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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Missourian, Jul 22, 2018.

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    I avoid it at all costs.
     
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    They are Honda GX200 clones basically and made in China, 6.5hp, with fuel shutoff, low oil shutoff, I cant remember if it is a 3/4 or 5/8 shaft. One is about 6 years old and on a MTD 2850psi power washer, that is like 10-12 years old. The power washer had a Honda GC160 on it originally, but the wife toasted that engine and the rebuild was more than the Predator 212 it also has had a couple of rebuilt pumps. It get used a lot as the wife is always spraying the inside of the barn to keep the cobwebs down in the summer.

    The second is on a troy built pony tiller from the '90's, this tiller was given to me by my wife's uncle when we helped move them from their home to a detached condo near their other daughter house. The tiller had a 5hp Briggs without any compression. The harbor freight engine bolted right up and that tiller is now working fine.

    Their is a lot of good reviews and these small side shaft harbor freight engines online.
     
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    Good palm sanders are awesome for smaller finish work, I only buy the high quality power tools.
     
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    Thanks for your experiences. I have seen the reviews but hearing first hand is better.
    I have a six foot tiller, that has a Briggs and Stratton 6.5hp on it. The current engine requires nursing along to use it.
    I also have a soil conveyor that I got without an engine.
     
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    You know occasionally Harbor freight tools has convenient kitchen items too on sale hard to find brands. I bought a foldable compact meat slicer and a 5 tier dehydrator that were usually hard to find on Amazon and better priced.
    But my best most recent find and haul was my clever awareness that buying my 20v cordless Porter Cable 16 gauge Finish nailer as a bare tool with seperate purchase of compatible 20v
    Black and Decker compatible battery (modified) and charger saved almost 50% from the $299 retail and 25% from their lowest sale price of their packaged tool with the manufacturers highly marked up battery and charger.
    THAT'S right, 3 small minor modifications allows Black and Decker 20v compatible knock off batteries work on 20v Porter Cable tools and not only do you save from the high mark up battery and chargers, but the battery I purchased was 25% more energy storage 2.5 AH instead of 2AH to last 25% longer between charges.
    Lowes was the one selling the bare tool Finish nailer way below retail to allow this discrepancy between full package tool and bare tool seperate battery & charger purchase.
     
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    I have been a regular customer for a long time. Some of the power tools I've bought there have been disappointing. I bought a small bench-drill press that doesn't have the torque it should have, but as stated above, if you are buying something where durability and quality are needed, shop elsewhere. Too bad Sears is going out of business. I've always liked their tools.
     
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    The one near my house is having a going out of business sale.
     
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    I thought Kmart now sells Craftsman ?


    I remember buying a tap and die set from harbor freight, I was so pissed when I used a 3/8 die, it was so soft it didn't thread shit , just wore out the die.

    Like everyone said, they are good for tools you don't use all the Time..


    But also remember , auto stores also rent good specailty tools.


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    I Have Their Swivel Head Wood Lathe
    Bench Top Drill Press
    That Work Just Fine For Me
    And Their Rock Tumbler That Exceeds All The Bad Reviews Of It

    They Have A $9 Mini-Dremel Type Tool Set
    Steer Away From That One
    And Don't Buy Their Anvil
    It's Not Steel, It's 100% Cast Iron
    You'll Have To Weld Steel Plate To The Top
    Just To Use It

    That's My Personal Experience With Their Tools
     
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    Had one of those horizontal band saws from H.F. and the bushings and bearings wore out pretty quick. I dont think they use quality steel that is hardened properly.
     
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