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  1. #2971
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I bought a laser thermometer and use it for, of all things, the perfect barbeque. In this thread I have posted more of the details--search for it-- but I can do ribs and chicken better than I ever have using the thing.
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by newbury View Post

    I'm still debating going back and pick up a half dozen of their $80 800 watt generators.
    Why half a dozen?
    Kyle - CompactTractorFan

    Kubota BX25 w/R4's (23 hp, 17.7 PTO hp), Loader, Backhoe, 60" Mid Mount Mower, Cyclone Rake Z-10 Lawn Vacuum, CountyLine Carryall, Ferris 48" Walk-Behind Mower, Honda 21" Walk-Behind Mower, Mighty Mac 4" Chipper/Shredder,
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by CompactTractorFan View Post
    Why half a dozen?
    I was wondering that myself. Can't run much stuff with only 800 watts available.

    Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by kensnelling View Post

    I was wondering that myself. Can't run much stuff with only 800 watts available.

    Ken
    I used mine this weekend for a trail maintenance project at the local state park. It was perfect in that it was light enough to carry in and powerful enough to run a Sawzall. It was also quiet enough that it was not a distraction. Several people were amazed when I told them what I paid for it.

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Ok, I see. I could only run a drill or lightbulbs at that rating. My lowest rated saw is 8 amp (960 watt) so I didn't consider that use.

    Ken
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by CompactTractorFan View Post
    Why half a dozen?
    Well I didn't get around to it due to other obligations. But the purpose for a "half dozen" is that I like to be able to help people out.

    This small generator is just about right to power a small fridge based on:
    Quote Originally Posted by psj12 View Post
    I bought one of those little two stroke gens and I don't think it is too loud when you consider you're not paying the Honda price. It is definently quiter than the small chinese four stroke.

    I found the generator adequate to pull a full sized refrigerator/freezer but that is all. Don't try to run above its' capacity or it will pop the breaker. Additionally I found it to be set too slow. I attached a voltmeter to it with a 100 W lamp as a partial load and found it was only putting out 92 V. I adjusted the voltage/speed screw and it now runs better and puts out 110V.
    Or definitely a mini bar fridge.

    To be the man with the power for 6 households for the measly sum of $500 is not to bad when the power goes out. I get a good feeling when I'm able to do things like clear the widows driveway after a big snowstorm, chop up the downed tree, pull the little cars out of wherever they are stuck, etc.

    Plus if I've several small generators to lend I don't feel bad about saying NO to lending my bigger generators.
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller, 5' Big Bee cutter, with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopped View Post
    good to know.ill have to try it next time it comes in.

    Here is the link to their "Digital Savings" website where there has always been a 20% off a single item coupon [as well a others that rotate through] every time I've accessed it.

    Digital Savings


    Thomas

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Hey guys... I was thinking about buying a set of gear pullers, so was checking out what HF had to offer. I found these, and I GOTTA HAVE 'EM!!! The first set of pullers I have ever seen that you could use indoors AND outdoors!! Who says HF just copies other companies designs. I would be willing to bet a 800 watt HF generator against a doughnut that NO other tool seller offers an indoor AND outdoor puller set.

    I haven't bought 'em yet, so I can't say they don't suck, but I will let you know as soon as I get 'em
    MF 1547 w/FEL w/bucket and 48" forks, 6'FM, 6'BB, 7' RAKE

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Whatcha get when you let secretaries transcribe (and maybe edit) tool descriptions - I'm thinkin' whoever did that thought "inside" and "outside" weren't as sophisticated sounding as "indoor and "outdoor" :=)

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