Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum - Reply to Topic
 
Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum  

Go Back   Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum > General Tech > Shop and Tools > Harbor Freight Good tool list
Notices

Thread: Harbor Freight Good tool list Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

** A VERIFICATION EMAIL IS SENT TO THIS ADDRESS TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION!! **

Email Address:
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
08-23-2019 08:09 AM
muddysamurai Their Bauer and Hurcules lithium battery packs use Samsung 18650 cells. I buy them to recell my Porter Cable battery packs at half the price. The cells are already spot welded together. Disassemble the pack and re-solder the lead wires to the old pack.
08-16-2019 11:25 PM
YotaAtieToo I don't have a ton of experience with die grinders, but I bought the chief mini die grinder (didn't mean to get the mini) it's $40 on the website, but I might have paid a little less.

https://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-...der-64371.html

It feels pretty decent and actually has plenty of power for carbide burrs. What nice is its freaking tini, so easy to get into small places.

Also, check Amazon for carbide burr sets.
06-16-2019 12:18 PM
Propane The black variable speed car buffer is junk FYI
06-16-2019 12:30 AM
billybob_81067
Quote:
Originally Posted by pat master View Post
This inexpensive siphon feed sprayer is excellent for spraying rust remover's and paints in hard-to-reach places. You can lay your back and paint the entire bottom of your vehicle in record time. Hook up the air, punched two holes in the top of paint can slide the plastic line in the can. The other little hole is your vent. This little sucker blows paint 3 feet
You talking about this one?

https://www.harborfreight.com/engine...gun-68290.html

If so yeah they are pretty handy. I have one I punched a hole into a lid for a gallon jug of the HF cleaner and then spray it all over greasy shit a bit before I go to power washing. I was also thinking about spraying ospho and paint with it eventually.
06-15-2019 04:49 PM
pat master
Engine cleaning gun

This inexpensive siphon feed sprayer is excellent for spraying rust remover's and paints in hard-to-reach places. You can lay your back and paint the entire bottom of your vehicle in record time. Hook up the air, punched two holes in the top of paint can slide the plastic line in the can. The other little hole is your vent. This little sucker blows paint 3 feet
05-11-2019 12:01 PM
OscarJr
Quote:
Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
I'm curious about what the point of one of those is vs. a cordless or corded name brand grinder? Needs a pretty hefty air compressor so you can only use them in a few places, has a hose, and not all that cheap. Plus you'd be using 10x the electricity of an electric grinder.

I'm not trying to tell you what you should be using, just curious what the advantage is?
You are correct on all points. What I like about air tools is that many of them are smaller compared to their electric counterparts. A 4" air grinder is typically much smaller than a 4" electric grinder. Same goes for a 7" air grinder. Yes you use 10x the electricity, but electricity is cheap and it's a price I'm willing to pay. That being said I still use electric grinders as well.
05-11-2019 06:26 AM
arse_sidewards
Quote:
Originally Posted by rockyota83 View Post
yea the only reason id ever imagine someone would be into air tools these days is if they already have access to a shop with a huge compressor thats running 24/7 like you see in most commercial places

i personally hate cords of all kinds
Or they want to run the tool hard all the time. Some apprentice who's going to be beveling plates for 8hr gets the air grinder. You can't overheat the air grinder.
05-11-2019 12:57 AM
rockyota83 yea the only reason id ever imagine someone would be into air tools these days is if they already have access to a shop with a huge compressor thats running 24/7 like you see in most commercial places

i personally hate cords of all kinds
05-10-2019 08:16 AM
pennsylvaniaboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
I'm curious about what the point of one of those is vs. a cordless or corded name brand grinder? Needs a pretty hefty air compressor so you can only use them in a few places, has a hose, and not all that cheap. Plus you'd be using 10x the electricity of an electric grinder.

I'm not trying to tell you what you should be using, just curious what the advantage is?
Cause in some shops that have 240 or even 3 phase compressors, lines plumbed on all sides, or drop hoses.....air tools are the norm.....die grinders, angle grinder, cutoff wheels, air ratchets, impacts, drills etc....like just about every body shop, and mechanic shop I know..

As for me, no I wouldnt use it, cause I dont have a compressor that will handle that.....so I use electric...
05-10-2019 07:18 AM
[email protected]
Quote:
Originally Posted by OscarJr View Post
I just picked up the Harbor Freight Chief 4", and sure enough, it's identical to the Northern Tool Klutch 4" air grinder. Same everything, including spanner wrench. I wanted to get another of the Klutch grinder because every now and then it goes on sale for like $104 or something like that, and then you can usually find another $10-20 online coupon code, but it hasn't gone on sale in months it seems. With the HF 20% coupon this one comes out to $95.99 before sales tax. Weighs the same, feels the same under load, even sounds the same.







Funny how both claim you only need 4 CFM, lmao. As with any air grinder, something like this needs 15+ CFM. 15 CFM if you don't lean into it, but if you really put on the pressure, it will easily consume closer to 25-30 CFM. If you like air tools, I would recommend this one. Nice and compact, and light enough to be able to use 1-handed if you have the grip strength for it.
I'm curious about what the point of one of those is vs. a cordless or corded name brand grinder? Needs a pretty hefty air compressor so you can only use them in a few places, has a hose, and not all that cheap. Plus you'd be using 10x the electricity of an electric grinder.

I'm not trying to tell you what you should be using, just curious what the advantage is?
05-10-2019 01:08 AM
Tipped
Quote:
Originally Posted by 87manche View Post
what's pirates thoughts on the shop presses these days?

particularly the little 6 ton a frame bugger.

I need to do some suspension bushings.
I'd search, but syrup.
20 ton minimum. 50 ton is the most correct answer. I bought the 12 ton 10 yrs ago. It barely gets the job done and a lot of jobs it can't even do. If you ever want to press bearing retainers onto axle shafts, you'll want 50 ton. 20 ton probably can't do it, or just barely can if you hang off the jack handle.
05-10-2019 12:52 AM
billybob_81067
Quote:
Originally Posted by I Lean View Post
I'd skip it and just go for the 20 ton.
I'd skip that and go straight to the 50 ton...

https://www.harborfreight.com/50-ton...ess-96188.html

$675 with a 25% off coupon. If your local store has one you won't have to pay the ~ $100 freight charge.
05-09-2019 10:31 PM
rennat_2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
They are lame with the 20% off coupons now. Seems like anything over $40 is exempt some how.
I beat up homo depot like 6 months ago on their price for their tool cart with 4 drawers plus the top tilt up cover deal for like $160 out the door, told them harbor freight beat them up on the price and to give me the best deal he could do so I didn't make the trip over there to buy theirs. I took the tilt up lid off and make some a tray up on top for my millermatic 180 and my alphatig then made some trays to mount the gas bottles off of one end of the cart. Turned out pretty useful and nice to be able to keep all my consumables, gloves, tungsten grinding disc, etc in the multiple drawers.
05-09-2019 03:51 PM
bgaidan The 20-ton with the air over hydro jack is hard to beat.
05-09-2019 01:27 PM
87manche
Quote:
Originally Posted by I Lean View Post
I'd skip it and just go for the 20 ton.
fuuuck.

I guess it's one more thing I need to find space for.
05-09-2019 01:17 PM
Twankie I beat the crap out of my 20 ton and it is great.

Added casters for mobility, basket for dies/plates and a air over hydro ram for laziness.
05-09-2019 11:24 AM
I Lean
Quote:
Originally Posted by 87manche View Post
what's pirates thoughts on the shop presses these days?

particularly the little 6 ton a frame bugger.

I need to do some suspension bushings.
I'd search, but syrup.
I'd skip it and just go for the 20 ton.
05-09-2019 11:21 AM
87manche what's pirates thoughts on the shop presses these days?

particularly the little 6 ton a frame bugger.

I need to do some suspension bushings.
I'd search, but syrup.
03-11-2019 04:24 PM
OscarJr
Harbor Freight "Chief" 4" Air grinder vs Northern Tool 4" Air grinder

I just picked up the Harbor Freight Chief 4", and sure enough, it's identical to the Northern Tool Klutch 4" air grinder. Same everything, including spanner wrench. I wanted to get another of the Klutch grinder because every now and then it goes on sale for like $104 or something like that, and then you can usually find another $10-20 online coupon code, but it hasn't gone on sale in months it seems. With the HF 20% coupon this one comes out to $95.99 before sales tax. Weighs the same, feels the same under load, even sounds the same.







Funny how both claim you only need 4 CFM, lmao. As with any air grinder, something like this needs 15+ CFM. 15 CFM if you don't lean into it, but if you really put on the pressure, it will easily consume closer to 25-30 CFM. If you like air tools, I would recommend this one. Nice and compact, and light enough to be able to use 1-handed if you have the grip strength for it.
03-09-2019 11:42 AM
cslimfu My 5 horse air compressor pump took a shit 2 days ago. I paid $149.99 for it 4 years ago. I'd say that's pretty good for how much I use it. I sand blast now and then a few hours and use it to run my 1" drive tire gun pretty frequently. I'm 99.9% sure that just a reed broke in one of the heads as it got hot enough to melt the plastic air cleaner housing off the pipe nipple it's glued to that threads into the head. I'll probably dig around and find repair kit for them and fix it for a spare. I didn't have time to wait around to get a kit and just bought a new one for $165. Gonna put a hour meter on this one and see how long it lasts.
03-08-2019 02:29 PM
OscarJr I just saw HF released their beefier 4" angle grinder, looks almost exactly like my air grinder from Northern Tool.


I bought the NT grinder for about $100 on sale, and it works well when you have the airflow behind it. Just as with any air tool it's an air hog. I want to pick up this HF grinder too, since it will come out to the same price (as the NT grinder) with a coupon. I think I'll pick it up this weekend; If it's anything like the NT grinder and the Chief 4" cut off tool I bought a couple months ago, it should run very smooth, with decent power.
03-08-2019 12:52 PM
freerider15
Quote:
Originally Posted by 7.62FMJ View Post
I have the big Vulcan welding cart. I love it! The drawers are very stiff to open...but mine is still "new" (I've had it 8-9 months, but have only 'used it' twice...I don't work in the garage in the winter months).
I've wanted that cart since I saw it originally, but couldn't justify spending the money on it. I had planned on if I did get it, pneumatic casters would be swapped on.

So, now I'm building my own version of it
03-08-2019 11:40 AM
the burbanator Not sure if it's been said yet but the Admiral 12" dual bevel miter saw is pretty legit. Bought one the other day at $199 but they just went on the 3 day sale for $169 so we price adjusted.

Took a minute to set up the fence to the blade and true everything up. Laser is pretty accurate, side light is nice but it makes the laser hard to see. The front bevel lock is nice, included blade is pretty good, made a ton of miter cuts with no tear out. The fence extensions are alittle janky but the work good enough. Should have purchased it awhile ago, would have saved quite a few headaches redoing the stair treads.
03-08-2019 05:57 AM
7.62FMJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by bgaidan View Post
You can't find another welding cart as nice for anywhere near the money. I've been tempted to get the BIG cart so I can throw both welders and my little plasma on it. You can get the big one down to about $250 with the 20% vulcan coupon. The little one has been as low as $130 with a coupon.
I have the big Vulcan welding cart. I love it! The drawers are very stiff to open...but mine is still "new" (I've had it 8-9 months, but have only 'used it' twice...I don't work in the garage in the winter months).
02-16-2019 05:50 PM
YotaAtieToo Oh, I forgot to mention that, in typical harbor freight fashion, the threads for the little bolt that holds the rear wheels on stripped out when before I even got to snug I'm pretty sure I can just tap to 1/4 20 and ittl be fine. But it's funny how the whole cart seems pretty quality and then they fail at something so simple.

Also, I noticed that they now have red and blue brand cut off wheels (can't remember the name, but the same as the nicer power tools) so far they seem to last longer than the green ones. They also have some new flap discs that seem decent also.
This thread has more than 25 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.