Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Generally speaking, think of Harbor Freight tools as being like a paint brush that you will never clean. The tool will get you through one job. If the tool lasts through two jobs, you're ahead of the game.
I bought the 1" x 30" belt sander. It's a middle of the road tool, not great and not bad either. On sale and a 20% off coupon the cost was $32. It does what I need it to do.
Green plastic or fiberglass vernier calipers for $2 or $3. If they read zero when closed they are a accurate as anything for the first couple of inches. They are great when checking thickness of materials. They read to 1/128".
The "F" style (Pittsburgh brand) bar clamps are poor but can be used to pull mortise and tenon joints together. If used for cabinet carcasses, be sure to use nails first. They clamps don't exert square clamping pressure. The blue and aluminum clamps are worthless, just moderate clamping pressure will break the tip off of the ratchet tang making the clamp good for scrap aluminum.
I've not had much luck with abrasives.
Every now and then HF sells "Chip" brushes at crazy prices. I'll buy a box or two. I'll use them for finishing and throw them away rather than clean them.
Their nitrile gloves (a.k.a. Rubber) are good and at $8 a box of 100, they are great for finishing.
There are many more opinions, so have at it guys.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.