Harbor Freight Tools

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  1. Purelojik

    Purelojik New Member

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    Hey guys

    talk to me about harbor Freight tools. Most are super cheap but are they good?

    things im looking into are drill bits, a drill press, and maybe a small belt sander.
     
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    Some of the stuff from HF is great, but, drill bits are not one of them....IMHO. I have personally used 2 of their machinist sets, and they work if you're not using them daily but don't expect much.
    I like the big bulky things like jack stands, roller stands, straps, some of the clamps, rubber mallets or things that you don't use daily but don't want to pay Craftstmen or Snap-On prices for. I got a set of metric and standard nut drivers that were about $9 bucks a set, the Husky set at Home Depot is $15. Not something I use every day but nice to have on hand.
    If you have a store near you the best thing is to get the tool or device in your hands, check it out, and use your best judgement. It's about 50/50 when I pick up one of there tools and say "Yes, I'd buy this".
    Good Luck!
     
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    I have a bunch of tools from there, just look'm over good.
     
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    Heretic Well-Known Member

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    These clamps are great. I have about 25 of them. They are...great.

    I have had good luck with their brad-point drill bit set.
     
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    Agreed, I have them as well as the Brad points, also there Fostners.
     
  6. Adam

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    They have some okay stuff, nothing really outstanding. Their arbor press is a good deal. Their spray guns work alright for a little while, until you start to get metal flakes coming off into your finish... Some of their hand tools are decent... I wouldn't trust their drill bits, but that's probably something you shouldn't cheap out on anyways.
     
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    I have a few of their clamps cause they are cheep and you can never have too many.

    I got this a couple of years ago
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    I have not used it to sand an entire body or shape a neck, but it does a great job of sharpening my mower blades and making guitar nuts. Not very powerful, but it gets the job done.

    This is worth every penny in my opinion.
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    The 60 inch workbench is great for doing setups and lighter work. The drawers and vise make it useful.

    -John
     
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    Adam, when you say metal flakes, I assume you mean the metal plating on the internal parts of the needle and nozzle. Hmm not good, did you soak them in stripper?
     
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    The guns I'm referring to have been in use for about 6 months, maybe more.
     
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    Take them back, they may just exchange them for you. My local store is pretty good about things this that.
     
  11. Purelojik

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    Awesome! Thanks for allt he replies. I'll keep all of this in mind when I take a trip there. I was thinking of getting a 13 in drill press so I can drill, sand, and press frets in. I've heard of people using safe t planers and might have to look up that too
     
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    They aren't mine, I don't care :lol:
     
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    I'm in my first year of having a shop, and HF has been critical to my progression thus far. Some tools are great, some are cheap junk, but they're all priced for either the start up shop, or for disposable use. Their return policies are great, and I've never had trouble exchanging or returning purchases.

    *edit*
    Their clamps are GREAT...I buy a handful every time I go there. Their lil Japanese flush cut saw works great as a fretting saw. Their random orbital sander and handheld belt sanders are great. Their angle grinder is awesome for the price. The Dremel clone has served me well thus far, but the bits and attachments definitely need an upgrade.

    I plan to buy a drill press from there eventually.

    *edit*
    When I say their clamps are great, I'm referring to the F clamps and C clamps. The quick clamps are complete garbage. Never buy a quick clamp from Harbor Freight. The trigger will break the first time you try to use it.
     
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    I always regret buying cheap tools and am also glad I spent extra for a good one.
     
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    I have a 10" disc sander from hf and it seems pretty good. Relatively few moving parts as the disc is direct mounted.
     
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    thanks guys. Most of my tools have been pretty reputable brands, but im also on a tight budget and want to max out what i can do. then buy the nicer stuff with the money from some builds i have in the works.


    its nice to know that they have good store policies about returns and stuff, and i'll be picking up a buncha clamps. You cant have too many.
     
  17. JSH

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    I got one of these for christmas it came from there.
    So far so good, one of the better quality boxes I have seen come from them or the Depot.




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  18. Mule

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    Also, Get on their Website and read review's.

    Like everyone has said..... it's hit or miss... kinda.... Some of their stuff is good.... some of it is junk.

    I will say this.... They have some specialty stuff that you may not find elsewhere.

    Hope this helps...
     
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    Welcome , you ass . :wave:
    Sorry , I just could not help myself .
    By the way , my fiends call me Dick , so I can't be an ass . :rofl:
    Anyway , welcome once again . :wave:
     
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  20. Mule

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    Thanks Otter'

    I've been called worse.....:D...... I feel like an Old Mule....

    And I know everyone out there is thinking.... put "hole" on the end of it....

    Yes... been called that too...

    Thanks for the Welcome:yesway:
     

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