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Title: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: juiced coupe on June 15, 2010, 10:42:21 pm
I have picked up a few things from there lately and thought I would share

I have been wanting a auto darkening welding shield for a while. I have heard good things about these and decided to try one out. I waited a little while and what do you know, got it on sale. While I haven't used it a lot, my initial impressions are very good.

http://www.harborfreight.com/welding/welding-accessories/adjustable-shade-auto-darkening-welding-helmet-46092.html


After Dustin started a thread about threaded inserts a couple months ago, I decided to try out one of these. I have to say, I have used the Hell out of it on my car. I would probably rate it as one of my more favored tools. I don't know how I got by without one.

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/hand-riveters/45-piece-threaded-insert-riveter-kit-1210.html


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 85_GT on June 16, 2010, 12:18:04 am
Yes, they do have pretty good stuff, but some not so good to.  You kinda get the feel after years what's a good deal.  I've had their auto helmet probably over 15 years, still works great for a casual use.  Picked up another like above probably 3-4 years ago to keep at the other house.  You can't go wrong for 40 bucks.

Use to always by the better stuff.  These days been buying mostly theirs.  At the prices, they're disposables.  5.99 for an impact hammer, works as good as my ingersal rand.  11.99 for a 1/2" impact wrench. ditto.  Even they're HVLP spray guns work as good as my binks guns.

But then there's other stuff that isn't good.  Example, 2.99 PVC cutter - useless.

If there's a store in your area, you can spend hours looking around.  :)


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: juiced coupe on June 16, 2010, 12:28:07 am
These were just some things I wanted to try out. Both of these tools are kind of outside the "normal" tool range, so I thought I should do a "test drive" first. I have no problem buying higher end tools, but these have been up to the task so far.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: JeffB2 on June 16, 2010, 03:00:09 am
The brake bleeder that sells for $29 that kinda looks like a paint gun is awesome! It hooks up to your air compressor and works fast! I put new wheel cylinders,new lines and converted to a dual master in my '54 project car,typical hot day in AZ and had sucked down a few extra PBR's and forgot to bench bleed master cyl,no big deal all the air gone and a solid pedal in less than 10 minutes ;D


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gtvert90 on June 16, 2010, 03:07:42 am
The brake bleeder that sells for $29 that kinda looks like a paint gun is awesome!
I 2nd that I haven't had any problems with mine...

I bough a leak down tester there. Opened it up a week later to use it and one of the gauges were messed up OOTB brought it back got a new one and no problems.

So far haven't had any problems with the A/C gauges.. Haven't played with them much tho.

Fuel pressure gauge works fine.. Wish I was smart and got the one with the molded case and not the styrofoam and cardboard box.

Happy with the Vacuum gauge also.

Waiting for the noid light set to go on sale again and gonna pick that up. it was on sale for $15 a few weeks ago.

Picked up a brake caliper tool to spin the pistons back in for $10 can't go wrong there.

I did buy a jack there that I'm not thrilled with for the price I payed. But it lifts the car up and down.. I guess I can't complain too much.  :drink

Oh and before I forget.

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/SingleMagLanders/americanprofile/images/20_c.jpg

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/SingleMagLanders/americanprofile/images/flash_c.jpg  :rock


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Joel5.0 on June 16, 2010, 09:46:26 am
My first full set of "professional tools" back in 1991, when I started the shop full time was from them (:rant .... hey I had a small budget). Where can you get a 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2"  full set of sockets SAE and metric (Pittsburgh) for $65.00? :btw:.... I still use most of them, believe it or not. Some of their "special tools" offerings are not worth trying unless they are from a recognized brand like S-K. I also bought my Mityvac pump set  (when they had the metal pump available, not the plastic one) back in 1993...... and to this day it works fine.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: wywindsor on June 16, 2010, 10:15:37 am
I have all the tools talked about above. I'm an electrician and expect quility in my tools and my work. I can't afford the highest quality automotive type tools so I use what works and what I can afford. I have klien and greelee electrical hand tools for my profession. My auto tools consist of craftsman,some matco, snap on, sk.  i have a haror freight 2 miles from my house and I can look through their tools before I buy and have had no problem returning the ones that don't work well.I give them an A+ for customer service. One other tool not given much credit is the great neck sockets from auto zone. Where else can you get   deep and short  sockets metric or std. in all sizes 5/16'' to 7/8'' or 8mm to 19 for $20.00. with a lifetime warranty.

       


                                      Ray


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: FordRacing250 on June 16, 2010, 12:56:03 pm
I have a few small angle and die grinders from H/F that work very well over the years.
on their auto welding hood, I didnt like it much, not enough adjustability and too slow activation. When it comes to my eyes, I trust my miller elite, and also like speedglass alot


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: juiced coupe on June 16, 2010, 01:00:12 pm
on their auto welding hood, I didnt like it much, not enough adjustability and too slow activation.

The one I bought has a switch that adjusts the speed of activation. As I said before, this is more of a trial run on that type of tool. I do like the auto shield and will upgrade if i feel its needed.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: ddillon on June 16, 2010, 01:12:07 pm
Any of you guys tried the aluminum floor jack on sale for $59.95? I have thought about picking one up and trying it out.

         darren


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gtvert90 on June 16, 2010, 01:52:37 pm
Any of you guys tried the aluminum floor jack on sale for $59.95? I have thought about picking one up and trying it out.

         darren

http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/floor-jacks/rapid-pump-4000-lb-capacity-lightweight-low-profile-aluminum-racing-jack-92782.html

The on in the link is the one I have... I'm not happy with it for what I payed but it works. I may need to add more fluid to it? I don't know. Doesn't roll well. the rubber pad came off. Takes way more than 6 pumps to raise the vehicle (may need more fluid) And the handle is sometimes hard to turn when you want to lower it. You have to pull up on it a bit. I think thats it  ;D


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 2ndgen on June 16, 2010, 02:42:33 pm
Any of you guys tried the aluminum floor jack on sale for $59.95? I have thought about picking one up and trying it out.

         darren

I looked at that one; it appears OK and several online reviews are positive. Note that it has limited lift hieght and limited load capacity...

Personally I bought the Arcan XL35R jack at Costco for $89. It weighs a little over 100 lbs but has great lift hieght, is low profile, and great load capacity. As long as you just roll the unit around and don't try to pick it up it is fantastic!

After comparing the two the HF unit looks like a toy; but if I needed something I could transport (like to the track) I would probably try it out.

-Rory




Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gtvert90 on June 16, 2010, 03:08:17 pm
I think im going to pick one of those up if there still $85. I can just leave it in the garage shouldn't be a huge deal that it weights so much.  :thanx:


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: ddillon on June 16, 2010, 03:36:59 pm
thanks Phil and Rory, i appreciate your advice !!  I may pick one later.

  darren


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Fordota on June 16, 2010, 03:39:23 pm
Any of you guys tried the aluminum floor jack on sale for $59.95? I have thought about picking one up and trying it out.

         darren

Got it. I works great and its great on my back to pack out in the gravel. But like said the rubber comes right off.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: ddillon on June 16, 2010, 03:45:18 pm
thanks Dustin for the feedback.

  darren


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: goober on June 16, 2010, 04:19:50 pm
The woman bought mt the 301 piece socket set when I started this project. I was fully expecting to toss this junk the first time a socket busted, but it has actually held up pretty well. The included combination wrenches pull a severe vacuum, it doesn't have a 1/4" drive extension, or have 18mm sockets in 1/2" drive (for suspension components). Other than those minor complaints, it's been a good set. Nothing broke, and I haven't rounded or stripped anything with them.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: e3sean on June 17, 2010, 12:13:30 am
i have bought alot of their tools some good some bad.

GOOD STUFF
-assorted items heat shrink,cotter pins,clips,exc..
-clamp on dial indicator
-disposable stuff
-tool cart (pictured)
-wrenches (depending on application)
-hoses
-casters
-organizers
-angle grinders
-bench grinder
-vice
-motion sensor power outlet

man there is alot of good stuff....

BAD STUFF
-wire snips
-some air tools
-flashlights (some)

really you can look at the stuff and see if its gonna be crap right away .

here is the tool cart i just got on sale for $149 this thing is bad ass solid,all the drawrs are padded,they all lock,ball bearing droors,screwdriver holders. tray on the side.. i reccomend this to everyone. assymboly is a PITA and its heavy as hell but its a nice peice.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q132/E3SEAN/image_5591.jpg)
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q132/E3SEAN/toolcart.jpg)


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gtvert90 on June 17, 2010, 12:44:21 am
Damn I saw that cart I was gonna check it out but never made it there.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 93mustank on June 17, 2010, 01:46:10 am
Damn I saw that cart I was gonna check it out but never made it there.

Got me one at work.... damn nice for 150.00 .... beats spendin 950 on my cornwell.... treats are nice sometimes tho.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: fast88 on June 17, 2010, 05:35:26 pm
i have bought alot of their tools some good some bad.

GOOD STUFF
-assorted items heat shrink,cotter pins,clips,exc..
-clamp on dial indicator
-disposable stuff
-tool cart (pictured)
-wrenches (depending on application)
-hoses
-casters
-organizers
-angle grinders
-bench grinder
-vice
-motion sensor power outlet

man there is alot of good stuff....

BAD STUFF
-wire snips
-some air tools
-flashlights (some)

really you can look at the stuff and see if its gonna be crap right away .

here is the tool cart i just got on sale for $149 this thing is bad ass solid,all the drawrs are padded,they all lock,ball bearing droors,screwdriver holders. tray on the side.. i reccomend this to everyone. assymboly is a PITA and its heavy as hell but its a nice peice.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q132/E3SEAN/image_5591.jpg)
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q132/E3SEAN/toolcart.jpg)


Dude i was just looking at that yesterday....Im gonna get one for my trailer..... :naughty:


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 95GTspeeddemon on June 17, 2010, 07:51:15 pm
Im going back to dealership work and i can afford to buy more tools now; nows the chance to see how much i can spend at harbor freight lol
I always thought the stuff was crap, but there have been a couple things like an electric 1/2in impact i have used that have worked great the few times i used it.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Joel5.0 on June 17, 2010, 08:29:04 pm
Im going back to dealership work and i can afford to buy more tools now; nows the chance to see how much i can spend at harbor freight lol
I always thought the stuff was crap, but there have been a couple things like an electric 1/2in impact i have used that have worked great the few times i used it.
I have purchased two of those in the past and have used them almost every day. My only tip with those is to make sure you purchase a spare set or two of carbon brushes.... they do wear out fast.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/be/Carbon_brushes.jpg/300px-Carbon_brushes.jpg)


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 95GTspeeddemon on June 17, 2010, 08:34:44 pm
Im going back to dealership work and i can afford to buy more tools now; nows the chance to see how much i can spend at harbor freight lol
I always thought the stuff was crap, but there have been a couple things like an electric 1/2in impact i have used that have worked great the few times i used it.
I have purchased two of those in the past and have used them almost every day. My only tip with those is to make sure you purchase a spare set or two of carbon brushes.... they do wear out fast.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/be/Carbon_brushes.jpg/300px-Carbon_brushes.jpg)
Sweet, thanks Joel!


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: F3AR M3 on June 17, 2010, 11:22:07 pm
I like their 3/8 and 1/2 ratchets. They have been abused pretty bad by me. Especial with a cheater pipe, and I have yet to break one and they still work prefectly. I broke a Craftsman and Husky one with a cheater pipe. Yet the ratchets from HB keep on working perfectly



Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: juiced coupe on June 17, 2010, 11:31:09 pm
I like their 3/8 and 1/2 ratchets. They have been abused pretty bad by me. Especial with a cheater pipe, and I have yet to break one and they still work prefectly. I broke a Craftsman and Husky one with a cheater pipe. Yet the ratchets from HB keep on working perfectly



Get you a breaker bar and quit breaking ratchets. If the breaker bar won't get it, apply a little heat.

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/1-2-half-inch-drive-25-inch-breaker-bar-30395.html


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: tracer64 on June 30, 2010, 11:38:03 am
I like their tool boxes.  For what you are paying, they are heavier and the sliders are nicer than the Craftsman one I have, unless I'm sure you go their pro series.

Tracy


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gmatt9858 on July 10, 2010, 10:13:05 am
I've bought quite a few items there over the years. Good prices.
Hobart 135 amp wire feed welder with cart for $450 IIRC(smokin' deal, I think)
I've got that auto darkening helmet, works well, but it's kinda sensative while welding(flashes lighter and darker, makes it hard see the puddle)
Parts washer was a waste
I've got the aluminum 3000lb cap jack, works good, wish I would have got the bigger one tho.
They also sell stuff like crushed walnut shells for my blaster


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: goober on July 10, 2010, 06:49:20 pm
I've got that auto darkening helmet, works well, but it's kinda sensative while welding(flashes lighter and darker, makes it hard see the puddle)

As a welder, this is something I never go cheap on. I run a Speedglas 9002x.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: speedoo51 on September 08, 2010, 05:20:11 pm
Any one have a HF Blast Cabinet  ..http://www.harborfreight.com/40-lb-capacity-floor-blast-cabinet-93608.html


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: FivePointOhh on September 08, 2010, 05:36:54 pm
Any one have a HF Blast Cabinet  ..http://www.harborfreight.com/40-lb-capacity-floor-blast-cabinet-93608.html

had one for about a year, no issues what so ever, worked very very well. sold it at a garage sale when i moved for 100 bucks. great piece. i'll probably buy another one in the future.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: tx90vertgt on September 08, 2010, 08:17:40 pm
One of my favorite stops when I have a little time to kill, here's one of my favorites.  Occasionally it's on sale for $6.99.

http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/specialty-air-tools/3-inch-high-speed-air-cutter-47077.html

Other HF tools I love include my 3/8" air ratchet, cheap blow guns (especially the long one), heat gun, ratcheting tie downs, cheap razor blades, crimpers

I've had good luck with most of their stuff.  Here's some of my bad experiences:

Bought a rotary tool that ran off of a 12V transformer.  It was only like $5 but had a severe wobble that made it useless.

Set of prybars, used one to pull a water meter cover out of the ground.  Bent like wet spaghetti. 

3/8" impact wrench, I think my cordless drill has more torque.  Just got a 1/2" Blue Point.  I had no idea what I was missing. 


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: speedoo51 on September 08, 2010, 09:57:05 pm
Any one have a HF Blast Cabinet  ..http://www.harborfreight.com/40-lb-capacity-floor-blast-cabinet-93608.html

had one for about a year, no issues what so ever, worked very very well. sold it at a garage sale when i moved for 100 bucks. great piece. i'll probably buy another one in the future.

I had the feeling I should have bought one when they were at 215$..lol..


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Haystack on September 08, 2010, 11:03:31 pm
Hope this isn't too long. BTW, I don't just shop harbor freight, I used to spend about $100 or more every two weeks on tools, but after how many times I have had them stolen, lately I have been sticking the to cheaper, easily replaced stuff. Some of this stuff is just as good as craftsman or any other name brand, your just not putting there kids through college. Some is complete garbage. I should also mention, I am VERY, very hard on tools.

Adapters, maybe a two star.

I have not broken any of them, but some did not hold the socket to the adapter even when new. Not used much, but handy when you need it.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/4-piece-socket-adapter-set-1793.html

17" 3/8ths drive breaker bar, One star

Not a fan of this style, I generally buy a breaker bar after breaking good socket wrenches. I did not break off the socket end part like I do from the ones at auto zone, but the t where the swivel is breaks very easily. I usually break these the first time I use them, and then upgrade to the next best one when I return it. Always go with a 1/2" drive breaker bar.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/3-8-eighth-inch-drive-17-inch-breaker-bar-37391.html

10 peice multicolored sockets, 3 star

I bought these because I was at a junkyard right next to harbor freight and needed a deep socket. I do not like the multicolored, but they seem to work fine. Not used alot. I carried these with a breaker bar as a tire iron for a while. The plastic holder they come with is useless. I had to break it to get the sockets off, and the sockets fall off of the holder. They are starting to lose their color after mainly sitting in my tool box. The color is still there, but the smallest scratch will ruin the finish.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/10-piece-3-8-eighth-inch-sae-deep-wall-color-coded-socket-set-93264.html

9 peice 1/2" drive star bit set. 5 star

No complaints. Have not broken any, and none have fallen out of the socket.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/9-piece-1-2-half-inch-drive-star-bit-socket-set-95506.html

9 piece wobbly extensions. 3 star

Poor finish, and the socket holder did not work when new on most. They don't sell any other extensions that are cost effective. Overall I really like using multipul wobblies over a u-joint, or when you just can't get quite straight to a nut/bolt. You can use the 3/8th drive ones linked together to loosen your dist. clamp when you don't have a wrench for it one you. Box and holder is garbage, although still mostly intact. Used quite a bit. Messed up the 1/2 short extension when it was new, smashing it with a hammer trying to do u-joints on the side of the road. This was 100% abuse, and my fault.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/9-piece-wobble-extension-set-31203.html

64 peice socket set. 4 1/2 star.

Overall, I love this kit. Works very well as a junkyard, or even main socket set. I have only broken the 1/4" drive wrench, which was replaced on the spot no questions asked, when I brought it back. I have bought this kit several times from either stolen tools, or lost sockets. I have not broken any of the sockets. I wish the case was slightly more durable, and that there were more extensions. Other then that, best bang for your buck you can get.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/64-piece-1-4-quarter-inch-3-8-eighth-inch-and-1-2-half-inch-socket-set-4178.html

3/4" 21 piece socket set. 3 star.

I bought this after working on a friends deisel a couple of times, and getting sick of the 65 peice kit not going over 7/8". The finish is good, but there does not seem to be much quality. The sockets look offset, like not the same amount or wall all the way around. I have only used this a hand full of times, and think that $40 was a bit steep for something I will almost never use, but I keep it where I work on my car just incase. The case is not very strong. After riding around in my trunk for a while, the plastic on the outside has broken in a couple of places, but still intact. I do not think I could break any of these, not even with a cheater. The feel very strong, and industrial like, but I doubt I could use them enough to wear them in.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-accessories/21-piece-sae-3-4-quarter-inch-industrial-quality-socket-set-40996.html

8 piece off set box wrench. 2 star/

Felt very cheap. It had a small strap to hold them together that really didn't work at all. Get a large clip, or caribeaner  to hold them. The offset was very steep, making them hard to use. Bought this in the middle of a junkyard run for $3 in the clearance section missing one wrench. Worked everytime I used them, but hated to use them
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/wrenches/8-piece-sae-offset-box-wrench-set-32041.html

22 peice wrench set. 3 star.

I am not sure the link I am giving is the exact same one as the one I have. The set I have came with a holder, metric one side, standard on the other. I have used these quite a bit, and have no major complaints. I wish the open ends were stronger. I believe I spread the 10mm wrench. It still works fine, but does not hold up to torque. Finish is good, and I like the holder that it comes with.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/wrenches/22-piece-metric-and-sae-raised-panel-combination-wrench-set-38036.html

3 ton floor jack. 4 star.

Love this jack. I literally carry it in my daily driver. I have had this since I started driving. When I was 16 I jacked my car up high with a cheaper 2 1/2 ton craftsman jack. When I went to take it off the jack stands, The jack broke. I could not find another jack that would lift high enough to get the car off, until I found this jack. It has sat outside for 3+ years, and still works good. Has a very low lift, and a high lift. With this jack when it was brand new, I could jack my car up by the center of my k-member until the bumper hit the ground. It is very difficult to set the car down. It more drops, almost no matter how careful you are with it. That is the only reason why I gave it a 4 star. Love everything else about the jack, and if mine died tomorrow, I would not hesitate to get a new one.

1000lb engine stand. 4 star.

No complains, engine is still upright and off the ground. I had a c-clip come off of one of the wheels. Have had this for about 5 years.
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/lifts-stands/1000-lb-capacity-engine-stand-32916.html

46 piece pulley puller set. 2 star.

Cheaper then anywhere else, works good, but the packaging is garbage. Does not hold together at all. Quality feels the same as any other brand I have used.
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/pullers/46-piece-bolt-puller-set-37824.html

2-ton engine puller. 3 star.

No real complaints. Sat outside for many years and is still working. The hydralic fluid is starting to seep out. It needs a new ram. Would buy it again.
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/shop-cranes/2-ton-foldable-shop-crane-35915.html

21" metal tool box. 2 star.

Seemed to be very cheap. I broke a weld or two on it, and had both fasteners go bad. I very much so overloaded this box quite a bit. I like to be over prepared and am very hard on things.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/carry-tool-boxes/steel-toolbox-91111.html

21" plastic tool box. 3 star.

Cheap, but effective. Had had this box for about two years. Never leaves the trunk of the car unless I am using them. Completely full, and very over loaded. Worked well for the first year or so. It is time for another one. I wish someone would still make a good old fashioned metal tool box. The plastic is starting to crack the entire lid, right by the handle. The tray is also breaking. I have liked this the best of most, if any plastic tool box I have ever had. I would buy one again. I am very hard on things like this.
http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/carry-tool-boxes/20-inch-stainless-steel-toolbox-93168.html


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Haystack on September 08, 2010, 11:22:22 pm
BTW, I also carry all of the hand tools that I listed in my trunk at all times. Its fun driving a 180,000 mile 20 year old car. I like to be way overly prepared, and am very picky about tools.

Here are some links for discounts.
http://www.harborfreight.com/mustang

Has the shop crane that I bought for $200, for $100 right now. You can print these off and bring them into the store.

http://www.harborfreight.com/more-coupons.html

The retail flyer for 9/16 to 9/19 has the 301 piece kit I have been eyeballing for a while at 149.99 that is normally 179.99. I would really like to get more info on this kit. I almost bought it, but they wouldn't let me open it up before I bought it, so I walked away from it.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Fordota on September 09, 2010, 04:42:30 am
The blue nitrile gloves, any of the mechanic style gloves, safety glasses or goggles, and earmuffs are an awesome deal. I also happen to like there 4.5" angle grinder cutoff blades the best. They are not only the cheapest but the best because they are super thin and cut FAST. A lot of guys dont like the thin blades and swear they blow up. If your blade is blowing up on you, you are not holding the grinder straight and are rubbing the sides too much.

I also got a 1000 lb roll around hydraulic cart. Its how I put my transfercase and transmission in. It goes from about 6" to 3' high and works great.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: FivePointOhh on September 09, 2010, 10:04:46 am
The blue nitrile gloves, any of the mechanic style gloves, safety glasses or goggles, and earmuffs are an awesome deal. I also happen to like there 4.5" angle grinder cutoff blades the best. They are not only the cheapest but the best because they are super thin and cut FAST. A lot of guys dont like the thin blades and swear they blow up. If your blade is blowing up on you, you are not holding the grinder straight and are rubbing the sides too much.

I also got a 1000 lb roll around hydraulic cart. Its how I put my transfercase and transmission in. It goes from about 6" to 3' high and works great.

love them myself. except i did have a defective cut off blade one time and it did explode when it wasnt even touching metal yet. it just broke apart right after it got up to speed....now i have a nice reminder of it on the back of my hand....and would have been a few on my face if it werent for my 3 dollar harbor freight face shield  :pimp



i'll have to look into that cart you got, i'll be doin some transfer case/trans work soon.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: speedoo51 on September 09, 2010, 03:43:42 pm
So my list has gone from brake line tube bender to engine hoist to sand blast cabinet and a whole bunch more.. ;D..If I keep reading this thread I'm going to have to use my trailer!!!  :laugh

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-vehicle-dollies-67511.html

Vehicle dolly set..Well worth the money, at least if they are the same as the ones in the four piece set I bought five years ago for 79.95...


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: nickb on October 09, 2010, 12:59:00 am
great guys, now i picked out my bday gift. the 90amp welder should do good on the toque box reinforcment kit i just ordered.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 289nate on October 09, 2010, 02:14:20 am
The blue nitrile gloves, any of the mechanic style gloves, safety glasses or goggles, and earmuffs are an awesome deal. I also happen to like there 4.5" angle grinder cutoff blades the best. They are not only the cheapest but the best because they are super thin and cut FAST. A lot of guys dont like the thin blades and swear they blow up. If your blade is blowing up on you, you are not holding the grinder straight and are rubbing the sides too much.

I also got a 1000 lb roll around hydraulic cart. Its how I put my transfercase and transmission in. It goes from about 6" to 3' high and works great.

love them myself. except i did have a defective cut off blade one time and it did explode when it wasnt even touching metal yet. it just broke apart right after it got up to speed....now i have a nice reminder of it on the back of my hand....and would have been a few on my face if it werent for my 3 dollar harbor freight face shield  :pimp



i'll have to look into that cart you got, i'll be doin some transfer case/trans work soon.

This is funny.  The cut off blades work awesome.  Cut my thumb to the bone in a fraction of a second when I didn't respect the tool and got lazy/stupid cutting some metal. :orglaugh  I use them and the grinding discs.  Good deal and I will continue to use them as they work just fine as long as you keep your fingers away from the tool. :duh


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: speedoo51 on October 09, 2010, 11:34:27 pm
""they work just fine as long as you keep your fingers away from the tool. ""

 :whs:  :whs: :whs:


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: rss023 on December 26, 2011, 07:50:58 pm
From my experiences with Harbor Freight, if you are making a living with your tools, then you should probably buy a better tool. If you are just a weekend mechanic like me, you could get by with Harbor Freight. :347ho: 


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: WKERacing on December 26, 2011, 09:02:41 pm
I grabbed a few of the small plastic tool boxes to keep a few things in when i go to the track. I broke a 1/2 drive impact extension with just a ratchet. some things are good and most are not.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: riverfox_racing on December 27, 2011, 06:09:17 pm
So you guys are cool with cheap chinese knockoff tools, but not motor parts? I love my $8 air chisel, it cuts through a beer can like butter. The instructions that came with it were such a bad translation to english it was hilarious, worth the price alone. Says do not exeed 90psi I hope it dosen't blow up in my hand that would be weak.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gmatt9858 on December 27, 2011, 08:47:31 pm
You have to be very careful which tools you pick out. I got a flat pry bar set and bent one pulling a nail.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: jayh on December 27, 2011, 09:45:10 pm
Im impressed with some of their tool boxes. I actually think they are nicer than craftsman

Ive gotten a few things that worked good, most of it has been junk though


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: WKERacing on December 27, 2011, 10:06:31 pm
I'm still using a craftsman box i got over 20 years ago, I want a nice long flat top box.

Wondering about the engine hoists that they carry.

Also would like to find a nice sized bolt bin like what a hardware store uses, the metal ones.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: jayh on December 27, 2011, 11:32:16 pm
home depot just had a husky box that looked like a good buy. it was pretty wide


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: bikefreak600 on January 04, 2012, 08:43:03 pm
my brother bought their largest low profile aluminum jack... its nicer than my craftsman aluminum jack.
i have their largest blast cabinet. 6 years still works like new.

engine hoist 12 years still works perfect.  used alot too. + engine stands are just fine.

some air tools from them work ok for the money.

hydraulic pipe bender had for 10+ years works great.

their welding magnets & clamps work awesome for cheap$ ... i know its just a magnet hahaha

so far all of their abrasives (consumables blast powders, silica & soda) and grinding/ cutoff wheels are good buys

some things i would NEVER  buy from harbor freight... most any electronics  like welders, drill press,  saws, grinders, band saws, lathes etc.
you can easily walk through the store and quickly decide which products are quality or not.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gtvert90 on January 05, 2012, 12:36:11 am
Which jack did you get it? I got one. its garbage. within a year it leaks like crazy.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 95GTspeeddemon on January 05, 2012, 08:53:00 am
i have the one with the single long roller in the front, i love it.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: bikefreak600 on January 05, 2012, 05:08:18 pm
i have the one with the single long roller in the front, i love it.
thats what he got.  he has only had it for 6-8 months.  but it really is better quality than my craftsman


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: gtvert90 on January 05, 2012, 06:37:35 pm
i have the one with the single long roller in the front, i love it.
thats what he got.  he has only had it for 6-8 months.  but it really is better quality than my craftsman

I have the one wtih 2 rollers in front. could have just been a lemon I suppose.. it leaks like crazy out where the shaft to lower it goes.

I was just looking for a jack that would raise the highest.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Fst Blk on January 05, 2012, 08:28:42 pm
i have the one with the single long roller in the front, i love it.

That's the one the wife got me for Christmas last year... 59 bux FTW  ;D

Bill


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: jayh on January 05, 2012, 09:36:42 pm
the jacks are hit and miss too. I have one and its a piece of shit. my buddy has one and his will actually hold something up

I bought an electric die grinder there that actually works pretty good

any type of pliers are junk. at least that has been my experience

one thing is for sure, if I didnt have one local where I can hold it in my hand before I bought it, I probably wouldnt buy anything from there

come to think of it I havent had much luck with air tools from there, somehow I always had good luck with campbell hausfield though(maybe just me lol)


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: WKERacing on January 05, 2012, 10:06:14 pm
Jack is doing good
1/2 impact extensions snapped with just a hand ratchet
air tools, had to replace one, the rest are still holding up

that "Jegs" creeper is a big P.O.S.
craftsman 3/4 wrench, Snappp


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: 95GTspeeddemon on January 05, 2012, 10:08:31 pm
i have a 7/8 1/2in socket (says impact but its just painted black lol) that has held of to occasional uses at work.
mac flip socket 19/21mm is no good for repeated use on the 21mm, its too thin walled.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: jayh on January 05, 2012, 11:40:04 pm
lol I didnt even think of that. I had 3/8 extensions from there that broke the very first time I used them!


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: MeanMussy on January 06, 2012, 01:04:19 am
I try to only buy "dumb" tools (hammers, axe, pry bar, jack stands, etc) there.  Anything that plugs into the wall or requires any precision, I stay away from.  I have a motor hoist and stand from there, and they've worked fine.  I looked a lot of their aluminum jacks and they all just looked poorly built, so I've stayed away.  I think the 3 ton jack I have in the garage was picked up from Tractor Supply.  The thing is a beast, feels like it was carved out of billet steel, but it's still low profile enough to get under the Stang and it hasn't given me a bit of trouble. 



Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Haystack on January 06, 2012, 05:11:37 am
0ut of probably 15 jacks I have used from harbor freight, about three were mine personally, never had a single problem. My favorite jack that I carried in my daily driver, was a 3 ton orange jack. Sat outside for years, and I can still jack up a car on the center of the k-member till the back bumper touches. Only complaint is that after 7 years, the paint is fading and its a bit touchy when you drop it down. I don't use extensions unless I really can't get to something.

Overall, I have gotten lucky with most of the things I have bought. Most I would put against craftsman for strength or durability. Finish used to really suck, but is getting much better. But quality is still really hit or miss with certain tools. I've also never had a problem with the grinders I have bought there.

The mechanics at my last work bought quite a bit more harbor freight tools then anything else. The mac and snap on stuff they would buy more or less as a back up or for their personal tools. Then they would use the harbor freight stuff it they knew it was a job hard on the tools, or likely to break them.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: Bam54 on January 10, 2012, 05:21:50 pm
Let me start by saying this I buy nothing from Harbor Frieght unless its on sale or I have a coupon to me most of the stuff is worth the buy when its discounted. We have 2 aluminum jacks they both work great and are better than my craftsman aluminum jack I ended up trading it in for scrap LOL.
I haven't had a problem with the impact extensions but the wobble extensions are junk. One of my favorite tools is the swivel head 1/2 drive racheting breaker bar I have abused the hell out of it and it has finally broken after five years I had a 4ft cheater bar on it when finally gave up. Sadly I haven't seen another one like it for a long time. I try not to buy electric hand tools but I have had a $6 grinder last for a long time. The blast cabinets work pretty good and the table top belt sander has worked flawless. Engine hoist and engine stands have been good also. After we lost all our tools when the shop burnt down we replaced alot of them with harbor freight stuff and so far I would say 3/4's of it was good buys for the price on sale.

Bam


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: juiced coupe on January 10, 2012, 10:09:59 pm
One of my favorite tools is the swivel head 1/2 drive racheting breaker bar I have abused the hell out of it and it has finally broken after five years I had a 4ft cheater bar on it when finally gave up. Sadly I haven't seen another one like it for a long time.

Its nowhere near as cheap as a breaker bar, but have you looked at torque multipliers. I picked up a used one a few years ago and have only run into a couple things that needed more than a 1/2" ratchet combined with the multiplier. They are life savers in areas where there isn't room for a breaker bar.

I picked up one of these: http://www.royalsupply.com/store/pc/WRI-9S291-2858p52097.htm , but there are cheaper options: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200315001_200315001


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: mustang_moch1 on February 19, 2012, 01:00:39 am
How's the quality of their torque wrenches? I haven't heard anything bad.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: mustang_moch1 on February 19, 2012, 01:07:31 am
The few things i have bought are air tools, 3/4 impact 1/2 impact 3/8 air ratchet and never had a problem. I've had them going on 8 years and put them through hell! Tough as nails! A+ from me.


Title: Re: Harbor Freight tools
Post by: juiced coupe on March 10, 2014, 04:55:16 pm
Got my first taste of their "extended warranty" today.

Turns out that a "2 year warranty" isn't really that, its a one time use deal within that time. After that, the warranty is voided and you have to repurchase it if you want to retain it.

If they had told me that in the first place, I'd have told them where to stick their warranty.