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Favorite Harbor Freight tools

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by 77crewcab, Aug 20, 2005.

  1. 77crewcab

    77crewcab 1/2 ton status

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    Just wondering what your favorite Harbor Freight tools are. Good/Bad experiences or reviews of things you like post them here.

    My favorites:
    2 ton engine stand
    2 ton cherry picker
    450lbs trans jack
    Pitsburgh hand tools (sockets,wrenches, ratchets with lifetime warranty)
    Just picked up the US General big box and am very impressed so far.
     
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    SkulzNBonz 1/2 ton status

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    U Joint/Ball joint press. Good piece for those stubborn front axle u joints.

    John
     
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    TWISTEDJACK 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Impact sockets
     
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    20 ton hydraulic press
    4" grinder
    Can crusher
     
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    D60 lock nut socket = $4.95 ('net sale) :pimp:
     
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    hi pinion 3/4 ton status

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    Harbor freight rocks!!!!!!!


    My recent purchases

    JACKHAMMER= Full size jackhammer with dirt bit,,,,1 yr warr 425.00


    Extra large dolly with big wheels,,,,27.00 :pimp1:
     
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    The one I use the most often is the hydraulic porta power set. It's just downright handy!

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=44900

    Years ago I bought the 12-ton press. It works fine, but the opening is too small for just about everything I do. :mad: I end up balancing the work piece hanging off the side while pressing stuff in and out. It makes short work of pinion and carrier gears though! :cool1:

    A friend of mine swears by their Latex/Nitrile gloves. He says that they're great for keeping your hands clean and they don't fall apart. They're $12.99 a box, but are often on sale for half price.
     
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    Cherry picker...

    Assorted wrenches and socket sets to 3/4" drive...

    Ball joint press...

    Pickle forks...

    Creeper...

    Looking at a shop press...
     
  9. 3 on the tree

    3 on the tree 1/2 ton status

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    2hp pancake compressor, 10" slider miter saw, 1000# tranny jack, cherry picker, heat gun, socket set. When I first got my cherry picker, the ram leaked down, but they gave me a new one, no questions asked. I did burn upone of their hammer drills, free replacement no problem.
     
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    pry bars work good for changing tires.
    and i jsut picked up a pair of lights on sale for 7.99 that are goin to be rock lights.
    i got there scissor tranny jack and that works good too.
    i was thinking about buying there 8000 lb winch anybody used one on there rig before? how do they perform?
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I have a bunch of HF stuff, but what I use most often...

    ratcheting closed end wrenches
    allen wrenches
    short / deep impact socket sets
    chop saw

    I really like their impact sockets. I used them with my nice craftsman torque wrench etc and they have never let me down. No, they aren't as nice as Snap On or Mac... or even Craftsman... but they are guarenteed for life, they were cheap, and they have never broke on me. For poor azz guys like me, its hard to justify spending $200 on a bling socket set...

    j
     
  12. 77crewcab

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    Which ratcheting wrenches did you get? How well do they work?
     
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    Pittsburg Rachet Sets RULE

    I just ordered a cherry picker and motor stand out of northern tool though
     
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    R-134a Air conditioning manifold set. I was pleasantly surprised to the quality and materials used to make this tool. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Dan..
     
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    The only tool I bought from Harbor Freight was a ball joint/u-joint press, and it broke in the center of the 'C' about the 6th time I used it. :mad:
     
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    looking through the ad today and seen some wire brushes goin for 3 for 50cents and i also seen a 9000lb winch for 349.99.
     
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    Let’s keep this in perspective too, Harbor Freight tools and equipment “aren’t no Snap-on or Craftsman tools.” They are what they are, cheap Chinese made crap that may last a lifetime or fall apart the first time it’s used. I once bought a 1500 watt heat gun and the first time I used it broke. But if you need a tool for one or two jobs then maybe buying it from Harbor Freight is worth it.

    Dan..
     
  18. masterbeavis

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    good=
    impact set
    cherry picker
    jackstands
    1/2" breaker bar for $20
    floor jacks
    Purple HVLP spray guns


    bad=
    orange metal chop saw
    tranny adapter that sits on a floor jack
    snap ring pliers(bends the fingers)
    the cheap stuff that is too good to be true
    any kind of laser, level or laser level
    torque wrench
    cheapie welders
    orange hand grinder
    Hell, anything electrical, and is orange for that matter.

    Like previously stated, HF sells tools that are OK for ocasional use, but dont count on them to make you a living.

    The brand name stuff they are over priced on. You can buy at HD for alot less.

    Cummins tools sells HF quality stuff too. They do traveling shows, are there for a few days and are gone. Avoid them, stick with HF.

    With all HF purchases, keep the recipt. They have never given me grief with a return as long as I have the recipt, and it doesnt look like I ran it over with a steam roller.
     
  19. kgblazerfive

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    I have one of their winches I use it on my race car trailer and it pulls my 3000 lb car on the trailer fine its a 8,000 lb. But I agree with one of the other posts if its somthing that you are going to use once and not rely on on the trail buy harbor frieght but if you are going to need it to save your butt one day don't.
     
  20. justwhatido

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    115 volt vs 230

    Pros and cons of each.




    flux or gas?
     

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