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Old 12-30-2018, 12:35 PM   #541
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Well ... What tools from good ol" HF have treated you right ? I'll start

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)


My breaker bar is my favorite tool from there. A bad backs best friend.


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I’m a retired tile setter. Throughout my 30 year career I’ve learned about tools. Want a great example? I began in flooring. One job I was installing carpet I believe in a buisness. I had to remove 9 tiles in the entry. At that time I rarely had to do that. I went to the hardware store to buy a scraper. This was a good old fashioned place. They had two choices. A cheap and an expensive. I had 9 tiles to take up. But they were put down with the tar adhesive, so they were a real drag. But I bought the cheap one. Halfway through the second or third tile it broke. So I had to go buy the expensive one. Moral of the story? I wouldn’t even go in the door. I do have experience with their stuff. Have you ever cut a ceramic or porcelain tile with a 4” grinder and a diamond blade? Once you do that you’ll realize (if you’d been used to a solid grinder anyway.)

If you are buying a tool to WORK with, buy the best.
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I have 3 of the 1/2” breaker bars. One in Jeep, one in truck and one in toolbox.
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My rule with Harbor Freight: Never buy anything that plugs in, or bit or blades that rotate at high speed. Everything else is potentially fair game.
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Hose pliers/spark plug boot pliers. Just can’t justify the extra $100 for Snap-On/Matco/Mac versions. The tips are not perfect, but they don’t need to be to grab a hose. $12
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My rule with Harbor Freight: Never buy anything that plugs in, or bit or blades that rotate at high speed. Everything else is potentially fair game.
I didn't have a problem with their Titanium drill bit set, the step drills or the 4.5" cut off wheels.

I'm a hobbyist, not a pro and all of those work well for my purposes.
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I didn't have a problem with their Titanium drill bit set, the step drills or the 4.5" cut off wheels.

I'm a hobbyist, not a pro and all of those work well for my purposes.
I’ve gotten bad vibrations out of some of their wheels and dremel tools. So my fear is not completely irrational lol. I do some fabrication and have worked in the industry.
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Bought a set of their new QUINN (better product line lol vs. Pitt) metric deep impact sockets... let y'all know in a few. Price was too good not to with 25% off.

*Got the black steel too.....

https://www.harborfreight.com/10-pc-...ket-64230.html
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Bought a set of their new QUINN (better product line lol vs. Pitt) metric deep impact sockets... let y'all know in a few. Price was too good not to with 25% off.

https://www.harborfreight.com/10-pc-...ket-64230.html
These are good sockets but they’re not impact rated. The chrome will chip, steel is more brittle than impact steel.
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Bought a set of their new QUINN (better product line lol vs. Pitt) metric deep impact sockets... let y'all know in a few. Price was too good not to with 25% off.

https://www.harborfreight.com/10-pc-...ket-64230.html

I went to harbor freight to buy some sockets today and i was originally going to buy the QUINN sets. But after comparing the sockets to the standard Pittsburgh Pro sockets they are the same exact socket with a different name on them other than that they are identical.

I wanted something that would stand out like a drag-queen reading books to children in my tool bag. So i bought the Pittsburgh gay pride deep socket sets in SAE and Metric. I put them on walmart socket rails that fit perfectly into a Rothco canvas tool bag to keep them organized.
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I’m a retired tile setter. Throughout my 30 year career I’ve learned about tools. Want a great example? I began in flooring. One job I was installing carpet I believe in a buisness. I had to remove 9 tiles in the entry. At that time I rarely had to do that. I went to the hardware store to buy a scraper. This was a good old fashioned place. They had two choices. A cheap and an expensive. I had 9 tiles to take up. But they were put down with the tar adhesive, so they were a real drag. But I bought the cheap one. Halfway through the second or third tile it broke. So I had to go buy the expensive one. Moral of the story? I wouldn’t even go in the door. I do have experience with their stuff. Have you ever cut a ceramic or porcelain tile with a 4” grinder and a diamond blade? Once you do that you’ll realize (if you’d been used to a solid grinder anyway.)

If you are buying a tool to WORK with, buy the best.
I don't disagree with Hillnsea, He's right. If you're a professional, buy the best tools you can afford.
But as a homeowner/hobbyist, I had to brick over a poorly finished concrete patio. I bought the most expensive HF tile saw and put a quality blade on it. I had to buy the stand for the saw too.
So far, I've cut the bricks on a 25' X 40' patio and the tile for the entryway from my garage and the entryway from my double patio door. I've also cut 40' X 2' of tile for my kitchen back splash. The saw still works like it did when new. Would it hold up to daily professional use, I don't know. Probably not.
If I was just starting out, I'd buy one until I could afford a professional quality saw.
One thing to look at is what brand of tools do the tool rental companies use. Rental tools get some fair amount of abuse and have to keep on working or the rental companies move on to something else.

I have a Riobi miter saw that's a fine tool. I had to cut some stair treads that required either trying to cut a 16" stair tread with the 10" Riobi saw or buying a sliding miter saw. I bought the cheap HF sliding miter saw so that I could cut the treads with one pass of the saw. I bought the HF miter saw stand for the Riobi, but the Riobi saw didn't fit the stand, so I mounted the HF saw on the stand. Now I only break out the Riobi when I need to make very precise cuts on hardwood. Other than that, I use the HF saw with a quality blade.

I'm not a tool elitist. I use what works. As a homeowner/hobbyist many HF tools that I own will outlast me. I'm not too sure about the HF 20V battery tools. They now have some "good"-"better"-"best" tools. I'll stick with my DeWalt 20V drill and driver. They're 8 years old and still have the original batteries. I don't use them daily but I do use them often. I'll wait until there's more reviews before I consider buying a HF battery impact wrench for the trail.

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I’m a big Harbor Frieght fan. The thing that surprises me is when I’m in line and see people in front of me NOT using coupons. There is a coupon for almost anything! If y’all ever need a coupon check this website. This dude uploads HF coupons often and HF will take coupons on your phone.
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-Cargo carrier, says 500lb limit but I bet it’s 300? I’m okay with it being less than 500 cause if I wanted a heavy duty one I wouldn’t have looked at HF and paid a lot more than $40
-Free items, just make you feel good.
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Oscillating Multi-Tool

I recently bought this oscillating tool to do my OE rear fender mod and it worked great!!


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I've been buying Harbor Freight tools for over 10 years now. Some have been great, some have been misses.

A long while back I bought a mechanics tool set that I have not seen at the stores since then. It worked great as a cheap tool set to toss in the Jeep or car and keep on hand for emergencies, or to take to salvage yards and not worry about it growing legs and walking away (sure enough, a month ago it did!). The 3/8"s ratchet broke a few years in and I replaced it with a Pitt Pro swivel head (didn't fit in the box, but I carry it in my tool bag that I carry around as well with a mixture of random tools). The 10mm was lost, replaced with one from HD. The torx bits were weak, broke the T15 when reinstalling the coils after changing the spark plugs on my Chrysler. I drove over the closed box once with my Chrysler, and it wasn't too badly damaged. Still worked fine for years before it was stolen in a salvage yard.

Breaker bar - great!

1/2" and 3/8" Pitt torque wrenches. 3/8"s has been fine. The 1/2" I used once, then a few years later went to use it again and the head fell apart. Replaced it at no charge and the replacement worked well for about 5 years before the head broke again right at the end of retorqing my control arms and track bar. Got it all "tight enough" and replaced it free, finished retorqueing. Considering buying a more expensive wrench from ICON or Craftsman to have handy in case that happens again.

Chicago electric corded drills - No issue so far in several years. Used the hammer drill to widen some holes on angle brackets and have used the standard drill to drill holes in various automotive projects and to sand and buff the headlights on my Jeep when they clouded over.

Halogen work light - The dual head one on a stand. Works great, BUT the bulbs are garbage. I bought bulbs from Home Depot and they've been fine.

LED lights - The free magnetic oval ones are OK. I would never pay for one and have several from being freebies. I bought a Braun rechargeable light with swivel head at the recommendation of several folks, and it's a problem child. Appears to have a weak connection between the battery and the light that cuts out with any amount of vibration. I need to open it up and see what's going on.

Handheld UV dye flashlight - Works great. Pinpointed where the leak was coming from when I repaired the AC system on my Chrysler. Have it on loan to a friend with AC issues in the WJ he bought for his son.

Jackstands - I have aluminum ones from when I was working on the car in an apartment complex and needed to carry them out to the car. They still work great 10 years later. 3-ton and 6-ton sets also great.

Floor jacks - I have the low-pro aluminum lightweight one (same reason as the Al stands) and the 3-ton yellow Daytona. The Al one doesn't get much use any more unless I need two jacks for some reasons, but it still works well. The Dayona I use for longer reach areas. It works, but last year it got very weak. It wouldn't lift the Jeep at the frame, and barely lifted it at the pumpkins. I put hydraulic oil in it and it's better.

4" cut-off wheel - Tool and wheels work fine.

Upright oil compressor (21 or 26 gal, can't recall, it's upright and has wheels to move around easier). I don't have much use for it, we use it for filling tires lately and last year I used it with the cut-off tool. I may get some sprayers to work with it. When I first got it, it worked and then it stopped working. I fussed with it and found the reset button, and it's been fine since. Weird, but I'm hanging on to it.

Air hose - rubber. It's fine, but I feel like better quality is worth the added price with other hoses.

Quick connect adapters - No problems so far on air and pressure washer systems.

Hydrostar pressure washer - Older model, replaced with a green one now, but my Hydrostar has been flawless. The wand and hose are TERRIBLE, but I pieced together some quick connection adapters from HF and HD and Amazon and got a flex hose and MTM gun that work much better. The pressure washer itself has had zero issues and was a steal at $60.

Impact sockets - Both metric and SAE, no issues yet with my Craftsman V20 impact.

Magnetic tool box accessories. I have the power strip, boxed gloves dispenser, paper towel dispenser. All are great.

Extension cords, all great so far.

Dual-action polisher - Been using it for a decade to compound and jewel the paint on my Chrysler and compound the Michigan Stripes on my Jeep. Has not hiccupped once.

Vise grips - No issues

A/C gauge set - No issues

Plastic tool/wash cart - No issues. I use it store detailing chemicals and tools and to hold everything while detailing the fleet.

1-drawer metal tool cart - No issues. Haven't used it recently since the new garage doesn't allow me to have the wash cart and tool cart accessible at the same time, but it was great in the last garage that did. Hoping the next house gives me that flexibility again.

Pry bars, mallets, hammers, etc... can't mess those up.

Heat shrink tube kits have been great.

Moving blankets and tarps, I like picking these up on sale or when they're freebies. I use the tarps in the yard when I'm painting or dipping things, and use the blankets on the ground when I'm working on the cars and Jeeps. I keep a blanket in the Jeep for trail repairs as well, to keep from getting too dirty. Just shake it out when done and stow in the cargo area with the rest of the trail and recovery tools.

I'll headed there tomorrow to look at pullers/presses as well since I need to replace my drag link and I get the feeling the pitman arm end will be a pain.

What I stay away from now is anything with replaceable bulbs unless it's cost effective to put in better bulbs right away, and their AA/AAA batteries. Their free voltmeters are OK, but don't last long. I bought a real voltmeter last year from HD.
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Couple weeks ago, I picked up the Titanium Easy-Flux 125. Let me preface this by saying 'I'm not good at welding' (which is different than saying 'I'm a bad welder', as that would imply I'm some kind of welder). But(!) I happen to work with a number of kick-ass welders. So on friday, I took it in and let one of the lead welders play around with it.

At the risk of sounding like a cliche, at first he was skeptical, but he was turned around. He started off by saying he wouldn't have bought it and started describing this $800 rig he would have bought instead. And the fact that baby's first grounding clamp wouldn't even open wide enough to grab the welding table didn't improve his opinion. But after one spark, he was able to dial it in and lay a 3" long bead without a problem, and it genuinely surprised him.

I wont embarrass myself with any pictures of my welds, but I'll say this much. I used to have the Chicago Electric 90 amp flux core machine (With both settings, high and way too high), And I got further with the Titanium in 20 seconds than I did in 2 hours with the other one. Also it is a DC machine instead of AC, so that makes it a bit easier to get a consistent bead.

No, it's not a Miller, Lincoln, or Hobart, but it is pretty good. To be fair, I have no delusions of grandure with it. 365 days a year, it's going to sit on the shelf 360 of them. I wanted a machine that I could put on an extension cord, go out in my driveway on a breezy day and hang a muffler with. For $180 bucks you can't beat it with a stick.

It'll do 3/16" steel, so provided you haven't built your rig out of AMR500, you could do 'Chassis stuff' with it. And the fact it's tiny, (Only weighs about 15 pounds) if you're the kind of Jeeper who likes trails that require welding to get home... Just saying..

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Couple weeks ago, I picked up the Titanium Easy-Flux 125. Let me preface this by saying 'I'm not good at welding' (which is different than saying 'I'm a bad welder', as that would imply I'm some kind of welder). But(!) I happen to work with a number of kick-ass welders. So on friday, I took it in and let one of the lead welders play around with it.

At the risk of sounding like a cliche, at first he was skeptical, but he was turned around. He started off by saying he wouldn't have bought it and started describing this $800 rig he would have bought instead. And the fact that baby's first grounding clamp wouldn't even open wide enough to grab the welding table didn't improve his opinion. But after one spark, he was able to dial it in and lay a 3" long bead without a problem, and it genuinely surprised him.

I wont embarrass myself with any pictures of my welds, but I'll say this much. I used to have the Chicago Electric 90 amp flux core machine (With both settings, high and way too high), And I got further with the Titanium in 20 seconds than I did in 2 hours with the other one. Also it is a DC machine instead of AC, so that makes it a bit easier to get a consistent bead.

No, it's not a Miller, Lincoln, or Hobart, but it is pretty good. To be fair, I have no delusions of grandure with it. 365 days a year, it's going to sit on the shelf 360 of them. I wanted a machine that I could put on an extension cord, go out in my driveway on a breezy day and hang a muffler with. For $180 bucks you can't beat it with a stick.

It'll do 3/16" steel, so provided you haven't built your rig out of AMR500, you could do 'Chassis stuff' with it. And the fact it's tiny, (Only weighs about 15 pounds) if you're the kind of Jeeper who likes trails that require welding to get home... Just saying..

https://www.harborfreight.com/Titani...der-56355.html
Thanks for that review. I have one of the Central Electric units and yup, my welding sucks too. My buddy bought one of the Vulcan Omnipro 220's and has welded the crap out of it. The Vulcan's are no joke, just as good as an Esab and not far behind a Lincoln or Miller.
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Many years ago, I was with a bunch of guys at the Salt Lake Supercross. It was rainy, and we went to HF and bought cheapo yellow plastic rain gear. It worked great for the race and I still use it here at home when it gets wet and muddy.

I need to start shopping HF. I buy lots of good cheapo tools from Northern Tool, but I can always use another source.
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I need to start shopping HF. I buy lots of good cheapo tools from Northern Tool, but I can always use another source.
I need to start shopping at Northern Tool more often. It seems to me that their stuff is of higher Quality than the cheap line of HF stuff.
I bought my Hobart 140 from NT and a Generac generator. We live out on the plains and loose power every so often, usually due to wind or snowstorms. When I bought the Generac, I didn't want to risk buying a cheaper generator because we have it for emergencies and it has to be reliable. Both items have worked out very well for me. I get the quarterly NT sale catalogs and use it to compare prices to what's available locally.

HF has begun selling a more expensive line of power tools along with their less expensive line.
I needed a buffer to buff Mrs. Lucky's black SUV. My choices were:
1- Wait until the Snap On man came around
2- NT Ironton for $50.00 plus wait for it to be shipped
3- HF Drill Master at $40.00
4- HF Chicago Electric at $50.00
5- HF Bauer at $80.00
6- NT Milwaukee for $250.00

I read the reviews on the HF website and chose the $50.00 Chicago Electric.
For the price, it works well. Will it last as long as a Milwaukee or DeWalt?? Probably not. Was it worth $50.00 to not detail a black SUV by hand? Absolutely!
Plus, it still works like it did when I started the detail. The way I see it, I got my money's worth already and can continue using it until it quits.

For my money, the $50.00 HF Chicago Electric buffer doesn't suck.

Good Luck, L.M.
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I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel. I have to move a cabinet out and quickly found out hat I had 3 layers of vinyl on the floor. Picked up a HF Linoleum knife. This thing worked great for what I needed it to do.

I also picked up a 10 pack of 4.5" masonry cutoff blades for my grinder. These have made short work of cutting out the old tile. Maybe it's because they went on my Chicago Electric angle grinder. (My DeWalt finally crapped out, needs a new power cord)
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Many years ago, I was with a bunch of guys at the Salt Lake Supercross. It was rainy, and we went to HF and bought cheapo yellow plastic rain gear. It worked great for the race and I still use it here at home when it gets wet and muddy.
Nashville is the only outdoor Supercross race I've ever gone to and a HF poncho in a cargo pocket is good cheap insurance.

Do you still watch SX?

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