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Old 09-07-2010, 09:11 PM   #41
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I bought mine from HF, pulled out a BP complete engine with transmission all in one pull. You bet I stayed away from it a few feet in case the hydraulics failed on me. Have only used it once, it is very practical, before pulling the engine a few of my buddies and myself held on to it for a minute or so at max height to test first.

Mine I got it for 99.99, check every now and then muscle car mags for coupons.

Usually Hondatuning has a good HF sale page that usually shows prices not available at the store or online. In fact when I bought it for 99 the guy asked me what I was talking about until I showed them the print out (no, I did not buy the magazine, pulled the page out of the mag, lol). At the store the even called the manager t double check, and were like, if thats what it says... go ahead give it for that price.

There is also a Hondatuning HF link which shows the specials, so no need to send the 5.00 or the hassle of ripping a page.

I would call it a total win, but because I have not used it much then it is a half half for now, but never be underneath when it has an engine hanging from it.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:48 PM   #42
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We have a 2 ton foldable shop crane (cherry picker). The ram seals melted down in the house fire, but I sanded it down painted it black, spent the 90 on a new pneumatic ram and its been a great tool ever since (its probably 5-6 years old). Its been used on more engines then I can count (a few 4.0 jeeps, the original BP motor, a BUNCH of LS1's, and few mustang engines, a few Honduhs, a VW or two, plus a few more I probably don't wanna know about). Its also held the front end of the Miata up for a few weeks at a time while building the car, and the back end of the tractor.
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This is by far one of the best threads to come out this year... Great idea guys!
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Win. The Multi-tool worked well for me when doing some tile and quarter/half round work at my sisters house.

http://www.harborfreight.com/multifu...ool-67256.html

Some of the blades wear out quick, but it makes quick work of scraping up old caulk with one of the scraper blades, and the moon shaped cutter was great for cutting hinge notches in a door frame that I fixed this weekend.

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+1. Blue jack and protection plan. I had one replaced already, the second seems to be holding up well. All the broken one really needed was some new E clips, but I didn't want to mess with it.
This is good to hear, I might go get one today.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:02 PM   #46
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I have a blue bodied 4.5" angle grinder that I bought for $4.99 during their Turkey Day sale back in 2005 and it has been fine. Loud as all hell, but still works. I bought two in case one broke, but I'm still on the first one.

Also a +1 on the $60 blue racing jack.

I have the Northern Tool version of this compressor. Identical except the tank is painted black and has a Northern Industrial sticker.
There are many vendors selling units with this same chinese compressor motor on top, and I'd caution anyone using one of these about the duty cycle. I was using a 3.5" cutoff wheel for an extended period of time and had the compressor running for probably 7-8 minutes straight when I heard a muffled bang and it stopped compressing air. The motor still ran but I'm guessing the rod was broken. Not sure of the exact mode of failure since I didn't bother taking it apart. Got it warrantied and I haven't broken the second one yet.




I recently picked up one of these floor nailers. I've put down a couple hundred sq ft of 3 1/4" by 3/4" thick Brazilian Cherry and it has been great so far. Not one jam, sets 2" Bostitch cleats at the perfect location and depth. What's weird is that the specs say it will take 16 gauge cleats, but HF doesn't sell a 16 gauge cleat and neither does anybody else around here, though I believe you could mail order them. The standard Bostitch cleat is 15 gauge, and if you follow the nailer's instructions to load cleats into the side of the magazine you will indeed find that they are just slightly too large to fit. However, if you top load the cleats they feed & fire perfectly. I have a few hundred sq ft to go, but so far it looks like a winner.
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Win.

Best cigar lighter for the money:

http://www.harborfreight.com/micro-torch-42099.html
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:22 PM   #48
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Win.

Best cigar lighter for the money:

http://www.harborfreight.com/micro-torch-42099.html
Bed Bath & Beyond sells that same item but they call it a "creme brulee torch" and price it at $19.99. It does work well for cigars, melting the ends of cut nylon rope, etc.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:21 AM   #49
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They usually update the dates on the 20% off coupon here, so just print it out before you go, no need to clip from magazines:

http://www.harborfreight.com/motortrend
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Engine stands are WIN. My '99 motor has been on one for over a year. I tell all my friends to get the 1000lbs.

Haha. Even though I don't work there anymore I still get a 20% discount (total). Manager is cool as hell. He drives a badass Shelby GT500 with 700+ by the way.
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This 67022 low profile shop jack on clearance. 2 7/8" - 20 1/16" lift range is very nice for the Miata. $59. http://www.harborfreight.com/2-ton-l...ack-67022.html
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Full of wins


again more win.... minus the shitty guards..... face shield FTW

another win

probably not accurate, but keeps me from breaking bolts in low torque specs

and finally

it wont start a cummins or anything like that, but it works for most cars, plus flats. Great for camping as someone always kills their car from stereo use. In fact its in the miata right now

also wins- cheap rope, cut-off wheels, many of those 100 piece whatevers in the plastic cases ie hose clamps, o rings, and cotter pins etc. 134a manifold gauges(us general), 6" digital caliper,
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This 67022 low profile shop jack on clearance. 2 7/8" - 20 1/16" lift range is very nice for the Miata. $59. http://www.harborfreight.com/2-ton-l...ack-67022.html
I just picked up a 2 ton floor jack and stands set for $40 at o'reilly auto parts, not low profile but still cheap.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:26 PM   #54
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1/4" Composite Air Die Grinder
ITEM # 95029
MANUFACTURER: CENTRAL PNEUMATIC PROFESSIONAL
$29.99



Win!

Using it to port some heads at the moment. Works well. Of course it's not too hard to do a good job, it's a die grinder, it spins. Holding up though, and it looks and feels well made.
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I'm very happy with my trailer from hf. On sale $199. Served me well thus far.
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I just picked up a 2 ton floor jack and stands set for $40 at o'reilly auto parts, not low profile but still cheap.
They don't lift very high.
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They don't lift very high.
High enough to get the jack stands under the car I hope
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:45 PM   #58
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Glad to see this thread is still alive. Do not let the latent periods deter additional posting. Clearly due to the nature of the content this is an exception to the normal convention of discouraging thread resurrection.

WIN
Flat-Free Bigfoot Hand Truck ITEM # 97564

http://www.harborfreight.com/flat-fr...uck-97564.html
I bought this so I could roll large heavy objects between two buildings connected with a gravel driveway. In fact I used it to move a complete set of car tires and wheels just yesterday, about a 160+ lb load. The large wheels on the hand truck are the key to success. I bought it on sale for less than the price listed in the link.


FAIL
I had a cheap hand truck I bought from HF several years ago for about $30. It did not hold up to the rigors of country life so I turned it into a rolling platform for a big potato cannon. The hand truck was a FAIL for moving anything over 60 lbs or so over rough terrain. But it was a win for potato cannon duty. I am pretty sure it was this one ITEM # 95061
http://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-d...uck-95061.html

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My $10 angle grinder (orange case) does all my cutting, and completely restored my motorcycle, which took a lot of grinding, sanding, and cutting. It's lasted at least 3 years, + or - a year. Still going strong with no signs of stopping.

I've been looking at their $60 aluminum racing jack to get under my car now that it's too low for my standard jack, and it'll go higher.
I've purchased three of those orange angle grinders (I think they changed them to red later so at least one of them is red). All work great years later but one of them had the handle break off on me and I almost cut my arm off with it. Was my mistake but the cheap metal gave way that held the handle threads.
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Win- It beats my snap-on, craftsmen, and S&K ratchets HANDS DOWN. Smoothest ratchet in the box

Part number? I could always use another good ratchet.
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