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Old 03-17-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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junk items from harbor freight

the other thread pretty much extolls the virtues of some harbor freight items.. and i think harbor freight serves a purpose, but some things are just bad news....

this thread is for items that broke pretty much instantaneously...


6" safety wire pliers : broke on first use.


handheld rivet gun: broke on first use. (i just needed the nosepieces anyways..)



dust collector (get the extended warranty!!!! i've been through 3 of these units in 2 years....they don't grease the motor bearings...they really start squealing in cold weather. then they fail. it's easier to return then to tear it apart and grease the bearings. i've done both...)

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Old 03-17-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
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I bought one of the orange square base palm sanders. What a total POS!!!
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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Torque wrench. Broke within a month.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:28 PM   #4
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Torque wrench. Broke within a month.
HFT should make good on the warranty...
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:32 PM   #5
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bought a router speed control last year, only lasted about 2 months before dying...,
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:36 PM   #6
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Floor jack. Lasted about 1 year - roughly $6 per lift.

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Old 03-17-2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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The $3.99 battery tender.

Their zip-ties are cheap too. They break when you're installing them and try to pull them even halfway tight. They get probably get shipped over here because even the Chinese won't use them.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:43 AM   #8
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handheld rivet gun: broke on first use. (i just needed the nosepieces anyways..)

Great. I bought one of those yesterday. Haven't used it. It was for a friend.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:56 AM   #9
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Rubber strap wrench. Snapped the rubber off at the handle while trying to loosen a stubborn oil filter. I was pissed for a minute then remember the damn thing cost like $2 so fuck it.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:38 AM   #10
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Great. I bought one of those yesterday. Haven't used it. It was for a friend.
Some friend you are. . bete.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:45 AM   #11
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Hmmmm.... cheap slide hammer broke one of it's attachments real quickly.

I'm sure there have been other fails.

I did try that plastic welder long ago and had no luck with that.

All and all I've done okay with HF though.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:00 AM   #12
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Must be that I've gotten lucky, I've used the safety wire pliers and $3.99 battery tender without fail for 4 years now.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:12 AM   #13
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Rubber strap wrench. Snapped the rubber off at the handle while trying to loosen a stubborn oil filter. I was pissed for a minute then remember the damn thing cost like $2 so fuck it.
Craftsmen's is no better, they just don't work on oil filters what so ever, ok for a stuck hose spigot.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:30 PM   #14
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Harbor Freight = disposable tools. If you want something to last a lifetime, buy elsewhere. If you need a tool for a one time deal, then Harbor Freight is mostly worth what you pay.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:41 PM   #15
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Is it the price?

I bought a Harbor Freight End Mill - just love it
Bought a cutoff band saw and it's not great but I'm happy with it.
Press plates -havent broken or bent
misc lathe tools - just fine
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