Rate your Harbor Freight Tool Experiences!

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

  1. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    There's no shortage of garbage at HF, but there's a few gems. I'll list the PASSES:

    I can't speak highly enough about the 5 drawer Tool Cart. Good luck finding something as good for 3x the price ($160):
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    The 42" Tool Chest is also great ($360), although I think the cart is superior:
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    The composite ratchets are surprisingly smooth and strong at under $10 and it won't freeze you widdle fingers when it's cold out:
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    Although not as durable as Hansen trays, the socket trays are a bargain at $10/set:
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    With a handful of purchases, in particular those above, I have been downright amazed at the quality/value. That being said, there are some things I'm really hesitant to buy: Anything you plug in (unless you're trying to build a fire); and anything your life might depend on (i.e. jack stands).
  2. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Anyone use the 15 lb soda blaster.
  3. Dusty_Bottoms

    Dusty_Bottoms Adventurer Ordinaire

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618122&highlight=lovingly

    I'm not sure he used the HF model though.
    He talks about a soda blaster and he's a cheap bastard so it's possible.
    Very entertaining read at the very least.
    It was more entertaining when there were pictures of his soda blaster disaster.
  4. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    got no problems crawling under my 8,000lb Cummings truck with HF jack stands. the set I use are so BEEFY, they have earned my trust. as a rule will never trust any one support while under any vehicle.

    an American made hydraulic floor jack is backing up the HF jack stands. would not trust any Chinese made hydraulics or anything else as my only support.
  5. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Not out of the commercial market where they're used every day.
  6. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    gotta disagree .. got several floor jacks made in the 1930's and 50's that came from commercial garages that are still leak free and working great. Walker and Hein Warner jacks have done me well.

    very few American made floor jacks are still available for sale. Milwaukee floor jacks will probably cost you about $850... that's just for a normal size one. IHMO American hydraulic mfg have priced themselves out of the market.

    don't get me wrong... ALL mechanical equipment will at some point wear out, if used enough. but it takes a longggg time to wear out say an old Walker floor jack. (some were branded Snap-on)

    rebuild kits for USA made floor jacks usually are about $70 and well worth rebuilding.
    can't say the same about Chinese hydraulics, which I think of as throw away

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  7. jcmcc

    jcmcc Been here awhile

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    Just had a go with the Impact Driver while doing brakes on my 09 Civic. I was attempting to remove the screws that hold on the rotor to the hub. Each and every bit supplied was destroyed in a matter of minutes. I think they may have been formed from cheese. I threw everything in the garbage where it belongs.

    At $5.99 I was not heartbroken, but those screws are not exactly hard work to remove. Major FAIL from me.
  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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  9. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    I mean that the American companies haven't priced themselves out of the commercial market. I bought Rotary lifts because they have a five year warranty and if something fails, the vendor comes out and fixes or replaces it. Greg Smith sells lifts with a warranty. You send the part to them and they decide if it will be warrantied. Hmm, how long can I have a lift out of service?
  10. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    opsss... thought you meant American made floor jacks would not survive commercial, day in day out use. American made hydraulics has gotten so high $$, most of the potential buyers .. meaning retail customers are no longer buyers.

    the number of commercial customers are tiny compared to the retail market. high end consumers don't mind paying a premium, but not 5x $$.
  11. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Actually, it's not that the high quality equipment has become more expensive, it's that the cheap stuff has become cheaper.
  12. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    +1!

    Great buy!
  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Back on the point of this thread!:deal

    I picked up this a few days ago:

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    http://www.harborfreight.com/motorized-rotary-laser-level-kit-92801.html

    Did this with it:

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    Not the best, but at $45 on sale it was great! Much better than trying to keep that long of a line level. BIG Pass.

    At the same time I picked up one of these:

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    http://www.harborfreight.com/five-drawer-service-cart-95272.html

    Got it half off, at only $149. Very impressed with the build quality, and the heft, at 170 pounds. It should hold up very well.

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    Pass.

    Jim :brow
  14. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    The results from the laser level:

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    Plus I used cheap HF scraper and paint brushes for the clean up and cutting in.

    Jim :brow
  15. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    That turned out awesome! :clap
  16. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like cheap bits...the driver must have worked OK to shear the bits. I'm thinking the driver with better bits would have worked well.

    Tech23
  17. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    3 months ago while living in my camper in Arizona my battery went dead so I hopped on my motorcycle and picked up this little 2 stroke 800/900 watt generator and a battery charger at HF. Nearest I can tell it's an exact copy of a Yamaha ET800, the simplest generator imaginable. I've put well over 100 hours on it so far and I'm quite pleased with how it works including the low noise level. It'll be on sale for $89 again March 9-11.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/engine...s-900-max-watts-portable-generator-66619.html
  18. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    You know that may be on purpose (to a point) the cheezy bits. I have a very good driver, from way back then working at the Honda/Yamaha shop and the bits are pretty soft. Maybe not to cause further damages to the fasteners....dunno but I certainly need new Phillips bits after 35 or so years.

    Even bent an old Proto 3/8 drive Phillips bit on my very old Blue Point Impact a few days ago and that p....d me off it was my Grandpa's.Ouf....the Bing bolts heads survived but still stuck and I just can't heat "them" up. :huh
  19. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    The chain breaker on sale for $10 cut my beat-to-hell 525 chain like a hot knife through butter. Hard to argue with that.
  20. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    I like the way the specs describe it as OHV with a 50:1 mix ratio.