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The funny thing about tools...
Max The Magnificent   9/10/2014 3:04:25 PM
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The funny thing about tools is that you never seem to have enough of them.

I've certainly got enough that I can "make do" -- but it seems like every job I tackle I think "I could really use a ...."

Will this ever end?

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Re: Duratool tool kits
Max The Magnificent   9/10/2014 3:02:52 PM
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@mhrackin: For the stateside folks: if you have reasonable access to a Harbor Freight store...

I only just discovered that there's one in Huntsville -- I'll have to take a stroll down there one weekend...

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Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 1:05:42 PM
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@TonyTib: I think you haven't been keeping up with the times [...] you're in Huntsville, which has a HF

I'm like the professor in Independance Day ... they don't let me out very often LOL

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TonyTib   9/2/2014 12:52:44 PM
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I just got another HF flyer with the 6" calipers for $9.99 -- but two 6" calipers is enough for me, I'm waiting until they have a great deal on 12" digital calipers.


BTW, I think you haven't been keeping up with the times; IIRC, you're in Huntsville, which has a HF (I guess links aren't allowed, so try www.harborfreight.com/al/huntsville.html ) HF has been opening a lot of stores recently; I hope they don't open too many (and then have problems).

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kfield   8/31/2014 9:47:46 AM
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You guys forgot the makeup bag!

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Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 11:42:40 AM
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@TonyTib: I paid $10 w/coupon, so Max overspent on his callipers ($20!!!!).

1000 curses LOL. Actually, for only $20 I think these things are an amazing bargain -- I don't know how I managed with out them -- I'm constantly finding new things I need to measure...

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Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 11:40:16 AM
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@TonyTib: ...my biggest pet peeve: no continuity beep!

I know a young lad who is just starting out in electronics -- as soon as I saw this I thought "Building a continuity tester will be a great little project for him"

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Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 11:37:20 AM
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@mhrackin: I have the good fortune to have a store within a mile or so of my office...

I've never actually been to a HF store -- just seen their stuff online -- if I ever come to Atlanta, maybe we can go down together.

FYI I was in Atlanta airport all last Sunday on my way to Brazil -- I had to get up here in Huntsville at 5:00am, at the airport for 6:00am, flee to Atlanta at 7:00am (arrived 9:00am Eastern time), then stooged around all day waiting for my 8:00pm flight to Brazil.

I was thinking of emailing you, but I had a bunch of stuff to do. It wasn't too bad -- I splashed $50 for a 1-day pass to the Delta Sky Lounge and then happily worked away all day in their workststion area quaffing free coffee and munching free nibbles (well, "free" apart from the $50 :-)

 

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mhrackin   8/25/2014 2:53:45 PM
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I agree on items like screwdrivers or electronic-type pliers/cutters.  Quality pays on those    I have bought some really well-made socket wrenches for a pittance there (a full set of deep metric for $10 less 20% off using a coupon), and the DMM is great for free (perfect for throwing in the glove box for example).  Other freebies were quite acceptable at the price also!  I have bought a couple of "rare-use" power tools (a reciprocating saw, a small 3-gallon 125PSI air compressor mostly for tires) that were exceptional bargains on sale/coupons.  I do have a coupon or two for tape measures but I have so many already, including a couple I inherited from my father-in-law in 1972!

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TonyTib   8/25/2014 2:42:10 PM
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HF's stuff varies.  The tape measures (sometimes available for free) are pretty sweet, the DMM is OK for a "throw-away" tool box item (my biggest pet peeve: no continuity beep!  You have to spend $20 at HF to get that, in a much larger meter.  I do like the $40 HF DMM - it's one of my two main meters).


The coupons are worth checking out, too - my "toolbox" calipers are the 6" HF digital models; I paid $10 w/coupon, so Max overspent on his callipers ($20!!!!).  (My good one is a Mitotoyo, but I like have some cheap stuff for my toolbox).


A lot of their hand tools are not worth it (my toolbox is filled with Bondhus ball end hex wrenches and Wiha screw drivers -- both well worth it considering how much I use them).

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