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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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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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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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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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Not even good for the kitchen drawer
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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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