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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home fox river pwc's Avatar
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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    Yeah, I have a couple of their metal rolling shop carts. Tiny hardware and lots of it made assembly tedious. Fairly flimsy and tippy. If they weren't half price when I got mine, I would have been very unhappy. At half price, well, OK at best.


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

    ive bought 2 heat guns from harbor freight. one was a 10 dollar one it lasted 10 minutes. the other one i bought was like 30 bucks its a chicago electric brand i believe. it has 2 speed fan and about 10 heat settings. ive had it for 5 years or so. works great, even has an auto cool down feature where it just runs the fan to cool the heating element. its been dropped several times too. ive bought chicago electric stuff and central pneumatic stuff and had no issues. they also have decent unibit drill bits. most of the stuff ive had decent luck with that ive bought from there. but cept for the heat gun and osillating tool most of what ive bought doesnt get a lot of use.
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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

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    Dont buy Milwaukee unless its "FUEL" or its weak as crap.
    You can't use or charge battery of mil. below freezing and can't use in rain or drop in water! if you do its in trash before job is done! Dewalt can complete the job in any temp. and lasts after many under water submersions. Ya the pier removal and installation service is rain or shine sleet or snow.

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

    The Pittsburg Pro hand tools are as good as any Craftsman, Husky, Kobalt, etc mid grade type stuff.
    The US General Pro toolboxes, the better red ones, have proven to be almost as well built as Matco, Snap-on, Cornwell, etc. And for a lot less money.
    Their engine hoists, stands, jacks, etc, are about the same quality as everybody elses at a better price.
    The Earthquake air tools get good reviews.
    Most of the power tools are crap but they're also cheap and if you need something right now and dont plan on using it very much they will likely get you by. Allthough the new Bauer branded stuff looks to be pretty well built.
    The Vulcan brand welders also are getting good reviews.
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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    love the sockets, love the wrenches, use a ton of their zip ties just for around the shop stuff like holding rope or extension cords in place.

    their tool boxes are pretty good quality, we pitched in and bought a set last xmas for my brother and they held up fine, as well as my craftsman that are 20 yrs old.

    heat gun is heading into year 6, no issues.

    would never purchase anything that i'd have to stand under and I've avoided the cordless tools and stuck with my other "cheap" alternatives like Ryobi and Milwaukee.

    for compressor I stuck with a used Dewalt that was about the same price as new at HF although I did get a slow leaker but its quiet which is what I wanted.
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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    I have a low profile floor jack that has been great for 5 years the steel version. Sockets are good ratchets suck. The gray tarps are excellent at keeping water out. Have had one on my jetmateam for 2 years no leaks. Zip ties are ok. I use Ryobi cordless and love it. Impact driver will loosen 90% of the bolts on a ski.
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    Re: What Not To Buy at Harbor Freight Tools & Northern Tools

    I'm constantly getting the 20% off and free with purchase coupons, but caution, if you get the free 24pk of AA batteries, prepare for them to last about 2 weeks in a computer mouse (vs maybe 7 months on my duracel)
    The problem with normal is that it just keeps getting worse...

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

    Look in forward to pull in the trigger on one of HFs Earthquake XT cordless ratchets soon.

    BTW, I've been using those freebie batteries in various TV remotes with varying results. Some last a couple weeks, others a couple months. But hey, they're free.
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