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Harbor Freight tools thread

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Markcal, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. Nov 13, 2017 at 6:18 PM
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    HawkShot99

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    Even at $4 it's not bad if it's even semi quality. Where is the coupon? I don't see any in the spots I usually look.
     
  2. Nov 14, 2017 at 7:48 AM
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    Has anyone else noticed that HF has been rebranding their tools, and bumping prices in the process? Some of the "new" brands do appear to be of higher quality, however many are the same just under a different name; brands often excluded from the 20% off coupon.

    ex:

    I had been trying to buy a pair of "Pittsburgh" cable cutters for some months, being told they were back-ordered (both in-store and online)

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    Now I find the local store has a peg full of cutters with a new marque "Doyle"--for $19.99

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    If they really are upgraded tools that I'm OK with that, however I have routinely cut 1/8" and 3/16" steel cable with my several years old "Pittburgh" brand tool, with minimal wear other than that they don't like to cut 10 ga stranded copper anymore--hence my looking to buy another pair.

    I have noticed several other tools that they have similarly "upgraded" to a different brand and price point--if they are better that's cool, however I can buy Wiss at Home Depot for $2 less, and Amazon has Channellock for $2 more, and Klein for $10 more...
     
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  3. Nov 14, 2017 at 7:51 AM
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    Yes I have noticed. I would like to think the quality has improved.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2017 at 7:53 AM
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    If the price ratio comes within the "lower quality/priced known brands" I will probably stop buying from HF.
     
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  5. Nov 14, 2017 at 8:33 AM
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    100%. I am not afraid to spend $ on nice tools. I just like saving some money shopping at HF. If I can get decent tools for quite a bit less than the other options I will take the risk. However if the price starts creeping to close to the name brand, then I will not take that risk.
     
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  6. Nov 14, 2017 at 8:36 AM
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    o_O...same for me, price is my #1 reason for buying Harbor Freight anything. We’ll need to watch for this, maybe a trend. Thanks for posting it :thumbsup:
     
  7. Nov 14, 2017 at 8:41 AM
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    Bought a torque wrench for 11.99. Great deal
     
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  8. Nov 14, 2017 at 8:46 AM
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    is there a coupon for a torque wrench going on? I need a 3/8ths.... i have the 1/4in and 1/2 but i have some work that requires ~ 20 ftlbs, which is at the too extreme ends of either of the others i have.
     
  9. Nov 14, 2017 at 8:46 AM
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    Just go to the website and look. They have coupon on there.
     
  10. Nov 14, 2017 at 8:52 AM
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    Saweeeet!
     
  11. Nov 14, 2017 at 11:24 AM
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    Well I just bought the HF "Doyle" branded cable cutter--$15.99 w/a 20% off coupon ("Doyle" is not [yet] on the exclusion list).

    They do not seem any different than my old $6 "Pittsburgh" cutter, when I get home I'll run a file across 'em and see what the steel feels like. With the coupon they were a couple bucks less than the Wiss brand at Home Depot. Time will tell...
     
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  12. Nov 15, 2017 at 7:11 AM
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    I compared the old ("PIttsburgh") and new ("Doyle") HF cable cutters side-by-side last evening. The new tool's overall fit and finish is much improved, the forgings are much cleaner and the ground surfaces have much smoother finish. The steel is a bit harder per a quick file test. I would say they are on par with the name brand offerings--for $2 to $12 less with HF's 20% off.

    Without the coupon I would have bought the Wiss cutters ($18) at Home Depot...

    The cutting angle of the jaws is much steeper on the new tool, the older unit having much more of a shearing action--this would make the new tool less suitable for cutting steel cable as I have been doing with the old set.

    old (HF # 61422) and new (HF # 63827):
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    Oh these not 10" long, they are 9-1/2" just like the "name brand" tools...
     
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  13. Nov 15, 2017 at 7:48 AM
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    Careful with their 3/8 Torque Wrench nd4spdbh, I have purchased 3 and ALL 3 of them have not worked out of the box. Yet I have had great luck with my 1/2 until I recently got an upgrade.
     
  14. Nov 15, 2017 at 9:33 AM
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    A great tool to have is HF's digital torque adapter. Not for it's intended use as it is a bit awkward to use, but as a standard against which your clicker wrenches can be checked and calibrated:

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    I picked one up five years ago and after validating it's accuracy with dead weight loads (also had it checked by Mac Tools a couple years ago) have used it regularly to check and adjust my clickers. To do so I clamp a 3/4" male x 1/2" female adapter in my bench vise and set the digital unit to its "peak and hold" mode; set the wrench under test (WUT) to a value central (50%) to it's range--say 90 lb·ft for a typical 1/2" drive wrench--and then pull away 'til the wrench clicks.

    If the captured torque value is within ± 2% of the setting the wrench is calibrated as well as it can be (most all clickers, even name brand, are rated at ± 4% of setting). If not then tweak the wrench's adjusting screw until it is. With that done check the wrench at 20% and 80% of its range; those values should meet the ± 4% spec. If not then once again tweak the adjusting screw and recheck the central, and high and low setting to reach a happy medium within the ± 4% accuracy that should be expected.

    When torquing something critical, or if I have not used the torque wrench for a while I will often get out the digital toll and verify the wrench before going forward.

    Here is a write-up of the device I did in early 2012. The same tool and some variants are available, in several brand names, from a number of vendors--just google "digital torque adapter"...
     
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  15. Nov 15, 2017 at 10:40 AM
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    I clicked on your link CliffyK and saw you posted something about a torque limiting spark plug socket....where the hell can I get that?!?!?! That thing looks awesome!
     
  16. Nov 15, 2017 at 2:14 PM
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  17. Nov 15, 2017 at 2:18 PM
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    eBay--this is the same brand as I have...

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  18. Nov 15, 2017 at 2:21 PM
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  19. Nov 16, 2017 at 8:06 AM
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    I have thought about doing something like that!

    Question, do the HF clicker torque wrenches have the ability to be adjusted?
     
  20. Nov 16, 2017 at 8:40 AM
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    Yup, yank off this rubber plug (if it's still there) and use an Allen key--use small increments and retest often during adjustment:

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