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Old 12-11-2016, 10:51 AM   #21
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RIDGID GEN5X Brushless 18-Volt Compact Hammer Drill/Driver and 3-Speed Impact Driver Combo Kit-R9205 - The Home Depot
HD frequently has these on for around $200. I have had this set for several years. It has become my most used, kept handy, set.
I have several Harbour Freight drills too, but those are really "single use" items. When desperate, run down to HF and pick one up, throw it away when the day is done, as it likely won't work tomorrow. If it does, bonus!
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I have several Harbour Freight drills too, but those are really "single use" items. When desperate, run down to HF and pick one up, throw it away when the day is done, as it likely won't work tomorrow. If it does, bonus!
I have had my Harbor Freight drill for over a year. Here's how to make it go longer than expected:

#1) Take it apart. Add machine grease to the bow of the thing (where the gears are)

#2) The wires where they come through at the stern pulled out and later shorted out. Think spark then nothing. I fixed that (standard way, butt connectors, separating the wires) then put it all back together.

The machine grease is the key. Lots of lubrication out to keep it going.

Mine still works though honestly it doesn't get much use.
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Over the years I've bought a lot of stuff from HF. I still have pretty well ALL the tools I've purchased. Some of the other stuff (solar lights for eg.) hardly lasted out the door of the store. One can suggest HF tools don't have the "guts" of name brand items. Fair enough but for the amount of work I use them for, they're quite adequate and I doubt many boaters subject their tools to what might be considered "heavy duty" use.

Was looking for a multi-tool a while back. Fein wanted in the neighborhood of $400+ for their unit. Bought one at HF for $70 on sale and it works just fine.
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HF tools have their place in a non full time mechanics tool box.

Some of their tools are good enough for all but the toughest work, at a fraction of the coSt.

But for a large set, tough to beat craftsman or Lowes Kobalt. I bought a Husky set that has been great for 15 years working around boats..but the 1/4 inch drive can't seem to hold on to anything. Took the first 2 back and just gave up.

My new favorite power tool is the Rigid multi tool with multiple heads (son just got me the battery operated one and both of us are filling up my set)...the right angle drill, jig saw, and multi tool have earned their keep. The recip saw attachment is next. The corded version for such a small tool cut out my thick steel fuel tanks years ago and still works great.
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Greetings,
"HF tools have their place in a non full time mechanics tool box." EXACTLY. "...at a fraction of the cost..." EXACTLY.
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Like I said earlier, I don't get upset if a HF tool goes overboard...
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I like this type of filter wrench. One size fits all.
Super price on KD Tools 3149 at ToolTopia.com

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