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Old 01-22-2013, 02:44 PM   #426 (permalink)
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Posted this in the cart thread but it fits here too.

These are the HF socket trays. They've been on sale for $7.99 per 3 piece set (metric and SAE set shown). I think they're just as good as the Hansen sets that cost about $60 for all 6 pieces. I also noticed that Lowes has a Kobalt set that's about $25 per 3 pieces - so $50 total. The only thing I need to do is grind off the little hanger tabs and the ends....they're completely pointless as you'd never be able to hang them when loaded and they just take up an extra 1/2" or so of drawer space.

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3 Piece Metric Socket Tray/Organizer
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These are great. Not really a big deal, but reading the labels looking down into a drawer can be difficult. As long as the drawer is higher up (around 42+" or so) you can read the labels with no problem.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:09 PM   #427 (permalink)
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Exactly how many welders have you owned?
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:12 PM   #432 (permalink)
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The Pocket Hole jig is surprisingly good quality...and if you use a 20% coupon, it's right about half the price of a Kreg jig.

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:29 PM   #433 (permalink)
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The Pocket Hole jig is surprisingly good quality...and if you use a 20% coupon, it's right about half the price of a Kreg jig. :cool
And here is a video showing how to use it, just in case you have no idea what a pocket hole jig is, or how or why you would use one .

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:19 AM   #434 (permalink)
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Surprisingly, their "drill pump" works pretty good: Drill Pump - All Purpose Drill Water Pump

I needed to drain some muddy water and didn't want to fawk up something expensive. Was in the area and picked up one of these with a 20% coupon - so just over $3.

Drained all the water and even after it ingested some dirt and gravel, just blowing through it backwards got the gunk cleaned out and working again. I really expected it not to survive the experience, but it is still ready to go for the next time.

Don't expect you're going to drain a swimming pool with it and it isn't self priming. I started out trying to use it with a short hose on the intake with no luck. Pretty much had to just stick the whole pump directly in the water.
Just an additional note on these pumps, it works really well with the HF D-Handle 1/2" drill (AKA the wrist breaker) as it has a trigger hold button and variable speed thumb wheel. I just set the speed I want, pull the trigger and press the lock button then I can set the drill down and let the pump do it's thing while I do other stuff, just have to keep an eye out that it doesn't run dry.
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The Pocket Hole jig is surprisingly good quality...and if you use a 20% coupon, it's right about half the price of a Kreg jig.
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And here is a video showing how to use it, just in case you have no idea what a pocket hole jig is, or how or why you would use one .

Harbor Freight Pocket Hole Jig Demonstration - YouTube
Thanks for the heads up. There are many times when I could've used a Kreg, but just couldnt justify the price for the frequency that I'd use it.
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Their clamshell style strut compressor is one of the beat things they sell. I picked mine up 4 years ago for $35 with a coupon, Sears sells the exact same unit for almost $200. I've done about ten sets of struts with it, zero issues.

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Thanks for the heads up. There are many times when I could've used a Kreg, but just couldnt justify the price for the frequency that I'd use it.
I have the harbor freight jig too and can attest to it's quality. Every bit as good if not better than the kreg.
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Hey i hear the %20 percent coupons from the magazine ads work on the website now, has anyone tried this?
All of their coupons work on-line, as long as it applies to what you are buying (read the fine print!). You just type the coupon code number into the box on the check out page.
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Has anyone used their alloy tap & die sets?
I'm considering this w/ a 20% off coupon:
45 Piece Metric Titanium Nitride Coated Alloy Steel Tap & Die Set
I bought one of their real cheap sets a few years ago & it was junk.
I bought this set to tap the lower spring plate for the steering stop on my bike build. I had to buy different drill bits because my tungsten bits wouldn't drill the plate. That said, with lots of lube and patience the tap worked great.
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I'm not knocking HF, I use some of their stuff, but reading this thread reminded me of these ads. Thought y'all would get a laugh.







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I've got a HF Plasma cutter..I bought it from a friend(who I've known for a while). He had it for 3 years..and I've had it for about a year now..it's cut HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of things..have scrapped cars with it.

Keeps on pushing and pushing.
Definitely worth the money, especially with a 20% coupon or whatever.

I've cut 3/4" plate on a single pass with it...
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I never liked it that much anyway. It was rated for 300 lbs & I weight about 210, but it would drag on the floor from day one.
So for $17 or so maybe I don't have that much to bitch about.
It did last 3 years.
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i have one and love it... ive even fallen asleep on it before LOL
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I picked up the Chicago Electric head shear and it works amazingly well. Used it to cut some 16g sheet metal and .050 aluminum and not a problem with either.

Also got the 3-n-1 hand riveter to set some 1/4" nutserts and it lasted all of the 8 nutserts that i needed to set so I guess that's a win I did abuse it by standing on it to get to nutserts to set fully and one of them still isn't set but I blame that either on the thin guage metal or the wrong type of nutserts.
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These mats are awesome. Each panel is like 2 ft x 2 ft square and a pack comes with 4 for $10. A million uses. 4 Piece Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set

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These mats are awesome. Each panel is like 2 ft x 2 ft square and a pack comes with 4 for $10.4 Piece Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set[/url]

I hate to say it; but these mats are the bomb.

I stand for 3 maybe 4 hours on concrete fabbing or doing CAD in the shop; and these really make it easier.

On sale for 7 bucks



I think the tool that has made fab easiest is the power bandsaw.

Its a bitch to setup; and you have to use domestic blades, but my cuts are "perfect" and its so easy to weld a clean cut.

Build a new base for it; its freekin top heavy.

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Pass on the 3 level.

You cant see whats in the bottom.

I have the large 2 level. Its my go to for the fab bench. Its way to big to roll around outside.

I was a Professional Mech fro a few years, the best roll around is small, tall and have spots to hang long extensions.
the idea was to use it; then put your tools back in the box at the end of the day and lock it.


No issue now; I just lock my shop.
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