HF beater stuff any good? A couple things I was going to pick up

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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 09-18-2010 12:00 AM 944 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2010 12:00 AM

I was wondering if any of this stuff is useable, as just beater stuff, for odds and ends jobs, that don’t need to see use every day.

For some odd reason, my Shop Teacher this year recommends Harbor Freight stuff, if you need something to work for some odds and ends stuff. He actually bought a couple of their cordless drills.. eeekk!.. It also appears some of the chisels are HF. Although he was given only $100 to fix a shop that probably needs $1000 worth of repairs/stuff(Drills dead, scroll saw broke, planer broken(as of last year)...)

What I wantted to pick up was:

Chisels: $6
Drill Bits: $4 or $8
Philips Drivers: $2

I just need to pick up a few things, since, I have no drill bits, and my drivers are all worn out. Not to mention I was just looking for a reason to spend the $15 I have sitting on my desk, toward my shop, rather than leave it sitting there, and still have no bits… :( Plus I am within a hop skip and a jump of their, for an appointment tommorrow.

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 12:14 AM

Never used any of these, but the prices are right – even if you treat the bits as semi-disposable. Let us know how this stuff turns out.


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#2 posted 09-18-2010 03:14 AM

I have two sets of these chisels.
One set I use for everything, they are beaten up.
The other set I sharpened on the stone, they are razor sharp and have held a good edge.
I only use them for what they are meant for…cutting wood.
They are on sale for $5.99 right now.
I say you can’t go wrong for the price.


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#3 posted 09-18-2010 03:30 AM

I have their 29 piece hss TiN coated drill bit set and I think it is great. They are pretty sharp and are accurately sized (though there may be the occasional one that is a couple thousands off). I think I paid $12 for the set or thereabouts. Of course more expensive tools will probably be better, but just to get you off the ground, these items would probably be fine.

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