Does anyone have any experiance with Harbor Freight pullers and bearing splitters. How well did they last and were they so cheep they made the job more difficult. I am looking at doing the gears in 2 differentials.
The ones I picked up from Harbor Freight are pretty damn nice. Onlt issue I have with them is they're black steel, and can rust fast. Be sure to keep a coating of light machine oil on the threads, or they'll seize.
Remember, the Chinese don't know how to make steel hard - so the bearing splitters are thicker in the web area than good ones. Sometimes that's a problem, sometimes not. Their other pullers sometimes are thicker in the stress areas too.
I don't have a problem buying HF or NT tools and using them in the garage at home. However, I won't carry them on the trail or on the highway. These tools are made with the least expensive method, with the least expensive raw materials, with the least expensive engineering you can hire; and shipped to the US for consumption. The keys here are least and consumption. If you want to trust your rig to tools that will break sometime-somewhere the pack 'em aboard. It's your choice.
He He - I guess you might say they are fine - unless you need a puller!
Remember - like with all pullers - get pressure on it, tap, tap, tap, a little more pressure, tap tap tap. Putting lots of pressure on without the tapping/vibration often leads to broken parts and/or tools.
I was pulling a big tractor axle - didn't want to budge. I had lots of pressure on it but it was stuck tight. Went in for lunch - Pow! It popped off all by itself.
Using a puller is a good time to wear those safety glasses!
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