Harbor Freight


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tmurf.1

Harbor freight tools is the answer to Chinese unemployment. I hate it
but I am addicted to the place.
 
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hallerb

right on, decent quality at excellent prices, and there stores are nice
 
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Shopdog

DECENT QUALITY? Guess you haven't bought any combination wrenches yet huh?
Well, the quality of those are horrible, some are not even the correct size
and when you use them they expand and slip on the nut. Most of the air tools
( at least the ones that I have) are pretty good, they have been holding up
for over a year now with no complaints. The welding wire is good, and the
sand blasting equipment is decent. I guess some of the stuff is good, but
like I said the hand tools are crap.

Searcher
 
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badgolferman

DECENT QUALITY? Guess you haven't bought any combination wrenches yet huh? Well, the quality of those are horrible, some are not even the correct size and when you use them they expand and slip on the nut. Most of the air tools ( at least the ones that I have) are pretty good, they have been holding up for over a year now with no complaints. The welding wire is good, and the sand blasting equipment is decent. I guess some of the stuff is good, but like I said the hand tools are crap.

Searcher
Well, I just ordered a reciprocating saw or $19.99. We'll see how that holds up.
 
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Bob S.

Shopdog said:
DECENT QUALITY? Guess you haven't bought any combination wrenches yet huh?
Well, the quality of those are horrible, some are not even the correct size
and when you use them they expand and slip on the nut. Most of the air tools
( at least the ones that I have) are pretty good, they have been holding up
for over a year now with no complaints. The welding wire is good, and the
sand blasting equipment is decent. I guess some of the stuff is good, but
like I said the hand tools are crap.

Searcher
I buy there fairly often - but am careful of what I buy. I've bought
crescent wrenches, hammers, clamps, "dremel" accessories, tarps, and
wheels and have been quite satisfied. However saw blades were a
disappointment.

Bob S.
 
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Nonnymus

Bob said:
I buy there fairly often - but am careful of what I buy. I've bought
crescent wrenches, hammers, clamps, "dremel" accessories, tarps, and
wheels and have been quite satisfied. However saw blades were a
disappointment.

Bob S.
I, too, am a fan of Harbor Freight and shop at our local
stores frequently. I am quite familiar with the differences
between "good" and "bad" quality tools. If you shop at
their stores, looking and handling a tool will give you a
pretty quick indication about its fit and finish. Today, I
looked at screwdrivers that I could probably twist in half
with my own hands, and also at some that I would probably
pass along to my children. What I especially like is their
in-store specials.

Today, I bought a 600' drum of 3/8" polypropylene braided
rope for $10. It's about the size of clothes line and is
perfect for tying down things in the pickup. I also bought
6 of their $3 flyswatters to give to folks. They use 2
D-cells and really nuke a fly or bug when they come in
contact with the grid. I found a $3 multimeter that is
shirt-pocket sized and similar to another I keep on the
bench. I bought it to give to a neighbor boy who's starting
to assemble his own toolbox.

If you don't know what you are buying, then Harbor Freight
is just like pot luck. However, if you have experience with
tools, including power tools and even bench and floor tools,
then you can get some really good deals.

Nonnymus
 
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maradcliff

I, too, am a fan of Harbor Freight and shop at our local
stores frequently. I am quite familiar with the differences
between "good" and "bad" quality tools. If you shop at
their stores, looking and handling a tool will give you a
pretty quick indication about its fit and finish. Today, I
looked at screwdrivers that I could probably twist in half
with my own hands, and also at some that I would probably
pass along to my children. What I especially like is their
in-store specials.

Today, I bought a 600' drum of 3/8" polypropylene braided
rope for $10. It's about the size of clothes line and is
perfect for tying down things in the pickup. I also bought
6 of their $3 flyswatters to give to folks. They use 2
D-cells and really nuke a fly or bug when they come in
contact with the grid. I found a $3 multimeter that is
shirt-pocket sized and similar to another I keep on the
bench. I bought it to give to a neighbor boy who's starting
to assemble his own toolbox.

If you don't know what you are buying, then Harbor Freight
is just like pot luck. However, if you have experience with
tools, including power tools and even bench and floor tools,
then you can get some really good deals.

Nonnymus
I personally try to avoid places like that. I have only dealt with a
few items from Harbor Freight, and I would rate them as tolerable for
the average homeowner, but not for a professional. I must say that I
also bought from Homier. Their stuff is pure garbage. They do not
stand behind their stuff either. In fact I bought a defective power
tool which was defective right out of the box. They refused to even
return my calls. After I contacted the Better Business Bureau, they
finally contacted me, but still refused to replace or repair the tool.
I would not recommend Homier to anyone. Compared to Homier, Harbor
Freight seems like top of the line.

For me, being a farmer and retired handyman, I tend to only buy name
brand tools. I have busted far too many knuckles using cheap tools.
 
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Shopdog

Hey Badgolf,

Please let us know, I have been VERY reluctant to purchase electrical
items from them. I look at it this way, if I need a tool for a once in
awhile job, I'd rather buy it from HF then spend big bucks on it elsewhere.
I did buy the wrenches and learned the hard way how bad they were. Luckily,
they were only to keep at work for happenstance tightenings.

Searcher
 
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bill allemann

I just tried their larger recip saw, and returned it immediately. At the
lower speed setting (for cutting steel) it didn't have enough torque to make
a cut at all.

I've had good luck, though, with a small hammer drill, and with their big
breaker hammer.

Bill



DECENT QUALITY? Guess you haven't bought any combination wrenches yet huh?
Well, the quality of those are horrible, some are not even the correct
size and when you use them they expand and slip on the nut. Most of the
air tools ( at least the ones that I have) are pretty good, they have been
holding up for over a year now with no complaints. The welding wire is
good, and the sand blasting equipment is decent. I guess some of the stuff
is good, but like I said the hand tools are crap.

Searcher
Well, I just ordered a reciprocating saw or $19.99. We'll see how that
holds up.
 
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badgolferman

bill allemann, 5/24/2006, 7:12:26 AM,
I just tried their larger recip saw, and returned it immediately. At the
lower speed setting (for cutting steel) it didn't have enough torque to
make a cut at all.

I've had good luck, though, with a small hammer drill, and with their big
breaker hammer.

Bill
How about cutting wood or through nails?
 
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Bill Gill

badgolferman said:
Shopdog, 5/23/2006,10:26:54 PM, wrote:




Well, I just ordered a reciprocating saw or $19.99. We'll see how that holds up.
I bought one of their $20 reciprocating saws a couple of
months ago. I needed it to work on the beam that holds
up my back porch roof, and figured it it got through
that then $20 was a pretty good price.

Once I had gotten rid of the blades that came with it,
and the $10 pack of Harbor Freight blades I bought at
the same time it has been working pretty good. I don't
claim it is a great tool, but for my occasional work it
seems to be doing just fine.

So far I have finished the back porch work, cut up some
limbs that fell out of my back yard trees, and cut a
drain pipe that I had to remove. It still seems to be
working just as good as ever. That isn't a whole lot of
work, but I don't expect to do a whole lot of work with
it. And as I say, $20 for the back porch roof was a
reasonable price, so everything else I do with it is so
much gravy.

I do have a number of other Chicago Electric tools from
HF, and am satisfied with them for my occasional use.
If I was a professional I wouldn't even bother with
them, I would go get better tools.

Bill Gill
 
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tmurf.1

I have a home inspection business and I bought two of those little GFCI
testers and they failed to trip the ground fault and I put that info
into my report but luckily I found out that the tester was faulty and
re-tested with another device before it was too late. With Harbor
freight it is hit or miss.
 
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C & E

tmurf.1 said:
I have a home inspection business and I bought two of those little GFCI
testers and they failed to trip the ground fault and I put that info
into my report but luckily I found out that the tester was faulty and
re-tested with another device before it was too late. With Harbor
freight it is hit or miss.
I had two of their GFIs trip but the front of the unit bulged out and was
unuseable. I guess it worked but I bought better ones when I replaced them.
 
K

Keith Williams

Hey Badgolf,

Please let us know, I have been VERY reluctant to purchase electrical
items from them. I look at it this way, if I need a tool for a once in
awhile job, I'd rather buy it from HF then spend big bucks on it elsewhere.
Last year I bought their $99 special 10" sliding compound miter say
thinking that if it was good enough to 2x4's it was worth the
money. I was very pleasantly surprised. A couple of cow-orkers
bought them too, one was pleased the other had issues with the
slider bearings being too stiff.

I bought a "6-n-1" 10Ga. framing nailer a couple of months ago.
The thing is *huge*. I'm not sure it was such a good purchase. You
pays your money and takes your chances.
I did buy the wrenches and learned the hard way how bad they were. Luckily,
they were only to keep at work for happenstance tightenings.
Most people don't realize how important the accuracy of the
business end of a wrench is. A lot of times cheap wrenches have
crappy plating so they're off-size. I've seen some that were the
right size before plating. I don't think I'd buy any hand tools
from HF, particularly without seeing them. OTOH, HF is great for
things like chip brushes, gloves, and other throw-aways.
 
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Ignoramus16643

Their air tools all serve me faithfully. (saws, grinders etc)

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Pete C.

Ignoramus16643 said:
Their air tools all serve me faithfully. (saws, grinders etc)

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I got their air hammer with 9 chisels when it was on sale for $10 and it
works beautifully. The combo with the 1/2 impact wrench and 3/8 ratchet
also works flawlessly. Their 20T air/hydraulic jack is now on my non
Harbor Freight H frame press.

Pete C.
 
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Shopdog

Yeah, I just got done sanding and painting with HF air tools today. Still
working great. I also have an HF vacuum canister, the kind you use for
"sucking" liquids, for the 20.00 I paid for it this thing is incredible. I
didn't like the acid brushes they sell, they fall apart quickly.

Searcher
 
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Ignoramus16643

I got their air hammer with 9 chisels when it was on sale for $10 and it
works beautifully. The combo with the 1/2 impact wrench and 3/8 ratchet
also works flawlessly. Their 20T air/hydraulic jack is now on my non
Harbor Freight H frame press.

Pete C.
Do you know anything about their sawzall?

I need a sawzall for occasional use.

i
 
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Shopdog

WHere you at "ig"? Cause I have one that I am not using, its not HF but its
not Sears either..

Sear her
 
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Shopdog

Hold on fore ya get to happy, I just went to "put hands on it" and I can't
locate it. But, if I find it your welcome to it.

Searcher
"C" monster took the last one
 

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