air filter #1: what a letdown

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Blog entry by patron posted 04-24-2011 10:40 PM 5419 reads 1 time favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i was going to do a tool review
but by the time i got this running
i was ready to burn it
and sell the shop
maybe move to a retirement home
and watch TV on thorazine

i bought this air filter from harbor freight
model #91393

i turned it on
and promptly knew it was going to trip the breaker

turn out the squirrel cage was rubbing on the housing
in 9” it was 3/8” open on top
and tight on the bottom

i took the vent off
and heard the holding nuts fall inside the unit
and with pry bar and hand force
for 10 minuets i ‘bent’ it away from the housing
finally getting it to run without rubbing constantly

couldn’t put the vent cover back on
as the screws are not in place
and learned that yes it is remote controlled
but only works if i go
all the way to the back of the shop
to control it
(they never tell you any of this
in their cute write-ups for sales)

it seems we won’t have to worry about war with china
they are going to fill this world with
inferior cheap products
and then call in the money we owe them

the upside of this
is that we may all be working again
in china
while they party in las vegas and hawaii

so make me a serious offer for the tools
i’m just that close
to quitting everything
i’ll buy my things at wal-mart
so i can have some peace in life

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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View GaryL's profile


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#1 posted 04-24-2011 10:57 PM

Easy David…take a breath…then burn the HF piece of you know what.
I guess the old saying of you get what you pay for rings true once again. Sorry for your frustration.
On the other hand I hope your enjoying your Easter holiday.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 11:02 PM

Why not simply take it back and let them know what a time you had with their duff machinery. Good Luck brother Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View degoose's profile


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#3 posted 04-24-2011 11:05 PM

Very frustrating… just step back and count from one to ten in Chinese…. feeling better now…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 11:10 PM

Appears like you did get a loser. I’d take it back.
Like a lot of others, I’ve found a few bargains at HF and I’ve found some junk. This appears to be in the junk catagorie

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 11:13 PM

Can you send it back or do you have to keep it?
- JJ

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 11:16 PM

i waited thru 3 different orders for this unit
for 1 1/2 months
and when it was delivered
it went to the wrong place
so i waited 12 days for them to track it
and bring it to me
if it was just take it to the store
and buy another
i’d be on that in a flash

right now it’s working of sorts
and i do need to get the dust
out of my world and lungs
so i guess something is better than nothing

i have enough property here
maybe i will make a shooting range
and everyone can bring their chinese junk
and have fun blasting it away

glad to see you back
hope things are better
with you and bronwen

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View ellen35's profile


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#7 posted 04-24-2011 11:20 PM

David, just take a deep breath.
If you sell all your tools and quit, the cheap junk has won!
Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you… Don’t let it get to you… Make them pay!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 11:22 PM

Yes! Take it Back!

They will take it!!

I got a small squirrel cage from a stove air vent remodel… built a box for it… to use common AC filters, etc. and it works great! Not remotely controlled… but no big deal… Whenever I have been sanding, etc. I usually leave it on a few minutes when I’m done.

Have a nice warm glass of milk and RELAX…

We cannot let you give it up THIS easily! We still NEED YOU!

Thank you very much!

When I first saw the title to this thread, I thought you were going to describe one that you built from scraps… like I did! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

View jack1's profile


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#9 posted 04-24-2011 11:27 PM

TIme to go down to HF kick a__ and take some names. THis could’ve fried your house…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

View patron's profile


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#10 posted 04-24-2011 11:29 PM

thanks everyone

this is built from sCRAPS
all i did was turn it on

after waiting for so long
sending it back
and waiting longer
just makes me crazy

but posesion is 9/10ths as you know

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View moshel's profile


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#11 posted 04-24-2011 11:29 PM

just take your thorazine and hope that it was not made in china and still works! you will feel much better afterwards!

seriosly, buying chinese stuff is a calculated risk. you win some, you lose some. i had some good surprises (planer blades that actually held the edge better than the higher priced ones) and some nasty surprises (drill press that dance a complex dance – maybe macarena?)

on the other hand, what would you expect from worker that gets paid around 1$/day? if you want to know how big is the margin on chinese stuff, go into a shop called dealextreme on the internet. its “china direct”. you get stuff for funny price including shipping from china.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#12 posted 04-24-2011 11:30 PM

I like your idea of a shooting range … I have a few things I’d bring . Heck I’d even give a couple of Yen to do it.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#13 posted 04-24-2011 11:41 PM

you better talk JJonston into coming with his potatogun to smash those things with ….
and after the shooting the mashpotato is ready for dinner ….just have to scrape it of somewhere …..LOL

sorry for your frustration David …. and if it can make you feel better , I think we all have try´d it one way or another more than once

take cup of coffee and sit down at your flying table and enjoy it instead
while you laugh at this one here

once I had a neighbour that bought an expencive gardentractor-lawnmoover evrything was topnotch
and the biggest most expencive on the road (you know the type that just have to bragg )
the sound from the engine sounds realy good , not a scratsh on it …....but couldn´t drive at all
nomatter what we did to help him…....gess what …some one at the factory realy did a blast of a job
not puting any gearwheels in the gearhouse …...LOL ….yes that has been a great story ever since
to tease him with every time the last 20+years he start to bragg again :-)

take care

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#14 posted 04-24-2011 11:44 PM


Yet another case of “Harbor Freight strikes again ….” :-(

For things that plug in … I’m learning … HF is like CraigsList: you’ll definitely save some money, but you’d better be prepared to put it INTO working order.

To your health !

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 04-24-2011 11:47 PM

There was a plan here on LJ a while back for a three stage cleaner.
Wouldn’t have cost as much as your HF pos and you would have had it a lot sooner.
If it is HF and has moving parts they soon don’t.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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