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Old 03-18-2010, 05:04 PM   #16
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HF's quick grips. After sitting in my garage for 3 years, I finally used them. Plastic grips snapped easily. All three of them. Plastic became brittle from being stored in cold & hot weather.

Liquid hand suction pump. Plastic became brittle. Pump would not work after using it to suck antifreeze.

Automatic wire cutter/stripper. What a cheap piece of shit. Not even worth the sidewalk sale price of $2.99.

Multifunction tool. Works great for the application, but needs to be whacked with a hammer to keep on running.

Multimeter. Gotta keep fiddling with the probe connectors to get a reading.

All their recipro saw blades lasted 10 minutes.

I've had good luck with their pneumatic nailers, air compressors, power saws, drills, and generators.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:06 PM   #17
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Rubber strap wrench. Snapped the rubber off at the handle while trying to loosen a stubborn oil filter...
DOH! Next time use this!

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...112&zmap=36778

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Old 03-18-2010, 06:35 PM   #18
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4x36 belt disc sander. Burnt up quickly. I don't mean "it got hot and quit in a coupla hrs."

I mean "within 30 seconds of no load run time it burst into freaking flames!"

took it back and got another and it did the same thing. Apparently they don't run well when installed sideways.
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:22 PM   #19
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Tried one of the chainsaw sharpening machines. It's not that it broke, it was just so woefully inaccurate and sloppy it would ruin a decent chain with uneven grinding very quickly. Total waste. They took it back, so no harm.

A $7 hand-file is more accurate and faster with practice, I learned.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:55 PM   #20
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pipe threader

the Rigid copy power pipe threader they sell is junk! gave it away after 2 days of frustration. got the Rigid now, $700. more but it works
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:00 PM   #21
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[IMG]file:///C:/Users/bpj100/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG]Not a fan of The Harbor Freight Scam/Store. But I must admit I purchased a pair of safety wire twist pliers and us them for over three years almost everyday. (I am an aircraft mechanic) they finally broke but I sure got my $15.99 out of them, I have since used up tow pairs from Snap On but when they stop working they are always warranty!!
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:01 PM   #22
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Didn't much care for the electric impact wrench.
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:26 PM   #23
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impact driver...broke with the first wack.



i have the safty wire pliers and the rivet gun...both work for me.
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:11 PM   #24
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I have the HF safety wire plies and used them to wire the grips on my three bikes. The pliers worked OK but the wire itself is absolute shyte.

My worse HF buy - the welder stand. There's nothing good about a $3000 welding setup on a $40 stand held together with bolts made of recycled tin foil.
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Old 03-20-2010, 11:10 PM   #25
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My worse HF buy - the welder stand. There's nothing good about a $3000 welding setup on a $40 stand held together with bolts made of recycled tin foil.
LOL, something about having a 3000$ welder tells me you probably shouldn't buy a stand? Or at the very least you should buy the factory sold matched stand to that welder.

HF stand is deserving of an HF welder on it.

Personally my welding "stand" is one of those chrome wire rack carts sold by sams club, Future plans are to get another one and put a steel top between the two for a rolling welding table.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:54 AM   #26
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Electric chainsaw. Lasted 15 minutes. Found a cheaper one at Lowes that works fine.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:58 AM   #27
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LOL, something about having a 3000$ welder tells me you probably shouldn't buy a stand? Or at the very least you should buy the factory sold matched stand to that welder.


I know it's shameful. I just needed it to get the welder off the ground to weld up an exhaust and build a rack for one of my bikes before a road trip.
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:21 PM   #28
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i figure a $3000 welder could make a pretty nice stand for a $3000 welder.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:16 AM   #29
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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.
yeah, that seems to point out one of the rubs about HF. In any given stack of tools, you might get one that's fine (like my and your safety wire pliers), or you might get one that's a POS. I think if you can have a look at the specific item you're going to buy and actually try that EXACT piece out (instead of a similar cousin) you may increase your chances. But there's definitely a crap shoot element to the whole process.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:24 AM   #30
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I was looking at one of the HF tire machines and I swear I could have bent it in two with my bare hands so I passed.
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