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What do you spend on hot rod and garage tools every time you go into Harbor Freight ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 2many projects, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. budssuperpro
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 391


    yes you are right , I would say we have close to 30 % of our stuff come back because it does not work right out of the box.
  2. Jimv
    Joined: Dec 5, 2001
    Posts: 2,925


    i always said that HF is good for the backyard mechanic.If you have to make a living with your tools HF is Not the place to buy them.But if your going to run 3" of bead every 6 months then you can get away with there welders, etc.
    They make alot of stuff available to people who normally couldn't afford it.It also lessens the amount of borrowed tools out there!! Ever notice if you have some weird tool that some else always seems to have "borrowed" it!! Now they could go to HF & buy it themselves!!
  3. hotrodsnguns
    Joined: Apr 3, 2004
    Posts: 545

    from Fresno, CA

    Very little hate cheap china tools
  4. budssuperpro
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 391


    I have 2 mig welders (Both Gas)1 set up for steel and the other for alm and a plaza cuter and I have had one of my mig for 20 yrs now and no problem with any of them plus I have 3 or 4 grinders set up for differnt applications and 16 speed floor Dril press and a multatude of other stuff I can't think of right now , Mabe people just don't know how to use there tools im not sure.
  5. Flop
    Joined: Jun 8, 2006
    Posts: 3,885


    there bead roller is decent with a ton of bracing.and i picked up there 36 inch sheetmetal brake on sale for 200 bux which i am very impressed with..makes a nice crisp edge
  6. KIRK!
    Joined: Feb 20, 2002
    Posts: 12,032


    a LOT! :)

    I am a sucker for the cutoff wheels, even though I know they're cheap crap.
  7. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    20 years ago they were probably made here.
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,409

    from Ojai,Ca

    I got a Porta Power type unit that did not last the job I was doing. Learned a lesson, I was too cheap to get a real one, no more cheap shit. When I was a kid Japan was the crap, now China makes the crap. Couple years from now it will be Afganistan, Pakistan or Jacoffistan or something sending us the crap.
  9. ...Only what I went there to buy...
  10. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    actually the Japanese make some pretty nice tools, if you can find them pretty pricey stuff. They take pride in their work, the chinese work for bowls of rice and don't care
  11. So far my luck has held out for me on the lower end quality stuff they sell.
    I get 2-3 years out of some H.F. tools, throw it away, and I'm good to go again.
    I am ,after all though, just a weekend hobbyist.
    My $20 right angle grinder has ground down 2 Ford frames (original brushes still) after welding 'em up and I'm on my 2nd cut-off tool in 16 years from them.
    Actually I killed the first one when I oiled it with the wrong goop, my fault.
    Call me lucky, maybe, but so far none of their stuff has blown apart and maimed me or blown me apart.
    All my other air tools and other "throw-aways" are still chugging along.
    I'm gettin' what I'm payin' for I think.
  12. Abone29
    Joined: Mar 20, 2007
    Posts: 234


    I bought one of their 36" sheetmetal brakes too,works pretty good on 18 ga. and less.I buy cut off wheels and grinder discs but that's about it.I did buy one of their 10" sliding compound mitre saws when we remodeled my daughters house a few years ago.We framed a big addition and trimmed it too with it.I tried my best to kill it toward the end,but the damn thing wouldn't die.My son-in-law still uses the thing.I think we paid $99 on sale.Most of their tools are Chinese Junk though.
  13. rails32
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 110


    why would anyone by cheap cut off wheels that explode? The card board boxes are not even any good. I would not give 50cents for a whole store of their junk.
  14. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,393


    its just like the lottery. You can't lose if you don't play
  15. mcisneros
    Joined: Sep 9, 2005
    Posts: 93


    harbor freight rules and i am a lifetime patron! i dont care if the shits from china, korea , bangladesh, or west virginia, im buyin it!!!
  16. budssuperpro
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 391


    I forgot to say NAPA stands behind there tool and parts so you break it you can take it back why not they get the stuff for 25 cents on the dollar
    they can replace it 2 times and still make money. I would spend my money on gread 8 nuts and bolts than gread 5 or less at 150 mph the car will not tell you hay you didnt get a the right chop saw but it will tell you if you don't have a gread 8 nut and bolt holding the front end on.
  17. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,917


    I've used them since I was a kid, never had one come apart...maybe I'm doing it wrong?:p
  18. budssuperpro
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 391


    I'm inclind to agree with you, it don't make any diffrance how you get there jusy get there. lol
  19. budssuperpro
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 391


    what he said.
  20. chevyshack
    Joined: Dec 28, 2008
    Posts: 950


    I buy specialty tools there that i might use once or twice. Only buy tools like sockets and wrenches from craftsmen or stanley that have lifetime garauntee. Ive been wanting a bead roller from HF though.
  21. Bought a english roll and a 36" brake for light jobs and bought a bead blast cabinet. For the money and the amount I ever use the stuff it works great.
    Joined: Oct 25, 2008
    Posts: 228

    from IL

    I only have a few things from HF, SOME stuff is decent,other stuff you look at in the store and think "what the hell?"
  23. CayoRV
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 356


    I would have to say that if I'm depending on a tool for my liveliehood I might not pick a HF tool. That being said, I have a HF CP 3/8 drive air ratchet thats been trouble free for 15 years. I also have a POS SNAP-ON 3/8 air ratchet that has been with the Snap-On man longer for repairs than it has been in my posession. Got it 4 years ago and have a total use time of about 2 hours on it and thats being generous. Just cause its expensive ($165.00 Snap-On) doesn't mean its better than the inexpensive (18.00 HF) tool.
  24. HF is a good place to get a laugh.I wish I had the money that the woud-be's spend in there. I'd b friggin rich! Mikey
  25. devotion
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 193

    from idaho

    Micro Mill, Mini Lathe, Both have the same exact internals as Sieg only half the price. For the amount that I use them they are holding up stellar. Bought a sawsall 5 years ago, have demoed and rebuilt 4-5 decent size projects and is still going strong...a few vises of different sizes for various purposes, Wooden dollys cheaper than I could have made them myself. I think if a guy is just working out of his garage on a project now and then they are just fine. I have had people helping me out compliment me on my Mill and how well it works...only to realize it is from HF then procede to talk shit about it.
  26. Tony D.
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
    Posts: 101

    Tony D.

    Nobody has mentioned the step bits for $9. Probably the best buy I've ever made there.
  27. Jim Sideways
    Joined: Sep 29, 2009
    Posts: 141

    Jim Sideways
    from Ohio

    That is a good buy I have a lennox that cost $59.00 for 1 If you break 1 of those who gives a %&@#!!!! And they come in a package of 3 if I remember right.
    I like they have good stuff @ a good price.... Just my 2 cents......;)
  28. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,778

    from California

    if you are not going to harbor freight you are most likely buying the same crap somewhere else for more money... like Eastwood. that's not to say they are all the same junk, but there is enough crossover make that a realistic possibility.

    they have good stuff.. just got to know where to look. they have the best price on "formerly American made" vice grips. good jack stands. I bought the 2 ton press which seems prety good. I got the sandblast cabinet which works well once you replace everything but the cabinet, the glass and the door.

    as for the "crappy exploding cut off wheels" ... I've used enough of those on several cars I worked on that my washing machine drain got clogged up with metal shavings that rusted together into a big blob and flooded the garage. that's a lot of shavings.

    if you have a regular problem with them you are doing something wrong.
  29. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    Never seen one,so never been in one,,
  30. powdercoater46
    Joined: Oct 27, 2009
    Posts: 246


    Nothing wrong with their red shop towels and nitrile gloves. I have their 20 ton press, shrink tubing, and air chucks. They all work perfectloy. I, like others, will not use there tools and drill bits which are good only for wood and butter.

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