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Harbor Freight Tools

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by greynolds2012, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. Dec 23, 2015 at 9:21 PM
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    greynolds2012

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    Just curious how everyone feels about Harbor Freight Tools? I have purchased a few things from there befor and so far it has been decent stuff no complaints yet. I just can't justify paying that much money for a drill (DeWalt) that you will only use every now and then. We bought almost $600 dollars worth of DeWalt tools for the shop at the company I work for and the dang things didn't make it a month.
     
  2. Dec 23, 2015 at 9:42 PM
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    The tools are definitely low end China built tools. The prices are low for a reason.

    I buy items there that I know I will only be using for a certain fix/build and won't need it again for a while or items that are not for heavy use.

    There are some items that are beneficial to buy there because of the price and others that you should spend the money for a home depo or lowes brand tool.

    Examples:

    Need a specific size drill bit or hole saw for a project. Buy from harbor freight to save money knowing that you most likely won't be able to use it again.

    Drill: don't buy harbor freight. It won't last.

    Winch: surprisingly their Badland brand winch faired well in testing. And it's one of the cheapest on the market.

    Spring compressor: cheap so it's worth it for something you will use 1-3 times (or a few more depending on vehicle use) in the time you have the truck. Only worth it if you have a low Heath insurance deductible though. They aren't the strongest so they are risky.

    Rulers, t squares, levlels, or related items are ok and will last if you are easy on them. Commercially they won't last long with millwrights that are hard on tools.
     
  3. Dec 23, 2015 at 9:44 PM
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    Accuracy items won't be 100% accurate. If the job calls for things to have tight tolerances then buy quality not harbor freight.
     
  4. Dec 23, 2015 at 9:45 PM
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    Heavy use items look up consumer reports or reviews to find the best brand for the job. Not harbor freight.
     
  5. Dec 23, 2015 at 9:53 PM
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    The biggest plus about harbor freight is that every time you need something there you can always find a 20% off coupon and a coupon for a free item.

    The free led flash lights have decent light.

    The free screwdrivers are good to keep in the truck for random times you need them when not at home.

    The free tape measure is a good backup tape measure when you can't find your good one and need a quick dimension.

    The free portable work light is awesome. Plenty of light and magnet to mount on any metal is perfect. Hard to find the free coupon for this though.

    The free scissors are not the best. But ok for backup.
     
  6. Dec 23, 2015 at 10:13 PM
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    I havent had any bad experiences with their stuff. I know it's cheap, and I typically buy things that I will only need to use a few times, but I find myself using them more than expected and they have held up.

    My favorite is their oil extraction unit. Makes quick work of changing the oil in my boat, hook it up to a compressor, put the probe down the dipstick hole, let her drain. .. No manual pump nonsense.

    I also buy their nitrile gloves for dirty work. They hold up great, I keep a few different thicknesses in the garage.

    For accuracy items like a Torque wrench, I go with better brand stuff to be sure.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2015 at 10:24 PM
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    Pros. Cheap and sometimes hard to find items.
    Cons: Typically low quality items.

    As with anything else it's buyer beware. I don't go there for every-day tools, but for that one tool that I need that one time they're fine.
     
  8. Dec 24, 2015 at 3:03 AM
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    Yea, stuff like nitrile gloves are ok to buy there but anything with a motor, spend a bit more and get something that will last. Who only uses a drill a few times?? Really?
     
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    Honestly, they have the best toolboxes for the money. I tried all of the box store ones before I bought their 56''. They also have some pretty good socket holders too.
     
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    My future son-in-law has ZERO tools. I just bought him a 3/8" drive socket set that has both SAE and metric sockets including the ratchet for $4.99

    Tough to beat that.
     
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    FTFY
     
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    They should last a lifetime. :rofl:
     
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    I've broken their socket (it sheared clear off). Obviously, their is not of the highest quality, but they are good buy. I would not use them in a situation where seriously consequence could result. I would not use their jack stands, winches, tow straps, etc. I would not mind using their wrench set. If anything breaks, I could just get another set for cheap. No harm done.
     
  15. Dec 26, 2015 at 11:44 AM
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    A few things like their bigger/pricier drill press and circular saw I've heard actually do pretty well for home use. IE more than just a couple use, but less than being tossed in a truck taken to different jobsites and used heavy.

    Usually if you go look in person, it's easier to get a guess for what's not worth the raw materials it's made out of and which might function ok. Can get more life out of some things actually maintaining it. (Vs my dads ancient compressor that keeps running despite never getting a check up.)
     
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    I have one of there 3500# winches on my sxs and it has been better so far than the warn I replaced it with. If i ever decide on a front bumper I will probably put one of there winches on my truck. The badlands winches are worth more than they cost in my experience with them.
     
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