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    Harbor Freight Tools Review Thread

    We have a review thread for DeWalt and Milwakee - so why not Harbor Freight? It seems their quality has come up quite a bit over the past few years on many items. Also there are a lot of videos around comparing Harbor Freight Tools to competitors of which some are very good.

    I'll start off with something simple.

    1/2" Drive Professional Breaker Bar

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    As some of you may have heard, I have been having a hard time with the lug nuts on my pickup torqued to 150 ft. lbs. (or more!). I have had to use a huge 4' piece of pipe on a standard breaker bar in the past. But now that the nuts are torqued correctly, I can do it with my standard 18" breaker bar but still a bit of a struggle. So a longer breaker bar was in order.

    Here is an excellent review with actual torque numbers and a comparison with Snap-On, Mac, and Matco -



    I picked one up today but haven't tried it yet. But just the feel of it gives me confidence.

    Price on this is normally $19.99 less the always available 20% coupon comes to $15.99.
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    I don't know if it's a good thing, or not, but I'll be able to post several reviews here.

    Stan, I have two of those breaker bars, one that stays home and one that rides in the truck with me. I have used it to change tires on the truck and trailer on the side of the road. It's been good for me and I figure if someone breaks in the truck and steals it, it won't hurt that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I don't know if it's a good thing, or not, but I'll be able to post several reviews here.

    Stan, I have two of those breaker bars, one that stays home and one that rides in the truck with me. I have used it to change tires on the truck and trailer on the side of the road. It's been good for me and I figure if someone breaks in the truck and steals it, it won't hurt that bad.
    I just couldn't justify $450 for the Milwakee high torque cordless job - or even Harbor Freights "equivalent" for $230. I'll have to edit my post above with the cost - $15.99 with a 20% coupon.

    Speaking of coupons - here is a link to a free site that keeps a database of all currently available coupons:

    http://www.hfqpdb.com
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    Now that was an interesting vid Stan, even more interesting results.

    One of those was the reason I bought the Mil. Electric 1/2" monster impact tool.

    Was trying to break an old rusty nut off an old implement using one and a 5' cheater pipe (too much in a hurry to bring the torch out).
    Bolt snapped and down I went, didn't hurt nothing, but a pretty good jolt to the old body.

    Decided right then and there the Mil. Electric I had been looking at for a while wasn't that expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    Now that was an interesting vid Stan, even more interesting results.

    One of those was the reason I bought the Mil. Electric 1/2" monster impact tool.

    Was trying to break an old rusty nut off an old implement using one and a 5' cheater pipe (too much in a hurry to bring the torch out).
    Bolt snapped and down I went, didn't hurt nothing, but a pretty good jolt to the old body.

    Decided right then and there the Mil. Electric I had been looking at for a while wasn't that expensive.
    I hear you! It is simply financial for me.

    When I had the issue with my lug nuts, I was using a 4' cheater pipe on a 1/2" breaker bar, 2" extension, and impact socket. I knew I was exerting too much force on the cheater pipe to be safe but had to get them off. I was on the 23rd of 24 nuts when it let loose on me - the Snap-On extension broke. But the entire time I positioned myself for failure - was always ready for something to break.

    I got lucky and didn't hurt myself. After my conversation with the shop manager where my lug nuts were over torqued it hasn't been an issue. If I can't get them off fairly easily with this 25" breaker bar alone the truck is going back to the shop (which the manager requested I do).
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    We have a review thread for DeWalt and Milwakee - so why not Harbor Freight? It seems their quality has come up quite a bit over the past few years on many items. Also there are a lot of videos around comparing Harbor Freight Tools to competitors of which some are very good.

    I'll start off with something simple.

    1/2" Drive Professional Breaker Bar

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    As some of you may have heard, I have been having a hard time with the lug nuts on my pickup torqued to 150 ft. lbs. (or more!). I have had to use a huge 4' piece of pipe on a standard breaker bar in the past. But now that the nuts are torqued correctly, I can do it with my standard 18" breaker bar but still a bit of a struggle. So a longer breaker bar was in order.

    Here is an excellent review with actual torque numbers and a comparison with Snap-On, Mac, and Matco -



    I picked one up today but haven't tried it yet. But just the feel of it gives me confidence.

    Price on this is normally $19.99 less the always available 20% coupon comes to $15.99.
    Bring out the Hulk! Be interested to see what the failure point is on each. As in how many foot pounds till something gives.

    However the HF tool is cheap enough to just throw if it pisses you off. lol
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    I have a set of Pittsburg wrenches, before the Pro version came out, that I have abused for twenty years. I also have a set of Craftsman wrenches that are just as old. Guess which set is rusting? Starts with a "C". The P's look new. I have the Pittsburg large socket set as well (up to 2") and no issues. I have been around a lot of Snap-On tools and just don't have any envy of those tools.

    I also so have a big HF rotary hammer drill that I'll have to post a picture of. I've had it for 15 years I thing. I bought it for like $60 and it has been awesome. I've used it with 18" long, 1-1/2" diameter bits and blasted through old concrete.

    I love my Yellow branded tools but some things I have no issues coming from HF. I think their stuff is pretty easy to decide its value: if it looks like crap, it probably is. If it looks robust (like a lot of their hand tools), it probably is as well.
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    I can attest that their furniture dollies work great for how cheap they are with the coupon.
    I have quite a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
    I can attest that their furniture dollies work great for how cheap they are with the coupon.
    I have quite a few.

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    FWIW Dropping the 3 pt of then my 2305 and loaded Ballast Box will shatter a wheel on a furniture dollies. Still holds the BB just hard to roll around the floor, well impossible to roll around the floor.
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    I don't need big sockets very often. When I needed to repair the RC2048, I looked around and picked up the Pittsburgh 3/4" drive metric set. $59.99/$48.00 w/20% coupon. No more than I need them and having a "lifetime warranty", I got a whole set for what a socket, or two would have cost me from a bigger brand. It fits the bill and takes up space more than anything, but when I need them, they sure are handy to have.
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