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Forum topic by Raymond posted 06-13-2011 11:10 PM 2742 views 1 time favorited 59 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2011 11:10 PM

I’m going to Harbor Freight tomorrow anyone need anything?

Any jems that I should be looking for?

I going to get a few air tools. I know what people will say but I have had good luck. I also need sanding disks and other supplies.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 11:11 PM

I’m an air guy. $10 for a drill that’ll probably outlive you? Sounds like win to me. I’m jealous about your trip. I don’t have one. I’d be looking into those clamps everyone here likes so much. Maybe a tap and die set? The possibilities are endless.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 11:17 PM

Unfortunately for my valet I have two HF on my way home from work.
Talking about clamps, the 12”” which normally go $9.99 are now on sale with coupon for $1.99. I bought 6

Their oscillating tool is also very good.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 11:28 PM

Go for it, Raymond! Have fun!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 06-14-2011 12:36 AM

I’m actually an advocate of HF tools in many cases.
But I must warn you…....the consumable items, such as sanding disks, are of incredibly poor quality in my opinion.

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#5 posted 06-14-2011 12:45 AM

There was a HFT ad in Wood Magazine with a coupon for their oscilating spindle sander for $89. Same machine others sell for $150 to $180 and HFT usually has it for $120. If you need one of these it’s worth checking out.
I got a 3/8” X 14’ log chain for $19, that was a steal.
Last month I got, with my ” HFT Inside Track Club” membership a magnesium 4” x 24” belt sander for $50. That thing is a beast. I love it.
I think they have their combo 18ga stapler and 16ga finish nailer on sale right now. I got mine last fall and its a fantastic tool. I just built a 200ft wooden slat fence using this nailer. Never missed a lick. In fact, I messed up and loaded a strip of 18ga brads in it instead of 16ga nails and the thing just shot em two at a time, but never slowed down.

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#6 posted 06-14-2011 03:29 AM

This weekend I hit up their parking lot sale. $140 goes real fast but I had like 5 bags of stuff.

I grabbed 3 of the multitools bert referenced, because these are great little tools and at $20 a piece the accessory kit it comes with is worth more than that.

Also I grabbed their 4” grinder that has great reviews for $13. I think that price is still good through this coming Sunday. Even at its normal like $18 it is still a steal.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 03:49 AM

Don’t buy the saws that look like Japan pull-saws.

They suck and aren’t ground with the japan tooth pattern.

I’m so aggravated by getting taken in by the fake China-made bargain
Japan saw (I like to have a cheap Japan saw on hand for cutting PVC,
dirty wood and other stuff like that) I’m gonna take back the darned
thing and get my money back.

I got some “cant twist” style clamps there I really like recently. Good
buy – but made in the USA I believe and really more of a machining
tool than a woodworking clamp. Still, great clamps.

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 03:57 AM

You can check out HF reviews here.

Interesting stuff.

I’ve never had any complaints about their C clamps or foam brushes.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 06-14-2011 04:03 AM

I bought some of their 6” f-style clamps for $3 EACH AND they are wonderful. I also bought their toggle clamps and boy do they have strength thats my two cents and the 3/4” pipe clamps with bases.


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#10 posted 06-14-2011 04:58 AM

Drill press table,oscillating spindle sander, sanding sleeves for oss[if you keep them clean with the big rubber eraser] are all gems I have in my shop and would buy again. Buy their $10 #33 bench plane and then pm me and tell me how to get mine to make shavings!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-14-2011 03:25 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I am a fan of HF and have many of there tools. Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll post my purchases.

-- Ray

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#12 posted 06-14-2011 05:22 PM

I need a sand blaster for upcoming job.

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#13 posted 06-14-2011 05:41 PM

Ok i get on that.

-- Ray

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#14 posted 06-15-2011 08:38 PM

Well I’m back from Harbor Freight. I picked up a couple of ait tools.

Air screwdriver
1/4 – 1/8 die grinder
and an air scraper.
and a 3 pack of vice grips and some sanding disks and belts.

I’ll review in the next few days.

-- Ray

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#15 posted 06-26-2011 05:00 AM

Well back from Harbor Freight. Actually I got back awhile ago. Finally had time to post. I scored what I think are some good finds. I did a review of my finds in the review form. All in all I have not had a bad item yet from Harbor Freight and I now have quite a collection of tools from Harbor Freight. Both power, air and machine, (milling machine, dust collector lathe to name a few). I know this will spark some debate. But in my opinion there are some really good buys to be had there. Check out my reviews. Let me know your thoughts.

-- Ray

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