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Harbor freight bench top drill press

Harbor freight bench top drill press

1291 days ago 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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HF Work Bench On Sale

HF Work Bench On Sale

1054 days ago 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 Scissor Lift Table

Harbor Freight Scissor Lift Table

1438 days ago by jcwalleye | 8 comments »

Tool Review 500 lb capacity hydraulic lift table I struggle lowering cabinets or other heavy items from the workbench down to the floor. It’s often more of a controlled drop than anything else. I thought it was just me, but the topic came up on one of the forums recently. Someone mentioned that they used a scissor lift table from Harbor Freight and several others chimed in saying they used the same thing. It was such a simple solution, I had to get one. A friend picked it up...

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Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

1821 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 18 comments »

Just sharing this. When something raises my eyebrows and gets me thinking then maybe it’s worth passing on. I’m going to talk bang for buck. I hope you don’t mind. Yup, I’ve got a few harbor freight tools but not much. I’ve had mixed luck with them. But a friend let me see one of these toggle clamps. I have some from a wood store and I must say, they are very similar but not identical and but both seem to be of the same quality. They’re probably both fr...

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The good and bad. . .

The good and bad. . .

2240 days ago by USCJeff | 16 comments »

I have not been giving much praise to HF tools that have a motor or battery in the past. There are the occasional decent values though (The Dust Collecter is nice for a small setting, for example). This router has a ton of negatives. The adjustments are sloppy and the collet seems less secure than a Dewalt and Bosch router that I use as well. The attacthments such as the edge guide, aren’t very precise either. That said, I still am glad I purchased it. I got it for under $20. I o...

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Harbor Freight Link Belt

Harbor Freight Link Belt

1362 days ago by ChuckC | 22 comments »

A Harbor Freight opened up about 15 minutes from where I live. I took a ride out yesterday and walked the aisles for about 30 minutes. It’s not the kind of place I’d buy a parachute from but you can get a good deal on some of their stuff. I ended up buying a 5’ link belt for $24. I replaced the stock belt on my jointer with it and noticed a dramatic improvement in vibration. I’ve never had a competitors belt to compare it against but I am happy with their’s so I&...

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Never liked holes in my pockets- UNTIL NOW!

Never liked holes in my pockets- UNTIL NOW!

1366 days ago by StumpyNubs | 31 comments »

I’ve always called Harbor Freight “God’s gift to men” and since there’s been a bit of hubub about this tool paradise on this site recently I thought I’d post some reviews of my favorite HF Gems… This one I just bought TODAY and I already can see that it is among the best tools in the store! For one thing, this thing is extremely well made! That isn’t always the case at HF… ok… I suppose it is RARELY the case. But if you had this j...

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Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

586 days ago 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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Turds That Take a Surprising Polish

Turds That Take a Surprising Polish

809 days ago by Ripthorn | 13 comments »

So I am working on my workbench that will be made of doug fir. I started making the mortises which I hogged out with a Forstner bit and then I reached for my Narex bench chisels to clean them up. All three of the Narex chisels I used got dinged up blades rather quickly. Not wanting to do any more damage to them (which I probably just didn’t have set up for chopping out corners), I bought this cheap set from Harbor Freight knowing that they had a high likelihood of being total garbage...

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At $12.99 minus 20% (coupon), this $10 meter is worth a try & here's why

At $12.99 minus 20% (coupon), this $10 meter is worth a try & here's why

1555 days ago by Shopsmithtom | 18 comments »

Last fall I put up a couple hundred bd ft of ash to air dry in a friend’s building near our summer place. I couldn’t wait to get back this spring to check on the progress so as soon as I got our place open for the year, I called him to see if he could check it with me since he has a pinless Wagner moisture meter that he paid several hundred bucks for. Just before I headed that way, I stopped at our local Harbor Freight store & bought my own meter. It was a pin probe style, ...

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