color coded nut drivers: Love them!...It has gotten so in my shop we call out color as oppose to size. Instead of "get me a 1/4 inch nut driver" we say "it needs a yellow" or "looks like a green." they do have magnetic inserts to hold the nuts but sometimes the little magnets may fall out. All in All a great set for about 8 bucks.
Yellow magnetic electric worklight: LOVE IT! 'bout 14 bucks will get you a great work light that has a hook and magnet to stick on your appliances. Uses a low heat fluorescent bulb. We purchased three for the shop about a year ago and bought extra bulbs just in case. have not had to replace a bulb yet. Has a very long cord and a 110 volt outlet. Compact design and durable (i have one outside as a grill light...endured rain and snow without any problems. I did have one of the 110 volt outlets go bad and caused me to misdiagnose a fridge. Other than that great tool
drill driven water pump: supposedly pumps out water from a washer...attach drill and pump water into drainage pipe....8 bucks epic fail! Wound up buying an electric pump from home depot...a lot better than using shop vac since you can pump water directly into drain as oppose to carrying a heavy bucketful of water down several flights of stairs.
Hose Clamps.....We like to replace spring clamps with the screw tightened hose clamps. You can buy a box of them at HF but about 40% of them will get off track and not tighten....avoid.
Angled needle nose pliers.......many of the hand tools at HF are okay for light use. The angled needle nose pliers are great for removing washer hoses located in tight spaces...keep them oiled as they will rust.
HF line of Multimeters.....some of them are okay. One tech fried one by checking volts while on the ohm setting. No auto off feature. Nothing beats a good multimeter for accuracy and safety...do not trust your life or readings with HF Cen tech brand.
I have used their butt connectors without any problem, but they don't feel sufficiently durable for stove/dryer wire work.
Wire marker pens..... great to use to mark wires with a dot or two to match with a connector similarly marked. Used several different types from HF but they all dried out extremely fast....avoid.
Any of you have any experiences or suggestions with HF tools?
Edited by DurhamAppliance, 07 February 2011 - 06:08 PM.