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Old June 21st, 2010, 10:59 AM   #76
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Standalone bandsaw...pass
12 ton shop press....pass
sand blast cabinet...pass
pittsburgh wrenchs sae and metric...pass
air saw....pass for light duty, even metal
air rachet...pass
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Old June 21st, 2010, 02:10 PM   #77
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Well I gotta post in this. The Universal Towbar I bought has served its purpose 3 times now. Towed the RPU home from Webster, 103 miles. Then towed RPU to Bugdust's shop, 47 miles. Then towed the li'l bitch to Bugdust's yesterday, 47 miles again. Hopefully I won't have to do too much more towing but so far got my $60 worth out of it.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 04:38 PM   #78
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I have one of those tire changers too.. They work pretty good..

Aside from the hundreds of 41/2" cutting disks that I buy every time I go there, I bought a 1000lb motorcycle lift.. I searched all over the net for a good price but the closest I came was $475+ $275 shipping. It only cost me $380 total including tax and they had 4 of them in stock!!

Im way happy with the lift.. It will lift any of my Bettertrikes with ease. Its makeing much easier to work on the trikes and has been a blessing to my aching back..

Working on the floor sucks.. even tho I just replaced my old dirt floor covering with some nice smooth wall to wall mobile home carpet.. (sweet!!!)
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Old June 21st, 2010, 07:05 PM   #79
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Working on the floor sucks.. even tho I just replaced my old dirt floor covering with some nice smooth wall to wall mobile home carpet.. (sweet!!!)
I used rolled roofing for the floor of one of my shops.
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 04:19 AM   #80
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HF 3.5 ton floor jack, bought in '97 or '98, still in service, huge PASS
Central Hydraulic 12-ton pipe bender, haven't really exercised it, but it's worked out for lighter work loads, so far.
4" orange no-name angle grinder my father in law got me about 9 years back, bearings are nearly toast, but has more hours than I can remeber and still runs like a champ, another huge PASS
HF 1,000 lb folding truck bed crane (folds to stow over the wheel well). Semi-pass for instalation, you must weld supports to your frame under the bed or it'll just cave in the sheet metal, but pass for good function.
HF 6" bench vise with rotating head with pipe jaws on opposite side and 4x4" anvil, PASS
HF $50 auto darkening helmet, usin it for years now, PASS
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 02:23 PM   #81
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OK, some more HF tool experiences:

Snap Ring pliers: FAIL ends bent on first snap ring. Ended up borrowing someones Snap-On snap ring pliers.

Aluminum Floor Jack: Semi-FAIL I've actually used the crap out of it, but the snap rings keep breaking off that hold the big return spring on. I've replaced a few. (See above) But, they keep dying. I think I may have the wrong size snap ring. Will try to replace it again and report back.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 04:08 AM   #82
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I've bought so much HF stuff I don't know where to begin.
air rachet: huge fail
titanium drill set: really good drills
air grinder: pass
purple HLVP gun: adequate for primer
110 dollar wire welder: not bad..works much better with lincoln wire. harbor wire sucks.
2 ton floor jack: excellent
concrete mixer: excellent. sits out in the rain for ten years and then runs 8 hrs. a day for six weeks on a stucco job.
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sockets, ratchets etc. pass
tile saw: bearings gave out after 4 years of hard use. got my money's worth and then some.
electric jack hammer: not as powerfull as a 1500 dollar brand name, but it does the job
plate compactor: it works...throttle cable was a piece of junk though. then again I used it and the jack hammer on a job, charged the client for them and sold them for 2/3 of what I paid for them.
demolition hammer: a beast. I bought this one three days ago. It's got more "stank" than the 700 dollar bosh I used to have. the plastic handle's not going to last though,
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Old July 16th, 2010, 12:52 PM   #83
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Old September 13th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #84
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Anybody out there ever used the HarborFreight brake bleeder kit?
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Old September 13th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #85
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yeap. The red handle pump one works good. I had to tape the lid on to the collection cup to seal it so it would suck right. But then the brake fuel got into the pump and screwed it up.

I just got the bigger air vac. one now. I haven't used it yet.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:16 PM   #86
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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.
HOLY SHIT!! that is an awsome idea! I get so tired of swapping from cut-off to grind to flap disc back and forth...never crossed my mind to buy a couple o cheap ones, plus it'd extend the life of my good one! I'll be dam
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:24 PM   #87
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Thanks Scott. I think.....
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:28 PM   #88
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Purchased a $30 H F dollar air impact wrench, used maybe 5 or 6 times. Yesterday when I connected the compressor hose to it the trigger shot across the garage.

I have a $16 4" electric grinder that I've used the crap out of for 4 years and is still going strong.
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I suck at bleeding brakes the old fashion way. So I bought these kits.

Bought this one over 3 yrs ago. It did the trick for that project and that was it. I even had to tape the cup on it to seal it up so it would work. ***FAIL***
http://www.harborfreight.com/brake-b...kit-92474.html

This bleeder kit I just got last week. I had to help Brian tonight fix a blown line. This bleeder kit worked great. Its slicker than whale shit! ***PASS***
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Old September 16th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #90
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wow Scott I saw that one and figured it was the cheapo one. Over the next couple weeks Zim's Garage is gonna be back in business with my compressor hopefully working. Looking into that bleeder kit since the brake job is coming soon. Thanks for the info!
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Old September 19th, 2010, 09:51 AM   #91
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4" Angle Grinder -FAIL x100 Had 2 die within 3 hours of use.
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4" discs -PASS

90 Amp flux welder -PASS been through 2 5lb spools no problems
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16" Tie Rod Puller -FAIL made of aluminum bends if tie rods are tight.
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3/4" Ball joint separator -PASS replaced tie rod puller
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LED Tach - 1/2 PASS works but is very jumpy
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Old October 6th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #92
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Do the stores currently honor the web prices ?

Want to get one of these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/5-lb-me...ler-67617.html
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Yes, they still do.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 06:29 AM   #94
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Thanks, hopefully they have one in stock.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 06:45 AM   #95
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Thanks, hopefully they have one in stock.
I can run down there and check if you want. They are relatively close to me....matter of fact I was there yesterday getting a few things.

If you want I can pic one up and then you can get it from my place too.
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Thanks John, I'll be at ralph's tonight, so it's no problem for me to stop there.

Going to Decatur IL this weekend, for Hunnert Car Pile Up.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 09:47 AM   #97
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Just do a screen print of the item showing the price and bring that with you and they will honor it. I do this quite often.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 11:46 AM   #98
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I'll give the 6 ton press a fail as well. Against my better judgement I bought it... bent itself pretty good on the 1st use... causing the press to get jammed into the piece I was working on. One I get it unstuck this POS is heading right back to the store.
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http://www.blackfriday.info/sales/ha...friday-ad.html

harbor freight's black friday ad
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Went to HF to buy a Tie rod Puller. Not the above mentioned Pickle fork tool. While those do work at times especially with my 5 ft. stainless cheater bar. It would not work on this ocassion and i already have the same one I bought 22 yr.s ago.

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They didn't have it and I ran into a fellow VW guy (Brett Thanks) and he recomended something else so...
I got this


It worked awesome. I wish I had one of these years ago. I took me less then 2 minutes to pop the stuck/frozen tie rods off my pitman arm. I tried everything including the smacking it between 2 small hammers trick to take it temorarily outa round. Worked great n the spindle ends...

Anyway, huge.
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Even though cdxanti already revued it and posted it, Heres the link again incase your interested.

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...tor-99849.html

I think this should be a must have if your gonna mess with old junk like we do.

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