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Old 09-06-2010, 01:59 PM   #21
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^^^This is one of my favorite new tools. Picked up their impact socket and impact u-joint, and it all works nicely together.
Same deal here, sockets and u-joint working well for me too. I also got the 1/2" impact extension set and it has been working well also.
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EPIC Failure. Ratchet bar clamp/seperator 6", 12", 18", 24" Item # 46806, Item # 46807, Item # 46808, Item # 46809.

I was pretty excited that these were so much cheaper then the Irwin's from Home Depot, so when they went on sale I bought a **** load of them. Half of them broke on the very first use (Either the removable end would snap off, or the ratcheting mechanism would break). About half of the rest broke on the 2nd-3rd use, and the rest wouldn't clamp tight (hey at least they didn't break right?).

I have found that the Irwin clamps from Home Depot come in packs, they aren't so expensive. Model # 4935502 Model # 5464 are the best deals.
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Bought this, came with 30 pieces of bits and junk. 30 bit one was like $4, the 80 piece one (pictured) is $10. I dont see the 30 piece one on the site anymore. The rotary its self is pretty good for that price, but it could use some more torque. But it was $4. For that price I bought 2, figured if I break one they are cheap Ill get 2. So I say its a like 70/30 win/fail.

On a side note, I think this thread is brilliant.


http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piec...kit-97626.html
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harbor freight wobble extension set. 70% WIN, 30% FAIL



The 1/4" extensions all broke pretty much on first use.

The 3/8" extensions when all stacked shortest to longest and on the end of my other standard long extension make removing the tranny bolts on a miata SUPER EASY.

Not bad for 11.99 but it appears they now make a 3/8 impact wobble extension set for 7.99.

oh and regarding the angle grinder, I just bought a miluakee the first time and it's awesome. probably way quieter than the harbor freight ones too.
I have both the impact extension set and the regular 3/8" and 1/4" set. The ball fell out of one of the 1/4" extensions. The impact wobbles feel pretty sturdy but i have not used them with an impact gun.

I too used all the extensions stacked to get to my tranny bolts. It was indeed super easy no problemo this way.
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4.5" Angle Grinder (120V).
ITEM # 95578
MANUFACTURER: DRILL MASTER
Current price $10 (overpriced)


I bought this and got about 2 hours of use out of it. The first set of brushes melted down while using a flapper wheel on some steel. I replaced the brushes, even bought spares, then one of the winding wires inside of the grinder overheated and failed like a fuse. I disassembled it to find the failure mode and promptly threw it in the trash. I have read elsewhere to stay away from the 'blue' grinders so that is consistent with my experience.

I since bought a different 4.5" angle grinder that was on sale.
ITEM # 91223 MANUFACTURER: CHICAGO ELECTRIC POWER TOOLS
It has an orange case. So far so good, though I am not ready to give it a win yet.
I've been rocking the blue case $10 4.5" angle grinder in this pic. I think it is full of W I N. After 5-10 minutes of grinding initially the gearcase locked up. after wrenching it back and forth it freed up and has been going like a maniac ever since. I've made 8 or so manifolds and a bunch of exhausts with it over the last 2 years. My local HF's don't carry this blue one anymore, only the orange brand. I keep looking because for $10 it'd save me the time of swapping between cutoff wheels and grinding or flapper wheels, I'm always switching between them now. Like most things HF, it is hit or miss. Mine is WIN.
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3 HP, 21 Gallon, 120 Volt 115 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor
ITEM # 94667
MANUFACTURER: CENTRAL PNEUMATIC
Current Price $130


I bought this when I was about to do a large job, like an engine pull or something, and was tired of not having air tools. I did not expect it to last very long but figured if I got a decent amount of use out of it for awhile, why not at the price? Well I have had it for over a year now and have run it for many, many, many hours. I definitely got my money out of this unit and it is still going strong.

Some things I do not like about it:
1. It is noisy, but all cheap portable compressors like this one are noisy.
2. The wheels were ****. I had to replace them.
3. The pressure regulator is not very good. It does not flow well. I replaced it with an ingersoll-rand dryer/regulator i picked up at Northern Tool. Much better.
4. The condensation drain is hard to use. I replaced it with a 90 deg fitting, some piping, and a 1/4 turn ball valve, about $10 worth of stuff if that. Now it is easy to drain.
Ha. See...i got the 220v version of this compressor and it's FAIL. I mean it works but takes forever to build pressure, yeah the drain sucks (I just don't drain it anymore), I thought the pressure regulator flowed bad so I removed it completely and it's still not enough flow to work an impact wrench. Good for running a die grinder and pumping up a car tire. Maybe I got a bad pump...ehh.
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This thread sucks, there's no Harbor Freight in Greece.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:18 PM   #28
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I thought the pressure regulator flowed bad so I removed it completely and it's still not enough flow to work an impact wrench.
If you have not tried it already, tee off or add an extra air fitting right at the tank or before the regulator. It helps with impact wrenches. If I have a really tough nut I will move the hose over to the non-regulated tank side for extra flow.

The 120V unit I have takes a while to build pressure as well. I did not mention it because I believe that is typical except for nicer, more expensive compressors. The duty cycle with a die grinder is about 20-30% because the compressor cannot keep up and I have to wait for it to recharge. That and the noise have me consider a nicer compressor from time to time, but not enough to shell out $700+. Patience and earplugs are cheaper.
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Win:
Steel Jackstands- Almost everyone I know has them and I have yet to see a problem.
1 ton arbor press- I only used it to press in wheel studs (with a jack handle on the handle of the press) but it has saved me the purchase price already.
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harbor freight wobble extension set. 70% WIN, 30% FAIL



The 1/4" extensions all broke pretty much on first use.

The 3/8" extensions when all stacked shortest to longest and on the end of my other standard long extension make removing the tranny bolts on a miata SUPER EASY.

Not bad for 11.99 but it appears they now make a 3/8 impact wobble extension set for 7.99.
I haven't broken any of these yet, but 2 of mine in the set are noticeably crooked. Not sure how they managed that, but it always makes me laugh when I pull them out.
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Pretty much any of their crane hoists will do the job for a miata. Mine was the $130 1-ton one, and I had to take the bumper off for it to reach, so I recommend getting the slightly longer one for $20 more. Easy to assemble/disassemble and put in an attic, and should last forever. Also purchased with this was one of those angle load leveler doodads to angle the engine. The handle kept unscrewing when I was turning counterclockwise (bad design), otherwise it was pretty solid. Both helped tremendously through my build. What didn't help was the engine stand I got from HF. I didn't really need it since I had the engine on the ground most of the time. Otherwise it was all win.


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Transmission Jack: Full of Win

I have used it on a dozen plus clutch jobs and it always makes life easier. Well worth the $40 I spent on it.
+1, have one aid it works great


WIN: Central Machinery 38847



WIN: Pittsburgh 40695


FAIL: Pittsburgh 37325: these bend every time I try to use them. won't cut anything


FAIL: Central Pneumatic Professional 93296: broke the first time I used it
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These are good. Cheap ($30 for the pair), sturdy, and fold for easy storage.



But watch out for this when you assemble them:

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FAIL: Central Pneumatic Professional 93296: broke the first time I used it
+1 That is the one I have that sucks. It would not even remove lug nuts very well.
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Win- It beats my snap-on, craftsmen, and S&K ratchets HANDS DOWN. Smoothest ratchet in the box




50/50 win/fail. Half the set has busted, but we aren't exactly nice to them.




Full of win. Typically, cheap wheels will come apart when you put any heat into them at all. These can be coated in aluminum and burning hot to the touch, but will not come apart (unless you get a cutoff wheel wedged in).

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I'd have to say the my 1/2" impact sockets have been win.

Cutoff wheels, I go through them by the 25 pack. Win.

small 5x10" lathe was fail. Zero power. Took it back after disassembling and stoning all of the ways for three hours.

Jackstands, win

Cherry picker was Cummins instead of HF. Win.

Bandsaw that ZX referred to above - mine is Grizzly but just has different paint - win. I've cut 4" diameter solid round with mine. With Bi-metal blades they are great.

Rotary variable speed buffer for $30 was win.

$9.99 wooden furniture/appliance dollies are win for Miatas. Beats spending $120+ for wheel dollies if you have to move a Miata sideways in the garage.
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I'll also add in my $40 20.4V drill I bought from O'riley's, probably at Harbor Freight as well.
I can't find a picture, but it's an orange no-name china brand. It works great, although on really tight screws I've found that the ******* chuck isn't reverse threads, so it'll unscrew the chuck before breaking the screw loose.
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small 5x10" lathe was fail. Zero power. Took it back after disassembling and stoning all of the ways for three hours.
Thanks to Stein and ZX-TEX, because I have been thinking of getting one of those lathes. They have several, 5x10, 7x10, 7x12, 8x12.... but they all look the same so I imagine that they are all junk huh?

On a positive note: I use/like the jack stand pads, floor jack saddle pad, 3 ton jack stands, 6 ton jack stands, 2 ton low profile floor jack.
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Thanks to Stein and ZX-TEX, because I have been thinking of getting one of those lathes. They have several, 5x10, 7x10, 7x12, 8x12.... but they all look the same so I imagine that they are all junk huh?
The only decent lathe worth buying is the 9x20. Pretty much everyone - HF, Grizzly, Enco all sell it. It's a decent lathe that has it's own forum for mods, tweaks, tricks. IIRC, they are just under $1K. In hindsight, I had the 7x10 I think.
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8.99$
8" Hunting/Survival Knife

http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...image_2283.jpg

This thing has been through a lot with me, and is still kicking tough.
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8" Hunting/Survival Knife

http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...image_2283.jpg

This thing has been through a lot with me, and is still kicking tough.
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