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Old 07-12-2016, 03:59 PM   #651 (permalink)
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Does anyone have the cheap haul master hitch carrier?

Does anyone have a link for a coupon on the big sand blast cabinet?
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:40 PM   #652 (permalink)
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Does anyone have the cheap haul master hitch carrier?

Does anyone have a link for a coupon on the big sand blast cabinet?
I found one for $180, but the 20% coupon brings it to $160 so you're better off with that.

I have one in Greensboro that I bought and used once and then scored a nicer Sanp-on one for a deal. I'd sell it cheaper than $160 and you wouldn't have to deal with putting it together!
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I feel like Im the only who doesn't wear gloves in the shop (except when welding), my hands tend to show that.
i only wear gloves for welding or working with epoxy or fiberglass. Other than that i cant stand wearing gloves.
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Does anyone have the cheap haul master hitch carrier?
I have the hitch carrier for motorcycles. KLR650 on it once for 30 miles,never again. Might be ok up two hundred fifty or so pounds.
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:51 PM   #655 (permalink)
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every now and than I have to rent a demo hammer to break up some concrete steps. HF had their Bauer 70# on sale so I gave it a shot. worked out to be as much as the rental would have cost me. Worked great for what I was doing. not sure how it would stand up to an all day beating. Also bought their predator hole auger. put gas in and fired right up. dug 10 holes with no problems. beats the hell out of manual post hole diggers
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:55 PM   #656 (permalink)
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Has anyone tried the Hercules impact and driver yet? Are these brushless?
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Has anyone tried the Hercules impact and driver yet? Are these brushless?
For the price and it being invalid with the % off coupons, for a little more money...a name brand would be a better choice
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For the price and it being invalid with the % off coupons, for a little more money...a name brand would be a better choice
One thing that is nice about this line is the battery cost 29$ for 2.5 amp hour and 49$ for the 5 amp hour.
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I wouldn't waste any money on it. Get a Rigid. Lifetime warranty and battery replacement if you buy it from Home Depot.
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One thing that is nice about this line is the battery cost 29$ for 2.5 amp hour and 49$ for the 5 amp hour.
Yeah, and you'll end up probably needing several batteries to compete.

When you're talking a ~$40 difference between this and a DeWalt 1/2" Impact...the DeWalt is a no brainer.

Then again, I get/have gotten DeWalt stuff for 50% or less of retail (having a hookup is nice )
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AVE did a teardown on the "hercules" drill... it was a lot shittier inside than I had hoped it would be... Better stick with the name brands for cordless tools!
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AVE did a teardown on the "hercules" drill... it was a lot shittier inside than I had hoped it would be... Better stick with the name brands for cordless tools!
This. And the 5 amp-hour batteries really tested to like 3.5 AH.
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Good to know. Thanks
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AVE did a teardown on the "hercules" drill... it was a lot shittier inside than I had hoped it would be... Better stick with the name brands for cordless tools!
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This. And the 5 amp-hour batteries really tested to like 3.5 AH.
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I wouldn't waste any money on it. Get a Rigid. Lifetime warranty and battery replacement if you buy it from Home Depot.
I haven't heard this. This could change things.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:23 PM   #665 (permalink)
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DEWALT 2-Tool 20-volt Max Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Kit $199
FREE Cordless Circular Saw, when you buy a DEWALTŪ 20-Volt MAX* Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Kit with soft case. Offer ends 9/30/17.

So 3 tools, 2 batteries, charger and case for $200 even less if you use a mover's coupon.

And don't forget warranty
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Old 10-26-2017, 07:10 AM   #666 (permalink)
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For those looking for a good coupon source,

Harbor Freight Tools Coupon Database - Free coupons, 25 percent off coupons, 20 percent off coupons, No Purchase Required coupons, toolbox coupons generally has the most up to date coupons, it also tracks what the lowest prices have been in the past and tells you if the %20 coupon will be a better option vice a straight deal coupon on the item.

I bought the 56" lower US General box yesterday for $650, which is the lowest it has been offered (50$ less then the parking lot sale they had earlier this month). $650 price is good till the middle of Nov or so.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:04 AM   #667 (permalink)
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HF appears to be changing up their toolbox lineup. I just bought a 56" lower a few weeks ago, with plans to pickup a 56" upper in the future. Apparently they sell very few uppers vs lowers and the 56" upper is being discontinued, so if you want one better get one now before they are out of stock.
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Old 01-16-2018, 09:50 AM   #668 (permalink)
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I've owned a lot of HF stuff over the years. There vert mill and lathe have so much DIY stuff on line it's mind boggling what some people build with them. I have both for 10+ years now and they have been great for smaller stuff. Use them all the time for gun smithing and RC stuff.

I always run in HF motors with no load for 20-30 minutes in short cycles and make sure bushings and bearings are lubed. I've burned up a motor or two from pulling the speed down to long and to often.

Not HF but GreenWorks found on Azon makes some nice, low cost cordless stuff. I have the 24 volt impact, drill and compressor. Batteries hold a good charge for months, I've only got a year or so on them so I can't say about longevity. They have some 40 volt stuff I would like to try.
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I impulse bought one of their electrode holders the other day because my 500A Tweeco is kinda overkill and clunky.

I haven't used it yet. The threads for the screw that holds the grip are gonna need a run through with a tap. It was ~$14 before the 20% and it appears every bit as well build as the Tweeco. It's a lot better (jaws open farther, better V-cuts in the jaw, more spring pressure) than the almost identical looking ones I used when I took my welding class.

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Old 01-16-2018, 06:20 PM   #670 (permalink)
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6-8 years ago my dad bought the 1.5hp mill at an auction. He and I were able to build quite a few things with it. Its been a useful tool.

The 3/4” air impact has been a good tool for 15 years or so now.
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:21 AM   #671 (permalink)
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Decided to give the Bauer Portaband a try. I have a few friends with the Milwaukee Portabands and I couldn't justify the $300 for one. The Bauer cost me $155 for the saw ($99 with coupon for saw), 2 yr warranty (if it last 2 years without issue great), (2) pack of Milwaukee 10/14tpi blades. So %50 of what a Milwaukee would have cost me.

Initial impressions, are as expected. The Bauer fit and finish isn't quite as nice as the Milwaukee. Nothing detrimental to the operation of the saw but a difference none the less. My only real gripe with it is the noise. I'm accustomed to running the Milwaukee version without hearing protection as they are pretty quiet but the bauer I toss my muffs on for because its right on the edge of being annoying. I have been using it for a few weeks so far. It cuts straight and I haven't had any issues with it so far. So Ill add it to the good tool list for now. One thing to note is that it fits the Swag Offroad tables that the Milwaukee fits so if it ever dies I can swap it out for a Milwaukee version and still use any accessories I buy for it.

I give it out of 5
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Decided to give the Bauer Portaband a try. I have a few friends with the Milwaukee Portabands and I couldn't justify the $300 for one.

I give it out of 5
I have one of the older ones, and picked up a returned Bauer for $35 at a parking lot sale. come to think of it, I may have 3 at this point, hard to know for sure. The $35 return needed a new blade as the prior owner snapped it and as luck would have it, they were clearing out the old 3 packs of name brand blades (which were replaced with the new bauer house brand).

Chucke2009 didn't find favor, but was unable to remove the blade, com'on man. :eyeroll:

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I've got two orange 4 1/2" grinders. One is missing the guard, one of the black plastic "set screws" that holds the brush into the motor, and has a cut in the cord (electrical taped) and it refuses to die!

I refuse to replace it for more than the $16 I paid for it...so I'm waiting...and waiting... and waiting.
The one grinder just died last week.

The "good" grinder had two cuts in the cord, so I took the taped cord off the dead grinder. The "good" grinder is still going strong. I think I bought the pair in 2009 or 2010.

I bought one of the newer 5A Chicago Electric purple grinders last summer, but it's still in its box. Will probably start using it as I like to have 3 chucked up--one wire wheel, one cutoff wheel, one grinding wheel.
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Anyone try the HF knockoff Pelican cases yet?
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Just found out about them but on the good tools their stubby impact gun has gotten really good reviews. I bought one and have been pretty impressed. Might be time for an upgraded normal sized gun as the one I have is many years old.
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