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Offline alexlindsay

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Harbour Freight
« on: June 12, 2017, 12:18:29 PM »
wanted to add my bit on Harbour freight and their Canadian equivalent princess auto.

things I've had really good luck with.
Impact sockets and extensions: had the same set for 8 years and use them all the time.
air tools: had pretty good luck using them for years as a shade tree mechanic.
hydraulic presses
have a cheap Chinese 240v welder that takes shielding gas. lays down really nice welds.
all their little spare parts kits. saved my butt a bunch of times
air dryers, air fittings and their big oiled air compressors
wiring kits for trailers, but not their LED light wiring kits
automotive front end component puller kit

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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 03:56:35 PM »
TIP: before going to your local Harbor Freight to buy...look fot sales and discounts on line and PRINT THEM as the stores do not always sell at advertised prices though they must honor their web advertisements.
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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 10:09:48 AM »
HF is like cheap crack.


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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 05:12:12 PM »
HF is like cheap crack.
I feel a Kardashian joke coming up like a bad burp, but I'm fighting it back down.

I swear, there are times it seems like "Baofeng" is Cantonese for "hot mess."

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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 05:41:28 PM »
I feel a Kardashian joke coming up like a bad burp, but I'm fighting it back down.

Yea, My dog even likes cheap crack.I have lost interest in it.
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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2017, 07:17:44 AM »
TIP: before going to your local Harbor Freight to buy...look fot sales and discounts on line and PRINT THEM as the stores do not always sell at advertised prices though they must honor their web advertisements.
There is also an app that has all the coupons on it.  This is a little handier than carrying a paper coupon.
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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2017, 10:38:49 AM »
I have had real good lick with the 4x8 folding trailer.  The side kits are not worth it but the little trailer has paid for itself many times over.  It is NOT a heavy mover but I have filled it with Manure and used it to move across town in many trips.  It is an Ugly work horse. 

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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2017, 01:34:03 PM »
I have one of those trailers also. I made my own side boards. It's saved me a lot of trips using it when I moved/etc. it more than doubles the capacity of my Ranger.


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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2017, 01:35:04 PM »
 ;)
I have one of those trailers also. I made my own side boards. It's saved me a lot of trips using it when I moved/etc. it more than doubles the capacity of my Ranger.

Will it carry a small boat to escape from New York?? ;)
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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2017, 04:26:34 PM »
There is also an app that has all the coupons on it.  This is a little handier than carrying a paper coupon.

Thanks for that.  I didn't realize they had an app.

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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2017, 04:30:17 AM »
I didn't realize it either until another customer mentioned it one day while I was in line with them.  I downloaded it on the spot and starting using it then. 
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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2017, 08:29:17 AM »
I've got one of the tool carts (https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage/tool-carts/30-in-5-drawer-glossy-red-tool-cart-61427.html) and I love it.

Looking at different forums I found one that reviewed, Sears, HD, Lowes and HF tool chests/carts.  HF won, hands down.  Much better slides, thicker steel, etc.
I did have one issue with mine, but to me it was a non-issue.  There are 2 wheels that pivot for turning the cart as it's rolling, they have grease zerks on them.  On one of the wheels the zerk was broken.  Unscrewed it and replaced with one I had laying around.

I plan on replacing my 2 small tool cabinets with more from HF as they go on sale.

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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2017, 09:50:59 AM »
Harbor Freight is like a tool rental place where you never have to bring anything back!
And if you use it long enough, everything eventually turns into a hammer :rofl:

... I still like Harbor Freight.

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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2017, 08:54:14 PM »
I will buy tools that I don't use often, and don't have to depend on to make money from HF.

one product that I have good luck with is their 7 mil nitrile gloves.  They last much longer than the cheap exam gloves when doing dirty mechanic work.

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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2017, 04:27:48 AM »
I may have to give them a try.  I was turned off to them because in his later years my dad used to buy all sorts of junky tools from HF.  Things like pliers that were sloppy after the first use, tape measures that fell apart, cheap flashlights that never seemed to work, and just goofy stuff he never used.  Maybe they have improved their supplier quality since then.  There's one right next to the supermarket where we shop so it may not kill me or cause too much pain to walk over there once in a while to look around.  I'll download the app so HF can track me wherever I go and shout at me when I wonder too far from their location.  8)
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Re: Harbour Freight
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2017, 09:58:37 PM »
They still have a lot of junk. I wouldn't buy ratchets or sockets from them, for example. 

I've had pretty good luck with clamps and some air tools, but like I said earlier, if it's something that your livelihood depends on, or something that's going to see a lot of use, I'd look for more reputable brands.