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Anyone buy there drill presses? I'm tempted to buy a cheap one for my once a season (if that) need.
I have one. It’s good for trimming rifle cases and the occasional times I need it for other things. If I’m going to buy Chinese tools it might as well be there for less money that Sears Crapsman made in China.
 

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I don't know why people crap on HF.
Years ago, pretty much all their stuff was single-use. That sorta stuck.

I heard one was coming to the old bennys in raynham......
Hmmm. I'd actually GO if there was. Nearest is in PITA Fall River.

Yep, This was actually my last HF purchase. I need to head back soon for another box of latex gloves.
We appreciate your business Ben Dover Anchoff. LOL
 

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If your a pro or make your living with your tools, of course you don't shop there, but for the other 99% of the people out there who occasionally need a pry bar, allen set or crescent wrench or pliers, for DIY projects it does just fine.
ha, ya know...you're right. how many times did I drop in cause I don't want to spend a bunch on a one and done tool.
 
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ha, ya know...you're right. how many times did I drop in cause I don't want to spend a bunch on a one and done tool.
Last thing I bought there was a set of crows feet. I rarely need one, but when I do, I REALLY need one. They're also good for peg board hooks, storage containers and such.
 

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So where is a good place to buy mid-grade/ better quality tools for home auto repair? Are there any decent online vendors?
 

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So where is a good place to buy mid-grade/ better quality tools for home auto repair? Are there any decent online vendors?
There really isn't mid grade tools imo,only mid grade price.To me there isn't a difference in tools until you get into the German made tools or Mac and Snap On..but those are uber expensive.

HF is fine for everything except mechanics who use them everyday.I always hear people parrot the "use it once and it breaks" phrase about their tools,but how many of those people have actually broke a HF socket,ratchet etc under normal use ?

I'm willing to bet a very very small percentage,most people just like repeating what they might have read,or trying to appear knowledgeable about tools,like me !

The HF took chests are some of the best you can get for the price.
 
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I've heard their Pittsburgh line is a pretty good tool and carries a lifetime warranty, just go in and have it replaced if the need should arise. My co worker uses them and he has never broken one. This is a guy who breaks EVERYTHING, I mean, I wouldn't loan this guy a bad day type hard on his stuff.
 
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So where is a good place to buy mid-grade/ better quality tools for home auto repair? Are there any decent online vendors?
There's quite a bit in that spectrum.
I would probably go Husky (HD) or Klein (lowes) before HF. If anything, I would trust Home Depot or Lowes to stand behind their product more than HF. For the home auto repair DIY, I think both of those brands fit the bill. Northern Tool also carries tools that are supposed to have good reliability, but buying tools online is a mess if you need to return something.
 
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Sometimes HF makes sense for certain tools,I needed a blind Bearing puller for an ATC axle bearing. HF sells one for $39.99 which is a lot cheaper than the next cheapest price i could find ($179.00) . Tool worked as advertised and i have used it a couple more times no problem . So in the end i save a ton of money and still managed to do the job i had to.

PS i work on cars as a hobby and have an extensive collection of high end tools. (Snap On , Cromwell , Matco ect
 
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So where is a good place to buy mid-grade/ better quality tools for home auto repair? Are there any decent online vendors?
It's easy to dump on HF, but seriously, for home auto repair, HF is exactly where you go to get the tools you need to get it done economically. Their $7 screwdriver sets look cheap as f**k in a blow molded case, but they work great, even on tough JIS screw heads like you find on Japanese motorcycle engines. Their impact sockets have been bombproof; low profile rapid pump floor jacks, $10 angle grinders, etc., all have worked great. In the meantime, I have worn out dozens of DeWalt drill driver Phillips #2 bits.
 
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Check out their drill bet sets for $14.99 I felt like superman when I was bending a 3/8ths inch drill bit in a black and decker (made in china) electric drill. I was unaware that Ti coated 3/8ths inch bit could bend like a piece of celery before I unceremoniously snapped it while drilling 18th inch metal. I guess the Chinese have a different metalurgy when it comes to making tool steel.

Apparently I am a man of steel, I just misplaced my spandex tights and cape.
 

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you actually get under the car while it's on HF jack stands, wowzers.
Of course, I shimmy under mine while on Rhino Ramps, but still...
Well, jack stands and the jack still in place as a backup... not to mention, HF
tends not to f*** up "mongo" type stuff like that.


Years ago, pretty much all their stuff was single-use. That sorta stuck.
A lot of it still is, like they sell these packs of brushes and such that are clearly one use and throw away.... [laugh]

-Mike
 

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I've broken both sockets and ratchets. Pretty sure it was HF, but may have been Walmart. For the price of an entire set, I could get a good quality socket - so I don't mind breaking a few tools here and there. I don't make my living off my tools, so it isn't a huge deal for me. It would be pretty stupid if I'm doing my brakes to save money, and spending a shit ton of money on tools to do so - yeah, I know tools are one time purchases if they're good, but still.

As for where to buy mid-priced tools; Flea Markets. I've gotten some nice wrenches with rust, dings and other 'character' on them for low prices.
 
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I've bought a bunch of stuff from HF over the years. The only things I've not been pleased with are the drill bits (they seem to snap awfully easily) and their cheapest cordless VSR drill (but that's in comparison to my go-to Black and Decker one). Everything else has worked fine for my home and motorcycle needs.
 

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All the tools I carry in my pick up truck are HF.
My home tools are all SO, MAC, Cornwall.
My home tools are my shop tools. My pick up
truck tools are for emergencies I encounter on the road.
About 1 every 2yrs. I was out to eat once and when we
were leaving a guy was removing a window from his van
because he locked his keys inside. I was able to help him
no problem. It was a family with 2 small kids. I felt as
though I did my good deed for the day. The HF tools
worked great in that situation. I find HF tools to be great
for occasional use. I can buy an entire wrench set for the
price of a SO 9/16 long pattern wrench. Can’t beat that with a stick!

Next I need a cylinder leak down tester. HF has one under 40 bucks.
SO price is well over 100. I have 1 engine to test? Which one should
I buy? I’m going with the HF. As after I use it I’ll find a place for it
in my tool box so it can become a safe queen.
 
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Do they sell any tools that are made in USA? I thought it was all Chinese garbage
Some items are USA, like Glue and some Chemicals.

The best tools in the store are the ones made in Taiwan. The Taiwan Tap Wrench Handle is very nice.

Any Questions: Just read the reviews online.

And never visit without a 20% Off Coupon and a Free Item Coupon.

BTW, their Inside Track Club is worth it - just remember to sign up online for a $10 Gift Card with purchase of it.

Many coupons are unique to the magazine they are published in; the NRA mags, Car mags, and Home Shop Machinist all have different coupons.

You don't have to surrender any coupon when used - so don't.
 
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you actually get under the car while it's on HF jack stands, wowzers.
Of course, I shimmy under mine while on Rhino Ramps, but still...
I use Steel Jack Stands, but as I had a cheap one from Lechmere's collapse years ago, I combine Jack Stands with lengths of 6X6 X 2' timbers from Home Depot. I screwed a nice handle on the ends so as to move and carry them.

You have one body - do not be careless with it.
 
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I use Steel Jack Stands, but as I had a cheap one from Lechmere's collapse years ago, I combine Jack Stands with lengths of 6X6 X 2' timbers from Home Depot. I screwed a nice handle on the ends so as to move and carry them.

You have one body - do not be careless with it.
I find it appalling people don't think HF can screw up jack stands. Ever look at the welds on those things or other crappy jack stands? I doubt you'll get a warning that they are about to fail either, you'll probably just here a quick snap.
I also combine pieces of wood under the tires (or cinder blocks usually) with jack stands if I am raising all 4 and going underneath on patrol :)
 

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I find it appalling people don't think HF can screw up jack stands. Ever look at the welds on those things or other crappy jack stands? I doubt you'll get a warning that they are about to fail either, you'll probably just here a quick snap.
I also combine pieces of wood under the tires (or cinder blocks usually) with jack stands if I am raising all 4 and going underneath on patrol :)
Pro-tip: if you have the space, throw the tire you took off under the frame rail, cheap insurance against death.
 
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I find it appalling people don't think HF can screw up jack stands. Ever look at the welds on those things or other crappy jack stands? I doubt you'll get a warning that they are about to fail either, you'll probably just here a quick snap.
I also combine pieces of wood under the tires (or cinder blocks usually) with jack stands if I am raising all 4 and going underneath on patrol :)
I don't trust Cinder Blocks.

I expect them to crumble.

But yeah, I'm probably wrong.
 
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I don't trust Cinder Blocks.

I expect them to crumble.

But yeah, I'm probably wrong.
They are very sturdy, just poise the center piece directly under the wheel. Also, make sure the wheels are pretty much touching them, you don't won't the inertia of a freefall to test their limits.
 
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Pro-tip: if you have the space, throw the tire you took off under the frame rail, cheap insurance against death.
ya, another thing I have done. Generally allows you just enough room to hopefully not get pinched.
 
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I buy their 5ml gloves (medium duty grade) for cleaning up from dog accidents, cleaning guns, etc. Since I discard each glove after use, I am not concerned with long term durability.
But do you drive all the way there just to buy gloves?
Id' rather just pick up a box of gloves at HD when I'm there.
 
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My wife wanted to go to HF with me “just to see what they had”
She disappeared, then about 15 minutes later she came to me and said that she found something she could use in the kitchen.
I thought is was nice so I said OK without asking any questions.
About 5 minutes later she shows up with a guy pushing a dolly with a big red tool box on it.
It is now a work surface, with a wooden top in the kitchen and a side pod has been added.

As for HF tools —- most are great for weekenders.
 
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But do you drive all the way there just to buy gloves?
Id' rather just pick up a box of gloves at HD when I'm there.
[rofl][rofl][rofl]

If you can enter a HF with a Shopping List, and buy ONLY the items on that list, you're a better man than I am !
 
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