|06-09-2013 10:10 AM|
|06-09-2013 09:35 AM|
Chi-com steel makes great shrapnel...and that's about it IMO.
|06-09-2013 08:38 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 06:03 AM|
|06-09-2013 03:43 AM|
|06-09-2013 01:55 AM|
|06-09-2013 01:48 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 01:39 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 01:06 AM|
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'.
|06-09-2013 12:40 AM|
|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.|
|06-09-2013 12:20 AM|
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 06:55 PM|
|06-05-2013 06:28 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 01:10 AM|
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 07:09 AM|
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 11:21 AM|
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 11:00 AM|
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 08:32 AM|
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.
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|05-05-2013 01:49 AM|
|Powder Monkey||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 07:17 PM|
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|lindel||Nicely done conversion!|
|05-04-2013 07:12 PM|
That tow vehicle is my "Retro Wrangler", it's a 2006 Wrangler converted into a modern version of the Willys pickup:
|05-04-2013 06:27 PM|
You do absolutely beautiful work, I appreciate the attention to detail.
|05-04-2013 03:00 PM|
|jscherb||GR8TOPS Half Hardtops for Jeeps) sells a version of it.|
|05-04-2013 02:44 PM|
|05-04-2013 02:20 PM|
|98 tj sport||
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|05-04-2013 02:03 PM|
Anyone who owns a jeep should go there and buy the 100 dollar transmission jack.
I had no idea how much time effort and cussing it would save me or i would of got one years ago.
stabbing the transfer or transmission is a one person 15 minute job now.
|05-04-2013 01:34 PM|
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