The one you saw on TV was probably 3 easy payments of $120 each, for a
total of $360.
The HF one is not quite as nice, but it does all the same jobs. I'be
been abusing mine for quite some time, and it's still working
I finally bit on one of them when I got a coupon for it for $35. My
first impression is favorable. It is a cool little tool. I hope
the Fein is better balanced and feels nicer in the hand--- but for the
amount of time I'll be using this one, no problem.
A couple folks on this group have been using them for a few months.
Their success stories encouraged me to try one out.
If the tool (are you talking about the oscillating multi-tool, BTW?) is
going to sit in your toolbox most of its lifetime, you would not know the
difference. If you are making your living with the tool (or any other tool
for that matter), I would pick something other than HF. But, again, I have
a lot of hand, electric as well as pneumatic tools bought in Harbor
Freight and they just fine for occasional use. In fact, the low price may
give you an advantage of having more specialized tools that are better for
the job than what you could have done with more expensive general tools
from other (better?) vendors.
On Wed, 16 Dec 2009 21:59:12 +0000, info_at_1-script_dot firstname.lastname@example.org
One advantage of cheap tools is that when and if it fails, by that
time you should know if you used it and how. You should be able to
decide whether to buy another cheap one, an expensive one, or none at
This is even more true with things you find in the trash.
MM, who yesterday used his HF knock-off of a Dremel for the first time
in the two years he's had it. Just to enlarge the metal door latch
hole in my door frame. It worked fine. I guess otherwise I would
have had to take the metal off and use a file. Or my own knockoff
made from an old sewing machine motor and a 69 cent flexible shaft
(bought 30 years ago when 69 cents was real money.)
Best to ask around first ;-)
It all just depends on the tool -- and the intended use.
I buy HF tools for 3 reasons:
1) they are so cheap, that it's worth a try to see if it might come in
digital multimeter -- got 3 or so of them, no overload protection ;-)
good for checking car batteries and tracking down wiring problems
spring loaded punch -- yeah, it's handy
halogen 300w bulbs -- failed too frequently
hammers -- beats walking around looking for the lost ones
slow speed grinder -- nope, piece of junk, plastic gears, they took it
chainsaw chain sharpener -- very tempting... about $30 and I'd only
need is 2-3 times a year.
plastic welding tool -- either it was lousy, or I never got the hang
of it - returned
2) probably won't use it much, it may last me as long as I need:
1/2" drill for mixing thinset -- used once thusfar, figure a couple
more times needed
angle grinder -- gets used about once a year
punch set -- used it once so far
pipedrain snake -- never used
fishtape -- used couple times, got jambed in plastic case, discarded
cut-off saw -- cut few batches of rebar
tap and die sets -- have 3 of them, used about 5 times -- did their
wrench sets -- have 2 of them, lifetime replacement
sockets -- have several sets, used a couple times a year
3) might actually be a real value:
ratchet load binder
That's not my entire list -- but I really hesitate to spend more then
$50 on any one item. They have always been good with returns. I
might buy something just to have more than a few minutes to look it
What we need is an rating forum for all HF tools.
Yeah I, bought the same one. It appears that the attached air regulator
didn't work as it blew the melted plastic all over the place.
I bypassed the air regulator with the one that was attached to the
compressor, but I never used it after that.
CY: the little yellow ones were wonderful. The red ones, are
also good. I like the ones iwth the off switch below the
dial selector. No over load protection. My Fluke blows a $11
fuse if I hook it wrong, so I use the $2 Horrid Fright
meter when ever I can. Save the Fluke for when I really need
CY: Can't rmeember. I may have bought one of t hose.
CY: No gots.
CY: My fav is the waffle faced ripping hammer. Goes on sale
for three bucks. Pounds nails, doesn't skip off the head and
send em flying. I love em for stapling wire to the floor
joists. Ripping configuration is also great for dissembling
sheet metal when installing furnace.
CY: I agree, tempting.
CY: I had a Skil, and overloaded it, the gears stripped.
Bougth the identical th ink from HF for about $12. I use it
for light duty, now. Small holes, and spinning self tapping
screws. Works for that.
CY: My angle grinder has served me well.
CY: Never tried mine.
CY: My Dad has a digital caliper, and really lvoes it.
CY: I got the three gal pancake compressor, and been very
pleased with it. Noisy, but I only use it occasionally.
I bought a really great 10" rapid pull saw,15T/inch.
It's labelled Portland Saw,item 94722,and was on sale.
cuts on the pull stroke.
I also have a HF clone of the Bosch 1581 jigsaw,it works great,but I don't
think they sell it anymore.
One thing to AVOID is those 99c countersinks;they are crap.
the metal's too soft despite being marked "Lifetime Carbide",they are NOT
Yeah, I picked up a spring loaded punch (coupon discount). When I
don't have three hands I can mark where the nail/screw needs to go -
all without having three hands.
The only thing that might get weak is the spring itself, but I can
Ahhh. A few days ago, at WallyWorld, there was a row of TV screens. There
was an ad but no sound for a wrench that had like a ball on both ends with
different sized six sided holes, making that a MultiWrench. They were
showing it being used on a bicycle. I'm going to check them out, as it
would be a good tool to take in an ATV box for emergencies.
I still think my idea of a MultipleUseMultiPurposeMultiTool is a good one,
though. Now watch some bastard rip me off.
I've been seeing those "dumbbell" wrenches around for years.I think they
only had FOUR sizes on each end,because one axial side of each ball has the
connecting bar,and the other end is useless as a wrench.
there's already a Swiss Army Knife that is a "multitool",and there's also
the Leatherman tool. :-)
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