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« Reply #45 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
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« Reply #46 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.
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« Reply #47 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
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« Reply #48 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.
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« Reply #49 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.
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« Reply #50 on: January 05, 2012, 08:53:00 am »

i have the one with the single long roller in the front, i love it.
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« Reply #51 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
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« Reply #52 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.
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« Reply #53 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  Grin

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« Reply #54 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)
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« Reply #55 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.
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« Reply #56 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.
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« Reply #57 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!
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« Reply #58 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. 

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« Reply #59 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.
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