I got a Harbor Freight acetylene torch kit a while ago and I used it
once, then out it back in the black plastic case and put it away. Jump
ahead a year, I needed to braze up some pipe so I got it out and
started using it. Immediately I smelled acetylene. I shut everything
down, got my handy dandy soapy water spray bottle and went looking for
the leak. I expected a loose connector or something but it was the
hoses. Both had pin hole leaks along their whole length.
I threw them in the trash and bought a Hobart set.
I still get a little shudder when I think of what would have happened
if that caught on fire.
I'm not being argumentative, but you'll note that he said "Jump ahead a
HF's standard return policy is 90 days. My local HFs are pretty strict with
that. I tried to return a trailer spare tire mount beyond the 90 day period
and both stores said no. (I bought it on sale and sold it on Craigslist for
the same price, so I made out fine, as did the buyer.)
Unless he could have gotten the hose replaced under warranty, I don't think
HF would have taken it back under their standard return policy if it was a
On Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:36:34 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
I am still not even sure why I bought this. I have a little Prestolite
rig that does about 99% of what I need to do but I wanted a bigger rig
to cut some big steel last year. It worked fine for that.
The hoses went bad in the case since then.
Actually the metal parts (regulators and torches) seem to be OK but
these pretty hoses are crap. The Hobart hoses were only $30 so at
Northern, if you did end up with a HF torch set, I suggest you throw
the hoses away right away.
I looked at them closely today and even though they look perfect, if
you bend them you see spider cracks across even the slightest bend.
I cut one open and you can see the inner hose is totally gone
I fished them out of the trash and I am going to pursue this a little
farther. Since I bought them online, there should be a record of the
actual purchase date.
I am wondering if CPSC might be interested in this. There might even
be a "silent" recall on these hoses, although I am not sure I would
trust the new ones.
Suggest checking the HF online reviews for anything of significant cost
there. They appear to be legitimate and HF does not seem to shy away
from posting unfavorable reports. The same issue of hoses being poor
quality and having short life is mentioned in many of those reviews.
Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler. (Albert Einstein)
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
My son bought a set of HF ratchet tie down straps to use with a car top
carrier. They were rated for 300 lbs each. That 300 lbs might work for a
"hanging weight" of 300 lbs but it says nothing about the "cut strength" of
He barely made it 50 miles into a 2000 trip when the metal slot on the car
top carrier cut through one of the straps. He was driving through a January
Polar Vortex snow storm at the time. He ended up emptying the car top
carrier, cramming some of the stuff into the cab of his pickup, the rest
into his girlfriend's car and leaving the carrier by the dumpsters at a
rest stop. He didn't want to deal with it for another 1950 miles, even with
As we all know, HF has some good deals, but I wouldn't rely on their
products for anything really important.
Why do you say the straps were misused?
The original woven straps that came with the carrier when purchased, and
used for many years without incident, have been misplaced. He bought a set
of woven straps as replacements and used the same slots as had been used
many times in the past.
Where's the misuse?
It doesn't take much imagination to figure out that the thin straps (I
have a set) are not going to last very long when they are abraded by a
For what they are designed to do they work great, but if you're putting
any type of strap against a metal edge it is not a matter of if, but
when, they will eventually give way.
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