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HF Shrinker/Strecther's

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Lawrence Clayton, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,754


    Have any of you bought the shrinker/ stretcher's from HF? I was looking at a set the other day. Don't seem too bad for a hobbyist. Any reviews? Any plans out there for a home made stand?
  2. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,930

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Not sure on the HF ones, but I recently bought a pair from Eastwood and they are very good.

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  3. daliant
    Joined: Nov 25, 2009
    Posts: 684


    I have one and so far it has held up pretty good, the jaws haven't stripped (yet), the handle hasn't broke (yet), or the frame hasn't cracked (yet) but with harbor freight stuff it seems like it's just a matter of time, but for a hobbyist it will probably last a while.
  4. FenixSpeedShop
    Joined: Mar 19, 2013
    Posts: 202


    The Eastwood ones I have have been good, the HF ones may last a while but the problem with those is that you can NOT get any parts to service them if they go wrong. Have a buddy who scrapped a HF set cuz he couldn't find replacement parts.

  5. Egghead
    Joined: Jun 6, 2012
    Posts: 55


    I ordered from HF. They kept saying backordered. Purchased set from Eastwood, very pleased with it!
  6. ntxcustoms
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 910

    from dfw

    The deep throat HF shrink/stretchers are in my humble opinion absolute junk! the stands are junk to with butter soft metal and lame design. I had two stands that broke at just about every joint or crucial spot. The jaws wore flat quick too. Of course they were used more than the home garage but still...Baileigh's are in the shop now but one day I plan to buy Gitzits.
  7. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    Same experience here as well. They have done everything i've asked of them so far, and have saved me money doing so instead of buying the items i needed.
    So, they have paid for themselves in that aspect and if they broke tomorrow i wouldn't care. But, they seem to be holding up quite well.

  8. Junk,,the set I had didn't make it through the first job,,jaws stripped on the stretcher and housing cracked on the shrieker.

    Replaced them with Eastwood's set. HRP
  9. leon renaud
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,934

    leon renaud
    from N.E. Ct.

    Don't tryu to get a replacement part "Harbor freight tools have a lifetime guarantee" take the broken tool back and exchange it for another one. I have done this a couple times with out the sales slip and thje Worcester Mass. store has honored them for exchange. There is a small sign near the front door that states "Life time Warranty on all hand tools"Not saying I didn't buy better as soon as I could but they do replace broken tools free
  10. Not where I live,,,After 90 days your on your own! :mad: HRP
  11. eppster
    Joined: Jan 26, 2011
    Posts: 223


    I bought a set and so far they have performed well and they are affortable for a dummy like me that didn't know what they were capable of doing !
  12. I have a set -
    They paid for themselves at least 3 times over and still going strong.
    The stand sucks and needed to be reworked.
    They aren't the best but they work and mine don't owe me a thing.
    When they finally give up I well get something better but I don't see that day coming anytime soon.

    Maybe I'm lucky but I've done plenty of 16 ga in there and some 18 ga stainless. They didn't like the stainless at all but go slow and watch what the metal wants it did it.

    Your mileage is going to vary
  13. Perrorojo
    Joined: Feb 25, 2011
    Posts: 357


    I have the larger one and it's worked fine. Mine gets very little use and I could see a professional needing better quality. I've been happy with it.
  14. plodge55aqua
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,710

    from Alberta

    is there anything thats any good from HF? other than giving your money away? what good is a Tool normally used for heavier work and you cant get parts for it? or it cant do the task its intended for? we have Princess auto up here.. Cheap crap...
  15. i have had mint 6 years no problem i use them alot at home
    i do not go in to hard force mode keep gental with more reps
    i did make the stand better
  16. chinarus
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 499

    from Georgia

    If something cost more than $20 bucks at HF it's best to buy the extended warranty.

    Pretty sure a 90 day replacement is standard on everything. For some of the electrical stuff you will be lucky if it makes it past 30 days but some things are as good as any other overpriced chinese made junk.
  17. '51 Norm
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 723

    '51 Norm
    from colorado

    I have a set and they have worked OK so far. I don't use them a lot, even so I'm satisfied with them.
  18. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,754


    I went to both Eastwood and HF web sites. The shrinker/ stretchers looked identical. Does anyone know if they are the same just different names? Plans for a stand?
  19. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,754


  20. heyitsnate
    Joined: Apr 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,710

    from tacoma,wa

    the eastwood jaws seem to be better and they fit on the HF bodies.
  21. salf100
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 431


    Bought mine from Grizzly and they work great !

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  22. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,962

    from Finland

  23. Chevyv8-348
    Joined: Dec 31, 2010
    Posts: 32


    I hope you weren't thinking of their deep stretcher. Hf #66211 is discontinued with no replacement.
  24. gemcityrenegade
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 171


    Eff that import trash. I got mine from Fey Butler (yoderstamp) They're genuine Lancaster made by CB tool!

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