|10-05-2014 10:43 PM|
Plenty of stuff on the mig, how about their stick welder? Overwhelmingly positive and will be more than enough to work with 3/16 stuff. With it looks like I can finally get a welding set up in my garage for under $500 if I play my cards right.
|09-23-2014 07:18 PM|
I really do like the tool talk, I wish I knew more, wish I'd paid more attention as a kid working with my Dad (he is/was a farmer, I was the gopher)
|09-23-2014 06:05 PM|
|09-23-2014 09:03 AM|
Thornhill: Yes, tell me. How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?
Eve: Lucky, I guess.
Thornhill: No, not lucky. Naughty, wicked, up to no good. Ever kill anyone? Because I bet you could tease a man to death without half trying. So stop trying, huh.
|09-22-2014 11:49 PM|
|kmrtnsn||Their $25 dollar pneumatic sheet metal nibbler can't be beat.|
|09-22-2014 11:37 PM|
|1monday||i just love the tool talk|
|09-22-2014 11:23 PM|
|Porkrind||Hard to beat $39.00 for a pair 6-ton jack stands. I just picked up another couple.|
|09-20-2014 02:09 PM|
Yeah... be careful with a high-torque 1/4" air ratchet. Good way to twist the heads off a lot of bolts in places that are hard to reach.
don't ask me how I know.
|09-20-2014 07:23 AM|
|O_M_Jeep||My 3/4" Earthquake gun out torques the big 1" truck tire guns, I used mine at work for a long time on class 8 truck tires, hitting 475 ft lbs was simple on setting 2. I also have the 1/2" gun, I use Kobalt 3/8" and air ratchets, but eventually I'll replace them with Earthquakes. For 1/4" drive ratchet, you can't beat the torque of the little Tekton ratchet, but wow is it loud.|
|09-20-2014 02:30 AM|
|KC10Chief||I just used my Earthquake gun to remove my skid plate tonight so I could change my transfer case fluid. I'm very impressed with this thing. It's awesome. So glad I didn't spend four times as much on an IR or something.|
|09-19-2014 11:06 PM|
|baddandy||I've used my 90 amp welder, accessories, and cart rebuiding my M416 trailer, making a tire cuttout on my 3/16" Atlas bumper, making a tailgate trailrack and other odds and ends. My friend just borrowed it to rebuild a go-cart and just texted that it works awesome. I have their battery powered tool set which works great though the saws do use the power quick. I just reroofed my house and the nail-gun worked flawlessly. The air-powered grease gun makes that process effortless and their grease is waterproof. I have a HF power washer, 3/8" elect drill, winch plate, hardware kits, screwsticks, bits, cutoff wheels, gloves etc. etc. So far anything I haven't abused has worked and lasted. All of my Craftsman tools were gifts. I'm a cheap bastard.|
|09-19-2014 08:43 PM|
The stands are Sumner V-Head pipe stands, rated at 2500 lbs each (I use 4 like jack stands). They are about $80/ea and you can get them at any welding supply store or most places that have welding stuff.
They made working under the Jeep very easy, lots of room, and you can try to knock them over, it isn't going to happen unless you get to rocking it good and hard (my neighbor and I both tried), the Jeep stayed on those stands for 7 weeks during that build, steady as a rock (crawler).
|09-19-2014 10:27 AM|
I love my large red tool chest, and my alum. "racing jacks" from HF.
Really overall, I enjoy going in there. The screw drivers are "fine" they aren't great, and shouldn't be used for Heavy duty work, but for light screwing action they work like a charm.
I have beat on their pry bars pretty well and had no breakages or injuries.
Looks like I'll have to pick up an Earthquake gun. I have a full craftsman setup, which are nice...but more is better right?
|09-18-2014 03:25 PM|
Since the post I picked up a Quad wrench (gearWrench) 19/20/22/24
Kicks butt... BUT it cost $40
|09-18-2014 03:21 PM|
Old post, but saw no replies. I have the smaller set up to 17mm and it's great. I've had no issues even on some tight bolts. Although if I thought it was really tight, I'd use a normal box end to start it.
I didn't know they had 18+, as I'd really like some of the larger sizes for suspension bolts in getting them snug. There's a couple places where sockets don't fit unfortunately. If they have a set of large, I'll definitely be picking them up. If not, I've gotta find a good mfr.
|09-18-2014 02:57 PM|
|09-18-2014 02:44 PM|
I picked up the welder cart and welder table. The cart is so-so. It has a bit of wobble and the casters aren't great. But I paid $35 for it which is a great deal to get started. I'll add some bracing and maybe replace the casters/wheels over time. The table is great, but you quickly out grow it for many projects. I find stuff hanging way off the edge. So I'm going to need to look for a large piece of plate to build a large welding table. But the welding table from HF, tilts at an angle which is nice and is fairly sturdy. Again, for the money you can't beat it.
Last, I picked up a 4x6 horizontal band saw for cutting metal tube. The blade that comes with it is garbage, so pick up some replacements. (I heard that the blades carried in store are actually morse which is a good brand). But I bought some others online. The stand that the saw comes with is fairly wobbly, but when you sure it up, it's a rock solid saw. I've cut through 2 inch 11 gauge square tube, 2 inch angle, 1.5 inch solid rod, all without any issue. It's a great saw for the money with clean cuts.
|09-17-2014 08:46 AM|
|Letzride||The earthquake impacts are awesome...I only ever hit one bolt I couldn't get off with it and that was my wheel lug that was frozen on when I bought this. But that lug swallowed 1 of my sockets, 3 of my mechanics and came off in chunks. Also, their mac guns didn't fair any better and neither did a torch, so I'm not deducting any points!|
|09-17-2014 08:40 AM|
|mattamd_xp||ANY 120v welder is going to do 1/8" maybe 3/16" ABSOLUTE MAX with proper prep. Doesn't matter who makes it, or what they claim it is capable of. There is just not enough power to properly heat that much steel.|
|09-17-2014 07:10 AM|
|O_M_Jeep||I'm betting if you have a good 120 supply you could stretch that to 1/2", anything bigger than that and you might want to think about what your doing that needs that kind of protection|
|09-17-2014 06:33 AM|
Edit: duh 3/8 says the description
|09-17-2014 06:15 AM|
my tool room -
The real advantages of the HF welder are not having to rent/buy Co2/argon mix gas and being a 120v welder. The trouble is, unless your an exceptional welder they are very hard to use, and even an exceptional welder will have trouble getting proper penetration with a low power welder.
For just a little more there is a better option, it uses gas so the welds are much cleaner, and you can get gas mixes at any welding supply store, it really isn't expensive and makes your welds so much better. This welder also is 120v, so no special voltage or outlets needed, and it has the penetrating power to do structural welds even if your a hobbyist level welder.
Like I said, I am a huge fan of HF, but don't buy a welder that isn't going to do what you need.
|09-17-2014 05:51 AM|
|09-16-2014 09:29 PM|
|chucky cheese||Killing time. Went to HF and got an 8" survival knife. It has the serrated saw on back side, stainless steel blade, Aluminum handle and inside is a compass, matches, sewing needle, thread, fish hook, safety pin. $8.99! For that price if it is a piece of crap or if I loose it no big deal. I looked it over and it is pretty nice. Also got a machete with a serrated back for $4.99. They both came with nylon sheaths. Bought another set for my son and he started mumbling like Rambo when he saw them. He may even cut his arm open just to use the needle and thread to sew it up.|
|09-14-2014 11:30 AM|
|09-14-2014 11:13 AM|
I'm considering buying one too. From talking to a few friends that own one they're tough to beat for the money.
|09-14-2014 10:22 AM|
|09-14-2014 01:17 AM|
|jnpj3839||looking to maybe get their wire feed welder???|
|09-13-2014 05:07 PM|
I've has a set for almost 3 years. I use the 21/22 often for the jeep. Never had any issues with them.
|09-13-2014 02:03 PM|
|toddster8||I've had HF impact wrenches for years. No problems. Their impact socket sets though... two of them split just this spring, on lug bolts that weren't even that stuck. They will replace them, no questions asked, but the nearest store to me is 75 miles. Not very convenient. I ended up biting the bullet and paying more for the replacement sockets at NAPA than the whole set cost at HF.|
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