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Crude but useful - 4 stars for hobby use, 2 stars for professional

Crude but useful - 4 stars for hobby use, 2 stars for professional

02-20-2015 01:42 AM by wolfinator | 17 comments »

This site’s reviews have been very helpful to me of late, and I thought I’d share my experiences with this Harbor Freight sander. My personal experience seems to differ from other reviews I’ve seen that trashed this guy. I’m a complete noob, and this is my first stationary sander of any type. So – grain of salt and all that. Overall, I am satisfied with this sander. I’ve had it for a month and used it on several projects. I feel like it is a good ...

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Good Drill Press for $70

Good Drill Press for $70

01-22-2015 12:03 AM by edwood1975 | 5 comments »

If your on a budget then this is the press for you here are some pros and cons… Pros:1. Light is a great feature especially when trying to position a brad point on your workpiece2 Small enough to fit under a bench at 23” high3 Cast iron base and shelf makes it extremely sturdy but a con appears when trying to move and position the 6×6” shelf it’s very heavy4. Overall I like it Cons:1. Hard to position wood on shelf as its too small( that’s why I buil...

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Cheap!!!...... but with potential

Cheap!!!...... but with potential

01-11-2015 02:02 AM by njcraftsman | 4 comments »

Okay I know what your thinking…..Harbor Freight really? Here’s the back story, I a run a small Pro woodworking Biz specializing in antique repro, custom furniture, and other Artisanal product. I’ve found a niche I needed to fill in my equipment roster, that hopefully will save me a bit of time and therefore money on one of my products( that I do alot of). The problem….after much research….. NO ONE makes what I need. So I had two choices either make what I wanted ...

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Harbor freight lathe not for me

Harbor freight lathe not for me

12-30-2014 05:55 PM by RichM | 8 comments »

I got this lathe after reading reviews and off the word of a few people who have this lathe but it did not preform on any level, I might have just got a bad one but I was not going to give it another chance. heres a link to one issue you will want to fix evan if your motor ends up working ( mine did not) in this video the issue I fix is a common problem with this lathe. http://youtu.be/0NREUdfQozI

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Combination 4 in. x 36 in. Belt / 6 in. Disc Sander Harbor Freight

Combination 4 in. x 36 in. Belt / 6 in. Disc Sander Harbor Freight

08-08-2014 01:00 PM by Blackie_ | 28 comments »

Anything less then the top name brands you are taking a gamble, some have good luck and some don’t, Myself I’ve to this day with all of the machinery that I’ve purchased from HF have had less then good luck as a matter of fact I’ve wasted more money buying crap from Harbor Freight then if I had just purchased the top name brand tools to begin with… With saying all of this you’d thunk I would’ve learned my lesson by now well this belt sander is the one...

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Review of the Harbor Frieght/Central Machine Mortising Tool

Review of the Harbor Frieght/Central Machine Mortising Tool

03-27-2014 03:59 PM by jerrells | 8 comments »

I had been looking at the ability to make mortise and tendon joints for some time. Now the products I build are small mostly doll furniture. A lot of the pattern calls for this type of joint. I had been drilling dowel holes and using a cut in half dowel pin. There were some alignment issues. I researched the add on product for a drill press. I found both good and bad reviews. Therefore I was not convinced this was the way to go. After seeing a post suggesting the Harbor Freight/Central Mac...

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Does what it's supposed to do at a good cost

Does what it's supposed to do at a good cost

01-21-2014 04:49 PM by JSB | 9 comments »

Pros-strongest drill press I’ve ever had. Strong enough for what I do-lots of speed settings-plenty of chuck travel-haven’t measured run-out but I couldn’t noticeably see any with the largest forstner bit I have. Cons-not sure if it’s considered a con but it’s super tall for a benchtop model. -overly soaked in shipping grease but mineral spirits will take care of that-circle table. Why do all drill presses come with a circle table??!! Not a huge deal as I made...

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Excellent option for portable dust collection

Excellent option for portable dust collection

12-24-2013 07:52 PM by lumberjoe | 7 comments »

Like many, I don’t have the space or power requirements for a large dust collector. I need something small that doesn’t draw a lot of power (I only have 30 amps available). This little unit fits the bill. I have my tools aranged so everything that needs a proper 4” dust collector is in close proximity, and I have a quick connect on the hose. The good: This unit is quiet compared to a shop vac and has plenty of power when connected to one tool at a time. It has no troub...

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Central Machinery 300 Pound Mobile Base

Central Machinery 300 Pound Mobile Base

08-31-2013 01:44 PM by cpine | 7 comments »

Bought this mobile base from Harbor freight for a humble $40. (Full Price) I was impressed by teh quality for this price. I recommend it for the value and price! Video Review: http://youtu.be/q0tJ1RoJ9Tw

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Parts Manufactured Incorrectly

Parts Manufactured Incorrectly

08-04-2013 11:22 AM by Rob98075 | 22 comments »

I purchased the band saw from Harbor Freight in Bellevue, WA. store (store number 00279) on 7/27/2013. While assembling the band saw, I found that on step 2 of the assembly (page 6 of the manual), the supporting plate (4) was machined incorrectly. The holes did not line up with the holes on the motor plate (7) or with the holes on the base plate(6). I returned the saw twice, only to find that the part in each box was identical to the part in the first box and drilled incorrectly. The st...

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