Rate your Harbor Freight Tool Experiences!

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

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Visited the Man Store today, picked up a few items. Two of note:
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    Works for my HF flux welder. Plus it holds my HF sand blaster perfectly.


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    Now to figure out where to put it.

    Jim :brow
  2. Thunder Strike

    Thunder Strike Adventurer

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    I am new to this hobby, and I didn't know how much time and money it would take to maintain (and mod) the motorbike.
    It get addicting especially when you can't ride due to rain, or injury. :)
    From harbor freight I got the motorcycle jack, a set of allen wrenches, and a set of box end wrenches, oh,,,and a few tire spoons.
    I changed my back tire yesterday (and put holes in the tube, so today I can't ride).
    So far it's all good enough.
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  3. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    Avoid these plastic squeeze clamps. Absolute crap. I bought two on sale for $2 each. Even at that price I got gypped! My Irwin clamps on the other hand, are great.
  4. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat

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    I got one of these vacuum brake bleeders and it works great for bikes and cars. Remove the top off the master cylinder and suck out the old fluid. Put the top back on and collapse the calipers as much as possible, this will push old fluid back into the master cylinder. Suck out the old fluid again. Refill the master cylinder with new fluid, hook up the bleeder vacuum rubber fitting/port on long the hose to the caliper bleeder screw (8mm on every bike I've done), crack it open and suck away till the fluid comes clean and new then tighten it. Be sure not to let the fluid level get low in the master cylinder or it will get air in the system and you may be :viking. Top it off, apply the brake lever a few times to set the calipers (this is the only time you touch the lever during the procedure), recheck the fluid level and your finished within minutes.
    Use caution not to spill brake fluid on anything, it eats plastic and paint and....:deal

    I have never used the plastic bottle on the right.

    Brake fluid washes off very easily with water, the hotter the better. You can wash out the bottle and lines this way.
  5. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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  6. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    I had the smaller carrying rack for hauling a Segway 100#. It was always sturdy enough but I did reinforce the aluminum railings with stronger fasteners, the original stuff was falling apart and the plastic corners were crappy but it did the job. I used it pretty hard.
  7. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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    FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!
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    I wasted an hour of life struggling with this defective piece of vile donkey turd, but no amount of struggle will make a defective by design tool work.

    Fortunately, Harbor Freight will take tools back without a receipt and let you get another one. I exchanged mine for the one below.


    This one is the one you want to get:
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    Here is some helpful wisdom from the reviews:

  8. biosci

    biosci Tumbleweed54473

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    THANKS NUGGETS

    I understand the little spring in the tip holding onto the zerk, but did not understand keeping things loose. Also, have lost a bit of grease ( well actually quite a bit over the years) reloading the gun. Appreciate the HOW TO...
  9. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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    Thanks. To be clear, the grease gun how to is not mine, it came from one of the online reviewers on the HF website.
  10. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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  12. scottie.holmes

    scottie.holmes n00b

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    I have bought many things from Harbor Freight and always pleased with what I get. Tire charger is great, with the addition of a No-Mar tire bar. Not a No-Mar, but it cost less than $85.00 when I got it on sale. Have a set of 3/4" drive sockets with breaker bar, ratchet, and metal case that was $35.00. All is good for me!!:evil
  13. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    I have this one, & it works fine for me.

  14. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Just got the "infrared non-contact thermometer" yesterday -- it's on sale for $34.95, but there's a coupon in the latest moto-mags for $24.95.

    Very nice unit, reads up to 968 degrees F (most similar units only read up to 500 degrees F.) Seems accurate enough so far.

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    This will come in very handy for diagnosing inconsistent mixtures or spark on multi-cylinder engines, roached catalytic converters on cars, tire temps, seeing how warm my cat is, etc.
  15. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^FWIW, reading the HF coupon disclaimers, among the other 999 entries, is:
    "Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt".
    To me (and you) this means that you can come back within 30 days waving your coupon & receipt, and they'll refund you the difference.
    Yes?

    It's in their interest, after all - you could just return the item, then buy it with the coupon.

    (I have the thermometer, too - but no cat).
  16. rawdog

    rawdog Been here awhile

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  17. muddywater

    muddywater Been here awhile

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    +1
    I Have one that has seen regular use for over a year at work with no problems. Compared it with a Fluke we have also and it works juat as well.
    Got my father one for Christmas and he carries it with him and checks his food temp every time he eats. Drives my mother nuts...(they are pushing 80 years old)
  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    :rofl

    I can just imagine the scene as he pulls it out...
  19. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    It should work pretty well on dogs, too. You'll have to get pretty close to check nose temperature. :lol3
  20. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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