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Old 02-27-2009, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HF Junk that isn't Junk!

What stuff have you bought at HF that was cheap, but that has worked really well considering the price and how often you use it. Here are a couple of the things I have or have buddies that have that are pretty good given the price and frequency of use. I'll get us started...

1. Deep 1/2" drive impact socket sets
2. Pipe wrenches
3. Wire crimper / cutter
4. Noid light set
5. 12" Disc Grinder
6. 4" grinders
7. Big vise (I think it is 5" or 6" with a round shaft that it slides / rotates on
8. Bearing race and seal driver set
9. Various hammers (BFHs, ballpein sets, deadblow, etc)
10. Heavy duty test light

For hand tools and things where quality really matters (air tools, precise measuring devices, screw extractors, etc) I stick with the good stuff, but for occasional use HF works and it even seems like they are upping the quality of some of their stuff.

So what's the not-so-junk HF junk that you think is worth the money and gets the job done?
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1/2 inch drive 'earthquake' impact gun, that thing is bad ass. The professional line of wrenches are nice too.
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I just bought their horizontal/vertical bandsaw. The blade is crap so I will be replacing it with a good one but other than that it is pretty nice. If the motor takes a shit Ill just replace it with a good one.

Regular price $249, on sale for $199, picked it up for $171 out the door with a 20% off coupon
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the ball joint tool is great surprised me that it has done so many ball joints and ujoints and still looks good. pencil die grinder is ok. on slay large test lights. and for the price and disposable the a/c amprobe. use for a couple of yrs and trash. but replaced with an open jaw Fluke supper good. only wish I had the DC amp one do have a DC/AC amp jaw that goes in my fluke multimeter vom. ED
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1/2 inch drive 'earthquake' impact gun, that thing is bad ass.

AGREED! NOTHING can touch it for $80. You'd have to pay $300 or more on a tool truck to get anything close.

I've used and abused mine for 5 years or so now. Never skipped a beat. I like it because its not as loud and obnoxious as snap on or mac impacts. I hate those damn things.
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Has anyone had any experience with the inverter tig/stick welder they usually run on sale for $200?
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There is already a great thread. Post there.

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