junk items from harbor freight

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stainlesscycle, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. phillyrube

    phillyrube Long timer

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    Don't know about their generators. We have (had) 2 small generators on a rescue mass casualty truck. They don't get used regularly, but we put a small amount of Stabil/gas in them once a month, run them till it they stop, then put them up. Lasted a year, now they won't start at all. Another truck across the city has Honda generators, same maintenance, and no issues, they start first pull. Don't think I would buy a Harbor Freight generator for emergency use only.

    As far as tools, I routinely tear up their star and hex bits working on the 'motor, but they get replaced free, so no issues for me.
  2. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    When I was crewing for a hydroplane team, a lot of the (lower budget) guys were running their 2 stroke generators for battery chargers. They all said they were about 50/50. Either you got one and it worked perfectly, or you got one and the pull start broke almost immediately. If you got one of the latter, you'd exchange it until you got one that worked, and eventually, you'd end up with a good $100 generator :lol3
  3. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    I think all HF hardware (nuts, bolts, screws) must be made of tinfoil. I bought a variety pack and tossed the whole box in the trash after stripping the first three screws I tried. :lol3
  4. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I bought two of them packs in Metric, one is even SS....sure looks junky. That's a "just in case" I need something I may not have here, long way from a store. And not for use on bikes......:evil If pressed maybe but make mental note to replace asap with a quality fastener.

    Only used one fastener so far, on the Weedeater.:D

    I should buy some of their 1/4" bolts....are they cheesy enough to use as shear off bolts on the snowblower????:lol3
  5. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I've used HF bolts for years on non-structural stuff like holding plastic pieces together. They rust fast, even the painted and galvanized ones, but work Ok for lite work.

    I haven't tried the SS fasteners, but when I need SS I always get the good stuff because I only use SS on important things exposed to the elements.

    Jim :brow
  6. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    I need a new welding helmet; anyone have experience with the HF auto-dark
    stuff?
  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I've used mine a fair amount. For the price it works great. If you plan on using it professionally, step up to a brand name, but for the hobbyist, the HF works just fine. The only complaints I have heard is that it doesn't darken enough for constant use. I have not noticed this myself.


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    I have this one:
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    http://www.harborfreight.com/blue-flame-design-auto-darkening-welding-helmet-91214.html

    Jim :brow
  8. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    Thanks Jim!

    I know the "if it can kill you, don't buy it from Harbor Freight" rule but I wasn't sure of there was an "If it can blind you rule"!
  9. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    I habe the same welding helmet pictured above... If the battery in it drains, first strike after a period of nonuse will flash ya a bit... I leave my helmet on the workbench by the window and the thing seems to stay charged from the solar half of the unit...or some cockamaimy theory like that.....
  10. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^My experience as well, it works good, but I leave it out in the sun the day before if I know I'll need it, just in case the battery is low.
  11. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Sawzall blades. Cutting a truck frame rail to make a pickup bed trailer. 1/2" of frame rail and the teeth all were wiped out. Put in a good Sawzall brand blade and finished the whole project on a single blade. The coarse blades I still have for cutting tree branches.

    The quick grip clamps, total garbage

    Flap disks, about 20 seconds before they frag. I had good ones in the past but the latest batch were worthless. Finally found a new source and stocked up.

    Quick connect air couplers, 50/50.

    Electric water pumps. Wet once, works fine. First time it dries out it locks solid.