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Old 12-22-2015, 10:00 AM
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There are a number of good buys and good enough tools there, the problem is knowing which one. Air and gas lines, NO, NO, NO!

I learned the hard way there. The big thing I don't like about them is for a newbe, they don't know if they are the ones failing, or the cheap tool.

I compare quality tools with this example. I play guitar, years ago after I had been playing for a while with a cheap guitar I picked up a Fender Strat and couldn't believe how easy it was to play!

Tools are like that, there are a lot of cheapie tools that simply don't allow someone without mad skills to get the job done, at all! Or they don't spot they are junk and think that is how those tools are, which would be wrong.

You can't teach that, there isn't a whole lot you can say to guide someone, the good and the bad are mixed within the whole store. There is some serious junk and some perfectly fine tools.

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HF has a "cart" that has a scissor jack built into it to raise and lower the height of the top. We use it every day for all kinds of stuff in the shop. The composite rachets are pretty good, and if you work outdoors, they are more comfortable in cold weather. Impact sockets and electric grinders are good as well. I bought my dad one of their cast iron 3-ton floor jacks; its flat out awesome for the price. I looked at an aluminum one but the cylinders are not lined and I cant imagine it lasting long.
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I buy the on sale $9.99 right angle die grinders. I have a bunch of them set up with carbide bits, sanding discs, Skotch brite discs, grinding wheels and wire brushes. They use a lot of air, but I have not had one fail yet, and I really can't see a difference between them, and the older CPs and Ingersalls I have.

When I was wrenching professionally, I used HF impact sockets, they actually lasted longer than the Snap On sockets, had the same warrantee, and you could buy a whole set for the price of one Snap On.
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I buy the on sale $9.99 right angle die grinders. I have a bunch of them set up with carbide bits, sanding discs, Skotch brite discs, grinding wheels and wire brushes. They use a lot of air, but I have not had one fail yet, and I really can't see a difference between them, and the older CPs and Ingersalls I have.

When I was wrenching professionally, I used HF impact sockets, they actually lasted longer than the Snap On sockets, had the same warrantee, and you could buy a whole set for the price of one Snap On.
LOLOL, I bought a set of Pittsburg Impact sockets at HF and they broke, one after another! I even welded them back together to use as locking wheel lug removers. That is when I bought my S&K set and have never been sorry. I gave the broken junk to a co-worker who likes working with cheap junk (though he has an $8000 SnapOn box) and I wrote a warning sticker out of masking tape and put it on the box.

"Warning, do not connect air hose to impact wrench when using these sockets."


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Interesting as I have tried to break my HF impact sockets - SAE and metric and they just keep on working though the 21mm and 13/16 are about worn round from use
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Are you using a HF impact................

I do have to say that the next time I saw that set it looked a lot thicker than the one I got.


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Are you using a HF impact................

I do have to say that the next time I saw that set it looked a lot thicker than the one I got.


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Yep - their 'Earthquake' impact. It for sure isn't a Snap-on but it whips the 165 pound torqued (all 32 of the dang things) lug nuts off my truck plus the even tighter blue Loc-Tited brake bracket *ahem* cap screws

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have several jack stands that I have used for years with no problems. bought one of their $369 bottom chests with a $299 top chest. not a snap on or mac. does ok for extra storage.
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have several jack stands that I have used for years with no problems. .
If you did have a problem you probably wouldn't be here talking about it now.....
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nly thing worth walkin out of Harbor Freight with is the cash register.
Can I get a drum roll?


thats about right...........HEY NO!!It is right!!! ha ha
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I bought An extended --air--powered 3" disc cutoff grinder.Whats everyones take on this tool ~~~~~please,I am not afraid to take a tool back. Idid return the$ always ---$100.00 stud gun, Didn't weld the pull pins on the sheetmetal, What .on the tool i ask about.


I bought the 3/8ths- drive air ratchet. I had one 10 years .It was oiled far less, than called for .But it was one heck of a tool for $19.00 . PS:bought another last summer.i oil the crap out of my H/F tool now.Had the shop crane for over 30 years ,i add hyd; oil from time to time. It has a short arm busting travel on it.It keeps working. please feel free!!!! on my question asked about the extended reach -cutoff tool.Ican still return it.90 day warranty i think thanks much Bob s
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Though i would show you the -extended"disc cutoff tool"I purchased in the 'previous post"yesterday. Also thru in a pic of my 55 i am doing. thanks for looking. bob s
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For Harry Homeowner, their tools will be okay. If you own a business and depend on a tool working every day, you're tossing the dice. Can you afford to spend a couple of hours chasing a replacement or more if you decide to fart around fixing it?

I got their 2-ton engine crane last year. It gets some use at my house and I lend it out to friends. Took me another trip back and forth to get all the parts (they just tore open another box and cannibalized it..). I still had to machine up some parts for it to improve it.
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For Harry Homeowner, their tools will be okay. If you own a business and depend on a tool working every day, you're tossing the dice. Can you afford to spend a couple of hours chasing a replacement or more if you decide to fart around fixing it?

I got their 2-ton engine crane last year. It gets some use at my house and I lend it out to friends. Took me another trip back and forth to get all the parts (they just tore open another box and cannibalized it..). I still had to machine up some parts for it to improve it.

The plug began to leak on mine ...shop crane .I tapped hole in the cylinder made up a rubber washer The little strap metal squeezes -the rubber--
, therefore stopping the leak..over 30 years repaired
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