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Old 11-09-2004, 06:56 AM
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Tool sale.................

Going to one of those travelling tool sales on Friday. It's the kind
of stuff that you Americans get at Harbor Freight, I think.

Anybody have any good or bad experiences with this stuff. I know some
of it is junk, but some of it seems pretty good too.

Any stories?

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Old 11-09-2004, 07:55 AM
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If it is HF stuff, there are some real dogs but most parts are more than adequate for the hobbyist, ie., hack was blades are trash - teeth strip off instantly. Crescent wrench jaws are kind of soft and dent pretty easily, although the ones I have are still going strong after a decade of abuse - just not real pretty. All of their air tools are great - in fact I think even the US name brand guys are selling the Chinese air tools. Their screwdrivers are as good or better than Craftsman and you can buy 6 or 7 sets for the same price. I got a set of their metal shears and the hinge bolts sheared off instantly! Replaced them w/ grade 8 bolts and they have done well since. Just need to be careful in looking at the tool before you buy. I have several sets Chinese of open end and box end wrenches and they are as good as any name brand out there and a ton cheaper. If something looks too cheap (i.e., the hinge bolts on the metal shears were chrome w/ no strength markings - obviously no-grade cheapies), it probably is.
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:41 PM
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Some of the stuff will have a lifetime warranty. See where you have to ship it to collect. My father had a hydraulic ram set from one of those traveling tool shops with a lifetime warranty. The problem was you had to ship to the manufacturer (overseas) at your own expense which was more than he paid...

So just keep that in mind if you see a warranty on something.
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Old 11-09-2004, 01:14 PM
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the last truck load tool sale i went to, i bought a 5 inch vise. the first time i hit it with a grinding wheel, i took of a half inch of filler. the whole thig is a crappily cast pos with a butt load of filler on it to make it look nice. but it held good enough for my needs, although i did late buy a craftsman 5" on clearance that is way tighter. not wilton tight but good enough for bubba work.

spooki, my bro in law, bought a 16 ton pipe bender that'll muck up anything you put into it.


if you want pics of the vise, i think i still have it. yep, it's outside rusting.
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I bought a cheap-o angle grinder that burned up real nice the second time I used it.... I feel for the price I paid it was worth it to get all the accessories.
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Old 11-09-2004, 06:27 PM
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My Monte is being held airborne by 4 of those $10 a set jackstands. They work fine. Wrenches, well avoid the cheapies. Ya get what ya pay for there. Like Willys said, the screwdrivers rule. Best cheap pry bars I ever bought I got from Homier Distributing. Just look at what you buy before you buy it.

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Old 11-09-2004, 06:47 PM
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Years ago, I got a set of channel lock type pliers from Homer Dist, when they came to town. They aren't even worth throwing away. They slip in the joints with next to no pressure on them. I got a drill press from them, they gave me a discount because it was the floor model. I thought that was a great deal, discount because I didn't have to assemble it. LOL Not the greatest, but the only problem I have had, is that a set screw that holds the head in place, fell out. Bought alot of other stuff from them and have had little or no problems with them.
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Let me guess!! 6" rotating vice? Round ram. Right?

Been there, been burned too! Broke 3 in a row! Then went Wilton.

Grizzly vices aren't too bad for the money though!
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Just got back from the sale.......bought a few cut off wheels, an air brush and a pry bar. Did alright....$26
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Old 12-17-2004, 12:44 PM
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about two years ago when they opened near where i live, me and my dad went there and bought a bunch of stuff, screw drivers, pliers, pipe wrenches, impact sockets, 4" grinder, air tools and much more stuff, my dad is a mechanic, he uses them almost every day, never had a problem and they costed much more cheaper than any craftman or husky.
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Old 12-19-2004, 09:52 AM
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The 4" grinders are the best deal for the money available. they go on sale for $9.99 every now and then, reg. price is 15.99. I've had mine for about 6 years, it's still going strong. The d.a. sanders aren't bad, I bought the cheapest one about 2 years ago, it self destructed in my hands about a month ago, took out some nice strips of flesh on my hand, wrist and belly. I bought the second better model, hopefully it will last longer. Dan
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Old 12-26-2004, 11:38 PM
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I'm guilty of buying HF stuff too. Like Larry, I've had bad luck with those killer looking bondo filled vises.. I split one in two, with two whacks one time, driving a bushing out. I've bought at least six of those "Chicago" angle grinders and they really made a hit as door prizes at the car club Christmas party, everybody wanted one. I've used my HF HVLP gun twice and the "Chicago" buffer helps make good when it dribbles.
The air tools work fine for the hobby shop. I like the idea of running a $40 DA to death, with no oil, then just pitching it in the garbage.. I get a whole lot less fish eyes in the paint thataway!

What would we do without Harbor Freight
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Old 12-31-2004, 03:12 PM
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There are a couple that swing through this area. One is an auction style deal, the other is a store setup. I've bought from both, mixed results.

I'd say its mostly junk, but good enough to throw in the wrecker, for when you are out in the boonies, without your toolbox. the name brand stuff they have in stock is higher than if you bought locally. Bought a dozen chop saw blades for $10. Threw 3 away, because they almost shook the saw off the table. Still better than $5 each for Makita blades.

The auction deal is a scam. If you watch close, the guy is running the bid up, with house numbers. If you are careful about that, you can get stuff pretty reasonable.
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I have hit a few good deals and as said some dogs. I bought a buch of sand paper for a DA because it was cheap and it would come apart in nothing flat. Not worth it! I have a chop saw that has been great and a few other things but you do need to be carefull.
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