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Harbor Freight #95288 - If u don't weld - bolt it!

Harbor Freight #95288 - If u don't weld - bolt it!

04-11-2012 01:04 PM by curliejones | 4 comments »

I commented favorably on the “Rock Solid” review after my 1st assembly using SYP runners for a lightweight (100 lb) planer. I wanted to graduate to my 220 lb tools and felt the other favorable comments for this base warranted a “go”. I priced hardwood, but only furniture quality was available that was dried and cost prohibitive for me. One of our fellow LJs used square steel and welded it up, so I decided to price square galvanized tubing found locally and was amazed ...

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For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

06-11-2013 07:28 PM by Tennessee | 15 comments »

I have owned a Powermatic 3520B for quite a few years, with a Stronghold chuck and a fair amount of extra tools. One thing I kept noticing, it just wasn’t that good for small things. Hard to move around those big tool rests, and I just could not get myself to pay somebody $78 for a six inch tool rest. Plus, I hated to take off the Stronghold every time I wanted to do something smaller. Since I had an empty small bench right next to it, I started looking into a small lathe, one I c...

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Harbor Freight 300 Lb. Capacity Mobile Base

Harbor Freight 300 Lb. Capacity Mobile Base

01-06-2013 11:02 PM by kdc68 | 22 comments »

I own 4 of these bases. Obvisiously I like them and think they are a good product. They are well made and glide easily across the shop floor. Assembly with the first one was a bit confusing. But after that the other 3 were easy. I’ve read from several sources that hardware is missing (specifically not enough nuts and bolts). All four I purchased had all the necessary hardware. The misconception is people think they need to place a bolt in every hole of the four corner braces. T...

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Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

11-23-2010 01:33 AM 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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Another knock off success from Harbor Freight

Another knock off success from Harbor Freight

01-07-2013 11:08 PM 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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A great price on an acceptable clamp

A great price on an acceptable clamp

01-20-2010 07:20 AM 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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3 Horsepower Compressor Duty Motor

3 Horsepower Compressor Duty Motor

10-27-2013 01:32 PM by b2rtch | 14 comments »

When I rebuilt my Powermatic 8 inches jointer I installed this motor in to replace the 3/4 HP the jointer came with. http://lumberjocks.com/b2rtch/blog/31439 This motor has been working flawlessly since then.For the ridicule price I paid for it (around $100.00), this is an excellent buy.I strongly recommend it.

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MT2 Drill Chuck

MT2 Drill Chuck

03-12-2011 10:33 PM by ChunkyC | 10 comments »

Harbor Freight 1/2in MT2 Mini-Lathe Drill Chuck I purchased one of these last week based on a posting from LJ member Hairy. I paid $14.99 + shipping which is a good price for drill chucks with the arbor! A high precision chuck it’s not and this chuck isn’t going to win any contests for the best chuck of the year but it does make a good chuck for woodworking. The chuck that I had for my DP wouldn’t chuck up smaller bits so I needed to do something. I’ve been lo...

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Harbor Freight Air Saw

Harbor Freight Air Saw

12-23-2010 10:24 PM 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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6 inch Digital Calipers with Fractional Inches

6 inch Digital Calipers with Fractional Inches

10-10-2013 10:02 PM by Purrmaster | 15 comments »

This review is for item number 68304. Don’t get this confused with item 47257 which looks similar. That one displays standard and metric in decimal only. It’s a pretty simple tool so there isn’t a lot to say. I’ve been using it for a while and it works. The display is easy to read. It can display millimeters and inches in both fractional and decimal formats. I’ve tested it against objects of known size and the readings always came out correctly. I got m...

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