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« 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
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Bottom line, if it was the hot ticket, the fast guys would do it.............they don't

You might need some Titanium rods and a flow bench!  LMAO on floor

I honestly don't get it.

I'm sweating, my heart is racing, my clutch foot is twichin', and my right arm punched the computer screen doing an involentary 2-3 shift while reading all that. 
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« Reply #1 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.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 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.
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Quote from: Monte Smith
Bottom line, if it was the hot ticket, the fast guys would do it.............they don't

You might need some Titanium rods and a flow bench!  LMAO on floor

I honestly don't get it.

I'm sweating, my heart is racing, my clutch foot is twichin', and my right arm punched the computer screen doing an involentary 2-3 shift while reading all that. 
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« Reply #3 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 Grin
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« Reply #4 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.  

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 
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« Reply #5 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 ( .... 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? By The Way.... 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.
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« Reply #6 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.

       


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« Reply #7 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
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« Reply #8 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.
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Quote from: Monte Smith
Bottom line, if it was the hot ticket, the fast guys would do it.............they don't

You might need some Titanium rods and a flow bench!  LMAO on floor

I honestly don't get it.

I'm sweating, my heart is racing, my clutch foot is twichin', and my right arm punched the computer screen doing an involentary 2-3 shift while reading all that. 
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« Reply #9 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.

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« Reply #10 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  Grin
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« Reply #11 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.

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« Reply #12 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!
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2010, 03:36:59 pm »

thanks Phil and Rory, i appreciate your advice !!  I may pick one later.

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« Reply #14 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.
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