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stainlesscycle 03-17-2010 02:59 PM

junk items from harbor freight
 
the other thread pretty much extolls the virtues of some harbor freight items.. and i think harbor freight serves a purpose, but some things are just bad news....

this thread is for items that broke pretty much instantaneously...


6" safety wire pliers : broke on first use.
http://images.harborfreight.com/cpi/...5399/45340.gif

handheld rivet gun: broke on first use. (i just needed the nosepieces anyways..)

http://images.harborfreight.com/cpi/...8399/38353.gif

dust collector (get the extended warranty!!!! i've been through 3 of these units in 2 years....they don't grease the motor bearings...they really start squealing in cold weather. then they fail. it's easier to return then to tear it apart and grease the bearings. i've done both...)

http://images.harborfreight.com/cpi/...7899/97869.gif

roger123 03-17-2010 04:02 PM

I bought one of the orange square base palm sanders. What a total POS!!!

~AJ~ 03-17-2010 04:10 PM

Torque wrench. Broke within a month.

B02S4 03-17-2010 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ~AJ~
Torque wrench. Broke within a month.

HFT should make good on the warranty...

victor441 03-17-2010 05:32 PM

bought a router speed control last year, only lasted about 2 months before dying...,

Bentley 03-17-2010 06:36 PM

Floor jack. Lasted about 1 year - roughly $6 per lift.

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duck 03-17-2010 07:14 PM

The $3.99 battery tender.

Their zip-ties are cheap too. They break when you're installing them and try to pull them even halfway tight. They get probably get shipped over here because even the Chinese won't use them.

Skippii 03-17-2010 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stainlesscycle

handheld rivet gun: broke on first use. (i just needed the nosepieces anyways..)

http://images.harborfreight.com/cpi/...8399/38353.gif

Great. I bought one of those yesterday. Haven't used it. It was for a friend.

LuciferMutt 03-18-2010 05:56 AM

Rubber strap wrench. Snapped the rubber off at the handle while trying to loosen a stubborn oil filter. I was pissed for a minute then remember the damn thing cost like $2 so fuck it.

bete 03-18-2010 06:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skippii
Great. I bought one of those yesterday. Haven't used it. It was for a friend.

Some friend you are. :D . bete.

MiamiMotorcyclist 03-18-2010 06:45 AM

Hmmmm.... cheap slide hammer broke one of it's attachments real quickly.

I'm sure there have been other fails.

I did try that plastic welder long ago and had no luck with that.

All and all I've done okay with HF though.

racermdub 03-18-2010 07:00 AM

Must be that I've gotten lucky, I've used the safety wire pliers and $3.99 battery tender without fail for 4 years now.

P B G 03-18-2010 07:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DevilNinjaDog
Rubber strap wrench. Snapped the rubber off at the handle while trying to loosen a stubborn oil filter. I was pissed for a minute then remember the damn thing cost like $2 so fuck it.

Craftsmen's is no better, they just don't work on oil filters what so ever, ok for a stuck hose spigot.

Tacodog 03-18-2010 03:30 PM

Harbor Freight = disposable tools. If you want something to last a lifetime, buy elsewhere. If you need a tool for a one time deal, then Harbor Freight is mostly worth what you pay. :1drink

ridewestKTM 03-18-2010 03:41 PM

Is it the price?
 
I bought a Harbor Freight End Mill - just love it
Bought a cutoff band saw and it's not great but I'm happy with it.
Press plates -havent broken or bent
misc lathe tools - just fine


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