Rate your Harbor Freight Tool Experiences!

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

  1. Meles meles

    Meles meles Been here awhile

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  2. Oshiat

    Oshiat Been here awhile

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    I've been using the same ramp for our dirtbikes since 2005. Had 2 250lb guys and a SV650 on it once, was a bit nervous but it was fine. Has been money well spent,
  3. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Yeah, pretty funny. Also the 91 db noise rating which is actually 61 db. In the owners manual maintenance schedule it says to change the gas every 100 hours.

  4. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I had a 1000 w Chicago generator from HF a few years back and just couldn't keep it running. I have since purchased a Honda 2000 w and been extremely pleased with it. Big price difference.

    Most everything else I have purchased at HB has been outstanding. I could easily bought a lemon and I no longer see that particular model listed on their site.
  5. Jonney99

    Jonney99 Adventurer

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    bought a 1/2 inck=h inpact to remove wheels - would not greak the lugs loose-JUNK
    Bought some air blowers to connect to air hose ends fell off also yellow air line busted a major leak
    The best thing I got from there is a set of picks with orange handels on it I like them $5 will never go back
  6. Creation

    Creation Been here awhile

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    Mine busted after 4 years... 80.00 well spent. I used it to load my moms civic, Mercedes, my bikes, atvs, and a dunebuggy
  7. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Anybody have any experience with this bearing separator:

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    How about this one:

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    I'm mainly looking for a tool to do steering stem bearings but it may also come in handy for other work.

    Cheers
    :freaky
  8. Pez

    Pez b00b

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    Great experience’s with most of what I have bought from HF. And nice thing if it breaks then it can always be turned into a "specialty tool" or so called art. Plus its cheap so who gives a fuck? But I can't do it anymore.. I can't bring myself to ever go into another HF again. Reason being I was standing in line and there was a American Flag for sale. Where was it made? In china. I truly felt sick. No more HF for me.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  9. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Sadly, many American flags are made in China. I work for DHS. Guess where we get our logo pens?:cry

    None the less, I still frequest HF. More and more USA made items are there to be had.

    Jim :brow
  10. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    What could be more American than paying cheap foreigners to sew our inexpensive products?
  11. xuare

    xuare Gravity wins again

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    My general policy is that anything that doesn't have moving parts, or that the moving parts are either simple or easy to replace with a quality part are ok from HF

    Things I will NOT get at HF:

    -Complicated machines with multiple: motors, hydraulic rams, machinery with integrated electronics etc.
    -Anything requiring a special blend, forging, or precision machined metals. Doubly so if it has to hold enough force on a piece in a way as to represent a safety hazard if it fails.
    -Safety equipment
    -Anything that will spend a long time in contact with myself or a family member (many fabrics, leather items, etc. just smell like they soaked in a HAZMAT refuse barrel)
  12. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    While working at a festival near Cleveland shortly after 9/11, a couple had a booth with every size of US flags available. Of course, they were cashing in on the patriotism of the time. Every one of the flags were made in China and they sold thousands. Most people are blinded to this when the fervor hits a high level.
  13. jimrobinette

    jimrobinette Been here awhile

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    +1 Really surprised me how smooth and easy it was.

  14. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Never had a big garage type tool chest. Just moved into a new house and decided to treat myself. Had all my tools previously in a 4 tier wooden wine shelf from a store display. :D Looked around at the professional brands, Snap-On, etc., and almost had a heart attack at the prices, even used.

    Figured as a home tinkerer with not that many tools I didn't need that level of quality, or huge size. Anyway, saw a coupon for a H-F rolling 4 drawer tool cart and decided to take a look. Normally $229, but always on sale for $139-149. This one: http://www.harborfreight.com/580-lb-capacity-four-drawer-tool-cart-95659.html

    There's a H-F store not far from where I moved, so I could see it in person. Fairly heavy gauge metal, powder coated finish, ball bearing roller drawers, even came with rubber sheet in the drawers. Seemed pretty well made, not at all flimsy, decided to buy it. Was impressed while assembling it how nicely made it was. Just loaded my tools into it last night and so far I'm satisfied.

    The price with the coupon was $99, no freight charge since I picked it up in person, a good deal I think.
  15. groundrules

    groundrules Long timer

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    I bought the exact one this weekend with the $99 coupon from the back of Cycle World. My decision process was pretty much the same as yours. It's still in its box in the barn, but I'm looking forward to putting it together for a test run.
  16. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    In the assembly instructions they say you need 2 people to lower the chest down onto the assembled supports. I was able to do it myself by laying the chest (on the cardboard) on it's side, and sliding the supports under it, putting a few bolts in, and lifting it up to do the rest. Not the easiest, but does work if you're by yourself.

    Another thing, when I first opened it and cut the box out around it, and removed the styrofoam packing, I discovered it was locked, and no keys were apparent.

    After frantic looking and thoughts of having to return it, it turned out the keys were taped to the styrofoam in a spot that was tough to find. :D

    Have fun with the assembly, goes a lot faster with a 13mm socket wrench and extension. If you've got a 13mm ratcheting wrench in addition, even better.
  17. kc0stp

    kc0stp Lurker

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    Just got reminded of this one, the 3 peice impact adapters (1/2-3/4, 3/4-1/2 and 1/2-3/8) and there basiclly unbreakable, put them on the big 3/4" impacts at work and havnt broken them yet, on the flip side seen half a dozen Mac, Snap-on and Matco's adapters break.
  18. muddywater

    muddywater Been here awhile

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    I have those (black finish), and use them with a 650 ft-lb 3/4" impact regularly with no problem
  19. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    I just bought the 15# soda blaster and will report back on its' performance.
    Hope it works better than the assembly instructions, the pages are all there but it says nothing about how to assemble 1/2 of it. Needed to carefully look at the pictures on the box:(:
  20. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    MX lift stand, have two of these, on sale for $20. Have worked ok for awhile but now one is bending bad and is quickly becoming useless. Get what you pay for. Maybe I tried to use it when it wasn't absolutely straight and it bent but the metal seems pretty cheesy.