The HF 2HP Dust Extractor seems to be a favorite (when on sale) and their
wood lathe is liked by some (not all).
Then there are clamps etc for general handyman/DIY tasks.
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Buy the molded dead blow hammmers instead. I have two of them from HF. One
for wooddorking, another for banging car parts togather or apart. Got an
orange one and a black one so I can tell them apart.
Mike, essentially, do your homework. If a tool (caliper) costs $12.00 at
Woodcraft and the identical item is $3.99 at HF . . . . As for the power
tools. Most are okay for the hobbist, but stay away from the really cheap
stuff. The dustcollector works well, after you add a good filter bag (or
in my case two) and use a plastic garbage bag for the collection bag. As
it comes out of the box, it looks good, makes a lot of noise and does
nothing good (30 micron filter bag - you need 1 micron or less). The
cordless drills (18v) work well - they are not Dewalt quality, but you are
not paying Dewalt prices either.
Generally, use you head.
Yes, but there are many tools that have been regarded here for years as
worth the money and I'm just wondering if there is a list of them
somewhere. As you point out, the dust collector is one of those.
On Wed, 08 Dec 2004 23:04:32 -0500, Michael Dombrowski
nope.. you have to search the archives..
HINT: got a HF flyer today and 6" bar clamps are $1.99 again, other
sizes slightly more until you hit 40" for 5 or 6 bucks..
I stocked up last time and they're very good clamps, great at this
That's definitely one of the better tools from HF. I've got a workshop
wall full of them. Never had a problem.
And I buy their box of razor blades when it's on sale, but that's for
modelling, not woodworking.
I have found their brad nailer (currently $19.99) to be well worth it.
I also bought their flush trim router (also $19.99) about a year back.
I figured what the hell, I'll spend $20 on beer on a Fri. night. If
it's a POS I'm not out much. I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, it's
not a PC or a DW, but for the very few times that I need a flush trim
router it did what I needed it to do. If I used it regularly I would
probably want something sturdier, bu it fir my needs.
hey Glen.. tell me about that lil bugger..
I was going to order one online, to avoid having to take my router out
of the table for stuff like rounding edges on hardboard, etc..
I sort of backed out because the picture seems to show the rack &
pinion and gears made out of plastic... will it really adjust and hold
I may have been lucky, but mine has done the job. The roughest I have
put it to was cutting a rabbit for a piano hinge for a piano bench bench
made of red oak. It held through that. You read the picture well,
those parts are plastic so I cant say how long it will take any real abuse.
As it turns out, the guy that lives across the street just loaned me
an old craftsman router that is a lot smaller than my beast, though
about as old..
It will do fine for the few routing jobs that I hit where the router
table or shopsmith won't work well..
I will probably pick one up the next time I see it at $20 or less, in
case he ever wants this thing back..
He hasn't used it in over 10 years... lol
I can understand some people needing a cheap toll for a rare job. But
when you look to only buy cheap tools, stop and think what you are
doing. You are supporting another chinese family and goverment. And the
more you buy their junk the more oil the goverment must buy to deliver
the junk to the boats. And the more oil they have to buy the more demand
o the open market for oil.
I know we cannot buy everything american made, but we can buy from a
free country and a friendly country and help them just as you want them
to buy our stuff. Is everyone willing to take a 15-20% pay cut to lower
prices of american made products? Don;t think so.
Just look what we are trying to do in europe with the euro vs. dollar.
Lets just hope it does not back fire. But we are buying more stuff from
overseas then we send over.
Just think twice when you buy. Try a klein tool or a snap-on tool .
Then try the crap from HF. See and Feel the difference.
If you cant then please don't touch the tools because you will more than
likely hurt yourself.
I just don't understand that statement. Why do you think you have to grossly
overpay for a tool to be capable of using tools without hurting yourself?
Overpay if you want, but don't act all morally superior because of it.
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