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Today 12:20 AM
BuzzLOL . Nice, the Truckin' magazines rate those highly for the price... I finally broke down and bought a new HF rolling toolbox... as luck would have it, a couple days later I spotted a usable Sears upper and lower cabinet setup for sale in a front yard moving sale and picked it all up for an offer of $30...
Yesterday 09:17 PM
tech69 got my HF toolbox top for $289. I was trying to sell my house or get a bank loan for a Snap On box but I had second thoughts.

Very happy with this. Will do a little organizing tonight.



did some compartmentalizing and used space more efficiently. Any easy solution for a problem with broom holders. Just let the broom ends fight for space down below instead of up top where space is crucial. Had to drill some holes in some of the handles but you bet I went by the book, put on my safety goggles, ear protection, and osha approved dust mask.

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Yesterday 06:48 PM
John long Sounds to me like your day could have been a whole lot worse! Good work!

"There is nothing that succeeds better than success."

John
Yesterday 05:46 PM
MARTINSR I got all of Marge's bed sore welded up, just paint it and I'll be done with that. The most important thing I got done today was painting my grandson's drip pan. Huh, your grandson's drip pan you ask? Yeah, my 13 year old will be painting a scene on it along with words like mommy, daddy, dog and so forth. It will hang in his bedroom and he'll have a set of alphabet magnetic letters to put on it.

The one thing I wasn't happy about doing was polishing out a scrape some AHOLE put on my Gran Sport. Don't know where it happened but I am crazy anal about where I park it, very interesting......

It BARELY was buffable, and in fact a tiny bit stayed but I don't want to go any further for fear of cutting the clear too thin.

Anyway, off to my daughters volleyball game!

Brian
01-24-2015 11:08 PM
harposrepair
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Originally Posted by lakeroadster View Post
Finished installing custom side trim on my ole beater shop truck:

I really like your choice of the '65 Impala? tailights!
01-24-2015 10:26 PM
MARTINSR I like it and a damn cool truck to tool around in.

Brian
01-24-2015 10:03 PM
lakeroadster
Custom Side Trim - 1965 C10 Step Side SWB

Finished installing custom side trim on my ole beater shop truck:
01-24-2015 09:57 PM
MARTINSR
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Very, very nice Brian. Marge thanks you I know.

John

Yeah, I really feel bad driving Jessica out of the garage past Marge up on jack stands in the driveway. I can hear her "Topless *****", I have to go pat her dash board just to reassure her.

Brian
01-24-2015 09:54 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I welded in the two pieces I made last night, then made the next three pieces that will finish up the project. Yes I made another of that one with the half round cut in it, the first one made in one of my five minutes in the garage after work was crap.

Brian
Very, very nice Brian. Marge thanks you I know.

John
01-24-2015 09:49 PM
MARTINSR I welded in the two pieces I made last night, then made the next three pieces that will finish up the project. Yes I made another of that one with the half round cut in it, the first one made in one of my five minutes in the garage after work was crap.

Brian
01-24-2015 08:33 PM
tech69
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
I've had good and bad luck with HF items, and it's hard to say don't buy a certain product there. I needed a hole saw for a friend's car, and mine were at home. He said he'd run to HF and buy a set. Brought them back, and if you got them within an inch of metal they were dull before they touched it! My Milwaukie, Lenox, and Greenlee holesaws are years old, and still work great.
But I've got numerous HF air tools that I bought as throwaways for projects, and they've lasted years now, and still going strong. Also have a couple HF angle grinders, and they work as well as my Milwaukie. Bought a HF solar security light for my side yard, and the first one quit in the first rain storm. Got another one later, and it's still working so far.
I'd never consider buying their battery drive drills, or saws, but they may be OK? Just didn't want to chance them, as the cheap batteries scared me from getting them. I have a pin nailer that looks like the stapler pictured, and got it for my kitchen remodel. It's great, and I love how well it works!
I would never trust their rechargeable stuff but then again, if you ever had a Makita 18v lithium ion battery and charger anything on the market would be better than that.
01-24-2015 07:50 PM
harposrepair The key to making any air tool last is keeping them oiled and not leaving them laying around on the floor where dirt will get in.

A friend of mine had Snap-on air tools in his business and every 3-4 months they had to be worked on. I started cleaning them out in his parts washer by running the fluid through them then taking them outside and running air through them and then oiling them every week. It was at least a year before he had to have them repaired again.

I have a generic 3/8 drive air ratchet I bought new for $10 at a BIG car show called "FROG FOLLIES" in Evansville, IN 15 years ago and it still works as good as a new Snap-on.

I agree on the cheap rechargeable tools, their batteries just don't last long if you use them everyday. As far as the HF paint sprayers, unless you're expecting show quality paint jobs, they will usually do as good as a Macco job or better.

If you look in my photos you can see my Nova and I was painted with a HF sprayer.
01-24-2015 07:11 PM
tech69
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
I have that air brad and staple gun it works great I just finished a cedar lined closet with it...it'll probably sit 6 mo before I use it again, Its next project is recovering my roll around stools. You cant even rent one that cheap. I love those little flash lights too ,you can get a free one with a purchase or buy them two in a pack,I have them all over the shop ,when they go dead I just toss them because you cant even buy the batteries as cheap as the whole light...
hahahha. same here. Got em all over the house. Even my daughter has one.
01-24-2015 05:53 PM
1971BB427 I've had good and bad luck with HF items, and it's hard to say don't buy a certain product there. I needed a hole saw for a friend's car, and mine were at home. He said he'd run to HF and buy a set. Brought them back, and if you got them within an inch of metal they were dull before they touched it! My Milwaukie, Lenox, and Greenlee holesaws are years old, and still work great.
But I've got numerous HF air tools that I bought as throwaways for projects, and they've lasted years now, and still going strong. Also have a couple HF angle grinders, and they work as well as my Milwaukie. Bought a HF solar security light for my side yard, and the first one quit in the first rain storm. Got another one later, and it's still working so far.
I'd never consider buying their battery drive drills, or saws, but they may be OK? Just didn't want to chance them, as the cheap batteries scared me from getting them. I have a pin nailer that looks like the stapler pictured, and got it for my kitchen remodel. It's great, and I love how well it works!
01-24-2015 05:27 PM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
A few interesting things on this subject just came up recently at the shop. The power of marketing, this is why it grabbed my attention years ago and has never let go. I am fascinated by marketing. It can make or break a business, the name of the business can mean success or failure, and it doesn't matter one damn thing how good or bad the product is!

So check it out, we have a shop in town marketed as "America's body shop",we all know the one. We have had the owner calling us to ask if we worked on Teslas, a guy with a Tesla was there with a collision job. A TESLA, a super high end specialty car! The guy went to Maaco! You MUST be on a preferred shop list at Tesla to even buy parts, it's a "cult" like car, and the owner went to Maaco? Then in the same week he sent over to us a 2013 BMW M3 convertible that needed a quarter panel bad, a black one, the dude had went to Maaco! WTH! Ahhhhh, the power of marketing.

That all being said, this Maaco is a HELL of a value, we send cars to them all the time. And he is doing a LOT of "restoration" work. He will do a complete gutted car, pretty damn nice. He will paint a vintage car without pulling off a moulding and it looks DAMN nice! For a funky old daily driver like my Rambler or an 80's car someone wants to drive everyday, it's a HELL of a value. Like Mike said, the MATERIALS would cost me more than the job at Maaco.

Is it "high quality" of course not, how could it be! But it will get you buy damn nice.

On the cheap tools at HF Mike, there is one thing that makes a big difference when they are called "junk". It isn't that they may not last as long, I understand that. Especially if they aren't being used much like a home hobbiest, hell yeah, it's killer, so what if they don't last long? Under a home hobbiest hands it's not being used much, so it will last forever. The problem I have with MANY of their tools is they don't work at all, or at least not nearly up to the level of the quality tool. So the pro who wants to save some money is working harder, spending more time to use it, while the home hobbiest thinks the poor work it is producing is HIM when in fact no one could produce quality work with the tool he bought at HF. So many of them are simply junk.

The "MIG Welding pliers" I bought are a good example. They wouldn't even fit into the nozzle! The quality Forney is on the right.





And the hoses, oh yeah, the hoses I bought for my torch!



As long as you KNOW what you are buying (and I thought I did buying these two pieces of crap) maybe some good reviews from guys like you on forums who have used them successfully. My HF staple gun worked great to do my top on the Gran Sport and still working great for other projects.

Guys, I highly recommend picking up one of these tools and a few boxes of different sized staples, they are VERY useful for many other projects around the garage and home. It was on sale (without a 20% coupon even) for something like $17. It's a HELL OF A TOOL for only $17!


Brian
I have that air brad and staple gun it works great I just finished a cedar lined closet with it...it'll probably sit 6 mo before I use it again, Its next project is recovering my roll around stools. You cant even rent one that cheap. I love those little flash lights too ,you can get a free one with a purchase or buy them two in a pack,I have them all over the shop ,when they go dead I just toss them because you cant even buy the batteries as cheap as the whole light...
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