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)
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
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
On Wed, 29 Sep 2010 06:14:44 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
On Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:23:05 -0400, email@example.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.
Long ago I discovered that when I buy something of good quality, it only
one time - when I pay for it.
When I buy something cheap of poor quality, it hurts EVERY time I use it.
(ye ole philosopher)
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.
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
Now don't go all "conspiracy theory" on me and say that they don't
keep negative reviews, because they do.
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.
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.
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