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05/22/20 at 10:00:52
 
I now have a local Harbor Freight store.
It beats having to drive an hour to get to one.
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Re: Harbor freight
Reply #1 - 05/22/20 at 10:12:47
 
beats having to drive an hour when you have to
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getting to ride an hour when you want to...   Cool
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Reply #2 - 05/22/20 at 14:00:31
 
Some really good deals but beware , some real crappy tools too. Have one around the corner after years of 20 to 30 miles to get to one. If you use your imagination it's a very resourceful place. If I'm stuck on a project I just wander the store till find what I need or the tools to finish the project.
But beware !

P.S. I hate buying anything from China !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply #3 - 05/22/20 at 16:15:52
 
Ruttly wrote on 05/22/20 at 14:00:31:
P.S. I hate buying anything from China !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Egg rolls & wonton ....... Wink
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Reply #4 - 05/22/20 at 16:29:29
 
PSA! Harbor Frieght has put out a recall on a bunch of their jack stands.

https://images.harborfreight.com/hftweb/recalls/Jack-Stand-Recall-56371_61196...
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Reply #5 - 05/23/20 at 05:22:03
 
Ruttly wrote on 05/22/20 at 14:00:31:
P.S. I hate buying anything from China !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I bought a big box end wrench from them that fits my trailer hitch balls.  The price was right and it is big enough I won't break it.  I find it pretty ironic that on one side it is stamped "PITTSBURGH", and on the other side says "INDIA".

I have had great success painting motorcycle parts with their $14 HVLP spray gun - it could not paint large parts.  Also I bought an electric die grinder and small cut off saw....they work just fine and were worth the price for the occasional use I put them to.  I also have their $299 bike lift and it works fine for light bikes like the Savage...a 600 pound bike on it is a bit scary as it wobbles.  Their boxes of rubber gloves come in several thicknesses and sizes and are a great buy!

I considered buying a sandblast cabinet from them - it was cheap and wobbly and not worth it.

As others have said you just have to pick and choose what you get from them.  
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Reply #6 - 05/23/20 at 06:08:52
 
The grinder and cut off disks are a waste.
I have several of their angle grinders..
I've got sockets, Allen wrenches, vise grips, the vise grips are obviously Not the highest quality, but they work..
I have a stick welder I've had to work on, others can weld just fine with it, and I have the $100.00 mig.. works fine..
Ya pays your money and ya takes your chances...
I returned Three battery chargers..
I don't take that chance..
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Reply #7 - 05/23/20 at 08:25:09
 
Their 20 ton hydraulic press is good. Got mine on sale. Almost everything else I saw there was garbage.
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Reply #8 - 05/23/20 at 08:52:23
 
I have purchased a few items from HF with good results:

Deep SAE & Metric 1/2 drive Impact Sets
Dead Blow Hammer

hmmm...that's it

For an occasional use tool (the items above are not), certainly one without moving parts, I would buy from HF. If you follow Project Farm, you can see when compared head-to-head with other brands, HF sell mostly garbage. But I have to say, I use the crap out of those impact sockets, but they also meet the "no moving parts" rule.
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Reply #9 - 05/23/20 at 09:42:57
 

 I always wondered what people used from there.

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Reply #10 - 05/23/20 at 13:24:25
 
these work great, bolted to an 8'  2x10.

https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive/motorcycle-atv/motorcycle-wheel-choc...
Even better at $29 !
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Reply #11 - 05/23/20 at 21:15:12
 
I have HF torque wrenches that get very little use and for the price work just fine. I also have some socket sets from HF which to date have held up quite well. And since I always go in with a get something free coupon I have about 30-40 of their screw drivers which actually work quite well. Their pliers suck. I have no experience with their ratchet wrenches, for that a prefer Craftsman.
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Re: Harbor freight
Reply #12 - 05/24/20 at 03:22:54
 
You do have to pick and choose for sure.
I have a digital caliper, a few hand tools and a couple of power tools, m/c lifts, tire changer (hard to use), and ... hmm.  Oh well.
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Re: Harbor freight
Reply #13 - 05/24/20 at 04:41:38
 
Ruttly wrote on 05/22/20 at 14:00:31:
Some really good deals but beware , some real crappy tools too. Have one around the corner after years of 20 to 30 miles to get to one. If you use your imagination it's a very resourceful place. If I'm stuck on a project I just wander the store till find what I need or the tools to finish the project.
But beware !

P.S. I hate buying anything from China !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I do too. I found at Harbor Freight  brake caliper service sets, one made in China and the other made in Taiwan, they looked identical!  Huh
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Reply #14 - 05/24/20 at 08:11:09
 
Mad magazine a while back made fun of Harbor Freight.

called  hazard fraught tools.

They included;
Bono safety glasses (look like a rock star),
Laser guided paint brushes,
manual chain saws,
whale gutting knifes,
50 garden hose extension cord combo.
16 ton hydraulic nail unbender.
and who could not live without ,
Muppet grade felt work gloves.  Grin

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