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  1. 2scorts

    2scorts New Member

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    what is the best thing you have bought from harbor freight that you could not believe what a great deal that is/was.


    now on the other side of the coin what was the worst?






    this thread could save you or someone else a few bucks down the road.
  2. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Best: $30 heavy duty 4 1/2in grinder, that thing is amazing. not the cheap $15 one.
    worst: their snap-ring pliers are trash, they will break if you find a hardcore snap-ring. I broke 2 in one day :lol:
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    Best = Orange 4 1/2" angle grinder for 15$ after coupon.
    Worst = Toss up. Yellow mini high pressure air compressor for $7, thing can barely fill a bicycle tire. Orange sawzall for $30, stripped gears the first time I used it. Its no longer made.
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    Best is a 1/2" drive electric impact that I bought on sale for about $40., been using it for over 10 years and is still as good as when I bought it. The worst was a cheap socket set I bought so I'd have something to carry to the junk yard and not risk losing my good sockets at the junk yard.
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    best, would have to be there 1/4" angle grinder (air powered) often on sale for $10. compared to most other that are $150 or more. i have had it for years and it is not the most powerful but it has never let me down.


    worst, with out a doubt there 1/2 drive impact sockets. the 17 and 19 mm seem to break just by looking at them.
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    I've got a set of the metric and a set of SAE impact sockets too and have broke a couple of the metric sockets over the years. The good thing is they have a lifetime warranty and they will replace the whole set if you return the broken set. I think I bought the SAE set at the same time I bought the impact wrench and have never broke any of them.
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    Best: die grinder I have had it for years pretty stout and has a rear exhaust exit.

    Worst: probably snap ring pliers or the multi meater (cheap one)
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    best.. us general 13 drawwer rolling tool box. for the money it is well worth it. and it is on sale every 3-4 months for $330. and like i tell my snap on guy, i would rather have snap on tool in my HF box then have HF tools in his snap on box.

    worst.. a/c manifold set.... in all honesty it works fine but the knobs broke off after the second use so now i have to open/close the valves with a pair of pliers.
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    Besides the air, does a place called Harbor Freight carry anything from the US ? They probably imported their building materials, Chinese Drywall (link) and all, and wonder whether they import their workers too ? /half-joking

    Interestingly, the company setup their WikiPedia to make out like they got the name "Harbor Freight," because they are harbingers of damaged-freight... like it's only coincidence that 90% of their stock is Asian/Chinese and have offices setup over there. According to the Wiki page (link), they buy from China and then rebrand them with names like "Chicago Electric," "US General," "Western Safety," "Pittsburgh Tools," etcetera. This sounds exactly like politicians who label anti-patriotic bills with the word "Patriot," who label anti-voting laws with words like "protection," who label anti-rights bills with words like "protection" and "defense," who label an attack against a toothless government with words like "preemptive," and on-and-on-and-on.

    The founder reportedly had to sue his son over allegations of corporate raiding. Believable, but could well be that they were discovered and setup a fake dispute to reduce the chance of outside interference and penalties. Meanwhile employees are reportedly suing the company to get paid for their overtime work.
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    rangestang FEOA Member

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    Well said sir... 8)
  11. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    What are you getting at Intuit?
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    what the heck does any of that have to do with what this thread was intended for?

    go derail someone else thread..... lol

    though i do understand what you are saying, the title of this thread was not "why we should hate habor freight"
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    Best: All my air tools, especially my 3/8" butterfly impact wrench. Love that sucker!

    Worst: Two crappy ratchets.
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    Yeah that's the *only* reason I haven't replied... because it is a derail. Feel free to return the favor at anytime. ;)
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    Best: the free sale flyers i get in the mail. Good for starting fires and stuff.

    worst: I bought one of those tarp garage things on ebay which stated it was made by an actual known company. It arrived in a harbor freight box and was of shitty quality as you might expect. For the price though it wasnt worth getting upset over, just a one time use then throw away type of thing.
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    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    Uh oh, looks like Intuit needs to update his own "Anti-Hijack" thread.

    Unfortunately, I can't speak to the point of the thread - I don't own anything from HF.
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    Best - open/box "professional" wrenches in metric: I have beaten on them relentlessly, and they refuse to deform, bend, or give problems.

    Worst - their sandpaper...the grit actually comes off the paper with just a couple passes, even when sanding plastic.

    I mostly avoid shopping there unless I need some cheap tool and fast (I have one 1 mile from me). Otherwise, I have to shop at Sears, Lowes, or online. Their Chinese made things are total junk, and fall apart. Taiwanese and Indian made seem to hold up much better. Yes, I own US made tools (Craftsman, SK, Proto, Indestro...hate Snap On).
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    I recently needed a 2' or longer #2 phillips screwdriver to remove some screws from the burn chamber of a Monitor kerosene heater I was working on, knowing I'd probably never use it for any other purpose I went to Harbor Freight, they had exactly what I needed. It was a two piece set a #2 phillips and a 1/4" wide straight blade. The price was $4.99 for the set. Now I have both if I ever need them again. Such a screwdriver at Sears would probably have cost $10+ each if they are even available.
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    just bought there 3/8 air drill. for $10 i was amazed the it has the same power as my mac drill and it has one thing my mac drill doesn't...... reverse. though who know how long this thing will last.
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