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AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Racing Jack I have the roughly $135 (on sale) blue anodized aluminum HF racing jack (the one with two springs in back) and might I say it kicks rear end. It raises the car very quickly, is pretty easy to carry around. Its quite sturdy and is way better in every single way than my previous jack. My car weighs in at well over 4000lbs.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=40105

Knee Mill We have a fairly new one of these at school. For about $8,000 they are a very nice mill. I would buy one for myself or shop in a heartbeat over a bridgeport. Even the better condition (although admittedly older) bridgeports don't feel near as smooth and nice as this mill.

http://www.sharp-industries.com/mills/lmv-lmv50.html

CNC Lathe Hurco TM6. Very very easy to use and learn windows based controller. If you're doing diameters of less than 1.25" you don't even need a bar feed really you can just use a $200 bar puller as one of your tools and tell it to run however many cycles you want. Sit back and put your feet up.

http://www.hurco.com/Hurco/English/.../TM+6+Lathe.htm

Cutoff wheel I bought one of these for $5. Put at least 10 wheels through it without it missing a beat. Use drops of trans fluid, motor oil, or whatever nearly empty bottle I have sitting around.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=47077

Digital Caliper Ive used one of these for almost a year now. They come with an extra battery which is good as I use mine almost every day and it has used up the battery. I think I paid $15 for it. I've used it and used it and checked it for accuracy maybe last week and it was still correct. I've dropped it once or twice too I am ashamed to say although never really hard.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=47257

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 04:55 on Mar 4, 2008

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AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


If you're looking for an economical bender, I've used this one a few times, it got the job done just fine. (.125 Wall 1 1/8" CRS) http://www.jd2.com/

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


This can fit under my mark viii when its been sitting and it has a leaky airbag :P

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


What features do you want with it?

Most I know of use the various components/options available from Innovate

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


chem42 posted:

How big of an air compressor do I need to run a basic impact wrench and air ratchet and how much do I have to spend?

It depends if you want one new or used. To run those two things you don't need a very big tank unless you're going to be working quickly. Things like air sprayers or die grinders are what eat up a ton of air. If you don't need a portable one, and its for home use I'd just get a harbor freight stand up compressor and put it in a corner. My second hand (from my next door neighbor) craftsman has sprung a leak somewhere. I will have to fix that but otherwise has run without any big problems. I paid around $100 for it. Its a 20Gallon and I use a die grinder with ti but it will use up air very quickly to the point that after 5 minutes or so of grinding I need to let the tank fill up. If I had it to do over again I would wait for one of HF's big sales and put a stand up 30+ gallon unit on one of their $10 mover's dollys and put it in the corner. Then just buy a very long air hose.

One tool that does suck, is the lovely impact gun I bought in the air tool kit at pep boys. (And probably most in air tool kits) That thing sucks rear end. I am thinking about buying the step up model from HF and trying that out. At least at HF if I don't like it I can take it back.

BTW: Quick tool tip, if you buy an air ratchet, at some point it will just open and vent air and not turn. Spray WD40 through it. Like magic it will work every time, good as new. Ive used the same $10 (from that same lovely pep boys kit) for probably 3 years now. Its seized up like this due to poo poo in it probably 3 or 4 times especially if I let it sit for a while. Every time that fixes it perfect.

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 03:16 on Mar 5, 2008

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Contraband posted:

Well you're actually supposed to lube it with air tool oil before every use, but I guess if you're going 3 years strong then it might not be a huge problem. Unless of course it's applying much less torque than when new, which it might be.

I do. If not air tool oil than motor oil or trans fluid. It sometimes goes months between uses and I am guessing the cheap internals probably corrode. Not to mention its been in the dirt occasionally.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Northern Tool has 8pc swivel socket sets for like $10. $20 for the most common swivel sockets has been an AWESOME investment. The cheapest ones I could find at sears were SK for $140 per 8. The only grip I have about them is it looks like the center part that it swivels on was made of 4140 and not some rock hard stainless steel so they will rust if you leave them out and have a very humid garage like I do. Its just very very light rust but considering the price and usefulness, Ill gladly sand them if they get to bad.

EDIT: I cant find the chrome ones on thier site but they have them in stores. Heres thier comparison though,, IIRC Northern Industrial = Northern Tool The CR-V ones are even cheaper in stores.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000AX7UI...20&linkCode=asn

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...ivel+socket+set

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 02:07 on Mar 6, 2008

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Auto Darkening Welding Helmet from HF. Ive used it quite a bit and it works great. I can spend a whole day welding and not have any spots or anything. Instant flash to anything emitting any UV light. I bought it when it was on sale for either $39.99 or $29.99. Either way it was a great deal.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=46092

Also HF's welding gloves. They work good. They were $5.

They don't seem to have the ones I bought in their site, they are almost elbow length and brown.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Crazed_Capybara_Rider posted:



OEM brand Infrared Thermometer with LASER POINTER

I don't really know why I bought this but now I know how hot/cold everything is. And it's always fun to play with a laser pointer. It's got some nice range, -31 to +689 F

It was only like 20 bucks too.

A good friend has one and it is lots of fun.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I have one for sale in the AI for sale thread. Last page or second to last. Its a craftsman, a good and new one.

Personally I just either A) Use an impact gun, B) Tighten them down very tight. HF also sells $15 ones, not sure if they are any good.

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 03:03 on Mar 7, 2008

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Snap-On make a self igniting pencil style butane soldering torch that I used once, it was a friends, for $60+ I wasn't impressed. It didn't work any better than your average $10 electric. It wasn't particularly faster either. I suppose if your a mechanic where time is very valuable and you only use it every now and again it might be worth the extra, but outside of that one scenario, I would but a regular plug in electric.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Harbor Freight Electronic Ear Muffs:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=92851

These things are awesome. I got them on super sale for $9.99 and they easily perform as well as your average $50 that you'd get a bass pro or a shooting store. I have used them with my 12 gauge for over 150 rounds easily.

Harbor Freight Regular Ear Muffs:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=43768

I needed a set in case I take someone else shooting or a set to leave in my car, but didn't want to spend money. These worked fine today with my 12 gauge.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


HF also has a 50pc set of "vampire" quick connects both blue and red for like $5. I almost poo poo myself thinking back on how much I've spent on them form Auto Zone over the years, they're like $0.75 each there.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Oh I should have mentioned that if you turn them up, you can hear better with them than your normal hearing. So for $10, you basically get to know what the blind hear like, but without that lovely being blind thing. Thats like having retard strength without being retarded (well some of you will still be retarded) for the low low price of only 10 dollars.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


leica posted:

^^^^Your job sounds like fun.

I picked up an HF angle grinder today, $18.99 on sale, can't beat that with a stick.

Was it the blue one or the orange one? I got the blue electric one for $10 on super sale. No complaints.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Yes, they even sell some of the same items such as their 7x12 lathe. Only Harbor Freight appears to have a hell of a lot more tools.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Two tools I have already gotten more than my moneys worth out of are:

I picked this up for either $5 or $3. It come with an extra pack of blades for both knives and let me tell you they are VERY sharp. Like cut your skin like butter if you're not careful sharp.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=95611

This movers dollar has been handy in moving many 150+*lb things without doing any work. It feels quite sturdy like it could handle anything I need it to.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=93888

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


What a great deal.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=96230

I bougth these for $1 mroe, and I can't count how many trips to autozone I've made when I just needed a couple more and paid MORE for 8 of those than HF charges for 50.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I've got a brand new in box craftsman 1/2" I'll sell for 1/2 retail ($39).

This one:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00944595000P

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Get the harbor freight racing jack mentioned in this thread. (And read the god drat thread.) Mine was like $140 or $125 and is awesome because its not that heavy (aluminum) and raises stuff quickly.

As for tools, I just picked up this baby for $18. I have been very happy with my 6" and have used it enough to be on the second battery (which was included.) It has proven to be quite accurate and repeatable.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=47260

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Doctor Grape Ape posted:

Oh man, I picked up the 8" variety of this a few weeks ago and I have been measuring everything in sight. Kind of like after I got one of those infrared temperature devices (also from HF).


Yea I have the 6" and the one I just bought is an 8". How much was yours

Coupon link:
8" Digital Caliper Print Out Coupon

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 00:02 on Apr 20, 2008

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


PBCrunch posted:

I broke the #3 phillips bit that came in my Craftsman Impact driver set. They did not replace it under warranty. They charged me $2 for a new bit. To me, an impact driver is a hand tool, but Sears disagrees.

I bought a Matco cutoff wheel and Mac Tools normal and deep well metric socket sets for my impact gun at the pawn shop. Pawn shops have good tools for cheap sometimes.

Is there much difference between cheap and expensive air saws or should I use good blades in a cheap saw? What about palm sanders? Is it worth my while to seek out a good brand unit? Where can I get some good drill bits? I find myself breaking a lot of small diameter drill bits drilling mounting holes for speakers in car doors and such.

You could step up to Cobalt bits from HSS bits if you're breaking them.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I use stainless steel tables I bought from a catering business that shut down. I think they ran me like $100 and work awesome. They don't burn, tarnish, anything.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


multiprotocol posted:

Does anyone own a set of Big Red jack stands?

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/...13355_200313355

I had the opportunity to work with some during some emergency maintenance on miklm's car at a DE last weekend, and I thought they were really well made, and perfect for the paddock area at Barber (where you have to have the jack stand weight evenly distributed). Any feedback on them?

I have the Torin Big Red Jack set.

I got this exact set:
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/...05241_200305241

About 4 years ago. The trolley jack has since failed but I was overusing it anyway. I still use the jacks and have 0 issues or complaints with them. The wheel chocks are wheel chocks. I replaced the crappy trolley jack with a nice harbor freight unit and man it makes setup a breeze compared to before.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Toucan Sam posted:

How the gently caress do you overuse a jack?

Its a 2 ton (yea sure) jack under a 4500+ lb car.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Toucan Sam posted:

In other words you bought a jack to small for your vehicle and proceeded to use it anyway.

I love it when people read something, assume a bunch of other conditions are true and proceed to make snarky comments. It always goes well and is accurate.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Usually all I need is a metric set of sockets, screwdriver with 5 types of bits, knife, socket extensions, ratchets, hammer, and a 3/8 breaker bar.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Sweet compressor.

Should be getting a Husky tool case and some extra tools this weekend for a good deal. Can't wait

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Today I refreshed my cheapo air impact gun. (Coleman Powermate) I was surprised to find out it was made of very few parts. I simply took 4 set screws out of the back and removed the two assemblies and the shaft. I cleaned out all the parts and housing and began to lube it up. The old oil sitting in the housing was disgusting and looked like a bit of light rust mixed with coolant and oil. My air compressor has a big leak so I haven't tested it yet but I am confident it will work as new again.

Quick guide to cleaning mine:

On the front was the shaft which, if I am not mistaken, sits in a small bearing. I simply wiped it off and put a little wheel bearing grease on it and slid it back in.

Next were these two assemblies. the one between the shaft and back assembly was a fastened together piece made of what looked like a few cast, then machined steel parts. This was the one that when you put oil in the side of your impact gun, it goes directly onto it. I cleaned it, gave it a bath in some Syn ATF I had from a previous tranny change, and slid it back in. (I added syn ATF to the housing walls as well.)

The rear assembly was just 5 main pieces that went together in rear part of the gun's housing. Two end pieces made out of aluminum that air flowed through, a cast steel body and the innards of the assembly which contained little blades that came out when you depressed the trigger due to centrifugal force. This wasn't as dirty so I just wiped it down, gave everything a good coating of oil and put it all back in. Its important to note that theres a small piece that causes a few different parts to line up including the rear assembly with the housing and the front assembly.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


For $200 today of craigslist
I got this Husky tool case with:
2 Starrett Mics
1 Starrett Compass/Scriber
1 Fowler Mic
1 Mitutoyo Mic
SPI Radius Gage Set
SPI Telescope Gage Set
Several Ball Peen and Softblow Hammers
A bunch of Allen Wrenches/Screwdrivers

I figured it out and buying this stuff on eBay or new when eBay didn't have it would have run me about $450-500.


AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Ones a 3-4", two are 2-3" (One is a Starrett the other is the fowler which is made in China) and another is a 1-2" which can be used as a 0-1". Pretty good to have as all I had was a 0-1" mic.

He was a welder by trade and I've never known a welder to measure anything so I bet they're barely used!

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I will be picking a few things up from harbor freight tomorrow

While I am there I will see if they have these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=96323


If they work that would be quite neat and handy.

Also some coupons you might find as useful as I will:



I already have the red socket organizer and I can say tis the beat way by far I have found to keep sockets organized. What I plan to do now is buy two, put spacers between them, and sue them for deep sockets.

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 09:27 on Jul 2, 2008

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Anyone have a cheap air drill? What do you think of it compared to an electric?

All I have for an electric is an 8 year old $30 Skil drill.



Thing that might have more power and be less likely to bind?

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Rhyno posted:

So this week has been a great tool week for me. I bought a new jack, 2 sets of jack stands, a little dremel knock off, a new breaker bar, a torque wrench, some adapters and god knows what else. God do I love Harbor Freight.

Its not a HF unit, but my Dremel knockoff sucks rear end. The collets don't seem to close tightly.

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 06:12 on Jul 8, 2008

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Rhyno posted:

I had a $70 dremel kit that a "friend" stole. This one was like $8 so it if lasts a year ill be happy.

Give it a try and let me know how it is. Mine was $15 and I haven't gotten even one use out of it because it won't tightly hold the accessories. If the one you got will even work for a day I will buy it and use it for polishing cause I would love to use the buffing wheels I got with the other one to polish smaller holes and parts.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


oxbrain posted:

I got a black and decker "dremel" for $30 at their outlet store. It's worked very well for me.

Any leads on good bits for metal grinding/filing? All I can find is for wood or plastic, or metal cutting discs. I want a drum or cone grinder that can handle mild steel.


I want to know where you found something to grind plastic? Please take a picture of these abrasive cones that are not for metal.

Heres some that are:
http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Attachm...+%26+Sharpening

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


kimbo305 posted:

looking for a recommendation for an accurate tire pressure gauge that will be good enough for autocross / track day measurements.

Is there any reason I should get this:
http://www.longacreracing.com/catal...id=1118&catid=8
over this:
http://www.longacreracing.com/catal...?id=222&catid=8

I have no idea what goes into either one to determine its accuracy.
Also, what is a ball chuck and what is an angle chuck?

I know someone in the other thread said get an expensive one blah blah blah. Dude its a fuckin' tire gage. It will be pretty close no matter what and will be consistently inaccurate if it is inaccurate...which it probably won't be. If you're worried about inaccuracy get a digital. $50 for a tire gage you'll use once or twice a month. God drat.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Whoever has a HF Dremel too, will you please let me know how you like it. Just use it to grind anything, if it works and the accessories don't go flying out of it, I will buy one at this price.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I checked at Home Depot today and no on sale or anything a Black and Decker dremel was $35 and an actual Dremel tool was like 50 or 60. Frankly I'd save up for the $35 one or check around at pawn shops.

EDIT:
I checked around online, Amazon has them for $32 and Target sells them for $29.99 which appears to be the lowest price.

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 00:33 on Jul 12, 2008

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AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I guess I will give it a try then. Living 4 miles or less from a HF has its perks

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