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Old 02-23-2005, 09:31 PM   #1
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I fairly regularly buy miscellaneous crap from Harbor Freight so, of course, I seem to get a catalog from them every other day or so. Has anybody bought any of their Pittsburgh stuff? I'm just curious if their quality is equivalent to their prices, or are they a good buy?

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Old 02-23-2005, 11:11 PM   #2
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Pittsburgh tools from Harbor Frieght are low end tools for the most part. If you're looking for cheap hand tools Stanley is a good choice.
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Old 02-24-2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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The Pittsburgh that I've used *so far* have held up okay. No real complaints. I think that the Pittsburgh stuff is about as good as anything coming out of China as far as hand tools go. If you can find Pittsburgh stuff that's made in Taiwan (impact sockets, socket adapters etc), that's generally a little bit better stuff. I have some of that stuff and it has worked out pretty good.
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Old 02-25-2005, 12:03 AM   #4
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I bought some mm allen head sockets for working on my bike. The tolerances were not that tight and it ended up damaging the puge that I was taking out (access plug for the crank so you can put the engine at TDC) Its pretty soft metal so I'm not sure that it would all the tool, but I could put my craftsman allen set in (stick kind with the ball on the end) and you could not wiggle it, but the with Pittsburg stuff you could. I didn't notice it until it was to late. Not bad though as I didn't totally trash the peice, but I don't use those to much. I orginally bought them for getting a rotor off the hub as I needed to use them with a breaker bar. Kind of messed that bolt up a bike, but I figured it was because they red loctited in (heat was used as well).
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:02 PM   #5
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Not even good for the kitchen drawer
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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If you can't look at a hand tool and know if its junk, HF is not for you. Some of their products are junk, some are fine, some aren't worth finding out.

Personally I would not use a Hex key that wasn't a tight fit, but that's mainly due to me rarely knowing what size to use.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:35 PM   #9
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I fairly regularly buy miscellaneous crap from Harbor Freight so, of course, I seem to get a catalog from them every other day or so. Has anybody bought any of their Pittsburgh stuff? I'm just curious if their quality is equivalent to their prices, or are they a good buy?

Thanks,

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Pittsburgh Tools get a bad rap. I'm an Automotive Technology student at the University of Arkansas. To get though the courses to receive my degree, I had to have tools. I didn't have the money to run out and buy Snap on or any other name brands. I went Harbor Freight and got what I needed. We work in the shop as much as any full time auto tech would, and I was stunned on how well they preformed! The wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, hammers are just as good as Craftsmen. I would push it and say the sockets are better than craftsman; I have not EVER busted one. I have seen Craftsman bust on meany occasions in the shop. To be truthful, a lot of Harbor Freight stuff is junk. You just need to look before you buy, you'll know if it is shit or not. Their Earthquake air tools are very, very good. Harbor Freight ratchets suck, they strip very easy. So with that said, buy good ratchets i.e. Gearwrench or better. I plan to use the tools I have when I open my own shop. Hey, why go out and buy high dollar Snap on tools, when Pittsburgh tools will do the job at a fraction of the price. I want to put money in my pocket, not give it to the Snap on man. I had some people I go to school with flat out tell me they would not buy Pittsburgh tools because they are junk, then run over to NAPA and buy a shit load of Evercraft tools. Evercraft and Pittsburgh tools are made by the same company, only Evercraft is higher because it is a NAPA product. Its your money, spend it as you wish.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:51 PM   #10
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Get the Pittsburgh Pro line of tools first.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:55 PM   #11
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Get the Pittsburgh Pro line of tools first.
I've not seen any of the P "Pro" line that wasn't at least adequate. The PP sockets are HIGHLY regarded--even here. You just can't beat the cost-to-value rate on them.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:14 PM   #12
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lol another old thread resurrected twice now!!! it must be the simple title

Pittsburgh PRO wrenches IMO are better than the garbage wrenches that come in the large plastic craftsman cases

The sockets, ratchets, other stuff, not so much
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I went Harbor Freight and got what I needed. We work in the shop as much as any full time auto tech would, and I was stunned on how well they preformed! ... Harbor Freight ratchets suck, they strip very easy.
There's a HF Composite ratchet people here are prefering over their Snap-on ratchets. A cult ratchet


I've found that these days almost any tool is good enough. The other day I had an extension split on me but it was $1 new and looked stupidly rough and no name. Looked like and tore like zinc.
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another old thread with an easily searchable title resurrected by a first poster with a lot of easily searchable phrases.

Not so sure about this one.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:52 PM   #15
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Not a fan of the regular pittsburgh t handle hex (handles aren't solid), don't use them though I just use my other crap ones (husky). Those are actually good got a deal on those on holiday tools.

I use a decent amount of the harbor freight stuff (not necessarily hand tools though) and they tend to be good enough for occasional use. The pittsburgh pro stuff is consistently good though.
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Don't you just like how they take the name of a city know for quality steel production and use it to brand their cheap china junk.
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Don't you just like how they take the name of a city know for quality steel production and use it to brand their cheap china junk.
Chicago electric, US General I am surprised they have kept the name china freight oops I mean harbor freight.
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Because Harbor Freight is an American company so it selected US cities for its brands.
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Who is "they"?
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Huh, I thought Pittsburg was known for being a cesspool!
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