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Serious Imperfection

Serious Imperfection

10-05-2013 10:50 AM by Purrmaster | 44 comments »

This review is for the Harbor Freight (some call it Central Machinery) item #30289. 6” free standing jointer. I’ve had this thing for about 2 years now. It has probably been the most frustrating tool I have but it has also come in handy. This was my first serious woodworking power tool. I’ve read some reviews that said it was basic, but pretty good. I got this because I needed a jointer and it was the only one I could afford. Every other jointer that wasn’...

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You may never need these...

You may never need these...

09-21-2013 08:37 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 7 comments »

But when there’s a need for ultra deep jaw clamps 12 inches nothing else will work.So, I put off buying these for a long time and sure enough I have a job at hand that needs these. @ 10 a piece you cant beat the price and quality.you could take the pin out and replace it with a handle but I see no need to that.

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Quick Release Clamps:  Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

Quick Release Clamps: Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

08-25-2013 09:34 PM by SirFatty | 44 comments »

I recently purchased some Harbor Freight clamps that are still on sale, “12 clamps, “18 clamps and “36 clamps (the picture shows the 36” as yellow, but they are blue in the store). Decided to go with these because, quite honestly, they look almost exactly like Jorgensen clamps. The main difference, besides the cost, is the plastic/rubberized grip versus the Jorgensen’s hardwood. Although the castings are a bit rough, there’s no doubt where the Harbor F...

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Harbor Freight Super Coupons

Harbor Freight Super Coupons

07-03-2013 05:06 PM by Tennessee | 12 comments »

I found that if I look hard enough you can find better than average coupons for HF, (higher than 20%) online that will actually work.I just found a number of them here:http://www.retailmenot.com/view/harborfreight.com I chose the 25% super coupon that is not printable, about 6 or 7th on the list.It worked, and I saved 16.25 over the sale price of 64.99 on the pocket hole drill jig. Unfortunately, after being hit 6.99 for standard shipping, and sales tax since I have a brick and mortar H...

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A true Pocket Hole Master !!!!!

A true Pocket Hole Master !!!!!

06-30-2013 06:12 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 36 comments »

Well, I’ve resisted buying one of these pocket hole jugs for more years that I can recall mainly because, I never thought I would ever use one and I don’t use screws when making fine furniture. Shop jigs and Tables get a screw here and there but not too often. Any way while I’ve been watching this thing for years, the prices on this have gone up so much the last few years so I decided to get one before it hits the 80+ mark. I didn’t even want to consider the other pocket hole jigs. Right fro...

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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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Very Happy with  this Dust Collector

Very Happy with this Dust Collector

06-09-2013 11:48 AM by Denco | 12 comments »

Between sale price and coupon, the price was low enough that I took the plunge and bought the HF 2HP DC. —Starting with assembly:— You end up doing quite of bit of assembly with this unit, not just 2 or 3 connections. The very first thing I did when unpacking the unit was to plug the motor in to make sure it ran. I didn’t want to assemble the whole thing and then discover the motor didn’t work. It fired right up, no problems. I’ve seen talk on the intern...

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Does not do its only job!

Does not do its only job!

05-20-2013 01:12 PM by Cole Tallerman | 45 comments »

So let me start off by saying I was really excited to get this on sale for $20. I had been wanting the wixey but no local stores had it so it would have been $35+shipping. Out of the box this thing feels really good. Its nice and heavy, and it feels of good quality. I popped it out and turned it on. I set it on the Cast iron of the table saw a few inches from the blade, hit the “calibrate” button and placed it on the blade. I was really impressed on how the measurement changed as ...

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A lot for very little

A lot for very little

04-25-2013 03:09 AM by Rick M. | 49 comments »

I thought my saw was reasonably vibration free for a contractor but on start up and especially shut down it would give a slight shudder. After years of ignoring advice to buy a link belt I did and am sorry I waited so long because it’s like having a new saw. I only thought my saw ran smooth but now there is no more shudder even at shut down and I’d swear it cuts a little smoother though that might be psychosomatic. If you’ve been wanting to try a link belt and have been putt...

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For $2.50, I'll deal with the shedding grit...at $3.50, definitely not.

For $2.50, I'll deal with the shedding grit...at $3.50, definitely not.

04-22-2013 01:07 AM by paxorion | 18 comments »

I wanted to post a quick review of the Harbor Freight Aluminum Oxide Sanding Sponges. I purchased a set of coarse, medium, and fine sanding sponges for $2.50 per pack of 10 (total cost was $7.50), using a coupon I found in Wood Magazine. All recent coupons for this item has been at $3.50 per pack of 10. My logic was, why not take a chance for what I might spend on lunch while the coupon is still valid. My first usage of the coarse grit could only be described as “epic fail”....

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