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    Let’s Discuss Harbor Freight

    We went through something similar checking out a used embroidery machine we found on Craigslist, doing a little research the same model was made in both Sweden and China, if it was made in Sweden it was worth a lot, if made in China it had a really bad reputation. Same machine, same parts, same part and model number, two different countries of origin.
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    Let’s Discuss Harbor Freight

    I think Grizzly has the right idea, they probably have people over there but they also go through the machines themselves. The few that we have are really good.
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    Let’s Discuss Harbor Freight

    Many years ago in the online bulletin board systems on the net I participated in some Silicon Valley chat rooms on electronics. As with most interests you'll eventually see some old codger who was no doubt a union guy and would swear he was there when they put the first two electrons together, you know the guy, we may have a few here =)... anyway they may have the chops, they may be a self appointed expert but they always seem to have what they feel is the final opinion. So one day someone asks about an entry level Asian oscilloscope and people weigh in and the rag chewer rears his head and pronounces "If you don't have Fluke and Tektronics on your bench you don't have sh..!". Good god I hate bullies. What that person is doing is bragging and brow beating. I posted that I was a slave R&D engineer trying to break out of my lab prison and start my own moonlight prototyping business. If I had to buy a Fluke bench VOM or multimeter (about$1k back then?) or a Tek oscilloscope (many $$$$) I'd not have been able to even get started but if I ran down to Radio Shack and bought a piece of crap mulitmeter for $20 or their best one for $99 I'd be able to buy the Asian oscilloscope, and the Chinese lathe and mill and many other tools to get a foothold keeping my startup costs to a minimum. Codger's response was "Yeah but the Fluke has a lifetime guarantee!" to which I responded that I could blow up a cheap Chinese meter a week and still be ahead of the game (and maybe learn why I was blowing them up in the first place?) So my rambling point here is that yeah, I have used and loved Fluke, Tektronics, Snap-on, Bridgeport, Clausing, Haas etc but on a budget for something that is occasional use (not earning it's way 8 hrs a day) spend wisely and then you will have the money for a great diversity of tools AND capabilities. The local HF knows Randi on sight, they're on a first name basis. I believe she may have one of everything in their catalog or at least the store thinks so. She grabs people in the aisles and says "hey have you seen this?(some cool tool)". If we break or burn out something she gets an immediate replacement. Doing the interior of the MH we kept snapping their 1/4" straight carbide router bit (known problem) so she'd take the whole set down and come back with a whole new multi piece set. Did that 4x in one day. It used to be if electrons flowed through it don't buy it. That has changed; their new $100 cordless drill is brilliant, could not live without it. We have relentlessly flogged their Baur thickness planer, our whole interior is solid oak milled down from lumber. They have replaced the machine once. The criteria we use is "will using this tool in any way degrade our workmanship or do a poorer job than a different tool at a better price?" I think we have a HF freebee mulitmeter in ever room of the house as well as several flashlights.
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    Indianapolis IN sucky roads.

    "Air Ride" suspension does nothing to take out the bone jarring mess that the right lane is on some of these highways.
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    Indianapolis IN sucky roads.

    We tread lightly =)
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    Indianapolis IN sucky roads.

    Quite often in states that do not maintain their roads properly the left lanes are much better, since the state is not paying for road hazard damage to tires and rims we'll drive in the lane with the best road surface at the designated speed limit. Let the bitching begin....
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    Finally Did it! Dropped Fiver!

    you'd think there would be a trustworthy GO/NO GO indicator on something so critical?
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    Park brake hanging up.

    So far all we know is they do not like to sit wet. It would hang up every time before we closed things up
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    CB Radios and Antennas

    No interest in that kind of power, I am interested in quality, clearly picking up other's transmissions and being heard clearly. Trying to find out what has been done successfully and what might not have worked so well.
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    Park brake hanging up.

    Before we put the fenders and body on the back, at least one wheel would lock up and be difficult to break loose. Since we put the fenders and body on the back plus a piece of 4x8 plywood covering the wheels (radiused to fit under fender lip) and keeping rain and moisture out of the wheels and brakes, we do not have lockups an more.
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    CB Radios and Antennas

    You see such a variety of aftermarket antennas on big rigs I have to wonder what works best, I suppose if you asked you are going to get the same variety of answers. I suspect the ones with more technical antenna arrangements are also running 1000 watt amplifiers?
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    CB Radios and Antennas

    "Colorful"... my thoughts exactly but probably worth ripping off the duct tape and getting it over with.
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    CB Radios and Antennas

    Yes, have one of those hex hydraulic crimpers for that purpose.
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    CB Radios and Antennas

    Y'all do realize that your responses to the original question are about as helpful as you make out CB radios and their users in general. In other words the signal to noise ratio is dropping with every comment. CB's a tool, most of the time an annoying one until traffic stops dead on the freeway and traffic remains so as far as the eye can see. Then it would be really helpful to hear what mile marker it is at and which lane you need to be in. In order to do that as well as possible it would be helpful to have some recommendations from those who have optimized their antennas and installations as to what has worked or not worked for them, in our case in a VNL. We have Volvo antenna splitters etc possibly degrading the signal, but needed for a FM radio signal or have you bypassed the splitter and installed a separate radio antenna? If so, what and where? I watched a YouTube on replacing the wiring and antennas in the mirrors, looks doable and the video is helpful but still looks like a PITA.
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    Red Flyer's Elevator

    Okay, I'll bite, where in Crossville is the rally?
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