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Harbor Freight Deal Alerts & Discussion Thread

Well there’s a deal alerts thread for Home Depot and Lowe’s and many other stores but for some odd reason there was no Harbor Freight thread!
But now there is.
So…
This thread can be used for discussion and alerts of deals related to Harbor Freight Tools…. you know.

Though, if you don’t know what Harbor Freight Tools is, they are a retailer who sells “quality” tools for “ridiculously low prices”. The “quality” part is mostly a lie but the “ridiculously low prices” is quite accurate. They are the Dollar Tree of tools. Now although their products are usually low quality, many of the items are very decent and are well worth the value. Some products at Harbor Freight are absolutely garbage, while other products are decent and are a very good value (which this thread should be discussing). You just need to know what is good and what is bad.
Look up Harbor Freight tools to learn more. If you don’t shop there, I strongly suggest you browse their site and/or take a look in a store.

Here is the Harbor Freight Coupon Database, where you can find lots of useful coupons, especially 20% off and free item coupons, and also upload your own!

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Here is a Wire Storehouse that comes with a bunch of spools of wire and cable, making a total of 400 feet of wire, and it is only $40!

http://www.harborfreight.com/400-ft-wire-storehouse-61527.html

But not only that, there is a coupon that lowers the price to $35!!

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GFCI outlet $7! Before the cheapest I found was about $9 at Home Depot when bought in a pack of three. This is a generic GFCI but it works well (if the item is the same as the one in the picture). GE brands and sells this same GFCI, and it is sold at Walmart for $15.

http://www.harborfreight.com/household/electrical/120-volt-15-amp-gfci-o...

Note: As this is not a Tamper Resistant receptacle, it is a code violation to install these in most places in your home; see Article 406.12 of the 2011 National Electric Code.

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This is a wire connector assortment of 158 wire connectors for $5. That is the cheapest you can get in stores, otherwise you need to buy online. These connectors are not garbage; they are decent quality. They are manufactured by a Taiwanese manufacturer called Heavy Power. You find Heavy Power’s wire connectors everywhere; most light fixtures come with them, and also GE, Cambridge, KingInnovation, and probably others, brand these connectors as their own and sell them. So these are not crap; they are common.

http://www.harborfreight.com/household/electrical/158-piece-wire-connect...

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Take a look at this. This is a kit of a cordless drill and a flashlight. Comes with 1 battery I think, and charger. $26!!! Shocked

http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tools/cordless-drills/18-volt-38-in-c...

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Oscillating Power Tool. You probably know that oscillating tools are very useful, but this one is also very cheap, $19! And it’s not garbage!

http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tools/oscillating-tools/oscillating-m...

There are a lot of other power tools for good prices so go and take a look for yourself. I posted this tool because oscillating tools are very useful.

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Here’s a mains powered drill for $20! The cheapest at home depot is $30. But there is a discount and it is now $12!!
It’s not the best drill but it works perfectly fine for basic use.

http://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-Variable-Speed-Reversible-Drill-60614...

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poiihy wrote:
Oscillating Power Tool. You probably know that oscillating tools are very useful, but this one is also very cheap, $19! And it’s not garbage!

http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tools/oscillating-tools/oscillating-m...

There are a lot of other power tools for good prices so go and take a look for yourself. I posted this tool because oscillating tools are very useful.

I would avoid this one. I use this type of tool regularly and the one I bought from HF around 5 years ago is still doing fine but is no longer sold. I bought one of these last year as a back-up so if the old one died my job would keep going. The new one which is just like the one here lasted about 30 minutes before the motor windings went up in smoke. Ditto for their cheap side-grinders.

Harbor Freight tools can be awesome and I buy stuff there all the time but some of their stuff is junk, so buyer beware!

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No different than the Lowes and Home Depot threads which some of us find very useful even if it isn’t always directly related to flashlights.

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I detect some HF bigotry here. Smile

My motto is never buy anything with moving parts. That said, there are a number of items that I get at HF on a regular basis, and I am a professional. You just have to know what is OK for your purpose.
It actually takes an experienced professional to buy wisely at HF and only the inexperienced or those that are easily swayed by peer pressure would never even consider walking into one of their stores.

Clint Eastwood said “A man has gotta know his limitations”

I say “A man has gotta know his tolerances”

Final thought: I get a very small percentage of my tools at HF, but I am man enough not feel as though my manhood is threatened every time I walk into a HF.

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Actually, I'm very fond of HF.  They have enabled me to do all kinds of work that I would not have had the means to do otherwise.  I feel the same as dcho above, but I differ in that I probably buy more tools from HF then he has indicated for himself. 

Generally, the tools are of cheap, soft metal.  So I only buy stuff from them that I don't expect to use often.  Exceptions (off the top of my head) would be these as I use them often:

  • Benchtop Drill Press
  • Arbor Press
  • 12 Ton Press
  • Elastic Gloves (Sam's usually has a better deal though)
  • Shrink wrap for wires

They are not high quality, but they are good enough for my amateur projects.  One of the lights that some have modified with great results is that big headed 4AA flashlight.

So, I think this is a good thread.  Here is my contribution.  You can usually print a 20 to 25% off coupon from online.  I always have to google to find it.  The links have always taken me to HF's site, but for some reason I usually have trouble finding them on HF's site.

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You have to play the coupon game for a lot of their deals, but they have stuff I buy periodically because they are almost always “On Sale”:

8” cable ties in White or Black for $1.99/100:
http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-black-cable-ties-pack-of-100-34635.html

Also, the jumbo 24” wire ties for $1.69/10; I use these for changing tires on my bike:
http://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch-heavy-duty-cable-ties-10-pack-66487...

Dual-temp heat gun for $14.99, sometimes you can get a couple of extra bucks off with a coupon:
http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-watt-dual-temperature-heat-gun-5721112...

Heat Shrink Tubing assortment, five 48” sections of 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1” for $3.49:
http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece-heat-shrink-wire-wrap-assortment-96...

And also, a 9-piece assortment of smaller diameters for $1.69:
http://www.harborfreight.com/9-piece-heat-shrink-wire-wrap-assortment-96...

FYI: anyone shopping at Harbor Freight should check out this site:
http://hfreviews.com/
It’s an independent third-party review site for harbor freight products.

Also, I do NOT recommend the $80-$100 electric pressure washer. I used mine about 3 times before the nozzle trigger valve failed out of warranty. The housing is plastic which split at a seam and could not be repaired. Fortunately, the pump still works and I’ve been able to use another pressure washer wand with the electric unit when I don’t need the full power of the gasoline washer.

Edit: I like the step drill bits: a three piece kit for less than a single bit sells for elsewhere:
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece-titanium-nitride-coated-high-speed-...

These seven-packs of 1/8” drill bits for $2.99 are nice:
http://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-titanium-nitride-coated-high-speed-st...

Shave the ribs on the lid of this parts box and it fits their 800W inverter perfectly, with room for the cables:
http://www.harborfreight.com/abs-storage-organizer.html
Actually, a lot of their parts boxes are nice:
http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=parts+box

Nitrile gloves, I like to keep these around for when I’m preparing jalapenos for grilling:
http://www.harborfreight.com/5-mil-nitrile-powder-free-gloves-100-pc-lar...


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It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Also, this 4xAA 109 LED flashlight. It’s never been quite cheap enough for me to buy one, but I’ve always been tempted as it looks like it’s about the right size for my 75mm aspheric optic I’ve had in my parts bin for ages:
http://www.harborfreight.com/6-3-4-quarter-inch-109-led-flashlight-98506...

Same story with this multimeter: I almost bought one a couple of years ago when they were half this price:
http://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-1-digital-multimeter-98674.html
Autoranging with Frequency, light, temp, and sound measurement.


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Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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I’ve heard and read many good things about that multimeter.. I guess it’s a generic branded version of a decent -possibly name brand meter.

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I bought from them recently:
1.5 tons aluminium floor jack $59.99
11 Ft. 4 In. X 23 Ft. 4 In. Blue All Purpose Tarp $14.39
11 Ft. 4 In. X 17 Ft. 6 In. Blue All Purpose Tarp $12.49
11 Ft. 4 In. X 11 Ft. 6 In. Blue All Purpose Tarp $7.99
25 Ft. X 1 In. QuikFind Tape Measure With ABS Casing (Free of charge)
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SawMaster wrote:
poiihy wrote:
Oscillating Power Tool. You probably know that oscillating tools are very useful, but this one is also very cheap, $19! And it’s not garbage!

http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tools/oscillating-tools/oscillating-m...

There are a lot of other power tools for good prices so go and take a look for yourself. I posted this tool because oscillating tools are very useful.

I would avoid this one. I use this type of tool regularly and the one I bought from HF around 5 years ago is still doing fine but is no longer sold. I bought one of these last year as a back-up so if the old one died my job would keep going. The new one which is just like the one here lasted about 30 minutes before the motor windings went up in smoke. Ditto for their cheap side-grinders.

Harbor Freight tools can be awesome and I buy stuff there all the time but some of their stuff is junk, so buyer beware!

Phil

No big deal; return it and get a new one! One awesome thing about Harbor Freight is that you can easily return almost anything.

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:

So, I think this is a good thread.  Here is my contribution.  You can usually print a 20 to 25% off coupon from online.  I always have to google to find it.  The links have always taken me to HF’s site, but for some reason I usually have trouble finding them on HF’s site.

Yeah, and also, even better, sometimes Harbor Freight has coupons for FREE stuff!! ShockedBig Smile :bigsmile:

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My business is remodeling, from rough rentals up. I can’t afford to have a tool die mid-job and I do not ‘baby’ my tools; if they can’t take some abuse I won’t have them. Even here you don’t get what you don’t pay for but for average use it’s unbeatable at these prices. Some HF items I use and recommend:

20 Ton low-profile Hydraulic Jack

“5” Random Orbit Sander”:http://www.harborfreight.com/5-inch-random-orbital-palm-sander-93431.html (This one is OK, the rest are junk)

3×21 Belt Sander (dust collector not too good, but you can’t kill this sander)

“1/2” Countersink”:http://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-six-flute-countersink-61552.html (wood and soft metal only)

Extendable Basin Wrench (as good as any)

5 in 1 Paint Scraper

3pc Detail Wire Brush (handles weak, brass brush very useful on softer surfaces/Aluminum)

Butane Torch (Not a “Weller” but worth the price)

Large Plastic Speed Square (Measuring scale not true, otherwise decent)

Small Speed Square (Measuring scale not true, otherwise decent)

4 in 1 Screwdriver (near-junk, but cheap/free when on sale so just get another one)

Wood Spade Bit Set (1/4” quick-change base; only reason I use these)

100 pc Security Bit set (only decent but has them all, even the oddest ones)

Left-Hand drill set (fair, I use only to remove broken screws/bolts)

“1/2” Dr. Torque Wrench”:http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-inch-drive-click-type-torque-wrenc... (OK for casual use within about 5% accuracy)

4pc Wood Chisel set (good sharp steel, handles are crap under heavy use)

Laminate Floor Install kit (keep the “Bucking bar”, toss the rest)

3 keyed-alike Padlocks (Fair security, nice for 6 keys to fit all 3 locks)

I don’t know why some links won’t work, copy and paste them. Avoid drills (except for use in wood) and driver bits. Impact sockets good for hand use, other wrenches and sockets are a gamble, no measurement tools are accurate, crow and pry bars are too soft.
You can get good stuff at great prices here, but you gotta know what to get and much is pure junk.

Phil

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SawMaster wrote:
3pc Detail Wire Brush (handles weak, brass brush very useful on softer surfaces/Aluminum)

Those looks exactly like the brushes I got from Dollar Tree!

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They are the same, and HF puts them on sale for $0.99 sometimes so that’s when I buy since I’m already there. Always wait for sales with HF if you can, just about everything will be on sale sooner or later. The links I provided are for item reference only; I wait for sales.

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The general rule of thumb about not buying anything with a motor or something that relies on quality hardened steel without reading reviews first should save you from most of the HF pitfalls. Some motorized things are OK, like the belt sander mentioned above, but most will be a major disappointment for long term use.

Things I absolutely recommend:

Deadblows – outlast $70 deadblows I’ve tried. Yes, I tried $70 deadblows for work, and the HF deadblows average 3-4x longer life for 15% of the price. The HF version is cheap, no frills, but work great.

Fiberglass handled hammers – more than adequate for anyone who isn’t using it for work.

Multi-tip screwdrivers – I generally lose them before they wear out, be careful to only buy when on sale or they’re not really any cheaper than the hardware store.

Heat gun – I’ve been surprised at the longevity of the one I bought. Not “high quality” but like the fiberglass handled hammers, good enough for anyone not using it for work. Be warned it smells awful the first couple times you run it.

Storage bins, totes, bags – Generally good prices on products often identical to major brand versions. I’m especially fond of their black and yellow storage cases. They have a couple sizes. I can see 5 I’m using from where I’m sitting right now in my garage.
Harbor Freight Storage case

Scissors – their black and red scissors are exceptionally handy for $.99 each

Furniture Dollies – I use them all the time, my wife just stole 2 from me for plant stands inside. I’ve used them for so many things it’s mind boggling. Highly recommended when they are on sale.

Chain hoist – like the hammers and heat gun, it just works. Buy one with 30% more capacity than you need to give you some safety factor and it’s still a good price for a chain hoist. My 1 ton is great for occasional lifting of heavy things out of the back of a truck in the garage, truck drives out, heavy thing gets set on ground or dollies.


You might see a pattern, if you’re a professional, Harbor Freight has very little to interest you (but there are some gems). If you are a homeowner or hobbyist on a budget there is a lot more to be excited about, but be warned that you’ll get the occasional piece of garbage that you need to return due to poor QC, design, or both, so it pays to read real reviews of what you’re going to buy there if your time and money are precious to you, and consider how much you’ll be using what you buy. Sometimes cheap is cheap, and sometimes cheap is expensive.

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There’s actually a lot of interesting tales of humor and woe to share about a good many HF tools and their unfortunate/angry owners. There was once a long running thread on a tool site where professionals rated several of their tools, but I cant find it now. It was enough to make you want to carpet bomb all of their stores to save our fellow Americans from extreme disappointment! :Sp For those who live outside the US, consider yourself lucky to have not been lured by the low prices and free junk they give away to hustle you in.

How about those brand new HF hydraulic floor jacks (yes, there’s more than one) that collapse over on themselves, or blow hydraulic seals while lifting far less than their rated capacity. They are a great tool for dropping that car back to earth in a hurry! While I was testing one of their aluminum quick lift jacks in their parking lot (the heavy duty version of the 2 they offered), I jacked my car up to the jacks unimpressive maximum height and then watched it crumple over on itself, dropping my car at an angle and pinning the twisted jack between the diff and pavement. Thankfully, the damn thing didnt damage one of the 2 fuel tanks it swiped on its way to oblivion. The manager and I had a good hard laugh and went back into the store to drag out their largest model to retrieve the POS HF jack my car had flattened beneath it. Just as the large 4 ton jack began to clear the car of the twisted jack, a seal gave way and dropped the car again onto the broken jack! By that time, we had quite a large crowd of hysterical people surrounding us, all laughing and exchanging stories about how crappy their prior HF tool purchases had been. Seems that I was just one of the many stories of eminent HF peril. Big Smile We ultimately extracted the twisted jack while using two smaller floor jacks, one to each side of my car to lift in unison. BTW, the car weighs only 3020 lbs total, and the jacks were attempting to lift about half that weight. HF = PURE GARBAGE!!!!!!! :bigsmile: …or rubbish, if you prefer!

If you want some real laughs, spend some time talking with the store manager about the products in the store. Then you’ll quickly learn that most of their inventory should have be shipped directly to a landfill to save customers the grief of many disappointments and product returns. For even more laughs, ask to check the back room for returned tools. There, you will find vast piles of many twisted wrenches and pliers, split sockets, grenaded electric and pneumatic tools, drill bits that didnt survive the 100th revolution, dozens of junky broken plastic and metal rubbish of every possible type, color, shape and size. Then walk the store and you’ll recognize a good amount of it in the returned broken tools room! Now I know what tools were used to assemble a lot of my trashy chinese flashlights! You know… the ones where a disgruntled monkey didnt properly thread a hole in a pill before attempting to drive a phillips screw to affix the MCPCB to the floor plate. So in its anger, it applied brute force to the point that the threads got completely stripped out and the cheap dull screwdriver rounded out the top of the screw! Big Smile Give that monkey a rotten banana and a good hard kick in the pants! Big Smile

I also have 4 or 5 of their free DMM’s they gave away to sucker me into checking out their store. While comparing DCV, each of them read totally different of one another… go figure!

How about the IR temp guns? I saw a guy using a snap-on version at the airport and thought it would be a good idea, especially for air cooled engines. Lessons learned from the crappy DMM’s had me suspicious, so I opened up several boxes to compare the IR guns. Each gun read vastly different of one another! PURE HF GARBAGE AGAIN! Big Smile I should have known.

You’re probably safe using items such as hammers or T-squares (maybe, but dont count on it). Screw drivers? Forget it! Ive broken and chipped tips off most of them before they were thrown into the garbage can where they belong. The round shafts of the cheap mild steel large drivers have been useful for roll forming micro chips out of aluminum aircraft propeller blades. So I will give them that as being remotely useful as a tool. Especially if you’re working on a float plane at dock and accidentally drop the driver into the water. Not to worry, it wasnt even with the plastic package it came in when it was brand new! Plus, you wont have to lug it back to the tool box to loath looking at it again in the future!

Then there’s the 12 volt trickle charger to keep your car battery topped off. What a piece of junk! It should have been called a battery cooker! A friend had one and it cooked an expensive new car battery dry of all its electrolyte in less than 2 months. MORE HF RUBBISH! I’ll blast it into small metal fragments with my 44 mag this spring to put it out of its misery.

I wouldnt doubt if most of their stuff is made in the same awful plants as Ridgid, Workforce, Kobalt, Husky and most of the other junky tools most of us have so easily destroyed or become ashamed of owning… while ruining much of the work it was intended to assist us with! :bigsmile:

Sure, there are some things that might pass muster… that is, if youre very desperate to save a buck in order to stretch your shameless aff-link shill payments that you’ve scrounged through BLF from all your unscrupulous lying chinese employers from across the pond. :Sp Just dont purchase anything that: lifts or supports weight, plugs into an electrical wall outlet or compressed air supply, used to apply torque or carries with it a cheap or questionable appearance! And NO! Just becasue you’ve babied a cheap tool to accomplish a meager amount of work and never put it to the test – does not qualify you to say its something you should recommend to the masses, becasue its not! Big Smile Its a cheap POS tool that will probably fail you miserably at some point, and at the worse possible time… and you wont have anything else to finish the job because you cheaped out when you knew you shouldnt have! Man, you’re really screwed now, arent cha? :bigsmile: Big Smile Give yourself a rotten banana and kick in the pants!!! Silly At least you’ve still got your BLF shill links to beg an 8% commission, so press on!

BTW, I also remember laughing at a large pile of returned broken strap wrenches at HF. The same ones that most of us had bought at one time or another… then subsequently broken! Big Smile Its been about 4 years since Ive visited a HF. I still get their colorful coupon flier in the mail. Its printed on a slightly heavier stock than others but doesnt burn worth a darn, so its useless in lighting my fire place! So I drop it in my paper recycling bin, along with all the other unworthy junk mail that never makes it into my home!!! Big SmileBig Smile

Later on, I’ll make you all suffer through a story of pain, loathing and expense that a cheap $100 HF bore scope cost an aircraft owner when he used that utter piece of crap to examine his cylinder bores and valves. That, after using his fancy looking POS HF compression tester that lied becasue it didnt give consistent repeatable compression pressure readings with his car engine! You think he would have learned! And then there’s the guy that ripped his forearm completely open and required several reconstructive surgeries and 3+ years of agonizing physical therapy when an HF wrench broke while turning a bolt to became his worst enemy.

In many cases, the dollars you might save in cheapo tools will cost you MANY, MANY times that amount… and you still wont have a tool to do the job properly, so you’ll need to cough up even more money to buy a better tool. Good job shill! Big SmileBig Smile There’s always a large crescent wrench, hammer of vice grips, so have a go at it!

For those who are happy with their HF purchases, Im glad you can still smile… at least for now! :bigsmile:

Who else has tales of HF tool woes (non viagra) to share? This seem to be the most appropriate place to share them! Big SmileBig Smile

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Don't forget the FREE High-Power LED flashlight coupon !

 

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poiihy wrote:
Some products at Harbor Freight are absolutely garbage, while other products are decent and are a very good value (which this thread should be discussing).
Oh, I don’t know… I bought a Russian-made anvil from them when they first opened in my area, and it’s still “like new”! Wink

(Seriously, thanks for this thread. I’m a HF fan…)

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SawMaster wrote:
The new one which is just like the one here lasted about 30 minutes before the motor windings went up in smoke. Ditto for their cheap side-grinders.
I used one of their cheap side-grinders on SWMBO’s car restoration project, and it’s still working.

OTOH, I’ve had some DOA power tools from them as well.

I get the best service if I just wait until I need the tool, go to HF and buy it, then take it out & use it hard as soon as I get home with it. If it finishes the first job it’s usually worth what I paid for it. If not it goes back in the box just as it came & they replace it with no fuss or bother (other than the ~15mi drive).

One of the first things I bought from them was a Mag-Charger-Clone-like flashlight. It sat on its charger for ~24hrs & still wouldn’t light up. When I took it back, they didn’t want the old one, stating they’d just toss it in the dumpster out back anyway, and would you be happy just taking a replacement? Yeah-buddy! Turns out, my bad! The 2nd one also didn’t light up, so I dissected them to find plastic discs “protecting” the contacts!! Yeah, I still feel bad about that brain fart. To be too honest, after I got them working, they weren’t worth the electricity it took to charge them, so they’re long gone now…

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That’s what I like about FlashPilot. He is passionate and knowledgeable.
But I’ll say it again, for somethings, I LIKE Harbor Frieght.

Another story like FP. A friend of mine is an automotive insurance adjuster. He had a claim where an insured dashboard burned up. Very costly loss. It seems there was a Harbor Frieght fuse that didn’t blow when it should have.

jacktheclipper wrote:

Don’t forget the FREE High-Power LED flashlight coupon !

 

Laughing

Yeah, but hear this!

The latest SK’68’s I got from BangGood with the Lattice Bright emitters are barely brighter!……And they are purple LOL

To try and put this Harbor Freight thing in perspective.
My Dad used to say “Nothing succeeds like success” With 600 stores in the USA, could it be that there is some good.

And FP, I know you probably have SnapON roll away tool chests, but the U.S. General chests that HF carries (they recently bought U.S. General) are quite a bit better than the roll aways at HD, Lowes and Sears.
I have 11 roll away chests, 3 Homak (hence my name) a couple of Craftsman, Husky, Channel Lock, etc. But none of them are as good as the ones in HF. Actually, my 50 year old Craftsman may be its equal.

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I wonder if FlashPilot is sure about that… it seems like he’s still on the fence about HF! :bigsmile:

A couple of other thoughts:
The cheap furniture dollys are a good source for four cheap casters. You can get those inexpensively with coupons or on sale, and they cost less than just a single caster alone.

The swappable bit screwdriver linked above isn’t great, but it uses standard bits. When I lost a bit from my favorite screwdriver, I bought the HF driver for .99, kept the bits, and tossed the screwdriver. They are the same size and appear to be the same quality as the original. Maybe not the best, but they are more than sufficient for working on PCs.


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Hmm, some good/bad/ugly from my perspective. Only buy these on sale.

good: nitrile gloves. I go through a bunch when painting.
decent: moving blankets. Pretty disposable, but for 6 bucks or so, what do you want?
ugly: “automatic” center punch. The only thing automatic is that it fails to work. On the plus side, it pushed me to a Starrett 18C. (Though I probably could have gotten by with the hit power of the 18A.)
ugly: 25” long drill bits. Totally disposable, though if you need them for one or two holes, they’re cheaper than a real drill bit.
maybe: http://www.harborfreight.com/10-in-25-hp-tilebrick-saw-69275.html — I’ve seen a couple of these in the wild, and they’ve lasted way the heck longer than their pro tile guy owners ever expected
decent: 12g extension cords. Though you probably shouldn’t leave them out in the sun for too long.
good: zip ties.

Anyone able to comment on the 1/2” drive composite ratchet? $11 at the moment. http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-inch-heavy-duty-composite-ratchet-...


 

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I don’t see why some people say do not buy anything with a cord from HF; I’ve read reviews and seen videos of some of their power tools and many of them are decent. Their miter saw, for example, is decent but has minor problems, but for less than $100, who cares? Also the $12 drill is fine has a high speed but low torque so it is fine for drilling but not good for driving. There’s also the oscillating multitool that appears to have decent reviews and is really cheap.
And if a tool breaks, just return it and get a new tool!

I wonder how their screwdrivers are. If they’re like the rubber screwdrivers at dollar tree, then they’re complete rubbish. But if they’re like the screwdrivers sold at Home Depot under the brand of HDX then they are good.

Those 2-pack of rubber handle screwdrivers sold at dollar tree are absolute rubbish! The material is poor quality. The flathead is ok because it’s simple, but the phillips sucks! If you try to turn a screw with high torque, the bloody screwdriver twists! Freaking ridiculous! Also the handles are disgusting slimy rubber and they probably have tons of “Chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.” Recently I checked and noticed that there is a new version of those screwdrivers; the tips are dipped in black stuff (for some reason lots of screwdrivers are like that nowadays, what is the black stuff and what is it for?) and the handles are NOW EVEN SLIMIER!
Thought just now I checked their website (dollartree.com) and it’s not there anymore. Haven’t been in DT for a little while so maybe they discontinued it?

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poiihy wrote:
Those looks exactly like the brushes I got from Dollar Tree!

Speaking of Dollar Tree… they have a six piece small screw driver set (3 flat and 3 Phillips head) that ain’t half bad. I have a Sears Craftsman set with half a dozen broken screwdrivers… the damn Dollar Tree ones keep on ticking… for a dollar.

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