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Old 06-22-2024, 08:09 AM   #1
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Everyone needs one of these

Everyone needs one of these. On sale now at Harbor Freight.
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Like that. If I don't forget next time I'm by a Harbor Freight I'll pick one up (or two)........

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Like that. If I don't forget next time I'm by a Harbor Freight I'll pick one up (or two)........

You will need two. Good chance it will break the first time you need it.
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Like that. If I don't forget next time I'm by a Harbor Freight I'll pick one up (or two)........

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You will need two. Good chance it will break the first time you need it.
I've had mine for several years, and leaned pretty hard on it.

This doesn't help when you're roadside, but it carries their Pittsburgh brand. That means unlimited lifetime free replacements, no questions asked, no receipt required.
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Old 06-22-2024, 09:19 AM   #6
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I guess we do use them a lot harder than lug nuts at work. When they break tools and sockets and people go flying and get hurt.

But yeah. Probably good for lug nuts.
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Everyone needs one of these. On sale now at Harbor Freight.
Not only do you need a breaker bar you also need an extension (probably 4”-6”) so you can get to the lug nuts and not be restricted by the hub cap covering you axle bolts…
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I must say when it was Harbor Freight Salvage the quality was fair at best.

But for our use, I haven't broken one in years. No they are not Snap On, etc. quality, but for lighter use they are fine.

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I've had mine for several years, and leaned pretty hard on it.

This doesn't help when you're roadside, but it carries their Pittsburgh brand. That means unlimited lifetime free replacements, no questions asked, no receipt required.
You are correct in all your statements Larry. Everyone should carry a breaker bar along with any other tools you need to actually change a tire. And yep, HF tools aren't the top of the line, but they are perfect for occasional use. I have plenty of them.

Unfortunately, the mention of HF (just like CW), brings out the naysayers who add nothing to the conversation but negativity.
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I still have my fathers SnapOn 1/2” breaker bar. He broke the 1/2” drive off it back in the late 1960’s. The bar hit his leg and broke it. ��
SnapOn fixed the bar for free
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I have one!! I use it to set or release my chain spring bars on my WD hitch.
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I just opted for a 20v cordless impact wrench with 470 ft lb of torque.
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Is there other places to buy tools?



I carry a similar bar and correct sockets for BOTH truck and trailer
not going to waste time with the flimsy bent 10inch factory S&^T

the bar also works in my hydraulic jack and is perfect length for jacking


PLUS if ever traveling through NC may just come in handy...
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Lower quality and their stainless steel may occasionally rust, but cheap and available. So many times I have needed a tool and the only place I could get it in a store was HF.
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I just carry a suitably sized pipe to use as a cheater for my short, but otherwise very sturdy tool.
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I actually prefer a cross type lug wrench. Push-pull gives a lot of torque and you’re never going to brak it.
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You are correct in all your statements Larry. Everyone should carry a breaker bar along with any other tools you need to actually change a tire. And yep, HF tools aren't the top of the line, but they are perfect for occasional use. I have plenty of them.

Unfortunately, the mention of HF (just like CW), brings out the naysayers who add nothing to the conversation but negativity.
I think questioning cheap s### tools has everything to do with the conversation. Your choice of tools can spell either success or total disaster on any project. Especially for the novice user. Good tools are just easier to use and con be a great encouragement for the first timer. The can be the difference between “yes I can” and “never again “

I’m sure you have all seen me say buy the best you can afford and you will never be disappointed. This is doubly true with tools.
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I think questioning cheap s### tools has everything to do with the conversation. Your choice of tools can spell either success or total disaster on any project. Especially for the novice user. Good tools are just easier to use and con be a great encouragement for the first timer. The can be the difference between “yes I can” and “never again “

I’m sure you have all seen me say buy the best you can afford and you will never be disappointed. This is doubly true with tools.
And there it is again.

I abhor blanket statements like yours implying any tool bought at HF is an inferior product, which is not correct.
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I have plenty of cheaper HF or Walmart tools, they are cheap enough to be able to haul one around dedicated to just RV use. Haven't had any break in past 5 years of RV use, but they do tend to want to rust easier than higher quality tools.


You don't buy an expensive socket if the only thing you will use it for is the water heater anode, or the like.
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Lower quality and their stainless steel may occasionally rust, but cheap and available. So many times I have needed a tool and the only place I could get it in a store was HF.
Back in the '70s my neighbor took a welding course at the community college. (I wish I had done it with him.) He passed a lot of knowledge along to me.

This was in Minnesota, a big dairy state. Stainless steel milk tanker trucks were common. The instructor warned the students that after welding on a stainless steel tanker truck, that they should never clean up the slag with a steel wire brush. The contact would cause the stainless steel to rust.

Over the years I've seen this happen, both in the tool box and in the kitchen. Just one unplated "Crescent" wrench or prized unplated kitchen utensil from Mama in contact with the good, stainless steel tool or utensil and a little dampness, and the rust stains start. And guess what gets blamed? The stainless item, of course.
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