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12-15-2014 11:09 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by x1buellist View Post
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
Nice job !!!!
12-15-2014 09:08 PM
x1buellist
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
CarolinaBound http://m.harborfreight.com/225-amp-a...der-69029.html

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
1monday
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Originally Posted by Mad Mac View Post
Reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Hitchcock's 1959 thriller, North by Northwest, with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.

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.
Up to no good? who said anything about teasing...i guess thats a different thread.
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
DBoat
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Originally Posted by Mad Mac View Post
Reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Hitchcock's 1959 thriller, North by Northwest, with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.

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.
great movie and great line
09-23-2014 09:03 AM
Mad Mac
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Originally Posted by 1monday View Post
i just love the tool talk
Reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Hitchcock's 1959 thriller, North by Northwest, with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.

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
toddster8 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
O_M_Jeep
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Originally Posted by WhiskeyMike View Post
Love the shop! That brick looks awesome. Where are the yellow work stands from? I need to get a couple sets like that.
Thanks, it's actually an old Carriage House, just about big enough to be a tool box. It also has wood floors and inlaid brick where the Model-T engine used to get parked (the house and 'garage' were built in 1927).

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
mrcarcrazy 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
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by WhiskeyMike View Post
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.


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
WhiskeyMike
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Anybody here try the ratcheting wrenches.... Good/bad ?

I have a set of gear wrenches but they only go up to 17mm/3/4
HF has a set around 17-22 mm

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
WhiskeyMike
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Originally Posted by O_M_Jeep View Post

my tool room -

Love the shop! That brick looks awesome. Where are the yellow work stands from? I need to get a couple sets like that.
09-18-2014 02:44 PM
WhiskeyMike
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Originally Posted by KC10Chief View Post
I was in the market for a good impact wrench. I have an old Campbell and Hausfeld impact that totally sucks. I was going to buy a $350 Craftsman 1/2" impact. A buddy of mine told me that I needed to check out the Earthquake Gun from HF. I'd never been into a HF store or even looked at their site. Turns out, there's one right off the highway on my commute home. I read about the Earthquake gun and it had lots of great reviews. It's only $99 and everything is 20% off right now. I got a full set of impact sockets too for $25 before the discount. This thing is amazing. 700 ft/lb of torque! I am extremely impressed and glad I didn't buy something that cost four times as much. It should serve its purpose of working on my Jeep just fine. I also bought a $10 air hammer. It's amazing too. Finally, I bought a roll around stand for my Lincoln 140 mig welder. I should have bought one of these years ago when I bought the welder! This welder is heavy and a pain in the ass to move around. This is so much better and the Lincoln fits on it perfectly. The stand has kind of soft screws, but once it's fully assembled and everything tightened down, it's rock solid. It was only like $43 before the discount too! Fantastic.
x2 on the Earthquake impact. Very solid. I hear the earthquake ratchet is good as well.

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
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by O_M_Jeep View Post
I have one of the HF welders, and believe me when I say I am a fan of HF - 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. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087RJKGS/...I1WW755PJCDF3L 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.
How thick metal can you weld with this ? I would love to learn but can't run 220 where I live.
Edit: duh 3/8 says the description
09-17-2014 06:15 AM
O_M_Jeep
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Originally Posted by jnpj3839 View Post
looking to maybe get their wire feed welder???
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
My friend has one. He did my truss with it.
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Originally Posted by demarpaint View Post
I'm considering buying one too. From talking to a few friends that own one they're tough to beat for the money.
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
There's some minor upgrades you can do.
I have one of the HF welders, and believe me when I say I am a fan of HF -

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.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087RJKGS/...I1WW755PJCDF3L

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
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by chucky cheese View Post
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.
I hope nobody pisses you off rofl
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
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by demarpaint View Post
I'm considering buying one too. From talking to a few friends that own one they're tough to beat for the money.
There's some minor upgrades you can do.
09-14-2014 11:13 AM
demarpaint
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Originally Posted by jnpj3839 View Post
looking to maybe get their wire feed welder???

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
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by jnpj3839 View Post
looking to maybe get their wire feed welder???
My friend has one. He did my truss with it.
09-14-2014 01:17 AM
jnpj3839 looking to maybe get their wire feed welder???
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