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kjeeper10 04-07-2013 12:55 AM

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Well ... What tools from good ol" HF have treated you right ? I'll start :thumb:

25" breaker bar $12

The length works great for holding the nut end against the ground. makes torquing CA bolts yourself quick and easy. (pic)

Shark_13 04-07-2013 08:22 AM

Picked up a set of impact rated socket adapters, use them for work all the time and have been holding up great even with large 3/4" drive Hitachi impact.

kjeeper10 04-07-2013 09:03 AM

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I also bought their Earthquake brand 1/2 drive impact and socket set.
Think I paid around $80 for it at the time.

Bullethead 04-07-2013 09:12 AM

Can someone recommend a GOOD socket wrench? Mine never seems to undo a damn thing someone tightens with a Snap-On wrench.

Moabrubi 04-07-2013 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Bullethead (Post 3605206)
Can someone recommend a GOOD socket wrench? Mine never seems to undo a damn thing someone tightens with a Snap-On wrench.

Because Snap-On wrenches tighten so much better. The USA made steel really multiplies the torque! If you can't loosen a fastener it's because you need bigger muscles or more leverage, not the brand of wrench.

I have Snap-On, Craftsman, Matco, Harbor freight in my tool drawer. They all break, and they all get replaced. I'm not a mechanic working on cars every day so HF gets the job done most of the time. Craftsman "all in one" sockets sure are nice though.

There's a few things to stay away from but none come to mind. Their air tools work pretty damned good and I buy their jackstands because they are cheap and work.

IslandTJ 04-07-2013 10:41 AM

So far I use and like their:
  • Jack stands
  • Torque wrenches
  • 110v Impact wrench
  • Wheel Chocks

coolbreeze 04-07-2013 10:54 AM

My HF $20 3/8 Air Ratchet works just fine, as do the other tools I've bought there.

Rogerg 04-07-2013 11:12 AM

These are the ones i use alot on my jeeps

12 ton shop press
3 ton jack stand
floor jacks
wrenches
pipe wrench
breaker bar

kjeeper10 04-07-2013 11:25 AM

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This to drill my knuckle and bits. Shoulders blown out because of it.... Wasn't expecting the power :eek:

wat3rdog 04-07-2013 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3605418)

Because Snap-On wrenches tighten so much better. The USA made steel really multiplies the torque! If you can't loosen a fastener it's because you need bigger muscles or more leverage, not the brand of wrench.

I have Snap-On, Craftsman, Matco, Harbor freight in my tool drawer. They all break, and they all get replaced. I'm not a mechanic working on cars every day so HF gets the job done most of the time. Craftsman "all in one" sockets sure are nice though.

There's a few things to stay away from but none come to mind. Their air tools work pretty damned good and I buy their jackstands because they are cheap and work.

I work in the water utility and when I started at $10 hr I bought some Task Force brand ratchets. They have a life time warranty. Bought the standard mechanics set for around $120. I've put 3'-4' cheaters on them, used them time and again in muddy water in below freezing conditions and not once have they ever skipped or failed me. Craftsmen, Snap on, and a few others I have seen fail under the same abuse. Maybe I got lucky but 14 years later and no fails. I also use them on our huge natural gas Cats and Waukesha engines. Love em.

vanillathrilla 04-07-2013 03:13 PM

I buy a lot of disposable tools there that I don't mind if they get stolen out of the Jeep or something... not a huge loss.

kjeeper10 04-07-2013 04:36 PM

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Jam nuts ....... Lol

Surfinglbi23 04-07-2013 08:00 PM

Stuff I love from HF ....


My welder
Breaker bar
Jack stands
Fog lights
Recovery straps
Grinders
Wire strippers

wat3rdog 04-07-2013 08:08 PM

Jack stands x2. I got the 6 tons which are a perfect height for working under the jeep. :)

CarolinaBound 04-07-2013 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Surfinglbi23 (Post 3607121)
Stuff I love from HF ....


My welder

What one ya get? Once I move on to bumpers and what not I'm having a buddy teach me how to weld. Not a mooch so plan on picking up my own after him putting me through the gauntlet

kjeeper10 04-07-2013 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by carolinabound (Post 3607198)

what one ya get? Once i move on to bumpers and what not i'm having a buddy teach me how to weld. Not a mooch so plan on picking up my own after him putting me through the gauntlet

x2

Angus Brown 04-08-2013 08:59 AM

Oil suction gun: Oil Suction Gun - Save on this Suction Gun at Harbor Freight

I use it to pull old fluids out, as well as get new fluids into axles/transmissions/t-cases in tight spots.


Ball joint press: Ball Joint Service Kit for 2WD and 4WD Vehicles

Self-explanatory, and you can also get a universal adapter kit that will work with the uppers on a Jeep since they have that weird angle. You can also use this to install and remove U-joints.

Beastmaster 04-08-2013 12:19 PM

I just picked up some electrical wires and some shrink sleeving. :thumb:

Hard to mess those things up. :whistling:

Timberline 04-08-2013 12:26 PM

I purchased one of those foldable 4x8 trailer kits and it went together just fine. The only issue I had with it was one of the fenders for a wheel was bent, but called them up and was sent a new one. Hard to screw up this kit since the builder has to make sure all the lines are straight and bolts tight, etc.

http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...mage_21298.jpg

ohiok5 04-09-2013 12:44 AM

i got a bunch of their stuff, my fav is the 10" sliding saw made by chicago elec. works great.

worst thing was manual carpet kicker, broke in 5 mins of use.

Krummy 04-09-2013 05:49 AM

1/4 torque wrench was cheap and has worked well. It was like $12 so I assume it won't last forever but so far so good. I had bought another cheap one on Amazon and it literally lasted 3 uses before it fell apart mid use it was total garbage.

Also have the jack stands and have been looking at the rolling tool chests they put on sale every other week. Not sold on the, yet they seem a little cheap.

michiganadam 04-09-2013 05:58 AM

Air conditioning vacuum pump...

BIGG RADD 04-09-2013 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Krummy (Post 3612946)
1/4 torque wrench was cheap and has worked well. It was like $12 so I assume it won't last forever but so far so good. I had bought another cheap one on Amazon and it literally lasted 3 uses before it fell apart mid use it was total garbage.

Also have the jack stands and have been looking at the rolling tool chests they put on sale every other week. Not sold on the, yet they seem a little cheap.

Im an aircraft mechanic by trade, and can vouch for their rolling 13 drawer tool chest, its a beast, and for $350 you certainly cant go wrong with it, mine has been to Afghanistan, Alaska, and everywhere in between, flown to Alaska on a Chinook from Georgia, and shipped in containers everywhere else. Plus if it gets cosmetic damage, you wont cry as if you had bought snapon or matco. Solid piece of kit, and if its for your garage i recommend the top cab and side locker too.

cmaggi2 04-09-2013 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 3604625)
Grabbed this idea from another forum. I'll start

25" breaker bar $12

All 200 lbs of me on this thing removing a stripped CA bolt/nut and held up fine.

The length works great for holding the nut end--against the ground--of your CA bolts while torquing yourself.

I will sticky it if the thread turns out OK :thumb:

I owe you a beer for recommending the HF breaker bar. That thing saved me a ton of time replacing the stock bolts.

The HF 1/2 torque wrench ($11 right now) looks EXACTLY the same as my previous Duralast torque wrench that broke because of my own fault.

Others:
3 ton floor jack
Heat gun
Reciprocating saw
Ratchets and sockets

Sucks:
1/2 Electric Impact Wrench - can't even break lugs...

Disclaimer: I am only a weekend mechanic so these tools don't see a ton of use.

kjeeper10 04-09-2013 10:22 PM

Funny that you mentioned that ^

I have both a HF and a Duralast 1/2 TR.
The Duralast broke the 2nd time using it. HF still holds strong.

Did you buy the cheapo 1/2 impact ?. I returned one for their Earthquake brand. BIG difference.

Moabrubi 04-09-2013 10:51 PM

My HF 1/2" Torque wrenches don't last very long torquing big stuff all the time. Luckily it was $9.99 with a lifetime warranty. I stopped by Sears and the equivalent was like $80. The blingy digital one was $200.

For those who get the Earthquake professional air impact, run that sucker past the 90psi "limit". I think I am set at 120psi and it works 10x better. At 90psi it can barely break lugs.

DBoat 04-10-2013 12:13 PM

1/2 and 3/8 breaker bar, really cheap but works really good. grinder, works great
tap and die set was crap, just threw it away.

KC_Hawker 04-10-2013 12:18 PM

Got the HF aluminum hitch cargo carrier for $80. Works great so far.

wat3rdog 04-10-2013 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by KC_Hawker (Post 3619490)
Got the HF aluminum hitch cargo carrier for $80. Works great so far.

How much weight have you loaded so far? Any flex on a heavy load. I've been eyeing that.

KC_Hawker 04-10-2013 01:04 PM

HF says it will hold 500 lbs, since the part that goes into the receiver is not aluminum, but the hitch rating is what officially holds it back. The carrier itself is very light. I am 6'3" and about 320 and I got on it and bounced a few times which is probably the heaviest I have had on it.

Side notes, it is a little loose in my receiver, so either one of the hitch pins with a nut inside to snug down would be a good idea, or I have heard a little duck tape around where it slides in the receiver will work.

Also, I cannot open the tailgate with it installed on my Rubi. The stock tire is too tall but the carrier will just fit to the edge of the tire.


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