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Arghhh

Arghhh

01-22-2013 11:40 PM by Purrmaster | 26 comments »

This review for the Harbor Freight adjustable roller stand. Item #46086. The one with the red roller. I got this last week to use as outfeed support for my planer and jointer. I needed something cheap and easy to support the long beech boards I was planing. This tool has mostly been an exercise in frustration. The bad news: Adjusting it is very difficult and highly annoying. It’s adjusted by moving the rod that holds the roller up and down within the base. This is a common...

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Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

01-13-2013 08:12 PM by HorizontalMike | 41 comments »

I had been toying with the idea of getting into Woodturning for some time and the opportunity presented itself, so I started some serious planning. One of the things that goes along with Woodturning is the ability to sharpen your own turning tools. At the time I did NOT own a mechanized sharpening machine/system and had to rely on manually sharpening all of my planes and chisels with the “Scary Sharp” sandpaper to stone methodology. Don’t get me wrong, that system works a...

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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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Momentary Power Foot Switch

Momentary Power Foot Switch

01-09-2013 11:01 PM by b2rtch | 14 comments »

How many time when starting your router or your drill press or other power tool did you wish you had one more hand to grab firmly on the piece you were ready to machine? Often we present a piece of wood on the router just at right place to route it and then we need to let go of it to start the router and then the piece move. Or we hardly can hold one large piece , we do not feel very safe and then we need to let go of one hand to start the router or the drill press. After I refurbished...

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A great deal

A great deal

01-08-2013 12:00 PM by Purrmaster | 45 comments »

I’ve been using this blade for a few months now. It’s lived in my miter saw most of that time and I just tried it out on the table saw for rip cuts. I’ve been very pleased with this blade, overall. The titanium nitride coating does seem to reduce friction and give a somewhat cleaner cut. The blade is nice and sharp out of the box. It cut more easily and cleanly the Kobalt blades I had been using in the miter saw. And the rip cuts it did were good too. The saw didn&#...

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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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Harbor Freight 300 Lb. Capacity Mobile Base

Harbor Freight 300 Lb. Capacity Mobile Base

01-06-2013 11:02 PM by kdc68 | 21 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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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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Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

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

09-27-2012 10:02 PM 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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Don't Bother

Don't Bother

09-16-2012 10:44 PM by Purrmaster | 15 comments »

I am usually a big fan of Harbor Freight and have gotten a lot of good stuff there. But these sanding discs are truly atrocious. Using a random orbital sander, it took about 2 minutes to wear the grit away. On softwood construction lumber. After sanding an area about 10 inches wide by 48 inches long (just one side) the grit was worn completely away. I don’t know whether the grit doesn’t adhere well or if there is simply not enough grit. Please note: I have only used the...

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