I found another HF tool that don't suck at all...
The HF Frenchfry cutter for $29.95 with an extra cutter plate.
Its identical to the one I bought at Cabelas last year for $89.95 and I only got one plate, not 2. If I could return the Cabelas one, I would. Its identical.
They positively wail through spuds. I frenched 50 pounds of potatoes in a half hour and then deep fryied them in peanut oil until slightly brown and then drained and froze them. Homemade Orida brown and serve fries.
14 ga. swivel head shear, item #93115, price $49.99.
I needed to 'rip' some 16' lengths of standing seam metal roofing panels with some of the cuts right next to the seam.
Well, this is nigh impossible with hand shears or even regular electric shears as the metal on one side has to go either up or down as you make the cut.
But with these shears, a 1/4" strip of metal is sheared away, leaving both sides flat, smooth and even.
By shearing from the bottom side, you can shear right up next to a standing seam.
Haven't tried it on 14 ga. but have sheared a double layer of 26 ga. with no problems.
Cons: Hard to make a tight circle cut and hard to get the shears to bite in when you reach a raised portion of the metal.
But for fast smooth cutting on flat metal, this is the cats meow, especially when cutting next to a seam where neither side of the metal is able to curve up or down like when using hand shears.
I got this tool for $39.99 with the 20% coupon.
Well worth the money, in my opinion, even if you just need it for one project.
Anyone own the auto-darkening welding helmet?
Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet w/ Blue Flame
The price du jour is $59.99 but there is a store coupon special of $39.99 from October 18th through Oct 31st and I am tempted to buy one if I can find a satisfied owner here. I mean, a Chinese hammer that may be crap is one thing but welding helmet that protects the eyes raises the bar.
Separately, this HVLP spray gun
HVLP Spray Gun w/ Gravity Feed
that is on sale for $35 can be bought for $27 with a coupon and is really a first class sprayer. It is shockingly good.
X3 for the HF AD welding helmet. I've never had mine not darken immediately when I strike an arc. I'm an amateur welder, but I've burned about 20 pounds of rod using the HF Helmet. The Auto Darkening helmet has done more to improve my welding than any book, class, or demonstration.