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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by alchemy View Post
    Did anyone mention yet the cen-tech handheld IR thermometer. Dirt cheap. 29.00 maybe? I forget. Anyway, they are the best of the cheap ones and Ive used mine many times for a few years for all sort of stuff. I cant begin to name all the things they are handy for that you would not think of til you had one. As for tractors, and vehicles, they are great for quickly and
    "casually," checking actual temperatures here and there. You can use them to find heat leaks on your house too. 20 years ago these were over 1000.00.
    Believe me, it's the kind of tool that once you have it you are glad you do.

    also, because I use them in my business and temp is critical for several things I have fluke digital thermometers etc and I have checked the centech against them and they are accurate enough. I had about 4deg F difference at 400F.
    Can this be used to find hidden fires or hot spots in walls as a firefighting tool?
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by txdon View Post
    Can this be used to find hidden fires or hot spots in walls as a firefighting tool?
    In theory, sure. But for something that critical I think I would buy a brand that I'm sure will work when I need it. Or maybe carry more than one of these. It is HF after all.

    HF also sells a smaller IR thermometer that sometimes is on sale below $10. I have this one. It's not much larger than a car-key remote. This might be better to issue to firefighters if portability is more of an interest than precision. It doesn't have a laser to aim it, you just point it. Accuracy seems excellent so far as I can tell.

    I use this when mowing to compare upper/lower radiator temp. (to see if I need to go and hose chaff out of the fins).

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
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    HF also sells a smaller IR thermometer that sometimes is on sale below $10. I have this one. It's not much larger than a car-key remote. ............
    This is really handy for checking wheel bearing temperatures on trailers. Saves the scorched fingers.

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelover View Post
    This is really handy for checking wheel bearing temperatures on trailers. Saves the scorched fingers.:

    What else do you use remote thermometors for? This is tempting.
    HF sells two basic types--one is laser aimed and the other has no laser. I figure the laser one is better but the other one gets higher ratings for accuracy.

    Non-Contact Infrared Laser Thermometer

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    These are probably the best things that I have bought at Harbor Freight.- I bought all different sizes and half a dozen of each.

    4-3/4'' Multipurpose Magnet Holder

    The price is great!- At Tractor Supply Co. and other places they cost a lot more.

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    for firefighting, I think one of those thermal imaging cameras would be better. That way you can see a whole wall or flor at once, and see how hot all the differnt places are. Also good for finding people in rubble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs View Post
    What else do you use remote thermometors for? This is tempting.
    HF sells two basic types--one is laser aimed and the other has no laser. I figure the laser one is better but the other one gets higher ratings for accuracy.

    Non-Contact Infrared Laser Thermometer

    Infrared Thermometer
    I've got the cheapie. Bought it on sale for 6 or 7 bucks. I also used it for looking for leaks in my home - especially good around windows and doors. Wife uses it with her 4th graders to demonstrate energy principles.

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I'm sure these stepped drill bits have been mentioned but just in case...
    They are simply great.
    Steel Step Drill Set - 3 Piece, Titanium Nitride Step Drill Bits

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs View Post
    We forget how far the quality at Harbor Freight has come since the good old days of 15 or 20 years ago.
    I'll second that.. I used to buy tools from them but stopped, until I got this bender this week. Haven't used it yet, but there's nothing to really go wrong with one, and the quality looks very good. Big names are selling the same unit for $100 more.
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Oh, forgot to ask on the remote thermometer, is the laser model a necessity or is the non-laser version the one to get?
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