I just tried their larger recip saw, and returned it immediately. At the
lower speed setting (for cutting steel) it didn't have enough torque to make
a cut at all.
I've had good luck, though, with a small hammer drill, and with their big
Shopdog, 5/23/2006,10:26:54 PM, wrote:
Well, I just ordered a reciprocating saw or $19.99. We'll see how that
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.
I bought one of their $20 reciprocating saws a couple of
months ago. I needed it to work on the beam that holds
up my back porch roof, and figured it it got through
that then $20 was a pretty good price.
Once I had gotten rid of the blades that came with it,
and the $10 pack of Harbor Freight blades I bought at
the same time it has been working pretty good. I don't
claim it is a great tool, but for my occasional work it
seems to be doing just fine.
So far I have finished the back porch work, cut up some
limbs that fell out of my back yard trees, and cut a
drain pipe that I had to remove. It still seems to be
working just as good as ever. That isn't a whole lot of
work, but I don't expect to do a whole lot of work with
it. And as I say, $20 for the back porch roof was a
reasonable price, so everything else I do with it is so
I do have a number of other Chicago Electric tools from
HF, and am satisfied with them for my occasional use.
If I was a professional I wouldn't even bother with
them, I would go get better tools.
I buy there fairly often - but am careful of what I buy. I've bought
crescent wrenches, hammers, clamps, "dremel" accessories, tarps, and
wheels and have been quite satisfied. However saw blades were a
I, too, am a fan of Harbor Freight and shop at our local
stores frequently. I am quite familiar with the differences
between "good" and "bad" quality tools. If you shop at
their stores, looking and handling a tool will give you a
pretty quick indication about its fit and finish. Today, I
looked at screwdrivers that I could probably twist in half
with my own hands, and also at some that I would probably
pass along to my children. What I especially like is their
Today, I bought a 600' drum of 3/8" polypropylene braided
rope for $10. It's about the size of clothes line and is
perfect for tying down things in the pickup. I also bought
6 of their $3 flyswatters to give to folks. They use 2
D-cells and really nuke a fly or bug when they come in
contact with the grid. I found a $3 multimeter that is
shirt-pocket sized and similar to another I keep on the
bench. I bought it to give to a neighbor boy who's starting
to assemble his own toolbox.
If you don't know what you are buying, then Harbor Freight
is just like pot luck. However, if you have experience with
tools, including power tools and even bench and floor tools,
then you can get some really good deals.
I personally try to avoid places like that. I have only dealt with a
few items from Harbor Freight, and I would rate them as tolerable for
the average homeowner, but not for a professional. I must say that I
also bought from Homier. Their stuff is pure garbage. They do not
stand behind their stuff either. In fact I bought a defective power
tool which was defective right out of the box. They refused to even
return my calls. After I contacted the Better Business Bureau, they
finally contacted me, but still refused to replace or repair the tool.
I would not recommend Homier to anyone. Compared to Homier, Harbor
Freight seems like top of the line.
For me, being a farmer and retired handyman, I tend to only buy name
brand tools. I have busted far too many knuckles using cheap tools.
On 26 May 2006 10:11:01 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Yup, been there. The China-made stuff is to be avoided. I have to
confess I did buy a HF China-made grinder stand for $25, but never a
machine or anything that requires precision. Harbor Freight does
carry Milwaukee and Makita tools which are very good. You just have
to be careful when shopping there.
Downside to HF items.
Rubber used in the tires and wheels is of lower quality, ie; a
wheelbarrow tire that is a year old is already dryrotting (as per friend)
Cutoff wheels 4.5" don't last long at all you need at least 5 just to
complete a small project (as per ME, it took 5 wheels to complete a trailer
Parts washer (the green antifreeze looking stuff, doesn't clean as much
as it suds,and it leaves residue.
Bolt cutters-Jaws are soft
Diamond cut off wheels -- actually Cubic Zarconia
Solar battery charger, melts when placed in sun, no seriously it melted
on my buddys camper
Pittsburg impact sockets are tough
Cutoff wheels are somtimes cheap enough not to worry about how many you use.
Well, I just learned something about HF welding wire. ITs not good, oh it
works well enough but the slag it produces makes you want to rip your hair
out. I think I spent more time removing slag then I did welding. I can't
wait to run out of this crap.
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