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What you do, rudedawg? Rob a bank or somthin'? Got you a new XT3 and now you shoppin' at HF. Wonder of wonders!
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.........I might add, my neighbors have a heat pump. They just replaced their 20 something year old R22 system with a newer R410 unit. Comparing their bill from the same month last year, it is saving enough to pay the payments on the unit. It doesn't save much when it is spring or fall but during the summer and winter, it is paying for itself so far. I might add, their home is so much more comfortable. Their old system left the house humid and sticky feeling. The new unit is very nice plus it is very quiet. Even the outside part is very quiet. Just something that I thought I'd mention for those who are not aware.
I do understand that; in January 2018 we had a new 3 ton RUUD 14 seer central heat pump system and a Daiken mini split heat pump system in the rec room installed by the company my son works for and our power bill has been reduced by 2/3. I even have to cut the thermostat back at times or the wife will have icicles hanging off the ceilings in the summer and inferno setting in the winter yet the power bill is so much lower than the previous years. We figure it will pay for itself in a very short time.
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90℉ somewhere other than here, it's 95℉ now and humid as all get out. I can assure you the a/c works in my '87 4Runner & '04 Jeep..lol.
It's only 90 but I tell you what, I feel like I need scuba gear to breath when I go outside. It's not even July yet, much less August, and it feels like that bad place some people go when they die. I can remember when I was a kid it hitting 110F and even 115F here. The winters were colder too. Thing is, it wasn't quite as humid. The wind from the south bringing in the gulf moisture just makes it awful. Heck, even at night it is hot come August or so. Sometimes it struggles to get below 80 the dew point is so high.

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I do understand that; in January 2018 we had a new 3 ton RUUD 14 seer central heat pump system and a Daiken mini split heat pump system in the rec room installed by the company my son works for and our power bill has been reduced by 2/3. I even have to cut the thermostat back at times or the wife will have icicles hanging off the ceilings in the summer and inferno setting in the winter yet the power bill is so much lower than the previous years. We figure it will pay for itself in a very short time.

My neighbors are actually glad to have the upgrade. They grumble a bit about the cost, they had to gut and replace all the duct work as well, but they know it is going to pay off in a few years even with the cost of the duct work. The people that originally did the duct work must have been a spider in a past life. It looked that bad not to mention, some of it was to small. I had to go into their attic once to replace a phone line after lightening hit them. I mentioned several things that wasn't right and they have since got all of it fixed. The local power company said their home, old as it is, is one of the most efficient they have tested. Even some new homes aren't as good.

Power went out in the local city so my cell phone is dead, likely a LOT of other peoples too. I hope they get power back soon. It's a bad time to be without a A/C for elderly and sick plus no phones if someone needs 911. Right now, I'm glad I'm on the county circuit for power. It's been out for like 4 or 5 hours too.
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What you do, rudedawg? Rob a bank or somthin'? Got you a new XT3 and now you shoppin' at HF. Wonder of wonders!
Aw nothin' to it, with a printer & plates our motto is "when we run low just print more dough"...
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My luck at HF has been mostly bad... I like the cheap rubber mallets and other tools of that nature.... pretty much everything else I have broken within a few uses..... 20 ton jack lifting an 5 ton tractor.... fluid started leaking everywhere on the 3rd use. Bearing puller... bent it getting a steering wheel off.... broke 2 impact sockets using a air impact capable of 250 ft lbs... (not a lot spec wise).... and the list goes on. Meanwhile my FIL has great luck with HF items.... so I buy used tools at auctions and nice new ones when the need arises. Recently lucked into a decent quantity of older Snap On tools at an auction.... made out like a bandit! (One complete 1/2 inch ratchet/breaker bar set with sockets from 1955 for $20, rebuild kit for the ratchet is ordered and all will be good.)

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Several years ago when I arrived at my final resting place, I knew I'd be doing a lot more wrenching with the purchase of tractors and yard tools. I had some good tools but not a lot and certainly not of the large variety, such as wrenches over an inch and virtually NO metric. So I went on ebay searching for snap-on, bonny and other such name brands. I wouldn't consider HF for wrenches. Many years back, I worked the assembly line at a pressure washer company one summer. We had a lot of different brands of wrenches at our disposal......sk wayne was one of them and I've had them slip off a brand new bolt while tightening. But the Crescent brand wrenches NEVER slipped. After bonking myself on the forehead one time, I stuck with the better wrenches from that day forward with NO regrets. When it comes to safety with hand tools, use the best you can afford.

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One complete 1/2 inch ratchet/breaker bar
Thanks, that reminded me I need a 1/2" breaker bar for relieving spring tension on mower deck pulley to remove pto belt on the Cub

May consider a cheap HF one, they have a big sale on Monday. dunno.

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I stuck with the better wrenches... with NO regrets. When it comes to safety with hand tools, use the best you can afford.
The only newer tools I purchased a few years back were a sae & metric set of Gear Wrenches and a Kobalt ratchet/socket set on sale at Lowes. All my other wenches/ratchets/sockets, etc. are decades old ancient Craftsman, Crescent, Vice Grip, Rigid & Belknap brand stuff.

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Thanks, that reminded me I need a 1/2" breaker bar for relieving spring tension on mower deck pulley to remove pto belt on the Cub

May consider a cheap HF one, they have a big sale on Monday. dunno.



The only newer tools I purchased a few years back were a sae & metric set of Gear Wrenches and a Kobalt ratchet/socket set on sale at Lowes. All my other wenches/ratchets/sockets, etc. are decades old ancient Craftsman, Crescent, Vice Grip, Rigid & Belknap brand stuff.
Wanna sell the Crescent??????????

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Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
In use:
1994 JD LX178 sweet little mower, only 15HP, twin cyl, 38" deck, liquid cooled!
1998 JD 445 22HP Shaft driven wheels, shaft driven 60" deck, diff-lock, hydraulic lift, power steering, fuel & temp gauges, fuel injected, and liquid cooled! This machine has it all!
2005 Nortrak NT 254 25HP Diesel 5' FEL, here's a case of cost-cutting, I only need a tractor 3 or 4 times a year

Going to try to stay Liquid Cooled the rest of my life! Hey, it gets HOT here!
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Wanna sell the Crescent??????????
Oh nooooo; my dad was in the wholesale/retail hardware business for the majority of his life and finally bought his own store in '66. I worked it with him until '92 when we sold it and during that period is when I bought the majority of my tools. We primarily carried and supplied the higher end tool brands requested by the GP plywood, particle brd., stud mill & chemical plants just outside of town.

When he passed his tools were handed down to me which included an original boxed set of 6" - 12" Crescent adjst. wrenches (I don't use this set as I have my own), various Rigid pipe wrenches, a couple of antique Disston hand saws and an array of really old True Temper shovels, rakes, hoes and other implements of destruction.
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Oh nooooo; my dad was in the wholesale/retail hardware business for the majority of his life and finally bought his own store in '66. I worked it with him until '92 when we sold it and during that period is when I bought the majority of my tools. We primarily carried and supplied the higher end tool brands requested by the GP plywood, particle brd., stud mill & chemical plants just outside of town.

When he passed his tools were handed down to me which included an original boxed set of 6" - 12" Crescent adjst. wrenches (I don't use this set as I have my own), various Rigid pipe wrenches, a couple of antique Disston hand saws and an array of really old True Temper shovels, rakes, hoes and other implements of destruction.
I bought my first set of Crescent combination wrenches at the local hardware store. I believe it was an "Our Own" Hardware. I lost my 3/8" wrench, but was able to find the replacement on ebay....whew!!

In the past:
Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
In use:
1994 JD LX178 sweet little mower, only 15HP, twin cyl, 38" deck, liquid cooled!
1998 JD 445 22HP Shaft driven wheels, shaft driven 60" deck, diff-lock, hydraulic lift, power steering, fuel & temp gauges, fuel injected, and liquid cooled! This machine has it all!
2005 Nortrak NT 254 25HP Diesel 5' FEL, here's a case of cost-cutting, I only need a tractor 3 or 4 times a year

Going to try to stay Liquid Cooled the rest of my life! Hey, it gets HOT here!
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I bought my first set of Crescent combination wrenches at the local hardware store. I believe it was an "Our Own" Hardware. I lost my 3/8" wrench, but was able to find the replacement on ebay....whew!!
Good deal.....
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Since the tariffs were supposed to be put in place at the end of May I'm wondering if anyone has noticed price changes at HF?

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Since the tariffs were supposed to be put in place at the end of May I'm wondering if anyone has noticed price changes at HF?

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I went to one the other day to pick up something and didn't notice anything. The catalogs I got last didn't seem to have any increases either. Thing is, it may take a while, months even, for it to affect the price on the shelf. I'm sure they stock a lot of their items in warehouses. They may have even ordered extra to try to withstand it for a short period of time. I think these other countries will see the light at some point and change their behavior. If they do so quick enough, it may not effect the shelf prices or be short lived.

That said, I'm still ordering stuff from China through Ebay and haven't noticed any changes at all. I order things like that on Ebay a lot. I cut out several middlemen, save money and get the exact same thing.
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