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HOLY CRAP- Why pay $100+

HOLY CRAP- Why pay $100+

02-01-2011 03:07 AM by StumpyNubs | 34 comments »

Gotta say I never had much luck with the Harbor Freight (central pnuematic) brad nailer. But after trying out the micro pin nailer, I may just give the brad nailer another shot. This is a great buy- one of MANY diamonds in the rough at Harbor Freight. Here’s the details.. First of all, I was surprised that it was not made of plastic. The body is all is cast metal like the more expensive ones, and it feels good and heavy in the hand. Not that this is a vital feature, but it distrac...

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Surprising performance for a cheap spray gun

Surprising performance for a cheap spray gun

09-11-2012 02:34 PM by CueballRosendaul | 20 comments »

Several months ago, I bought this hopper type spray gun at Harbor Freight. I intended to use it to finish a batch of unfinished oak furniture we bought, but I chickened out and finished it all by hand because I didn’t trust this sprayer. Normally sells for $20, I think I paid $16 on sale. I don’t have a high capacity compressor, just a small 3.7 SCFM shown in the last picture, but this little gun didn’t care. It would never work to paint a house or fence, but to have in t...

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Low hit to the budget and shop footprint, not the best capacity.

Low hit to the budget and shop footprint, not the best capacity.

09-17-2010 06:01 PM by dbhost | 10 comments »

Specs are pretty straight forward… Max working pressure 115PSI.Air delivery: 5 SCFM at 90 PSI, 6 SCFM at 40 PSI. Simply put, I have had it for over a year now, and run the snot out of this thing. It sufficiently runs all of my nailers, impact wrench, air ratchet, etc… As long as I keep in mind it has an 8 gallon tank, and don’t expect to not have to wait for the compressor to catch up with me it’s fine. This is not my first compressor, so I can compare it to 2...

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Basic, reliable workhorse, lacking finer features, but well worth the money.

Basic, reliable workhorse, lacking finer features, but well worth the money.

03-24-2010 05:55 PM by dbhost | 34 comments »

A quick rundown of the Central Pneumatic 97526 23ga pnuematic pin nailer. For starters, this IS a Harbor Freight tool. And like most Harbor Freight stuff, it is lacking many of the more refined features of more expensive tools. But at a price of $22.99 minus a 20% coupon discount, you can walk into your shop with one of these, and a fatter wallet to boot! Air consumption was reasonable as my little 2 HP 8 gallon compressor (Central Pneumatic 95386 easily able to keep up with the air demand...

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Not exactly a fine woodworking tool, but it sure does drive nails!

Not exactly a fine woodworking tool, but it sure does drive nails!

09-29-2010 07:57 PM by dbhost | 17 comments »

I have now owned mine for about 6 months, and put it through plenty of hard paces. The good, the bad, and the ugly of it… The good…Purchase price $49.99 (had a GREAT coupon)...Drives a good variety of nail sizes.Safety works very well.Reasonable magazine capacity. The bad…Uses a LOT of air. My little HF compressor cycles a LOT when I use this thing.Shortest nails this will shoot 2-3/16”, would like to shoot 2” nails with it.Limited to 28 degree nails.Lack o...

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1/8 Micro Die Grinder

1/8 Micro Die Grinder

08-03-2011 05:34 AM by Raymond | 1 comment »

Another trip to Harbor Freight the other day finds me bringing home a few more air tool. This little grinder reminds me of the dentist, even sounds like the dentist. 56000 Rpm, 2 CFM @ 90 PSI. The twist on off feature is ok but not very user friendly. I am working on a foot control. It feels nice in the hand and has tons of power. No vibration and the hose is very flexible. 1 year warentee, and came with all the fittings. If your looking for an inexpensive 22.99 $ high speed tool this just mi...

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Despite being kind to me, 4 years of use has been unkind to this compressor

Despite being kind to me, 4 years of use has been unkind to this compressor

09-08-2014 09:10 PM by paxorion | 11 comments »

If there’s one tool I use every time I try to get any woodworking done, it’s my HF air compressor. Everytime I get any woodworking done at home, the first tool I fire up is my compressor. I purchased it on a whim 4 years ago, and was giddy to have pneumatic power for the first time. This bare bones unit has (and continues) to serve it’s duty, driving nails (I have a HF 18 gauge brad nailer/stapler) and blowing compressed air. There isn’t much to say about how well ...

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1/4" Angle Die Grinder

1/4" Angle Die Grinder

08-03-2011 05:54 AM by Raymond | 1 comment »

Another good Harbor Freight find in my opinion was this little angle grinder. 1/4” 20000 RPM 3 CFM @ 90 PSI. The 1/8 collet from the other die grinder I purshased the last time I was at Harbor Freight fits this grinder. Pleanty of power, and does not bog down under a load. Like most HF air tools this one did not come with the fitting. I really wish they would include them. This is great for getting into hard to reach spaces. And it was on sale 14.99. Can’t go wrong. Like most of H...

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First one was a dud, second one is fine.

First one was a dud, second one is fine.

09-29-2010 11:29 PM by dbhost | 8 comments »

Mind you, pnuematic nailers are honestly very simple tools as far as air tools go. The driver is simply a piston, with a simple connecting rod sort of arrangment. You would think that if a company is going to build a product that has a piston, a connecting rod, and motion, that there would be a wrist pin right? Well not in my first one. Now #2 is working great. It leaks a tiny bit of air, but that is my fault. I took the thing apart to inspect it and managed to tear one of the paper gaskets. ...

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