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11-14-2009 03:53 AM
techron OLDRED, (and chev 4X4), i haven't posted in a while but hope you guys remember me. i have been super busy working on my body off 64 vette resto-mod and building a friends 65 vette 383 stroker car, he copied my 383 and as a noob racer ran mid 12s in the 1/4 at infionion (sears point and has learned about auto-X and road racing he is having a blast.
he came over after the build and to see my pantera run. it was way faster than his 65. we went to the stokk's ranch car show. the C2 and the C4 were pristene at the the show. but my pantera was parked in the middle, holy crap, it was cool. we just cruised our cars up to the car show. then raced them back.
11-13-2009 11:54 PM
Chevrolet4x4s In-line Ignition Spark Checker
Works good
Shane
11-13-2009 06:00 PM
oldred
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Originally Posted by Vegaguy
If you are looking at buying something big from HF, I've notice they are running adds in alot of car mags and they have 20% off coupons that dont expire until Feb or Mar 2010. Thats a nice chunk off say the large toolchest or air comp.


One of those coupons saved me $639.80 when I bought my lathe from them a while back I just handed the girl my coupon and she deducted that amount, it was as simple as that.

BTW, the lathe is turning out to be the best bargain I have got from them so far. It's not old American quality to be sure but the darn thing is accurate, has lots of power and seems to be holding up just fine. I had been shopping for some time for a used machine but everything I found was worn out so after reading on other sites about these HF lathes and the huge savings with the coupons I thought I would give it a try, so far it's working out just fine and the cost after the coupon discount was ridiculously cheap, less than it would have cost to rebuild my old Summit.
11-13-2009 12:24 PM
critter119 do you know what mags are those in by chance, i am looking at buying a air compressor and would like to save some dough.
11-13-2009 10:35 AM
Vegaguy If you are looking at buying something big from HF, I've notice they are running adds in alot of car mags and they have 20% off coupons that dont expire until Feb or Mar 2010. Thats a nice chunk off say the large toolchest or air comp.
11-11-2009 06:52 PM
oldred
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Originally Posted by TubeTek
No idea what the $99 one inch one is like, but probably not so great.


I don't know good the cheap air wrenches are either but I would be surprised if they are much good considering the fact that they sell for little more than their scrap weight value. By HF standards the Thundergun line is not cheap but then it performs like a pro gun that costs a lot more and IMO is one of their better buys.
11-11-2009 04:03 PM
TubeTek [QUOTE=oldred The Earthquake impact wrenches are a ripoff of the IR "Thundergun" but they did a good job copying it, the things are brutes and the 1/2" is a tough customer, at least mine has been. [/QUOTE]

We bought the 1" version of this wrench a while back and its seriously powerful. We were rebuilding one of the hoe cylinders on a Case backhoe. Had a 3/4 impact on the piston nut and a pipe wrench with a 10ft cheater on the socket. Wouldn't move. Checked the manual and the torque spec on the nut is 2300 ft-lbs. HF store is close, so we figured we'd pick up the wrench and just return it if it wouldn't bring the nut off. One good brrrrrp and the nut was off. I was impressed at how tight the wrench is overall, since the impact mechanism in even some real high dollar big impacts seems loose as a goose. We did drop off the quick coupler at the air drop where we were working and hook a 3/4 hose straight into the 1/2" ball valve on the line since no standard size coupler will pass the air a big wrench needs. Even so, the air consumption was way less than I'd expected. That wrench is about $250. No idea what the $99 one inch one is like, but probably not so great.
11-11-2009 08:22 AM
onebadmerc I have a small tool chest full of Harbor Freight tools that I take to the yards when I pull parts. I got tired of loosing good tools at the yards when I pulled parts. It didn't matter how careful I was, I would always loose a tool at a yard. I figure it is better to loose a cheap HF socket or wrench than one of my Mac ones. My total investment was like $50 in HF tools, it doesn't hurt when I loose or break one of them.
11-10-2009 07:19 PM
oldred N/T, not tried. Some of the things you didn't mention that HF has a good deal on is the orange Chicago Electric 4" grinder (only difference between the 4" and 4 1/2" is the guard around the disc, that and about $10, every thing else is the same- motor AMPs, etc), Earthquake impact wrenches, Chicago Electric porta-band saw, Auto dark welding helmet and Chicago Electric extended nose die grinder. They have some good deals on some other items too but things like welders have gotten some bad review. The Earthquake impact wrenches are a ripoff of the IR "Thundergun" but they did a good job copying it, the things are brutes and the 1/2" is a tough customer, at least mine has been. Basically I would not buy anything that would be likely to cause personal injury if it breaks or a tool that could damage the item it is meant for if it fails. Things like torque wrenches would be an example, an erroneous torque wrench could cause a lot of grief plus a lot of lost money so go with the quality stuff for tools like these.
11-10-2009 06:49 PM
critter119 oldred when you say N/T you are saying that you haven't used them correct.

and the use of the tools will be home shop not for professional use. if i were to go professional i would buy a good starter set from 1 of the big 3 or maybe even crapsman. i dislike craftsman very much bought a set of sockets and 1/4 of them broke and have replaced every rachet couple 3 different times.
11-10-2009 09:53 AM
oldred
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR
That's funny, I watched a guy at work go back to get three or four warrantee air ratchets over about a week and a half as I remember it was. My Snap On, Matco and Mac air tools have lasted me DECADES (well some of them I havn't owned for Decades ).

In fact, my 3/8" Snap On air ratchet I bought USED off the truck about eight years ago and it is still running like a champ.

Brian

I firmly believe my 1/2" Snap-On air ratchet was just plain dangerous if you weren't ready for it! That thing would absolutely break your fingers if you were careless with it, when that fastener bottomed out you had better have a good grip and brace yourself! I loved the darn thing!
11-10-2009 09:10 AM
MARTINSR That's funny, I watched a guy at work go back to get three or four warrantee air ratchets over about a week and a half as I remember it was. My Snap On, Matco and Mac air tools have lasted me DECADES (well some of them I havn't owned for Decades ).

In fact, my 3/8" Snap On air ratchet I bought USED off the truck about eight years ago and it is still running like a champ.

Brian
11-10-2009 09:03 AM
mgold HF is fine for some things. If you will use tools not often HF is good.
11-10-2009 07:14 AM
redsdad Matt167 is correct. IMHO, all of this stuff is hobbyist grade. If you are going to make a living with your tools, I would go professional. The one exception is the air ratchet. Maybe I just had bad luck with the pro stuff, but if I were back wrenching for living, I would have a new HF air ratchet in the box in the bottom drawer as a spare and a HF in the top to use. Have less that half in the two of them that you would have in a pro unit and, again, based only on my experience, you would have a unit just as good.
11-09-2009 10:53 PM
Torque454 One compressor i saw in the store was $999. The compressor on it is an exact duplicate of the genuine saylor beall 705 pump that I have!! A genuine SB 705 is $1000 alone. I don't believe the pump on the HF compressor is a genuine SB, but is rather a clone. The SB 705 is a great pump, so i'm sure the clone is pretty decent. They make honda clone engine also and from what i understand they are decent engines but you have to make sure to tighten up all the bolts and stuff.
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