Harbor Freight

slofut

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Oct 23, 2019
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Just went to HF yesterday, bought an air hose reel 50' for $49 and got 20% off. It happened to be just what I needed at the right price and I have another similar that is working ok. Also got a few cheezy hand tools, a brass hammer and some dental pics. As for the new higher end stuff, if it's within 40% of name brand I'm buying the name brand. For bits that could be life threatening if it fails like jack stands and cherry pickers ...I'm NOT buying HF.
Btw... a friend loaned me a bumper hitch motorcycle carrier from HF rated at 400lbs I think, a very cheezy cheaply made device and no way would I risk my bike or my truck with that thing. Pick and choose wisely. For ratchets, sockets, wrenches and the like I always buy good used.
 

Tomeal

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Apr 17, 2016
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bought a set of tools from Lowes made by Kobalt

Since Lowe's is transitioning to Craftsman, I caught there kobalt 227 piece kit on sale for $100. Packaged in a nice box with drawers. For that price and what all came in, I couldn't go wrong.

Plus I have partials, it is nice to have a set again knowing what I need is there.
 
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TURNA

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I love this thread.

I don’t know the exact name of it, but go to YouTube and search “24 inch breaker bar comparison “. MAC, Matco, Snap-On, and Pittsburgh. Identical results. One costs $125+, two cost $145+, and one cost $19 (not including he used his $20% off coupon). Hilarious. Not twice the cost but 6-8 times the cost.

Also go to Indeed.com or your favorite job website or even google and type in “how much does a Snap-On laborer make?” and tell me that buying that sh*t supports 'good' American jobs at $10-15 per hour. Snap-on doesn't even pay their own employees enough to buy Snap-On tools. Unless they are a Snap-On sales rep or higher, at which point they likely don't even know how to use a hand tool.

And if the truth were known Snap-On, MAC, Matco, or someone else of the same integrity very likely owns the Chinese plant that makes all of the 'second rate tools' and 'deceptive advertisement' that started this whole thread.


Yes I seen that or similar vid. My harbor Freight breaker is the longest and best one I own


HF's "NAME" brand DOYLE are the same as those ones MATCO sell on the trucks for

MATCO 60 buxx HF 15 and no headache nonsense if I have to warranty them
 
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Ribbedroof

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Yes I seen that or similar vid. My harbor Freight breaker is the longest and best one I own


HF's "NAME" brand DOYLE are the same as those ones MATCO sell on the trucks for

MATCO 60 buxx HF 15 and no headache nonsense if I have to warranty them


Yep, I own that 25" HF polished breaker bar....truck prices are just ridiculous anymore. I do occasionally buy from Cornwell or Matco, Snap-on is torx bits only for me because they warranty them.
 

mikester

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Mar 10, 2010
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Well, since we're talking about tools...lol

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Ribbedroof

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I used one for my engine hoist and two separate ones for engine stands. I used one on my 20 ton hydraulic press. I'd have to disagree with you.
I hear you, but i buy that kind of stuff when it's on super sale in the neverending stream of flyers, a few dollars cheaper than the coupon in most cases.

The big stuff most would want to use it on is either excluded or never discounted, it seems.
 

Ribbedroof

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all i know is my boss doesn't allow tool trucks @ my work and the sears around here are gone.i buy tools from just about anywhere i can to try and make my job easier.

I worked for about 4 months for a shop where the owner bitched every time a tool truck rolled into the lot

He also bitched about the PBE truck guy that came around every 3 weeks...that we bought a lot of consumables from.

Finally we told him no trucks, no tools or materials. Still didn't like it, but at least he kept it to himself from then on
 

jiho

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Jul 26, 2013
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Tool Disposal Notice!

They actually do have parking lot sales here, I mean stuff is actually out in the parking lot ....

I have a 24" HF breaker bar. The anvil pin fell out a long time ago, since then I've held it together with nut-and-bolt. Only breaker bar I use, and the removable anvil sometimes makes it useful in unexpected ways.

My favorite HF tool is a 3-foot torque wrench for the balancer bolt on the Buick V6. Wants 225 lb-ft. Lean into the fender and yank. Also have an HF electric impact wrench to get it out. Had to have the tools, but don't use very often.
 
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