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Old 07-20-2010, 09:00 PM   #76
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I got a dual sided carborundum stone (combination sharpening stone #7345) and it is pretty useless as a sharpener as the particles of the stone are not abrasive at all. Granted it is only $3 but it's a waste of $3.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:04 PM   #77
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Generally speaking you can look at the hand tools and tell if they're going to be junk or not. some are decent, some aren't. Most of the air tools the aren't super cheap are ok. The earthquake impacts are good.
The power hand tools are mostly acceptable just stay away from the drill master stuff.
As long as you don't expect a $20 grinder to be as good as an $80 one everything is usually alright.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:03 AM   #78
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Has anybody used the harbor freight dirt bike stand? $16 after the usual 20% coupon. Crazy cheap. I just don't want to crush it the first time I swing my WR400 on it.



I have had a lot of those LED lights stowed in my car/camelbak/desk that are free with the coupon. They work fine. Their $3 ratcheting tie downs work fine for dirt bikes,

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Old 07-24-2010, 04:10 PM   #79
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Has anybody used the harbor freight dirt bike stand? $16 after the usual 20% coupon. Crazy cheap. I just don't want to crush it the first time I swing my WR400 on it.



I have had a lot of those LED lights stowed in my car/camelbak/desk that are free with the coupon. They work fine. Their $3 ratcheting tie downs work fine for dirt bikes,
no but it looks like it might make a good portable shitter LOL.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:35 AM   #80
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Has anybody used the harbor freight dirt bike stand? $16 after the usual 20% coupon. Crazy cheap. I just don't want to crush it the first time I swing my WR400 on it.

I have had a lot of those LED lights stowed in my car/camelbak/desk that are free with the coupon. They work fine. Their $3 ratcheting tie downs work fine for dirt bikes,
A friend uses the other syle HF dirt bike lift/stand and has been happy with it.

They would have to out do themselves in a big way to make this stand so bad that it wouldn't work.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:08 AM   #81
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They would have to out do themselves in a big way to make this stand so bad that it wouldn't work.
It does pass 2/3 of my HF test:

Only one part and no plug that's good
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:52 AM   #82
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As someone else posted selecting this stuff is common sense. If it looks like crap, it probably is. I've seen lots of stuff that looks like it should work, and many that I wouldn't even touch, and I'm certainly no expert mechanic or tool smith either.

I've found several workable items at HF. The thing is, I'm not always looking for tools for the "long haul", but rather for some random project I started and realized (usually in the middle of it) that I just don't have the right tools to finish it.

For one or two random jobs / projects, (like the saddle bag brackets I'm currently working on) -- I'm not about to go out and spend tons of money on the best "craftsman®" stuff or whatever, so the HF equivalent is "good enough" to get the job done.

I even got a pretty decent ratchet and socket set that hasn't failed me (yet) and I've worked with it quite a bit now. I purchased a separate flexible ratchet with it so even if the (very cheap looking) one that came with the set failed, I'll have a back-up and the sockets will still be use-able. In-fact, I'd dare say the only difference is that this set doesn't come in a fancy case like a "craftsman®" set would. -- I could care less about having a fancy looking carrying case for it.

The other cool thing about HF is they have stuff right on the shelf that other places just don't. If I go to sears or even many auto parts stores and ask one of the employees there if they have a simple brake bleeder kit, most of them don't even know WTF I'm talking about. Then after wasting tons of time getting someone else who does know and them getting someone else who does know, they discover they don't carry it in stock or I need to order it on-line.

At HF, it's right there, on the shelf, no BS. If it looks like crap, I just don't buy it (or I don't expect much out of it if I do)
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:44 PM   #83
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I've got a Harbor Freight electric hoist which is starting to grind and overheat after just a handful of uses.

I also have a HF rivet gun which constantly jams and is a total POS.

I'm a cheap fucker so I guess I get what I deserve.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:06 AM   #84
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Has anybody used the harbor freight dirt bike stand? $16 after the usual 20% coupon. Crazy cheap. I just don't want to crush it the first time I swing my WR400 on it.
I've used it, and it's fine. Although, I haven't put anything as heavy as a WR400 on it. Mine has propped up an RM80, and is currently elevating a YSR50 frame, both of which it has handled admirably.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:35 PM   #85
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40 miles from home no drill. bought a 12 dollar drill to drill 3 holes. drill caught on fire but got the job done.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:41 AM   #86
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40 miles from home no drill. bought a 12 dollar drill to drill 3 holes. drill caught on fire but got the job done.
What were you drilling???

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Old 07-28-2010, 06:12 AM   #87
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Their snap-ring pliers are junk. I think there's a reason the Craftsman ones are so pricey... The Harbor Freight ones bend and break within the first couple uses.

Their little $6 rotary tool kinda sucks too, not much power. It does get some stuff done though, so I won't complain.

I'm a cheap bastard, but I'm trying to think of any HF tools that I still use on a regular basis. I bought their big C-clamp and use it as a bead breaker. The $2 rubber mallet works pretty good, but I don't know where mine is $5 multimeter actually worked pretty well for me as well.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:51 AM   #88
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HF, "quick release" universal compression tester.

The guage works fine, but the ONE size of threaded insert (to go into the spark plug hole) I need is so woefully mis threaded/1/2 threaded there is no way you could put it in a plug hole.

Long strands of metal "treads" still attached, and the threads are mis-cut

Don't have a die to chase the threads on it. Useless.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:30 PM   #89
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Has anybody used the harbor freight dirt bike stand? $16 after the usual 20% coupon. Crazy cheap. I just don't want to crush it the first time I swing my WR400 on it.



I have had a lot of those LED lights stowed in my car/camelbak/desk that are free with the coupon. They work fine. Their $3 ratcheting tie downs work fine for dirt bikes,
i have one, good enough quality. It sits quite high though, at least for my DR650, maybe not for a real dirt bike.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:08 PM   #90
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...they might Look like tools, but they're only a facsimile ..

But i did buy the neumatic bike lift for under $250, and it's worked fine for 3 years. If I had my druthers I'd have a Kendon or other.

I'm on my third throwaway body grinder (under $10). One of them is a 'good' Home Depot model, same crap as the HF.

Can't pass up the $5.99 heat gun...just don't drop it.

Got a set of the gold drills from my dad, use once and throw away...
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