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#805047 - Thu Dec 08 2011 11:06 PM Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder?
Super55 Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 24 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Maple Ridge, BC
I only have a little work for this, but the price is right. Anyone ever use this one from Harbor?

http://www.harborfreight.com/stud-welder-dent-repair-kit-98357.html
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#805076 - Fri Dec 09 2011 12:19 AM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: Super55]
Lugnutz Offline
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Registered: Thu Sep 22 2011 10:31 PM
Posts: 978
Loc: South Carolina
I have never used or seen one myself. I think a few YouTube videos are available giving demonstrations. Criticisms have been that the slaphammer is of low quality, but the spot welder works good.

Customer reviews gave it a 4.8 out of 5 stars and all 5 responders said they'd recommend it to a friend. I also considered buying one but the timing is not right for me since I won't need it for another few months.
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#805098 - Fri Dec 09 2011 02:29 AM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: Lugnutz]
Super55 Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 24 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Maple Ridge, BC
I have a slide hammer already. Maybe I can use that one instead of the Harbor Freight. I'm going to take a chance with it. Looks just like the one offered at my local tool center, but like 1/3 the price.
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#805177 - Fri Dec 09 2011 10:12 AM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: Super55]
Denny Graham Offline
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Registered: Mon Oct 02 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 10045
Loc: Sandwich, IL
Probably has 1/3 the copper also. I bought two of the Ultrasonic cleaners and I could have gotten as much vibration out of a transistor radio as I get out of those units, they're usless.
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#805582 - Sat Dec 10 2011 07:50 PM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: Denny Graham]
mapleleaf Offline
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Registered: Wed Sep 25 2002 12:00 PM
Posts: 3135
Loc: NS
I've got a HF stud welder and it works ok.
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#807531 - Fri Dec 16 2011 06:38 PM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: mapleleaf]
TheShoer Offline
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Registered: Thu Jan 03 2008 02:08 PM
Posts: 142
Loc: Cotati California
I have one and the stud welder works great but the slid hammer is on the crapy side, doesn't grip like it should all the time
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#807666 - Sat Dec 17 2011 09:37 AM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: TheShoer]
gmcprince Offline
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Registered: Tue Mar 25 2008 09:03 PM
Posts: 18
Loc: Florida
Bought one to pull out some dents om my 39 GMC and the Stud welder completely stopped working after trying to weld only 4 studs. It would arc before I pushed the button. I took it back last week and got a rain check because they are on sell for $99. The store did not get any in on their truck on Tuesday and online is on back order. I drove 45 min to the next closest store because they only had two left. That was Wed 12/14/2011. I returned it last night 12/16/2011. The studs just kept pulling off after one pull with the slide hammer. Slide hammer is the biggest piece of junk like everyone says. If you really want to buy one keep your receipt so you can return it.
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#807740 - Sat Dec 17 2011 02:08 PM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: gmcprince]
Super55 Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 24 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Maple Ridge, BC
I took a look at it and am holding off on buying one. The slide hammer does look poorly constructed. For what I need to do, I think I can get away from using it. I did pick up a compression tester, and an automotive multitester. I don't trust my 35 year old dwell meter.
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#808328 - Mon Dec 19 2011 10:20 AM Re: Has anyone ever used a Harbor Freight stud welder? [Re: Super55]
oldbluetruck Offline
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Registered: Fri Jan 11 2002 12:00 PM
Posts: 3128
Loc: SoCal
I use the HF stud welder. It works well.
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