot) is all that's holding my top.

It works pretty well, I'll probably get some carabiners so I won't have to lift the top by hand to slip the rope under it.
02-15-2014 02:56 PM
krawdaddy I have their small electric hoist that was about $80 after coupons. Works great. I have a LOT of tools from HF that work great. I can't think of any that really "suck"

02-05-2014 06:43 PM
fishfry Bought a motor hoist to repower my boat.Lifted it of my boat left it in the garage.Next morning it was on the floor.Took it back got another one no problems.
02-01-2014 11:42 PM
Tweak got a D-Ring hitch receiver for $9.99. guess that makes up for my accidental drunk online purchase of a $40 Warn D-Ring Receiver...for a 1" atv hitch.
01-24-2014 11:59 PM
Tech03 I broke their torque wrench tightening my first lower control arm bolt.
01-13-2014 12:29 AM
demarpaint
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Originally Posted by DBoat View Post
I have around 4 of them and gave several at Christmas for stocking stuffers.
I knew I forgot something when I was there today.
01-12-2014 06:58 AM
DBoat
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Originally Posted by ThisJk38 View Post
Bought two of these little led work lights for $2.50 each. I am very impressed with them. They give off some good light, can be hung with its hook or attached to metal using it's magnet. Very usefully light.
I have around 4 of them and gave several at Christmas for stocking stuffers.
01-11-2014 10:02 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by ThisJk38 View Post
Bought two of these little led work lights for $2.50 each. I am very impressed with them. They give off some good light, can be hung with its hook or attached to metal using it's magnet. Very usefully light.
I have 1 at home and 1 at work.
01-11-2014 09:45 PM
ThisJk38 Bought two of these little led work lights for $2.50 each. I am very impressed with them. They give off some good light, can be hung with its hook or attached to metal using it's magnet. Very usefully light.
01-10-2014 05:06 PM
Raoul Just noticed my attachment didn't work.
Here is what I bought in post #204.

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01-10-2014 09:04 AM
wedu22 Lol... i haven't been on in a long time but thought some jeepers in CT would lk 2 knw that Harbor Freight just opened a new store here in New London, CT...Walking around in it right now.
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