I'm tempted to take the bait and put out 40.00 for a Chicago Electric 14"
die grinder at Harbor Freight - 39.00. Has anybody here got any experience
dealing with these dudes? My mouth is watering for that giant box of
crackerjack the tool is coming in, unless I get some bad reviews here.
I have bought a number of things at Harbor Freight and have always been
satisfied. It probably will be noisier and more difficult to adjust than a
decent brand, and might wear out faster; but for the price it is probably a
At least that has been my experience.
Just one warning about electric die grinders - power. I have
the $100 Makita, and I feel it's pretty wimpy,
For ***very*** limited uses, I've used a Bosch trim router
instead: no base, the router bit hanging out.
It's incredibly dangerous, it doesn't have a long enough neck,
but much much more oomph.
I'll probably switch to air powered for my next project.
firstname.lastname@example.org (BUB 209) wrote in message
I have purchased a few things from Harbor Freight and I guess I would
summarize as you get what you pay for. For example I bought a biscuit
joiner for I thinkk $39 bucks. I used it successfully for many
projects until SWMBO sprung for a DeWalt, at which time I realized how
much better a quality tool was. Adjustments were easier. The base was
made of steel instead of plastic on the Chicago electric version.
That said, the Chicago unit did what it advertised.
I have also purchased some bar clamps. They work fine, but rust sooner
and are not as stiff as Jorgensen clamps. Again, you get what you pay
for, but sometimes a tool that does the job and we can afford is
better than a superior tool and not eating this week.
On 11 Aug 2004 01:32:09 GMT, email@example.com (BUB 209) wrote:
I'm 2 for 3 with Chicago Electric (Harbor Freight) tools.
An 18v cordless drill sat on the shelf until after the warrantee expired (90
days) then was used to drive a bunch of deck screws - stripped out the gearbox
before the job was complete, replaced with an 18v DeWalt XRP, a MUCH better
A 4-1/2" angle grinder purchased a couple of years ago for a particular project
outlasted the project and continues to perform. Only sees occasional use, but,
so far, has met my requirements. I have no basis for comparison with other
A 10" Sliding miter saw purchased about 3 years ago for $100 continued to
operate satisfactorily through a fairly large deck project. The saw was OK for
rough carpentry/framing work but I would not recommend it for trim/finish work
or anything requiring high precision. Main complaint was sticky slide action and
soft, mushy miter stops. A new project required higher precision work so the saw
was given to a friend while still serviceable and replaced with a Hitachi SCMS
for about 5 times the initial cost. Although the Hitachi is a far, far better
saw, it was also far, far more expensive.
Wichita, KS USA
I'm by no means an expert, but I'm not sure that a cutoff wheel belongs on
any die grinder, name brand or not. I have a pneumatic cutoff tool for
that--the wheel is perpendicular to the handle and there is guard around it.
It also spins much slower.
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