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Great Value In A Lathe

Great Value In A Lathe

215 days ago by OSU55 | 14 comments »

I had never used a lathe for wood turning, and wanted to give it a try. I didn’t want to break the bank to have a lathe for occasional use. As others have, I wound up with this HF model. I haven’t tried anything larger than 6” dia, but so far I’m extremely pleased. I think I paid ~$180 with discounts. Although I’m new to turning, I’m not new to machinery of all types, and a wood lathe is a simple machine (I’ve been in automated manufacturing in eng...

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

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

862 days ago 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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Excellent clamp for the $$$

Excellent clamp for the $$$

810 days ago by RussellAP | 37 comments »

Woodworker rules:1. You can’t have too many clamps.2. If you have too many clamps, see rule one. I know how some of you feel about HF and Pittsburgh tools, but I gotta say that these clamps are wonderful. They come in just the right sizes for what I need and they clamp tight and don’t scar the work. I tried a couple each last time I went to HF 2 – 6”, 2 – 12”, and 2 – 36” and just now I ordered 4 more of the 6” and 4 12”. Total...

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A $9.99 guage thats not bad

A $9.99 guage thats not bad

1192 days ago by Dave | 9 comments »

I purchased one of these gauges two years ago. And have found it worth the ten dollars I spent. It has a good brass knob and it will hold tight. The pins are of a good spring steel. After 2 years of use they are just as sharp as day one. I have just purchased a second one for general purposes. I do have a store near me so I am able to pick the one I purchase. I had to true up one of the pins on the original but it was not a big problem. The HF site has 2 reviews as follows:This is the first H...

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MT2 Drill Chuck

MT2 Drill Chuck

1258 days ago 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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Ultra gem from HF

Ultra gem from HF

524 days ago by Routerisstillmyname | 10 comments »

We all know you don’t buy a trailer hitch or a parachute from harbor Freight if they sold it and the list can be pretty long. And we all know there’s been more than few times we have lost it with misaligned part or missing screw or 5 minute life span tools.But then there are times like these when you are willing to forgive and forget and besides where else can a lumber jock hang out and even feel slightly in control of cash flow.I found these gems few years back ( available online ?) a...

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Great Quality Razor Blade Scraper

Great Quality Razor Blade Scraper

1653 days ago by dfdye | 6 comments »

Why the heck am I writing a review of a razor blade scraper? Well, because I have destroyed about a dozen of them in my time and finally found one that has been great to work with. When I finally find a cheap tool that works, I have to share! I got this as an impulse buy for $2.00 while in the check out line at Harbor Freight, and have never looked back. I am sure that everybody on this forum has a million uses for single edged razor blades, and, if you are anything like me, you have tri...

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Harbor Freight Air File

Harbor Freight Air File

1337 days ago by Raymond | 5 comments »

I recently purchased the Harbor Freight Air File. This thing works like a charm. A little heavy but works great, the online specs state 8.5 cfm, however the manual states 4.0 cfm. Harbor Freight is forever getting the specs wrong on there stuff. “Always check the manual, never rely on the online specs”. The files included are surprisingly of good quality. The tool requires the files to have a tang of ¼ inch. This little gem is very quiet, and no vibration. And for 17.99 again how could I go w...

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Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

1586 days ago by hypnos | 5 comments »

I recently bought a new Jet ProShop and I needed a mobile base due to my wife wanting to park in the garage. The high price and lack of really good reviews for any mobile base I could find to fit the proshop necessitated some inventiveness. This Central Hydraulics lift fit the bill, it just needed some longer lift runners. Some poplar and 1/4” machine screws brought it to the length I needed to span the base of my table saw. I will be adding bottom braces to my outfeed/assembly table th...

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HF 6" ratchet clamp... why do I do this to myself?!?

HF 6" ratchet clamp... why do I do this to myself?!?

787 days ago by harvey4804 | 35 comments »

So I picked up 2 Harbor Freight 6” ratchet clamps a while back and they worked just fine… for 1.99 clamps. The holding pressure wasn’t a whole lot but for little jobs it was fine. The alignment/parallelism of the actual clamp pads are off by several degrees no matter how much you clamp it down. But again… 1.99 clamps. This past weekend I was using it to help me assemble a decorative fence around my wife’s garden. After a short period in the sun the plastic got...

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