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Art & Inspiration Unexpected HF gift card- what to buy?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by treb11, May 16, 2018.

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  1. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,034


    Got a letter in the mail to the effect "here is your class action settlement from Harbor Freight " with a gift card. Huh? Oh yeah, I filled out some form months ago and received an amount based on what I had spent there. False sale advertising, lawyers got half, blah blah.

    Bottom line is I've got $160 to spend at HF. What would you buy? I'm thinking another engine stand and..... I've got a pretty extensive set of tools including welder and torch already.

    My experience is if it has more than 3 moving parts or if you health may depend on it, dont buy from HF.

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  2. Beef jerky. Lots and lots of beef jerky.
  3. xpletiv
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 937

    from chiburbs

    Damn, where the heck was I when that happened?!
    I could use a couple extra step drill bits for the hell of it and those micro drill bits, too.

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  4. Stock up on air tools....
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  5. The only good to walk out of HF is the cash register.
  6. and don't forget your 20% off coupon too. :)
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  7. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,240

    from Burton, MI

    I've been thinking a belt sander would be nice...
  8. I've got one of their belt sanders, it works pretty good. Just don't buy the HF belts/discs for it, those are crap.
  9. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 10,528

    from oregon

    Apply half of it towards extended warranties!:mad:
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  10. MAD 034
    Joined: Aug 30, 2011
    Posts: 754

    MAD 034
    from Washington

  11. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,041

    from Woburn, MA

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  12. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,456


    I got one of their air nailers and shot over 100 brads out of it with less than 20 lbs of air. Built okay and it works great!

    They offer a coupon of a free gift of an 18" magnetic strip with a purchase,so I went in repeatedly (13 times)and bought the 2 craft magnets for .99 for the daughter's craft class and scored a magnetic strip each time.They fit inside my tool drawers holding my sockets and cost me nothing?
    Nice folks,those Freighters...
  13. If only they sold stuff that can hold up to normal use.
    If only they would let you cash it out so you can buy some real tools.
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  14. Use it toward a media blast cabinet.
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  15. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 1,102

    from Oregon

    ^^^^^ I second that. Get a blast cabinet if you don't have one. You will end up using it all the time.
  16. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 556


    I have several HF tools that treat me well. For $160 I would grab the 5 drawer rolling tool box unless I already had a few. Second choice... the 12" stationary disk sander is a horse.
  17. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,114

    from washington

    How about one of those portable shed/ shelters and you could donate it to a homeless person who lost his job because it was out sourced to china. :rolleyes:
  18. pprather
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 822


    While on the subject of hf, they have recalled a bunch of plug in chain saws, as the switch may stick and cause an injury.
    Mine is going back tomorrow for a replacement.

  19. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,108


    My next purchase from HF is going to be the 12,000# badland winch for $299 after coupon. Buddy I help brought one and we load dead tractors on trailers with it all the time and it works great. I was skeptical at first when he got it but it out performs the warn winch he had on his old trailer. so that is my next purchase from them.
  20. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,906

    from California

    I'd buy 1,600 thin 4" cut off wheels.
  21. & duct tape.:)
  22. upspirate
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,790


    I bought my wife the H-F workbench and wooden machinist chest in the pic for her craft room. I wouldn't use the bench for MY work station in the garage, but they work really well for her craft room. The chest is filled up with HER tools and actually comes in very handy for some of my quick little jobs. A lot of other H-F shit in the photo too. hf.jpg
  23. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 200

    leon bee
    from Arkansas!

    I'd try to sell the card.
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  24. Gasolinefed
    Joined: Apr 17, 2018
    Posts: 88

    from OR

    Consumables.. Rollocs, grinding/cut off wheels ect.. but if you had to pay the internet Can be cheaper in some instances.. 25 3” rollocs from ebay 6-8 bucks depending on grit w/shipping, hf 5 3” 5$.. 100 pirahna 4 1/2” cutt off wheels ebay 45$ w/shipping.. hf 10 for 8-10$.. if you’re going to buy from China you might as well get it cheap..

    I’d rather pay 3+ times the amount for a used US made tool.. feels better in your hand which can lead to superior work..
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
  25. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 2,905


    The Earthquake 'XT' half-inch impact is a pretty bad MoFo for the money, especially when on sale for $129. Take your change in tarps & moving blankets.:D
  26. paintman27
    Joined: Apr 23, 2011
    Posts: 224

    from new jersey

    Can't go wrong with a $160 worth of GoJo or Goop, and some shop towels.
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    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,685


    The tool that impressed me the most was the spot weld cutter. It has a reverseable cutter wheel. I have cut over 150 spot welds with mine and still haven't used up the first side. All this for about $3.50
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  28. 28 Ford PU
    Joined: Jan 9, 2015
    Posts: 311

    28 Ford PU
    from Upstate NY

    I been thinking about picking up one of their wireless 4 Camera security system. The only thing stopping is I can't get the $200 bucks out of my pocket.

    Sent from my iPad using H.A.M.B.
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    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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  30. buffaloracer
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 687

    from kansas

    I've got a tool box from hf that I'm very happy with.
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