I live close to Habor Freight store and actually buy quite a bit
from them. A lot of their stuff is junk, but I have made a couple of
rules I use that seem to work:
Buy HF tools when:
1) It is not going to be used frequently. Most of their Central/Cen*
equipment does not seem fit for a heavy duty cycle. But if you expect
to only use it occasionally it may work out fine. This is the case of
the reciprocating saw I bought there. I has worked for me the few
times I have used it, but I would be upset at myself if I had spent
$200 instead of $40, given that I have only used it 3 times.
2) It is not needed for precision work. I would probably not buy
something like a router or plate joiner there. At least not without
see a couple of good reviews on them first. I did break that last
week when I got one of the $7 dial indicators. I'm going to try to
use it for some quick alignment jigs in the workshop.
3) It must be at least half the cost of a major brand name product.
I have seen some Delta dust collectors at Lowes that are less
expensive than the ones on sale at HF. So still do some shoping
One of the best bets is to search the web or post to the news groups.
On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 02:20:07 GMT, C Carruth wrote:
It's not on your list, but I've been using their heavy-duty lathe (normally
runs $270, was on sale for $180) for the past couple of weeks and I love
it. It's my starter lathe, but it will be some time before I grow out of
it. I don't think I would have been happy with their lower-end models,
they really seemed low quality in the store, even if they were impressively
cheap. About as close as you can come to calling a power tool
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have
learned English -- up to 50 words used in correct context -- no human being
Not a woodworking tool, but I have one of the real heavy
duty HF #40576 14 x 40 metal working lathes. It's a Zhuji
Machine Tool Works GH-1440A also sold by Grizzly, Enco, Jet
and a host of other companies at much more than the $3,000 I
paid for it. It puts the old Logan lathe I had to shame.
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