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Old 03-18-2010, 01:36 AM   #981
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Has anyone tried the jumpstarter listed in this month's ad? Just the basic yellow one without a compressor or light, I think it's fifty bucks. Don't have the ad in front of me.

Also, does HF have a good battery charger? I don't need the heavy duty wheeled one, a simple self-contained electronic unit will do. It'd just be used for maintaining battery voltage when flashing modules and keeping some batteries topped off.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:18 AM   #982
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I assume you are upset because HF sels a cheap copy of your "Made in USA" non marring Pry bar set!


Bojo non marring pry-bar set(one of manny): $15.95 Made in USA



HF copy: $6.99 Made in China


Anyone have a pass fail review of these???

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I have the HF yellow ones. Got them on sale for about $4.00. Worked great for removing interior door panels to replace a window motor.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:31 AM   #983
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I have the HF yellow ones. Got them on sale for about $4.00. Worked great for removing interior door panels to replace a window motor.
I used my wife's teflon coated burger flipper for that!
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:26 AM   #984
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Has anyone tried the jumpstarter listed in this month's ad? Just the basic yellow one without a compressor or light, I think it's fifty bucks. Don't have the ad in front of me.

Also, does HF have a good battery charger? I don't need the heavy duty wheeled one, a simple self-contained electronic unit will do. It'd just be used for maintaining battery voltage when flashing modules and keeping some batteries topped off.
I have the yellow jumpstarter. I used it to go to auction yards to start cars I want to test. Works okay. Had difficulty starting only 1 car... but i think may also has something to do with that car's starter...

50 is not a good price for it. I bought it during a sidewalk sale for 25 after 20% off...
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:39 PM   #985
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I used my wife's teflon coated burger flipper for that!
Now that is both funny and a great idea!
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:12 PM   #986
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Searched and didn't see this....has anyone used it and if so, how did it perform? I'm wanting to spray some single stage automotive paint through this.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95810

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Old 03-24-2010, 01:13 PM   #987
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I'm thinking about this motorcycle lift:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=66247

It's a US General Made, which I believe is fairly decent, I have their large tool box and love it.

Wondering if anyone has had experience w/ this electric lift.

$380, but with 20% coupon, and tax - out the door for around $320

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Old 03-24-2010, 01:26 PM   #988
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Wondering if anyone has had experience w/ this electric lift.

$380, but with 20% coupon, and tax - out the door for around $320

Thanks!
http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=59065
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:23 PM   #989
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Sweet! Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:54 AM   #990
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Harbor Freight's Lug nut Torque Multiplier (33 times gear reduction!!!) gets my PASS vote as it saved my wife's butt ( well to tell the truth it was a kind Samaritan that changed her tire during the dangerous rush hour here in Chicago). The lug nuts would not get off using the breaker bar I leave in her car.

Luckily she remembered the new torque lug multiplier I had got for such a situation ( after getting new tires, which were probably machined torqued to 125 foot pounds, which become 200 or so foot pounds due to friction and rusting!!! [ my brother who is an engineer said that a 125 pound machine torqued lug nut would need considerably more to take off as friction and corrosion would factor in the loosening power needed to remove the lug nut and breaking the stud may result]).

He recommended the HF torque multiplier as it had the capability to remove the nut with out breaking the stud as it turned the nut ever so slowly and thus safely. He said that torque multipliers were usually in the cost range of 3 to 7 hundred dollars but if the HF model worked only a few times it was monetarily justified.

It cost only 23 dollars and on sale it is only 19 dollars and change. A tow truck would have charged around 80 dollars in rush hour traffic and of course it would have been much delayed due to traffic.

So the cost to risk benefit was excellent for a "Prima Dona" in distress.
Just broke one of these. First the bar bent and then the casing cracked. I eventually used an 18" breaker bar to remove lug nut.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:13 AM   #991
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6 Ton Jack stands...3 out of 4 PASS...1...ah well lets say FAIL...

My brother had his little honda up on 4 of them removing the tranny and went loose loosen a bolt and one of the stands just bent ond dropped the car.Luckily he got out as it started to drop.So to say the least he got them all out from under the car and is not using them again.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:32 AM   #992
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My whole toolbox is pretty much harbor freight (including the tool box) here's my list:

-US General 13 drawer tool box = pass
-magnetic tray = pass
-about a dozen of the free flashlights = pass (I USE THEM ALL THE TIME THEY'RE AWESOME!!!)
-65 piece socket set = pass
-22 piece wrench set = pass
-4 piece adjustable wrench set = pass
-6 piece pliers set = pass
-4 piece pry bar set = pass
-10 piece chisel/punch set = pass
-bolt cutters = pass
-rubber mallet = pass
-heat gun = pass
-holesaw kit = pass/fail
-drill-bit set = fail
-6 piece screwdriver set = pass
-tape measure = pass
-2 piece telescoping magnet set = pass
-tons of electrical tape = pass
-3 piece allen wrench in SAE and Metric and the Star heads (fold-out) = pass

and that's my list!

soon i'll get some nicer ratchets but the sockets will do just fine. and my next addition will be the box you stack on top of it with, then hopefully an air compressor with TONS of air tools and a welder. and some more deep-welled sockets and the sockets with the head heads and star heads.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:33 AM   #993
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6 Ton Jack stands...3 out of 4 PASS...1...ah well lets say FAIL...

My brother had his little honda up on 4 of them removing the tranny and went loose loosen a bolt and one of the stands just bent ond dropped the car.Luckily he got out as it started to drop.So to say the least he got them all out from under the car and is not using them again.
Details, picts etc. I'm having a hard time imagining how a jackstand fails under a 10% load. Did he take them back, and is HF doing anything about it?
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:36 AM   #994
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Has anyone tried the jumpstarter listed in this month's ad? Just the basic yellow one without a compressor or light, I think it's fifty bucks. Don't have the ad in front of me.

Also, does HF have a good battery charger? I don't need the heavy duty wheeled one, a simple self-contained electronic unit will do. It'd just be used for maintaining battery voltage when flashing modules and keeping some batteries topped off.
Electrical stuff I avoid at HF, risk/bargain isn't so good. OTOH those starter things are just a trickle charger and a motorcycle battery, so maybe hard to mess up. Typical complaint with that "type" of device is that the battery needs replacing too soon.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:40 AM   #995
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i also try to avoid electrical and air items from harbor freight. i can do with a few electrical items though. air tools, the only thing i'd buy for them is attachments, i will go elsewhere for air tools.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:52 AM   #996
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PASS on the "free with a coupon" LED flashlite.

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Old 04-04-2010, 01:57 PM   #997
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I'm a different poster. The quote should have had the other posters name.

Sorry about that chief.
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:01 PM   #998
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3/8" drive 17" breaker bar....PASS....broke loose the crank bolt with ease
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Fail. I broke it the 1st time out. The 3/8" head sheared right off.
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Fail. I broke it the 1st time out. The 3/8" head sheared right off.
I have had one for maybe three years and used the piss out of it and it has not failed yet. I even had a proto breaker bar break on me and I had to go and find my HF bar to finish the job.
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:29 PM   #1000
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6 Ton Jack stands...3 out of 4 PASS...1...ah well lets say FAIL...

My brother had his little honda up on 4 of them removing the tranny and went loose loosen a bolt and one of the stands just bent ond dropped the car.Luckily he got out as it started to drop.So to say the least he got them all out from under the car and is not using them again.

usually if a stand bends it because it isn't properly set. say it might of tipped one way when the weight of the car was on it. then that force caused it to bend.

the reason i say this is bc all your weight on a stand is vertical, so it should collapse downward before it bends
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