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ilbob  [Member]
1/23/2010 6:23:56 PM
Every now and then I just have to drop by HF and look around.

They seem to be selling a fair number of Night-Ize products now. I saw some figure 9 rope tighteners and LED flashlight bulb replacements among other things.

Best find was a small tubular aluminum whistle. 99 cents. Very loud.

Second best find - sewing awl with 180 yards of tough looking poly thread for $3.99. Comes with four needles.

RR_Broccoli  [Team Member]
1/23/2010 6:25:17 PM
Yup. Two packs of $3 LED flashlights (1.50 each). Tarps and tie downs galore. If you have a store near by, it's worth noting what they have....
will021479  [Team Member]
1/23/2010 6:29:02 PM
Yeah Harbour Freight and I are good friends...I have one less than 1/2 mile from my house...the staff know me by name...it is actually kinda sad...but I can find some alot of useful stuff in there...
odontia32m  [Team Member]
1/23/2010 6:50:50 PM
Yes the tarps are 60% less than even Walmart. Remember there is always a 20% off a single item in the NRA magazines.

Blackoperations  [Member]
1/23/2010 7:33:47 PM
Originally Posted By RR_Broccoli:
Yup. Two packs of $3 LED flashlights (1.50 each). Tarps and tie downs galore. If you have a store near by, it's worth noting what they have....


Those flashlights are great!!! But don't buy them, get them for free

Use this coupon, found here: http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/common/displayPage.do?pageFile=magurl5.html




I've got five for free so far, I pick one up every trip.

For the rest of you, take advantage of the 20% off coupon, also found in the link above



odontia32m  [Team Member]
1/23/2010 8:23:21 PM
Originally Posted By Blackoperations:
Originally Posted By RR_Broccoli:
Yup. Two packs of $3 LED flashlights (1.50 each). Tarps and tie downs galore. If you have a store near by, it's worth noting what they have....


Those flashlights are great!!! But don't buy them, get them for free

Use this coupon, found here: http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/common/displayPage.do?pageFile=magurl5.html

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/flash_c.jpg


I've got five for free so far, I pick one up every trip.

For the rest of you, take advantage of the 20% off coupon, also found in the link above

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/20_c.jpg



It says they can not be photocopied or reproduced.??????
Blackoperations  [Member]
1/23/2010 10:57:50 PM
Originally Posted By odontia32m:
Originally Posted By Blackoperations:
Originally Posted By RR_Broccoli:
Yup. Two packs of $3 LED flashlights (1.50 each). Tarps and tie downs galore. If you have a store near by, it's worth noting what they have....


Those flashlights are great!!! But don't buy them, get them for free

Use this coupon, found here: http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/common/displayPage.do?pageFile=magurl5.html

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/flash_c.jpg


I've got five for free so far, I pick one up every trip.

For the rest of you, take advantage of the 20% off coupon, also found in the link above

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/20_c.jpg



It says they can not be photocopied or reproduced.??????


your not photocopying or reproducing, simply printing. They send the coupons via email, how else are you suppose to claim them without printing?

I have used these tons of times, with no problems.
odontia32m  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 12:04:41 AM
Originally Posted By Blackoperations:
Originally Posted By odontia32m:
Originally Posted By Blackoperations:
Originally Posted By RR_Broccoli:
Yup. Two packs of $3 LED flashlights (1.50 each). Tarps and tie downs galore. If you have a store near by, it's worth noting what they have....


Those flashlights are great!!! But don't buy them, get them for free

Use this coupon, found here: http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/common/displayPage.do?pageFile=magurl5.html

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/flash_c.jpg


I've got five for free so far, I pick one up every trip.

For the rest of you, take advantage of the 20% off coupon, also found in the link above

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/20_c.jpg



It says they can not be photocopied or reproduced.??????


your not photocopying or reproducing, simply printing. They send the coupons via email, how else are you suppose to claim them without printing?

I have used these tons of times, with no problems.


Cool thanks
MCREBELL  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 3:38:45 AM
i like the 20% off one.i've been looking at the solar panels they have.
ColonelHurtz  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 4:11:07 AM
I found the hole punch set I was looking for.
It's typical China crap but it's still an improvement on the worthless ones that come with grommet sets.
goldeyeslayer  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 4:33:55 AM
once in a while they have the propane bottle refill kits on sale. I've never used mine
Spydermonkey  [Member]
1/24/2010 6:46:05 AM
Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
once in a while they have the propane bottle refill kits on sale. I've never used mine


I have and it works quite well. If you use a propane lantern for fishing/camping it pays for itself. Plus its not bad to have on hand in case SHTF.

ilbob  [Member]
1/24/2010 6:51:22 AM
They have a lot of inexpensive hand tools that are a lot better than people give them credit for. I have a fair number of them and they are great for light, intermittant duty. I think if I used them all the time I would get better quality, but for what I use them for, I have been happy.

Their power tools do not impress me much, but they seem to be improving.

I am impressed with the price and quality of both their floor and bench mount drill presses. You won't find any cheaper and they are much better than anything else in their price range.
goldeyeslayer  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 10:22:59 AM
Originally Posted By Spydermonkey:
Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
once in a while they have the propane bottle refill kits on sale. I've never used mine


I have and it works quite well. If you use a propane lantern for fishing/camping it pays for itself. Plus its not bad to have on hand in case SHTF.



Thats the main reason I bought it.
goldeyeslayer  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 10:25:02 AM
Originally Posted By ilbob:
They have a lot of inexpensive hand tools that are a lot better than people give them credit for. I have a fair number of them and they are great for light, intermittant duty. I think if I used them all the time I would get better quality, but for what I use them for, I have been happy.

Their power tools do not impress me much, but they seem to be improving.

I am impressed with the price and quality of both their floor and bench mount drill presses. You won't find any cheaper and they are much better than anything else in their price range.


+1. I must have been lucky on the power tools, I have a 4" angle grinder that I have abused the hell out of (on purpose) that was on sale for 9.99. I cant seem to hurt it.
roguetrader  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 1:06:22 PM
Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
Originally Posted By ilbob:
They have a lot of inexpensive hand tools that are a lot better than people give them credit for. I have a fair number of them and they are great for light, intermittant duty. I think if I used them all the time I would get better quality, but for what I use them for, I have been happy.

Their power tools do not impress me much, but they seem to be improving.

I am impressed with the price and quality of both their floor and bench mount drill presses. You won't find any cheaper and they are much better than anything else in their price range.


+1. I must have been lucky on the power tools, I have a 4" angle grinder that I have abused the hell out of (on purpose) that was on sale for 9.99. I cant seem to hurt it.


They bought 10 of these for work (metal fab shop) and 3 burned up the first day the rest lasted about a month so for the hobby user would be graet but if you need to use it daily get a better grinder.
CarbineDad  [Team Member]
1/24/2010 2:00:40 PM
They have a nice (cheap –– it's $4) riggers knife with a marlin spike. I keep a couple with the para cord and the tarp rigging gear.






They have the big gear carbiners (like for a coiled hose or electrical cable) cheaper than everyone else.

ilbob  [Member]
1/30/2010 7:41:40 PM
My wife liked the whistle I bought so I stopped there today and got her one.

I noticed they have added a lot of things since I was there last including magnesium block fire starters for $3. One of them left with me.

They have also added some nifty stuff in the flashlight section including a $2 flashlight that clips on your ear and sort of looks like a blue tooth earpiece. I did not buy one but probably will. I can have my bluetooth earpiece on one ear and the light on the other . :)

They have a nice (cheap –– it's $4) riggers knife with a marlin spike. I keep a couple with the para cord and the tarp rigging gear.
I saw those right next to the $5 machetes that actually looked pretty decent. Just what is a riggers knife anyway?



wildearp  [Team Member]
1/30/2010 8:24:22 PM
Originally Posted By Blackoperations:
Originally Posted By RR_Broccoli:
Yup. Two packs of $3 LED flashlights (1.50 each). Tarps and tie downs galore. If you have a store near by, it's worth noting what they have....


Those flashlights are great!!! But don't buy them, get them for free

Use this coupon, found here: http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/common/displayPage.do?pageFile=magurl5.html

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/flash_c.jpg


I've got five for free so far, I pick one up every trip.

For the rest of you, take advantage of the 20% off coupon, also found in the link above

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/MagazineLanders/5-outdoor/images/20_c.jpg



These are in almost every car magazine I get every month.
Skibane  [Team Member]
1/30/2010 10:25:58 PM
Originally Posted By ilbob:
They have a lot of inexpensive hand tools that are a lot better than people give them credit for. I have a fair number of them and they are great for light, intermittant duty. I think if I used them all the time I would get better quality, but for what I use them for, I have been happy.


Their bolt cutters go on sale just about every other week - Prices are cheap enough to put one in every vehicle. Ditto for the "Cen-Tech" digital test meters - At $2.99 apiece, they are a screaming deal!


odontia32m  [Team Member]
1/31/2010 1:47:43 AM
Originally Posted By Skibane:
Originally Posted By ilbob:
They have a lot of inexpensive hand tools that are a lot better than people give them credit for. I have a fair number of them and they are great for light, intermittant duty. I think if I used them all the time I would get better quality, but for what I use them for, I have been happy.


Their bolt cutters go on sale just about every other week - Prices are cheap enough to put one in every vehicle. Ditto for the "Cen-Tech" digital test meters - At $2.99 apiece, they are a screaming deal!




I broke my bolt cutters on soft rebar


ETA not knocking them for once in a while stuff I love them. Everything else is klein or craftsman.
ilbob  [Member]
1/31/2010 9:25:46 AM
Originally Posted By Skibane:
Their bolt cutters go on sale just about every other week - Prices are cheap enough to put one in every vehicle. Ditto for the "Cen-Tech" digital test meters - At $2.99 apiece, they are a screaming deal!


The meter I bought from them does not work especially well. It reads a much higher voltage then what my Ideal meter or a Fluke from our shop says.

I have a pair of their bolt cutters. I would not try to cut rebar with it, but its fine for cutting smaller stuff.

This grade of tool is not going to let you beat on it like a better quality tool will.
CarbineDad  [Team Member]
1/31/2010 7:39:29 PM
Originally Posted By ilbob:
My wife liked the whistle I bought so I stopped there today and got her one.

I noticed they have added a lot of things since I was there last including magnesium block fire starters for $3. One of them left with me.

They have also added some nifty stuff in the flashlight section including a $2 flashlight that clips on your ear and sort of looks like a blue tooth earpiece. I did not buy one but probably will. I can have my bluetooth earpiece on one ear and the light on the other . :)

They have a nice (cheap –– it's $4) riggers knife with a marlin spike. I keep a couple with the para cord and the tarp rigging gear.
I saw those right next to the $5 machetes that actually looked pretty decent. Just what is a riggers knife anyway?



Rigging as in sail boat rigging. Working with line and knots. The marlin spike is the pick you need to pull knots out of line, particularly when it is really wet. If you have ever needed one, you know what I mean ; cold wet hands, wet fingers, trying to pull a wet knot apart with your finger nails. A Marlin Spike was what you wanted that night. I think the other blade is intended for spin the pins on shackles, however, I generally don't work with shackles. A WWII Royal Navy knife has a Marlin Spike too, but these are $2.99 on sale.

I have a small bag of tarp tiedown stuff. Tent pegs, tie backs, brippers, line tensioners, carbiners, links and rings, paracord loops, etc for vehicle camping. The riggers knife is helpful tying the tarp out, but is amazing getting it back apart.

I also have one of their tire patch kits too. Thats the second one in the truck. ETA: They have both the patch kits and the reamer tools too, less than Advance Auto. They had big bottles of Slime too. Dopn't know if they were a deal or not.