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Old 03-25-2012, 08:14 AM   #166
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Every thing they sell is junk.
Relatively yes.

Their screwdrivers arent Wiha, Their tool-chests aren't waterloo. Heatguns aren't master.

But your comment is worthless. Many of their items are good enough to be worth the low price.

I would argue that if not for low price tools there are many people out there who wouldn't have tools at all.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:27 AM   #167
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I seriously pondered the HF US General 4-drawer Service Cart @ $99 but opted for the heavier built Harbor Freight US General 5-drawer Service Cart (available @ $159), coupon in latest Motor Trend magazine. That is an excellent tool cart, better than anything priced within several hunderd dollars of it.
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My HF rule is never buy anything without a coupon. Pick up the free Centech VOM or whatever other freebie they are offering while you are there. Slickdeals always has coupons available for printing.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:37 PM   #168
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But your comment is worthless.
Tool chest does a great job for me, hydraulic bike lift is great, heat gun is used a lot, plenty of their stuff is just fine. I stay away from the more complicated or electronic and you do have to watch their constantly changing prices.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:14 PM   #169
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. I stay away from the more complicated or electronic and you do have to watch their constantly changing prices.
Even then, I have some ok luck with their electrical stuff, I have a cordless vibrating tool I use a few times a week.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:05 PM   #170
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Ummmm......

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Even then, I have some ok luck with their electrical stuff, I have a cordless vibrating tool I use a few times a week.
When you can get it away from your wife right?
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #171
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Even then, I have some ok luck with their electrical stuff, I have a cordless vibrating tool I use a few times a week.
Don't think I'll be wanting to borrow it
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:18 PM   #172
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Every thing they sell is junk.
I've had a 3 inch cut off air tool for 8 years. Paid $8. And six of that 8 I was a diesel tech using very often. But your right everything they sell is junk. Btw I still have it and use it. Works great.


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Old 03-25-2012, 09:02 PM   #173
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When you can get it away from your wife right?

My gf would not even catch the inuendo. but Bravo.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:28 PM   #174
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A few things that others have mentioned that I've had good luck with -

The 20 ton press. A few shims and it's been great. Mine has become part of the neighborhood tool collective since no one else seems to have a press. It's not a Dake but it was under $150 on sale with a coupon.

The auto darkening welding helmet. No complaints.

The orange dead blow hammers are fine.

The $5 battery minders. I have 3 of them. The voltage is accurate enough to keep small batteries up in cold weather and I haven't had one fail yet. I didn't take any of them apart but I assumed they were just a simple 3 terminal regulator circuit.

The step drills. They're great for thin sheet or wood or plastic. I wouldn't try them on real steel.

The 6" digital calipers. I have good Mitutoyo calipers both here and at work. But I bought a set of the HF cheapies to leave in the garage and a few sets more for people at work so they'll stop borrowing my good Mit's.

Now some things I haven't seen mentioned -

3/4" socket set.

I have the older one in the red metal case. It's been fine for working on my old tractor.

2 ton shop crane.

We've pulled multiple engines with this and I use it all the time to pick up the front of my mower to remove the deck.

4" angle grinder.

Under $20 on sale with a coupon. If you have a large enough compressor to run it you'll throw your 4" electric grinder away.

3" cutoff tool

It beats dragging a torch out for small stuff.

Split leather work gloves.

These go on sale for about $2 a pair. Hard to find any leather gloves that cheap and they hold up ok.

1/2 a success for their $30 swingarm stand

I got one of these for under $20 on sale with a coupon to modify so I'd have a fork stand. The bends are cooked as hell and the adjustments are so sloppy it's embarrassing. But I cut a couple of inches off of it and made some pin adapters to replace the swingarm pads and it works fine on my Ninja forks. A friend of my kid's uses one unmodified on his Busa.

I'm sure there are more if I think about it.

Now for some failures -

Ever have a c-clamp snap in 1/2 with just hand pressure used to tighten it?
How can you make an air chuck for tire valves that can't fill tires but still leaks?
How about a rafter square that isn't square?
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:27 AM   #175
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PASS on the hose reel:


It isn't 100% perfect, but for the price it works SO much better than my brother's $50 retractable reel from HD.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:53 PM   #176
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PASS on the hose reel:


It isn't 100% perfect, but for the price it works SO much better than my brother's $50 retractable reel from HD.
By saying pass I thought you meant skip it. I bought one on sale not long ago and is has been fine. Better than just floppin the hose around, well that's not so bad ut I like the reel.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:53 AM   #177
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By saying pass I thought you meant skip it. I bought one on sale not long ago and is has been fine. Better than just floppin the hose around, well that's not so bad ut I like the reel.
I went through the first page and thought we were doing PASS/FAIL.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:22 AM   #178
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I've had mixed results.

The bad
Their $3 electrical multi meter failked 2 times, was replaced twice and then refunded my money. Bought a Radio Shack meter.

I've split several impact sockets 19mm and smaller, the big ones are holding up. I replaced the broken ones with individaul Craftsman brand sockets.

Cut-off wheel with plastic housing had so much interanl drag, I had to sping the wheel by hand to get is started. The one with a metal housing works fine.

Metric wrench set bought to carry in my car. One of the wrenchs was not metric. IRC, the 17mm was labeled 5/8 or the closest SAE equivalent. Work OKs in an emergency.

The good
Jack stands work well
$20 pneumatic stapler for T50 staples works great. Mucj better than the name brand electric staplers I bought at Lowes
Metal housed cut-off wheel works great.
Torx head sockets work great
ATV lift stand works great
Free LED flashlights work great, normall cost $3 or less without coupon.
Internal ID/pilot bearing puller works great

YMMV
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:31 PM   #179
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I broke my Torque wrench from them last week tightening up a 74lb nut. Surprised me.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:04 PM   #180
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Just returned an item at Hf. I never return stuff there.

The self priming siphon hose. It is a copy of a super siphon. The thing jsut does not work. If it was a couple of bucks I would have kept it, but it was 8. Might hvae been becuase the hose had some kinks in it. But It would not start I spihon. Tired several times, with the sorce fluid as high as the hose would allow me to go.

I even stuck a stick in the hose in order to straighten it out, and left it for several days. It jsut won't flow.

Just bought a real super siphon. Let's see if it does better.
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