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grover
Jan 23, 2002

PEW PEW PEW







Instead of the big compressor I wanted, I got the cheap 12v car compressor I needed. Ah well, I can always be my own santa...

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sbyers77
Jan 9, 2004



SNiPER_Magnum posted:

It has the release typical of all reasonably priced jacks: standstill to freefall with a slight twist. The handle is very thick though, so modulating it is a lot easier than other jacks I've used.

Isn't this a common feature of "racing" jacks though? You just give it a quarter twist and it quickly drops the car to the ground so you can get back in the race, yo.

I'd imagine jacks not branded as "racing" have a more reasonable drop speed control.

wav3form
Aug 10, 2008


Lowclock posted:

How is the feel on the release of the aluminum racing jack from HF that everyone recommends? I've got an old craftsman jack that lifts poo poo fine and doesn't leak or anything, but it's annoying as gently caress to have to use a big pair of channel locks on the bar to get enough leverage to lower it slowly instead of just snapping open and free falling.

I like the way the release feels and with the large knurled handle you have some good control over it.

Dyscrasia
Jun 23, 2003
Give Me Hamms Premium Draft or Give Me DEATH!!!!

Lowclock posted:

How is the feel on the release of the aluminum racing jack from HF that everyone recommends? I've got an old craftsman jack that lifts poo poo fine and doesn't leak or anything, but it's annoying as gently caress to have to use a big pair of channel locks on the bar to get enough leverage to lower it slowly instead of just snapping open and free falling.

Ive got an aluminum HF racing jack and I think it has a pretty quick release. If you try to use it like a regular jack, your car is dropping. Barely a quarter turn of the handle will get things moving at a reasonable pace.

Sockington
Jul 26, 2003


rotarybob posted:

http://goo.gl/gI9ao
Mastercraft 322-piece Socket & Tool Set, comes with a huge load of everything and the good old Mastercraft lifetime warranty.

Maximum is the way to fly, but new tools are new tools.

OldSquid
May 28, 2007
Flying a plane is just like riding a bike, except it's harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

I have basically the jack Fireantz posted (same model, but about 10 years old), and it has the issue Lowclock was asking about. Hard to turn to release initially, but once it releases it drops very quickly. It wasn't always like this. It started doing this about 3 years ago. I'm sure heavy use and cold winter storage are contributing factors.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


MY HF racing jack does alright for, umm, actual racing. Make sure you grease the end of the handle, it galls instantly when new (anodized aluminum against maybe aluminum) and is rough forever after. Its much easier to modulate when it doesn't rotate like a stick in a box of bolts.

mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006



My condo flooded and the HF aluminum jack was basically submerged in water. It's dry now and I'm not worried about the aluminum corroding but is there anything else that might have problems?

Geoj
May 28, 2008

BITTER POOR PERSON


mod sassinator posted:

My condo flooded and the HF aluminum jack was basically submerged in water. It's dry now and I'm not worried about the aluminum corroding but is there anything else that might have problems?

Might want to change the hydraulic fluid, its a good bet water worked its way into the hydraulic system.

Geoj fucked around with this message at 23:37 on Dec 28, 2010

SNiPER_Magnum
Jan 21, 2001

Don't close. Don't close.

Nap Ghost

Aluminum corrodes nearly instantly when exposed to air, and has a pseudo-protective barrier. Water immersion should not have an effect. I would not be concerned about the metal, but would be of the fluid and seals mentioned above. It's probably all OK, but jack oil is cheap enough.

InitialDave
Jun 14, 2007

I Want To Believe.


The fasteners, fittings and pistons etc are still going to be ferrous, though, so check them out. A dousing of WD40 or similar might be an idea.

dyne
May 9, 2003
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eddiewalker posted:

Just snagged a bunch of HF pact sets, impact wobbles and impact extensions on clearance.

The biggest surprise was seeing the 1/2 and 3/4 drive breaker bars for like $4 down from $20ish.
Thanks for posting this, I didn't notice the breaker bars were on clearance when I went the other day looking for SAE impact socket sets (which they didn't have). Bought a 25" breaker bar for $6, and was happy to find they had restocked the SAE sockets, so I bought a couple of those. The extensions and wobble sets weren't on clearance.

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


They cleared out the extension and wobble sets here and have replaced them with newly packaged "Pittsburgh Professional" ones.

Jared592
Jan 23, 2003
JARED NUMBERS: BACK IN ACTION


People Plasti-dipping all kinds of stuff these days:
Plasti-dipped wheels
Plasti-dipped car

The cool part is the way it's:
A: Removable
and
B: Paintable

You can have bright orange wheels on Monday and be back to stock on Tuesday.

Only registered members can see post attachments!

Super Aggro Crag
Apr 23, 2008




And, of course as always, kill Hitler.




Jared592 posted:

People Plasti-dipping all kinds of stuff these days:
Plasti-dipped wheels
Plasti-dipped car

The cool part is the way it's:
A: Removable
and
B: Paintable

You can have bright orange wheels on Monday and be back to stock on Tuesday.



I saw your car on DSMTuners. I'm thinking about Plasti-dipping mine in red after I fix the rust holes.

Brain Issues
Dec 16, 2004

lol

Jared592 posted:

People Plasti-dipping all kinds of stuff these days:
Plasti-dipped wheels
Plasti-dipped car

The cool part is the way it's:
A: Removable
and
B: Paintable

You can have bright orange wheels on Monday and be back to stock on Tuesday.


This is so awesome. I want to see more of this.

MrSaturn
Sep 8, 2004

Go ahead, laugh. They all laugh at first...

Any idea if it will peel off of paint on body panels? More specifically, flat or satin paint? I'm having dirty thoughts about doing some gnarly scallops on my car, and if plastidip made them removable, I'd be more likely to give it a go, I think.

K-On! Season 2
Jan 1, 2010



sbyers77 posted:

Isn't this a common feature of "racing" jacks though? You just give it a quarter twist and it quickly drops the car to the ground so you can get back in the race, yo.

I'd imagine jacks not branded as "racing" have a more reasonable drop speed control.

It sounds like he is critiquing the cheap set-screw method of controlling the drop rate.

BrokenKnucklez
Apr 22, 2008

by zen death robot


Northern Tool has these -> http://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...81520_200381520

They are pretty nice for the price. I have a set in my tool box.

Jared592
Jan 23, 2003
JARED NUMBERS: BACK IN ACTION


MrSaturn posted:

Any idea if it will peel off of paint on body panels? More specifically, flat or satin paint? I'm having dirty thoughts about doing some gnarly scallops on my car, and if plastidip made them removable, I'd be more likely to give it a go, I think.

From the pictures I've seen it peels right off. It seems almost like a spray-on vinyl wrap in that way.

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


So do you guys like the wobble extension things? I was considering getting some when I was in HF today loading up on impact sockets, but I'm not convinced it would be anything but annoying in most cases. I guess I just want a regular extension, but they only seemed to have 3/8 impact extensions.

e:

BrokenKnucklez posted:

Northern Tool has these -> http://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...81520_200381520

They are pretty nice for the price. I have a set in my tool box.

I have the HF version of this (in SAE) and they're awesome. The pivot makes them so useful. Unfortunately I lost my 9/16 one, which was the size I bought the set for in the first place.

Lowclock
Oct 26, 2005


Jared592 posted:

People Plasti-dipping all kinds of stuff these days:
Plasti-dipped wheels
Plasti-dipped car

The cool part is the way it's:
A: Removable
and
B: Paintable

You can have bright orange wheels on Monday and be back to stock on Tuesday.



This is pretty freaking awesome, thanks for sharing this. I've been wondering what the BBSs on my e34 would look like in maybe white or black (probably poo poo). Maybe I'll go find out!

EDIT: Oh god I kept reading. Plasti-dipped tail lights...

Lowclock fucked around with this message at 11:24 on Dec 30, 2010

Chauncey
Sep 16, 2007

Gibbering
Fathead




I am so plasti-dipping something

the_reject
May 30, 2002


Raluek posted:

So do you guys like the wobble extension things?
Not sure how the HF wobbles are, but my Matco wobbles also allow you to push the socket on just a smidge more to make it a non-wobble.

Personally, they are all I use in 1/4", and it's very rare that I grab anything else in 3/8", either - unless I need the super-long 3-footer, or my 6" locking extension. The added flexibility is very helpful.

BrokenKnucklez
Apr 22, 2008

by zen death robot


Raluek posted:

So do you guys like the wobble extension things? I was considering getting some when I was in HF today loading up on impact sockets, but I'm not convinced it would be anything but annoying in most cases. I guess I just want a regular extension, but they only seemed to have 3/8 impact extensions.

They are awesome! Its great when you need to move your gun over a little. I got the impact wobble extensions, and if you do shove them down a little it makes it into a regular socket extension.

Super Aggro Crag
Apr 23, 2008




And, of course as always, kill Hitler.




MrSaturn posted:

Any idea if it will peel off of paint on body panels? More specifically, flat or satin paint? I'm having dirty thoughts about doing some gnarly scallops on my car, and if plastidip made them removable, I'd be more likely to give it a go, I think.

Just don't try to take a shortcut by removing it with a power washer like I've seen.

InitialDave
Jun 14, 2007

I Want To Believe.


I guess a proper cleaning, polishing and waxing beforehand might be a good idea, too.

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


Alright, I guess I'll snag the wobble extensions while they're still on clearance. Thanks to this thread I already bought a bunch of impact stuff to go with the rattlegun I got for xmas. I think I paid $51 including tax for three sets of drive adapters and everything (but the gun) in this drawer:



e: Anyone got any ideas what you're gonna use that 25% off any item coupon for on new years day? I don't think it applies to sale/clearance prices, but isn't that up to the cashier? What's the deal with coupon and sale prices, anyway?

Raluek fucked around with this message at 05:46 on Dec 31, 2010

Geoj
May 28, 2008

BITTER POOR PERSON


Raluek posted:

e: Anyone got any ideas what you're gonna use that 25% off any item coupon for on new years day? I don't think it applies to sale/clearance prices, but isn't that up to the cashier? What's the deal with coupon and sale prices, anyway?

If they'll let me, on this: http://www.harborfreight.com/air-to...ench-94802.html

My friend's a diesel mechanic, he bought one and says its just as good as his $250 IR model that its basically a clone of.

Lowclock
Oct 26, 2005


Raluek posted:




BrokenKnucklez
Apr 22, 2008

by zen death robot


I have been pretty impressed with HF Air tools. They are not the best by all means but they seems to work well for the price. Just got a large air compressor for Christmas, so I hurried to HF and purchased a couple of tools. I admit it, the earthquake impact gun is stupid powerful.

MonkeyNutZ
Dec 26, 2008

"A cave isn't gonna cut it, we're going to have to use Beebo"


I bought a hammer
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...3#post386312973

grover
Jan 23, 2002

PEW PEW PEW







MonkeyNutZ posted:

I bought a hammer
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...3#post386312973
I have a hammer just like that that my grandfather made from scratch in the 30s. I have a lot of great hand-made tools from him, actually.

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


Lowclock posted:




'MURCA sokets

oxbrain
Aug 18, 2005

Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip and come on up to the mothership.


MonkeyNutZ posted:

I bought a hammer
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...3#post386312973

$10 in materials, $120 in labor.

CatBus
May 12, 2001

Who wants a mustache ride?

Raluek posted:

e: Anyone got any ideas what you're gonna use that 25% off any item coupon for on new years day? I don't think it applies to sale/clearance prices, but isn't that up to the cashier? What's the deal with coupon and sale prices, anyway?

The coupon says no sale/clearance items. I have two of the 25% off coupons, and I am going to pick up two pairs of the 6 ton jack stands (The guy made it clear that it was one coupon per person, not per visit, so my wife will use one, I guess). The 3 ton jack stands are useless. I have no idea why I bought more of the stupid 3 ton this summer, since they are too short.

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


CatBus posted:

The coupon says no sale/clearance items. I have two of the 25% off coupons, and I am going to pick up two pairs of the 6 ton jack stands (The guy made it clear that it was one coupon per person, not per visit, so my wife will use one, I guess). The 3 ton jack stands are useless. I have no idea why I bought more of the stupid 3 ton this summer, since they are too short.

The 3-ton work great for low cars like my Escort. But I needed the 6-ton for my Jeep.

CatBus
May 12, 2001

Who wants a mustache ride?

Rhyno posted:

The 3-ton work great for low cars like my Escort. But I needed the 6-ton for my Jeep.

Ok, that may be true. I have a Jeep, two Scouts, a pickup truck, and a CRV. The 3 ton jack stands are useless for me.

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


CatBus posted:

Ok, that may be true. I have a Jeep, two Scouts, a pickup truck, and a CRV. The 3 ton jack stands are useless for me.

Yeah I could see that. I tried a 3-ton on the Jeep and it barely got an inch off the ground.

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grover
Jan 23, 2002

PEW PEW PEW







A few 99-cent concrete blocks do wonders for adjusting jack height, FYI.

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