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« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2010, 05:36:54 pm »


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.
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« Reply #31 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. 
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« Reply #32 on: September 08, 2010, 09:57:05 pm »


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..
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« Reply #33 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
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« Reply #34 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.
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« Reply #35 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.
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« Reply #36 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 



i'll have to look into that cart you got, i'll be doin some transfer case/trans work soon.
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« Reply #37 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.. Grin..If I keep reading this thread I'm going to have to use my trailer!!! 

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...
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« Reply #38 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.
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« Reply #39 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 



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.   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.
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« Reply #40 on: October 09, 2010, 11:34:27 pm »

""they work just fine as long as you keep your fingers away from the tool. ""

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« Reply #41 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. 4 Eyed 
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« Reply #42 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.
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« Reply #43 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.
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« Reply #44 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.
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