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Posted: 3/9/2013 7:42:12 PM EDT
What is it?

It's the same smell in all the stores, and when you bring home a tool, it smells the same too.

Is this what China smells like? WTF is it? It stinks.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:43:18 PM EDT
HF near me doesn't have a distinct smell.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:43:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:44:04 PM EDT by ElectricSheep556]
The sweat and toil of hard working Chinese toddlers. They're kind of like Santa's elves, only they're three years old and Chinese.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:43:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:44:35 PM EDT by WilliamGray]
Tears from 4 year old Chinese children.


Too slow.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:44:34 PM EDT
That's true! I can't identify it but I've definitely noticed it. It must be some kind of Chinese packing grease that prevents your Pittsburg tool from rusting on the boat over. It's a slow boat, remember?
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:44:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:45:20 PM EDT by raysheen]
That is what dead Chinese children smell like.


ETA: waaaayyyyy too slow.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:44:58 PM EDT
The smell of junk.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:44:59 PM EDT
I know of what you speak. I always thought it was the poorly refined crude protectant/lubricant they coat everything with, the stuff that soaks into the brown paper everything is wrapped in.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:45:08 PM EDT
Its something in the plastic and rubber parts. Nucular waste perhaps???
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:45:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Tears from 4 year old Chinese children.


Too slow.


Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:46:03 PM EDT
I know what you mean. It is from the oily plastic. Shit stinks.


Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:46:07 PM EDT
Around here they smell like rubber, worse than a tire store.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:46:23 PM EDT
It's those little rubber wheels.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:46:34 PM EDT
Read the thread title and knew it would be post full of the tears and sweat of Chinese children.


I was correct
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:46:56 PM EDT
Yeah the cheap oil smell. Say what you will about HF but I bought an electric impact gun and it rips off lug nuts like a champ. The aluminum racing jack I bought there is also fantastic.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:47:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Garandboy:
Around here they smell like rubber, worse than a tire store.

I fucking love how tire stores smell.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:47:29 PM EDT

my wife and I just had this discussion today. She bought some rope for some type of craft and it smelled really bad.
I bought a press and when I took it out of the box the grease smelled like human feces.
I think the smell is China.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:48:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Grin:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Tears from 4 year old Chinese children.


Too slow.


http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_la0258dJVO1qzmm04o1_500.gif


Best...Episode...Ever
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:48:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By retgarr:
HF near me doesn't have a distinct smell.


you buy to many HF tools. your house reeks of it but your used to it lmao
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:50:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wav3form:
Yeah the cheap oil smell. Say what you will about HF but I bought an electric impact gun and it rips off lug nuts like a champ. The aluminum racing jack I bought there is also fantastic.


I concur.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:50:21 PM EDT
Sars grease and bird flu
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:52:54 PM EDT
I've shopped HF long enough now that the smell is already established in my memory banks as something I savor. Much like the tire store smell. It evokes memories of yesteryear.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:57:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By hondaciv:
What is it?

It's the same smell in all the stores, and when you bring home a tool, it smells the same too.

Is this what China smells like? WTF is it? It stinks.


Rubber.. Work at a tire plant and you'll really get familiar with it...
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:58:49 PM EDT
Smells like Chinese baby sweat
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:03:55 PM EDT
Probably the rendered fat of dead Chinese people used as a preservative/ rust preventative
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:05:16 PM EDT
I recently got a HF StormCat 900w generator and it smells like 'win'.

Chris
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:06:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NineLivez:
Originally Posted By Grin:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Tears from 4 year old Chinese children.


Too slow.


http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_la0258dJVO1qzmm04o1_500.gif


Best...Episode...Ever


Of anything.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:07:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DavidW24:
Originally Posted By retgarr:
HF near me doesn't have a distinct smell.


you buy to many HF tools. your house reeks of it but your used to it lmao


Hey man, I got a plane to build! I ain't wasting money on Snap-On!
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:10:30 PM EDT
A couple of years ago I got a box of architectural submittals from China... I opened the box and there was that smell.
It was like they had packed the air of Shenyang and had it shipped to us. So, that small you smell...
Is the smell of China.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:11:54 PM EDT
I know exactly what you mean. It's Chinese cosmoline and rubber. It's the smell of Victory.






Chinese victory over the West.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:12:03 PM EDT
China has a distinct aroma. And every once in a while you get a hit of feces.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:14:38 PM EDT
It's the smell of productivity. It's rare to smell that in America.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:16:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By OilyPablo:
China has a distinct aroma. And every once in a while you get a hit of feces.


I thought it was butt cheese and old sneakers.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:17:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By retgarr:
Originally Posted By DavidW24:
Originally Posted By retgarr:
HF near me doesn't have a distinct smell.


you buy to many HF tools. your house reeks of it but your used to it lmao


Hey man, I got a plane to build! I ain't wasting money on Snap-On!


I'm listening.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:23:38 PM EDT
First time I smelled that HF smell was a pair of Cheap Taiwan Jungle boots I bought.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:24:49 PM EDT
I have a feeling the White House has had the same oder since Barry and Chewbacca moved in.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:28:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By hdrider1:
I have a feeling the White House has had the same oder since Barry and Chewbacca moved in.


That's AfroSheen with a touch of Nile Musk the Wookie bought on the corner from the guy who has the cheap incense too.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:35:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 8:35:34 PM EDT by figley]
your thread title made me chuckle, because it is so true.

smells like rubber chinese ass.

ETA: wait, you sniff all your new shit too?
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:35:46 PM EDT
Glad I'm not the only one that has noticed.

Come to think of it just about every piece of Chinese junk I have ever unboxed has the same smell.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:41:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By newguy2k3:
Glad I'm not the only one that has noticed.

Come to think of it just about every piece of Chinese junk I have ever unboxed has the same smell.


Norinco guns smell like that too, straight from the factory.
I think they boil down political prisoners and stray dogs to make Chicomsmoline.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 8:56:04 PM EDT
Like the Russian ass when you open a spam can of 7.62x39. I can't get the smell off my fingers. My wife thinks I have a Russian girlfriend.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:05:01 PM EDT
I haven't noticed the smell in the stores, but I did buy a set of oil filter wrenches there.

The kind with an adjustable rubber strap, I couldn't keep those wrenches in the house without double bagging them in plastic grocery bags.

They smelled like industrial rubber coated cancer.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:09:55 PM EDT
Some sorta Petrochem preservative, that must be cheaper than rice, because they put the same shit on all of thier tools, machine parts, and any other damn thing that might rust.

Had to snag some 80 series Roller chain last year on a Sunday, and got the china shit from TSC, because they were the only place open.
The whole shop reeked of that crap for days.

Head into any one of the "Discount gloves and tools" shops, and they stink just like Harbor freight, from all that shit outgassing.

It would be interesting to see the MSDS for whatever the shit is, and then have it analyzed to see what it REALLY is.
Probably some sort of nasty, Toxic as fuck, Chemical waste.





Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:17:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Thoughtcrime:
Originally Posted By wav3form:
Yeah the cheap oil smell. Say what you will about HF but I bought an electric impact gun and it rips off lug nuts like a champ. The aluminum racing jack I bought there is also fantastic.


I concur.


Meh. We have broken about 6 of those things irreparably. I make sure I don't put as much as a toe under a car when one is holding it up now. I guess they are ok for home use.

I think the smell is a combination of mineral oil and really poorly vulcanized rubber.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:20:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 9:21:45 PM EDT by Dan_Cooper]
Smells like the outgassing of low grade plastics. And yes, it is kinda what China smells like, or at least Shenzhen.


ETA: Don't get me wrong, I love the hell out of my EarthQuake impact ratchet.


Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:24:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By stewfish:
Like the Russian ass when you open a spam can of 7.62x39. I can't get the smell off my fingers. My wife thinks I have a Russian girlfriend.


Russian girls smell like 7.62 x 39 rounds?



I feel oddly aroused.




Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:24:21 PM EDT
My local HF has "that" smell too. I just thought they kept fucking up and shipping over Chinese toddlers with the knock off Cresent wrenches
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:26:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 9:27:13 PM EDT by wav3form]
Originally Posted By Mossberg:
Originally Posted By Thoughtcrime:
Originally Posted By wav3form:
Yeah the cheap oil smell. Say what you will about HF but I bought an electric impact gun and it rips off lug nuts like a champ. The aluminum racing jack I bought there is also fantastic.


I concur.


Meh. We have broken about 6 of those things irreparably. I make sure I don't put as much as a toe under a car when one is holding it up now. I guess they are ok for home use.

I think the smell is a combination of mineral oil and really poorly vulcanized rubber.


I guess it depends on which one we're talking about. Mine has never let me down and outlasted my brother's Craftsman aluminum racing jack.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:27:53 PM EDT
It's what all the guns shows in the early 1990's smelled like.
All those MAK-90's


Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:30:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wav3form:
Originally Posted By Mossberg:
Originally Posted By Thoughtcrime:
Originally Posted By wav3form:
Yeah the cheap oil smell. Say what you will about HF but I bought an electric impact gun and it rips off lug nuts like a champ. The aluminum racing jack I bought there is also fantastic.


I concur.


Meh. We have broken about 6 of those things irreparably. I make sure I don't put as much as a toe under a car when one is holding it up now. I guess they are ok for home use.

I think the smell is a combination of mineral oil and really poorly vulcanized rubber.


I guess it depends on which one we're talking about. Mine has never let me down and outlasted my brother's Craftsman aluminum racing jack.


Silver and blue aluminum job with a carry handle on the side?
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:32:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TheKill:
I know of what you speak. I always thought it was the poorly refined crude protectant/lubricant they coat everything with, the stuff that soaks into the brown paper everything is wrapped in.


This

When we get shipment of machined parts from China or Taiwan at work, they smell the same. It's the oil.
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