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Old 06-22-2009, 08:01 PM   #21
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I go to one of their stores occasionaly and have in fact bought a few tools... some are not to bad for occasional use but if your going to use them on a daily bases they won't hold up. I have some knock outs and wrenchs that do ok... you could at one time get a hyd knock out set for less than 100 bucks that worked pretty good. Don't buy drill bits screwdriver meters and items like that.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:01 PM   #22
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I agree, and they expensive ones seem to disappear before they are to dull to use.LOL

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LOL so true
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All slop, junk and trash, I went in there once and that was enough!!
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:56 PM   #24
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i buy all my tools that get stolen here
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97.56747% Junk in that store, but......


Those step bits are worth it, although I did snap the big one eventually I still have the other two and they are over two years old. (They are backups to three Greenlees I got on ebay a while back.)

Also, I used the the band saw they sell when my old employer needed another one in a pinch to keep up with a job and I did not expect much. I must say it lasted the entire job and then some, surprised me I tell ya.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:55 PM   #26
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I use the moving blankets they sell. I also keep a couple sets of their $2.99 tamper-proof bits and a $9.99 heat gun, but I realize they are pretty much disposable if you know what I mean! Quality tools are never cheap, but they sure help you do quality work. I invest primarily in top notch tools, both hand and power.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:30 PM   #27
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I just bought one of those $9.99 heat guns too. The salesgirl asked if I wanted to get the extended warranty on it for $5.00!!!
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:15 PM   #28
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He meant imported Chinese poop.!!!!
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Here's an interesting read on the good and bad tools (in some people's opinions) from harbor freight:

http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2008/08...d-the-abysmal/
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:28 PM   #30
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Great link.. thanks for posting
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im going to go to harbor freight and check out there tools someday.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:33 PM   #32
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I have been in a few trades and have tools sets for each. I have a large roller cabinet full of tools for engine and boat work sitting in the garage. I have a job box full of tools for underwater boat and mechanical repair, all including the pneumatics are from HF. I take them in saltwater and flush them out afterwards. I have all the tools I need to do my job or just about anything that comes along. All those tools are work specific. And then I have the tools I kept on the work van. The ones that were usually carried into most jobs are all good stuff. The stuff that stayed in the van most of the time is all lesser brands that I wouldn't mind having stolen. All the sockets I have there are from HF as well as pry bars and the other assorted bs. I have always planned on the van contents or in whole being stolen while I was working in a building in the city or metro area, just a fact of life with the last company. Random got ripped off several times like that. I only have one HF electrical tool (sheetmetal shear) and it is 3+ years old now and still going strong.
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i hope my tools dont get stolen i have 1000s of dollars sitting in that van right now. i just hope the boss pays for them if they do get stolen
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i hope my tools dont get stolen i have 1000s of dollars sitting in that van right now. i just hope the boss pays for them if they do get stolen
They only have to replace the ones on the tool list. But as I learned from RK it is still a PIA to replace your tools.
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I have been in a few trades and have tools sets for each. I have a large roller cabinet full of tools for engine and boat work sitting in the garage. I have a job box full of tools for underwater boat and mechanical repair, all including the pneumatics are from HF. I take them in saltwater and flush them out afterwards. I have all the tools I need to do my job or just about anything that comes along. All those tools are work specific. And then I have the tools I kept on the work van. The ones that were usually carried into most jobs are all good stuff. The stuff that stayed in the van most of the time is all lesser brands that I wouldn't mind having stolen. All the sockets I have there are from HF as well as pry bars and the other assorted bs. I have always planned on the van contents or in whole being stolen while I was working in a building in the city or metro area, just a fact of life with the last company. Random got ripped off several times like that. I only have one HF electrical tool (sheetmetal shear) and it is 3+ years old now and still going strong.

So, in actuality you turn Harbor Freight tools into bottom of the Harbor Tools.
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i only buy the best tools anyway. i might feel bad about buying those tools
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i have jacks, jackstands, engine stands and stuff like that - its hard to mess up a jack stand - but if it plugs in i would not buy from hf
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its hard to mess up a jack stand
Cheap jackstand = cheap welds and or metal = breaks while you are under car and you get crushed. But your worried about a drill that might burn up because its cheap.

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Old 06-27-2009, 08:31 AM   #39
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i do not believe that the jack stands i bought from hf are any different than any chinaman jack stand i could have bought anywhere else - but if they still made a bethlehem steel jackstand i would trust it more than a hf - so sad you cant buy such a thing anymore
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I remember when their name used to be Harbor Freight Salvage.
In the past I've bought some name brand stuff like Bosch and Hanson from them that was fine, but one of the steel rollers on the 16-ton Central China Hydraulics pipe bender I bought to do some exhaust and other non-electrical pipe work broke in half the first few times I used it, so I think that pretty much sums up their "house" brand quality, as far as I'm concerned anyway. The recycled steel and brittle cast iron they use to build their products is substandard at best.
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