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I love Chinese metal

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by spearchucker, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. spearchucker

    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    Hese's what's left of my ball joint tool from Harbor Freight. /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif Guess I can call it quits until I get another one.
    The metal is crystalized where it's broken. I thought that only happened when metal got old and fatigued. Or is that just cheap metal? It's only been used a handful of times. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
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    Thats what cast iron does when it breaks....And yes most tools from China suck....Sorry man /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
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    If I were you I'd just rent the autozone ball joint press the next time you need it.

    It's $99, use it, bring it back, get a refund.

    That is unless you don't have the 'Zone in your area.

    Having previously worked at Autozone I'd say their tool loaner program is among the biggest benefits to being a customer there.
     
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    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    one of my friends had one of those, had the same thing happen the first time he used it. his broke in the center of the C not near the end like yours did.

    i just got done doing ball joints on my truck, having a press at home is great /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    I broke a c clamp that way

    Anyway, what did you really expect? A miracle?
     
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    cowboy up and buy the snap on set used mine thousands of times for all kinds of stuff I shouldn't have and not so much as a scratch!! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  7. spearchucker

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    cowboy up and buy the snap on set

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    Got a link or part# for the one you have and the approximate price?

    I like having my own tools at hand and not having to run to the store to rent them. I just got an Autozone in my area last month and already rented from them. I may have to do that again but I think my vise will get me by for now.

    And yes, I was expecting a miracle out of this $36 piece of crap /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    cowboy up and buy the snap on set

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    Got a link or part# for the one you have and the approximate price?

    I like having my own tools at hand and not having to run to the store to rent them. I just got an Autozone in my area last month and already rented from them. I may have to do that again but I think my vise will get me by for now.

    And yes, I was expecting a miracle out of this $36 piece of crap /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    dang! I bought mine on sale from HF and paid $17.99. It's lasted a couple years now and has done the ball joints on two superduties.
    Maybe you got a bad one....from China. (yeah...it could happen /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif)
     
  9. diesel4me

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    I've seen OTC ones on sale in tool flyers for less than 100 bucks--I didnt have 100 bucks,but i did thave some 2 inch tubing like the reese hitch stuff--so I built a mini press frame out of it with 3/4 inch threaded rods and 2 peices of the square tubing,and I use my bottle jack and appropriate peices of pipe to press the balljoints out--its a pain to set up,but I dont think it will ever break!. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
    P.S. Its not chinese metal--its our rotted old junk coming back to haunt is in the guise of cheap tools-!.
     
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    I bought one of the OTC sets. Quite a bit more money but it's excellent quality and it's made in the US with American metal. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    wow /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/pro_det.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=12145&group_ID=1631&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

    i'm a diehard Snap On guy and own a ton of their stuff, but that seems pricey... i could see half that.. i'll be looking thru the tool flyer for that one when i need it.. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    When I win the lottery I want to start using Snap-on tools /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif For that amount I think I could buy every ball joint press HF has and just live with breaking them on every other ball joint.
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    i can see if ya did em once a week or so... but for the occasional use, something more thrifty is in order. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
    i run about 70% Crap On... /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
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