junk items from harbor freight

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

  1. Waco

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    Did you mean to the hydrant on? I'm used to leaky garden hoses and always shut them off when I'm done.
  2. Sucks2drive

    Sucks2drive Banned

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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :lol3 OK, that is pretty funny!:deal

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  4. showkey

    showkey Long timer

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    If you read between the lines one might think, maybe the life time warrenty at HF ain't worth the paper it's written if they go broke, can't pay their suppliers and are tied up in the courts and the kid ran it into the ground:huh ........and if they continue to have problems parts/service will be a bigger joke than they all ready are:puke1
  5. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I am aware of business issues, but I do not see how that makes their products any worse, though warranty "might" be, I have had no issues with warranty replacement. :dunno

    Jim :brow
  6. Big Steve

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    I have some good, some bad luck.

    The pencil torch is a total POS, worked once, briefly.

    I like the gasket hole punches, they come in handy.

    The huge SS hunting knife for $8.99 is awesome, looks like a giant rambo knife, just a fun item.

    Disposable gloves are OK, not the best, but for the price, they are fine.

    You do get what you pay for - sometimes more, sometimes less.....
  7. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Didn't see anything, pros or cons, about any of their hydraulic presses. Anyone using any of them?

    Just picked this one as an example:

    [​IMG]
  8. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I have their 20 ton press. Bought it used from CrackList last week. The former owner said it worked fine for replacing the wheel bearings on his car. I have no doubts it will work fine for me as well. It's a big crude press -- WYSIWYG.


    I've been very happy with some items from HF and disappointed in others. It's hit or miss, but they never hassle about returns.

    I bought a compressed air filter/lube thingy at HF yesterday, but couldn't get the filter bowl to seal and was generally unhappy with the chintzy quality of the whole rig. They refunded me with no quibbles this morning.

    On the other hand, the screwdriver set that regularly goes on sale for $5 to $8 is outstanding. (These are the ones with clear yellow plastic handles with black rubber grips.) They look like junk, but they work beautifully. No idea why. :scratch
  9. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    My guess is that the valves and the seals in the jack are likely crappy and will give out eventually. The frame is hard to screw up. So someday you replace the jack with a better one. Big deal. Make sure the pins run smoothly in all the holes.

    A cheap press and money spent on better and more tooling for it will get you farther. You aren't using it on a daily heavy duty commercial basis.
  10. Lokey

    Lokey redneck

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    I have bought several tools from HF that have given me excellent service. Bought three 4" angle grinders so I don't have to change discs in the middle of a job a couple of years ago and they seem to be holding up OK. I use their vice grips for clamping things I am welding (I don't want to ruin my US made Vice Grips). The 20 ton press does what I need it to do without any problems.

    That being said, all the wrenches, ratchets, sockets, screwdrivers and precision measuring devices I have are made in the US of A. I have many tools (Snap-On) that I bought forty years ago that are still in good shape and are in daily use.

    Nowadays, when I need a big ticket item, I usually shop Craigslist for what I need.
  11. electroman

    electroman 6.02*10^23 Gigawatts

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    I bought HF's pneumatic framing nailer for a 750-sq. ft. job installing 3/4" oak flooring. It worked fine, cost less than renting a "good" one from Home Despot, and I was able to resell it to a friend, who then did a similar-sized job at his house.

    I don't buy anything motorized there, though.
  12. hugemoth

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    A couple years ago I bought a HF 1000 watt 4 stroke generator for $160 with 20% off coupon. A couple weeks later I went down and bought a 2 year exchange warranty for $35. After a few months it started smoking pretty bad on start up but ran good otherwise so I figured it was just a bad valve seal. Eventually carbon built up in the valve guide sticking the valve so there was no compression. By the time I took it in for an exchange they had discontinued that model and since they had nothing similar they gave me a refund for the full non sale price of $200.00. I made $5 on the deal and had 2 years of use. Had I not purchased the warranty I could have easily fixed it for a few dollars worth of parts.
  13. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Au contraire! A friend of mine ordered a press some years ago from HF, and the holes drilled in the legs didn't line up. He called HF, and they sent another set - and no, they didn't match each other either. :huh
    In the end, it really didn't matter, and it gave him some left over stock to use, but yes, they can (and have) screwed up the frame!:lol3
  14. SteelRain

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    Only thing I ever had a problem with was the dirtbike lift.

    My saftey wire pliers have worked on my SBK racebike for 8 years and show no signs of letting up.
  15. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    Harbor Freight is a pretty cool store. Unfortunately, a lot of the things they sell are sub standard. They are pretty good about taking stuff back, as long as you have the receipt -- so save your receipts!

    Thought I'd start a list of items that in my experience are junk. (I'll also start a thread with items that are worthy of purchasing, again, in my experience.) Please add to the lists. Here's the kick-off for junk:

    1. hobby knife set - The handles appear to be solid metal, but are hollow and filled with cheap, breakable plastic. Broke on first use. Stick with Exacto.

    [​IMG]

    2. "multipurpose" scissors - The blades stuck together and when pulling them apart, one of the handles snapped off. Lasted about 30 days. But hey, for $2, I pitched them and didn't bother returning.

    3. motocross dirtbike stand - Absolute junk. Don't put anything other than a bicycle on this. The stand will topple and/or break.

    [​IMG]
  16. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    This one's going back. Was able to cut it with grade-school scissors.
    [​IMG]

    The only thing "steel" about it is the color.
  17. tgeliot

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    Huh. I've used mine many times with no problems, to tie down everything from my Transalp to a pallet of squash.
  18. mfp4073

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    I have worked at several restaurant running kitchens. Several years ago now I ended up starting at the bottom (IE, newbie) of a new chain. The "chef" was younger than me by a few years and wasnt too bad, but really was an idiot about some stuff. He "swore by" those mesh cut proof gloves. i knew better. Chain or nothing for me. They also didnt bother sharpening any of their knives. I brought my own that were proper. One day in an arguing match with him about these "cut proof mesh gloves" I finally set on on a cutting board and cut 2 fingers off with one of my knives in one smooth slice. Bunch of the other cooks sat looking wide eyed cause they trusted him that these things actually worked.
  19. TheSweep

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    Any powered tool I've used from HF is junk.
  20. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I have used the crap out of my HF angle grinder!