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Old 07-09-2014, 04:18 PM   #15
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Every time I go into Harbor Fright, it just makes me sick. If you think these are quality tools then you don't know tools. One example. I thought that sand paper you'd be a no brainer. Wrong. First time I used there paper all the sand came off. I would;d rather pay a little more and not worry about it falling apart, even if they are guaranteed.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:18 PM   #16
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I have used a lot of items from Harbor Freight and agree their sandpaper sucks the sand will come off fast. I recently purchased a auto vacuum pump from there to use in my KYDEX holster and knife sheath making and the first one was rated at 3/4 hp but was not strong enough they did not have the one I really wanted . Both models were rated the same and the same price but after reading reviews I called them and they went to the nearest store and pick one up for me that I wanted while I was on my way to their store so I would not have to travel even more to get the other pump. it works good on 0.080 kydex and smaller and they went out of their way to satisfy me. Now they are building a store even closer to me . My wife said she is going to have them post my picture not to let me in their store because Iam like a kid in a candy store.
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Every time I go into Harbor Fright, it just makes me sick. If you think these are quality tools then you don't know tools. One example. I thought that sand paper you'd be a no brainer. Wrong. First time I used there paper all the sand came off. I would;d rather pay a little more and not worry about it falling apart, even if they are guaranteed.
Yea they have not got the sand paper formula worked out yet. But their powered belt sanders, disk sanders and other sanders work great with quality sandpaper from Home Depot or Lowes.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:50 PM   #18
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Bought an engine hoist from them, on sale for $99....works great for what I need it to do.
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great responses!, I now know some things that may be good and others that I should keep an eye out for. Thanks everyone!
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I buy tools and many small parts from HF. I carry the 12-18 compartment plastic bins with screws and other things we might need on the road. I've learned NOT to buy saw blades, I laid under my daughter's car for 20 minutes trying to gnaw through an exhaust pipe with a Sawzall and a HF blade. Finally went to Home Depot and bought a real Sawzall blade and had the exhaust out in 2 minutes. Same goes for sandpaper. If you learn what's good and what's junk you can save a lot of money and have multiple tool boxes for different jobs.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:27 PM   #21
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I have and will continue to buy tools from HF. Some of their stuff is cheaply made but often it does not matter. Just try and wear out my HF splitter or 4# hammer. Cheap jack stands and bottle jacks still get the job done considering they get used once or twice every couple of years. My 3 gallon 100 psi compressor is still cranking after 5 years (paid a whopping $39 of it). Free gloves tape, cheap hand tools and flashlights go out the door with me every trip... how can you lose? For a small fee they will put an extended warranty on anything they sell, even paying for that (which i never do), you are still way ahead on the actual net costs.

If you just can't bring yourself to shop there no worries... when you need a tool just stop by my rig and I will be happy to loan you one of HF's finest.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:48 PM   #22
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Harbor Freight is simply a treasure of a retail store. I'm always looking for their monthly catalog the first of every month.

I carefully choose what I'm buying, and I'm usually buying items that are deeply discounted.

I do try to stay away from their electrical house brand tools. I did buy a 7" polisher last week and a wool bonnet to polish my pontoons. It does a good job, but I did buy the 15 month replacement ESP for something like $3. (High failure rate item.)

I'm just glad my wife doesn't know how much I spend there in a year's time.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:53 PM   #23
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One of the best things there is the 44 inch tool box. I have two of them and they are as good as others for twice the cost. Also can't beat their 1-inch ratchet straps. My large 60 gal 220v air compressor, shop press, numerous small air tools, some small hand tools, and engine hoist have been working great for many years.

I also have several HF tools that are low-use and I can stand the less than optimum quality. You just have to know what is good there and what is not. i think they provide a great bang for the buck, just too bad a lot of those bucks are supporting made in China.
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Harbor Freight is a great place to find unique items you can't find anywhere else. I have to admit the quality is lacking, but for most items it works just fine. It is much like a Dollar Store...low quality, but priced right.
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I'm getting a chuckle out of all the "tools are junk" comments when I have seen the same tools with US brands on them. It is getting almost impossible to buy US made tools in the average hardware/ big box store. All the big name power tools are now made in China from what I see offered for sale.
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Harbor freight tools are not for the profesional that is making a living with his tools but they are a great place for the at home do it yourselfer. I have over 30K dollars worth of tools but I still go to harbor freight for the things I don't use very often.
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Name brand important tools, like Snap-On air hammer, IR impact wrench, Proto torque wrench, Snap-On HVLP gun & pre-import S&K socket sets are the backbone of my tool set. A lot of the rest of the stuff in my toolbox is from HF and I've never had any problems with anything. I keep one of the free multimeters and a free LED flashlight in each vehicle.
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