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    I dream skis JC-SuperJet's Avatar
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    What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Don't waste your money on:

    Trailer Bearings
    Drill Bits
    Hole Saw Bits
    Cordless Tools
    Batteries
    Hot Knife
    Air Pressure Gauge with Regulator
    Last edited by JC-SuperJet; 11-26-2017 at 11:43 AM.

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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    this thing has been good to me


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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by JC-SuperJet View Post
    Don't waste your money on:

    Trailer Bearings
    Drill Bits
    Hole Saw Bits
    Cordless Tools
    Batteries
    Hot Knife
    Air Pressure Gauge with Regulator
    Heat Gun lasted 2 years. Don't recall the price, maybe about half the price of a good one, but it didn't last even 1/5th as long as good ones do. I wouldn't buy another.

    3gal hot dog style air compressor lasted just shy of 3 years. Got it on a father's day deal for $40. My 1gal Campbell Hausfield cheap compressor from walmart was $50, but that one lasted 3 times longer than the HF. Wouldn't buy another HF.

    My HF 12-ton press has been going strong for over 5 years. Think I got it on sale for $100ish. Well worth it. I've also used the 20-ton version, and it's a good deal too. Only issue with the 12-ton is the size is a bit small for longer driveshafts on WR pumps, so you just have to be creative. Still big enough for SJ and B1/B2 pumps.

    HF variable speed oscillating tool was like $20 and has been working well for about 5 years now. Don't use it a ton, but I would buy another at their cheap price if it died.

    Yeah, the HF holesaws are complete garbage, unless you're cutting holes in sheets of Styrofoam insulation.

    Sam's club has better deals on cheap drill bits. Recently got this large kit of about 30 sizes, with 10-20 of each size (great for restocking your organizer as you break them), and the whole thing was under $20. And they actually hold up rather well.

    I would never buy cordless tools at HF, nor would I buy any cheapie cordless tools, including black & decker. They're all junk. I use my cordless stuff too much to cheap out on them. I save elsewhere .


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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...AaAmG4EALw_wcB
    Theres a milwaukee 12v ratchet and impact driver on sale at hd right now, 99 bucks with a batt and charger
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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Ive had great luck with a set of tin coated drill bits from HF. They're used on a bridgeport mill.

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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by kcr357 View Post
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...AaAmG4EALw_wcB
    Theres a milwaukee 12v ratchet and impact driver on sale at hd right now, 99 bucks with a batt and charger
    Dont buy Milwaukee unless its "FUEL" or its weak as crap.

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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    I have a battery Snap-on 3/8 rachet thats bad azz rips out bolts with loctite. LOL

    I also just bought a new 1/4 Milwaukee fuel battery ratchet that is pretty bad azz as well. I have a 3/8 Milwaukee fuel battery impact that I have had for about 3 years & that one is going strong even when its been "dropped" when I was mad quite a few times.

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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Not rocket science Harbor Freight has always been throw away tools, one-time usage just like their rubber gloves. I love Harbor Freight

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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Their sealed gen batteries seems to be holding up in my water crafts.

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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Dont buy:
    Batteries,
    battery anything besides LED flash lights
    electric stuff like saws, drills, etc. weak, motors burn up fast. crap construction/ergonomics
    bits, blades, etc.
    Heat Gun- dies after 10mins
    Zip tie gun- broken out of the package-barely functional
    air tools mostly suck. very inefficient & low torque.
    work bench- weak legs, lots of bolts to assemble(hundreds)
    screwdrivers- crappy tips, weal metal
    ratcheting breaker bars- the idea alone make no sense- went through 3.
    socket adapters- like butter. go impact version only.
    non-brass air tool adapters/fittings- nothing like a 150psi hose flying around your car after it snaps in 1/2.


    Trailer jack is OK, the hardware is dangerous
    floor jacks OK
    presses, ok.
    10" bench sander(not grinder) good.
    trailer hitches etc-ok.
    rope-good deal.
    ratchet straps- good for everyday use.
    jack stand
    tarps for tha cheap
    storehouse brand storage bins ok. HF brand = gonna shatter.
    3" cut off wheel lasts forever but not effcient
    Last edited by RaiderMagic; 11-27-2017 at 04:31 PM.
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