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Old 01-11-2014, 10:27 PM   #1
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just got back from harbor freight and had a thought about putting up a thread about stuff you have gotten there and if it was any good. because somethings i got there actually surprise me in a good way, some not so much.


-got a HD hydraulic jack the real big orange one with two sets of stands, and that has never failed me.

-got the tool for door and atv plactic fastener removal, use it all the time and its still going strong.

-got two sets of deep 1/2in impact sockets that seem excellent never even look round, ended up getting a set for work and use them all the time with my battery 1/2in makita driver.

-atv lift use it all the time and never had an issue.

-20 ton shop press, not used very much but works well so far.

-various atv straps and such only worked as well as some cheap ones.
- screw drivers didnt last very long.


-got a set of dollies for moving the firebird today half price, havent even gotten them out of the box yet.
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ATv ramps still goin strong.
Toolbox the red one seems to be built well. 10 yrs now.
Air drill, half in. Torque wrench, and trim tools seem to be a good buy.
Temperature gun is accurate.


Screwdrivers, test light, and mini mag lights are junk.
Chainsaw sharpener not great, if you cut a lot of wood.

I'm wanting to try the bore scope, kind of Leary though.
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Harbor freight is great for tools you don't need very often. I try and stop there first if possible. Quality isnt always there, but my problems usually come from shear abuse
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We don't have a store here, so, no tools for me.
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Harbor Freight has great prices on one time/ rarely used tools. A friend called to borrow my pipe wrench, was going to drive 50 miles to get it. All the stores in his area wanted over $40 for the size he needed. Harbor was at $8. Not a high end wrench, but he just needed something extra large to break open a large plumbing pipe. He was super happy with the HF deal.
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We don't have a store here, so, no tools for me.
the shipping on the site seems reasonable. havent tried that though we have like three up here.


thought of a few other things. needed a npt pipe threader for the bonnie, that worked fine, plumbing wrenches for the atv front diff(avoids 100+ dollar dealer only tool) bent a little but still usable and certainly worth the 15 i paid.

i dont even bother buying stuff i use everyday there like hand tools or battery tools, but like you guys said stuff you dont use so much seems ok.
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I have purchased all 3 sizes of torque wrenches they sell, some red jack stands, heavy rubber wheel chocks, a breaker bar, and a tie rod removal kit, all tools worked fine, of course they are not used daily.

The only tool I had problems with was the tie rod removal kit, I had to do some grinding on the tool and adapter/socket that fit my car, as there were some flaws in how they machined the tool, other than that all of my online purchases has been great.
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I had the same issue with the Autozone brand of tie rod tool.
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Here is pics of the defective tool, the shaft needed grinding, and the socket thingy.
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ive got a torque wrench, impact sockets, stands, gloves, 1/2" electric impact, grinders, drills, bore scope (not awesome clarity but it works), solar lights (they work surprisingly well), and last but not least, my $100.00 obd2 tool that also reads abs codes! ive never encountered a problem with it and it even has software with it so you can transfer your last scan to the computer. i used it a month or so ago to check the I/M readiness of my dads car. was able to go to the emissions site knowing in advance it would pass.

only thing from HF that has failed was a socket set. broke a socket and the ratchet removing a head bolt. they replaced it free of charge on site. i keep it as an emergency set in the GF'* car.
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