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Old 01-22-2013, 06:55 PM   #391
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I love mine too. My girl calls it her BJ chair.
I think I need a picture to fully understand. I'm on my second of these, the first wobbles as the support shaft seems to have gone to hell but it was $20.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:15 PM   #392
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I've changed now 6 tires last year with mine and it works great. Rotored front wheels, just put the new tire under it as a spacer.

Works flawlessly and was super cheap. I'd buy it again.

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First, nice thread idea Jim....and thanks to everyone for the reviews .

So I bought this bead breaker from HF, and I think it sucks. I'm not able to use it as well as I want. I have to stand on the tire (rotor-side up) in order to break the bead. This is kind of hard to do, since the bottom stand wants to move away from me as I bring the lever down. It's a real PITA, and I can never really secure it.

I don't think I can break the bead on the rotor side. I'm too scared of scratching the rotor.
Duel rotors up front? Fuhgeddaboudit!

So right now it's a fail. I know some people have reviewed it and liked it. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

Any mod ideas for this? I was thinking about securing the base to a 2x4 by a few feet, and then running it over with my car as an anchor point. Sounds lame, I know....

It was a $35 experiment, so I figured what the heck...




http://www.harborfreight.com/bead-breaker-92961.html

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I'm in the process of buying my first home. I'm trying to price out my new "Garage Mahal" , so these reviews were helpful, thanks.
The red toolchest did seem kind of flimsy in person, though....
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:54 PM   #393
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I've changed now 6 tires last year with mine and it works great. Rotored front wheels, just put the new tire under it as a spacer.

Works flawlessly and was super cheap. I'd buy it again.
ok...new tire is a good idea....
How do you secure the base of the stand to the ground?
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:31 AM   #394
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ok...new tire is a good idea....
How do you secure the base of the stand to the ground?
I put my foot on the tire, push the bar down, turn the tire, repeat.

The front lifts just a little but doesn't affect the usage.

It's getting time to do a big HD tire, so we'll see how it works with the big load rated sidewalls soon.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:39 AM   #395
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Anyone ever try out one of their security systems? thinking of THIS. less for actual security and more for the purpose of figuring out what dirty fucker is letting their gigantic dog shit all over the sidewalk and in the landscaping.

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Old 02-28-2013, 10:52 AM   #396
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I've used this extensively with no issues. It works well and is cheap!

http://www.harborfreight.com/ratchet...ool-97420.html



Definite pass. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again!

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:01 PM   #397
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+1 Crimper works great. Cheap palm sander has been good as well. The feedback on HF webpages seems to provide valuable feedback.

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:05 PM   #398
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^^I paid almost twice that for what looks to be the same crimper from Rat Shack 8 years ago (it does work well).
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:21 AM   #399
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Without going through all 27 pages...any feedback on the 20 ton press? Can it be made into a tabletop setup?
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:47 AM   #400
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Without going through all 27 pages...any feedback on the 20 ton press? Can it be made into a tabletop setup?

I have the 12 ton which is a smaller version of th 20 ton. Works great for the money.
I would think it would be hard to convert to table top use since you need the height for adjustment quite often. The 12 ton is actually about a foot shorter than I would like setting on the floor, as far as the 20 ton goes it looks about right.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:01 PM   #401
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HF Overhead lift/winch has worked well for me. The air hose reel is not HF - but it does work very well and I do not know how I got along w/o it before.

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Old 03-01-2013, 12:40 PM   #402
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Without going through all 27 pages...any feedback on the 20 ton press? Can it be made into a tabletop setup?
Friend has one, I've used it, it works fine.

You could cut it up for tabletop use, though I can't imagine why you'd want to do that.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:01 AM   #403
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:18 AM   #404
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:43 AM   #405
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Without going through all 27 pages...any feedback on the 20 ton press? Can it be made into a tabletop setup?

I have one. Works great, even on stubborn front wheel drive car wheel bearings. Hasn't been defeated yet!

I'm 6'1", and the jack is at chest height, so no, it wouldn't be something you'd want to place on a table unless you're really tall. I suppose you could shorten the press if you have some specific pressing (hah!) need, but then you'd lose the flexibility.

You'll find that you develop the habit of collecting sturdy round and square pieces of metal, like old bearing shells, piston pins, etc. I have a length of metal that looks like squared-off railroad track -- no idea what it is, but it's been indispensable.

There have been reports of the included cast iron arbor plates shattering (there are some very expensive substitutes available), but I've had no problems. I do keep this in mind and set up pressing jobs so as not to place a lot of stress on the arbor plates.
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