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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:50 AM   #26
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Earthquake 650lb. ft. air impact wrench: PASS
14 piece deep-well impact socket set: PASS
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one-man brake bleeder kit: PASS
heat gun, orange body: PASS

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Old January 2nd, 2009, 02:54 PM   #27
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Auto darkening welding helmet, Pass
3 inch air cut off (the cheap $6 one), Pass (in spite of using lots of air)
3 inch cut off discs, Pass
Air DA, fail
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:35 PM   #28
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Nail guns work great.- Pass
I wouldn't buy them for every day use but the honey do stuff works fine.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:05 PM   #29
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red and black wire strippers = failed after stripping five wires from a car stereo (POS)
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:15 PM   #30
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4" diamond grinding /cutting disk-worthless
Welding vice grips-won't stay locked(all 4 of them)
brass punches-went back and got another set for work
bought three of the $9.95 4" grinders just to save me the trouble of swapping cut-off wheels to grinding stone to flap wheels, all still sounding like they are about to fly apart, but continue to run.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 10:54 AM   #31
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forgot to mention one metal chop saw pass - i did have to put brushes in after a year of real shop use but so far its been great as for the replacement cutoff disks they have been good so far too it sees shop use so i beat the hell out of it

i do roll cages in ( i know ) Honda's good cash so i can work on my vws
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i also have the chop saw. it works well its just a bit shakey. might be better if it was hard mounted.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 06:56 PM   #33
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auto darkening helmet......pass....improved my welding. I think.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 04:32 AM   #34
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3/8" breaker bar - with a 5 foot pipe on it, sheered a shock bolt right off and the wrench survived PASS
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Old February 1st, 2009, 04:03 AM   #35
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Anybody using these to move their cars around on? Do they roll & hold up well? I'm thinking about picking up a set of 4 to help move the Shorty around, seeing the brakes are frozen...

18" x 12-1/4" Mover's Dolly
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Old February 1st, 2009, 08:48 AM   #36
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Anybody using these to move their cars around on? Do they roll & hold up well? I'm thinking about picking up a set of 4 to help move the Shorty around, seeing the brakes are frozen...

18" x 12-1/4" Mover's Dolly
Moves items up to 1000 lbs.

I would buy the real car dollys they sell.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=38959

Although the weight capacity of the mover dolly and the car dolly is the same, the car dolly has metal caster wheels. Not rubber wheels as the mover dolly has. Metal will roll easier on concrete.

I have a set of these and they work OK. Be nicer if the wheels were larger. They also have them on sale a lot, so don't pay full price.
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Old February 1st, 2009, 09:07 AM   #37
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auto darkening helmet......pass....improved my welding. I think.
I have to take mine back. The batteries won't charge and whoa that first flash when you find out it didn't darken hurts!

chop saw- no problems- pass
welding cart- fits my miller fine and is exactly like the craftsman cart- pass
large hand truck- the pneumatic wheel always leak air- meh, it does it's job and i got it for $25- pass
chicago electric rt angle drill. sounds like someone threw sand in the gears and smells like shit, but still works with occasional homeowner use. I'll probably swap it out next time I go back- pass
metric allen wrench set- twisted three of them, big ones, in half- fail
1300 capacity trailer kit-worth at least twice as much it's so useful and cost two hundred less than my other trailer that is all welded 2 1/2" angle stock. I did replace some of the larger bolts like the axle clamps and shackle bolts with stainless. PASS
Trailer light kits. I pick them up when they are on sale for $9.99. I break the damn lights on my boat trailer so often it doesn't matter whether they are $9.99 or $60-I buy two or three sets at a time. They break the same.- Haven't gotten a ticket yet- Pass
Aluminum floor jack- The craftsman my dad has has been back twice for a leaking cylinder. Mine's fine after three years of lifting my heavy ass Passat- pass
Adjustable tow bar-flat towed a 71 high top bus 2-1/2 hours with it bolted to the front bumper at highway speeds, bumper to bumper beach traffic and had no problems.- I might be alittle stupid for even doing it, but it made it home zero problems. I'll end up using it again for something some day.- Pass
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Old February 1st, 2009, 09:36 AM   #38
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Anybody using these to move their cars around on? Do they roll & hold up well? I'm thinking about picking up a set of 4 to help move the Shorty around, seeing the brakes are frozen...

18" x 12-1/4" Mover's Dolly
Moves items up to 1000 lbs.

Not the car, but i have 2 of them with a 1600 sitting on each. I'd go with the metal oned for a car. They call teh wood hardwood, but it's pretty light and long team the weight of the vehicle will warp them.
I ended up building a few more with all of the casters
i pulled out of The trash at work. They come in handy.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 02:45 AM   #39
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Harbor Freight air line

I bought the roll that is black and is stamped Good Year. I thought that it would be pretty good since it was a name brand at HF. Wrong. It's all cracking. And I've only had it for about 2 years. Always stored inside. Never even used in the sun really.

FAIL!
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 02:54 AM   #40
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Anybody using these to move their cars around on? Do they roll & hold up well? I'm thinking about picking up a set of 4 to help move the Shorty around, seeing the brakes are frozen...

18" x 12-1/4" Mover's Dolly
Moves items up to 1000 lbs.

There are a couple of guys using them on here. John uses them for him type 3. I think his sled is on them too.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 03:15 AM   #41
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HF Torque Multiplier/Lug Nut Removal Tool: Pass (So far...)



I've only used it once. Worked GREAT on rusted lug nuts that had been stuck on for over 20 years! Bought it on sale for like $17.00.

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I bought the roll that is black and is stamped Good Year. I thought that it would be pretty good since it was a name brand at HF. Wrong. It's all cracking. And I've only had it for about 2 years. Always stored inside. Never even used in the sun really.

FAIL!
No different than Goodyear TIRES!!

Oh. btw, I bought the same one 100 feet of it. It's stored indoors on a hose reel, but it seems like it's ok so far but it's not even a year old yet and I've only used it a few times.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 04:27 AM   #43
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I almost bought that air line too! Good thing I didn't! Seems a good price, plus being goodyear I thought the same, but, I guess it does suck!
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 05:11 AM   #44
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18" x 12-1/4" Mover's Dolly
Moves items up to 1000 lbs.

I have used a pair of them in my garage for a couple years, great for dropping motors onto and stuff.
I used a pair of them for my rabbit when I stripped it to the shell, no problems with the weight on them or anything, the only issue I has was that the bearings were ruined after they got sand in them.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 01:11 PM   #45
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"Drill Master" 12 volt cordless drill, had it for nearly 6 years, gets beat to hell, still working. I upgraded to a Matco and gave the HF one to my mom. Still works, sometimes it runs slow and smokes, but it clears up after about 5 or 6 seconds. My friend bought the same brand, same voltage, slightly different design, died in 8 months with minimal useage. FAIL FOR MY FRIEND, PASS FOR ME
Balljoint pickle fork, head snapped off after using it for less than 10 seconds. FAIL
Sawzall blades, worst ever, cutting mild steel, dulled in less than 20 seconds. FAIL
Respirator, actually really nice, works great, universal filters I can get anywhere. PASS
Mini air sawzall, seems to work good, but blades suck. Upgraded to name-brand blades and it rocks. PASS
Electric angle grinder, very off-balance, vibrates horribly, I have to smack it against the ground to get it to turn on. FAIL
Dremel-like rotary tool, paid $6, worst Dremel ever, gutless and off-balance, kept the large amount of bits it came with, gave the tool away. FAIL
15lb slide hammer, bent one of the bits, but I really was asking a LOT of it, helped straighten a frame horn and several other tough jobs, PASS
HUGE pipe wrench, used it for some trailer hitches and heavy plumbing work on 3" iron pipe, performed perfectly. PASS
Flux-core welding wire, welds way nicer and smoother than the Lincoln wire from Home Depot, and quite a bit cheaper. PASS
Wood-handle framing hammer, head went flying when handle snapped. Returned it, they offered me a replacement, I asked for a metal-handled one and I'd pay the difference. FAIL
The aforementioned metal-handled framing hammer, my favorite hammer EVER, absolutely awesome, just "feels right". PASS
3-piece step drill bit, broke one first time using it, returned, new ones haven't broken yet and I use 'em pretty frequently. PASS
Ratcheting clamps, the black plastic and orange ones, they break if you stare at them hard enough. FAIL
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Is this thread only for Harbor Freight or is it open to tools we buy from Home Depot, Lowes, or Northern Tools, etc ?
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 01:28 PM   #47
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 03:19 PM   #48
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I frequent a few forum boards and a couple of them have Harbor Freight threads. I searched and we have a couple here as well already. But, they all turn to discussion thread quickly. I'd like this one to be different. No opinions or discussion, no anti-chinese crap comments, whatever. Keep it to actual reviews of stuff you personally have bought at Harbor Freight. You can include Northern Tool or Cummins or whatever other off-brand, just note that it is from there. Try to list the tool as best as you can since HF sells many different levels of the same tool. State whether it is a PASS (recommended) or FAIL (not recommended) and why, how long it lasted, how you used it, etc.
I intended it mainly for the off-brand Chinese throw-away tools. We also have a TOOL REVIEW thread, also started by me.
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Has anyone every try this tire changer? I'm so tired of needing to swap out tires and the garages around here don't have time to change them. So I'm thinking about getting this tire changer. The garage charges $15 each tire and this is on sale for $39.99. The first to tires would pay for it.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #50
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i have about 6 of the 1000lb dollys for use everywhere. engines, body, chassis...

i will donate more info for the HF thread soon.....
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