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Old 06-05-2013, 05:31 AM
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harbor freight brake,bender,cutter

has anyone used this tool from h/f ?? can use a roller and bender sometimes but don't want take up alot of room or empty the pocket book for something i'd use a few times a yr...
any thoughts on it ?? i think its $300 buck area..

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:28 AM
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I got a smoking deal from a guy I met on the next size up one with a cart for the price of the little one. I would say if you have the space then get it. I don't use it alot but it is fantastic when I need it.
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The Harbor Freight 3 in 1 is the same machine everyone else sells. I have been using mine for almost two years with no issues. It WILL bend 18ga. in narrower strips and the shear works well. I have used the slip rolls for numerous panels in the van build and find the whole machine very useful.
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are u talking about the 40" 3 in 1 ????

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I got a smoking deal from a guy I met on the next size up one with a cart for the price of the little one. I would say if you have the space then get it. I don't use it alot but it is fantastic when I need it.
it's priced at $800 bucks.. and this is the one u got for $300?? how u do that one ???????????????????????????
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:18 PM
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they're not very heavy duty, my buddy bought one to use in his body shop
one side support broke on first use, they reinforced it and broke the other side support next time they used it
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it's priced at $800 bucks.. and this is the one u got for $300?? how u do that one ???????????????????????????
I know I was shocked too. I posted a thread much like yours on another forum and was asking about the different brakes and this guy popped in and told me he bought it for a project, finished the project and would pass it along to me if I was interested. Even threw in the cart. It was a pretty cool deal and he was a great guy to give me a deal on it. Here's a shot of it.



It's the 40" model, when I bought it the small one was $399 and the big one was $799. I gave him $400 for it


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I have one, can't say it is worth a hoot. Shear blades are made of soft steel. Slip rolls bow way to easy, brake feature is ok for some stuff. I'd be glad to sell mine for $300 if someone wants to come and load it up.
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I have one, can't say it is worth a hoot. Shear blades are made of soft steel. Slip rolls bow way to easy, brake feature is ok for some stuff. I'd be glad to sell mine for $300 if someone wants to come and load it up.
There 'ya have it. I like the one I have, Old Fool doesn't like his. You have to realize these machines are light weight and only designed for 20 gauge on down. If you are building bridges you may want to consider a bigger machine but, to get the strength, you are going stand-alone, brake, shear, slip roll, and at a much higher cost. Let alone the extra floor space required.
I have found the HF 3 in 1 to be a good machine when it is used with the intended material. Is it perfect? No, but it does the job AND it has extended itself to heavier work when done judiciously.
If you are doing light bending or forming these machines will work for you at a reasonable cost.
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Mine is the 30" model, and wont even cut posterboard, let alone 20 gauge. It does do a good job of holding the end of the work bench down ,lol.
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Mine is the 30" model, and wont even cut posterboard, let alone 20 gauge. It does do a good job of holding the end of the work bench down ,lol.
Check the adjustment of the cutting teeth. When I first got mine it wouldn't cut anything either. A little adjustment and it's good to go.
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HF tool upgrades

A good place to look for Fixes, upgrades for harbor freight tools is Metalmeet forums , check this one for the 3 in 1 machine
3 in 1 Machine Repair and Fix - Metal Meet Forums
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General rule:

1. Harbor Freight tools are NOT the ones sold elsewhere, they are Chinese copies!

2. Unless it has the recognized name, on the tool, it is a Chinese copy and most certainly NOT the same quality as the recognized brand who makes quality tools.

3. The difference between the REAL tool and the copy can be slight to HUGE where the copy is absolutely worthless junk.

4. Any cheap copy Harbor Freight tool you buy is a gamble. Junk or usable to save a few dollars. It is NOT going to be as good as the original, period.

Brian-just the facts MARTINSR.
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I'll disagree with Old Fool,our POS 3-1,30" cuts poster bd very well.And in fact is the only reason we keep it around(template work).It even folds poster bd nicely.

I bought ours as an expedient way to roll/fabricate some dust collection "parts" for our shop.It served that purpose very well on 24g.Wouldn't dare use it on anything thicker.

Got a great deal on a Pexto 37L....but even it would be a struggle at full width on its rated 16g.And have moved onto other "old arn" sheet metal eguip.

Nuthin new with manufacturers being a little optimistic on their ratings.
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a HF shrinker/stretcher is a deal. all you need to do is replace the jaws with good ones. Can't beat that deal. Lot of junk but also lot of good finds and things I'd never get elsewhere. Perfect work gloves for $5 bucks! All the name brand ones I've ever had wore out at the fingers within days. Bought 6 pairs of the HF ones and will be 6 more soon.
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