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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    Quote Originally Posted by junquecol View Post
    Bring your Starrett, Browning, Fowler over and we will check them side by side. We did this when I took machine shop back in the nineties (remember them?) You are working with a medium that will change sizes over night with humidity changes. Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with a piece of chalk, and then cut it with an axe. It's precision work because we measured it with a micrometer.
    I only use my machinist tools (Calipers, Micrometers, Rulers, blocks, dial indicators, ...) For a couple of critical measurements when I build guitars. Otherwise they stay in the box.

    As far as a HF gem I really like the 12" Japanese flush cut saw - super thin and sharp like a pack of razors. Just remember it cuts on the pull stroke.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    Quote Originally Posted by CrealBilly View Post
    I only use my machinist tools (Calipers, Micrometers, Rulers, blocks, dial indicators, ...) For a couple of critical measurements when I build guitars. Otherwise they stay in the box.

    As far as a HF gem I really like the 12" Japanese flush cut saw - super thin and sharp like a pack of razors. Just remember it cuts on the pull stroke.

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    http://m.harborfreight.com/12-in-flu...saw-62118.html
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    The Japanese style double edge saw is also very good.

    Nitrile gloves... The 5 mil ones.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    I bought an oscillating saw and a bunch of universal blades. It died within a month from a broken plastic part. I tossed it, bought a Bosch and use the blades.
    I also bought a Chicago hand held planer, used it like a rented mule to level turning blanks...until the belt broke. No parts available so I bought a Bosch, but liked the Chicago so much better that I looked for two years until I found a new belt...now I'm happy again.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    Are there general sales at specific times of the year when all items are reduced, or is it just a case of keep checking regularly for the items you're interested in?

    I'm probably going to get one of their dust collectors, maybe a cheap sander, dial indicator, and a few other bits and pieces.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    Are there general sales at specific times of the year when all items are reduced, or is it just a case of keep checking regularly for the items you're interested in?

    I'm probably going to get one of their dust collectors, maybe a cheap sander, dial indicator, and a few other bits and pieces.
    Keep checking back, their sale items change from week to week.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    Get yourself on their mailing list. It's easy I think you can do it online. Much harder to get off it.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    I get all my nitrile gloves from them, they are typically about $4-5 cheaper than Lowes, and i'll echo the blue F clamps and pneumatic couplers. Their polyurethane air hoses aren't bad for light duty usage, I wouldn't trust them for a lot of use though.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    Yep, HF nitrile (blue) gloves are good. So are the disposable chip brushes. And the lifting slings. And the digital calipers and dial indicators. Yellow polyu air hoses (but they are stiff).

    On the metalworking front, the auto-dark welding helmet and welding cart are quite serviceable.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    I bought the 22hp horizontal shaft predator engine from them. Put it on my bandmill and tried to kill it but it just keeps right on chugging along. 700 dollars vs 1800, so far I'm happy with it.
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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    I'll go along with the blue F-style clamps, but only in the shorter lengths. I have found that the longer ones tend to bend when you crank them down and then to through your clamping out of square. The shorter ones are fine and tend to not bend as much as the 18" and longer.
    I purchased the buffer for under $30 to use to finalize the sharpening of my spindle gouges for turning and it works great. I have it mounted on the side of the HF bench grinder stand that was under $50 where my Porter Cable grinder is mounted and all works great.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.


    I haven't done much shopping at Harbor Freight but one thing I did buy was the Portland Saw panel saw featured in the lid of my Dutch Chest. Cost about $9. I suspect it is a crosscut saw but I use it as a rip saw and it does very well in that capacity. Amazingly well for a cheap saw. I've had it about three years now and use it on all my projects. I've cut both soft and hard woods with it.
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    Re: Harbor Freight Gems Things - That You Would Buy Again.

    Here you go a 20% off one item today through Sunday - enjoy

    They txt them to me

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    Here's the direct link to the 3 day sale (20% off coupon also included)
    https://images.harborfreight.com/cpi..._3DaySale.html
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