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Technical Ahhhhhh Harbor Freight strikes once more. Why do I even go there

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 34Larry, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,237


    I posted my brake problem, and my reluctance to go into HF for a Mityvac and that I did go anyway. I loaned mine out and it still hasn't returned and it is now its living in Az. anyway. So yesterday after doing my good husband work on the yard and pleasing the Misses I decided to bleed the front brakes where I figured the problem was. So you all know the drill. After a short stint putting the thing together, and attaching it to the bleeder valve, I gives it a couple of pumps and about on the third one it blows brake fluid out the plastic fitting that holds the vac. gauge all over the place Of course not believing a new one would do such a thing, I gives another pull, same thing. Now I have fluid all over myself, glasses, chromed calipers and A arms. At first it pisses me off to no end and then it strikes me funny and I end up laughing at it. It was lunch time and because I'm such a good husband, wife has soup and sandwich ready. So I clean up myself, my glasses, the floor for two feet in all directions, repackage the thing, relax with lunch, drive over a few blocks with it and the receipt, put on the mask, gloves and venture in. Only two guys in there and one is the cashier. Tell him the story hand him the receipt from only 3 days ago and he says, " Yep these thing happen now and then, you want your money or do you want an exchange"? "Exchange," says I.
    Well the new one worked like it is designed to and now I have my brake problem under control, even finding the problem. Of course to answer my own question of why I even go there, because I knew the vac was there on the shelf. Most times you have to do what you have to do even if it could mean trouble.
  2. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,920

    scrap metal 48

    I really like harbor freight.. It has served me well for over 25 years... Sorry for your misfortune....
  3. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 607


    Sometimes ya gotta laugh to keep from crying...
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  4. samurai mike
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 458

    samurai mike

    we have crappy Chinese things to buy because we keep on buying crappy Chinese things.
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  5. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 2,752


    I can’t answer why you go back there but I can tell you that HF did everything to be expected of them. They had what you wanted, apparently for a favorable price because you bought it, and when an item they sold was defective the clerk immediately made the situation right when you went back to the store. HF cannot be faulted for an item that they did not design or produce.
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    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
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    It sounds like to me that you just don’t like HF. If I was you I would just stop going there. I have a mitivac from HF and have never had trouble with it. I have quite a few of their tools and like them all. Just understand all this is IMHO
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2020
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  7. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 2,982


    Pics. or it didn't happen.
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,037


    HF has donated lots of equipment to stop the pandemic, as has China. And true, their stuff is not all first rate, but year by year it continues to improve.
    Like post-war Japan.
    Sorry you had problems with the vac pump.
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  9. 55 Ford Gasser
    Joined: Jul 7, 2011
    Posts: 510

    55 Ford Gasser

    Maybe about 12 or more years ago I sold a car and went to Harbor Freight to buy some tools. Didn't know anything about coupons so paid regular prices. I bought all sorts of things, sand blasting cabinet (put it together 5 yrs ago, still haven't used it), sawzall, welding helmet (box not even opened yet), etc, etc. About 6 years ago I took sawzall out of box to try it. It was cutting very slow, no receipt, but I took it back anyway. I told them it wasn't working right, and what does HF do?, they give me another one! I took the new one home and tried it, wouldn't you know it, it too was cutting real slow. Then I saw a dial with numbers on it . . .
  10. rlsteel
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 412


    Mityvac brand correct??
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  11. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    So simple, even an old pissed off, snotty Siamese cat, can assemble it! ( Yeah right ) IMG_3314 (2).JPG
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  12. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,549


    Just be thankful it didn't get on your paint!:eek:
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  13. dalesnyder
    Joined: Feb 6, 2008
    Posts: 391


    You shouldn't be sucking fluid through the pump. The pump just pulls a vacuum on the jar. The other hose on the jar hooks to the brake bleeder. You empty the jar before the fluid level would get to the sucker hose.
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    That’s way too funny. I think that’s what they call getting egg on your face!!
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  15. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,344

    from illinois

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  16. e1956v
    Joined: Sep 29, 2009
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    Alliance Vendor

    Is that one of those new hovermowers? That friggin awesome

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  17. olds vroom
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
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    olds vroom

    You mean eggfuyoung on your face

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  18. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

  19. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 4,975


    What was the point of this thread? Cabin Fever?
  20. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,744


    I, too, have been disappointed in a purchase or deal that I have made. Let me list them in chronological order for you.....
    If you're still reading, gotcha.
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  21. BoogittyShoe
    Joined: Feb 18, 2020
    Posts: 330


    Well, it does say "Harbor" Freight. :)
    No problem with my battery charger, sander, welder. Yet.
    And I have more of those blue LED lights than rooms.
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  22. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,214


    Interesting photo, as the last time I was in Harbor freight, they were selling LAWN MOWERS, albeit electric law mowers, but lawn mowers just the same. They have some crappy tools, some good tools, and some very good tools. I don't buy a lot there, but I do buy there from time to time. It's about time we replaced our lawn mower also, and since we no longer have Sears........................................I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2020
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  23. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,869


    I bought one of their red vacuum pumps a while back when the plastic one i had bought somewhere else broke when I tried to use it and like it better than the Mighty Vac I had for years before it got broken.
    Most of the time the HF stuff works fine for the guys who need a tool that they only use every few months and don't want to pay Pro equipment use it several times a week price.
    Still you have to use any tool right or it won't work right.
  24. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,459

    seb fontana
    from ct

    I was just tickled purple when they opened a store two miles from me. I have bought some stuff that was shit but exchange/return unbeatable. I bought an electric wood planner back in 2005, used it, worked fine. Made of lotta plastic, had spare motor brushes. Tried to use it last summer after it sat for 14 yrs. Damn drive belt had turned into a gooey mess, wouldn't drive anything. Went online and bought couple replacements. A shot in the dark after 14 years. HF works for me.
  25. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,527

    from PNW

    So..., let me get this straight. For ten years you've known their products are shit(your words), your buddies have known their products are shit(their words), yet you and your buddies continue to buy their shit products? Seems to me this isn't really a Harbor Freight problem. Sounds more like a struggle with a learning curve.
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  26. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,026


    Seems like the longest lasting thing coming out of China has been the Corona Virus !
  27. Mainly use the drain bottle that came with it....pump the peddle until you fill it almost to the top - and then close the for me....also have the air bleeder the pros use but rarely need it.
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  28. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,237


    dalesnyder and 2old2fast are right, the vac. container was most likely full. I duplicated the problem with the new replacement vac. this afternoon. HF, Mityvac are not at fault, it was op. error. Just being honest about the original post. I have no reason or excuse for not seeing that the jar was full:rolleyes: and thus the fluid troubles, :mad:at myself. Guess I'm just get'n to damn old and need to just shut the "F" up and leave my opinions unspoken. So build "em fast, pretty, safe, and dirve hell out of 'em. So, see ya guy's round some time.
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  29. brando1956
    Joined: Jun 25, 2017
    Posts: 3


    Got 2 $100 Predator 6hp motors, one on log splitter and one on troy bilt rear tine tiller. "Got another smaller one that came new on high wheel string trimmer. All of them are better than the originals, one a briggs the other a Tecumseh. Start on 1st pull every time, quieter, more power, trouble free. I don't know if their mowers use the Predator but suspect they do. They are basically a Honda clone, look almost identical. Couldn't be more happy with them. Have always had good luck with HF, been buying from them for over 20 years. Great that they have opened 2 stores within 30 miles of me now. My wife hates it.
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  30. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,336

    jimmy six

    Never could get one of those brake suckers to work.

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