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Old 12-14-2009, 08:45 PM   #741
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12 Piece Industrial Punch and Chisel Set, the orange ones - FAIL.

Too soft, ends mushroom easily. The orange "paint" turned to a sticky goo after a while, started rubbing off on everything. Each piece has an annoying safety label on it, which also becomes sticky after a while. Every one I used started to rust on the unpainted surfaces. I threw them away.

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Old 12-15-2009, 01:50 PM   #742
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The Air nibler a PASS, Its well worth the $16 bucks I paid for it. It is an air hog and really needs 90psi to work well. But it cut out all my patch panels for my CJ-7 project with no problem.

Also has been nice. It works great and uses very little air at all. PASS for $25 bucks its beats the $70-90 from other tool sites.

The 3" cutoff tool is a PASS, It cuts well but uses alot of air. Worth the $9 bucks I paid for it.

MARGINAL/FAIL the 2" sander is a Marginal fail. It just loads up quickly and bogs down. For light duty sanding it works well but I wanted it for smoothing welds and tight body work and its sucks for that. Also its hard to get consumibles for it. They carry hardly any replacement discs for it in store.


PASS - I instead use a die grinder with 2" 80-120grit discs. (which the disc's suck but they are cheap so I replace them often.)
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:06 PM   #743
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The Air nibler a PASS, Its well worth the $16 bucks I paid for it. It is an air hog and really needs 90psi to work well. But it cut out all my patch panels for my CJ-7 project with no problem.

Also has been nice. It works great and uses very little air at all. PASS for $25 bucks its beats the $70-90 from other tool sites.



MARGINAL/FAIL the 2" sander is a Marginal fail. It just loads up quickly and bogs down. For light duty sanding it works well but I wanted it for smoothing welds and tight body work and its sucks for that. Also its hard to get consumibles for it. They carry hardly any replacement discs for it in store.


PASS - I instead use a die grinder with 2" 80-120grit discs. (which the disc's suck but they are cheap so I replace them often.)

The 3" cutoff tool is a PASS, It cuts well but uses alot of air. Worth the $9 bucks I paid for it.



This 3 in cutoff saw works and I have used it for years BUT this is one of the tools I would like to upgrade to a super heavy duty one that would real cut without stalling through autobody work any suggestions ED
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:19 PM   #744
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12volt 150Psi compressor - PASS - This has been super handy tool to leave in my jeep. Its puts out lots of air for such a small compressor. I'd compare it to a VIAR or similiar for much less $$$. on sale for $49 reg price is $79 and its worth it. major pass for the money.

Flex head ratchet wrench set -PASS- I was looking at Craftsmen flex heads at sears for $99 a set and ended up buying these both Metric and SAE for less than $70 combined. For the price they cannot be beat. I broke a craftsmen ratchet wrench which is why I was going to sears to replace it and after seeing the price of a new flex head set I changed my mind and ended up puting the old craftsmen set in the Jeep tool bag and put the Pittsburg tools in my home box they are tougher than the craftsmens

Colored Gear wrench's, -PASS- the coloring wears off fast but overall quality of the wrench itself is nice. The ratchet mechanism is strong and I have put allot of force on them and so far no breakage. For the $29 I have to pass them.

110amp MIG welder Dual MIG 151 - MAJOR PASS - I know I was shocked. I bought it refurb online for $125 bucks and had pretty low expecations and I was very pleased with it. I have burned 1 roll of flux through it (SUCKS) then about 3 rolls of solid core (with GAS) this thing works great on 25/75 gas. Its smooth consistant and works better than my SNAP-ON YA217. It doesn't slip or bind it just works great. The ground clamp sucks but works, The torch lead could be longer its only 6 or 8' and I replaced the short power lead for a 25' cord but for $125 bucks major PASS

MAJOR FAIL - 4 3/4 Welding Magnet they just suck. I bought a dozen of them thinking how cool they would be to hold my junk while welding and they just don't have much power. They typically fall off or cannot support the metal they are trying to hold together while welding and they end up falling on the floor then collect a crap load of grinding dust to them. Not worth the $1 each I paid for them.
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:27 PM   #745
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Oh I forgot one but I think its been said before on here.

Blue Flame Autodarkening helmet. I say Major PASS for $49 bucks.
It always works, charges itself, is clear to see through, I can compare it to a hobart/miller hood that I had that used batteries and I like this one better. Mainly because its solar and I don't worry about picking up the helmet with dead batteries.

Anyone try there Plasma Cutter???? I am tempted on sale and with 20% off coupon it gets affordable but still its over $500-600 bucks for a tool I don't know much about. But it beats over a $1000 bucks for a big name Miller or Thermal Dynamics for a backyard shadetree gear head like myself that will use it once a year but really wants one.
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Old 12-15-2009, 03:25 PM   #746
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MAJOR FAIL - 4 3/4 Welding Magnet they just suck. I bought a dozen of them thinking how cool they would be to hold my junk while welding and they just don't have much power. They typically fall off or cannot support the metal they are trying to hold together while welding and they end up falling on the floor then collect a crap load of grinding dust to them. Not worth the $1 each I paid for them.

Truth... FAIL from me too. They pick up grinding dust, but thats about all they will hold. I about chucked one the other day when it fell off when I was spotting a panel in and it took the panel with it when it fell.
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Old 12-15-2009, 03:58 PM   #747
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The 3" cutoff tool is a PASS, It cuts well but uses alot of air. Worth the $9 bucks I paid for it.



This 3 in cutoff saw works and I have used it for years BUT this is one of the tools I would like to upgrade to a super heavy duty one that would real cut without stalling through autobody work any suggestions ED
Lube up the wheel with wax . That is what I have been doing for years and it works great . My Blue Point also stalls cutting through some bodywork also
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Old 12-15-2009, 04:28 PM   #748
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I've bought many things in the 2 Massachusetts stores nearest me this fall and summer.
I've ordered an engine run in test stand that's currently on back-order.
Jury is still out on that one. It's priced way under the competition although I'm sure it's very light duty and will probably need numerous modifications.
I'll let you know about it next month when it arrives.
Other stuff I've purchased......
Cobalt drill bits... pass
12V plug in car heater....fail, blew fuses only 2 minutes into operation.
$20. dial back timing light ... pass
Boxes of blue nitrate glove... pass
Orbital sander... pass
Alumn. jack stands..... pass
Hard wood furniture moving dollies...barely pass, the bearings inside the casters were rusty.
Hook and loop sand paper... pass
$49 auto darkening welding helmet... pass
Welding blanket... pass
Urethane floor jack and jack stand pads... pass
Other cheap one or two times use consumable tools. Use them 'till they die, throw them out or get some new ones under their warranty exchange program.
If you still got the sales slip, they'll help you out.
What's wrong with that?
I'm not a professional mechanic, only a weekend hobbyist doing my hot rod and muscle car thing.
Imported, low cost tools last me a long time.
All my air tools are from H.Freight.
Only my whizzer died prematurely. I used the wrong oil in it and gooped it up, my own fault.
All the other H.F. pneumatics are 15 years old and still perform flawlessly.
My sockets, wrenches, breaker-bars ratchets, torque wrench, screw drivers and major duty stuff come from Sears and Snap-on.
They last a life time with my type of use.
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Old 12-15-2009, 04:35 PM   #749
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hmm they must have changed the magnets some how, becuase the ones i have are actually pretty good, they are quite strong. im also pleased that people have had good luck with the panel flanger, i do think it is the same as many other venders offer for much much more
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:09 PM   #750
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I thought this was funny. When I think shock and welder at the same time...

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Old 12-19-2009, 10:45 PM   #751
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Heavy Duty 2.5 Ton Long Frame Floor Jack - #42820
This thing is amazing!!!!!! If for no other reason you can jack a vehicle up to the point you don't have to bend over to work on it! It has almost 3' of travel which also gets a car up enough that you can almost sit under it. I wish I had bought one of these a long time ago; it sure would have made my life easier! Don't forget the jack stands, I highly recommend the 6 ton ones. Never rely soley on the jack!!!
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:41 PM   #752
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I was just there the other day and bought a carpet cutter for a rug removal job at home. I got about 3 feet down the room when the thing jammed with carpet yarns and even after cleaning it out, it wouldn't cut worth a darn. FAIL
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:35 PM   #753
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Throatless sheer: pass (have to tighten it up once in a while)

Small cheap planishing hammer: pass (great for the way cheap price, i polished the heads though)

Mini sheet metal brake: fail (pos)

90 grinder: fail (real chattery gets hot after a minute of use)

air drill: fail (wont turn off)

C Clamps: Pass

Portable sand blaster: ehh (doesnt have a cover to recover and keep the sand from blasting back at you..)
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:42 PM   #754
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I was just there the other day and bought a carpet cutter for a rug removal job at home. I got about 3 feet down the room when the thing jammed with carpet yarns and even after cleaning it out, it wouldn't cut worth a darn. FAIL
Did you have a part number on that? Just curious, my carpet (what there is of it,) is new, but you never know.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:48 PM   #755
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$49 auto darkening welding helmet... pass
I'd rethink that one, you won't really know until it's too late. If ever you're going to spend good money on a decent product this is one of them.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:52 PM   #756
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This 3 in cutoff saw works and I have used it for years BUT this is one of the tools I would like to upgrade to a super heavy duty one that would real cut without stalling through autobody work any suggestions ED
I have an old Dynabrade that I bought from some guy who was selling off old NOS Dynabrade stuff on Ebay, paid $50 if I remember right. I think it was made in Taiwan (d'oh! thought it would be US or Japan) but it blasts through stuff with a Sait wheel and a strong compressor. Uses plenty of air, but I think any decent cutoff wheel will do that.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:37 PM   #757
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Just thought I would mention that the air powered 1/2in belt sander on what looks like a angle grinder never worked out of the box. BAD BAD BAD and I am one to have a few good things to say about HF
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I'd rethink that one, you won't really know until it's too late. If ever you're going to spend good money on a decent product this is one of them.
Dunno what you mean? I bought a three year old used HF autodarking for 5 bucks and it works perfectly. That was 14 months ago. Been sitting for a few months, grabbed it to tack some wrought iron together and it still works perfectly.


For that I should have bought a 150 dollar helmet?

If you buy a new one, and it gives you trouble, you can take it back.
Seems like a pretty simple purchase to me.
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Dunno what you mean? I bought a three year old used HF autodarking for 5 bucks and it works perfectly. That was 14 months ago. Been sitting for a few months, grabbed it to tack some wrought iron together and it still works perfectly.


For that I should have bought a 150 dollar helmet?

If you buy a new one, and it gives you trouble, you can take it back.
Seems like a pretty simple purchase to me.
Id say if your using your helmet once or twice every 3 years they will be fine, Maybe... I think what he was getting at was someone who is gonna use there helmet daily should invest in a more reliable brand. There is some things i will cheap out on but when it comes to me or my families safety im not buying the cheapest thing on the market. I would rather use a flip down mask than take a chance on doing any possible damage to the 1 set of eyes i have. Its obvious by reading this thread that items that work for 1 person generally show up a couple pages later with a big FAIL from another user.
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how is this helmet .......


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same helmet as the HF one ...............

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