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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

05-20-2010 10:46 PM 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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A barely viable alternative to the Bora, but most are duds

A barely viable alternative to the Bora, but most are duds

12-15-2013 04:31 AM by paxorion | 9 comments »

After I fitting my power tool collection with both a circular saw and router, I wanted to add a few easy to clamp edge guides to my tool collection. After playing with a variety of different edge guides in the market (Bora, Emerson, Woodriver), I settled on the Bora as the one that felt the best, given the long handle. All reviews about clamp edge tools I read highlighted the aluminum bar’s had a tendency to flex midway through a cut operation, making me think the wide track model was...

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Harbor Freight Bench Grinder Stand: Solid, great value

Harbor Freight Bench Grinder Stand: Solid, great value

01-05-2011 04:49 AM by Mark Colan | 4 comments »

With Harbor Freight, it really pays to go into the store and see what you’re getting, because their product quality varies a lot. I looked first at their “universal tool stand” (big enough for a planer), and found it more than a bit flimsy, due to thin sheet metal construction. But the bench grinder stand is very solid, made of steel that is 1/16 thick. The parts fit together with holes lining up perfectly, and the design makes the assembly very stable. The bolts and n...

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Quick Release Clamps:  Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

Quick Release Clamps: Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

08-25-2013 09:34 PM by SirFatty | 44 comments »

I recently purchased some Harbor Freight clamps that are still on sale, “12 clamps, “18 clamps and “36 clamps (the picture shows the 36” as yellow, but they are blue in the store). Decided to go with these because, quite honestly, they look almost exactly like Jorgensen clamps. The main difference, besides the cost, is the plastic/rubberized grip versus the Jorgensen’s hardwood. Although the castings are a bit rough, there’s no doubt where the Harbor F...

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Harbor Freight Wireless Driveway Alert System 93086

Harbor Freight Wireless Driveway Alert System 93086

08-16-2011 08:11 AM by TopamaxSurvivor | 16 comments »

In order to do any work or woodworking, we need to keep our tools safe and sound. Unfortunately, unincorporated south King County, WA does not have viable police protection. Most city cops in the area just laugh when you tell them you are in the unincorporated area because they know there are no cops. Unfortunately, the thieves know it too. Fortunately, we have annexed into a city and the police actually come rather quickly. I had thieves trying to steal my tools at least 3x a year fro...

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Great for paint

Great for paint

05-08-2012 01:35 AM by Vrtigo1 | 15 comments »

Let me start out by saying that I am pretty new to spray finishes of any kind. I recently built some MDF shelves and got about half way through the first coat of primer on the first shelf when I remembered how much I hate painting. So I tried to get the wife to do it, then when I realized that wasn’t going to happen I set about finding a faster/easier method. I have an Earlex HVLP system, but from the 1 or 2 times I’ve tried to use it to spray paint I’ve found the proce...

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Modifying HF's Dust Collector for Better Mobility, Sturdiness & Electrical Capacity

Modifying HF's Dust Collector for Better Mobility, Sturdiness & Electrical Capacity

08-23-2014 01:02 AM by GJK | 18 comments »

Over the past six months, I modified my 22’ x 22’ British-style backyard conservatory to serve not only as my gym, as it has since 1997, but also as my workshop (see, photo 1) [If interested in this conversion, including heroic saga of my fighting off tens of thousands of carpenter ants and rebuilding after they ravaged the structure, see my video on VIMEO http://vimeo.com/103100319] In sharing exercising and woodworking in a closed space, I decided that it was imperative to my good h...

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Harbor Freigth Tree Pruning Tool

Harbor Freigth Tree Pruning Tool

07-12-2014 01:08 PM by b2rtch | 13 comments »

I had several trees with dead branches that I wanted to cut.Several times at Harbor Freight I looked at the cordless electric chainsaw which at $60.00 after rebate is a good buy but being cheap I decided not not buy it but to buy the manual tool instead.I am very glad I did. It is very well build made not of cheap stuff but heavy steel and the adjustable pole is also steel and lock with a 1/4 turn or so.I used this tool most of the day yesterday and I am very happy with it.I paid around $12.0...

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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

07-26-2012 12:20 PM 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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Very Happy with  this Dust Collector

Very Happy with this Dust Collector

06-09-2013 11:48 AM by Denco | 12 comments »

Between sale price and coupon, the price was low enough that I took the plunge and bought the HF 2HP DC. —Starting with assembly:— You end up doing quite of bit of assembly with this unit, not just 2 or 3 connections. The very first thing I did when unpacking the unit was to plug the motor in to make sure it ran. I didn’t want to assemble the whole thing and then discover the motor didn’t work. It fired right up, no problems. I’ve seen talk on the intern...

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