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Old 08-31-2013, 06:16 AM   #571
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Most likely the Mojo Lever and Mojo Blocks. Makes mounting tires a breeze and you won't scratch the rims.

http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/mojoweb.htm
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:59 AM   #572
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Getting back to HF tools, I bought the 24" tire irons from HF:

http://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch...ron-93230.html




As noted in their image, the bar is not flat but has ridges on both sides. This serves to reinforce the bar allowing some good leverage to easily bend an aluminum rim. These would be good for a steel truck/tractor wheel. Rim protectors will help but not stop gouging where these ridges contact the rim. However, the price is right and an angle grinder can modify the tire iron if someone was determined to use them. I kept mine as pry bars or use with steel rims.

FWIW, I use the plastic stubby tire irons (http://www.stubbytiretools.com/). After getting a pair, I figured out how to make them out of delrin rod. Most certainly a technique specific tool - but the plastic tools make it difficult to mar or bend an aluminum rim. Of course, YMMV.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #573
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My last few trips to HF have not been particularly happy ones. I am starting to see some patterns. First off, prices are not that cheap on some things. I bought an electric pressure washer at Home Depot for $99 yesterday, their every day price. Less 5% with my Pro rewards account. I noticed this morning, HF had a similar one (probably the same factory) for $89 on sale but regularly $139. Certainly no deal there.

There has been 2 items I have wanted which are perpetually out of stock, a two piece loading ramp and the scaffold. They continue to advertise them at attractive prices but they don't seem to actually exist in store stocks. I bought another scaffold nearly identical for $10 more at a local tool store.

This morning I walked in with some coupons, did some shopping and discovered 15 people waiting for one cashier, decided nothing in my basket was that important and walked out. I have also wondered about the overwhelming smell of cheap plastic in that store and its health effects. It can't be good, gives me a headache. I feel for the workers.
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:02 PM   #574
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My last few trips to HF have not been particularly happy ones. I am starting to see some patterns. First off, prices are not that cheap on some things. I bought an electric pressure washer at Home Depot for $99 yesterday, their every day price. Less 5% with my Pro rewards account. I noticed this morning, HF had a similar one (probably the same factory) for $89 on sale but regularly $139. Certainly no deal there.

There has been 2 items I have wanted which are perpetually out of stock, a two piece loading ramp and the scaffold. They continue to advertise them at attractive prices but they don't seem to actually exist in store stocks. I bought another scaffold nearly identical for $10 more at a local tool store.
Check the various car/moto mags. I found a coupon in one of the monthly HF ads and purchased the same electric power washer last Spring, for $69, and it has stood up to weekly use all summer long.

Also, if the store is out of stock, they can, and should, be able to special order an item for you and honor whatever coupon you have.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:47 AM   #575
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Getting back to HF tools, I bought the 24" tire irons from HF:
I agree that it's a good inexpensive tire iron for rasslin' car, truck, and equipment tires on steel rims. Definitely shouldn't be used on motorcycles!

I've also thought about cutting one in half to end up with two 12" tire irons with different tips. After all, the faster you take care of those pesky four-wheeled vehicles, the sooner you can get back to motorcycling.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:52 AM   #576
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I have the tire changer which you can't get anymore, with mojo blocks and lever I'm happy with it.
I got the bore scope one Christmas very handy tool, it lasted 6 months then died.
I like their wrenches, they are nicely finished and make my craftsman look clunky, cheap enough I buy a couple of sets to leave out in the tool shed so I don't have to keep running to the garage for a quick fix and i haven't broken one yet.
The little 2 stroke generator for $99 dollars, when we had that freak October snow storm 2 years back it kept the refrigerator and TV and a lamp going for 7 days, and my electric chain saw going ( my gas one would not start) best $99 I ever spent.
I have so many free flashlights which is good because they seem to carp out even with good batteries after a year or two.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #577
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Anyone tried the Digital Caliper yet? For so cheap it'd be nice to keep around if its half way accurate.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:41 AM   #578
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Yes, I have one of the stainless steel ones that was on sale for $10 a few months ago. Works great, very smooth and accurate.

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Anyone tried the Digital Caliper yet? For so cheap it'd be nice to keep around if its half way accurate.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:57 AM   #579
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Anyone tried the Digital Caliper yet? For so cheap it'd be nice to keep around if its half way accurate.
They give the same readings as my Brown & Sharpe and Mitutoyo calipers. They're cheap enough that I don't feel bad using their jaws to scribe layout lines. I also mounted a pair on my lathe quill as a poor man's DRO.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:38 AM   #580
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I have found in my limited usage that the HF calipers are accurate enough. I don't know if they all do it but mine eats up the battery when I leave it in.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:02 AM   #581
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I had an old plastic one that ate batteries but the steel one doesn't. Same battery in it now for 6 or 7 months.

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I have found in my limited usage that the HF calipers are accurate enough. I don't know if they all do it but mine eats up the battery when I leave it in.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:20 AM   #582
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Same battery in it now for 6 or 7 months.
Same here. I have several calipers of different sizes so found a really cheap source of batteries on ebay so I would always have them.

Just keep in mind that you aren't buying top drawer stuff here. I find them accurate when tested on my micrometer standards, but the features, finish and the feel is different than the more expensive stuff.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:35 AM   #583
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Had my steel one now for over 2 years - same battery.
Works great but I rarely use it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #584
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I picked up the $8 on sale set of mig welding pliers the other day. Tips don't line up very well, quite a bit of slop in the jaws opposite of normal direction & the cutters won't cut my .030 wire without having to twist.

They're going back & I guess I'll order a set of Channel Lock brand
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:53 AM   #585
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I found that customer quality control is sometimes needed with HF tools. My MIG pliers - which are the same style and design as a more expensive brand name - work great. Probably one out of every (ten ?) pairs are not so good. But, all the features are there and they cut 0.030" steel wire fine at the correct length.

Only the customer can decide if the cost savings is worth exchanging and fiddling with some tools. Harbor freight has a very good exchange and return policy. The packaging makes those pliers fairly easy to inspect - once someone knows what to look for. The name brand (identical) MIG pliers only cost ~ $20.00.
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