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Old 09-17-2017, 03:48 PM   #36
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I've been pleasantly surprised with their Predator small engines. I have a generator and wood chipper and they work great. I read somewhere that they are basically Chinese copies of Honda small engines, dunno if it's true.
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I will say, their T handle Allen wrenches leave something to be desired...the ball end will snap off really damn easy, managed that trick gingerly torquing down a set screw on an AR gas block but I supposed I can be blamed for that because I'm a gorilla using the wrong damn end for torque.
Yeah don't buy the ball-end ones, the straight-end Allens work great for gun work, I have a set in sae and one in metric and they get used all the time, don't know how they would fair if I had to use them on the trucks, but for gun work they are GTG.
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ive got some HF stuff, good deals on tools you will only use a few times and put away. basic handtools ect are cheap and work. my dads got 2 of the 4 cycle engines on different rototillers and I have a 21gal air compressor that wasn't even 200$ shipped. used it all this weekend doing windows and siding on the house. ive had it now for about 5 years. also have a 12 ton a frame press and few other odds and ends.
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Old 09-17-2017, 07:17 PM   #39
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Some of their stuff is junk, some is actually quite serviceable. Several guys where I work bought the color coded 3/8 drive socket sets. They use them every day, never had to warranty one yet. I got one of their old style TIG welders, it actually works better for smaller stuff than my ThermalArc. Their spotwelders have built many thousands of AKs over the years. So have their hydraulic presses. Hell, their zip ties work way better than the stuff our local auto stores sell for 4 times the price!

Now, their cordless drills leave a bit to be desired, but for $20 you get a light duty power tool that will work for infrequent use. Many times I have need of something for a one time project and I'll get the HF power tool simply because I know it will fail, but after I have done used it for what I need it for. And I can loan it out without wanting to kill the borrower later!

You just gotta examine their tools very closely and realize you are (usually) not getting Milwaukee $150 quality in a $30 power tool.
The metric color coded 3/8" drive deep wells have an 18 mm and a maximum 19 mm.

The chromed Pro ones don't have an 18 mm but have a 21 mm.

Some American vehicles have 18 mm.

I have seen a Swedish car with 18 mm on the transmission line and MAYBE the powder steering line.

21 mm is a bit large for 3/8" drive but seems more common than 18 mm and is on Japanese cars.

Some European / German cars have 22 mm, but I don't think I've seen a 20 mm.
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American cars you could work on 90% of the thing other than suspension with just an 8mm, 10mm, 13mm, 15mm, and an 18mm. GM add a 7mm. Japanese ones use mostly the 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, and 17mm for some reason. They also tend to use a thread pitch no one stocks here in the US. Go figure?
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I used to find 13 mm on some Japanese cars, mostly drain plugs, but they seem to have dropped 13 mm and left it for the Europeans.

Is 15 mm only on American cars?

I know 16 mm and 18 mm now show up, but I'm trying to remember if 15 mm was on European cars.

I remember when GM started switching to metric, many of their transmission mount bolts had 15 mm heads.
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Deep offset box wrenches are very popular in Japanese and somewhat popular in Europe.

My father had a stubby set with odd inch sizes for British cars.

Some German suspensions require large extra deep box wrenches.

I didn't think much about using them until I saw Japanese mechanics using long reach ones.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:18 PM   #43
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15mm is very popular on Ford and Chevy, Chrysler/Dodge rear wheel drives you get a mix of metric and fractional bolts for some reason. Everybody else went to all metric years ago. I get you might want to keep the engine/trans interface compatible back to the 1960s, but it seems to me you could keep the bolt pattern the same and change the threads to metric? Instead you get weird stuff like a 3/8" coarse thread with a TORX head on Jeeps!

We don't see much of the European imports around here at all, just the occasional Mercedes and of course the New Beetles. Trouble with the VWs is the reman transmissions are pretty much more than Bluebook value in most cases. Never done much more than a fluid and filter change and some wiring work on the VWs.
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I remember an 18 mm coupling in a transmission line on a Swedish car.

I think it was a Volvo but it might have been a Saab.

That was before American cars used 18 mm anything.

That was the first 18 mm hex I'd seen.

I think I had just bought a Snap-on 16 / 18 mm flare nut wrench, only because I didn't have those sizes.


I remember 16 mm = 5/8"

19 mm = 3/4"

22 mm = 7/8"

24 mm = 15/16"
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One of the best buys from HF is their 5 drawer roll around tool cart. About $180 if it isn't on sale, about $160 if it is. I had a similar Snap-On one for years. The Snap-On rollers gave out pretty quick, and the one thing I absolutely hated about it was the drawers did not have latches. If you moved it with the top open or even parked it on a slight incline the drawers would flop open. All of them open at once with a heavy load of tools, the cart tips over! Needed rollers again for the Snap-On so I decided to take a chance and buy the HF version for about $50 more than a set of rollers.

Now, granted the steel isn't quite as thick but it is thick enough. The rollers have already outlasted the factory Snap-On ones. It has drawer latches so no unwanted drawer opening and crashes. And unlike the Snap-On one that uses a tab and single bolt at each corner to hold it together, the HF one uses two bolts and is much more solid. The Snap-On one was constantly needing tightening, and even when they were tight you pushed on one side and the whole thing would kind of flop over to the other side.

The only item I have had an issue with on the HF one is the pop rivets holding the piano hinge onto the top have loosened. If they get any worse I will find 5 minutes to drill them out and install new ones. If I was designing it I also would have made the latches all the way across so you could open a drawer by releasing it anywhere instead of only on one end. OTOH, it does have latches and runs about 1/5th the cost of a Snap-On...
I bought a 42" Craftsman top box with full width drawers from Sears to store firearms.

The rollers weren't great on the Craftsman roller chest, so I put the top box on a Harbor Freight 44" roller chest because the rollers seem so much better on it.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:54 AM   #46
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Old 09-25-2017, 02:24 PM   #47
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I will say, their T handle Allen wrenches leave something to be desired...the ball end will snap off really damn easy, managed that trick gingerly torquing down a set screw on an AR gas block but I supposed I can be blamed for that because I'm a gorilla using the wrong damn end for torque.

Their wrenches though? I got a 16 piece SAE/Metric set for 20 bucks. I doubt I'll be able to break them without a 6ft pipe nor will I care if I take a grinder or cut off wheel to them to make a "specialty" tool.

HF can be very damn convenient if you're not a knob.

I might try out one of their work benches and tool carts (maybe, the Kobalt at Lowe's are pretty damn nice and not much more expensive)

I could build a work bench but I'm lazy and by the time I source materials, I'm already in for the price of buying one.
Don't bother with the Kobalt tool chests and carts. I have them, they're nothing great. All the drawers retainers that hold the drawers closed are broken and the rollers on the long drawers are broken. The most often used drawers needed the front welded back together because the spot welds failed from constantly pulling them open.

The roller carts are working but pretty flimsy. Don't load them up much. Probably better off buying from HF because they can't be any worse.

Tool chests and carts and stuff are usually better off bought at factory/industrial auctions. I got some really nice Stanley industrial stuff that way. I don't like Stanley's hardware store grade stuff but their industrial storage stuff is built like a tank.
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Old 10-04-2017, 02:58 PM   #48
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A lot of their stuff is junk but there are still a lot of SHTF supplies you can get at Harbor Freight. Magnesium fire starters, cast iron pans, Dutch ovens, tarps etc.
If a " magnesium fire starter " does not say " DOAN co. manufacturing " on the back of it then it ain't worth a shit . Take my word on this .
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:15 PM   #49
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Anyone tried their 7 function multi-meters, that they are giving away for free right now?
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Got a stack of them at the shop, they work just fine. Maybe not accurate down to .0001 volt, but for any non-NASA quality tests they have always been adequate. I have an OTC multimeter in my toolbox (the HF ones get loaned out!) and when I compare readings from both units they match. Only issue I have had with them is the leads are kinda flimsy, the plastic breaks easy and the wires break off. OTOH, they were free and I always have spares.
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Anyone tried their 7 function multi-meters, that they are giving away for free right now?
I have a bunch and they work just fine.
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Since they have closed most of the Sears stores near me I tried some of the HF pro line impact sockets and wrenches. Actually REALLY good and about half what Sears charges.

Its not Snap on but its not the same cost and works great for most applications.
A decent cheap tool set is still better than no tool set.
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Got a stack of them at the shop, they work just fine. Maybe not accurate down to .0001 volt, but for any non-NASA quality tests they have always been adequate. I have an OTC multimeter in my toolbox (the HF ones get loaned out!) and when I compare readings from both units they match. Only issue I have had with them is the leads are kinda flimsy, the plastic breaks easy and the wires break off. OTOH, they were free and I always have spares.
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I have a bunch and they work just fine.
Thanks guys.

That'll be my "freebie" the next couple of time I go there. I have good one, but it'll be nice to have couple to leave around where I need/use them and loan out.

Some of that stuff they give away can be useful. I've picked up one of those little LED worklights with the magnet on the back recently, and its already come in handy a few times.
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They will take coupons off your phone too if pull up their website.
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Yeah I really like their free screwdrivers because I'm bad about forgetting screwdrivers at the salvage yard and if they're free I don't feel compelled to go back and look for it.
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They will take coupons off your phone too if pull up their website.
You can just write the coupon codes.

They don't need the bar codes.

My phone has a rotary dial and hangs on the wall in my kitchen.

It is fiber optic though.
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My harbor freight has all the coupons in the store for you. Half the time they have next months flyer available, too.
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And some guy in line behind you always has extra coupons he will give you. Heck, one clerk keeps a 20% off coupon behind the counter so she can scan it if you didn't bring one of your own!
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And some guy in line behind you always has extra coupons he will give you. Heck, one clerk keeps a 20% off coupon behind the counter so she can scan it if you didn't bring one of your own!
I've given coupons people at the store.
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I bought that yellow Daytona 3 ton floor jack. The thing is a beast, well built. Lifts my Dodge truck like its a toy and fits under my vette, very pleased with it.
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I bought that yellow Daytona 3 ton floor jack. The thing is a beast, well built. Lifts my Dodge truck like its a toy and fits under my vette, very pleased with it.
Wish I had spent money on that rather than the piece of junk Jack I got from AutoZone. Never again
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Used to be that some of their drill bits were sourced from Russia. They were very good, hard bits that held an edge well. Haven't seen them for a couple of years though. All they have now is from China; too soft.

Their largest ultrasonic cleaner is a rebranded iSonic unit. iSonic is one of the largest manufacturers of ultrasonic cleaners in the world. Chinese, but good stuff. Mine has many hours on it cleaning motorcycle carburetors, small hardware & such.

Their alkaline batteries are crap in my experience.


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Used to be that some of their drill bits were sourced from Russia. They were very good, hard bits that held an edge well. Haven't seen them for a couple of years though. All they have now is from China; too soft.

Their largest ultrasonic cleaner is a rebranded iSonic unit. iSonic is one of the largest manufacturers of ultrasonic cleaners in the world. Chinese, but good stuff. Mine has many hours on it cleaning motorcycle carburetors, small hardware & such.

Their alkaline batteries are crap in my experience.


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Their largest ultrasonic cleaner is a rebranded iSonic unit. iSonic is one of the largest manufacturers of ultrasonic cleaners in the world. Chinese, but good stuff. Mine has many hours on it cleaning motorcycle carburetors, small hardware & such.
I clean guns with mine. Usually, only once every so often, but often enough to be worth it.
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I've been pleasantly surprised with their Predator small engines. I have a generator and wood chipper and they work great. I read somewhere that they are basically Chinese copies of Honda small engines, dunno if it's true.



Just put 20 hp Predator on our pull behind paint mixer at work. 699 plus tax.

Been replacing 1500.00 Kohlers every 2 years. (they run 6-7 hours a day, 3-5 days a week, every week)

Going to get a good workout for sure.
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I've been pleasantly surprised with their Predator small engines. I have a generator and wood chipper and they work great. I read somewhere that they are basically Chinese copies of Honda small engines, dunno if it's true.
Yep, China ripped off the Honda design 100%
Honda parts will work inside their engines, watched several YT videos of guys talking about using the engines in go-karts and the like discussing it.
One pointed out a website selling the replace parts discussing the compatibility of the parts.
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