Pittsburgh floor jacks

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  1. steve from staten island

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    The big question is if a full time mechanic used that ratchet every day as compared to a Snap On, how long would that Chinese POS last?
    The bigger question for the mechanic would be would it break at the beginning of his work day leaving him stranded without it or at the end of the day.
    Thats why HF is basically junk.
    Tools got cheap, now everybody has everything and instead. of fixing a broken tool, they just get tossed. We have become a throw away society and we can thank our dependency on China for that
     
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    • DeltaV

      DeltaV facts never disconfirm a good ideology FBBO Gold Member

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      Some HF tools can be used as fishing sinkers.
       
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      • Habib

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        Harbor freight is cheap, obviously, but some tools there are pretty damn decent. You just gotta know what to look for. I still like to have USA stuff in my Tool box but i have some HF stuff as well and it works fine.
         
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        • Hey-O

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          You're right, it is a knock off. As good as it gets, refers to it being built to copy a snap on. I go to HF to buy zip ties, electric connectors. I bought my dust collector there 12 years ago and it still works like new . Grizzles and Delta were two to three times more and NOT one bit better. I bought a vise at HF for my lake house and two weeks later I hit it with a hammer and hit a hollow spot and blew a hole in it as big as a quarter, biggest piece of shit I have ever seen, lesson learned. I asked the manager about the ratchet and he said, take it home, do whatever to it and if it breaks, bring it back. Yes, they do have some junk there, but look in the back of your local snap on dealers truck, those broken tools aren't HF's. They work on the fact that they can replace tools because they charge four times more. A guy once told me Honda's are the best cars built. Maybe so, but, those cars in the 12 bay service department aren't fords!!! ............ Some good, some bad. By the way, all my tools are either snap on, proto, cornwell, craftmen, matco or williams. I've been collecting for 45 years.
           
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          • Hey-O

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            Your father told you the Japanese were good for copying a product we made, in the sixties and seventies we couldn't build a small car to match what they made, we couldn't even copy theirs right. Each have there strong and weak points.......... I never leave my stuff outside or abuse it , shame on you, I can see why it needed rebuilding.....
             
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            • Frank Mopar

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              • steve from staten island

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                I didn't leave it outside ok. My father saw it outside in a guys yard and asked him if it was for sale, my dad could see it was neglected.
                You need to re read my post. If your ok with crap junk that floods our shores, good for you but dont defend it to me
                 
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                There's nothing to defend, I buy as much as I can made in this country. I just find it interesting that you would pick HF to take your stand. You'd be sitting naked in a field someplace if you chose anything else. If the field was big enough to be a farm, they'd probably own that to.....
                Electrical machinery and equipment, Machinery and Mechanical appliances, Furniture, bedding, lamps, illuminated signs and prefabricated buildings, Toys, games, and sporting goods, Plastics, Footwear, Optical, photographic, precision, medical or surgical instruments, nearly ALL of the LED lights in this country come from, you guess it, China. The US buys only a small portion of cotton t-shirts from China, but if fewer Americans buy Chinese t-shirts, that could mean that Chinese factories need less fabric made of American cotton. Forget next years Christmas lights, yes that's right, they're made in China..... Over 560 billion a year. Now walk around your house and take a good look and then come back and talk to me about HF's floor jack. Investing and checking out companies is what I do as a hobby, I'm done with this dick measuring contest.
                 
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                over the years I have tossed 3 of them in the scrap pile and working on the 4th one now
                got the first one I bought was shipped before they even opened up the stores
                they are cheap enough to be disposable

                I never fully trust a jack ever
                a habit I have is
                always stick something under the car when using one
                if I don't have stands
                the tire and rim I took off gets shoved under or
                find a cinder block, a chunk of wood, anything to stop it from being able to hit the ground.
                 
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                • 68 HEMI GTS

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                  Glad this thread popped up as my trusty floor jack died this week.
                   
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