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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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Harbor Freight oscillating multifunction power tool $15.99

Harbor Freight oscillating multifunction power tool $15.99

03-27-2013 07:11 PM by eddie | 25 comments »

i got a email ad from HF a few weeks ago and they had this oscillating tool for 14 .99 and had a good one before but had dropped and broken it ,so took a chance on this and it worked as good as my other one and it was a couple 100 its not a variable speed one but then i never used that on my other one .i use it mostly for cutting pegs and some other cutting its not a go to tool but is use some what .it seems to be doing good so far , it even came with a extra set of brushes and a allen ...

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Harbor freight clamps

Harbor freight clamps

03-24-2013 04:35 PM by Mark | 16 comments »

I was down in Bellingham on Fri. ( after an hr wait at the boarder) and thought I’d stop and check out Harbor Freight, as I’ve heard so much about it. There was a post by one of the LJ’s that said their clamps were pretty fair. I picked up 3 of the 12” bar clamps and 2 -3/4” pipe clamps. I haven’t tried the pipe clamps as yet but the bar clamps work just fine. At $4.00 ea ya can’t go wrong. I would recommend this product. I also stopped at the...

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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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HF Japanese Flush Cut Saw

HF Japanese Flush Cut Saw

03-01-2013 04:52 PM by LoydMoore | 14 comments »

What to say. I have German, Swiss, real Japanese and American flush trim saws that cost anywhere from $20 to $70. Ever since I bought the Harbor Freight saw all of these are collecting dust in their storage drawer. This saw cuts faster and cleaner than any of those saws. Not sure how fast it will dull but for $8.00 (with 20% coupon) I will just toss it and buy another.

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HF 5 Drawer Rolling Tool Chest--US General Pro---another HF Gem!

HF 5 Drawer Rolling Tool Chest--US General Pro---another HF Gem!

02-10-2013 09:43 PM by RibsBrisket4me | 22 comments »

Hello folks. I have not been on here much as work has kept me very busy since the new year. Anyway, I still browsethe HF flyers that are sent my way. I have had my eye on this rolling tool chest for over a year. Regular price is @ $299. Of course we can use a 20% coupon almost any time, but I kept wating to see of this would go on some crazy sale. It has!!! Just picked this up last week for $169.00 on sale from the current flyer. I did not try to stack the 20% coupon, as I thought this wa...

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Harbor Freight Surprise

Harbor Freight Surprise

02-06-2013 11:13 PM by shipwright | 21 comments »

Sometimes I just can’t resist. If this plane set had been real junk, I’d have been out $11.99….............so I decided to live dangerously …. after all, I’m not even that much of a hand tool guy. I took the big chance and used a coupon and brought it home. I’m only reviewing the #4 here because the little block plane really is just silly. Out of the bubble pack, with the copious oil removed, it actually cut and was sort of sharp. To me the test of a ha...

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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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