|10-15-2006 08:16 PM|
I have to agree with oldred. They are fine for the home hobbyist.
When I know I am going to use a tool over and over, it has to be quality. HF has some junk, but some of them are fine for occasional use. I have quite a few things from there that I use occasionally.
Besides, its fun to go look around in their stores.
|10-15-2006 08:03 PM|
|oldred||I am always badmouthing cheap tools but it seems like I just can't pass that darn place up when I am in the area. I have a 4" grinder that use 4 1/2" disks on and I have abused this thing for almost 4 years now, cost was $14 plus sales tax I have a metal cutting bandsaw that I got for $149.00 that I have used for the same length of time and it is the same story, it just keeps on chugging! I dulled the blade that came with it the first day but replaced it with quality bi-metal Morse blades and this thing cuts fast and most importantly VERY accurately. I have gotten a few duds also but for the most part what I have bought has been worth far more than the prices I paid and by now I have accumulated a bunch of stuff from there. I would definitely not recommend these tools for a pro making a living with them, most of them anyway, but for home and hobby use most of that stuff is just fine.|
|10-15-2006 05:48 PM|
|Bee4Me||They have an adapter kit with 3 or 4 different "heads" that work with a palm nailer gun for body work I've been thinking about. Course,I need a palm nailer too.. LOL....|
|10-15-2006 05:31 PM|
I bought a rt angle HF die grinder about 5-6 years ago - while its a bit short on power for use with carbide burrs, it turns RollLocs just fine. I paid, if I recall, about $20 including ~$7.00 freight as there wasn't a local store here yet. When (if?) it dies, I might take a plunge for a good one.
|10-14-2006 09:34 PM|
|pepi||at first I opted for some of HFs air tools I soon learned that they are a bit , can i say over rated. I have replaced those with IRs, the IR brand have all the power needed to do the job. With their power you do NOT get all that stalling (grinding or cutting) and the added bonus, they run quieter........... see even in air tools it all comes back to horsepower , funny how that works. No they are not the cheapest air tool, however I believe with what my time is worth and that ability to get the work out puts the price of IR tools on a equal price playing field with the HF .|
|10-14-2006 09:10 PM|
|matt167||The 6.99 Air grinder is awsome. I paid $1 more for the " Kit " that has a brass air plug and some grinding wheels, but none the less, works fine. Also bought the $9.99 3" cut off wheel, and it's awsome also. I have 1 of there Air body saws, and it does work but, it seems to jamb up sometimes. I know a lot of people say not to buy electrical tools from them but I bought a small 2 gal compressor at 1 of there blowout sales for $50, and as 1 of there regular on sale items, there regular duty 14" chop saw. so far, they both work awsome. I got my 110v Flux wire welder there also, and I cannot complain about that ither. Most of the stuff in the line of tools, I buy there, because it is cheap enough for me. I'm a high school student and altho some things I could get away with not having ( Chop saw, small compressor ) they make my life easier, the Chop saw has been used for sizing up exhaust tubing and just yesterday I cut a peice of 1/8"X1" flat stock for a bracket to mount my coolant recovery tank in my falcon, using existing holes for the bracket, so I didn't have to drill new 1's.|
|10-14-2006 09:08 PM|
[QUOTE=MARTINSR]I just picked up a dolly at Harbor Freight that I thought some of you may be interested in. This bugger was only $14.99 and a super deal. It is forged not cast like other cheapie tools (you know how I hate this place but I have to go there once in a while don't I?) I was doing a project on my Gran Sport that needed some sheetmetal fab and I forgot to bring home some dollies from work. I ran over to Harbor Freight hoping to get something and found this treasure. It is a super tool to clamp in the vice as I did and hammer your work right over it. The second one is a football shaped one, I left that there getting a regular toe dolly on a long handle instead (only $6.99!)
|10-14-2006 08:48 PM|
Yeah, love/hate, that is a good description. It is 95% absolute garbage. But there are a few treasures. One of the apprentices at work bought a door skin kit with a rubber dolly and skinning hammer for $12.00 or what ever it was I forget, but CHEAP. And it is a darn good set.
I really have to force myself to get a cheap air tool so I left the one there that I saw, how about $6.99 for a die grinder!
What I am going to do is buy a new super kick but one for work (they are about $150 on the tool trucks) and bring home my smaller used one for home.
|10-14-2006 08:43 PM|
|weirdbeard||HF is a love/hate relationship isn't it? It never fails to surprise me when I find a cheap yet well made useful tool there. I love that place! Until I buy a $1 hammer that shatters like glass when I go to drive a nail! Thats a neat dolly anyway...|
|10-14-2006 07:54 PM|
Nice dolly available at Harbor Freight.
I just picked up a dolly at Harbor Freight that I thought some of you may be interested in. This bugger was only $14.99 and a super deal. It is forged not cast like other cheapie tools (you know how I hate this place but I have to go there once in a while don't I?) I was doing a project on my Gran Sport that needed some sheetmetal fab and I forgot to bring home some dollies from work. I ran over to Harbor Freight hoping to get something and found this treasure. It is a super tool to clamp in the vice as I did and hammer your work right over it. The second one is a football shaped one, I left that there getting a regular toe dolly on a long handle instead (only $6.99!)