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07-26-2014 02:14 PM
kjeeper10 Used this today, first time. Worked great on my exhaust.
The BLADES ..... Not so much. They sucked
Quick trip to Tractor supply for Dewalt blades.

http://m.harborfreight.com/power-too...saw-69067.html
07-22-2014 09:42 AM
Xplorer
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Originally Posted by jr78racer View Post
Has anyone ever bought a Harbor Freight winch? Good, bad?
I also bought a 12k winch for my trailer. Used it to take the wife's Passat to the tech when it wouldn't start. Worked just fine.
07-20-2014 10:16 AM
Raoul
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Originally Posted by Mad Mac View Post
...The next time I get married, I'm going to register at Harbor Freight.
My ex-brother-in-law has been married three times.
He said he's never gonna get married again, he's just gonna find a woman he doesn't like and buy her a house.
07-20-2014 08:21 AM
Mad Mac So far, a squirrel trap that has relocated about a hundred squirrels, small power inverter that runs a pancake air tank, Haul-Master receiver tow hook, hi-lift jack, power pulls, machetes, the Rambo knife and other kit. I like them all except for one thing.

Not recommended is the spotting scope and tripod. Optics are poor and tripod is flimsy.

The next time I get married, I'm going to register at Harbor Freight.
07-18-2014 11:32 AM
Paranoid I bought this about 20 years ago. It got a real workout over the years and still works fine. This is my go to tool. I think I paid $19 for it. Would be better if it were reversible.

I have a bunch of other HF tools that work great.



and a couple failures. Overall I'm pleased with their tools. This socket is from 1984.

07-16-2014 10:46 PM
jr78racer That's the one I was curious about. Can't see paying for a name brand one for what I do
07-02-2014 02:44 PM
RammerJammerJP
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Originally Posted by jr78racer View Post
Has anyone ever bought a Harbor Freight winch? Good, bad?
I got the 12k this winter and I've used it to pull fallen trees out of the road and to move broken down vehicles around on flat ground. Worked great so far. I got a generic winch cover to keep some of the rain/debris out.

Had a tough time finding a winch plate that was rated for the 12k that didn't cost as much as the winch itself, so I got the "universal" 12k plate from HF also. Still had to do some drilling, but my HF step bits got the job done.
06-28-2014 06:33 PM
gomezaddams I have one on my atv. Used it all last winter for the snow plow and a few times to pull myself out. Works fine so far.
06-24-2014 11:17 PM
twister4399 Have the 12k on my truck but never had to use it. I spool it out every 6 months and it still works. Had it for a year and a half.
06-24-2014 08:03 PM
jr78racer Has anyone ever bought a Harbor Freight winch? Good, bad?
06-24-2014 07:58 PM
jr78racer Their variable speed polishers are good. I also like their die grinders.
05-13-2014 07:58 AM
kjeeper10 Love the step drills. They work amazing and pretty cheap.
05-09-2014 07:04 PM
fjul I bought from HF the following items never had a problem at all!!!

1/2" drive electric impact gun(breaks my wheel lugs fine)
Torque Wrench 3/8 and 1/2"
3 Ton Jack
4 Ton Jack stands
Step Drill set(great set)
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.
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