View Full Version : a few decent values

02-16-2010, 05:38 PM
in my experience many items at HF are basically cheap crap but there are exceptions or stuff that's cheap enough that you can use it and throw it away if it fails without feeling bad about the cost, the first three items are in the cheap enough category, the jack stands can be found on sale cheaper but are a very good value as they are the correct height to work under your car and strong enough to be safe, with a 12 ton rating and a 3 ton car, four of them provide an except-able safety margin, Ive used four in my shop for over 15 years or more and never had the least problem, the 12 ton jack stands are a good value in my opinion


these work surprisingly well for most welding and if they get screwed up your only out $50


this can save you some serious time trouble shooting even if its not dead on accurate



working under a car without some safety glasses is rather stupid at this price


02-16-2010, 05:42 PM
I have the welding helmet from your recommendation a while back. I like it and have not had a bit of trouble with it.

02-16-2010, 06:19 PM
Having been an Infrared instructor for many years, I would be careful with the hand held temp gauge. The gun will have an E setting. There is an emissivity setting on those, does anyone really know what emissivity means?? That setiing can throw you off by miles.

Lonnies Performance
02-16-2010, 09:39 PM
When it comes to instrumentation, be careful. These are great to detect a cold cylinder (header temps) or approximate coolant temp etc.... but I would never rely on it for precise results. Just like a cheap torque wrench, they are only of use if you pay to have it properly calibrated/verified or at minimum compare it against a properly calibrated "high quality" piece.

As an engineer that deals with instrumentation on a regular basis, accuracy is coupled with infinite costs... you pay dearly for quality.

I have some generic dial calipers, torque wrenches & temp instruments, but I verified/tweaked them to make sure they were of acceptable accuracy.

Yes those are great jack stands for the price.... You never seem to have enough of them.