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> What's Your Favorite Harbor Freight Tools/Stuff?, Sure, a lot of is shi*#, but there are some gems in there...
post Nov 1, 2017 - 3:02 PM
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Figured I'd start this to help someone else find some gems at the good ol' Harbor Freight! What do you guys like that you regularly or one time bought from there?

My favorites:

- Their vehicle jacks
- Nylon zip ties
- Grinding wheels
- Tiny spring clips for plastic bags in the kitchen
- Corded 1/2" drive electric impact wrench (if you don't have air)
- 21mm deep impact socket. c:
- I have a tool cart that I got for Christmas one year and it works GREAT!



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post Nov 1, 2017 - 3:35 PM
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The wheel saver sockets... With the vinyl around the outside.


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post Nov 1, 2017 - 3:53 PM
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I am only wrenching on my car as a hobby, but in my experience their sockets have been pretty good. They get the job done like any Craftsman.

I also use their low profile jack and jack stands. No complaints.


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post Nov 1, 2017 - 4:00 PM
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QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Nov 1, 2017 - 4:35 PM) *
The wheel saver sockets... With the vinyl around the outside.


I've never heard of them before, but that's cool!


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post Nov 1, 2017 - 4:10 PM
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Love their color coded sockets, media blaster, low profile jack and random nic naks
post Nov 1, 2017 - 9:39 PM
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i have learned with harbor freight their metal is ok, but the tool itself sucks...

I have learned sometimes to make the investment.

for example, their hoist. Good money, had it for ten years, only used it less than 20 times in those ten years. It crapped out. Really. Low use, and it craps when i need it the most.

the metal is good, so i just get a good hydraulic jack, and voila...



the engine stands, somewhat flimsy, it does the job. I had 2. I was going to get rid of one, and then it gave me an idea...



shortened, and welded, and its a good base for my bead roller....

I have the parts washer, the paint peeled off, and it rusted..

the sanblasting cabinet, i got rid of the gun, and put in a real gun and it works..

HF is good for disposables, but when you have to invest in the tool to make it into a real tool, it sucks..

An angle grinder lasted 2 months. My dewalt, have it for 3 years.. I can go on and on.

Sockets, they break, screwdrivers, bent. etc etc etc


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post Nov 1, 2017 - 9:44 PM
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I bought a bronze hammer there once, it's the only tool from there I have left that hasn't broken. Everything else I got from there I broke, ratchets, wrenches, sockets. They're fine for a disposable tool you'll use once or twice but I wouldn't trust my hands with their wrenches, ratchets, and sockets nor would I trust my life with their engine hoists, jack stands, or jacks.


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post Nov 1, 2017 - 10:12 PM
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The aluminum low profile jack has been great, only reason gave it a shot was that it was rated so well across the web and Harbor Freight wasn't the only distributor. So I'm not sure if that technically counts, but it came from there so close enough.


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post Nov 1, 2017 - 11:03 PM
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but lifetime warranty. I've brought back any tool i've broken and got it replaced no questions asked. that's the only good thing about those cheap tools. but I will have to 2nd/3rd the low profile jack. I love mine. sockets have been good for me, haven't broken one yet. I like getting their battery float chargers now that I have 4 cars that sit over winter, I've got a float charge for each one. they're cheap but they work.


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post Nov 1, 2017 - 11:34 PM
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Well that's the thing, if I'm in the middle of a job and snap a tool then what? I have to borrow one from a co-worker if they're not using it. Worse yet I snap a tool and it damages something else I have to pay for. Worser yetter I break a tool it breaks me! I get you guys wrench at home without a time frame or a budget or whatever, that's cool. For anyone making a living at this, for the love of holy heck don't get harbor freight junk. It's super appealing cause it's super cheap but you'll find yourself with sloppy tools rounding stuff off or breaking in the middle of working and then you're stuck. Sure my snap-on 3/8ths universal joint costs like $30 but I've been using the same one for 10 years and even use it on my 150ftlb 3/8ths gun. New guy popped the pin right out of his HF universal joint just cranking on it by hand with my long handle ratchet. :lol: And it was brand new!

And there's some tools that you just can't get anywhere else but from the tool guys, my Mac MR4C ratchet sure looks similar to some other mini ratchets out there but I've put my hands on the knockoff tools and they're not even close. The amount of slop between teeth and roll back after advancing to the next tooth is just god awful bad on cheaper ratchets, may not mean alot to the home user but to me it does. More time taking up slack is less time turning the bolt or nut, and when you're in a super tight spot sometimes just a click at a time is all you get so you better make every click count.


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 2:12 AM
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The cheapest I'd go for tools was the Craftsmen stuff made in the U.S. since at least it was actually decent, and had the lifetime warranty. The only time anything ever broke was when it was used in a way you really weren't supposed to use it, and then Sears replaced it no questions asked. You do get what you pay for though as with most anything else in life. That said anything from Harbor Freight or a parts house brand I've never been impressed with, just cheap junk not worth a damn. At least the Craftsmen stuff was good to get started with and lasts. Of course now I don't think they're even around or if so it's probably made where all the other cheap crap is made.


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 7:45 AM
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Black n Decker bought Craftsman.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Black_%26_Decker

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post Nov 2, 2017 - 8:36 AM
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Nov 2, 2017 - 12:34 AM) *
Well that's the thing, if I'm in the middle of a job and snap a tool then what? I have to borrow one from a co-worker if they're not using it. Worse yet I snap a tool and it damages something else I have to pay for. Worser yetter I break a tool it breaks me! I get you guys wrench at home without a time frame or a budget or whatever, that's cool. For anyone making a living at this, for the love of holy heck don't get harbor freight junk. It's super appealing cause it's super cheap but you'll find yourself with sloppy tools rounding stuff off or breaking in the middle of working and then you're stuck. Sure my snap-on 3/8ths universal joint costs like $30 but I've been using the same one for 10 years and even use it on my 150ftlb 3/8ths gun. New guy popped the pin right out of his HF universal joint just cranking on it by hand with my long handle ratchet. :lol: And it was brand new!

And there's some tools that you just can't get anywhere else but from the tool guys, my Mac MR4C ratchet sure looks similar to some other mini ratchets out there but I've put my hands on the knockoff tools and they're not even close. The amount of slop between teeth and roll back after advancing to the next tooth is just god awful bad on cheaper ratchets, may not mean alot to the home user but to me it does. More time taking up slack is less time turning the bolt or nut, and when you're in a super tight spot sometimes just a click at a time is all you get so you better make every click count.


Exactly... My dad's been a tech for 35 years or so and he uses nothing but Snap-On, Mac, etc. He said other tools work, but when you're wrenching on stuff all day, you want to use what is COMFORTABLE in your hand and will last.


QUOTE (Box @ Nov 2, 2017 - 3:12 AM) *
The cheapest I'd go for tools was the Craftsmen stuff made in the U.S. since at least it was actually decent, and had the lifetime warranty. The only time anything ever broke was when it was used in a way you really weren't supposed to use it, and then Sears replaced it no questions asked. You do get what you pay for though as with most anything else in life. That said anything from Harbor Freight or a parts house brand I've never been impressed with, just cheap junk not worth a damn. At least the Craftsmen stuff was good to get started with and lasts. Of course now I don't think they're even around or if so it's probably made where all the other cheap crap is made.


I bought the last 270-ish piece Craftsman set that is 100% US made. Now most of their stuff is made overseas. My biggest gripe is that all the 1/2" drive sockets are 12 pointers, which I HATE.


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 9:00 AM
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Yup, that's exactly it Jordan, I just wrench at home so for me, it's fine if I break it. and I haven't bought/broke any tool that would cost me my life nor do I intend to. If I were to do it for a living, definitely would not get these.


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 10:23 AM
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QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Nov 1, 2017 - 9:39 PM) *
i have learned with harbor freight their metal is ok, but the tool itself sucks...

I have learned sometimes to make the investment.

for example, their hoist. Good money, had it for ten years, only used it less than 20 times in those ten years. It crapped out. Really. Low use, and it craps when i need it the most.

the metal is good, so i just get a good hydraulic jack, and voila...

the engine stands, somewhat flimsy, it does the job. I had 2. I was going to get rid of one, and then it gave me an idea...

shortened, and welded, and its a good base for my bead roller....

I have the parts washer, the paint peeled off, and it rusted..

the sanblasting cabinet, i got rid of the gun, and put in a real gun and it works..

HF is good for disposables, but when you have to invest in the tool to make it into a real tool, it sucks..

An angle grinder lasted 2 months. My dewalt, have it for 3 years.. I can go on and on.

Sockets, they break, screwdrivers, bent. etc etc etc


I like the ideas! That cherry picker should now last you a lifetime.


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 10:31 AM
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https://m.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-inch-h...Fnot%20provided

I have put this ratchet through more abuse than it will ever see any weekend warrior’s garage on the weekends, and more than most mechanics by trade would put it through. It still works like the day I bought it.

Cons: Could use more teeth. Not longest reach between clicks but not the shortest either. The head is a little big so it won’t fit into tight places. And an 8 lb sledgehammer will easily beat up the rubber grips on the handle.


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 10:40 AM
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^
haven't put mine through as much abuse as yours but I do like it and will have to agree on the cons as well.


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*2005 Matrix AWD - the wifey's car aka Trix
post Nov 2, 2017 - 11:20 AM
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Iíve seen a Snap-on 1/2 breaker bar break doing some of the things Iíve used this ratchet for. That being said, I wasnít concerned if it broke. I also have the low profile jack and it has been great for a few years now. Iím waiting to see how long it lasts before a seal starts leaking, but Iím five years in and still good. I opted to put my faith in different jack stands though.

I tried the ball joint press once- should have just lit my $90 on fire. Bent the press immediately and the ball joint didnít budge.


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 12:43 PM
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F@#% cars. Horse & buggy all the way.

JK, but for real.

The only thing I have from harbor freight is the low profile jack that I don't use anymore cause I ain't got a Celica. frown.gif


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post Nov 2, 2017 - 12:59 PM
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QUOTE (navseal345 @ Nov 2, 2017 - 12:43 PM) *
cause I ain't got a Celica. frown.gif


see now there's your problem. HF ain't cho problem... yet.


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*1977 Celica RA24 - aka bucket o' rust
*1977 Celica RA29 - classic cruiser
*1996 Celica ST - aka Freelica free fiddy
*2005 Matrix AWD - the wifey's car aka Trix

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