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Old 09-08-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Default Harbor Freight Tools -- What works? and What doesn't?

I've seen a lot of threads on here discussing various harbor freight tools being used in brewing builds. There are always various opinions on what works and what doesn't, so I figured I'd start a centralized location so everyone can discuss what tools work in the brewing DIY world, and which tools really don't match up.

The first tool that comes to mind, that absolutely does not work, is the Drill Master version of the dremel tool. I tried cutting some plastic for a project, and it immediately stopped the motor. The cutting discs are also so brittle, that when you go to put them on, they'll crumble if you're not careful.

http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piec...kit-97626.html


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Old 09-08-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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HF tools are junk, ya get what you pay for.
But then again i make my living with my tools and i have an addiction


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Old 09-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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Their step bits are actually pretty decent. I've used them for everything including drilling out a few stainless pots and my keggles.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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I used the cheep 4 1/2 angle grinder to polish a keg. You can only work with it for 5 minutes at a time or it will over heat and die. But for $10 ,(with coupon), it may be worthwhile for some.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:44 PM   #5
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I didn't buy my dremil there but I did buy diamond dremil bits that were decent. They wore out quick, but they were cheap to buy for the project I was working on.
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+1 for the step bits. Lots of pressure and lubrication and you'll be fine.
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Has anyone used the low speed drills? I'm looking for one for my grain mill
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Has anyone used the low speed drills? I'm looking for one for my grain mill
Yup, that's what I use on mine. Works like a champ
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I'd love a link to the low speed drill you speak of if it isn't too much of a pain.
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I have several Harbor Freight tools that worked out okay.

The 16 speed floor drill press has paid for itself many times over.

The same can be said for the horizontal/vertical metal cutting band saw.

I like my sheet metal brake that came from HF but they no longer carry the one that I have. I have a couple of different bar and rod benders that work well and the little ring roller does a great job too. The 110 pound Russian made anvil was a great bargain when they had it, mine is not for sale. The 12 inch disc sander is another good tool.

I have a couple of the 1 ton arobor presses which serve the purpose. The 20 ton hydraulic press and the 2 ton folding shop crane are both worth having around and 1 ton hydraulic scissor lift table is the number one best back saver in my garage. The smaller hydraulic table is also quite useful.

I even built a teardrop camping trailer using a HF trailer as the frame. The weather finally got the best of the camper but my brother in law converted it into a cargo trailer and is still using it.

I have never bought a handheld electric power tool from Harbor Freight that could be described as anything other than a mistake.

Harbor Freight does not have top quality tools but some of their stuff can be modified/improved to the point of being more than adequate for a home shop. You just need to shop carefully and pay close attention to what you are getting. Nobody like top quality industrial grade equipment more than I do but if I would not settle for less in some cases, I would be doing without in many cases.

Here's a pic of my highly modified HF horizontal/vertical bandsaw;


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