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Harbor freight 2hp dust collector....

Harbor freight 2hp dust collector....

08-08-2010 05:06 AM by njcraftsman | 26 comments »

A Year ago when I was building my shop, I was shopping around for a dust collector to be the heart of my system. I looked at general, jet, grizzly etc. But then I read several really postive reviews on the HF 2hp model. I had a coupon for 169.00 for it so I figured why not. Let me tell you this thing is at least the equal of all of those other’s! I actually got a chance to examine a jet, and a grizzly….and they are almost identical.(makes you wonder if there not made in the same ...

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works good enough for what I use it for !    Harbor Freight 1/2" Bandfile Belt Sander

works good enough for what I use it for ! Harbor Freight 1/2" Bandfile Belt Sander

03-12-2008 02:15 AM by Dan'um Style | 22 comments »

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks Bought this sander about a year ago. It had low price. Worked good the first time and has not let me down since. Not a tool I use everyday, but find myself using it enough that I always keep it handy,... within reach. Coarse grit sandpaper removes stock quickly and the tool is easy to guide and control. Gave it 4 stars because we know it is a made-in-China-throw-away. For $35 bucks it’s a good deal. If it died tomorrow, would probably buy another, rathe...

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harbour frieght drill press table attachment

harbour frieght drill press table attachment

07-23-2010 12:11 AM by ajb | 33 comments »

i was in the market for a drill press table for my new Delta/Rockwell drill press. I was going to make one out of scrap, but after factoring the cost of t-track and clamps this seemed like a decent $20.00 solution. It came out of the box and went directly on no problems.I used it to counter bore the boards for an Adirondack chair that is in process. It umm, sat on my drill press really well and held the stops where they were supposed too and allowed me to speed right through all my drilling.I...

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HF 5 Drawer Rolling Tool Chest--US General Pro---another HF Gem!

HF 5 Drawer Rolling Tool Chest--US General Pro---another HF Gem!

02-10-2013 09:43 PM by RibsBrisket4me | 22 comments »

Hello folks. I have not been on here much as work has kept me very busy since the new year. Anyway, I still browsethe HF flyers that are sent my way. I have had my eye on this rolling tool chest for over a year. Regular price is @ $299. Of course we can use a 20% coupon almost any time, but I kept wating to see of this would go on some crazy sale. It has!!! Just picked this up last week for $169.00 on sale from the current flyer. I did not try to stack the 20% coupon, as I thought this wa...

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Harbor Freight Bar Clamps

Harbor Freight Bar Clamps

04-26-2009 05:27 PM 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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HF 36" Aluminum Bar Clamps, moderately average

HF 36" Aluminum Bar Clamps, moderately average

01-24-2010 04:40 AM by Jeison | 16 comments »

I needed some larger clamps for an upcoming project, and saw these on sale, I got a bunch of the 36” clamps on sale (reg 11.99, but sale + coupon got em for $5.95 each). I think they’re Central Forge brand (like the HF one handed clamps). They have a 32” actual clamping capacity I gave em a little bit of a workout clamping up some scraps to make a few boards, they put some solid pressure on without exploding, so thats always a plus lol! My main concern is that after ...

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Great starter value

Great starter value

03-23-2012 03:43 AM by BerBer5985 | 17 comments »

I bought this to try when I first started out in hand tools as my first hand plane, basically because it was $12. I figured if it was horrible for $12, it would make a great paper weight. My expectations were not high. Let me be clear from the get go, this is not a LN or LV plane. It may compare with an older stanley, on stanleys worst day of milling, but not horrible for $12. Also, please keep in mind that this review is strictly based off the fact that for $12 and a little time, you can...

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Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

01-13-2013 08:12 PM by HorizontalMike | 41 comments »

I had been toying with the idea of getting into Woodturning for some time and the opportunity presented itself, so I started some serious planning. One of the things that goes along with Woodturning is the ability to sharpen your own turning tools. At the time I did NOT own a mechanized sharpening machine/system and had to rely on manually sharpening all of my planes and chisels with the “Scary Sharp” sandpaper to stone methodology. Don’t get me wrong, that system works a...

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HF Work Bench On Sale

HF Work Bench On Sale

10-03-2011 09:41 PM by SPHinTampa | 14 comments »

My homemade workbench top (my first big project) gave up a few weeks ago. I saw an advertizement for this and had a coupon for 20% off so net price for the work bench came out to $129 …. not a bad price. Pros:- Assembly is solid .. .I was worried it would be flimsy and it is not- Vice quality is acceptable Cons:- 1/2” bench dog holes that are spaced inconvienently far apart- Either I am bad at assembly or the mounting hardware is slightly off … i had trouble keepi...

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Harbor freight bench top drill press

Harbor freight bench top drill press

02-09-2011 09:33 AM by adaughhetee | 9 comments »

For a cheap way to drill straight holes you can’t beat it. More for the hobby woodworker though. Unlike everything else I have bought from Harbor Freight assembly was very simple. My only complaint is the power. On the lowest speed(620rpm) I can stop the chuck in my hand. Although with a 1” forstner bit it will go right through oak/ walnut without any trouble. Anything bigger and you might as well give it up. But, for 69.99 then a 20% coupon I can’t complain. Just don&...

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