Review by Goomer on November 24th, 2014 See Item
I just read the review on the digital calipers and while I think very highly of them myself, the ones I use the most are these analog calipers. No batteries and sufficiently accurate for what I'm doing. Not as easy to read as a digital, but again, I've never picked one of these up and found the batteries were dead or dying. Cold weather doesn't seem to have an effect on them. They are well made, and if something happens to them, I don't shed all that many tears. I still remember the day I knocked my Starrett calipers off the bench and knocked them out of kilter. Actually these seem to handle such things better than the Starrett. They get me to where I want to go and do it with minimal cost and pretty much zero maintenance.
Review by roygpa on November 20th, 2014 See Item
I have about 5 of these, they all work well and are accurate enough for hobby work.
Review by Bigplanz on November 14th, 2014 See Item
A really good buy on-sale, with a coupon. I think I paid $15 for it. It is simple to use for three common tasks.
1) Test the voltage on a battery. It does this fine. Charge the battery first, connect the leads, you see the voltage.
2) Load test a fully charged battery to determine if it is holding power after a simulated 'start' with a 100 Amp, 10 second draw on the battery. I had a friend with a Subaru with a battery that kept losing charge. We charged it up, then load tested it. After the test, the battery showed in the green zone so we knew the problem wasn't the battery.
3) This device also tests alternators. With the Subaru running, the device showed only battery voltage, 12.4V. With a functioning alternator, it should show 13.5-14V. Thus, we knew the alternator was the problem. To be thorough, I checked continuity between the B+ terminal on the alternator and the positive post on the battery (disconnect the negative post first or your meter is toast). Since I had continuity, I knew the alternator was bad. A quick trip to the salvage yard, and $20 later, my friend had a working alternator and was back on the road. She was happy.
This thing works fine. Pick it up on-sale.
Review by Goomer on November 13th, 2014 See Item
My wife likes polished rocks. I think they are pretty, but rather useless. This was a great place to start out with rock polishing. I started out with the HF abrasives, but was going through enough quantity that I stopped one day at a local lapidary shop and found the abrasives quite inexpensive. The entry level rock tumblers from the lapidary shop were much more expensive, even models at least outwardly identical. The reviews on the HF site talk about pulley alignment and adjustment, I don't recall having to do anything like that (its been years since I bought this). This rock tumbler has lasted through many loads of stones, doing a fine job of polishing them. It lasted long enough for both us us to get tired of polished rocks and is still working.
Review by Goomer on November 8th, 2014 See Item
I sure would hate to jinx the laminator I have, its been a faithful tool for going on 4 years now. It has done hundreds (must be going on 1000) of laminations. The only crewed up ones were from the loose wingnut (that's me) on the outside of the laminator - an operator issue - its pretty finicky about starting the feed in as near perfectly straight as possible.
I've tried a couple others in a similar price range and while they still work, this is my go to machine. This machine has far exceeded my hopes and expectations. And the Harbor Freight laminate pouches are as good as the best I've found and way better than the worst. Equal to the 3M pouches as far as I can tell.