Rate your Harbor Freight Tool Experiences!

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

  1. Ghostyman

    Ghostyman Been here awhile

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  2. Laconic

    Laconic Long timer

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    WD-40, silicone spray, mineral spirits, kerosene, diesel fuel... most any light oil.
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  3. Dub_ADV

    Dub_ADV Back in the saddle again.

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    Bought one of the Earthquake XT ratchet wrenches about a year and a half ago. It has worked fine so far through medium duty use. It can be a bit bulky in some uses but easier to manipulate than it's air powered cousin. It is also easier on the wrist for removing/snugging bolts than a typical ratchet wrench.

    I think the key with most tools is using it in the right applications and not (overly) abusing them.

    The only downside I have found so far is not having a second battery. Might pick up the polisher as others have mentioned this spring to alleviate that issue.
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  4. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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  5. WindBlast

    WindBlast Jesus and Tequila

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    I bought a set of the aux LED lights and the wiring harness and fabbed up a couple of mounts for my DRZ. With the coupon I was all in for less than $70. Been on there for a short while and maybe 2000 miles without issue. Compare that to Denali and it is a no brainer. Tractor Supply sells the same setup but no coupons. I like HF for some things. I stay away from their wrenches, sockets, pliers, and other important tools but for things I only need once in a while they are fine.
  6. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    I can't speak to the HF version but I have a Milwaukee M12 3/8 ratchet and I don't wrench without it if I can help it anymore. The HF one looks like a carbon copy.
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  7. NurseBill

    NurseBill Long timer

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    Picked up a compact bender last week and finally got a chance to bolt it to the floor. I sunk 4 - 1/2" steel anchors into my floor. I must have jacked the one up since only 3 would line up. No matter, 3 is holding it good. The instructions are ok for putting it together but are useless for setting it up for 90 degree bends. I downloaded the Grizzly manual for it, same bender... different instructions. At last the Central machinery shows you how to make letters. I'll give it a pass but I haven't used it much.
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  8. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    I've got a Milwaukee also, and looking at the amazon ad I thought the same thing.
  9. local1

    local1 Long timer

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    I bought a tube bender last Sunday also. I'm in the process of building my garage so it will not be tested for awhile. I'm anxious to hear how well it works for.
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  10. NurseBill

    NurseBill Long timer

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    Mine won't do tubing unless I get different dies with a round slot in them. It'll do round, square and flat stock. I did play with some scraps of 1/8" flat stock I had laying around.
  11. Coma

    Coma Long timer

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    I waited till this was on sale 1 ⅛ chuck, SDS bits. I’d been planning on moving my tire changer outside. Went through the concrete like butter. It has drill on and off same with hammer function to give you options. Pass.

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  12. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney International Bumbler

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    I bought one for work, it doesn't get used frequently but the times it does it's given a real hot supper, so to speak. It's been great. I give it a pass and a serious recommendation for any in the market.
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  13. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    Have one of those as well. Did the same to mount my No Mar. Next up will be using it to cut down the hearth at my fireplace to open up options for some Jotul wood stoves.
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  14. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    The cheap $9 4 1/2" grinder. Cheap enough that I bought 2 so I don't have to change out the cutting wheel for the flap disc.
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  15. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    I've got about 6 of those. Cutting discs. Flap wheels, grinding stone and wire brushes. Easier to plug in another grinder than it is to swap wheels! Haven't had a problem with any of them. Oldest is probably 15 yrs.
  16. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I've had to fix both cords on them. The strain relief broke and the wires broke. The other one caught the cord while it was winding down and cut it. Easy fix for both.
  17. NurseBill

    NurseBill Long timer

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    Well, I know what I need to buy...
  18. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    I need to step up my game. I only have two of those grinders :hide
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  19. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    Wait for the sales and use your coupon!
    Also after buying a few of those, at least I can find the stupid wrench when I need to swap worn out wheels.
  20. marc11

    marc11 Been here awhile

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    I zip tie mine to the power cord....
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