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Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« on: May 22, 2020, 06:20:43 am »
Jack stands produced between 2013 and 2019 and nearly 1.3 million 3-ton jack stands produced between 2012 and 2020. These jack stands were sold under the Pittsburg brand name, and can be identified by item numbers 56371 or 61196 on 3-ton models, and 61197 on 6-ton models.
'64 1/2 Convertible (SOLD)
'64 1/2 hardtop
'66 Bronco, 5.0 fuel injected, restomod
'67 Mustang Junior!
'68 Bronco Half Cab
'69 BOSS 302  9F02G196425 (SOLD)
'74 Bronco 302 auto
'89 Saleen (bought new, never modified!)
'96 Bronco XLT
'08 F350 Lariat Crew Cab dually
'16 T350 Transit Cargo Van dually

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 10:10:47 am »
Just as I commented at the 428 CJ site:
"Three words: Made In China"
Current lifelong project:
1969 Mustang Fastback/FOX chassis, 5 speed, 4 wheel discs, with a modern Can-Am 494 (Boss 429), Kaase heads, intake mounted with a 1425 cfm 'B' Autolite Inline carb, ala Trans-Am style…Whew!

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 10:38:21 am »
 
"Three words: Made In China"
 

     That should be enough warning in itself!        :o

     What ever happened to the statement of: "you get what you pay for"!   And cheap, is just going to be cheap!          ;)

     Scott.

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 06:28:10 pm »
'64 1/2 Convertible (SOLD)
'64 1/2 hardtop
'66 Bronco, 5.0 fuel injected, restomod
'67 Mustang Junior!
'68 Bronco Half Cab
'69 BOSS 302  9F02G196425 (SOLD)
'74 Bronco 302 auto
'89 Saleen (bought new, never modified!)
'96 Bronco XLT
'08 F350 Lariat Crew Cab dually
'16 T350 Transit Cargo Van dually

Norm

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 07:17:50 pm »
The only 'items' I buy from Harbor Freight are the throwaways/expendables…gloves, tape, plastic tarps, etc.
Current lifelong project:
1969 Mustang Fastback/FOX chassis, 5 speed, 4 wheel discs, with a modern Can-Am 494 (Boss 429), Kaase heads, intake mounted with a 1425 cfm 'B' Autolite Inline carb, ala Trans-Am style…Whew!

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 07:44:27 pm »
Isn't everything from HF throw away? I have some stuff from them, but most of it is crap. The Chinese don't let anything that is good leave the country. Even the cardboard is crap.
1967 Tiger MK1-A
1970 Shelby GT350
2013 BOSS 302 LS #712 SBY
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BOSS 302's are like a fabulous WI cheddar. Both get better with age and you buy them for your enjoyment, not as an investment.

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2020, 11:38:54 pm »
Isn't everything from HF throw away? I have some stuff from them, but most of it is crap. The Chinese don't let anything that is good leave the country. Even the cardboard is crap.



No, ALL of it is crap.
Current lifelong project:
1969 Mustang Fastback/FOX chassis, 5 speed, 4 wheel discs, with a modern Can-Am 494 (Boss 429), Kaase heads, intake mounted with a 1425 cfm 'B' Autolite Inline carb, ala Trans-Am style…Whew!

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 06:26:50 am »
+1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,...

Plus look at the jobs it costs this country.
1967 Tiger MK1-A
1970 Shelby GT350
2013 BOSS 302 LS #712 SBY
2016 Shelby GT350 Magnetic w/blk stripes
2017 GT350R Magnetic w/white stripes
Wife still Happy, recovering.
BOSS 302's are like a fabulous WI cheddar. Both get better with age and you buy them for your enjoyment, not as an investment.

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 08:10:23 am »
I agree that the vast majority of things at Harbor Freight are garbage.  To be fair, I have found some hidden gems there on occasion.

About three years ago, I took on a winter project of refurbishing and tuning up my Craftsman 113 series table saw (actually made by Emerson Electric).  One thing I wanted to do is to put wheels on the base to allow some movement for cleaning and such.  I bought it new in the early 90's, so most of the OEM parts, like the caster kit, are obsoleted.  Looking around the internet, I found some positive reviews of the HF Mobile Tool Base kit. It is basically 4 corner brackets, two with fixed wheels and the other two with swivel casters and threaded legs to lock it to the floor.  You provide the wooden side bars of any length to fit the tool itself.  I went to look at it and much to my surprise, it was very heavy duty and made in the USA!  I bought it and was happy I did.  It worked out great. I just noticed that they still carry it but list it as clearance.  If anyone out there wants to put wheels on a bandsaw, tablesaw or a piece of heavier shop equipment, it is worth a look while it is still available.

https://www.harborfreight.com/300-lb-capacity-mobile-base-95288.html

During the same project, I wanted to change from a standard v belt to a link belt, since the v belt takes a set between uses and then causes vibration in the saw.  Turns out HF had the one I needed.  Again, good quality, cheaper than other sources and made in the USA. It has been on the saw since then and still functioning even with frequent use. 

https://www.harborfreight.com/vibration-free-link-belt-43771.html?cid=paid_google|||43771&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqt_PxpHK6QIVirbICh0MiAQFEAQYASABEgJpWvD_BwE

As Scott mentioned, their 9 mil Nitrile gloves are great.  I have read that HF is donating all of their stock of gloves and masks to hospitals worldwide, so it might be awhile before we see them again. 

Their air fittings and quick connects are serviceable.  I have also gotten a lot of use out of those little palm LED flashlights they either give away or charge $1 for on occasion.  I have a few in the house and garage and they are very handy.

Some detailers on the internet say the HF DA polisher is better than the Porter-Cable unit, but I went with the Porter when I bought one. 

All in all, though, I don't like the way HF is supporting and promoting the Chinese industrial complex and the quality of most of their stuff, like drill bits, most power tools and electrical items is, as I already said, lousy.

 

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2020, 10:05:40 am »
I have a pair of these from Sears, exact same design, just a different sticker.  Nothing new there, we all know a lot of this stuff comes from the same factory and just ends up getting sold through many various distributors. Funny though how I would have never gone to HF to get these but somehow getting them at Sears was ok.

I'm not a fan of HF but I find myself there once in a while. I really check my pride at the door and lose the attitude because I know there are folks in there that just can't afford any different. I remember the pain when I was younger pondering the $400 rail of sockets from Snap-On, or Craftsman for $69, or $19 at HF.  For some folks there is no deciding here.

I'll mark these "non critical" skull and cross bones etc.. just use them for things I don't care about.
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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2020, 11:47:50 am »
Boys,
One thing that has not been discussed on this thread are the differences on prices from Harbor Freight compared to the 'major brands' from other retailers. Example, the power and air tools from HF and Home Depot/Lowe's/Northern Tool. A few years ago, I bought a circluar saw from HF, and it lasted literally 5 minutes before it broke. I returned it, and money in hand went directly to Lowe's. I bought a real Skil-Saw for a whopping $3.95 more. Been using it ever since with zero problems. So, the moral to the story here is, the major brands are only a few dollars more than the HF garbage.
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Current lifelong project:
1969 Mustang Fastback/FOX chassis, 5 speed, 4 wheel discs, with a modern Can-Am 494 (Boss 429), Kaase heads, intake mounted with a 1425 cfm 'B' Autolite Inline carb, ala Trans-Am style…Whew!

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2020, 09:52:58 pm »
A lot of major brands are made in China. Example, look at any Dole canned fruit, peaches. pairs, fruit cocktail , made in China. I wouldn't think of eating anything made in China. I bought a Stewart Warner starter solenoid that had the box made in the USA and the solenoid made in china.

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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 06:56:32 am »
I bought 8 -6 ton stands at Crappy Tire , here in AB.
Looks like the same design.
Most heavy thing on 4 at a time is about 2500 lbs though.
I would not use them on my 2012 F-350......
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Re: Caution - Harbor Freight jack stand RECALL!
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2020, 01:54:34 pm »
So if a person wanted to replace their HF Jack Stands with something decent / US made, without breaking the bank, where do you even find them?

Any recommendations?


*I have 2 sets of HF stands, turns out one set is on the recall list.  Ruh-roh!
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