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Harbor Freight = an exercise in readjusting your expectations   ... it is what it is.

Harbor Freight = an exercise in readjusting your expectations ... it is what it is.

758 days ago by Mainiac Matt | 84 comments »

I go back some 16 years with Harbor Freight Tools…. And while I don’t often buy from them, I was reminded today that I have to readjust my expectations to reflect their low price point… As a company, I have to say that Harbor Freight has always resolved any issues I’ve had with their products, it wasn’t always a speedy solution, but in the end they made it right. So given the recent positive review about their ‘F’ style bar clamps…. and me...

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So VERY Thankful no one was hurt!!

So VERY Thankful no one was hurt!!

223 days ago by CFrye | 68 comments »

This could have easily become the most expensive tool in the shop! We bought this adjustable circle cutter a few weeks ago at Harbor Freight. Seemed like it’d be a useful little tool. I’d set it up once on the drill press and used it to drill a test hole on a piece of pine. The arms sticking out spinning around made me kind of uneasy so I switched to a hole cutting saw bit. My husband set the cutter up today on the DP and was using it. One of the cutters came loose during operatio...

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Harbor Freight Dovetail jig

Harbor Freight Dovetail jig

1446 days ago by Tim29 | 52 comments »

I have been wanting to get a dovetail jig for sometime now. I was up against a brick wall however. Do I fork over the bucks for a Porter Cable jig or do I buy a cheaper jig and see if it does the job for less money. I have tried this type of approach many times with many tools. Most of the time I have went on to pay for the better quality tool as well as the cheaper tool that did not work. This is not one of those times.I paid the $23 for the Harbor Freight Dovetail jig and it works pretty we...

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Harbor Freight Bar Clamps

Harbor Freight Bar Clamps

1902 days ago by PCorl | 51 comments »

First off I agree with some here at LJ that Harbor Freight makes some real junk. I also agree with some here at LJ that Harbor Freight makes some pretty good stuff. I have been using Harbor Freight (Pittsburgh) F style bar clamps for some time now and am totally satisfied with them. For the cost they can’t be beat. When they aren’t on sale they range in price from $2.99 for a 6” clamp to $9.99 for the 36” model. On sale they are cheaper yet, I think I paid $1.99...

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Harbor Freight 60 Piece Alloy Steel SAE/Metric Tap and Die Set

Harbor Freight 60 Piece Alloy Steel SAE/Metric Tap and Die Set

715 days ago by b2rtch | 51 comments »

For quite awhile I wanted to buy a tap and die set. I buy many things on Amazon so I shopped on Amazon several times for such a set but the prices for such sets always stopped me from buying one. Last week I was browsing through HF website and I read reviews about this set. The reviews were mostly good, so after work I went to buy one of this set. Strangely enough I have been living many years without such a set but since I bought it I have used it every day!It is quite an extensive se...

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A lot for very little

A lot for very little

443 days ago by Rick M. | 49 comments »

I thought my saw was reasonably vibration free for a contractor but on start up and especially shut down it would give a slight shudder. After years of ignoring advice to buy a link belt I did and am sorry I waited so long because it’s like having a new saw. I only thought my saw ran smooth but now there is no more shudder even at shut down and I’d swear it cuts a little smoother though that might be psychosomatic. If you’ve been wanting to try a link belt and have been putt...

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Can't beat them!!

Can't beat them!!

1500 days ago by b2rtch | 46 comments »

These hold down cost the exorbitant price of $1.97 each!!!!! I read about other “famous” brand hold downs which break the first time you use them. These did not break after about ten tries and they in fact hold , as they are supposed to do . Excellent value.One more time, thank you Harbor Freight,my very favorite store.( just for Greg: this is a full review with pictures not from Harbor Freight ’s website but in fact taken on my new bench)The Harbor Freight guy

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The Harbor Freight way of jump starting your clamp collection

The Harbor Freight way of jump starting your clamp collection

213 days ago by paxorion | 45 comments »

When I first began dabbling in woodworking, I had zero clamps and high aspirations. Stocking up on the well F-style Harbor Freight clamps seemed like a good idea. For months, I impulsively made trips to HF and picked up one HF F-style bar clamp (using a 20% off coupon) and 1 freebie per trip. Fast forward 2 years, and I now have 8×6”, 6×12”, 2×18” and 2×24”. Overall impression is that the HF F-style clamp was the most inexpensive way of jump sta...

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A great deal

A great deal

549 days ago by Purrmaster | 45 comments »

I’ve been using this blade for a few months now. It’s lived in my miter saw most of that time and I just tried it out on the table saw for rip cuts. I’ve been very pleased with this blade, overall. The titanium nitride coating does seem to reduce friction and give a somewhat cleaner cut. The blade is nice and sharp out of the box. It cut more easily and cleanly the Kobalt blades I had been using in the miter saw. And the rip cuts it did were good too. The saw didn&#...

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Does not do its only job!

Does not do its only job!

417 days ago by Cole Tallerman | 45 comments »

So let me start off by saying I was really excited to get this on sale for $20. I had been wanting the wixey but no local stores had it so it would have been $35+shipping. Out of the box this thing feels really good. Its nice and heavy, and it feels of good quality. I popped it out and turned it on. I set it on the Cast iron of the table saw a few inches from the blade, hit the “calibrate” button and placed it on the blade. I was really impressed on how the measurement changed as ...

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