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Another 5 star gem from HF

Another 5 star gem from HF

09-21-2010 09:52 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 7 comments »

Last week I purchased a 10 Feet Long 4” clear hose from Rockwell, ( the one on the left) I spent the better part of the afternoon stretching it to fit the standard connections on my jointer, planer, TS and vacuum. Not a big deal. But since it wasn’t long enough to reach across the shop and I needed to order few things online from good ol Harbor Freight as in (Dust Collector Separator Lid) I decided to add one of their 10 feet hoses to the order.Let me tell ya, this thing fits perfect the fi...

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Harbor Freight Scissor Lift Table

Harbor Freight Scissor Lift Table

09-15-2010 04:46 AM by jcwalleye | 8 comments »

Tool Review 500 lb capacity hydraulic lift table I struggle lowering cabinets or other heavy items from the workbench down to the floor. It’s often more of a controlled drop than anything else. I thought it was just me, but the topic came up on one of the forums recently. Someone mentioned that they used a scissor lift table from Harbor Freight and several others chimed in saying they used the same thing. It was such a simple solution, I had to get one. A friend picked it up...

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Harbor Freight 3" x 21" Variable Speed Belt Sander

Harbor Freight 3" x 21" Variable Speed Belt Sander

08-08-2010 07:41 PM 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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Harbor freight 2hp dust collector....

Harbor freight 2hp dust collector....

08-08-2010 05:06 AM by njcraftsman | 26 comments »

A Year ago when I was building my shop, I was shopping around for a dust collector to be the heart of my system. I looked at general, jet, grizzly etc. But then I read several really postive reviews on the HF 2hp model. I had a coupon for 169.00 for it so I figured why not. Let me tell you this thing is at least the equal of all of those other’s! I actually got a chance to examine a jet, and a grizzly….and they are almost identical.(makes you wonder if there not made in the same ...

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Harbor Freight Dovetail jig

Harbor Freight Dovetail jig

07-26-2010 07:20 AM by Tim29 | 52 comments »

I have been wanting to get a dovetail jig for sometime now. I was up against a brick wall however. Do I fork over the bucks for a Porter Cable jig or do I buy a cheaper jig and see if it does the job for less money. I have tried this type of approach many times with many tools. Most of the time I have went on to pay for the better quality tool as well as the cheaper tool that did not work. This is not one of those times.I paid the $23 for the Harbor Freight Dovetail jig and it works pretty we...

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harbour frieght drill press table attachment

harbour frieght drill press table attachment

07-23-2010 12:11 AM by ajb | 32 comments »

i was in the market for a drill press table for my new Delta/Rockwell drill press. I was going to make one out of scrap, but after factoring the cost of t-track and clamps this seemed like a decent $20.00 solution. It came out of the box and went directly on no problems.I used it to counter bore the boards for an Adirondack chair that is in process. It umm, sat on my drill press really well and held the stops where they were supposed too and allowed me to speed right through all my drilling.I...

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Can't beat them!!

Can't beat them!!

06-03-2010 03:21 AM by b2rtch | 46 comments »

These hold down cost the exorbitant price of $1.97 each!!!!! I read about other “famous” brand hold downs which break the first time you use them. These did not break after about ten tries and they in fact hold , as they are supposed to do . Excellent value.One more time, thank you Harbor Freight,my very favorite store.( just for Greg: this is a full review with pictures not from Harbor Freight ’s website but in fact taken on my new bench)The Harbor Freight guy

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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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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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12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head

12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head

03-17-2010 05:35 PM by b2rtch | 35 comments »

I am building tow night stands and I wanted to run the front legs.I never turned wood before in my life.So I went to my favorite harbor Freight store and I bought this lathe which was on sale for $249.00 but as usual the manager who knows me also accepted a 20% discount, my final price was $179.00.In addition I bought a 8 pieces HSS wood tuning tools set, also with 20% discount.As I said this is the very first time that I use a lathe and after watching a few videos on “youtube’ I...

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