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Harbor Freight tools thread.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Markcal, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. Jan 14, 2020 at 5:25 PM
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    ACEkraut

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    It is also a good idea to check Craigslist or the local Facebook ads as it is not uncommon for bandsaws to be listed. Often people buy bandsaws with the best of intentions then rarely use them for any length of time so you can often get one that is in like new condition for the price of a new HF one but the quality will be much greater. I have a Ryobi bandsaw that I bought new and I never used it that much then went to use it after 5 years of sitting and it wouldn't work right. After digging I was able to replace an electrical part and now it works fine but it never wants to cut straight. A friend of a friend gave me a used behemoth Delta one that I have not set up yet or I would be shopping for one on CL or FB myself.
     
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  2. Jan 14, 2020 at 5:31 PM
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    See if you can spot the Harbor Freight "tool" in my recently built welding cart...

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    When building, key point is finding the balance point/angle so your bottom doesn't drag the ground.

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    Um, because snap-on are known high quality tools, and he was questioning whether he should buy an unknown quality inexpensive tool or a known good quality but more expensive tool. He did not ask should I buy cheap unknown quality tool x or cheap unknown quality tool y. I offered him something to consider, I didn't just tell him to go buy expensive tools. Is the allen key he might buy going to fit poorly and round out something critical? For me, having a tool break or damage a fastener and leaving me stuck and having to go get another one during a job justifies the added cost for me, he can make his own decisions. It's said many times here on tw - buy once, cry once.
     
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    My $4 HF dent puller made easy work of about $200 worth at the body shop.
     
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    wbshoe, per-chance any before/after pics for us wannabe dent techs?
     
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    Kind of torn... I’m in need of a new tool bench/cabinet... HB has pretty nice ones but they don’t come with the wood top nor do they have built in power.

    This is what I’m thinking and maybe you can talk me out of it
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    Too many deep drawers in the above- there isn't going to be a lot of useable storage space and you'll outgrow it in no time. I don't have HF boxes, but they are really tough to beat for the $
     
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    I would look on Amazon for inexpensive sets because you'll have some reviews to guide you. I have a lot of VIM which is excellent if you want something top quality. I have some from HF also and they've been fine, but they're so old that I'm sure they're different than what they sell now. I have had crappy no name torx bits that wear quickly, but not hex.
     
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    Agree. I went through this. And no wide drawers either is a deal breaker. But @Toywoodsguy82 might have a tool selection that that box works for.
     
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    Best deep drawer tool chest for woodworking tools I found is a couple used metal 5’ high filing cabinets off craigslist.

    2 yrs ago home depot had their Husky 46” tool chest w wood top for 199 for black friday, i got 3 for cheap and the quality isn’t bad. last yr was up to 299 for black friday and it seems like prices really climbed on these everywhere the last couple yrs, it is currently $348 but was often $250 a yr ago
     
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    Long story short I’m moving from a place that I own to a place I’m going to rent the thing that makes this seem like a pretty good idea is that it has the pegboard on the back of the box that I don’t have to install on the wall of a rental unit
     
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    Looking for a work bench for my leather work, anybody tried out this one??

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    Does anyone have a Harbor Freight sheet metal brake? Which one do you have?
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    1. I need to bend 3/16" thick steel, or possibly 1/4" thick steel as I haven't done the math yet, that is only 1 1/2" wide, will it do it?

    2. How about the same dimensions in aluminum?

    Thank you!
     
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    Lots have used it for woodwork. It’s do able as long as you understand it will need to be glued together and add some screws. It’s ok when reenforced. If you have the ability, you can make one cheaper and stronger though.
     
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    The cheaper 46” husky has a pegboard addon for $50
     
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    HF site says the larger (36") won't bend that 3/16". Looks about 3x thicker than what it's specced for.

    Handles material as thick as 12 gauge sheet metal, 16 gauge mild steel, 22 gauge stainless steel

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    I have that work bench and have been using it for the last 5 years. It is an adequate work bench. I do not push the limits on what it can do so I have not had any issues at all. Sturdy enough, it performs as expected. The drawer operation is ok. Not as smooth as it could be but it has never not opened. If you have ever watched Forged in Fire imagine the man who tests the blades saying "It will cut" and replace that with "It will work".

    You can use one of their other metal benders:

    https://www.harborfreight.com/compact-bender-38470.html

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    I have used this one extensively to bend 1.5 inch wide, 1/8th inch thick aluminum and it works fine. It is not a bad price point either.
     
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    thanks I’ll look
     
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