Rate your Harbor Freight Tool Experiences!

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

  1. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    That's with any micrometer style torque wrench...especially the expensive ones. Always back it off to one or two clicks below the lowest torque setting to take all tension off the spring before you put the wrench away.
  2. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Respectable for HF is good to hear!:lol3

    Yes, it's very good practice to take all the tension off the spring and easy to make it a habit.

    I just got my HF September flyer, they have the coupon I mentioned again - $11.99 for your choice of the 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2" drive.
  3. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    I bought a HF waterproof magnet, this one http://www.harborfreight.com/80-lb-capacity-waterproof-retrieval-magnet-98447.html

    to retrieve a tool I kicked off my dock into the lake.

    The magnet, rather than being a solid block of magnet, had small pieces of magnet embedded in a rubber coating. So unless you dropped the magnet directed on top of what you're trying to retrieve, it would have no effect on it at all. Dragging the magnet over a metal object does nothing, only the bottom will do anything. After it failed to retrieve the tool, I tried dragging it over a 1" x 5" bolt, it never even moved the bolt at all.

    Totally useless piece of shit.
  4. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    I've never seen a non-waterproof magnet!:lol3
    That POS had one bad review.

    Either use it for aquarium scenery (the coating would probably kill your guppies), return it for cash, or put the credit toward the Big Boy:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/retrieving-magnet-250-lb-pull-36905.html

    250lbs and good reviews (retrieved a guy's tools IN the toolbox):

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  5. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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  6. mudvaynedude122

    mudvaynedude122 Adventurer

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  7. muddywater

    muddywater Been here awhile

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  8. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile

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  9. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    After researching for several years and an opportunity finally presented itself when we took a family trip down to America. I picked up the large tool boxes: the cart and upper box. They helped me lift it onto the roof of my truck with a scissors lift and I drove it a couple of miles down to the dock and drive onto the ferry to bring it to Alaska. No worries, no scratches and now my motorcycle shop is organized and the drawers work flawlessly. With the discounts I saved $350 and I also sold my smaller upright, it costed me about $630. Pretty sweet tool box, just as nice as a 10k snap-on chest.
  10. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    What aftermarket additions specifically?
  11. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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  12. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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    Getting back to HF tools, I bought the 24" tire irons from HF:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch-general-purpose-tire-iron-93230.html


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    As noted in their image, the bar is not flat but has ridges on both sides. This serves to reinforce the bar allowing some good leverage to easily bend an aluminum rim. These would be good for a steel truck/tractor wheel. Rim protectors will help but not stop gouging where these ridges contact the rim. However, the price is right and an angle grinder can modify the tire iron if someone was determined to use them. I kept mine as pry bars or use with steel rims.

    FWIW, I use the plastic stubby tire irons (http://www.stubbytiretools.com/). After getting a pair, I figured out how to make them out of delrin rod. Most certainly a technique specific tool - but the plastic tools make it difficult to mar or bend an aluminum rim. Of course, YMMV.
  13. Tweaker

    Tweaker ...

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    My last few trips to HF have not been particularly happy ones. I am starting to see some patterns. First off, prices are not that cheap on some things. I bought an electric pressure washer at Home Depot for $99 yesterday, their every day price. Less 5% with my Pro rewards account. I noticed this morning, HF had a similar one (probably the same factory) for $89 on sale but regularly $139. Certainly no deal there.

    There has been 2 items I have wanted which are perpetually out of stock, a two piece loading ramp and the scaffold. They continue to advertise them at attractive prices but they don't seem to actually exist in store stocks. I bought another scaffold nearly identical for $10 more at a local tool store.

    This morning I walked in with some coupons, did some shopping and discovered 15 people waiting for one cashier, decided nothing in my basket was that important and walked out. I have also wondered about the overwhelming smell of cheap plastic in that store and its health effects. It can't be good, gives me a headache. I feel for the workers.
  14. racer1735

    racer1735 Been here awhile

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    Check the various car/moto mags. I found a coupon in one of the monthly HF ads and purchased the same electric power washer last Spring, for $69, and it has stood up to weekly use all summer long.

    Also, if the store is out of stock, they can, and should, be able to special order an item for you and honor whatever coupon you have.
  15. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I agree that it's a good inexpensive tire iron for rasslin' car, truck, and equipment tires on steel rims. Definitely shouldn't be used on motorcycles! :eek1

    I've also thought about cutting one in half to end up with two 12" tire irons with different tips. After all, the faster you take care of those pesky four-wheeled vehicles, the sooner you can get back to motorcycling.
  16. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    I have the tire changer which you can't get anymore, with mojo blocks and lever I'm happy with it.
    I got the bore scope one Christmas very handy tool, it lasted 6 months then died.
    I like their wrenches, they are nicely finished and make my craftsman look clunky, cheap enough I buy a couple of sets to leave out in the tool shed so I don't have to keep running to the garage for a quick fix and i haven't broken one yet.
    The little 2 stroke generator for $99 dollars, when we had that freak October snow storm 2 years back it kept the refrigerator and TV and a lamp going for 7 days, and my electric chain saw going ( my gas one would not start) best $99 I ever spent.
    I have so many free flashlights which is good because they seem to carp out even with good batteries after a year or two.
  17. Pez

    Pez b00b

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    Anyone tried the Digital Caliper yet? For so cheap it'd be nice to keep around if its half way accurate.
  18. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Yes, I have one of the stainless steel ones that was on sale for $10 a few months ago. Works great, very smooth and accurate.

  19. PunkinHead

    PunkinHead Moobless Adventurer

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    They give the same readings as my Brown & Sharpe and Mitutoyo calipers. They're cheap enough that I don't feel bad using their jaws to scribe layout lines. I also mounted a pair on my lathe quill as a poor man's DRO.
  20. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    I have found in my limited usage that the HF calipers are accurate enough. I don't know if they all do it but mine eats up the battery when I leave it in.