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Old 11-04-2010, 11:47 AM
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Harbor Freight Junk tool.

I have gotten good stuff from HF but I think we need a junk tool thread about what tools do not work.

I bought this portable sandblaster and what a waste of $20.00

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My contribution might be a tad unfair considering everyone is saying tool quality has improved and I haven't bought anything from there in over 4 years. However, the last stuff I used, I found their wrenches to have a terrible tolerance and easily malleable. And the sockets I had, within a few uses, I had cracks in the wall.
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I think to be fair, we also need to include how we broke the tool(s). Also, what specifically broke on it.

I bought this...

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-...amp-37850.html

..and it broke when I was releasing pressure on a brake caliper piston so I could reinstall the caliper. It twisted, and the end cap was very cheap metal, and expanded and fell off the ball. But for $6, what do you expect?
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I think to be fair, we also need to include how we broke the tool(s). Also, what specifically broke on it.

I bought this...

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-...amp-37850.html

..and it broke when I was releasing pressure on a brake caliper piston so I could reinstall the caliper. It twisted, and the end cap was very cheap metal, and expanded and fell off the ball. But for $6, what do you expect?
I didn't break mine it just didn't work...
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My contribution might be a tad unfair considering everyone is saying tool quality has improved and I haven't bought anything from there in over 4 years. However, the last stuff I used, I found their wrenches to have a terrible tolerance and easily malleable. And the sockets I had, within a few uses, I had cracks in the wall.

Well...the wrenches all seemed to be about a 1/16th" off and rounded a few bolts. And most notable bed was trying to loosen an oil SU. The sockets, well the toughest task was removing a lug nut to something as light as retorquing some 10mm bolts on the gf's car.
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Well...the wrenches all seemed to be about a 1/16th" off and rounded a few bolts. And most notable bed was trying to loosen an oil SU. The sockets, well the toughest task was removing a lug nut to something as light as retorquing some 10mm bolts on the gf's car.
I looked at their wrenches and I could bend them by hand,so I went to Wal Mart bought a small set of Stanley wrenches. For my Large wrenches I got mine from a Cummings tool sale truck a couple of years ago for cheap and has been worth more than what I paid for them.
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I didn't break mine it just didn't work...
I was leaning towards in general, how did they fail.
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I was leaning towards in general, how did they fail.
simple it didn't work...
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Cliff, how much compressor are you pushing it with? Are you using the prescribed "sandblast" quality media?

IMHO, I don't see how any $20 sandblaster could be worth while.
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Cliff, how much compressor are you pushing it with? Are you using the prescribed "sandblast" quality media?

IMHO, I don't see how any $20 sandblaster could be worth while.
According to the instruction it said to push 125 psi and I used Black Diamond sand which was a fine course.I only wanted to sand blast my wheels so I could get the rust off and repaint them. Now it will be a $100 to have it done.
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