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OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: November 30, 2017 03:54PM

My wife sent me this... I shop a bit at the old Harbor Freight and while I think that their stuff has its place, it's largely disposable junk. I got a laugh out of this parody sales flier.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 30, 2017 04:14PM

I enjoyed the post, but IMHO some HF stuff is disposable junk, most is not. For most of us hobbiests most is just fine. I have a lot of HF stuff, use it often and have Vairy few problems. I read the reviews before I purchase, or ask this group. I were running a shop I would look and pay for higher quality, but I am not.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: November 30, 2017 04:17PM

I also have a vast amount of HF tools. Some have been great and have far outlived what I thought their lifespan would be. You sometimes get a great inexpensive tool, and sometimes you get a dud.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible



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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: red monza ()
Date: November 30, 2017 04:20PM

The only thing from Harbor Freight I have that was worth it was an Aluminum jack...I think it was $60.00 or so....I have owned it about 4-5 years...but it is now leaking...surprised China junk lasted that long...usually 1 or 2 weeks is the limit it lasts...like reading glasses....the importers, making millions at our expense, should have to put a min one year warranty on China stuff.

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 30, 2017 04:49PM

red monza Wrote:
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> the importers, making millions at our expense, should
> have to put a min one year warranty on China
> stuff.

Why would the owners bother offering a better warranty? The millions they have banked is proof positive that consumers will willingly buy cheap, low quality tools.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 30, 2017 04:51PM

[www.harborfreight.com]
Speaking of HF;

My wife and I were at HF today to get some Xmas gifts. Anyway she spotted this thing. She said should I try it, why not it costs about a forth of what my good taclight did. Anyway she runs with a group of other women and took it along with her other don't get run over when it gets dark lighting stuff. She came home smiling, that thing really works, still bright after more than a hour. Her friends were impressed on planning on a HF stop. I shined it out back after she got home, lit up the back yard neighbors house.

If your looking for stocking stuffers or a gift for yourself here ya go.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: Frogfinder ()
Date: November 30, 2017 05:08PM

Thanks for the spoof. LOL I think i cracked a rib.Too Funny.

jeff

66 Corsa 140 4 spd
Houston, Tx

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Date: November 30, 2017 05:33PM

Well done parody! Reminds me of National Lampoons Sunday paper they put out back in the 70's."No-namo brand tires"!

As for the Chinese freight peddlers - We have one down the road and it's useful for small stuff. Although I have a floor jack purchased from them 40 years ago and it still works.
As for hand tools - they up hold real well in my model building. I buy my rags there too. But I bought a digital caliper to use in my model building. It worked for less than a week and display went out. Know what a digital caliper is good for when the display doesn't work? - NOTHING.

Lon Wall

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 30, 2017 05:42PM

HF digital calipers

Lon and others.... they come with a battery that is too thin! Use the next thicker battery... or just put a piece of paper behind it...

My D-Caliper's battery lasted almost 5 years!! But yes screwed up after setting for a few weeks...

Same for my China sourced Digital Clock in my ol Laredo.... piece of paper and the battery is still going..





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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Date: November 30, 2017 05:47PM

Cool - I'll check that - Lon

Lon Wall

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: November 30, 2017 05:50PM

I have some of their stuff, a few hand tools, a drill press that is just fine for my shop, I have an aluminum jack that works fine so far, it's great for taking on the road, I have a heavy jack that stays on the concrete. I bought a hand grinder that died pretty quickly, sandpaper is not a great value, it's cheap but it's cheap and lasts no time, I have a hurricane impact and it'll break it loose or break it off, have a few other gadgets, some ok, some junk. LED lights are changing so fast no one can keep up, I bought one to use on my golf cart, $20 on eBay, it is awesome, brighter than both my headlights on high beam, I may get some of those flashlights next time I'm in town.
Best part about the cheap stuff is when it turns out good it's a great deal, when it's junk we're not out much.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: 7004doorL ()
Date: November 30, 2017 06:02PM

Hazard Fraught Transmission Jack work good for Corvair Engine Jack.

I did not use it for the entire powerpack but why not?

I used the packing Styrofoam as a cushion between the jack and the Engine.

Worked good.

Mike

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: November 30, 2017 08:19PM

HF 1000 lb. hydraulic table has moved many an engine into and out of my truck. Also onto and off the workbench. My bicep thanks it everytime also, along with my wife, who does not want to hear of me tearing my bicep again....thumbs down

Back when I had a shop with employees, I had HF socket sets, screwdrivers and combination wrenches all around for those without their own tools. Worked fine.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 30, 2017 08:26PM

I like HF, but I really like that ad! thumbs up
That is just too funny ! ! ! smiling bouncing smileygrinning smileyspinning smiley sticking its tongue outhot smiley

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: December 01, 2017 04:58AM

Matt sez
""Lon and others.... they come with a battery that is too thin! Use the next thicker battery... or just put a piece of paper behind it...""


My machine shop guy had several laying about along with his expensive stuff. That way he always had one close by. Same issue, I said tweak the contacts, thicker battery or tape on the back of the battery. Occasion shot of contact cleaner. Fixed them all.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: December 01, 2017 05:04AM

Seen this spoof about 2 years ago. Still amusing.

I have had the HF digital caliper for about 10 years. Still working fine. On its second battery. The key to longevity was taking the battery out after use and storing it in its protective case on a shelf.

I have many HF tools and supplies. Many still in use. Only lost a 4 1/2 side grinder and a 3 gallon air compressor. No exchange since over a year old. I think each one lasted 3 - 4 years. I bought replacements and they are still working over 2 years. Other items that failed were taken back and exchanged since they were still under a year old. Why buy from Sears as it is the same foreign tools. I only exchange ratchets with Sears since they don't last over a year any more.

I am also buying tools from Lowe's when they have a specific tool HF doesn't have or I needed now and didn't want the 35 mile drive to HF. Lowes is 20 miles away.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: Richard ()
Date: December 01, 2017 06:42AM

I really like the 18 volt cordless hammer.
My Craftsman cordless hammer is only 12 volts. GGGG

Believe it or not, it has its uses for reaching into tight spaces.

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: December 01, 2017 04:24PM

I missed the pricing with the coupon the first 2 times I read the ad. Very funny job. And yes, I do buy a fair number of Harbor Freight tools. But have found their cutting bits, etc are very poor choices. Also, extremely expensive in Long run.

Other hand tools do what I need for as long as I need. Especially when I need one time use

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: December 01, 2017 08:36PM

Their impact sockets are pretty good. Their hose reels are nice also but their hoses are junk. Not sure where to get a good hose any more.
Some things are different depending on when you buy them. I bought an air chuck with gauge that was pretty nice so I bought another one and it's junk.
Their ratchets seem to be better than Craftsman's recent junk but that isn't saying much.
Their tool boxes seem to be really good for the price.

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Re: OT: Harbor Freight Spoof
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: December 01, 2017 10:05PM

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