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Forum topic by Matt C posted 10-19-2016 08:00 PM 2108 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt C

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10-19-2016 08:00 PM

Hi everybody!!

My town is getting a new Harbor Freight soon and I am curious from others out there if they knew if they will have any great GRAND OPENING sales? I know some of their stuff is junk and other stuff is decent with a few things being pretty good.

Any thoughts on something that would be a great deal to look out for in a grand opening sale?

Thanks everyone!

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#1 posted 10-19-2016 08:12 PM

They will probably have a good sale. It seems that they have sales pretty frequently… like once a month. This one might be better though. I dont remember when the one here opened.
As you mentioned, HF has some decent stuff and some terrible things. Many of the tools (even the good ones) need to be “fixed” to work correctly. The reviews on their site are usually pretty helpful. With many of them, people will mention what problems they have had and what needs to be done to make the tool run correctly.
There are a few sites which have a list of the current HF coupons. Many of them may not be run in your region or you may not have seen. the one I use the most is I like it as it always has at least a few 20% off coupons easily accessible, and list a bunch of other item specific coupons with little notes about if you should use the item coupon or the 20% off coupon.

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 08:22 PM

We got a Harborfreight last year and there was a Grand Opening sale and then a couple of weeks later they had one of their huge tent sales in the parking lot. Then it was business as usual for the store. I didn’t go to either sale because it was mobbed with people. I’m not much for big crowds and I didn’t see anything that was discounted so greatly that I thought I HAVE to have that! I prefer to look through the flyers when they come out and if I see something I want, I grab one of my coupons and go buy it. I also consider Harborfreight when considering a purchase of most items that will have a one time use or used occasionally. I read the reviews, watch videos if there are any and then decide. For tools I’m going to use all the time, I stick with name brand well reviewed tools. Rubber gloves, dust masks, zip ties, shop towels etc., I make Harborfreight my go to store. Make sure you are on their mailing list so you can get the occasional 25% off super coupon and the other more common 20% coupons.

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 08:24 PM

For coupons, just go to the source:
You can also get the monthly flyer there as well.
They had a big grand opening sale here, but I doubt that what was pushed here would be the same as yours – there are just too many items and too many sales and what they want to push changes too frequently.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 10-19-2016 09:04 PM

I got an 18 gauge brad nail gun for $17 at HF. Even if it turns out to be junk, I could buy like 4 more as spares and it’d still be cheaper than some other major retailers. So far I’ve used it a few times and it has been fine.

Other things I always get at Harbor Freight are shop towels and latex gloves. There prices are just too good to beat.

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#5 posted 10-19-2016 09:29 PM

There are a couple of threads on HF bargains.
The most universally admired HF item around here is the 1.5HP (joke) Dust Collector.
If you need any kind of wrench, the HF parts are pretty good. Socket sets are a particularly good buy.
Most of us non-HF-haters swear by their F bar clamps and the aluminum bar clamps. The squeeze quick clamps used to be horrible and some folks think the latest incarnation is merely poor. Spring clamps and C-clamps are great also
The metal HF caliper, the Dial Indicator and matching base are true bargains. Not great tools for a machinist, but for us woodworkers, it really elevates your precision. I’m not a fan of their plastic beam calipers.
I have both the brad nailer and the pin nailer, and they work fine.
I really like the drill press table and the small flat vise
Their version of the Little Giant multi-way folding ladder is very nice and if found on sale is an excellent value
I’ve installed thousands of rivets with their pneumatic rivet tool and a pancake compressor. The pressure shut off failed on the compressor, but it kept chugging for far longer than I ever imagined it would.
On other motorized tools, there is more variation in opinion. The trim router seems to be a good value, I have a small angle grinder that sounds horrible but consistently cuts just fine. I used to rely on one of their 12V drills but I’ve upgraded a while ago. Most folks think the desk top drill presses are pretty decent.

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#6 posted 10-19-2016 10:52 PM

You can also reference YouTube. There are a few woodworkers that review the HF tools line and in some cases really put them through their paces. Matt Heere is one such YouTuber that does allot of comprehensive reviews and there’s gotta be a thousand reviews and modification vids of the HF 2 h.p. dust collector.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#7 posted 10-19-2016 11:37 PM

Bar clamps are good the squeeze clamps are straight junk.

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Matt C

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#8 posted 10-20-2016 01:56 AM

Thanks all. I’ll watch for the coupons closer to open date.

Brtech-are you saying the dust collector is a joke or are you secretly happy with that purchase? I’ve seen quite a few people purchase them.

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#9 posted 10-20-2016 02:17 AM

I have the HF dust collector and I’m very pleased with it. The joke is the 2HP claimed horsepower. It’s less than 1.5HP

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#10 posted 10-20-2016 11:37 AM

Having a local store is nice because YOU are the QC dept! Many HF items run a huge range of quality within the same bin. Some examples:

- At least half of the casters in a given bin are crap. You need to pick good examples.
- I went through 3-4 sets of $20 binoculars before I found a properly working set. I’m not expecting pro Canon or Nikon quality here, only usable… I like the cheapies for race tracks, because bad stuff happens to them, and it happens often.
- If you only need a wrench or socket, or two, for outfitting a specific task kit, check the markdown rack. Broken up sets are often cheap, and what you need may be there.
- I like HF cases for my r/c stuff and task kits I keep in my hangar and r/v. It can take a few to find one without defects.

You can’t beat HF for things like protective gloves, infrequently used tools (odd socket fittings, my crazy long extension, etc…), cheap ty-wraps…

My opinion of HF changed greatly for the positive once I could choose my examples. They also offer a decent return policy.

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#11 posted 10-20-2016 12:53 PM

Harbor Freight is my go to for “disposables”, except for sand paper. Anything I need that I plan on throwing away, except sand paper. Have I hinted enough that their sand paper is crap? A few good things…

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#12 posted 10-20-2016 03:29 PM

Most of these have been stated, but here’s my list of HF item’s I’ve been happy with

Nitrile gloves, pin nailer, air hose (1/2” green one), air hose fittings, F-style clamps, moisture meter, magnetic hardware dish, auto-darkening welding helmet, brass-bristle brushes, acid brushes, steel dust pan, and bench brushes. I also have about a half dozen free tape measures and flashlights, I keep one of each in my truck, my wife’s van, and other random spots. I bought a large socket there once, and took an angle grinder to it to fit a large spanner nut I needed to get off my motorcycle triples. Worked fine, and much more affordable than a specialty tool.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 10-20-2016 04:17 PM

I have a set of HF forstner bits that have been an excellent value. I also like their 4” angle grinder and their aluminum bar clamps. I also have their mini wood lathe that has been great. I recently upgraded after using it for over a year and would recommend it. Their sandpaper is crap and I haven’t owned any of their pneumatic tools but I have used ratchets and nail guns and haven’t liked either. General concensus is that any of their cordless tools are losers but I can’t say so first hand.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 10-20-2016 04:45 PM

I agree with what the majority are saying here. The f clamps are great the quick squeeze clamps are pure junk. I also have a bench top drill press that i really like as well as an hvlp spray gun. The socket sets and wrenches are great but their bunge style air hose is junk. HokieKen, thanks for the review on the mini lathe. I’ve been looking at those as well.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!

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#15 posted 10-20-2016 07:08 PM

Another great HF deal is their Vibration Free Link Belt. It could be one of the only items in their inventory that’s not made in China (I think its made in Italy). And you’ll be hard pressed to find as good a quality V-belt for less.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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