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02-06-2014 05:25 PM
rmr28 I can think of a single HF item ive bought that lasted a year. However they keep suckering me back in the doors
02-02-2014 09:03 AM
unlblkrubi I have their 8000 lb. winch, slow but works well and a 12 volt air compressor hard mounted in the jeep.
01-29-2014 06:29 PM
klwalk I have bought many items from harbor Freight with out any issues. None specifically for my TJ other than tools. Been very happy with price , shipping cost and quality of tools. Like any wendor you need to do your research on what you are buying. There is a reason items at rock bottom prices break. No complaints from me. BTW I just ha d100lbs of stuff delivered via Fed Ex all for $7.00! Can't beat that.
06-09-2013 09:10 AM
BurlySoldier
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
The HF 94564 trailer frame kit is excellent. Most of the HF trailer kits are very light duty, but the 94564 has a 2000-lb. capacity axle with a 5 on 4.5 bolt circle matching the TJ/YJ Wrangler. It makes a great base for a trailer to tow behind your Jeep.



The frame in the photo above has been modified a bit to fit the fiberglass trailer tub kit shown below (the trailer is still a work in progress, haven't painted it yet). The stock assembly of the frame kit is a little different than shown above.



BTW the front rack basket on the trailer is also an HF product, it's their 69858 ATV Cargo Carrier with the parts turned 90 degrees to fit the frame.

And speaking of that cargo carrier, two of them can be assembled to make a really nice roof top cargo rack (ignore the ladder, that's not from HF ):



Lots of HF in the photo below... the frame under the fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer (different trailer but same HF 94564 frame kit as used above), the rack on the front of the trailer and the rack on top of the Jeep...

Wow that looks great man. Nice work.
06-09-2013 08:35 AM
toolmantim
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Originally Posted by All Terrain TJ View Post
I got an early father's day present, a 20 ton shop press from HF. Headed out to the pole barn now to assemble.
I would suggest throwing away the plates that come with that press. Beware the HF press plates - Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum

Chi-com steel makes great shrapnel...and that's about it IMO.
06-09-2013 07:38 AM
All Terrain TJ I got an early father's day present, a 20 ton shop press from HF. Headed out to the pole barn now to assemble.
06-09-2013 05:03 AM
chilly
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Originally Posted by PitViper View Post
Has anyone used any of there floor jacks? They have a really good deal on the 3 ton heavy duty. And im tired of using a stock jack with the TJs. Just did a tired rotation with that and a scissor jack and after that im about to throw it away cause i dont want to deal with that again. lol
I have a HF floor jack, it works great!
06-09-2013 02:43 AM
kjeeper10
06-09-2013 12:55 AM
kyjeep
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Originally Posted by 04Xtj View Post
ky..are they actualy made here..i mean stamped,smelted or the like?..or packaged here..they have a loop hole where they can be made there and shipped here in mass...and then boxed (only) here and that makes it made in usa..im just wondering..
even the snap on guy who i buy from didnt want to talk about it wich makes me thinks its the boxxed here not
again please dont think im bi&%^ing ..lol..i was wondering..i have some harbor stuf in my box as well..you cant beat the prices..and some auto zone stuf..as well as others..
Manufactured in America with American steel.
06-09-2013 12:48 AM
PitViper Has anyone used any of there floor jacks? They have a really good deal on the 3 ton heavy duty. And im tired of using a stock jack with the TJs. Just did a tired rotation with that and a scissor jack and after that im about to throw it away cause i dont want to deal with that again. lol
06-09-2013 12:39 AM
PitViper They currently have a sale on 12,000 pound electric winches for $299. Thought about pickin up one but i if a situation comes up to use it. I really dont know if i would trust it to do the job. The more i think about it though better to just save that money and put it towards a warn.
06-09-2013 12:06 AM
Dusty Rhodes I beg to differ on HFT having "throw away" tools. I have an electric 1/2 drive impact that is awesome. I have used it to remove CJ-5 transfer case drive shaft nuts. 150+ ft lbs, 50 years old.
I have several sets of their impact sockets. Very heavy duty.
Their angle grinders are unequaled. I used one for years and someone offered me more than the cost of a new one. I sold it and got another one. I have used that tool continuously and its never missed a lick.
Some tools, and not just HFT are junk and not to be trusted for critical work. Like allen sockets, or screwdrivers, or large prybars.
Their wire welding gear is extremely good. Their tips, wire spools and their auto dark helmet? You cannot believe how good it is. Its got a better headset than my Miller helmet. It adjusts better and holds the set. The auto dark helmet will make you a better welder for less than $50. Ask me how if you havent used one.
Their arbor press is very stout and one of the their ATV winches I use on a dual axle trailer and guess what? It will pull a jeep up the ramps. It whines and complains but it works everytime.
Last rant here. Their welding clamps. The vice grip types and the big L clamp work like the $50 ones I used in welding class. The school bought some supplies from HFT because they work as well as ones costing twice or three times as much. Their welding arrowhead magnets are junk though.
Dont be so quick to sell them short. You just have to learn which of their stuff is junk and whats gold. They have lots of products adaptable for wheelin'.
06-08-2013 11:40 PM
chilly I've got a number of HF tools in the garage- a 1/2 in impact that's worked just fine, a set of impact sockets, and corresponding extensions, that have suited my weekender use well, and a 2 1/2 ton floor jack that has been hoss...I also have a soldering iron that I was amazed it worked more than once (not by much though)...there's some tools you can buy at HF and use for years, and some (especially electric) you should pass on. My $0.02.
06-08-2013 11:20 PM
04Xtj ky..are they actualy made here..i mean stamped,smelted or the like?..or packaged here..they have a loop hole where they can be made there and shipped here in mass...and then boxed (only) here and that makes it made in usa..im just wondering..
even the snap on guy who i buy from didnt want to talk about it wich makes me thinks its the boxxed here not
again please dont think im bi&%^ing ..lol..i was wondering..i have some harbor stuf in my box as well..you cant beat the prices..and some auto zone stuf..as well as others..
06-05-2013 05:55 PM
kyjeep
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Originally Posted by 04Xtj View Post
i am a strong buy usa first ..but show me a tool company that still makes them here..snap on is china..mac too..i have both..does cornwell still make them here...or are they made over seas and boxed here.(a loop hole used to put the made in usa tag on it)..they make them over seas and ship them here in bins..then we uncrate them and put them into the container you see on the shelf..

is it still this way?..heck..find a ford or chevy that does not have relays stamped built in mexico..(not complaining,,just wondering)
ask snap on to tell you where the factory is they stamp and smelt the metal to make the tools..i got stumbling and stammering when i asked..
95% of Snap On hand tools are still USA made and Snap On pneumatic tools are the same. Blue point and cordless division is overseas.
06-05-2013 05:28 PM
lindel Generally, I figure that tools I buy from Harbor Freight are limited use only. The more uses I get out of them, the better the bargain they were. I tend to stay away from their electric tools, but the jacks and hand tools have served me well.
06-05-2013 12:10 AM
04Xtj i am a strong buy usa first ..but show me a tool company that still makes them here..snap on is china..mac too..i have both..does cornwell still make them here...or are they made over seas and boxed here.(a loop hole used to put the made in usa tag on it)..they make them over seas and ship them here in bins..then we uncrate them and put them into the container you see on the shelf..

is it still this way?..heck..find a ford or chevy that does not have relays stamped built in mexico..(not complaining,,just wondering)
ask snap on to tell you where the factory is they stamp and smelt the metal to make the tools..i got stumbling and stammering when i asked..
05-16-2013 06:09 AM
fantomas Anyone looking to pick up some tools from HF check this thread out
Harbor Freight Coupon Thread 04-02-2009 - Slickdeals.net

Scroll down to the end of the "wiki" (scroll until you see pictures). 25% off coupons etc. The last page or two of the thread has the latest deals.

As far as the tools I use, the breaker bar is nice, I just built their folding trailer using their 1/2" air ratchet, and used the 4 ton bottle jacks to assist replacing a bent leaf spring. As someone else has said, I won't generally rely on anything here that puts life or limb in jeopardy.

I've never been too keen on cordless power tools, and probably wouldn't spend money on them from there, but I use the corded drills. I get pretty good use out of them before the motors burn out, and for $12-15 a pop I won't complain.

I had a nice dewalt reciprocating saw that the blade locking mechanism broke on, so after that I figured if these tools are going to break on me anyways, I might as well get the least expensive ones. That being said, for tools that require being a bit more "exact" I do have Hitachi and Makita power tools. I've been wanting to get a drill press but will probably pass on HF.
05-05-2013 10:21 AM
paul65k Well.....like many I shoe at HF for some things but not everything.

I am lucky enough to have had a set of Snap-On wrenches for over 20 years and can tell you there IS a difference but as a weekender would I spend the $200 vs. 25 at HF today for my use.....NO. If I was making a living with tools ABSOLUTELY, so the question is not whether the professional tools are better but HOW MUCH better???

For my purposes the HF tools will get most things done at the prices (especially with coupons)that can't be beat....you just have to know what you are looking for and what the mission will be.

for Example.....I just bought a 6 GA 1.5 HP compressor to replace a similar unit at a second home that finally gave up after almost 20 years of seldom use, but when I need it I need the increased power over a simple 1/3 HP nailer compressor, so..........I bough the replacement at HF for $100 (With coupon) vs $189 for the comparable CH or $289 for the DeWalt.......no brainer for this use, but I certainly wouldn't buy a compressor at HF if I needed to make a living or was rebuilding a jeep in the garage
05-05-2013 10:00 AM
Steve305
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Originally Posted by Vroooom View Post
a wrench is a wrench...a hammer is a hammer...a screw driver is a screwdriver...etc etc

Well ......... not necessarily.

A wrench must be sized correctly to avoid rounding off bolt heads and nuts. Some "cheap" tools aren't made to the same exacting tolerances as name brand tools. A wrench that is not the exact size for the bolt/nut will only cause you grief. And softer metals used in cut rate screwdrivers will wear out after a few hard uses. While I do agree that these tools are probably adequate for the "hobbyist" who might use them sparingly, they may cause more headaches for Jeep owners than they solve. I have used HF products before, and I will probably purchase more things from them in the future. But it won't be things that I intend to use or depend on for a long period of time.
05-05-2013 07:32 AM
O_M_Jeep A lot of times the impact guns don't have enough air to run properly, you need to make sure your running a 30g or larger compressor at 100 psi or more and using at least a 3/8" I.D. hose. In other words, most of the air hoses they sell won't deliver the volume of air needed to run even the 3/8" Earthquake gun properly.

I can tell you from experience once you have the right hoses it's a world of difference. I run much larger compressors but if the line is too small they have trouble, to run my 3/4" Earthquake I have to use no smaller than a 1/2" line with the large fittings, but once it was setup right I started using it to do truck tires and never touched a 1" gun again.

Most of the small compressors they sell (I have a 30 gal upright at home and a 60gal 5hp Inersol Rand at work) won't drive a standard impact unless you use larger hose and keep the pressure up.
05-05-2013 05:36 AM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by Powder Monkey View Post
I've had more good luck that bad luck. Granted I've broken a few of their tools, but more have survived. The 1/2 air impact wrench, air compressor, torque wrench & other various hand tools have held up well. The 3/8 air ratchet & hand rivet gun is crap. Mileage varies I reckon.
My HF 3/8 air ratchet is excellent. The impact gun that came with that set is crap though. I guess mileage does vary.
05-05-2013 12:49 AM
SurfKaster I've had more good luck that bad luck. Granted I've broken a few of their tools, but more have survived. The 1/2 air impact wrench, air compressor, torque wrench & other various hand tools have held up well. The 3/8 air ratchet & hand rivet gun is crap. Mileage varies I reckon.
05-04-2013 06:17 PM
geiman
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post

Thank you. Sorry again for being off-topic.... the fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer kit has been on the market for the past year, the military replica trailer kit will likely get on the market this summer if nothing goes wrong with the discussions I'm currently having with a company that wants to market it.
Yeah, waiting for the military replica before I decide which route I want to take. Both appeal to me. Anxious to see it come to market.
05-04-2013 06:14 PM
lindel Nicely done conversion!
05-04-2013 06:12 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by jadmt View Post
Wow stop the crap right now buddy. We need a better shot of the tow vehicle and the details. looks like a sweet set up so pony up with a better shot.
Sorry to the O.P. for being off topic...

That tow vehicle is my "Retro Wrangler", it's a 2006 Wrangler converted into a modern version of the Willys pickup:



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Originally Posted by geiman View Post
I've been following your bolt together trailer kit thread on JeepForum (as well as your other threads). Your trailer with tent is my inspiration and what I hope to have at some point. I haven't started it yet, but I'm hoping by the time I get around to it someone will start marketing your kit.

You do absolutely beautiful work, I appreciate the attention to detail.
Thank you. Sorry again for being off-topic.... the fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer kit has been on the market for the past year, the military replica trailer kit will likely get on the market this summer if nothing goes wrong with the discussions I'm currently having with a company that wants to market it.
05-04-2013 05:27 PM
geiman
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post

I put a tent on top of this HF frame based trailer..

BTW I've also equipped this frame with an HF tongue jack ($18 on sale), and HF receivers front and rear ($12 each on sale)... the HF receiver in the rear is for a bike rack:

and the receiver in the front is for swapping out couplers - in photo above it's got a ball coupler, below a diy 3-axis coupler.

If you're building a trailer, there's lots of stuff at HF you might want to use .
I've been following your bolt together trailer kit thread on JeepForum (as well as your other threads). Your trailer with tent is my inspiration and what I hope to have at some point. I haven't started it yet, but I'm hoping by the time I get around to it someone will start marketing your kit.

You do absolutely beautiful work, I appreciate the attention to detail.
05-04-2013 02:00 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by 98 tj sport View Post
Off topic but what kind of top is that on that jeep
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Originally Posted by UFOtestpilot View Post
Custom one-off fiberglass.
It started as a custom one off, but now Gr8tops (GR8TOPS Half Hardtops for Jeeps) sells a version of it.
05-04-2013 01:44 PM
UFOtestpilot
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Originally Posted by 98 tj sport View Post

Off topic but what kind of top is that on that jeep
Custom one-off fiberglass.
05-04-2013 01:20 PM
98 tj sport
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
The HF 94564 trailer frame kit is excellent. Most of the HF trailer kits are very light duty, but the 94564 has a 2000-lb. capacity axle with a 5 on 4.5 bolt circle matching the TJ/YJ Wrangler. It makes a great base for a trailer to tow behind your Jeep.

The frame in the photo above has been modified a bit to fit the fiberglass trailer tub kit shown below (the trailer is still a work in progress, haven't painted it yet). The stock assembly of the frame kit is a little different than shown above.

BTW the front rack basket on the trailer is also an HF product, it's their 69858 ATV Cargo Carrier with the parts turned 90 degrees to fit the frame.

And speaking of that cargo carrier, two of them can be assembled to make a really nice roof top cargo rack (ignore the ladder, that's not from HF ):

Lots of HF in the photo below... the frame under the fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer (different trailer but same HF 94564 frame kit as used above), the rack on the front of the trailer and the rack on top of the Jeep...
Off topic but what kind of top is that on that jeep
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