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Old 05-01-2015, 03:47 PM   #481
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Sean literally has the most spare time of anyone I've met. Check out his truck build.
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i love tribology.


seriously, i read about it in my spare time
It can be pretty interesting. I would love to have a job in an automotive tribology lab. People are much less interesting to me.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:52 PM   #483
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23 Gauge Pin Air Nailer

23 gauge pin nailer, win*.

It's 23 gauge (duh), which is pretty small. It's made for trim and hobby projects, not framing. Pins are headless, and I bought some 1/2" and 1-3/4" ones from ebay, which was cheaper than the store. It has lots of reviews stating it jams. I figured out it is sometimes tricky to get the stack in straight, whereupon it will jam. If you are careful to load the pins in all the way, it works quite well. You have to experiment to get the pressure right so it sets the pins flush or just recessed without putting a divot in the wood. I put in shoe moulding in my living room and hallway. Took longer to measure the pieces than to put them in.

*if you find it on sale for around 15 bucks.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:47 PM   #484
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Failure: Warrior PSA sanding discs.

9 in. 80 Grit PSA Sanding Discs 10 Pc

I was previously buying discs at Menards for my 9" disc/6"x48" belt sander. I think they normally cost $3.30 each. So $8 for a pack of ten sounded GREAT, right? WRONG!

I was initially impressed with the PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) when I mounted it however it loaded up quickly and then I learned why they are so cheap. They have a paper backing instead of cloth!

It took almost ten minutes of scraping with a 1.5" chisel followed by another five minutes using an acetone soaked rag to remove the crap disc. I almost threw them into the trash but I work ~10 minutes away so I might stop by and see if I can't return the unused discs.

Unless you enjoy torturing yourself and wasting time don't bother!
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23 Gauge Pin Air Nailer

23 gauge pin nailer, win*.

It's 23 gauge (duh), which is pretty small. It's made for trim and hobby projects, not framing. Pins are headless, and I bought some 1/2" and 1-3/4" ones from ebay, which was cheaper than the store. It has lots of reviews stating it jams. I figured out it is sometimes tricky to get the stack in straight, whereupon it will jam. If you are careful to load the pins in all the way, it works quite well. You have to experiment to get the pressure right so it sets the pins flush or just recessed without putting a divot in the wood. I put in shoe moulding in my living room and hallway. Took longer to measure the pieces than to put them in.

*if you find it on sale for around 15 bucks.
Do you think its strong enough to put one in MDF? Looking for something I can pin speaker cabinets together with while the glue sets.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:07 PM   #486
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Yes. I live in a house built in 1949. The floor joists in the basement are very hard. It popped one into that flush (at about 90PSI) with no trouble. It's all about setting the correct pressure.

I mostly use it in the 45-50 PSI range.
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Was excited on my trip to the US to visit HB. Was about what I expected. Great prices, Chinese quality.

I was after the 6 ton A-Frame Shop Press. Picked it up ($79 US) and assembled it back home in Canada. Intended to install my pilot bearing, but the flywheel was about 2cm to wide for it - boo boo!


So I put in up in the local classifieds (Kijiji.ca is the popular one in Canada) for $100 CDN. Sold right away.

I replaced it with a part from Princess Auto which is the HB equivalent up here. Aquired a 12 ton press for $120 CDN

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That princess auto one looks exactly like the H frame 12 ton press that you can from HF.
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I love the label: "Power fist".
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It does. I do see some 45 degree braces on the legs but otherwise the same. I'd bet they share the same original manufacturer for lots of parts.

Just think though its 20% cheaper this week on sale in Canada than you guys - how rare. Gas to pick it up would only be $300.......
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12 Ton Shop Press

They're totally different! That one is red, the harbor freight one is gray.
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I have a 20 ton HF press. The plates they give you suck, but plenty of power, plenty big enough. I used it to press bearings in-out of my RX7 hubs and to press in wheel studs. Didn't struggle a bit.
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No struggle as well to put in R/C car rod ends (from my nitro D8T). Usually it's a pain with pliers or if your desperate a hammer. The press was like butter.

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Not a win or fail, but a question: anyone used one of these (or the equivalent in a different brand)?

Welding table

They've got a coupon for $60 right now. Worth it?
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:21 AM   #495
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Go look at it. The tilt lock is pretty flimsy. As in, lean on it and it moves.

I wouldn't trust it to support any serious weight. The tilt lock won't hold much off center. Probably worth it if you add some bracing. Cheaper to buy one of those tool stands and add a top to it.
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I figured, which is why I asked here. I got excited by the portability since I only have a 1 car garage and it's totally filled with Miata parts right now. I'll probably end up building myself a 'low profile' table of some sort instead.
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I'm looking at a service tool cart for my work place. The black 26" 4-drawer is $100 with coupon and the red 30" 5-drawer is $170. Does anyone with experience with these think the red one is worth the extra $70?
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FAIL: The hammer rod is press fit into the rod so eventually the stop will come off. FIX: drill a hole through the stop and put tack welds on the rod when inserted, OR drill a hole through the rod and stop, insert pin.

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Old 05-22-2015, 09:53 AM   #499
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<p>48 in. Heavy Duty Scraper</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_23538.jpg" /></p><p>This might be ok as a light duty scraper, but it is by no means &quot;heavy duty&quot;. &nbsp;Used it to scrape some old laminate flooring off of concrete. &nbsp;The head hasn't broken off yet, but it is so loose it's basically worthless.</p>
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I figured this thread was just car related hf tools, but since you brought up laminate flooring...

This kit works good for the snap together laminate http://m.harborfreight.com/floor-installation-kit-96447.html

Half of what lowes or Home Depot costs
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