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Old 03-30-2012, 09:38 PM   #181
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Every thing they sell is junk.
Wow, useful input!

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:28 AM   #182
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All my Torx sockets and wrenches have been great, and inexpensive.

Pass.



Pin punches were aweful. Soft tips that deformed if used on anything harder than card board.

FAIL!

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Old 04-04-2012, 10:45 AM   #183
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How about a rafter square that isn't square?
Yea, I picked through and compared a bunch on the racks one day and couldn't figure out which one was right.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:31 PM   #184
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I have the large (not the XL) harbor freight tool box and top box. I give it an A+++. Awesome. Not as good as the $10k snap on, but I only paid around $700-$800 for both. Comes with liners and ball bearing drawers.

HF Chop saw. I give it a B. Works good, but the clamp broke on me. So it won't hold the piece of work in there steady.

HF horizontal/vertical bandsaw. I give it an A.

The blade that came with it wasn't bad actually. I probably made a good 40+ cuts. The thin that sucks is the stand. It's USELESS. Plus you can use the 20% off coupon on this thing!!

HF Colored sockets. A+
A few have chipped but overall great. Never broke one.

HF welding helmet. B+
Need a good welding helmet on the cheap. These work good. Good for mig and stick....don't use it for tig.

HF 90amp flux welder (blue one) B-
Not bad, does the job. Great for small jobs and learning how to weld without breaking the bank. The wire that comes with it is junk.

HF Tubing notcher. C+
Well it notches tubes..but not straight. Had to shim out the side which took 5 minutes and some metal. I think I got a bad one because the sleeve inside broke free and moves, but it still notches well. Don't expect to put a cage or anything together before you shim out the part that holds the tube. Look on youtube a guy showed how to do it.

HF welding cart. B
The little blue car it decent. No handle to push it around so I made one, downside is that it flexs because the metal they used to make this is really thin. Overall not bad.

HF belt/disc sander. B+
Belt sander and 6" disc sander. Bought it and asked the cashier if it came with sandpaper and she said no so i had to get some. Guess what, it came with sandpaper. Directions suck. The piecd that you rest your wood/metal on can switch from each sander. The body seems to be cast (home depot ryobi looks to be aluminum). The long belt will move side to side if you push too hard on what your sanding. Overall it's really nice and I use it on a daily basis!

HF 18" hand brake B+
For bending sheet metal and alumium. Works well. A few different dies wouldn't hurt but it only comes with 1. I recommend you get 2 or 3 c-clamps to hold the die down while you use it. Handles are not casted in, so you just slide them in and out when you need them. I think it works good, would be better if I knew what I was doing :p

HF Unibits A+
Why spend $48 at the store for 1 unibit when you can get 3 sizes for $12.99. I have had these for a long time and only 1 of them is slightly dull but still works great

HF Sandblast cabinet (the $119 one) B
You need to calk or seal up the edges. Last owner did it for me. The light is meh, a brighter one would work better.
HF doens't sell replacment gloves or covers for the glass. So if it rips or anything your SOL
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:35 PM   #185
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Thanks Gamble, great reviews! Useful input on some I haven't had.

I agree on the Unibits, I only wish they had larger sizes.

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:54 PM   #186
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every thing they sell is junk.

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:03 AM   #187
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+1,000
your opinion might also be expressed as +$1,000.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:34 AM   #188
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your opinion might also be expressed as +$1,000.
That may be. But when I buy a snap-on die grinder that's made in Murphy, NC an hour from my house I feel good about helping the folks that work there keep their jobs. If I help them keep their health insurance, it might just be my anti-inflammatories they'll be able to afford when they go to the doctor.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:59 PM   #189
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It has all worked fine for me!
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:13 PM   #190
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That may be. But when I buy a snap-on die grinder that's made in Murphy, NC an hour from my house I feel good about helping the folks that work there keep their jobs. If I help them keep their health insurance, it might just be my anti-inflammatories they'll be able to afford when they go to the doctor.
This thread is about rating tools you have actually used. This type of input is completely useless to anyone reading this thread, which you obviously did not!

From the first post:

"This thread is NOT about wheather or not you should buy things from China, or anywhere else. It IS about helping people decide the good values from the bad at Harbor Freight. Please do not waste our time with rants about HF and Chinese crap."


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Old 04-08-2012, 08:43 AM   #191
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This thread is about rating tools you have actually used. This type of input is completely useless to anyone reading this thread, which you obviously did not!

From the first post:

"This thread is NOT about wheather or not you should buy things from China, or anywhere else. It IS about helping people decide the good values from the bad at Harbor Freight. Please do not waste our time with rants about HF and Chinese crap."


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Old 04-08-2012, 06:44 PM   #192
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Rifle Cabinet

Has anyone here tried this gun safe?



List price: $399
Sale: $350
25% of regular price = $299
25% of sale price= $262

Wife hates my current safe (a padlock cabinet taken home from school) and this one looks like it will fit nicely into a closet. Their reviews are solid.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:49 PM   #193
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I bought the $9.99 torque wrench and it started to come apart as I took it out of the box. I should have known better.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:42 PM   #194
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I bought the $9.99 torque wrench and it started to come apart as I took it out of the box. I should have known better.
True - never pick the torque wrench box that rattles!

The friendly folks'll be happy to give you more intact example.

Always wanted an inch-pound torque wrench, but didn't want to spend lot$ on one. I recently got the 1/4" torque wrench 2696 for $11.99 and have used it a couple of times with no problems.
(BONUS - comes in a red plastic fitted storage box) - PASS

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:19 AM   #195
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Been using this spray gun for several months now. No complaints.

http://www.harborfreight.com/hvlp-de...gun-46719.html
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