Rate your Harbor Freight Tool Experiences!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Jim - is that the manual version you converted somehow to air ? If so, how did you do that ?

    Cheers
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    No, it came that way. Back when I purchased mine there were a couple options. One was air over hydraulic. I never used the air option. My compressor is small, and it took longer using air than just pumping it manually.

    Jim :brow
  3. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    Just got it today
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    Seems to work better than hunching over or laying on the floor.
    I got the upgraded wheel chock but I don't think I'll use it too often because of the side stand.
    I've always wanted a lift and today was the HF sale.
  4. Inane Cathode

    Inane Cathode Cheated Anion

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    You dont bother reading other posts, and apparently you dont bother doing your research either, no wonder your clamp broke. I bet if you took the time to bother to read reviews on it you'd learn that without wasting your money.
    Just because it's name brand, and you over paid for it, doesnt mean its failure proof. I would also love to see a motorcycle lift and engine lift you built in your garage even come close to the quality of manufactured machines, even crappy chinese ones.
  5. schaffer40

    schaffer40 I look lived in.....

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    Lets see what you built with your bitchen' tools.

    Pic's or it didn't happen....
  6. atlthrux

    atlthrux Been here awhile

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    I'd love to get one of these lifts, and I just received a $330 coupon (I'll check Rider, too). However, I only have a carport (no sides), and it will get wet. What do you think, will it become a rusty heap soon, or could I keep it covered & lubed...and hope to get a few good years use out of it?

  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Throw a tarp over it and keep it well lubed, it should be fine. The powder coat on it is plenty thick.

    Jim :brow
  8. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    When not in use , just stand it up , thats what I do. It will minimize the footprint . It will take a lifetime for it to rust sitting under roof , IMHO.
  9. brailman133

    brailman133 Adventurer

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    Been looking for this thanks for all the post it helps me a lot!


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  10. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Anyone use this? Might be good for front tire changes?
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  11. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^I haven't used it, but that won't stop me from talking about it.:D

    I have the "regular" type jack rather than this "high position" jack, and I see no advantage with the "high jack".

    The column and cylinder seem to block access to one side of the bike when in use.
    It has only two wheels for use when the jack is unloaded. One of the best things about the regular style is that you can easily move your bike around the shop with it up on the jack with one or more wheels off. Not so w/the "high boy".
    It costs about twice what the regular jack does.

    It shares the same bad point as the regular jack, in that it requires a bike have a straight, flat frame under the engine with no low hanging pipes or bodywork (I use mine for HDs, ATVs and dirt bikes).

    Okay, I can see one small plus for "high-falutin" - it would be easier to position a drain pan under.
  12. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    :scratch

    It lifts the bike in the air, both wheels off the ground so no need for anything under the engine. That is why it would be good for my Moto Guzzi. I guess you are comparing it to the small under bike lift, I was comparing it the 100# table lift that was being discussed. This looks like I can lift the bike off the ground with nothing under it and pull the wheels etc off. Gets very good reviews on HF, not all things do.

    Edit, here is a youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAsS5TCaZOM Now I have a better understanding of it and see that it does pick it up from underneath. Somehow I thought it lifted from above, duh. Could come in handy, good capacity, can double as a lift table, but may not help my engine/framed Guzzi.
  13. GoNOW

    GoNOW Long timer

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    We have one of those in the shop. It works well on some bikes. It works for about half of the cruisers, HDs and HD clones. As long as the frame rails are below the engine. The rest have the engine drop down below the frame rails and/or the spacing of the forks are wrong.
  14. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    I picked up one of their small impact drivers several months ago, and have used it a number of times to loosen stubborn carb screws.

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    In that application, it works fine. A bonus is that several of the bits seem to be of the JIS variety and they fit the Phillip head screws used in carbs perfectly.

    Not silly enough to use it for anything heavier than that. Heavy duty stuff gets whacked with a 1/2" drive JC Whitney driver I bought over 30 years ago. Anything else gets an application of impact from an air impact driver.

    For me, I'd rate this tool a 10.

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  15. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Three years into my HF motorcycle lift ownership and I still rate it as a buy. I don't use it every day or every week but I am jacking up one of mine or a buddy's bike at least once a month. It is not pretty anymore and the paint has kinda faded but it still works great!
    It also doubles as a parking place for my KLR and here is a pic from this morning:

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    The folding allen wrenches are garbage IMO. Don't waste your money, the Kobalt ones were much better although I think that they were chinese as well.
  16. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Nearly 5 years old and mine still works well. I use it a bit more than you, so wear is showing some. You must be exposing yours to the sun for the paint to fade like that. Mine is unfaded.

    Jim :brow
  17. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Hey Jim.:fyyff

    Yeah, my garage door is usually open in the afternoon when junior gets home from school and the Florida sun beats on it pretty hard. I 'm happy to hear that I can expect 2 more years outta my lift.....
  18. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I am Canadian, so don't shop there too often. Never found more than $100.00 or so of junk to buy in the store, but may have something to do with visiting on my motorcycle with the travelling gear....not much room for more junk.:wink:

    But I was looking for cheap long straight Allen sockets, yes they had to be cheap, I have good Allens coming out of the a...e here. So far so good, engagement on the bolts is very good and haven't broken one yet. Yes...I did put a couple of them in the vise and applied torque.:wink: And yes I am weary of them black metal tools, had an Allen snap in my hand once and punch my finger rather nastily.:eek1

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    Any more pics of that lift ????:evil
  19. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    I've had pretty good experience with the few things I've gotten from HF. I got the torque wrench, and though I don't have anything to test it against calibration wise, it feels like it's right for the settings. Been using it for a couple years now and it still works fine, I always make sure to loosen it all the way when I'm done with it, which I think helps a lot. Also have a breaker bar that's come in handy on a number of occasions. I've used some of the metal bar clamps and they work well. I had originally wanted to pick up the plastic squeeze handle ones, since they were cheap and I like the ones made by Irwin. But I could feel that they wanted to fall apart with the lightest pressure so spent a couple more bucks on the metal ones, and they've served their purpose well.
  20. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Since I started working on HDs, I bought the short allen and torx bits and they are unreservedly great. Recently I've come up against some situations that require the longer reach types, so they'll be in my stocking this Christmas.:D