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The Harbor Freight Pass/fail Thread...

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by IRQVET, May 31, 2020.

  1. Dec 27, 2020
    Dave Deyton

    Dave Deyton Member

    Fuquay-Varina, NC
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    Still have some HF jack stands under stalled projects. If I get back under them I will replace them with others in order to check them.


    Dave
     
  2. Dec 27, 2020
    SFaulken

    SFaulken Active Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    I've been tickled s(*tless with some of their newer battery powered stuff. For what I do, these three get a big pass for me.

    20v Hypermax™ Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver - Tool Only (harborfreight.com)
    20v Hypermax™ Lithium Cordless 1/4 in. Hex Compact Impact Driver - Tool Only (harborfreight.com)
    12v Max Lithium 3/8 In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Ratchet Wrench Kit (harborfreight.com)

    I don't know that they would hold up for somebody thats just beating the heck out of them everyday in a professional setting, but I abuse them every bit as much as I do my Dewalt and Milwaukee stuff, and they haven't failed me yet.
     
  3. Dec 27, 2020
    Downs

    Downs Kubota Orange Rattlecan

    Hunt County Texas
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    I've got some bauer stuff. Really like it.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2021
    Jeff Bromberger

    Jeff Bromberger Quarantined in the Garage 2020 Sponsor

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    I just bought this today, and it worked amazingly well:

    2.3 Gallon Manual Fluid Extractor (Holt)

    This way, I didn't have to jack up a low to the ground car to do a complete oil change. I haven't tried to open the collection can - oil poured out easily. If I was going to do a coolant pull/reclaim (in case I was doing a thermostat change), I'd want to make sure the guts are scrubbed out completely.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2021
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet 2020 Sponsor

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    I have used the mityvac versions of that both manual and pneumatic and they are worth every cent especially the ones that can dispense fluid also.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2021
    Jw60

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    Has anyone tried the 3 in 1 nailer. I worry it will be finicky and particular to the nails.
    I'm borrowing a framing nailer for the current project. I would like to have something of mine but don't need a bunch of stuff to try to store.

    3-in-1 Framing Air Nailer

    I hate carpentry.
     
  7. Jan 10, 2021
    boopiejones

    boopiejones I can’t drive 55

    California east bay
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    Recently the tap handle from my 40 piece tap and die set just cracked in half. The taps and dies work great, but the handle looks to be cheap pot metal. I noticed that the box said lifetime warranty. I just happened to be driving by harbor freight today, and I brought the set in. They gave me a whole new set. No receipt needed. No questions asked.

    Carbon Steel SAE Tap and Die Set, 40 Pc.
     
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  8. Jan 21, 2021
    RMeak71

    RMeak71 New Member

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    12 ton hydraulic pipe bender-Pass*. If you’re patient, you can make some nice bends. I used this to fabricate some rocker/sliders and a stinger for my son’s CJ7 and it performed exactly as I expected with patience.

    Pneumatic flanging tool-Pass. Has worked great flanging sheet metal repair panels for body work. Flanges and pops a hole for spot welding.
     
  9. Jan 21, 2021
    1947cj2a

    1947cj2a Member

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    I had the opposite experience. I recently bought one and it didnt want to work out of the box, box was all oily, so figured that it had all leaked out. went back returned it and got another one, no oil in the box but every time i pressed the trigger it puked oil everywhere. none of them actually worked.
     
  10. Jan 21, 2021
    RMeak71

    RMeak71 New Member

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    That’s a bummer. Mine has worked flawlessly.
     
  11. Jan 21, 2021
    89/01 XJ

    89/01 XJ New Member

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    My wife's aunt needed help cleaning up the shop her deceased husband had.
    I came across this and thought I would post it here. I have no idea how old this warranty card is.



    HF001.jpg
    HF002.jpg
     
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  12. Jan 22, 2021
    Twin2

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    been to that location many times before , the internet
     
  13. Jan 22, 2021
    Jay's WWII Jeeps

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    I have one of the 12 ton (I believe) winches in my trailer. I use it weekly and have not had one issue with it in over 5 years. It is in a covered box that I think helps. Also the cordless remote is great as long as I change the batteries.
    Jay
     
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  14. Jul 13, 2021
    Hellion

    Hellion Regurgitated

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    I have my father's 4' x 8' folding trailer that's probably 25+ years old now. Back then it was $99.99 or maybe $199.99 and had dinky 8" rims. They cost a lot more now and have more car-like 12" rims/tires.
    I put it together and he provided the 3/4" plywood for the floor and 24" high side panels which made it a lot heavier. Has hauled a lot of wet, heavy mulch, sand and lighter things in it over the years.

    Still going strong except for the lighting kit which has taken a few physical hits (and weather) and no longer works.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. Jul 13, 2021
    Downs

    Downs Kubota Orange Rattlecan

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    Those are pretty decent trailers. The trailer I use the most was built from one of those. I removed the folding mechanism, bobbed 2 feet off the rear and moved the axle foward 16 inches then welded the whole thing together. Welding all the joints makes it a very solid lightweight trailer option.
     
  16. Jul 13, 2021
    Lockman

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    I also had the same one for about 20 years . I did all kinds of work with it.......Even over the back roads west of here. I sold it to a pal of mine for $ 75 ........ Great investment / PASS
     
  17. Jul 27, 2021
    IRQVET

    IRQVET Bubbaification Exorcist

    Tallahassee, FL.
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    It's PREDATOR Time!

    1. Predator Post Hole Digger = PASS
    (love that freakin thing. 4 years old and I still beat on it with zero issues)
    Paid $169 on coupon

    [​IMG]

    2. Predator 79cc Trash Pump= PASS
    (Bought it to drain my pool, and in the event of of flood. Works awesome!)
    Paid full price, $219. I needed it when I needed it situation.

    [​IMG]

    3. Predator 3500 Inverter Generator= PASS
    (Only used it once for a 10 day period, but it worked great. 3 years later, when I kick it on just to cycle it, it cranks over and runs with zero issues)
    Paid $720 on coupon

    [​IMG]

    I have to admit. I've had extremely good luck with the Predator brand overall. (y)

    My only advice: Do the break in correctly. Back flush the crank case after break in. And only use non-ethanol fuel. You'll have no issues!
     
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  18. Jul 30, 2021
    Ayden

    Ayden Co-Caretaker of Family Jeeps

    Chesapeake, VA
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    A while back I bought a rotary tool for about $20 at Harbor Freight and I thought it was really cool... well for about 5 minutes, when I was taking the bit out, the chuck wouldn't loosen, then when I put more force on it, it broke... took the tool back got my money back then went to Lowe's to get a Dremel. FAIL.
     
  19. Aug 4, 2021
    jeep2003

    jeep2003 Well-Known Member

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    Their belt sander belts suck! Whatever glue they use on the seam lasts about 20 seconds. Now iv got to waste my time trying to figure out what glue works best to salvage what iv got. Looks like they might be using a different tape since i bought these but I dont know if id bother trying trying them
     
  20. Aug 30, 2021
    Fireball

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    The KRAUSE & BECKER Airless Paint Sprayer is a definite pass.

    We've had ours for 7 years now and have painted half the interiors of two of our own houses, the entire interiors of two rental houses, two chicken coups, and are now painting a barn with it. It just keeps plugging away. It uses a standardized gun so spray tips and extensions are easy to find.

    I notice it's listed as "clearance" now so maybe they are doing away with it.

    [​IMG]
     
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