Harbor Freight Reviews

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The hfreviews site predates the harbor freight's site update whereby the review feature was added.
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I like HF I buy tools all the time, I bought a utility trailer from them once.
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Well, to start with, expectations. They aren't too high with HF. I buy stuff there with the expectation of short term and the hope of long term.
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Some, but there were also a lot of complimentary reviews. Many reviews said "junky, but for the price pretty good."
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

I have a lot of stuff from HF. For my use, which is occasional, light duty use, they work great, and I can afford them.
Some things from HF are absolute junk, some things are decent enough, and some of it is darn good and a steal for the price.
Jon (who lives one mile from the local HF store)
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I dont do business with H.F. or other companies like it. Their stuff is all cheap imported junk not worth buying. I dont always buy the best tools, but I'll buy a low end name brand item, like Skil or Black and Decker, before I buy any H.F. junk. And aside from sale items, H.F. prices are not all that great for what you get. For 10% to 30% more, you can get much better quality elsewhere. I'd particularly not buy their power tools. I think the last thing I bought from them was some electrical tape, and it was horrid, very stiff, and did not stick well.
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snipped-for-privacy@myplace.com wrote:

And you can detect a quality difference in a foam brush ($0.89 to $1.79 each at HD, ten for $3.99 at HF)?
Both Skil (Bosch) and Black & Decker manufacture their products in China.
But I can understand how some prefer expensive imported junk over cheap imported junk.
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On Wed, 29 Sep 2010 06:14:44 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@myplace.com wrote:

Low end brand name tools such as the ones you mentioned are no different at all from what Harbor Freight sells except for the price. You are kidding yourself if you think they have any advantage other than prettier packaging.
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On Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:23:05 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@dog.com wrote:

I tend to differ, based on personal experience. However, there are exceptions. I will mention that I have purchased one of the Menards generic brand power tools, which they call "Tool Shop". It was an angle grinder. I only bought it because I already had a quality grinder, and just wanted a second one so I did not have to change the wheels all the time from cutting wheels to grinding wheels, and Menards had it on sale for an excellent price (like about $10). I've been very pleased with it, and I since bought a second one of them, because my quality grinder is at least 25 years old and it seems like the bearings are getting sloppy, and slightly wobbles. Since then, I also bought a "Tool Shop" hammer drill and that too seems to be good, although I dont need to use a hammer drill very often.
Now, before I bought this second grinder from Menards, I had purchased another generic brand grinder from one of these ripoff places that goes from town to town, sets up a tent, and sells tools. When I used that grinder the first time, it lasted a total of about 10 minutes before the smoke began pouring out of it, and it just burned out and died. I was not working it very hard either. Now that was a waste of money, and there was no place to return the piece of shit.
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wrote:

<SNIP> Long ago I discovered that when I buy something of good quality, it only hurts one time - when I pay for it.
When I buy something cheap of poor quality, it hurts EVERY time I use it.
Bob-tx (ye ole philosopher)
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Ah.... circus people. I can imagine. The one time I bought from the big tent guys was a combination wrench set. This was about 1990, and I still have it. The wrenches are a bit over size, and are loose. They tend to round out the nuts.
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On Sep 28, 9:00am, "Stormin Mormon"

You are aware, of course, that the site you referenced is not associated with Harbor Freight.
The disclaimer reads as follows:
"Harbor Freight, Harbor Freight Tools and related trademarks are registered trademarks of Central Purchasing Inc., which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this site."
Since the Harbor Freight site has a "Customer Reviews" tab right on the product page for every item, why the need for an "off-site" site for reviews?
Now don't go all "conspiracy theory" on me and say that they don't keep negative reviews, because they do.
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DerbyDad03 wrote the following:

The site you viewed is like the Stuccocompany and its reinvented homeownershub sites. They steal the reviews from other sources, in this case,.the HF site and repost them. The idea is to drum up sponsors for the thieving site. It's way out of date anyway. They must not have the web search bot that the aforementioned SC and HOH sites have so they have to search the site by hand to find new reviews. I know because they don't have a review I posted to HF over a month ago.

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It is possible that HF REviews copies reviews off the HF site. Who can tell? I'm guessing that's not the case.
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On 9/28/2010 9:53 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

I don't believe they're copying them either. I looked just now for that trailer dolly review I posted on the actual HF site and it wasn't there.
The review is viewable on HF's website, so I know it got published.
Jay
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wrote:

The reviews don't seem to match the ones on the Harbor Freight site at all.

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It's nice to have a web site that's not affiliated. So they don't pick and choose the reviews. And delete the bad ones. Or, delete "some" of the worst of the bad ones.
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Stormin Mormon wrote the following:

If you read some of the reviews on the HF site, you would know that is not true. How about some that say "Don't waste your money", or "A piece of crap"?
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willshak wrote:

There is easy no way to know if they deleted the TRULY bad reviews.
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Of course, they edit out most of the really bad ones.
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