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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    I got a bunch of those little round magnets all over the mill, lathe, drill presses
    Another tractor application is a flat magnet 1.5 inches square on top of each fender. Each end of the seatbelt will stick there when its not in use, instead of hanging down where the rear tires can slop mud on them.
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    Another tractor application is a flat magnet 1.5 inches square on top of each fender. Each end of the seatbelt will stick there when its not in use, instead of hanging down where the rear tires can slop mud on them.
    Good idea Probably safer than welding them to the fenders

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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

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    Who would wait 17 weeks for a harbor freight anything? lol I mean, it does have good reviews, but 17 weeks as a worst case scenario is crazy. :crazy:
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    i buy the welding gloves from horror freight, you get 3 for 10$ , there really not that bad for the price, also if you get any of the hardware kits, like the o-ring kit or the lynch pin kit or the cotter pin kit , there not bad , a pretty good price for them also . the rest of the stuff , "buyer use your own judgment "

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    The ground clamp is pretty good. $15 if I recall. Put one on two machines. Tractor Supply has the same exact unit, $25.
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Good or Descent.

    Tool chests are good. US General ones. (I really like them. Much better than the red brand)
    Sockets are good I have yet to break one. I have had the same 1/2 drive impact set for over a decade.
    Pressure Pot sandblaster is excellent with some minor modifications. Added a regulator with water trap to mix valve and a separate regulator to pressure pot. I can control the mix now.
    I ditched my junk CH Impact for the HF Earthquake. Nice Impact. No more stuck axle nuts.
    I have had very good luck with most of the Air Tools (Central Pneumatic) except the inline sander. I have replaced it 3 Times.
    I have the chop saw ( The cheapest one. 3.5HP ) I have had it for 7 years and burned through over 10 blades on it with no issues.
    The Cheap Touch up paint gun works great.
    I have the Mig170 and have been using it for 7 Years. Not the best but works quite well for the price. I weld mostly 16 gauge or thinner. (Usually auto body. Mostly stitch welding.)
    The Screwdrivers Are Decent.
    Transfer Punch set is a little soft but works.
    Pry Bars are OK.
    The 4lb Fiberglass hammer is not bad.
    The Claw Hammers are decent.
    The Body Dolly set is good.
    Pickle Forks are descent.
    Bar Clamps are Good. They do bend if you misuse them.
    Vice grips with the orange handle are decent.
    Heat sink is good.
    Rivet tool is good
    Rivnut tool is good just order better rivnuts (Threaded inserts) the one that come with it strip out easily.
    C Clamps are OK but the thread ten to get stubborn after you use them for a while. I have bent a few too.

    Not So Good.

    Stepper bits suck.
    Drill Bits break easily.
    The Maddox Hammer set is OK but the heads fall off after a while.
    The replacement Air Compressor pump is OK for the price but buy the warranty cause they only last about 2 Years before they start putting oil into your air.
    Busted the 4 inch vice into pieces trying to bend some flat bar. Bent another vice trying to loosen a stuck pipe. (The Vices Suck)
    Nitrile gloves are horrible. I use SAS for the extra $3.00 I can use the same pair all day. And toss at the end of the day because they are dirty not ripped.

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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    That's too bad about the step bits, I've gotten GREAT service out of them in my experiences, and I use them often on thicker metal. I understand there are bad batches and HF quality control being all over the place, but I've purchased quite a few and have never had a dud (knock on wood).

    I think the key is using a pilot hole, especially if you can drill one big enough to clear the web/chisel tip on the bit. I've found the tip is always what gives out on step bits long before the hole edges get dull.

    They can be sharpened also (as long as they haven't been overheated and lost hardness), the tip is sharpened like a regular drill tip, the hole cutting edge just needs the face brought down until the edge is sharp (google/youtube it).

    I almost always use cutting oil, always go slow (low RPMs), and with as much downforce as I can safely apply.

    Other than that though I agree with your list. Might be worth it for you to give the step bits another chance, you can always just get a refund (I've never had a problem returning a straight up crap tool out of sheer disappointment at my local HFs) if they still suck for you!

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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Harbor Freight Jack Stands Recalled.

    item numbers 56371, (3 ton) and 61196, 61197 (6 ton).

    a total of 454,000 jack stands made between 2013 and 2019.
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by SlowBlues View Post
    That's too bad about the step bits, I've gotten GREAT service out of them in my experiences, and I use them often on thicker metal. I understand there are bad batches and HF quality control being all over the place, but I've purchased quite a few and have never had a dud (knock on wood).

    I think the key is using a pilot hole, especially if you can drill one big enough to clear the web/chisel tip on the bit. I've found the tip is always what gives out on step bits long before the hole edges get dull.

    They can be sharpened also (as long as they haven't been overheated and lost hardness), the tip is sharpened like a regular drill tip, the hole cutting edge just needs the face brought down until the edge is sharp (google/youtube it).

    I almost always use cutting oil, always go slow (low RPMs), and with as much downforce as I can safely apply.

    Other than that though I agree with your list. Might be worth it for you to give the step bits another chance, you can always just get a refund (I've never had a problem returning a straight up crap tool out of sheer disappointment at my local HFs) if they still suck for you!
    Not just HF's, but most step-bits are great for making ROUND holes. Love that about them.
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    HF definitely stepping up the game not only with better tools but with store credit now available.
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    Harbor Freight Jack Stands Recalled.

    item numbers 56371, (3 ton) and 61196, 61197 (6 ton).

    a total of 454,000 jack stands made between 2013 and 2019.
    . Do the jack stands have the part numbers stamped into them? I have two different sets from them.
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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Last I heard they're taking all of them back for store credit, just to be safe
    Neither of my sets were the recalled ones, so I didn't bother

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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Picked up a Brauer electric (corded) impact a couple months ago. This week I have used it three times to remove nuts from RD400 motorcycle engine shafts. Worked great!
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    Just picked up one of their US General tool carts today for $150 and am very pleased. Can't beat that kind of price.

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    Re: HF tools that don't suck

    Someone mentioned putting a magnet on their drill press to hold the chuck key and that has come in really handy. I might steal this idea too.
    I picked up one of the magnetic parts dishes they give away and put it on the side of my drill press head. Holds the chuck key perfectly.

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