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crankbait09 Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:01 pm

Item 63260 - Front wheel bearing adapter - WIN
I used this kit on my daughters VW jetta. Worked flawlessly. I couldn't be happier.

Item 62340 - Heat gun - WIN
I have used this for a few years now. From applying decals to boats, to shrinking wire connectors. Works really well.

Item 60372 - 5 Amp Angle Grinder - WIN
Used this for a number of things, but mainly to work on a boat trailer. 5 years later, and it still works flawlessly.

I've bought a number of things from time to time and nothing has let me down yet.

brian rogers Sun May 06, 2018 8:28 am

Has any used the vacume pump from HF? Yeah good reviews but Iím not sure I want to as I have too many tools and limited space as it is.

NoDents Sun May 06, 2018 4:26 pm

This will help anyone decide whether to buy HF tools or not.



Sodo Thu May 10, 2018 9:38 pm

One question is conspicuously absent from the ^^ Decision tree ^^

:roll: "Do you have eye protection?" :roll:

Heres a Harbor Freight catalog used as soft-jaws for the vise.


Busstom Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:46 pm

Sodo wrote: Heres a Harbor Freight catalog used as soft-jaws for the vise.
Sooo, would you consider that a "win" then? :D

Cusser Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:34 pm

WIN
Lawn tractor jack, GREAT
Bench drill press
1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch click-type torque wrenches ($10 each)
3-ton low profile high lift floor jack GREAT
Wall mount for TV $15
120 volt hammer drill 1/2 inch
Warrior titanium drill bit set
1/2 inch 120 volt 250 ft lb electric impact wrench (over 20 years old)
Jack stands, wheel chock
Steel service cart
Mesh lawn cart
Transmission scissors jack ($80)
120 volt pole-type chain saw GREAT
Truck bed ramps
R134a service gauges
S-shaped metric box wrenches
Sledge hammer
Quick release clamps
5 mil nitrile disposable gloves
120 volt grinder
pneumatic stapler

LOSE
Large hole saw kit (wouldn't cut wood !!!) 3/4 inch to 5 inch; returned

ivwshane Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:23 pm

Wins
I bought a media blast cabinet from then and after properly sealing it and upgrading my fittings to high flow, it works great! The only negative is that the include light is useless. I have an LED shop light that I got from home depot that sits on the window that words works fine.

I bought an impact gun, the new earthquake series, compact 1/2" and it works great, with the high flow fittings.

Their general brand mobile cart that I got for $99 is great but I did end up buying two new swivel casters for it for better mobility.

Magnetic tool holder. If you can get the when they go on sale for $3 its a freaken steal! I use them to hold wrench sockets.

To be determined
I bought an industrial water separator for my air compressor and other than being able to better control the pressure, I'm not sure if its doing much.

Losers
The Pittsburg torque wrenches are almost useless. The issue is that the audible click you are supposed to hear when you reach the specified torque, its barely audible. (I don't know if its something that can be fixed) however for the $30 I spent for three different sizes of torque wrenches, I'll live with it.

Smaller tumbler. Very disappointed in this. For one, the two stores I visited, didn't have the necessary media that supposed to work with it (they had large media which did not do anything). The lid would work itself off. If you put too large of a part in it, it could potential wear a hole in it because of the thin plastic its built out of.

Those are just my most recent purchases. There have been a lot of winners and losers throughout the years though.

DerrickfromNC1 Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:09 pm

I purchased this metal shear:

https://www.harborfreight.com/14-gauge-4-amp-heavy-duty-metal-shears-62213.html

Works great and rated to cut thicker gauge metal than anything close to itís price. Iím not sure what the thickness of a factory running board is but I cut thru a set length wise like butter.
Handy tool to have in your box.

This one was mentioned in a previous post back in 2012.
https://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-quarter-inch-forged-ball-joint-separator-99849.html
A must have and worked great when removing the steering rod from the pitman arm on a split bus. Will pop off a ball joint in minutes with no damage to the grease boot.

norcalmike Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:27 pm

Bought one of these when I needed the table space to swap the hatch and wiring on my Golf.
Came in real handy. I can see it being used plenty for 20 bucks


Bob Loblaw Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:34 am

norcalmike wrote: Bought one of these when I needed the table space to swap the hatch and wiring on my Golf.
Came in real handy. I can see it being used plenty for 20 bucks



Ha! That was our 1st Kart stand when me & the boy started kart racing. Low budget, but it worked fine. Good memories.

Cusser Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:29 pm

ivwshane wrote: Losers
The Pittsburg torque wrenches are almost useless. The issue is that the audible click you are supposed to hear when you reach the specified torque, its barely audible. (I don't know if its something that can be fixed) however for the $30 I spent for three different sizes of torque wrenches, I'll live with it.
I have FOUR of these Harbor Freight torque wrenches, and don't have any problem with these.

And by the way: it's Pittsburgh.

Busstom Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:11 pm

Cusser wrote: ivwshane wrote: Losers
The Pittsburg torque wrenches are almost useless. The issue is that the audible click you are supposed to hear when you reach the specified torque, its barely audible. (I don't know if its something that can be fixed) however for the $30 I spent for three different sizes of torque wrenches, I'll live with it.
I have FOUR of these Harbor Freight torque wrenches, and don't have any problem with these.

And by the way: it's Pittsburgh.
For what it's worth, I use a number of Snap-On torque wrenches, and some of them are barely audible. There may be some misinformation or misinterpretation at play here: I don't think the key feature of these wrench types is that they're necessarily supposed to be "audible," but that there's typically a distinct click FEELING or break-over point when a notched cam-like device pops past a ball under spring tension. So some click louder than others.

The take-away is, the torquing process is something to be done smoothly and steadily, with a sense of touch and feel for the tool. I'm always astounded when I see ham-fisted goons using a torque wrench with rapid, brute force (watch the goons at your local tire shop). They're overshooting the spec when doing this...pure ignorance (not suggesting you were doing this).



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