My guess is a real POS even compared to the HF version. Only power tool I
bought from Big Lots was actually a name brand Skill circular saw.
Discontinued 7-1/4 model, 13A, case, carbide blade - $39. Can't beat it for
Because many people think the HF one is a POS. And it is compared to a
Rockwell or Fein. But for some peoples needs and frequency of use, it's
perfect. For certain tasks even a POS MF tool is better than a good hand,
circ or recip saw which may be useless.
I have a HF single speed one. For what I do I should have the likes of a
Rockwell. I want a Fein. I bought a cheapie to see if one of "these
oscillating tools" is something I will use to the extent of justifying
I posted the Big Lots one should someone wanna know a VS econo is
available and see it. There are many places and entire states in the
eastern US where there is no HF. Mail order is the only option. There are
MANY Big Lots in the eastern US.
Guess that particular one was put together right and it's not undersize
for what you need. Someone else could have bought the same one, I mean
the actual one you got, and called it a POS because they tried running it
at 90% duty cycle for an extended time...which would probably kill any
quality not designed for it.
On 11/21/2010 3:22 PM, FatterDumber& Happier Moe wrote:
Bingo. Like the last ten times we had the price vs. quality discussion
on here, you have to make your best guess about what is 'good enough' to
do what you want, and not hurt you or make you crazy in the process.
With a few minor exceptions, tools don't make a living for me any more,
so I have to be frugal. I wouldn't carry them onto a job site and expect
them to last, but for the occasional project around the house, the stuff
from BigLots and HF is often more than adequate. I do insist on quality
tools for precision work, or where I could get hurt if the tool fails,
but if, say, a scoop shovel craps out, no biggie. And my compressor is
the 39.95 pancake from HF that is a twin to the 80-buck one sears sells.
All I use it for is tires and (if I ever get around to it) some light
trim nailing work, so I'm happy with it. And the 30-buck hand truck I
bought at BigLots 2 moves ago has easily paid for itself a dozen times.
Whoa. Stop right there.
I'm here to tell you that the Harbor Fright "multifunction tool" is
*not* a POS. Certainly worth more than its, lessee, about 10% of the
equivalent Expen$ive German-Branded Tool From Which It Was Copied. I've
used mine lots and it's still vibratin' plenty good.
Yes, many people may think it's a POS. Many people also believe in Santa
Claus, the tooth fairy, Jesus Christ, Zarathustra, Uri Geller and any
number of other myths.
The fashion in killing has an insouciant, flirty style this spring,
with the flaunting of well-defined muscle, wrapped in flags.
And the next question that must be asked is...
Are accessories - pads, blades, etc - readily available?
re: "a real POS even compared to the HF version"
Are you speaking from experience or hearsay regarding the HF version?
That Q is answered in the important part you did not quote - My GUESS
I KNOW the HF one (that I have anyway) will take punishment. Maybe if I
had picked up the one next to it I'd be POS'ing them left and right. I've
beat the piss out of it expecting (but not hoping) it to die. I've had to
notch all kinds of molding, cut out some subfloor edges close to walls
and pipes, shave areas of 2x4's for oddball stuff, etc. I've spent as
much on blades as I did the unit. Maybe if I had the VS version I
wouldn't have trashed blades so bad. This is all I can personally attest
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