Pretty much what I thought, guys. I've never bought any of their stuff but
reviews here have always been pretty bad.
On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 4:29 PM, David Gilbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
> I can't speak for all Harbor Freight winches, but the manual worm gear
> winch (rated at 2,000 pounds) I bought for occasional duty to lift my
> mast/antennas (total weight about 300 pounds) out of the rotator
> literally chewed the toothed gear to pieces in a matter of minutes. I
> had to sit there and liberally grease it with high quality lithium
> grease every revolution of the gear in order to just finish the job
> before the teeth totally disappeared. The worm gear apparently was made
> from hardened steel but the toothed gear might as well have been
> copper. I replaced it with a Thern model 465 (similar dimensions, rated
> at 750 pounds) and have had no problems since.
> In my opinion, Harbor Freight tools should be considered disposable
> items. I once bought a medium sized crowbar there that literally bent
> from my non-leveraged arm strength alone.
> Friends don't let friends buy Harbor Freight tools.
> Dave AB7E
> On 12/19/2011 1:42 PM, Michael Goins wrote:
> > Has anyone used the Harbor Freight winches? They have a 2000 lb electric
> > that is priced nicely at the moment on sale.
> > Mike, k5wmg
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