Rate your Harbor Freight Tool Experiences!

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

  1. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Agreed.

    I have a stack of these that I issue to friends and family who don't have a meter.

    Over on the vintage Suzuki forums, it's astonishing how many people are otherwise decently equipped with tools, but don't have a meter. When the inevitable charging problems crop up and they ask for help, all you get is "I dunno LOL" when you ask what voltage they're getting at the battery. When you're working on old bikes (or new bikes) a meter is just as essential as a 10mm wrench.
  2. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Among the multitude of problems with this is that you are putting electronics with the accompanying hazardous material into a landfill.


  3. Luke308

    Luke308 Been here awhile

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    If you open up the meter to replace the battery you'll find that the circuitry is pretty minimal inside. Definitely not the worst thing that ends up in landfills every day...

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  4. seantx

    seantx Been here awhile

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  5. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Horny as Hell

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    I picked up the same hammer drill last week as I was doing some wall replacement after the record rain/flooding a few weeks back here in CO. I needed to drill into the concrete foundation.

    Other than sparks shooting out of the vent slots..it works :lol3
  6. groundrules

    groundrules Long timer

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    In tool world terminology, what's the opposite of 'intrinsically safe'?

    Intrinsically About to Torch Something? :lol3
  7. Camarodude

    Camarodude Been here awhile

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    I tend to stay away from Harbor Freight electronics. The only HF item I have is a 4" angle grinder, and it sounds like it si going to grenade when switching it on
  8. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    My older HF drill threw a few sparks but so far me new one has been drilling without any fireworks. I have enough free flashlights that maybe I should get rid of them at Halloween :D This week I got a free pair of scissors :clap
  9. LittleRedToyota

    LittleRedToyota Yinzer

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    here are some of my experiences with HF stuff. for the most part, their stuff has served me well. definitely not up to pro/use-it-all-the-time standards, but for occasional use, it's mostly worked fine for me.

    electric impact wrench:


    http://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-electric-impact-wrench-68099.html

    this thing has been great. i don't use it a ton, but it has always worked fine when i use it (which is usually just to take base valves out of forks). well worth the price.

    air compressor:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/2-horsepower-8-gal-125-psi-portable-air-compressor-69667.html

    works great for filling up tires/seating beads, blowing stuff clean, popping water pump seals, etc. i don't use it to drive any tools, though. (might work great for that, too, but i dunno.)

    it does leak a tiny bit, so it doesn't hold air forever, but it holds air well enough to not have to be running the compressor constantly.

    shop press:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/12-ton-shop-press-33497.html

    works as designed. haven't had any issues with it. i do wish it were a little bit wider, though. you can't quite fit a rim inside of it to use it to press in wheel bearings.

    bench grinder:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-bench-grinder-with-gooseneck-lamp-37822.html

    works like it should. no issues.

    wire:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/400-ft-wire-storehouse-60360.html

    really good deal for $40. the wire is stranded and seems to be of good quality. i wish there were more colors, and they could have skipped the phone/stereo/lamp cord, but you still get quite a bit of good wire for the $40. the actual "storehouse" thing kinda sucks, though, but it's still a good deal just for the wire.

    i also get my heat shrink wrap there and it works fine.

    blind bearing puller set:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/blind-hole-bearing-puller-95987.html

    works OK if the bearing you want to pull happens to match up in size to one of the jaws. there are gaps in the sizes really covered, though. doesn't really work so well on my wheel bearings because of that issue. i've just gone back to using a drift and hammering them out from the opposite side.

    also, the slide hammer does not have a lot of mass, so it doesn't generate as strong of a whack as i would like.

    but, it has worked for some other bearings for me where i really needed a blind puller and the bearings didn't fall into one of the gaps in sizes it will handle.

    wrenches:

    they suck. i've bent several of them. i think they're made out of aluminum plated play dough.
  10. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    how are the harbor freight bike ramps for loading my bike into my truck?
  11. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    I have the straight one. Wide, tri-fold more for loading something like a quad or lawn mower. Used on a few KLRs, ST1300 and DRZs.

    Works great, just mind your ground clearance on the bike if your truck is tall. This guy does it wrong. Has the nose of the truck in the ditch, needs to put the rear in there to lower the tailgate. The curved, one piece style prevent this mistake!

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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Clueless. Find a place where you can park the truck and ride the bike on basically level. They could not have done this any more backward.

    Jim :brow
  13. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    +1 skinny ramp, no assist, no helmet. Seen people go through the back window as well :eek1
  14. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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  15. Tweaker

    Tweaker ...

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    This code reader...
    [​IMG]

    works fine on my 2000 Ford but will not read my 2003 Silverado.
  16. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Had to do that recently, that's a M10 to NPT from some hydraulic shop, an adapter/union? and pipe threaded into the gauge fitting.

    Works the same for the 12mm but that one I had to make out of an old spark plug.

    [​IMG]

    I got an oil pressure gauge kit from HF....less than $10.00 on clearance and came with a lot of fittings. Works good...but worth it if just for all the fittings that came with it.:thumb
  17. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    I finally picked up a nice Toro Personal Pace Recycler mower a couple of weekends ago. As it turned out the nice mower was a bad buy as the motor was shot. :cry Luckily I didn't put out too much $.

    I did a bit of research and the HF Predator 5.5 hp engine got pretty good reviews, so I printed the 25% off coupon and picked one up for ~$87. First one was not good the plastic cover was cracked and the tank was not going to hold fuel. So back it went, and I opened the replacement in the store, everything was fine.

    Took it home and installed it, broke it in, and I have to say it's a pretty good little engine. It runs the mower really well, and it's a mulching monster.

    Obviously I don't want to hve to find any replacement parts, but the normal consumables are B&S airfilter, and NGK plugs. It even has a cast iron cylinder. I have changed the oil a bit more than needed, and plan to take really good care of it, but for a sub $100 motor it seems to be a pretty good buy.
  18. arcanum

    arcanum Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]

    I got this as a replacement for an old reed valve compressor that was stolen. A 29 gallon tank that pumps to 150 PSI in 6 minutes.No strain,no drama,just pumps it right up there.It starts right up without issue at the low pressure kick-in point as well. The regulator looks cheap and the motor is chinese. But the tank and fittings are very similar to the American built 60 gallon unit. The 29 gallon tank is a major pass. Steel safety cage is a major pass. Much better build quality than I would expect. Nice paint. The motor can be wired to 220 v if you desire. The oil drain plug is tiny and in a horrible location if you want to keep your machine clean. I will add an extension pipe at the first oil change.

    [​IMG]

    This is the American unit with an AO smith motor. Called the 800 number to be sure about what oil the tech would recommend,and got a guy at the North Carolina factory. That is correct. made in the USA! Outstanding paint quality made the stuff at Lowes and Depot look like absolute crap.

    I am glad to see that HF is going to higher price points to get better stuff built.

    Both these compressors need to be kept upright while shipping them home. The 60 gallon unit is very tall. And Top heavy! I was very fortunate to have a set of forks for my skid steer loader to unload the beast
  19. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    ^^^ Glad you brought the 29 Gal up....I have been poring over their offerings. Specs are 45" high and that may be a problem for me, minivan is exactly 45" and you are right, NO storing on the side.

    Could you measure it for me??? even 1/4" over the 45" will be a problem, I may have to remove the carpets and whatever passes for a liner under that and just maybe gain 1/2".:ear
  20. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    I got my upright compressor from a different vendor, but it came on a nice oak pallet, so it was actually much taller than the specs indicate.

    I don't know if that's how the HF comes but you may want to ask. It makes it much less tippy, but probably ads 7-8".