I'll be going on vacation soon and the place that I'm going to has a Harbor
Fright store nearby, anything I purchase will be brought back on the plane
with me. Any good buys that I should look for and junk that I should stay
away from?? A couple of things that come to mind are a set of machinist
squares, a dial indicator and a magnetic base.
If you're going to bring it back in a carry-on, be sure it's not on the
TSA's list of Things Which May Not Be Carried On A Plane..
Somehow, I think most things sold at Harbor Freight would give
the TSA screeners hissy fits.
Yeah, all they let on are bullets, guns, and fake bombs.
Your tax dollars at work!
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I have all three of the above from HF. The base and dial indicator are fine.
My machinist squares are too far out of square to be useful to me. They're
in the drawer labeled "Pennywise Pound Foolish." But, several others have
posted that their HF squares are indeed square.
The other things that pop to mind as "generally accepted as having some
value" from HF are: the 18g brad nailers, the dust collector and the clamps.
The 18g brad nailer that I recently picked up (46309) was only $24.99.
One thing to remember about HF is that if you see a price in a flyer or
catalog, you must bring that ad in to obtain the price. The nailer I was
buying as stocked at $49.99. W/o the flyer, you pay the store price.
I picked up some casters on sale once, they're fine for shop cabinets.
But they will honor a web quote if you bring in a printout of the web ad. I
did that with that 21gal noisemaker they call an air compressor. It works
just fine, just noisy.
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Oh they have flyers at my store too. The prices are sometimes higher on
Case in point - my flyer (via mail) had the #46309 18g nailer for $24.99. So
did the web price.
I walked in the store - it was marked for $49.99.
I asked and was told - twice - that I needed to bring in the flyer or
catalog with the lower price to get the lower price.
I guess I'm spoiled rotten with our store, which always has copies of
all the current mailed flyers and special flyers on the counter, and
they have the flyers opened up and stuck on the window, with any
special messages. Don't know how they handle online stuff, but they
have about the nicest people of any store I know. You don't need a
reason for a return and you can get your money back if you have a
receipt or a replacement if you don't have a receipt. They don't
question anyone's veracity, they just replace the part. Give
raincheck, and notify you by mail usually in a week. Oh, yeah, if you
ask about returns on a product they tell straight out if it seems to
have a problem.
Sounds like you've got a good one!
I will add that I'll bet these are some of the thickest skinned (and I mean
that in a nice way) folks I've ever noticed. The clientel is often demanding
and frugal. The lines are long. Stock runs low on popular items. And many
times, I've overheard the manager talking to very disgruntled customers on
Still the folks manning the registers manage a smile.
I don't know which store you use but if you go to the one in Houston
it's almost impossible to find anyone to ask about anything - worst
customer service I've ever seen. Even when you find someone chances
are good that they don't have a clue. It's also hard to find a lot of
items - located in places I never would have guessed instead of places
where logic would dictate. It's OK to wander around and see what you
can't live without but infuriating if you're in a hurry and just need
to pick something up and leave.
Boise, Idaho. You just ask someone and they tell you the aisle or
they find someone who tells you. Sometimes you have to ask two
different people, but it is usually quick and the employees are always
polite. Occassionally I hear someone that is a bit full of his own
B.S. that you would just like to slap, but it is rare. Most of these
people aren't technicians, so they don't know much more than what
other people tell them. Normally they either they know and can answer
your question or they don't know and say it. I lived in Arizona for 4
years and I was appalled at the employees and the level of service.
Never got an order from Sears that was totally correct. One time I
ordered an air filter for my 3/4 ton pickup (I was living about 80
miles from the nearest town), and received a package that was 1 by 4
x 6 inches. Anyone with a brain could quickly figure that it didn't
contain and engine air filter in 1974.
email@example.com (Tom) wrote:
I'll second this statement about the Houston store. I wanted the 6" and
12" squeeze clamps that were on sale just yesterday and the first guy I
asked, well, I had really inconvenienced his ass by disturbing him at work.
Then he looked it up on the computer and said, nope got none.
So I really want them and I figure I'll try again. I get another guy,
which YES, it is always hard to find anyone to ask anything, and he walks
me to the back and we find a half dozen of each size on the shelf.
And then only 1 register was opened with 3-4 people waiting. Of course
after I waited for all those people to check out with handwritten checks,
asking for special favors, filling out warranty papers, then they opened
the other register.
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