Review by Bigplanz on August 11th, 2014 See Item
Quite an impressive kit. I hada leak in a hose in the back of the engine bay. Reaching back there while the engine is hot and coolant is spewing wasn't an appealing idea, so I went and bought this ($72 after 20% off coupon). That's a lot of dough for something from harbor freight, but I am impressed with the quality of this kit. Heavy duty plastic for the screw on adapters and the 'push down and turn' adapters are metal inside the plastic cap. It was a struggle to get my particular adapter on, but it was air tight, that's for sure. Three pumps and I could hear the leak in the back of the engine. Didn't even have to get to 15 PSI to hear it. A little 3/8 hose on the IAC valve had a pinhole leak. Little hole, big cloud of steam. When I repaired it, I re-pressurized the system and found a slight leak at a hose connection. Ridiculously easy to find leaks now. Sure, it is expensive, but it works well, and is less than the $149 they want for the same thing at an auto parts store. Highly recommended if you need something like this and you are the 'fleet manager' for your family's cars.
Review by Goomer on July 17th, 2014 See Item
I'm taking this opportunity to comment on the changes in Harbor Freight and their inventory. I've got two door knockers that came from Harbor Freight years ago. They are different in appearance from these, looking like a hand holding a large steel ball. They work just fine, look pretty cool, and were a great purchase for very little money.
What happened to the days when you could wander through the Harbor Freight catalog or store and find all sorts of interesting oddities? Park benches and toys and just fun stuff to buy? All gone. How sad. I rarely stop at the store when I drive by anymore and then only when there is something specific I want. No more just browsing the store. Just isn't the fun place it used to be. Sometimes these purchases were little better than junk, but more often than not they were fun or even worked way better than they should have for the price. And none of the bad stopped me from spending money.
Some of the stuff was an amazing value for the money. The "cast iron" benches were pretty neat. The threaded rod cutter is a tool I treasure. It works so very well - but, gone from their inventory. Makes me a little sad. Thanks for listening to my lament.
Review by linnie on June 30th, 2014 See Item
I highly rate harbor freight
Review by Goomer on June 25th, 2014 See Item
Saw sharpener #2 bit the dust this morning in a puff of blue smoke. I've owned this for about 4 years, haven't used it that much, but it did a pretty good job of sharpening chainsaw chains. I took #2 apart and found that the adhesive that hold the magnets to the motor housing had gotten hot enough to let go. The magnets hit and stuck to the rotor and tore the windings up and that folks is all she wrote. The housing never even became warm to the touch. It has no ventilation whatsoever. And honest, I wasn't running it long or hard.
So, I picked up Harbor Freight saw sharpener #3 this afternoon and it took about 10 minutes to get it set up and running. A similar, but different saw sharpener, the number on the new model is 68221. The mounting holes matched up with the mount I'd made to clamp the sharpener in a vise. The saw clamp mechanism has been improved(?), but the old one matches up and works with the new sharpener. Hopefully the motor is better put together than the previous.
Review by Goomer on June 13th, 2014 See Item
Its an entry level ultrasonic cleaner. It works and for the price works very well. The size is the real limiting factor here. It does a beautiful job of cleaning eyeglasses, which it holds with some room to spare. I use it to clean inkjet printheads and it does very well at that.
I've had this one for about 6 years, it has given no problems. It doesn't get used that often, but has always worked. There is a test of ultrasonic cleaners using strips of aluminum foil )Google "ultrasonic cleaner aluminum foil" if you are interested. It does what the tests say it should. Not an aggressive cleaner, making it ideal for more delicate things.
I see the larger size is on sale, maybe that's in my future. Another case of bigger is probably better.