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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:59 pm

Last week I received an internet coupon from Harbor Freight that featured a roll-around cart that caught my eye. $59.99 and any power tool pictured for an additional $5.00 for purchases over $50.00. So, I called my son emailed him a copy of the ad and told him to meet me there. Can't make it Dad, maybe next week. It's a 60 mile round trip for me so I forgot about it.

Come Christmas morning I find the cart and a $5.00 oscillating tool (had all the others pictured) plus a bunch of other stuff under the tree. The power of suggestion. Smile

I spent the morning putting it together and find it well designed and manufactured with large lockable casters that actually work. I'm keeping it in the basement for now, highs in the teens here. But I might buy another for the loft where I keep most of my airplanes and engines and outfit it especially to support them.

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Post  RK Flyer on Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:07 pm

WOW, Double WOW!! You scored big time! I am going to check & see if the sale is still on!!

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Post  batjac on Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:27 pm

Great Christmas present!  Harbor Freight gets too much of my money.  I've been thinking about a mini-lathe for a few years now to do things like turn venturis, thread .22 barrels, make inserts for APC props to fit a 5-40 screw, fountain pens. That sort of thing.  Waffling about buying the HF mini-lathe with the current 25% off coupon which would take theirs down from $600 to $450.  But it's still just too much, I think.  I keep watching Craig's list for a mini lathe in the 12"-14" range, but nothing comes up.  Ah, well.

Happy Carting!

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Post  fredvon4 on Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:39 pm

Sadly this year...I focused on high end stuff and resisted all HF ads

I am sure I missed a few good deals but right now I have most of my needs

The good thing with HF

Next week it WILL BE on SALE again!
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Post  Jason_WI on Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:04 pm

With the 7x10 (in reality a 7x8) mini lathe I have it was basically a kit lathe. All the parts were there but fit and finish of the ways were not the best. Lots of hours of hand lapping of the cross slide ways and wedges were needed. Fine tuning of the speed controller to achieve low speed high torque was needed. Lots of little added on goodies adds up quick to the overall cost. Expect to spend as much for that lathe as you do on tooling. What comes with the HF lathe was very crude. I added on a quick change tool post and lots of other goodies. 4 jaw chuck, faceplate, and follower rest. Made a milling attachment with a small 2" vice and angle block. If you snuff the lathe by taking too big of a cut expect to replace the 2 large MOSFETs on the motor controller. BTDT.

Although much more money, the lathes and mills at Little Machine Shop look to be of better quality. I have bought many accessories over the years from these guys. Lots of spare parts too.

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You will get the bug for machining. I now have a Rockwell 14x40 lathe and a Jet 9x40 mill.
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Post  KariFS on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:04 am

That's a nice cart Bob. I looked for something like that a few years ago. My shop is essentially a walk-in toolbox, as it is only about 11x18ft or so and the tools are mostly hanging on the walls. Actual work is mostly done right outside the door and it is handy to have a cart or a box to put the tools in during the work. I could not find a tool cart that was small and cheap enough, so I settled with an IKEA "Råskog" kitchen cart:

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It is made of steel, and the bottoms of the boxes are perforated. Quite stable and heavy enough. Plus you can use magnets to attach stuff on it.

Here's my son hiding behind his Monkey bike while demonstrating the "working right outside the door". I am actually quite impressed how quickly he has picked up most of the knowledge and skill to maintain and improve the bike, and also happy that he is receptive to tips and advice his old man offers. Not many 15-year-olds do that Smile

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The shop is currently not so bad, we got all the bikes indoors and with some shuffling around there is also room to work on them too. The shop is still under construction, the airplane works will be located on the benches seen on the right.

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Here is what Santa brought me: a Bahco 3/8" SAE socket set. I already had 3/8" set in Metric sizes but the recently acquired Harley obviously requires SAE. This set has the allen tools also. I've found 3/8" to be the best size for what I mostly work on. 1/4" ratchets are a bit weak, and socket sizes only go up to 1/2" or maybe 9/16", and the 1/2" size tools are a bit bulky and don't have much of a "feel" that I like to have while working on old machines.

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Sorry for the hijack, just could not resist sharing what has been going on in my little (unheated) shop lately Smile
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:09 am

Not a hijack Kari, I read every word, enjoyed the pictures and learned something.

I have become a fan of these smaller roll-arounds. Just roll the cart to your job rather than look all over for the proper tool. I liked my previous HF tool box (picture) that I use for my MG that I bought this one. My problem is that I have four different work shops - loft, basement, and 2 and 4 car garages and running between shops looking for the right tool was time consuming. This way I just outfit the roll-around with the tools peculiar to that location.

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