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09-04-2005 11:46 PM
mitmaks ya cant beat HF, its one of my favorite tool stores
09-04-2005 06:46 PM Was just browsing in Home Depot today and notice the Royobi/ Dewalt/ etc. name brand 18V cordless drills are anywhere from $199 to $275. THe HF really nice one with trickle charger and easy chuck is $49. And I can testify they will torque with the best of them and last at least 5 years of hard abuse. And when the gear train finally breaks, a replacement train and motor module is $17 - brand new for another 5 years. Have seen th HF hole saws for years and never bought any 'cause that is likely a crappy tool.
09-04-2005 04:17 PM
gcrmcc You gotta' be careful buying the HF hole saws. Usually the cheap ones are carbon steel and good only for wood, sheet rock etc. If you are wanting to use them on sheet metal you need to use bi-metal hole saws. I bought one of the Drill Master angle grinders, the ones that look like they have cooling fins on the nose piece, the really cheap grinders and it lasted about a month before stripping gears. The orange ones with the smooth nose case are much better grinders, about double the price but worth it.
09-04-2005 02:57 PM
zimaad While at HF yesterday, I saw that they will be having a sidewalk sale at their stores on Oct. 1 and 2. Some things advertised are a 4 1/2" angle grinder for $8.99, hole saw set $2, 6" industrial vise $35, ATV/Motorcycle jack $43, 800lb tranny jack $90, 1/4" air ratchet $16. Heck...can't go wrong for some of those prices. If it breaks in less than a year....get another. Otherwise, just buy another!!! Another steal they have right now is their 3-pack of small brass/steel/nylon brushes.. 50cents. It's always nice to have those when cleaning parts.

have a good holiday weekend - Drew

09-04-2005 02:50 PM
zimaad I've also heard that the earthquake impact wrench is decent for the money. I don't know if it's lucky or not (I think it's lucky), but there is a Harbor Frieght on ride home every day. I probably stop at least once a week! Today I saw that it is on sale currently for $80. Hmmm...I just purchased a compressor and am starting to collect tools. I may have to pick one up. I'm about to run 220V service to my garage..until then, the tools sure do LOOK nice!!!

- Drew
09-03-2005 08:59 PM No, haven't heard of it. Will check it out since my HF 1/2" impact wrench is 10 or so years old and getting worn out. Lost its check ball so sockets fall off.
09-03-2005 07:17 PM
oldred Willys, Have you tried the HF 1/2" impact wrench they call Earthquake? A buddy of mine just bought one of those things and it is a brute, it has a bunch more torque than my Snap-on and in fact is one of the strongest 1/2" impact wrenches I have ever used. At around $80 on sale(it almost always is) it is a bit pricey for an HF brand but it looks like it is better built than most cheapo air tools. I am going to get one the next time I go by the store and with what I use my impacts for I will know real soon how well it will hold up.
09-03-2005 02:09 PM Yep. I have collected a set of tools in the last 20 years that I just dreamed about for the first 30 years thanx to HF. Again, if I made my living with them, by all means I would be buying the 'best' but for my hobby use, long live HF!!
09-03-2005 10:26 AM
BigDawgsEatFirst Harbor Freight or (HF)
ranks up there
as the best thing since sliced bread
and air tools
for a reasonable price.
It is like the (dollar store) of tools.
like post that was mentioned earlier
count up all your tools and price them elsewere
and the savings are huge.
09-03-2005 09:16 AM Actually I do have one of those but the rest are Heinz 57 of ones I have collected over the years, BHF (Before Harbor Freight).
08-25-2005 06:54 PM
oldred Willys, I bet you are talking about those little red Harbor Freight oil cans, I got a bunch of them and my garage would be at a loss without them
08-25-2005 06:34 PM I just use one of the several squirt cans of 30W I have sitting around. Use it for drilling, power hack saw, air tools, kids bikes, whatever.
08-25-2005 05:33 PM
1Fast65Elky Hey guys,

When i oil this sucker up, what would be good to use?....I dont have pneumatic oil. Ive got marvel mystery oil, some 80 or 90w gear lube, various motor oils 5 up to 30w, or mineral oil..thats what i got in the the top of my head.

Im thinkin either marvel or mineral or mabey a light weight motor oil.....squirted in the inlet

sound about right?
08-25-2005 08:40 AM
oldred If you find an item in the catalog or on the net on sale cheaper than what the store has it priced,even a sale price, all you have to do is mention it to them and they will give you the lower price with no fuss at all.
08-25-2005 06:56 AM HF offers an extra cost warranty too but I don't know what it is. As a hobbyist, my HF tools usually last the better part of a decade so they are obsolete, let alone past any warranty period! And if I run into an infant mortality problem, I have always been able to pitch a fit and eve cry if necessary (luckily haven't had to go much past the preliminary "tearing up" stage yet) and they give me a new one, no questions.
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