This subject has turned up before on TT. And as my father once said, you PAY
for what you GET. Two other schools of thought come to mind. In my case, I
am big into OVERKILL. If something is rated for a given weight that's fine.
But double the working capacity and I feel better. In the case of WINCHES or
HOISTS there is PULLING weight and LIFTING weight. They are decidedly
different as most already know. I would think that this is a fountain of
knowledge to be found on TT and Steve himself probably knows the answers to
most questions on these things. Good luck but BE SAFE. - Mike
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Richard Solomon
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 5:51 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Harbor Freight Winch
In HF's defense, I must say that their products are designed to a
price and while not
the "Cadillac" of the industry, it does do a job. I have a bench top
drill press that gets
used about once a month. For that level of usage it is an adequate product.
Also, I see a lot of guys in pick-ups buying tools there. I guess that
if they only need
it for one job, it works out ok.
Finally, one must look at the difference between a winch and a hoist.
73, Dick, W1KSZ
On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM, Michael Goins <email@example.com> wrote:
> Pretty much what I thought, guys. I've never bought any of their stuff but
> reviews here have always been pretty bad.
> Mike, k5wmg
> On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 4:29 PM, David Gilbert
>> 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
>> > that is priced nicely at the moment on sale.
>> > Mike, k5wmg
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