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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Harbor Freight
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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Re: Harbor Freight
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!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Harbor Freight
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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Re: Harbor Freight
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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Re: Duratool tool kits
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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Re: Harbor Freight
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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Re: Harbor Freight
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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Re: Duratool tool kits
mhrackin   8/25/2014 1:19:12 PM
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For the stateside folks: if you have reasonable access to a Harbor Freight store (500 throughout USA), they usually have a coupon for some free items (only one per visit, but no purchase required, but it's hard to do wuth all the cheap stuff they carry). Most of the time one of those "freebies" is a nice little digital multimeter that's actually pretty good: 7 functions, with decent test leads, and reasonably accurate for most trouble-shooting use.  I have the good fortune to have a store within a mile or so of my office, so every few weeks I go through the flyers (the coupons are generally good for several months) and make up my shopping list for lunchtime.  The one from last week's newspaper (Aug 17) has a coupon for the multi-meter, one for a headlamp bwith lens, another for a magnetic parts dish, an LED flashlight, scissors, screwdriver set, and a 20% off any one item, all good until Oct 25.  I have the meter, parts dish, and LED flashlight already, so have to go through the small pile of current flyers to see what I can get on my next trip.

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Re: Duratool tool kits
David Ashton   8/22/2014 4:05:54 AM
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@Salbayeng...thanks for the info, interesting. The QM1500 is the full sized meter, is that what you got, or the baby QM1502?    For $5-10 a piece you can't expect much I guess, and current shunts are notoriously difficult to get right.  For what Max is talking about here - a quick and dirty unit to do odd measurements and keep in your toolbox - they are fine.  Incidentally the full size Jaytech QM1500 has exactly the same ranges and specs so think it's the same circuit as the baby QM1502, probably the baby has an SMD DVM IC.  I like that they have 4mm banana sockets, it makes it easy to make up a pair of croc clip leads as well as the probes.   

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