DECENT QUALITY? Guess you haven't bought any combination wrenches yet huh?
Well, the quality of those are horrible, some are not even the correct size
and when you use them they expand and slip on the nut. Most of the air tools
( at least the ones that I have) are pretty good, they have been holding up
for over a year now with no complaints. The welding wire is good, and the
sand blasting equipment is decent. I guess some of the stuff is good, but
like I said the hand tools are crap.
Please let us know, I have been VERY reluctant to purchase electrical
items from them. I look at it this way, if I need a tool for a once in
awhile job, I'd rather buy it from HF then spend big bucks on it elsewhere.
I did buy the wrenches and learned the hard way how bad they were. Luckily,
they were only to keep at work for happenstance tightenings.
I have a home inspection business and I bought two of those little GFCI
testers and they failed to trip the ground fault and I put that info
into my report but luckily I found out that the tester was faulty and
re-tested with another device before it was too late. With Harbor
freight it is hit or miss.
Last year I bought their $99 special 10" sliding compound miter say
thinking that if it was good enough to 2x4's it was worth the
money. I was very pleasantly surprised. A couple of cow-orkers
bought them too, one was pleased the other had issues with the
slider bearings being too stiff.
I bought a "6-n-1" 10Ga. framing nailer a couple of months ago.
The thing is *huge*. I'm not sure it was such a good purchase. You
pays your money and takes your chances.
Most people don't realize how important the accuracy of the
business end of a wrench is. A lot of times cheap wrenches have
crappy plating so they're off-size. I've seen some that were the
right size before plating. I don't think I'd buy any hand tools
from HF, particularly without seeing them. OTOH, HF is great for
things like chip brushes, gloves, and other throw-aways.
I got their air hammer with 9 chisels when it was on sale for $10 and it
works beautifully. The combo with the 1/2 impact wrench and 3/8 ratchet
also works flawlessly. Their 20T air/hydraulic jack is now on my non
Harbor Freight H frame press.
Their industrial duty reciprocating saw is on sale on the web for $39.99. I
don't know if the store will honor web pricing or not. I have not used any
HF power tools but after looking at them in the store I would avoid most
unless they are the industrial series which still are 70% less than major
brand names when they are on sale. I have heard on other forums that their
low line cordless tools are mostly garbage and when taken apart bronze
sleeves are often found instead of ball bearings. I have a HF crown stapler
that I bought for $19 with case and staples that works great to go along
with my Porter Cable kit that came with a pancake compressor, finish and
brad nailer. On other forums users really like their $14.99 [when on sale]
18 ga brad nailer and in general have good things to say about their drill
presses. It seems that quality of tools made in China is improving if they
are meant to be competitive tools. -- Steve
In my experience the stores are very agreeable to honoring the online
prices (just print the page) and all the catalogs and flyers. Rain
checks on coupons for out of stock items, or in one case an "it's on one
of the two trucks we're unloading right now" item.
Yeah, I just got done sanding and painting with HF air tools today. Still
working great. I also have an HF vacuum canister, the kind you use for
"sucking" liquids, for the 20.00 I paid for it this thing is incredible. I
didn't like the acid brushes they sell, they fall apart quickly.
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