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Old 10-28-2009, 06:17 AM
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I am selective about what I buy from them. But I will tell you that my 1/4" angle grinder is probably 10 years old. I oil it when I remember (what was I talking about?) It's been dropped. It is in a constant shower of sparks when I am working with it. My air is not that dry. It has a catch in it that will occasionally require me to rotate the disc backwards about a quarter turn before proceeding. It doesn't owe me a dime. Best $10 I ever spent.

So, I have bought several air tools from them. The bad - the 1/4" straight die grinder doesn't have any power. It runs fine and I am probably expecting too much from it. I would guess for polishing it would be great. It won't handle a 3 inch cut-off wheel. The air saw is a bit temperamental. The planishing hammer requires a few improvements but otherwise is great.

The good - besides the angle grinder, I have two of the cut-off wheels, the ones with the metal guards. One has one wheel on it for cutting and the other has two for grinding weld proud. Both work great. The air powered shear. The air ratchet. The english wheel. The bead roller (I did reinforce it). The 1/2 inch drill motor. The 4" and 4-1/2" grinders (the $20 ones - stay away from the $10 ones).

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Old 10-28-2009, 10:07 AM
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I bought the planishing hammer and you're right no power,, so I replace the air hammer with a better one and now it works great,, I bought a Ron Covel english wheel a few years ago, and theyre isn't even any need to compare H/F to his,
I have been considering buying the heavy duty shrinker, strecher, I already have the Eastwood reg set,, claims to be made in usa,, but sure looks identical to H/F except the price,,,
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:58 PM
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They've got good BFH's and other implements of destruction.




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I don't buy anything electrical. My 35 year old Taiwan (not main land China) drill press motor fried. I looked at HF drill presses..... Cheap Chinese Communist Conscrited Child Cruelty Conflicting Capitalism Cr*p. I bought a new Dayton (USA) motor at Grainger.

I don't buy anything at HF you hit or hit with..... my fear of shattering or being no harder then malleable chocolate.

Their 6" x 48" sanding belts are just ok - much cheaper (not just price) than Norton belts. They have a hard overlap joint and easily banged on the first encounter with metal... might be better for wood. I don't work in wood. Judging by the smell of the belts during use, they obviously use animal glue.
By the time youi've got the overlap joint warn down sufficiently the grit is well worn also.

On the bright side.... I have a ten or more or HF's air powered die grinders, each set up with different burrs, sanding and finishing discs. Oil'em daily? No oil has ever seen the inside on any of my die grinders. I do some fiberglass work and don't want oil mist contaminating my glass.

Machine tools? Lathes and mills? Ha Ha Ha.... Cheap Chinese, etc., as above. Their idea of precison means the tuck driver takes the very same road everytime between the foundry and the sea port
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:52 AM
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ive bought a few items from H/F and for the most part have had good luck with what ive bought there... a couple of straight die grinders, i still have 1 left, the other, i had for 10+ years before an ex-employer broke it and tried to swap it out with a worn out mac brand.
the american impact deep sockets are ok, but the metrics, ive gone through 3 or 4 sets of those. the 13 and 17 mm dont hold up very well.
the pliers are ok, and the electrical connecter kits are ok as well. stay away from the zip ties though, theyre crap. the locking tabs have a tendancy to break while zipping them up.
i also bought a couple of their come-alongs for 20 bucks, theyre ok, still use them now and then.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:42 PM
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I'm back and forth about what I'll buy from them. I bought their knockoff of the fein multimaster, which seems ok. Blades are somewhat wimpy and seem to wear out quickly (maybe they do on the fein too?) but other than that, for 40 bucks (actually i had a 20% coupon so it was 34 or something) for a tool that normally costs 2-400 dollars, it was great. I'm not a contractor, so it was great for me. I only use it once in a while.

I have a flush-cut saw for doing floors etc too. Pretty decent tool. Only a 1 amp motor, but cut through 3/4 inch floor with no problem.

Two pneumatic nailers, a floor stapler/nailer and a 15 gauge finish nailer. Both are pretty decent, actually the only problems I had with them were solved after I used better quality nails/staples! Again, 150 dollars for the pair when you're looking at 600 for name brand. And again, I'm not a contractor, so these are probably the only floors I'll be doing.

For a drill motor I think I'd buy quality. I use my drill so much that it would be pretty annoying for it to fail on me. All my hand tools are quality too because you'd ahte to round off a bolt and cause yourself all that headache just because you saved a dime on your tools. I also have a good miter saw, because its a tool I'll probably keep forever and its very precise (compound sliding).

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I have never needed a tool so badly that I would purchase it from HF. I've been there (have a buddy that comes down from Alaska once a year, and he always goes in there to buy sheaves and shackles, and an occasional other item or two) a few times, but even though I'm not an engineer, I know what a good tool looks like/feels like/works like - and mostly their stuff just doesn't "jostle my jewels". I've heard guys say good things about some of their offerings, but largely most of the real car guys I know give them a wide berth and stick with tools that will last a bit longer than the job at hand.

That's my two bits...

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I have never needed a tool so badly that I would purchase it from HF. I've been there (have a buddy that comes down from Alaska once a year, and he always goes in there to buy sheaves and shackles, and an occasional other item or two) a few times, but even though I'm not an engineer, I know what a good tool looks like/feels like/works like - and mostly their stuff just doesn't "jostle my jewels". I've heard guys say good things about some of their offerings, but largely most of the real car guys I know give them a wide berth and stick with tools that will last a bit longer than the job at hand.

That's my two bits...

dj

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Hi dj, I have been a real car guy ever since i can remember. And yea about the ony thing i have ever bought is some pry-bars and a few odd and ends myself, I just had never been to the store before just wanted to check it out i guess..........Cole
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I'm back and forth about what I'll buy from them. I bought their knockoff of the fein multimaster, which seems ok. Blades are somewhat wimpy and seem to wear out quickly (maybe they do on the fein too?)

K
I have the real Fein multimaster. The saw blades for it are about $40 each! And they do wear out very quickly. Just steel. No carbide or hardened high speed steel.
The HF blades are $6 and they fit the Fein perfectly. They are identical to the Fein blades.
Its things like this that make me LOVE Harbor Freight.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:21 AM
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And they ask why I use only SNAP ON ..Theres your answer..
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