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Excellent clamp for the $$$

Excellent clamp for the $$$

06-02-2012 10:34 PM 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

05-18-2011 03:39 AM 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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Ultra gem from HF

Ultra gem from HF

03-16-2013 12:01 AM 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

02-10-2010 09:29 PM 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

12-23-2010 10:27 PM 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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Moisture meter

Moisture meter

09-28-2012 01:07 AM by Salmo | 12 comments »

Went into a newly opened Harbor Freight store in Florida and while cruising around I came across the Pittsburgh Digital Mini Moisture Meter (item67143). Wasn’t looking for one but when I saw this and the price I figured what the heck…go for it.I’m glad I did because it really works and now I won’t touch a piece of wood for turning until I check the content first. I was actually quite surprised at how high the moisture was in some of my wood. Having read the comparat...

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Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

04-18-2010 11:03 PM 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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Harbor Freight 4 In. X 24 In. Variable Speed Professional Belt Sander

Harbor Freight 4 In. X 24 In. Variable Speed Professional Belt Sander

05-18-2014 01:55 AM by Jerry | 21 comments »

Oh boy… This belt sander is the BOMB. Maybe I’m just enamored with the fact that I finally have a belt sander, but after using the 25% off coupon and comparing the specs with others, I’ve not found its equal at this price point. The bad: I had to return the first one because it randomly sped up to full speed no matter what the speed setting. I had to return the second one I bought because the tracking adjustment screw had been badly bent ( in shipping I suppose ). T...

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Probably best to take a pass

Probably best to take a pass

01-10-2013 08:53 AM by Purrmaster | 23 comments »

I’ve had this for about a year and think I’ve spent enough time with it to give a review. This is Harbor Freight item number 97181. Let me say first that, overall, I’ve been pretty pleased with the stuff I get from Harbor Freight. Both hand and power tools. But not this time. I would not purchase this tool again. First off, it’s underpowered. The belt and/or disc routinely bog down when I press wood into them. It happens less often with the disc than the ...

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Good, reliable jig, no longer in the HF catalog...

Good, reliable jig, no longer in the HF catalog...

02-05-2011 04:47 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

Since the family blowup at Harbor Freight, a lot of good tools have gone out of the catalog, in particular, the aluminum taper jig. Now I am not sure what all can be said about this thing. It’s just about as straight forward and simple as can be, and it works exactly as you would expect it to. When they were available, they were often on sale for about $13.00, or $11.40 after the 20% off coupon… The jig slides easily along the fence, holds tight and secure, the adjustments h...

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