junk items from harbor freight

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

  1. Numb

    Numb Been here awhile

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    chinese knockoff garbage....

    of course I tried in vain to find a corded drill at HD this weekend that was not made in china ... B&D, ridgid, dewalt, milwaukee, all china... :cry
  2. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Yup. I went through this recently.

    It really makes you wonder about how much you are paying for a brand name and/ or a particular color.
  3. PoundSand

    PoundSand Long timer

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    i like this guy. works fine. :p
  4. Trl Rdr

    Trl Rdr Big Red Bird

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    Got the entry level angle grinder, about $10. Had to cut the bottom out of a dumpster, made it 3/4 the way around before meltdown. Got out the milwaukee and finished it. Returned the grinder to HF got my money back & upgraded to the $16 dollar model. I really wanted to see how long before the smoke leaked out :evil
  5. T

    T --------------

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    Yep. You don't usually head to HF for the outstanding quality and craftsmanship. BTW, their two buck shop brushes are pretty nice. :D
  6. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Went to an auction of a tool rental place. Got me two Bosch corded 3/8" drills for about $20. Really good shape.

    Made in Switzerland.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Nice.
  7. demononthebrakes

    demononthebrakes Long timer

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    I have a HF tire changer and ATV lift that have been to hell and back and still work great. I DO realize that Im probably living on borrowed time with both however.:huh
  8. demononthebrakes

    demononthebrakes Long timer

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    I did buy a siphon on sale for like .99 from them a while back and that thing wouldnt suck pillow feathers off a mirror. Fuggin useless POS and of course "made in China":puke1
    BUTTTTT I got a free little mini LED flashlight for free (coupon) quite some time ago and that sucker would work at the local trauma center for micro surgery!
  9. drarin

    drarin Adventurer

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    their tinted safety glasses. Broke first time i put them on, the shards blinded me in both eyes.
  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :nod and my polisher, and my orbital sander. Not all of it is total junk, especially for occasional use.

    Jim :brow
  11. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    Well now that you have the crap out of it, it should be pretty good!
  12. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    My first welding job at 15YO was replacing dumpster bottoms. Builds character. :lol3
  13. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Recently bought the 12.99 "carbon steel" metric tap and die set. Fine for just chasing buggered up threads, which is what I wanted it for.
    Had to pound the rear axle on my 46-yo Yamaha all the way through to get it out. Didn't have a brass drift and wood wasn't cutting it - hence I screwed up the threads pretty bad. Was able to chase them with the die and now they are OK.
  14. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    i used to get some od my supplies there.blue tape,clear packing tape,drop cloth's.as of lately they have raised the prices of these items close to home depot.
  15. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    +1
  16. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    I've got their 3/8 Angle drill, $30 or some such number.

    Hideous ugly orange color, looks, feels, handles and sounds like ass, but I've shown it no mercy drilling holes for romex in my old house. Native lumber (ie oak or something hideous hard) and spade bits, hot to the touch, and I've not killed it yet.
  17. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    I would very much like to buy American made hand held power tools but I

    think they no longer exist. After much searching I found these guys:

    http://www.metabo.us/ Still made in Germany.

    I'm about to pick up one of these at the AirGas north of Charlotte.

    http://www.tools-plus.com/metabo-w8-115-quick.html

    I refuse to buy chinese products (crap).
  18. groundrules

    groundrules Long timer

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  19. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    Depends on what you consider $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I consider $118.00 for a grinder that works perfectly, feels good in my hand, is quiet and smooth and will last me the rest of my life good value. If you want to buy a chinese 20.00 piece of shit that will get thrown in a landfill and replaced in 2 years you go right ahead, but only if it makes you feel good.

    Anecdote. My wife bought me a brand new Chicago electric 4.5" grinder at an estate sale for $6.00. If I had been there I wouldn't have let her buy it. She brought it home so I tried it out. The handle snapped off the third time I picked it up. Those 8 year olds DO NOT know how to make a good handle. It also felt and sounded like the motor was encased in gravel.

    :D
  20. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Unlike you I've had great service out of the HF 4.5" angle grinder. Must have gone through 200 cutting disks and a couple dozen grinding disks in the 4 years I've had it and it still works fine.

    It makes me feel really good! I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.