|01-09-2015 11:57 AM|
used their tubing notcher, had to youtube and modify it a bit, but it saved us time and ## doing the roll cage and handles. actually it worked better than our tractor supply drill press was working.
tubing bender worked good for the few bends we used it.
got the air body saw, works real good, uses some air though.
|01-08-2015 07:52 PM|
|gomezaddams||That blue 27 led flashlight they give away for free is the best droplight for working under cars or under the hood ever. I have 3 of them, great tool!|
|01-03-2015 09:30 PM|
I have their pneumatic die cut off tool, and angle die grinder. Had to re-adjust the gearing in the angle grinder, but other then that, both have been reliable. I like my craftsmanship better because the handle is plastic, and the metal HF one gets darn cold when using it a long time.
Their 3/4 sds concrete drill works just fine. As do their bits. Noisier then a bosh, and cuts a little slower. But it'll sink a 3/4 bit 12" into concrete with no issues. The hammer function is really handy also.
Beware of their vice's though. I had the biggest one they had and it literally exploded. A buddy and I were replacing his u-joints and while we were pressing them out the vice literally blew up into 3 pieces. Sounded like a shotgun going off In the garage. Granted we were both hanging on it with a 3 foot cheater....... Scared the crap out of us though.
My thought is anything supposed to be sharp or hardened, probably isn't, or won't be for long. Anything complicated, will have to be adjusted.
|01-03-2015 08:47 PM|
Got their drill and flashlight combo to hold me off until I got my dewalt for $24 after shipping. Came with a battery and charger. Flashlight feels like a complete POS, but it was only an extra $2 compares to just the drill so can't complain. Not mich to go wrong, exactly.
As for the drill it's definitely cheap, but does its job. 1 speed somewhere in between my DeWalt ' s low and high speed settings. Have used it 20 or so times drilling through steel at work. Can't complain. Not too confident in its longevity by the feel of it, but who knows. I would like to keep using it and run it into the ground, but that would mean not using my shiny new one.
Side note, in love with the Dewalt 20v line.
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|01-03-2015 08:00 PM|
|173ABN VN||bought a transmission jack and used it 3 times on my jeep,jack stands came in handy too.Put up 1,000ft of horse fence w/the come along...russ|
|01-03-2015 07:51 PM|
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|12-15-2014 09:08 PM|
HF floor standing blast cabinet (Item#68893)
Well this may or may not belong here. I took a HF blast cabinet and turned it into a pretty reliable good quality tool. Here's my write up:
How to turn a cheapo HF Blast Cabinet into a pretty good tool - The Garage Journal Board
|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!|
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