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Old 02-14-2013, 09:12 PM
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Quote from Medic311 View Post :
those prybars are the real deal - not the crap from HF

these actually go above and beyond what they are rated for. i bought 1 set for $20 during the Craftsman Club Days and i just bought another set to keep in the trunk of my car
Quote from Corwin76 View Post :
That's good to know, I'm very tempted to get a set for myself. I have a lot of different sized conventional pry bars, but I've had the occasion to use this type before and I can see benefits to them. I also noticed the packaging in the picture says made in USA as well.
I'll vouch for the pry bars as well. I use them to lift heavy aluminum molds for polypropylene foam containers at work and these hold up quite well in every manner. The steel is good quality and well heat treated. The finish doesn't flake off like painted Harbor Freight models(we have a few different ones - some are painted, some have phosphate finish - also have Tekton/Michigan Industrial Tools pry bars --->>>CRAP CRAP CRAP). The handles have superior durability. Some people have used them as a chisel in a pinch or struck the end of the handle with a hammer and they've survived that fairly well. The Harbor freight ones? The handle just shatters or the metal shaft gets driven deeper into the handle. Not their intended purpose, we know. They flex very little when lifting heavier loads(as long as you're using the thickest shaft diameter possible).

We've even accidentally done a torture test on a Craftsman pry bar that got left inside a mold and ran a few hundred cycles in the molding press that uses steam running around 300F by the time it hits the mold. Came out a little rusty(use steam to heat and mold the foam bead / water to cool them down) and the plastic handle was discolored to say the least but it was still functional. Was it 100% functional? I wouldn't use it for the heaviest loads anymore. That many heat cycles can really start affecting the metal's quality.

Last edited by soundmaster31; 02-14-2013 at 09:14 PM..