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Old 10-11-2014, 12:13 AM
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New Cheap Tools.

So, Harbor Freight was having a big sale this weekend. I am fortunate to have one locally as well as a Tandy's Leather store.

I picked up a new welder, media vibrating bin, arbor press, media blaster, air compressor, etc.

I'll be experimenting with some new types of finishes on some upcoming knives. Keep ya posted.


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Old 10-11-2014, 06:47 AM
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New tools...life is good. Nice score.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:55 PM
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Yeah, I hit the Springfield MO. store last week. Didn't get much but did get some air compressor accessories and a combo square and some dental picks for my gunshop.

New tools are always nice!


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Old 11-28-2014, 09:12 PM
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Is it worth it shopping at Harbor?
I am debating whether or not to save and buy quality, or go affordable and roll the dice?

Also I am not too sure where to begin on everything, whether I am going to be forging or cut off. And, if I were to go cutoff if I should be outsourcing or attempting to do this myself.

Any advice?


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Old 11-30-2014, 02:39 PM
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As with all things, you have to weigh the pros and cons of tool choice.

My skills do not exceed what I can accomplish with modestly priced tools. When they do, perhaps I will buy better stuff. Until then, I want the options afforded to me by having many cost effective tools (including a home made No-Weld grinder (thanks Tracy Mickley)) rather than a $3000 top of the line grinder and little else.


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My take on HF and Menards (cheap Lowes) is that the tools are cheap. Cheaply made and cheap to buy. That is not all bad. If I were a professional, I doubt I would use the tools. However, I am not. I have a compressor, nail guns, shop vac, various hand tools. If I used them everyday they would probably be worn out by now, but I use them just a few times a month/year so they work just fine. I have a small drill press and it is not precision by any stretch but WAY better then hand drilling with a cordless.

You almost always get what you pay for but sometimes you don't need a top of the line.

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Not that i make a point to post on necro posts, but harbor freight is probably the best place to buy hand tools from. All of there house brand hand tools carry a lifetime warranty. last week I returned 4 ratcheting clamps, a set of files, and a pair of vice grips. They were replaced without any questions or a receipt of sale.
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