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2020-07-07 6:54:54 PM  
Those responsible for the first - and second - recalls have been sacked.
Just don't buy the new replacements manufactured at the last minute and at great expense
 
2020-07-07 7:32:14 PM  
When I go to Harbor Freight I know I am buying cheaply made stuff. It's kind of the point. When i go there I am buying something for a one time job, and if I get more out of it then hey, bonus. I'm not going to buy anything life and limb safety related there, but many obviously do. The company seems to be getting out ahead of it in an honest and transparent way. I appreciate that.
 
2020-07-07 8:10:24 PM  
Mynd you, jāçk stānd fāilurës Kan be pretti nasti.
 
2020-07-07 8:25:14 PM  
That place smells really weird. Like what I would imagine a Chinese factory with PCBs.
 
2020-07-07 8:30:10 PM  
Harbor freight is hit and miss even within the same SKU#
Meh. People know that.
 
2020-07-07 8:32:52 PM  

F-14Tomcat: When I go to Harbor Freight I know I am buying cheaply made stuff. It's kind of the point. When i go there I am buying something for a one time job, and if I get more out of it then hey, bonus. I'm not going to buy anything life and limb safety related there, but many obviously do. The company seems to be getting out ahead of it in an honest and transparent way. I appreciate that.


I'm the opposite. I like buying tools I know will last me many, many years, if not a lifetime.
 
2020-07-07 8:35:39 PM  
I never trusted that guy

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2020-07-07 8:38:25 PM  
The new jackstands have been made in a completely different design at the last minute and at great expense.

They bear the "Ralphie the Wonder Llama Seal of Approval"
 
2020-07-07 9:04:51 PM  

Bob Falfa: I'm the opposite. I like buying tools I know will last me many, many years, if not a lifetime.


I'm a professional mechanic. Tools are a business decision for me. For everyday use tools quality is the first consideration. One off weird jobs price is the first consideration. Let's say I need a steering wheel puller. Something need once every ten years or so. I can buy the $500.00 Snap On set, or the 10 dollar HF one and throw it out of it breaks after one use. The job pays one hundred bucks. Harbor freight has its place.
 
2020-07-07 9:29:00 PM  

F-14Tomcat: Bob Falfa: I'm the opposite. I like buying tools I know will last me many, many years, if not a lifetime.

I'm a professional mechanic. Tools are a business decision for me. For everyday use tools quality is the first consideration. One off weird jobs price is the first consideration. Let's say I need a steering wheel puller. Something need once every ten years or so. I can buy the $500.00 Snap On set, or the 10 dollar HF one and throw it out of it breaks after one use. The job pays one hundred bucks. Harbor freight has its place.


I do the same (strictly shadetree though), and also stocked my jeep toolbox with Pittsburgh. Those tools need to work once, and are more likely to be stolen than used. I'll be go to fark if I'm spending Craftsman money to do that.
 
2020-07-07 9:29:28 PM  
Do I have to do everything around here?

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2020-07-07 9:32:02 PM  
There is a great YouTube channel - Ave that calls it Hazard Fraught.

His teardown of the Jucero is amazing.

Makes me laugh every time.
 
2020-07-07 10:56:20 PM  
Oh harbor freight. Tools made to last a lunchtime.
 
2020-07-07 11:29:35 PM  
Glad I haven't used the store credit to replace the recalled yet
 
2020-07-07 11:55:44 PM  
Harbor Freight is my go-to for blue plastic tarps, zip ties, and bungee cords. Maybe drill bits, if I have the 20% off coupon.
 
2020-07-08 12:22:20 AM  
*the ceo*

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2020-07-08 12:24:45 AM  

F-14Tomcat: When I go to Harbor Freight I know I am buying cheaply made stuff. It's kind of the point. When i go there I am buying something for a one time job, and if I get more out of it then hey, bonus. I'm not going to buy anything life and limb safety related there, but many obviously do. The company seems to be getting out ahead of it in an honest and transparent way. I appreciate that.


Don't you think it'd be a little more transparent to list the jack stands' MTBF as "?"
 
2020-07-08 2:23:24 AM  
We apologize again for the fault in the recall. Those responsible for racking the people's jacks that had been jacked have now been sacked.
 
2020-07-08 2:25:24 AM  

dionysusaur: Those responsible for the first - and second - recalls have been sacked.
Just don't buy the new replacements manufactured at the last minute and at great expense


..and I didn't even read the Boobies.

//like a true farker
 
2020-07-08 2:38:45 AM  

Bob Falfa: F-14Tomcat: When I go to Harbor Freight I know I am buying cheaply made stuff. It's kind of the point. When i go there I am buying something for a one time job, and if I get more out of it then hey, bonus. I'm not going to buy anything life and limb safety related there, but many obviously do. The company seems to be getting out ahead of it in an honest and transparent way. I appreciate that.

I'm the opposite. I like buying tools I know will last me many, many years, if not a lifetime.


So do I, but not if they're a one-timer. I'll either rent it or buy the cheapest one I can find that'll do the job then probably donate it or leave it at the curb for scavengers.
 
2020-07-08 2:42:22 AM  

Officer Barrelroll: There is a great YouTube channel - Ave that calls it Hazard Fraught.

His teardown of the Jucero is amazing.

Makes me laugh every time.


My favorite Youtuber. Engage safety squints. Release the schmoo.
 
2020-07-08 4:21:07 AM  
Agreed on HF being for one use tools, tarps, gloves, etc.

I still love HF parody ads, though. Always give me a chuckle.

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2020-07-08 6:05:49 AM  

Bob Falfa: F-14Tomcat: When I go to Harbor Freight I know I am buying cheaply made stuff. It's kind of the point. When i go there I am buying something for a one time job, and if I get more out of it then hey, bonus. I'm not going to buy anything life and limb safety related there, but many obviously do. The company seems to be getting out ahead of it in an honest and transparent way. I appreciate that.

I'm the opposite. I like buying tools I know will last me many, many years, if not a lifetime.


That's fine if you're going to use them enough to justify the price. I do some stuff around the house but It'd be a waste of money if I insisted on a garage full of Snap-On tools. That money is better off in the stock market, or being spent on things I use/enjoy more often.
 
2020-07-08 7:11:46 AM  

Bob Falfa: F-14Tomcat: When I go to Harbor Freight I know I am buying cheaply made stuff. It's kind of the point. When i go there I am buying something for a one time job, and if I get more out of it then hey, bonus. I'm not going to buy anything life and limb safety related there, but many obviously do. The company seems to be getting out ahead of it in an honest and transparent way. I appreciate that.

I'm the opposite. I like buying tools I know will last me many, many years, if not a lifetime.


This ^^  I shake my head at the clowns on the car forums who yammer on about "Oh gee, Harbor Freight it GREAT, because the lifetime warranty, blah blah blah blah."  I went through four of the vibrating parts tumblers before throwing in the towel (all four shook themselves apart); the reciprocating saw fell apart in my hands on the second use; and, the heat gun crapped out after 10 minutes of use.  The same guys who fawn all over Harbor Freight's return policy, a) don't understand time is money, meaning I want my tools ready and able for the duration of the job, and b) are the same group who scream bloody murder about US companies offshoring manufacturing.  I've been looking into getting a car lift and have had guys think they're being helpful by saying, "Hey, Harbor Freight has one for under $500."  Dude, do you honestly believe I'm going to trust my life underneath some low buck, low quality shiat tools?
 
2020-07-08 7:14:44 AM  
Bought a set of router bits there once.   Harbor Freight was nearby and I already had several sets of good bits back at the shop. 30 minutes in the round over bit shattered and threw shrapnel everywhere.  Took a good shot to the hand. The metal looked like crap cast iron inside, all kinds of voids. I will buy a tarp there, but only if I don't need to keep something dry.
 
2020-07-08 7:27:32 AM  
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who remembers the jc whitney catalogs?
they also sold stuff that was absolute crap quality or a total snake oil like a canister that holds a roll of toilet paper and you replace the oil filter with this canister.
i admired the 'artists and illustrators' who drew all the pictures by hand like they did in old time magazines and newspapers.
 
2020-07-08 8:11:01 AM  

starlost: [thesamba.com image 757x930]who remembers the jc whitney catalogs?
they also sold stuff that was absolute crap quality or a total snake oil like a canister that holds a roll of toilet paper and you replace the oil filter with this canister.
i admired the 'artists and illustrators' who drew all the pictures by hand like they did in old time magazines and newspapers.


My dad relied on J.C. Whitney for obscure parts for his obscure car (a 1950s Volvo 445 wagon). But even they didn't have the taillight lenses. No one did. So dad took the unbroken lens, made a plaster mold, and started castng his own out of polyester resin.

My brother and I bought some of the crap out of that catalog to play with. They had a cheap bullhorn that (unsurprisingly) didn't work. Don't point and laugh, every 10 year old boy needs a bullhorn.
 
2020-07-08 11:36:54 AM  
Some HF stuff is good enough, some is garbage.

There are HF Pass Fail threads on many internet forums.  Before buying, web search [item name] Harbor Freight pass fail.

HF's $10 heat gun handles all the shrink tubing, and, sticker removal, I need it to.

Some HF tools are good enough for hobbies, and rare or one time use. 

HF's best mechanics hand tools seem good, so far.  I used to buy Craftsman, but they're no longer US made, and Sears could go tits up at any moment , so the guarantee is useless.  I really don't know what mechanics hand tools to buy anymore.

HF owner, Eric Schmidt is hella rich.  His Mansion makes the neighboring Beverly Hills houses look like shotgun shacks.  $5000 German doors and windows throughout, underground parking lot, elevator, commercial kitchen, Two pool houses (one with indoor pool, one with outdoor pool) ...
 
2020-07-08 11:44:27 AM  

F-14Tomcat: When I go to Harbor Freight I know I am buying cheaply made stuff. It's kind of the point. When i go there I am buying something for a one time job, and if I get more out of it then hey, bonus. I'm not going to buy anything life and limb safety related there, but many obviously do. The company seems to be getting out ahead of it in an honest and transparent way. I appreciate that.


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2020-07-08 12:13:42 PM  
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2020-07-08 1:40:16 PM  

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Thanks asshole. Now I want a hotdog
 
2020-07-08 1:45:50 PM  

starlost: [thesamba.com image 757x930]who remembers the jc whitney catalogs?
they also sold stuff that was absolute crap quality or a total snake oil like a canister that holds a roll of toilet paper and you replace the oil filter with this canister.
i admired the 'artists and illustrators' who drew all the pictures by hand like they did in old time magazines and newspapers.


But they had the minty-est hood ornaments :

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and who could forget Winky? :

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BTW.. Autozone picked up the torch from JC Whitney, the same "clientele" get all their auto accessories from the 'Zone now
 
2020-07-08 2:41:49 PM  

jack_o_the_hills: .....

BTW.. Autozone picked up the torch from JC Whitney, the same "clientele" get all their auto accessories from the 'Zone now


I would have said Pep Boys, but sue AutoZone too.
 
2020-07-08 4:21:28 PM  

Bob Falfa: I'm the opposite. I like buying tools I know will last me many, many years, if not a lifetime.


It makes it affordable to buy tools that you know you won't use very often, if ever again. Two examples off the top of my head are the cement mixer and finishing nail gun I bought. Used both for the task at hand and have never needed them since. But at HF prices, it totally made sense to buy both. I wouldn't have bought the 4x price version at Lowes.
 
2020-07-08 7:50:38 PM  
I have a buddy who thinks HF is just as good as any other brand, because in his warped reality, you're just paying more for a name. I wonder if he bought these stands?

I'm like most everyone else. It's cheaper to buy a roto hammer and break it, than rent one. Then there are the odd tools, like hot knives, that aren't sold most places. Also gloves, tarps, and tools for kids.

But anyone willing to risk their lives with jack stands, that isn't a one off emergency, needs a psych evaluation for suicidal tendencies.
 
2020-07-08 10:18:03 PM  
I bought the jack stands for when my car stupidly failed inspection for bad ball joints and I changed them myself Like 5 years ago.   I didn't get under the car while jacked on the stands.  I will return them with this recall.
 
2020-07-09 1:30:44 AM  

freakay: That place smells really weird. Like what I would imagine a Chinese factory with PCBs.


Cosmoline. The stuff they pack SKS rifles in. And tools. And lathes. And every damned thing.
 
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