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Re: [Shop-talk] Harbor Freight testimonial

To: Karl Vacek <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Harbor Freight testimonial
From: "David C." <>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:07:02 -0700
I have it's little brother,
which I got several years ago for about half the list price.  Other than 
being somewhat limited in what I can jam into it, it works fine.  I use 
mostly glass beads in it.   I upgraded to a slightly better gun with 
ceramic nozzles and added a magnetic light on the outside of the cabinet 
and it works fine.  I also added a regulator/water separator on the air 
inlet, and I have my old shop vac hooked up to the vent to keep the dust 
down.  It'll eventually kill the vacuum, but it's a 30 year old 
Craftsman, so I have my money's worth out of it.

Karl Vacek wrote:
> As a long-time Harbor Freight detractor (but also a customer), I was a little
> hesitant to buy a blast cabinet there.  But... the 36" floor-model cabinet is
> currently on sale for $220, and after a 20% coupon, it was only $176.
> Well, having needed a cabinet for 30+ years, I finally gave up on ever
> actually buying the 48" TIP Tools one ($1,000 + freight) and decided to get
> the HF one for now - another 30 year wait and I'll be 90.
> I just took lunch time off and assembled it.  It's really well made, heavy
> steel (18-gauge, plenty adequate for the application), everything fits
> beautifully, and I can't wait to finish making a mobile base and a "hookah"
> filter, and start blasting.
> Down side ?  Gun looks OK, but may not be the best - sort of a consumable
> anyway.  No foot pedal, no blow-off hose included, thick molded plastic door
> (which may not actually be a bad thing ?).
> Every one of those issues is readily remedied.  It's very nice and not that
> much more than I'd have spent to make a plywood one (which I would have made
> much bigger because I could, and then it would have taken up more of the
> garage).
> Anyone needing anything from Harbor Freight, here are two links to different
> 20%-off coupons that worked for me yesterday (she rang my order as two
> separate purchases).  These were the best I found Googling - the better ones
> (30% and 45%) are old and expired.
> n=RetailD&page=coupon1.html&single=true&r=4495_15489&cust=78074039217&keycode
> =0000
> Karl
> PS - they have gallons of Evapo-Rust in the store for $19.95.
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