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Hi I am looking to get an impact wrench and an air ratchet tool and a 100 ft rubber hose

Anybody shop at harbor freight or northern tools for these items?

I like the cambell hausfeld tools (I bought some on line at CH power)

Any good or bad things about these tools from northern or harbor freight?



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As long as you remember you get what you pay for.:smiles: If you are just going to use them once in awhile they should be ok. If you are going to use them every day i would buy something better because they just wont hold up. My impact and air ratchet both came from Harbor Freight they work good but i my use them 3 or 4 times a year. So it does just find for me.:smiles:
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I've purchased several items from Northern. They have some pretty quality stuff and they stand behind it.

Now Harbour Freight, I'm not so sure about. Purchased a saw from them a long time ago. It was a real POS.

The only thing bad about buying something off brand is parts availability. Not that you can't get them, just the wait involved.:mad:
 

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This is really more of a question, why bother with the air ratchet?
I dismantle about 50-60 tractors a year and do some repairs and I've never felt any desire for an air ratchet, if you want less torque turn down the impact.:confused: Not a dis just a question.
One tool I would recomend for cleaning gasket surfaces and many other uses is a die grinder with a resurfacing tool. They're great at cleaning off old gaskets and the grinding stones work well in tight spaces. I use mine quite a bit, and have the cut off attatchment too, really slick!
 

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(I've never felt any desire for an air ratchet, if you want less torque turn down the impact. Not a dis just a question.)


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I have never worked on tractors but when i work on my trucks the air ratchet works great for me:smiles: A impact is just to big to get up in the and around the motors. And in a tight spot where you don't have room to move a ratchet a air ratchet is a god send.:smiles:
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Jody, makes sense, didn't think of that. With the tractors we take apart if some things in the way I just take that off first, it all comes apart any way.;)
 

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i need to qualify, i am a mechanical idiot.. i figured the impact wrench to pull my blades off, the air wrench? just thought it would be cool... so as for use? i would not be using them too much, but i would not mind spending a little more for better quality...


so has anyone bought Cambell hausfeld tools? i think they sell at HD, but their web site has returned or clearance items for a good price...
 

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Anyone have any feedback on Sears compressors? This baby is on sale for $229.89 right now. Seems like a good buy for weekend warriors…
Craftsman 22 gal. Air Compressor, 5-1/2 hp, Oilfree
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jay i bought mine from CHPOWER.com. Cambell hausfelds web site, they sold a 'last years model' for a great savings.. i got clearance parts from them also; hose, spreay gun, filter, accessory kit all for around 330$ including shipping. The compressor was sold for around 400 but as it was discontinued (still brand new) they sold it for 269. They have an 800#.

I also may be wrong, but i thought you want to get an oil system over oil less as they last longer...
I like the upright design..
 

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Jay,

I recently bought a Craftsman air compressor and am very happy with it. The units are built by Devilbiss (code 919). I got the 6hp, 25gal oil cooled horizontal model. I would have preferred a vertical tank but they didn't have one that had wheels and the oil cooled pump, which I definitely wanted. The vertical tank is easer to drain all the water out at the end of the day as it accumulates at a small diameter bottom. With the horizontal, I rock the tank back and forth a couple of times to be sure to get all the water to the drain hole, but it's not a big thing.

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The compressor you are looking at has good PSI ratings and the 22gal tank should be adequate for home use (mine is 25gal).

I may be wrong, but I believe the oil cooled pumps are rated for a 50% duty cycle (30 minute run time in an hour) whereas the oil-less pumps are only rated for a 20% duty cycle. The increased duty cycle was great for long use like staining/sealing my fence.

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I also just feel better knowing the pump is getting oiled. Sears does sell rebuild kits for the teflon cylinder sleeves and other parts for the oil-less units. (The idea of say a lawn tractor with teflon cylinder liners and no oil would concern me even with today's technology.)

The compressor you are looking at has good PSI ratings and the 22gal tank should be adequate for home use (mine is 25gal).

Just remember, when buying an air compressor, the compressor itself can turn out to be the cheapest part of your investment. You will begin finding all kinds of things you could do, or want to do, if you only had that additional tool! I got an impact wrench, socket wrench, 3/8" drill, orbital sander, detail spray gun, HD spray gun, an automotive spray gun, 2 1/2gal paint tank and a 10gal spare tank. You also need hoses (I have 4 x 50', 3/8" rubber, 1 x 25' air and 1 x 25' paint hose) connectors for all the hoses and each tool you get, water filters and adjustable air regulators for certain tools/jobs. Later I picked up a Chicago pneumatic die grinder. And...today I got a call from my salesman at Sears. He had a brand new, sealed case, Porter Cable 18 gauge brad nailer for $45. The model, BN125A, was being discontinued by Sears. (MSRP is $162, Amazon is $80)

If you do get the Craftsman compressor get their $19 accessory kit. Has connectors, tire valve, tire gauge (throw away, useless) funky coiled hose and air cleaning attachment (hose is good with the air attachment to clean off your workbench etc. and stays out of the way).

The compressor is very quiet till about 100psi and then has a slight high pitched sound as the pumps brings the pressure up to 150psi. I did buy the service agreement as this is my first compressor and I wanted extra protection especially for the motor and pump.

All in all I am very satisfied with the compressor and with Sears. Good luck.

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Ingersoll, Mac tools but you will pay high dollar for them and me personally if you are not going to be using it everyday something from sears would do just fine. I bought mine from Harbor Freight but i use it maybe 3 times a year so it works just fine for me.
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Anybody use Cambell hausfeld tools? They have 2 types, olowend thatthey sell at walmart (imported) and PL models that are made in the US. Given the choice ill get the usa made tools... any thoughts on CH products?
 

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Anybody use Cambell hausfeld tools? They have 2 types, olowend thatthey sell at walmart (imported) and PL models that are made in the US. Given the choice ill get the usa made tools... any thoughts on CH products?
simple_john We have Cambell Hausfeld air ratchets at work we use them daily taking out and putting tools in the Lathes and they have worked flawless for 6 years so far. I think they make good stuff.
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Great Info

So are you guys saying I’m better off buying an “oiled” system? I don’t mind spending a few extra bucks for something that’ll last, but as a “weekend warrior” will I need something more than what Sears currently has on sale?

Greg thanks for the great detail – I really need something upright – space is tight. As you mentioned, the wheels are a big plus & ya never know what you’ll want to do down the road. I’m still on the fence, (BTW, yours looks great!) and I still consider myself a “window shopper.” It’s a Spring acquisition, so I have time to look around and do a little research. Didn’t know about the oil thing – just keep learning a soaking it up.

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Jay Try calling CHPOWER.com if you dont want to get a sears (nothing wrong with sears) but they may have a leftover model for a great savings mine was close to 40% off the regular price....
 

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Give a Chicago Pneumatic a try. Also have used Ingersoll Rands. They are all about the same.

I also use DA sanders quite a bit. Hutchins and National Detroits seem to be the best in that category for their durability.

Alot of people like the Dynabrades, but if you drop a dynabrade, it starts to fall apart.

I have that Craftsman compressor. Works great. I use it with a water seperator for spraying LVLP paint guns.
 

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I would stay away from the oilless compressors. Wile they may work good for off, and on use, they are VARY LOUD!! They will drive you out of the house.


Now for impacts..... You want the best, go for the IR. ALL the pros use it, and thay are not THAT pricy. I have seen them for just a tick over $100.

Now for once in a wile, and for something that you don;t need a lot of forse for, the CP, or CH guns will do the job. I tell you the IR will remove stuff the others will not though.


BTW IR[Ingersoll Rand] is not the same conpany that makes the Ingersoll tractors.
 

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I got this one from harbor freight. If I had to do it over, I would spend the extra money and get a better one. The very old speed-air I used to have would run all day long. This one is just good enough to use air nailers and other low air consuming tools. This one is a 5HP it was a factory rebuild and was very inexpensive. However, if I want to use a DA or air board this will not do the job. So you must ask your self what you will be using it for.


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