That's right, HF is now offering extended warranties. Got to the cash
register the other day with a ten dollar electric buffer and the clerk
asked if I wanted to buy an extended warranty for it. I started laughing
and he took that as a no. I think the price was in the neighborhood of
what I'd just paid for the buffer.
I got that a 3 years ago on a power planer. I had bought it for 20.00 and
laughed to when asked. I said if it last a month I'll be surprised. The
thing is still going strong. I bought it to plan down some studs to even
them up with existing old ones. Didn't want drywall to bulge. Used it many
times to plane doors. It's like a Timex.
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
My friend calls his garage the "Central Oklahoma Military-Industrial
Complex". He does a LOT of work in carbon- and glass-fiber stuff. He goes
through Dremel-style grinders about one every two weeks. The schmutz he
grinds just eats up the bearings and brushes. The Sears Craftsman stuff
was great for a while but now they won't warrantee it any more because they
claim "excessive and extraordinary use". HF still hands them over, but he
rotates stores so he doesn't go to the same one too often.
I had a lathe (knock off of a Jet/Delta 14") that had the motor go out on
it. I dropped by my local HF and asked if they could order the motor for
me. The manager asked if I had an extended warranty? I said no and that I
had bought it from the mail order branch about three years ago. He
said, "Tell you what, you buy a two year warranty and I will replace the
entire lathe." Not being born yesterday, I took home a new lathe cheaper
than I could have purchased the motor.
I have seen stuff hauled in that looked like it had been dragged behind
the customers truck.
'Course, I've seen stuff carried out that looked like it was dragged
across the Pacific. But yes, I do shop there for stuff I expect to kill
pretty quickly. I'd rather kill a $10 buffer I might never use again than
buy a $150 Brand. And, as someone else noted, some of it just won't die.
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