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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2009, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Harbor Freight Air Tools?

I've heard numerous times to avoid the Central Pneumatic brand from Harbor Freight. I actually got to use this gun:


yesterday and was pretty surprised how solid and powerful it was. I've used other guns before and this one felt just as solid and strong as other ones.

I need an impact gun and the price is not bad - $89.

What do you guys think? Would I be wasting my money? I won't be doing anything too intense in the garage but I do own a Wrangler, so I'm always working on it.
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ive had my craftsman gun for about 4 years now , its all aluminum and seems to be holding up just fine I think i paid about 100 for it

it looks like that one has a poly housing which wont take the abuse of being dropped and whatnot

i dont have any oppinion past the visual on the plastic housing

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Ive got one of these two (not sure which one)....new in box, never used. Yours for $40. PM me if interested.

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not too sure about the impact wrenches from harbor freight, but I'll never use their impact sockets. I've seen a couple of them shatter while being used on an impact gun.
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I have a cut off tool from Harbor Freight. Its complete but I don't use it very often and it cost me $15 (as oppose to $40 for a Craftsman). So it was a good deal since i use it very sparingly. For an impact gun I'd go with a Craftsman or an Ingersoll Rand. I have a craftsman I got with my compressor and it does not have much torque.

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I've got that exact one ($69 on sale) and its basically a exact copy of one of the more expensive models (china would never do that right?). It works great and I've never run into a job where it hasn't been enough. Its pretty sturdy, but I don't drop tools whether $50 or $500. Rated at 625lbs or whatever, but I'd be sure it does 500 pretty easily.
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You lost me at the words harbor and freight.

absolute Crap!!! even by chinese standards

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