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Old 01-02-2016, 07:55 PM   #641
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I have the sander, its ok. The disks suck huge ***** to get off though, they're super sticky.
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I'm buying that cutoff tool next weekend. I expect it will be comparable to their other tools in that line- cheaply made but functional.
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I purchased both, the cut off tool seems to lack the Tq of an air tool but I have not put it to actual use yet.

Sander is still in the box. I need to loose a miata from my garage to make room for projects....
That's the trick with HF tools -- the tools themselves are fine, but the consumable media sucks. Buy legit cutoff wheels or sanding discs or whatever.
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The air die grinder is pretty hit or miss, very loud and uses a ton of air. I finally gave up and got an IR max. Thing is so much better, as it should be for the price. I had to rebuild my HF one after light use, the cotter pin sheared off the drive gear.
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Old 01-03-2016, 12:15 PM   #643
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[QUOTE=Alternative;1295954]Review?

3 in. Heavy Duty Electric Cut-Off Tool

Get the regular die grinder that uses 1/4" bits. Then you can use cut off/grinding disks. I have literately ground pounds of metal over the years. Replaced the cord, screws holding the case pulled out, held together with strapping tape. It's the Terminator cause I haven't been able to kill it yet.
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I have one of the super cheap HF grinders, its sooooo loud.
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The only quiet angle grinder I've found is a Makita unit.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:15 AM   #646
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I'm looking to pick up a digital torque wrench. Any good HF options or is it worth it to drop skrilla on the Snap On?
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:16 AM   #647
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I'm looking to pick up a digital torque wrench. Any good HF options or is it worth it to drop skrilla on the Snap On?
Why does it have to be digital? I have been very happy with my HF torque wrenches. My favorite thing about them is that they are cheap enough that I don't worry if friends **** up and don't set them back to zero when they are done.
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Why does it have to be digital? I have been very happy with my HF torque wrenches. My favorite thing about them is that they are cheap enough that I don't worry if friends **** up and don't set them back to zero when they are done.
I have hf click type for day to day stuff. And 3 beam type for important things
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I just wanted one. Never had a nice torque wrench and digital seems easier.
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833 lb. Capacity 2 in. x 20 ft. Ratcheting Tie Down item#62364:

These are terrible. They bunch up on themselves really easily and one of of the belts wore a big hole on the 2 mile trip to bring home an engine.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:51 AM   #651
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I just wanted one. Never had a nice torque wrench and digital seems easier.
My friend has one of those fancy snap-on digital ones that beep and vibrate. I think the vibrate part would really engage this crowd... anyway, once you use one you don't want to go back to a clicker, they spoil you.

Did I mention it vibrates?
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Craigslist is a great place to buy tools.

I bought my MAC Tools Torque Wrench from some guy for like $40. Thing was pretty much brand new.
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Coupon for 3 ton low pro jack. $80 right now. 1.5 ton aluminum is 60. Perfect shop/travel combination IMO.
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Coupon for 3 ton low pro jack. $80 right now. 1.5 ton aluminum is 60. Perfect shop/travel combination IMO.
For those pinching pennies, the latest catalog they sent me has a coupon for them at $78.38.


On another note, where does everybody get their tap and die sets? My 1st inclination is that they are a precision tool set, and thus, should be bought from a legitimate tool and die manufacturer. However, I am cheap and don't want to spend hundreds on a basic set.

Has anybody got any feedback on HF's sets?
45 Pc Titanium Nitride Coated Alloy Steel Metric Tap & Die Set
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Old 01-27-2016, 01:56 PM   #655
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Yeah that. I just rounded to 80.

Are there any reasonably priced metric rivnut tools out there? I keep finding $100 sets.

Thinking about taking a chance on this and seeing if it will fit in my harbor freight tool.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6mm-NUTSERTS...-/130919391294
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I have this tap & die set: SAE / Metric Tap and Die Set - 60 Piece, Alloy Steel

I don't remember what exactly I bought it for, but it's only been used a few times and has not broken yet. Handles are very cheaply made otherwise seems decent for the price.
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I have that same one. The assortment is very nice, but I have broken a small tap with very little effort.
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I have the HF tap and die set, but have only used it once or twice. It worked for what I used it for with no problem. I have never had any other tap and die sets to compare it to, so I can't really say how good quality wise it is.
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I used to have that same 60 pc tap & die set as well.

Used it infrequently, but I never broke a tap from it. They seem to perhaps be made from a slightly softer material than higher-quality taps.
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I typically purchase high quality taps one at a time as I need them. Grainger, McMaster, etc keep them in stock if you have one close, or can get you one overnight for reasonable money. For all the taps/ dies I've ever bought, I don't think I've spent more than $100 and will probably never have to replace one. Worth it, IMO.
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