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ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

How long will a 2 gallon 115psi tank last for common tasks (compare a few if you need to)?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=94724 is going to be on sale this weekend for 60 bucks. This one has a 1.5 HP compressor.

edit: I see some seperate 10 gallon air tanks--can you daisy chain with the compressor and effectively get a 1.5hp 12gallon compressor for like 100 bucks?

editx2: er.. not sure if that's worth it if you can just get this instead: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=90234

Delivery McGee posted:

*This kit, in case you were wondering. It's pretty decent for the money.

My mom has a similar set except instead of the sander it had a hand vacuum (pretty nice one too)... I've used the drill and it is indeed pretty drat good--makes me regret cheaping out on a HF drill because "I'll rarely ever use it". Big loving mistake--I'm not out much money but it was just dumb.

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ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

I don't think anyone has mentioned yet: Locking Pliers

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...Itemnumber=5823

Those are actual vise-grip brand but I picked up a set of 4/7/10" HF knock-offs (Pittsburgh) for like 5 dollars and they work just awesome.

Another awesome deal from harbor freight is the rotary tool sets:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=93243

That's not the exact one I got and I got mine on sale for 8 dollars I think but it's awesome for the price. The bits aren't perfect but considering the abuse they go through and add in that half of them are intended to be wear items (used up) and it's a steal.

Similar if you need hardware/fastening components where the quality is not critical it's hard to beat HF e.g. zipties (1000+ for ~5 bucks?), cotter pins, hitch pins, o-rings, etc.

I also got a hobby vise that I've beat on for motorcycle stuff and it's pretty nice and half the price of the craftsman one that is similar.

BabyJesus posted:

Funny you mention all the tire+lube grease monkeys. They all use torque wrenches by me. I've seen them do it. Maybe they finally caught word it's faster to torque the lugnut properly than to replace a wheel stud/lugnut

My last two experiences with lug nuts tightened by someone other than myself:
1) Cross-threaded two front studs (and others were obviously deformed as the threads were not smooth) one of which I managed to remove with difficulty and the other was hosed so much it was burning hot and unrecognizable by the time I got the nut off. Unfortunately this must have happened right before I actually bought the car so I had no recourse. Fortunately front studs are drat simple to install on a Miata.
2) Tightened so hard that I was moving the car against the e-brake without the nuts breaking free--I had to go buy a 3 foot pipe so I could get enough impulse torque to remove them. No damage done fortunately so I re-torqued by hand.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Delivery McGee posted:

Speaking of odd-sized Torx, where can I get some smaller than T10?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=97517
or
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=93916

...have down to T4

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=93388
...has down to T8 in security torx.

Sears has this: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...0P?keyword=torx
...but it only gets you down to T9.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

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.

Are we still talking dremel style? How much material removal are we talking about?

I have this:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=93243

and it's a good starting point for any rotary tool--some of the parts are crap but it's all wear items anyway so I don't want to waste money on it. It has a few aluminum oxide stones in it.

Also:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=92926
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=96828

I don't know if anyone just sells an aluminum oxide grinding "kit" -- the dremel ones are a little over $2/ea.

I recently picked up a tungsten carbide 1/8" endmill bit that [I was surprised] was very good at tackling a bit of hardened 400 series [45+ HRC]--at least for the tiny amount of material I wanted removed. I guess if I was doing somewhat detailed work (i.e. not sheet steel) I'd look at these:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...Itemnumber=3745

I've read at least one positive review of the "lifetime carbide" brand but it was a wood saw so I'm not sure if it applies to something used to tackle steel--it also doesn't say it's tungsten carbide but I suppose it should be assumed.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

I know the HF racing jacks are fairly well received--but there are a few options now and I'm not sure whats the best option.

I have a coupon for $90 for this:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=96562

Or $135 for this (on sale):
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=47246

Plus I can take off another 15% [coupon] for the second one since it's only on sale and I wouldn't be combining coupons which puts it at around 115.

As far as I can tell the differences are:
- LED lights on the first (what?)
- Rapid pump on the second

Anything else? is the rapid pump worth 25+ additional dollars?

sharkytm posted:

Buy a few quality carbide milling bits from McMaster

I love McMaster even though I've never ordered from them for personal use.

Edit: I wonder if these sorts of things are a good middle ground between a dedicated cutter and a grinder:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/114/2574

ChiliMac fucked around with this message at 13:17 on Jul 10, 2008

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

multiprotocol posted:

If you have printable coupons, please share. I'm about to pick up a new jack this weekend, and this would absolutely make my day.

Unfortunately the good coupon [15% off] was on a mailer.. however there are these:

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/htm...28_retailA.html
Valid thru this saturday (has the 90 dollar LED jack)

and
http://www.harborfreightusa.com/htm...sa_cpnsave.html
Valid thru sunday.

I guess you could check the in-store flyers to see if they have the 15% on them but I think it's a mailer only thing or it'd be on the website. The 135 price for the second jack was just a sale price so that should be good everywhere.

I'm not sure why they have two sites--one seems to be basically a retail store advertisement while the other (no usa) is an online store.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

jailbait#3 posted:

Whoa, do NOT get the 12 volt tool. I've got one, and it's mostly useless. I use it to polish things and do some VERY light grinding, but it lacks the oomph to even cut through plastic with a cutoff wheel. Absolutely useless for metal.

I can't argue with you because I don't have one but even a Dremel lacks oomph--you are supposed to use very light pressure. The fact that it uses 12 volts doesn't really tell you anything though (cordless Dremels obviously use less than that and do fine).

That said, I'm sure it's a piece of poo poo--but it's an 8 dollar piece of poo poo with enough accessories to soak up your blood if it does happen to explode in your hand (at least, compared to Dremel accessory prices).

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

jailbait#3 posted:

I've owned several Dremels of various stripes in the past, and they all blow this little toy away. The new cordless Dremels look like they have some serious power, but I assure you, this one does not. The cut-off wheels bog down when they meet the slightest resistance.

Buy the HF accessory kit by all means. But splurge the $20 on the corded rotary tool.

The coupon [and site] depicted a corded rotary tool but your point is taken. I personally use a decade old Dremel MultiPro that I got as a gift and it's still running fine.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Uthor posted:

I just picked up the Harbor Freight aluminum racing jack from the OP on sale again for $80. I'm really, really excited to use it this weekend. Is that weird?

I recently picked up the slightly more expensive "quick pump" version (I mentioned in a previous post I had a coupon), I jacked up one side of my car just for the hell of it. It was really nice .

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

EnergizerFellow posted:

What I won't buy at Harbor Freight, though, are precision instruments (think torque wrench, calipers, dial gauge, etc)

I have a HF digital caliper and it's a POS other than it's accurate enough, and cheap. My HF torque wrench, however, it just dandy and is working quite well and most people I've heard from with one have been satisfied.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

...and you should probably get them calibrated once a year as well, but buying a new HF wrench every year would probably be cheaper. I suppose if you are worried you can check it against a beam wrench first.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

944 posted:

That's what I got offered on a 3 month old ratchet that was bad.

When I was buying my suicide sticks, someone came in to return a ratchet and I saw the line of ratchets behind the counter with the sears employee. To the employee's credit, he asked whether the customer would accept a rebuilt one or preferred a new one off the shelf.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

I picked up some jackstands (secondary set), ratcheting wrenches (The "good" ones--I hope they are okay), hose pliers, and some assorted bits and saved 22 dollars with the coupon. I would have picked up an air compressor but it wouldn't have been convenient.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

RealKyleH posted:

That is a craigslist level bargain on a brand new unit. Congrats.

Just so I know--coming from storing all my tools in the packing they come in or thrown in a toolbox--how do you actually organize those things?

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Phone posted:

What do you suggest?

If it's for heatshrink there's always the side (shroud) of a soldering iron.

I want one too and I'm scared of the HF one for reasons stated.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Check your mailbox guys, I just got a 15% off a single item coupon--not the best ever but good for a big item or something.

Edit: at HF of course.

ChiliMac fucked around with this message at 22:50 on Mar 16, 2009

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

RealKyleH posted:

Was it an email or in their flyer?

Flyer, sorry.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

RealKyleH posted:

Can you scan it for me? I know you're not supposed to but they have the thing I want on sale for $189 from $199 so after the coupon it'd be $161 + tax.

Compressor?

I'll try to scan when I get home from work--not sure if that will work for you or not though.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.


Well I scanned it, but I took out the personal info they marked on it (e.g they had my name printed on it)--will it still work? I'm interested in knowing:

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

ASSTASTIC posted:

gently caress. I would love to use this coupon as well if it works

Yeah I noticed that too but hey, you never know the drone at the counter might just scan it and move on.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Cross posted from Cycles subforum:

I just noticed this in the latest HF circular:

Motorcycle rear stand $36.99



Fork adapter $9.99



Some more competition in the cheap stands market.

ChiliMac fucked around with this message at 00:30 on Apr 21, 2009

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Money Walrus posted:

So, I figure the jackstands for the left of the car can sit on the concrete strip, but for the right, should I put big wood / steel plates down so the jackstands don't sink into the dirt? What should I do to keep it stable and safe?

In the same situation I'd be looking at putting something under the stand with a tire contact patch for a logical minimum--likely if you had something the size of the base of the jackstand you're already there. For short periods I don't know why wood wouldn't work?

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

RealKyleH posted:

Also, 20% Harbor Freight Bump:
http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa...66&keycode=0000

Do they have any %off entire purchase? I don't think I have any big items I want at the moment.

ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Confirmed, piece of poo poo.

Works fine if you just want a huge cordless screwdriver maybe.

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ChiliMac
Apr 13, 2005

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Suniikaa posted:

I took my fathers Craftsman staple gun in to get replaced because the slide wouldn't lock anymore and they basically told me to get hosed, so YMMV.

They have different policies based on the type of tool e.g. I had a jack that blew a seal and apparently that had a 1 yr warranty vs. the 'lifetime' of the ratchets, sockets, etc.

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