I've used these items from Harbor Freight . .

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  1. Poolside

    Poolside Syndicated

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    <BR>So here it is . . .

    Hi. My name is Jim, and I shop at Harbor Freight.

    There are a a great many very usable items there. Some works well out of the box, some works really well with a few modifications, and some is ciirap. But that's true everywhere.

    So here goes . . .


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    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=34214
    Angle Finder. Has magnetic vee grooves, and screw attachment points. I have one and it works fine. Cheaper than beer.


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    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=1028
    MULTIPURPOSE ANGLE FINDER Get one of these too, they're almost free. They work.


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    I'm sure I saw a BMW gearbox rebuild photo journal in here using an HF press and dial indicator, magnetic base, and vise. It looked good to me.

    So post up. Non-Pretentious Beemer Fookwits :D

    - Jim<BR><BR>
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  2. Poolside

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    80 AMP INVERTER ARC WELDER This is on sale again. $120
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91110

    It's a private-label of the France GYS brand. And they are made in China. That's gotta hurt. Top shelf low amp DC inverter welder though. Cast bronze work clamp gets a good grip, and quick-release power cords make changing polarity very quick.

    One of these days I'm gonna buy 3 more of these power supplies, take 'em apart and connect the power boards in parallel. Connect gas, a water cooled tig torch, and a pedal, and have 320A for $480 dollars.



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    AUTO-DARKENING WELDING HELMET This is on sale now too. $50
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=46092

    I have never seen an arc flash when wearing this helmet, so it cannot get any better than that. The low setting works well with the little welder above. If anything it's a little too dark at its low setting (#9 I think), if you are welding with a low amp setting (the arc isn't as bright at low amp settings). And it does not trigger with sunlight, so it works outdoors.

    Yes, the headband hardware is not the strongest, so if you're on the steroids you'll prolly break it. An adjustable headband from another helmet could be easily swapped in. Or, as easily the glass panel can be fit into another helmet.


    - Jim<BR><BR>
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  3. Will LC8

    Will LC8 I stubbed my toe

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    I would be cautious of that welding helmet. I had one and was working on a small tube frame buggy and my eyes ached after a day of using it. To me even when the hood is turned up all the way its still not as dark as a #10 shaded lense. I went back to my regular hood and eventually I got a real auto darkening hood and tossed that one out.
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  4. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    Haha! Poolie shops at Harbor Freight! Nana nana na na...

    Oh, wait. I have Harbor Freight junk nestled next to Craftsman and Snap-On tools in my shop box. Things like prybars and die-grinders. If it breaks after two uses, I don't feel screwed.

    Hi, my name is Scottysix9, and people pay me to fix their junk. And yes, I use Harbor Freight tools.
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  5. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    At 19.99 how could I not get this:

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    Oh, I also picked up the $9 heat gun so I can stop borrowing the one my wife used for here scrapbooking projects :D

    // marc
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  6. ridetwistyroads

    ridetwistyroads tailwind please

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    They've got these great little bins, with like 20-30 compartments inside them containing different sets of things, all the bins are like $5 a piece, and are available in sets of different sized -

    heat shrink tubing
    retaining clips
    washers
    o rings

    And half a dozen more. I've got a nice stack of them in the garage and they bail me out all the time. Buy alot of air fittings there too. And of course the prerequisite array of assorted handtools. Nothing I have to depend on, but "back up's" and loaners, etc, or things I don't need frequently.
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  7. Poolside

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    I've burned about 40 pounds of rod using it. Mostly the complaints are about the headband. I noticed the headband rides low on my forehead, and makes whatever muscles hold the eyelids open hurt. And it also makes it much harder to do the squinting that old eyes have to do.

    So I rigged a strap front to back over the top of my head. Problem solved.

    I get you had other issues with it though.

    - Jim<BR><BR>
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  8. CMWoody

    CMWoody Banned

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    Hi, My names Chris and I'm a Harbor Freight shopper.

    Loving my $220 lift...

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    Also scattered about in that picture, some cheap-o Made in India (not China:huh ) polished box end wrenches... I think a set was $10. Nutdrivers were $10 for the set of 6, little stainless magnetic parts dish ($5), latex gloves ($8/200) and a bottle jack ($19). Tremendous bang/buck factor. Most everything I have is OK quality for hobby wrenching.
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  9. Poolside

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    <BR>I just got this stuff. Air saw and some 32tpi blades, $15. I haven't used it yet, I'm waiting on someone to send be a beat up 1150 fuel tank to cut up. Does anyone have one?

    The die grinder isn't HF, get this, it's a HF knockoff :D I got it at another import tool place called JR's Tools. It's the Pit Bull brand. I think it was $ 8.99 or thereabouts. You see that brand at the swap meet, well this is where the swappers come and stock up, it's crazy. They have everything that HF has, but it's about 30% to 50% less.

    I've worn out some HSS and Carbide cutters with it and it's still going. But a few drops of 'mystery oil' goes in the air fitting each time I use it.

    - Jim<BR><BR>
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  10. CMWoody

    CMWoody Banned

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    I just bought the air saw last week...($9.95) How could you go wrong?:lol3
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  11. Poolside

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    Man. I keep threatening to get that lift.

    I saw some India socket sets with the GIANT size laser etched into them. But HF was having a sale so they were out of what I wanted.

    The drive flats sure look like the usual 'flank drive' shape that every tool company uses.

    - Jim<BR><BR>
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  12. ROUNDSTOCK

    ROUNDSTOCK Been here awhile

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    I bought the wrought iron bender on sale for $50 and made my chro- mo gps mount for my 640 works good.I think it works well cuz there is not very many moving parts............
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  13. CMWoody

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    $14.95, 3/8 set with a pretty decent ratchet and a full set 8-19mm(no 18) and 1/4"-3/4"


    Yup, picked that up on sale too. Great to see the size w/o getting all Chinese eyed.:D


    The lift is the deal man, get one. Very strong and well put together. Wheel clamp works but kinda sucks, I'll replace it with a better one some day
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  14. tpunzy

    tpunzy liquid cooled

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    I wrench for a living and depend on my tools to work when I need them to. That being said I have a crap load of harbor freight stuff.

    My daily all day use tools 8mm to 18mm are MAC same with screw drivers and bits are MAC. The occasional use are harbor freight. My "modified" tools are from freight (do you want to grind a MAC $35 socket for limited use when you can buy a whole set from freight for $15??????).

    I have starret Micrometers and a set from freight, over the years the freight set has held accuracy just as good as my high $ starret set (same with my pittsburg torque wrenches).

    But I have burned through many harbor freight grinders, impacts and drill.
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  15. btl68

    btl68 Feelin' down & dirty

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    There have been quite a few "once a year" tools I have bought from HF...seal puller, hose pliers, jack stands, breaker bars. Whatever looks like it'll survive and is on sale, I'll buy.

    My mainstay tools are Craftsman, mainly because I like the feel of them, and they get a lot more use.
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  16. Will LC8

    Will LC8 I stubbed my toe

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    It could be my eye lid muscles hurting but all I know is my eyes ached after a day of building so I figured it wasn't worth my vision and just went back to my old hood. I already have issues with my ears due to working in boiler rooms, pump houses and such. In comparison it still appeared to me that a standard #10 lense was darker than the harbor freight hood turned up to 13. I also had issues with mine darkening in the sunlight out side. I could of got a bad hood but for the price I figured that was just the way they were. My new auto darkening hood appears darker than that one and also doesn't darken in the sun light.

    I too have some harbor freight tools but mainly thier cheap shop equipment and one time use tools and such. They are a great place to get castors and tarps.
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  17. Jamming

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    When HF has the sale's on socketset's I buy a couple. There great for removing rounded fastners. Drive the next size down on to the nut, remove and throw away. There also great for lending to neighbors. My snap-on and mac's don't go no where.

    Rog
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  18. *Gravy*

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    IMO the two best items HF sells. LIft and tire changer you can not find better for the money on these items. They work well and together cost less than $350
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  19. RocketJ

    RocketJ Been here awhile

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    Got mine for $279 - 20% coupon. $234 out the door. Works very well for me.
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    3/4" drive socket set, 1/2" drive socket set, 3/8" drive socket set, 1/2" breaker bar, 1/2" drive impact socket set, 1/2" drive ratchet, pry bar set, 9" vise, gear puller, tap and die set, metric allen set, torx set, metric open/box wrench sets, slip joint pliers, simple wiring kit, trailer lights, impact driver, metric elec tape, duct tape, mustard, lettuce, diapers, Motrin, sandpaper, boudin sausage, percal bedsheet set, flea collars, cigarettes, Miller Lite, fuses, teflon tape, neon colored condoms, metric dog chow, generic magic marker, caution tape, garbage bags, lithium based grease, box cutter knife, Speed Stick, hibachi grill, crack pipe, light bulbs, T-post puller....and maybe one other thing.

    They don't bitch when you fix your junk in the parking lot.
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