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Old 02-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #181
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You can run a bike motor over red line for a while too and it won't grenade.

Sometimes a product is built to exceed the user's penchant to destroy it, and sometimes it isn't. Which detail of this new pump (great deal btw!) makes you think it will perform better, its looks?

I figure if all these pumps are EQUALLY cheap, then the larger pump probably have less stress on the parts. The smaller pumps sounds like it is spinning a lot faster too.

In fact, this larger pump, the exterior fit and finish does look a lot better than the other mini pumps. I am hoping they put in the same effort on the guts as well. The cheap mini pumps are REALLY looks like "minimal production effort" used.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:55 AM   #182
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i've sorta learned what to and what not to buy from HF.

Hand tools: unless it is forged, be weary. I only trust wrenches from them. Sockets I stay away from.

Power tools: Haven't bought one from them yet. Used a HF angle grinder at a shop once and it was a dog. Quit while I was using it so i unplugged it and plugged it back in; started right up.

Pneumatic tools: Hit or miss. Bought a die grinder and it ate itself. Bought an angle die grinder and it works just fine.

Things you can't go wrong with (knock on wood): Small parts washer (if the pump burns out, get a new, better one from Norther Tool), Small blasting cabinet (with an exhaust system, this thing is great), blasting media, hammers, motorcycle chock, motorcycle swingarm stand, and a 12T bottle jack.

Things I broke the first try: cheap wratchet straps and gear puller

Tip: if it's a tool that sees a lot of excessive force and it's not forged, i stay away from it. A lot of the tools are casted which is why they are so cheap and break easily (yes, i know forged parts start out casted). The way you can tell the difference: if it's smooth, there's a chance that it is forged. if it has a rough finish, probably casted.

Print out the 20% off coupon online every time I go

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Old 02-28-2010, 01:29 PM   #183
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Harbor freight lift..

Has anyone had any problems w/ the lift? The hydralic jack requiring fluid, or simply stopped working?

Mine just stopped working (won't lift)...I can't see if it needs fluid, but one my way to pickup some now.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:59 PM   #184
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Has anyone had any problems w/ the lift? The hydralic jack requiring fluid, or simply stopped working?

Mine just stopped working (won't lift)...I can't see if it needs fluid, but one my way to pickup some now.
Not really had a problem with mine but it did start to get a bit sluggish and would start to fall if left on it's own. Someone on here suggested pumping it with the down lever down to get rid of air I think ? Did that, been fine ever since.
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:35 PM   #185
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I just added fluid to the jack....that didn't fix the problem.

The jack will pump when turning the whole lift on it side. That however is not useful. Tried holding down the release lever while pumping, no go.

Anyone have any ideas? Do they sell replacement jacks for these? I count on the lift as I use a couple times a week for servicing.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:28 PM   #186
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I just added fluid to the jack....that didn't fix the problem.

The jack will pump when turning the whole lift on it side. That however is not useful. Tried holding down the release lever while pumping, no go.

Anyone have any ideas? Do they sell replacement jacks for these? I count on the lift as I use a couple times a week for servicing.
In China

Seroiusly this has come up before and the HF jacks are junk from day one try to find a decent quality replacement.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:33 PM   #187
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I buy all my tools from HF.

A 3/8 breaker bar $30 from the hardware store.

A 3/8 socket wrench is about $5. I've been using that and a long piece of pipe for the last 5 years, and it hasn't broken yet.

Wrenches, sockets, rachet straps for the bike, safety wire pliers, work stool, creeper, even my 240V space heater in the garage. Hand tools are lifetime warranty anyways
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:53 PM   #188
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Anyone have any ideas? Do they sell replacement jacks for these?.
I asked Harbor Freight beofre buying a lift. They have a 1-800 number to call and they do nothing but work on spare parts for the equipoment they sell. Call your local harbor freight and get the number or check the website. On another note there was a guy on here that was able to buy a similar bottle jack from the hardware store and adapted it to the lift as a replacement.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:28 PM   #189
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I asked Harbor Freight beofre buying a lift. They have a 1-800 number to call and they do nothing but work on spare parts for the equipoment they sell. On another note there was a guy on here that was able to buy a similar bottle jack from the hardware store and adapted it to the lift as a replacement.
I'll call the 800 number tomorrow... I'm not even sure just how the jack is secured. Didn't notice whether it is welded or bolted in.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:09 PM   #190
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I finally got around to using two different HF tools I had bought with hopes they would be useful.

I bought the small bearing & seal driver kit (has 3-driver rods and about 20 different sizes) for $14.99.

Also got the Blind Hole Bearing Puller, for $29.99.

Used them both this weekend on my TTR250 to do front & rear bearings, and all the swingarm bearings too. Worked flawlessley, very useful and considering the price even compared to fleabay alternatives, I'm thrilled.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:53 PM   #191
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PS Less than $200 in these, and several small tools.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:28 PM   #192
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Let us know how that little blaster works out.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:55 AM   #193
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Let us know how that little blaster works out.
For $25, if it works at all, it will be worth it.

I have a project car I recently purchassed, and it has some rust. I need to blast the rust, and make some patch pannels. That is what this stuff is for.



My new toy.

Sat untouched for 20 years. I had it running in a couple hours, and drives good!

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Old 03-03-2010, 06:47 PM   #194
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...My new toy...Sat untouched for 20 years. I had it running in a couple hours, and drives good!...
Nice! I always liked those GT's. Is yours a 1.9?

That PA plate brings back some memories. I liked that one better than the tri color we have now.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:41 PM   #195
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For $25, if it works at all, it will be worth it.

I have a project car I recently purchassed, and it has some rust. I need to blast the rust, and make some patch pannels. That is what this stuff is for.



My new toy.

Sat untouched for 20 years. I had it running in a couple hours, and drives good!

Jim
Nice car Jim. I would like to get a project vehicle someday myself
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