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Harbor Freight Surprise

Harbor Freight Surprise

539 days ago by shipwright | 21 comments »

Sometimes I just can’t resist. If this plane set had been real junk, I’d have been out $11.99….............so I decided to live dangerously …. after all, I’m not even that much of a hand tool guy. I took the big chance and used a coupon and brought it home. I’m only reviewing the #4 here because the little block plane really is just silly. Out of the bubble pack, with the copious oil removed, it actually cut and was sort of sharp. To me the test of a ha...

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Harbor Freight DC Mod

Harbor Freight DC Mod

120 days ago by Ajs73 | 10 comments »

Hi, First time posting,Long time reader I just finished my HF DC mod. When I first added a seperator with Theinbaffle I noticed a big drop in suction. Once I eliminated all bends and flex hosethe collector seem like I gained all suction back. (Plus saved a lot of room) CollectorIs hung off shelf and only thing touching the floor is seperator can. Seems Awesome. I would like to add a wynn filter at somepoint when I have $$$$. (I can’t see how any more air could flow through t...

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Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

1346 days ago by StumpyNubs | 22 comments »

Rare earth magnets have unlimited uses in the shop. I’ve seen more plans than I can count using these little things in woodworking magazines, so when I saw them in Harbor Freight today I grabbed a pack. Of course there’s not much to say about them, they work like any other rare earth magnets, hard to pull apart and dangerous to swallow. The difference is that the Harbor Freight ones are a buck and a half for ten of them! They’re 5/16” round, the ideal size for most ...

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Harbor Freight 3" x 21" Variable Speed Belt Sander

Harbor Freight 3" x 21" Variable Speed Belt Sander

1452 days ago by Routerisstillmyname | 4 comments »

Never had a need for a belt sander. Occasionally I thought it would help to have one around just in-case but the prices on belt sanders are ludicrous. Up until now…. HF has two belt sanders on sale and I had a 20% coupon so I took the plunge especially since I desperately needed some aggressive sanding to remove glue from large panels.I decided on this 3”x21” instead on the other one that’s 4×24. Mainly because I liked the weight and I feel that the 6 amps is more than adequate for sa...

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A great price on an acceptable clamp

A great price on an acceptable clamp

1653 days ago by HungryTermite | 22 comments »

I was at the local Harbor Freight over the holidays and I noticed a bin full of 18” Ratcheting Bar clamps on sale for $2.99 each. The seemed to work well in the store and all were covered with a little bit of oil, presumably to protect the metallic parts. I didn’t really have a need for new clamps and I wasn’t sure if an 18” clamp would be useful or not but I figured I really couldn’t go wrong for only $2.99 (regularly $7.99 I think) so I bought 6 of them. T...

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HF Aluminum bar clamp

HF Aluminum bar clamp

184 days ago by gamygeezer | 27 comments »

Heat wave yesterday! All the way up to 57F! So I decided to go shopping. I rinsed off the sawdust, trimmed the ear hair, unclogged the sink and cranked up the old DRam. I went to Harbor Freight to check on the locking casters reviewed recently, but really had to browse the whole store. I found a rack of aluminum bar clamps almost exactly like the ones I really like from Jorgensen. Had to get one (or so) of course. I picked the “36 inch”, a handy size, which actually has o...

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Another knock off success from Harbor Freight

Another knock off success from Harbor Freight

569 days ago by guitchess | 15 comments »

I realize that there may be many out there that dislike Harbor Freight, but when it comes to occasional use/accuracy not an issue tools, they are a viable, and cheap, alternative. While their tools tend to be pass or fail, these clamps are another pass. After seeing Askwoodman use the Festool and Bessy clamps, I knew I wanted some. However, at $40 each I couldn’t make myself hit the add to cart button, settling for continuing to use my traditional f clamps that I have always used. ...

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Harbor Freight Air Saw

Harbor Freight Air Saw

1315 days ago by Raymond | 35 comments »

I recently purchased this air saw from Harbor Freight. It has worked well right out of the box. It is quiet with almost no vibration. Blades are a little expensive and are not a standard blade. Although I am working on a fix for that. At 17.99 I could not go wrong. I use if for both wood and metal work. From Harbor Freight Specs Cut a wide range of materials, trim and shape light plate, sheet metal and plastics.Zip through sheet metal as thick as 16 gaugeAir consumption: 3 CFM @ 90 PSI...

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Harbor Freight Dado set

Harbor Freight Dado set

226 days ago by MrRon | 40 comments »

I’m certain the purists will condemn me for using the name “Harbor Freight” in connection with woodworking tools, but like it or not, here it is. I don’t use a dado blade very often, so I couldn’t justify $200+ sets like those from Forrest. But when I do need one, I went with the cheapest set I could find. The HF set is 8” and cuts dados up to 7/8”. The teeth are C2 carbide and number 22 teeth. I was impressed by the size of the carbide. They look lik...

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Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

671 days ago by Tennessee | 8 comments »

At first glance, you all must be saying to yourselves, “What are you thinking, Paul – these are not even in the same category.” Well, I own both of them, and after having them both on the bench for jewelry box projects and some touch-up work on guitar bodies, I found out that they both have strengths, weaknesses, and overall, I think it deserved a head-to-head contest. Agreed, the HF is thirty bucks, and the cheapest I found the Proxxon was One hundred and forty,WHEW (I got...

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