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  1. #101
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I just picked up a lot of HF stuff this winter. Lover it all for the most part. Like others have said, If I was making a living depending on my tools some of HF would not be my choce. But really some of there stuf is so low prices I can buy 2 and last as long as a high dollor pro line tool.

    HF is miles better than some of the other truck load sales like Cummis and the like. You know the ones that set up in towns and have a quick sale at the Eagles Lodge hall. How thats sheap. Sad to say I have some of that stuff to. But HF gives a guy like me that really could not afford to have the vas amount of diffirent tools that I have. If all i bought was proline stuff my funds for tools would go rather fast and have 1/2 what I do now. I say thank you HF.


    My moto is " If the only tool a man has is a hammer, everything would look like a nial".

  2. #102
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I have been buying some HF tools for a some time now. I use them more for seeing how handy the tool would be at a low cost. If I find out that I use it alot, I go looking for a good one. On the other hand, allot of the tools I bought over a year ago are still working great and I must say for the price I paid for them if the blew up today they have done me well. Here is a list of some of the tools I really like from HF.

    Auto darking welding helmet 94214
    90 degree air die grinder 32046
    Tig welder 91811
    Sheet metal fab kit 34104
    And more.

    I just got a powder coating kit but havn't tried it yet. will let you know how I make out later.


    J Little

  3. #103
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I like their keychain LED flashlights. They normally sell for $1.99, but they've had them for $.99. They're so cheap, it costs less to buy a new one than to replace the batteries.

  4. #104
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    hi, I just bought their GOODYEAR air hose 3/8 X 50' MADE IN USA on sale for 15.99 than used my 20% off coupon so around 13.00 bucks out the door. That was cheaper than Farm And Fleet import stuff.

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  5. #105
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    The boss bought a HF electric chain saw for our people to cut down a load of 7 " diameter cardboard tubes down to size for recycling. The boss's wife bought a wal mart electric chain saw for the same job. In side by side comparison the HF saw sucked less than the wal mart saw. We went down and got a sthil gas powered saw to finish the job.

  6. #106
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker
    The Chinks are smart. They know us "rich" Americans will plop down the money on a cheap knockoff tool to try and "save" a dollar. ....and then cry on a tool forum about how sorry the China tools are. Im sure they probably log in to these sites just for a good laugh. ....and yeah, Im a Harbor Freight-aholic too.
    Ouch... So true, so true

  7. #107
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I bought this to grind tungstens on, works pretty good! heh...
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94071
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  8. #108
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by tresi
    In side by side comparison the HF saw sucked less than the wal mart saw. We went down and got a sthil gas powered saw to finish the job.
    Interesting review. "sucked less" pretty much tells me everything I need to know about not making that purchase.

  9. #109
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I've got a few HF things:

    MIG 90 Fluxcore Welder (My first welder): Still tinker with it for Sh**s And Grins.
    Plastic Saw horses: still holding up, in spite my repeated attempts to saw through'em.
    Welding Clamps (The vise-grip copies): Work fine, and 1/3 the price of the genuine article.
    Stubby ratchet socket drives: Working fine.
    Narrow crown stapler/nailer: so far-so good.
    Hand siphon pump: Bought it to move 30 gallons of gas,...its moved about 75 so far, without a problem.
    Welding Blanket: What's to break?
    Mig Pliers: Work fine.

    I do see some corny things in the store, when I browse, but there are some things I'd like to try:

    Bench Mill/Drill
    7" Angle grinder
    9x20 Lathe


    I have noticed that some of the Northern Tool branded tools look like they are made in the same factories as the HF tools, and packaged differently. Either way, ya' buy what you can, to get the job done.

    cricman

  10. #110
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Most times you can look at the tool and see if it will work or suck. The only thing that you have to remember is that made in china and heavy duty do not go together. So most of it is for home use.

  11. #111
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    60 air compressor
    wobbly sockets
    die grinders
    needle scalers

    These are some of the tools that I have had grest luck with. The die grinders are awesome. I have had a few needle scalers and the only thing I have had go wrong is a o-ring inside goes bad, you just need to pull it apart and replace it. The compressor has been really good. Also the gravity feed paint guns work pretty good.

    I have had back luck with the 18 volt hammer drill. So I broke down and bought a 19.2 volt craftsman drill set.

    And heard alot of bad things about the 4 1/2" grinder.

  12. #112
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I used my first harbor freight tool yesterday.

    My cousin is a concrete contractor. He brought over his HF electric jackhammer for us to use on a basement floor. We had to knock out around a toilet drain to repair a flange. Worked real well. He has only used it a handful of times though.

    Also he told me about the HF tools store down the road from the house I'm re-doing to sell. I never knew we had one around here. So I may venture in tomorrow.
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  13. #113
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    The air tools are great for the money. My 90* angle die grinder, wich I always forget to oil, rattles itself apart once a month, but it's simple to put right back together, and has well over 200 hours of use on it.

    The $79 impact wrench is great also, I own 2, keep one in my truck and one in my shop and it never lets me down.

    I also just picked up a swivel couple for my impact gun, it's not quite as nice as my Amflow one, and the flow adjuster is a little poorly designed, but for $6, I'm not complaining.
    Last edited by maxyedor; 02-23-2007 at 11:24 PM.

  14. #114
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Attn Gearheads ---

    These work great for compression fittings used on older cars (vacuum lines, brake lines, fuel lines, trans lines, etc...). Mine have received some heavy use with great results:

    5 PIECE DOUBLE END FLARENUT WRENCH SET - ITEM 5125-7VGA
    5 PIECE DOUBLE END METRIC FLARENUT WRENCH SET - ITEM 5126-5VGA

    I would NOT recommend this item:
    BRAKE BLEEDER & VACUUM PUMP KIT - ITEM 92474-0VGA

  15. #115
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Anyone have an opinion on their 43768 Industrial Ear Muffs (Western Safety) ?
    They're $1.99 right now. Might get a pair at the 'parking lot sale' this weekend.

    Worst thing I ever bought at HF, is a roll of cloth backed abrasive (240 grit, I think.) After just a few strokes, all you got in your hand is a strip of plain cloth.

  16. #116
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Borrowed a friends HF floor transmission jack (special order item at stores). Did 2 trans swap-outs with that jack. It worked flawlessly. When it came time to line up the internal studs the jack was a real life-saver.
    Brian Moyer
    Moyer Welding & Fabrication
    LaSalle MI

  17. #117
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I've purchased quite a bit from HF recently and have good luck with most everything. However, stay away from the jig saw blades. They might be OK on wood, but metal - forget it. I tried to cut a piece of 3/16" mild steel plate last night and the HF blades wouldn't even scratch it. I put in a US blade and it ate right through.

  18. #118
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Just bought the Hydraulic ATV Lift (# 2792). I bought it to lift my mower to service the front wheels, mowing deck, etc. Works very well!

  19. #119
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Over the years I've bought a bunch of stuff from HF. I can't remember haveing any problems with anything except the tentioning wheel on a welder. I took it back and they replaced the welder with a better one. I bought their wet saw for a couple of walks I had to put in and with works great. Their digital calipers work great. I have there vert hor band saw and it has held up very well. The 18 volt drills for 15 bucks work better and last longer on a charge than either one of my two Dewalt drills. The 4.5 angle grinder has been through hell and still works like new. Brad nailer works great but on occation will jam but it may be my fault. Yeah I don't know about there saw blades but the one I bought for the wet saw was fine. Auto darkening welding helmet is fine. Like I said I just must be lucky.
    Gary

    Souderton, Pa.

  20. #120
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    The two dollar ear muffs are nice. I have two pair so my helper can wear them. Very comfortable.

  21. #121
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by halbritt
    I must be the only person that's ever had any luck with the chop saw. I got it on a whim and have since made hundreds of cuts with it. The only time I've ever had a problem is with stock that is laying flat and giving a large bearing surface to the wheel. At that point, it becomes apparent that it's just underpowered. Unfortunately, it hasn't died yet. Maybe I'll give it away and get a decent one.
    I haver a really nice Millwaukee chop saw and I often encounter the same problem when cutting into a flat surface. I do recommend using good cutting disks. I have found that the SAIT brand disks work the best. They cost more but it's worth it. Even the DeWalt brand disks suck in my opinion.
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  22. #122
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by Welders_Grandson
    Worst thing I ever bought at HF, is a roll of cloth backed abrasive (240 grit, I think.) After just a few strokes, all you got in your hand is a strip of plain cloth.

    about the only (and that up in the air) tool that I think works from that place is the sandpaper rolls. But only the 240 grit. I tried a 80 grit thinking it would cut faster but after about 5 minutes and what seemed to be polishing the work, I looked on the gritty side and only found.....Nothing. The damn grit had fallen off. I took a new peice and rubbed it on my thumb. Right away it fell apart. I can't believe this. how can they screw up sandpaper??? Well, they did. however, the older roll of 240 works better just takes longer. Gotta find me a better supplier.
    Last edited by 3 weelin geezer; 03-27-2007 at 12:33 AM.

  23. #123
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    I bought an auto-dark welding helmet (46092) recently, and it just plain didn't work. It never went dark, which was annoying to say the least. They replaced it, and the new one worked.
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    Sandy

  24. #124
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by halbritt
    The anvils they sell are referred to by blacksmith's as "anvil-shaped objects" good for a doorstop or a paper weight. I am amused by that fact.
    I was considering getting one of their anvils...I really want to find an authentic one somewhere in the country, but I haven't had any luck. I'll keep searching. I recently checked HF for the anvils, and they are no longer available. Is it safe to assume that anvils from Northern Tool are the same as the door stops???

    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...atchallpartial

  25. #125
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Those seem okay, 55lbs. of cast is 55 pounds of metal, it should be heavy enough to do any hammering on. If not, the 70 lb. model might be game.
    John
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    - bleeding Miller blue!

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