I also had an old Wagner airless sprayer with a two gallon bucket hopper on
top. I sprayed several homes both interior and exterior and made thousands
of dollars with it. We used it in our business for 12 years with no repairs.
On 12 Oct 2006 10:58:46 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My wife had their silly "power" roller when we met...
IMHO, it's as bad as the sprayer as far as taking more time to clean IT than
time it MIGHT save by using it..
That would be my first Harbor Fright purchase.... A set of "clamping pliers"
(vise grip knockoffs)
The first time that I used them for anything that required any real clamping
force, the pressed threads in the handle unfolded and left the threaded bolt
wobbling and loose...
Craftsman 9" disk / 6" belt sander. The belt never did track quite
straight -- even the tiniest tweak to the tracking adjustment would send
the belt skidding off to one side or the other, and it took only a few
seconds for it to cut completely through the *plastic* dust-collection
port when it did. Plus it was noisy as hell.
I had the same nasty tool. it was complete crap.
I think the only tool I ever bought from Sears that I wasn't disappointed with
was my first Radial Arm Saw. That was a nice tool. Well except for that nasty
planning accessory that nearly broke my fingers.
I loved the 10 inch sanding disk though.
Kind of funny... my brother has that same machine and it's been nothing but
trouble, but I bought the same machine at Harbor Fright on sale for 1/2 the cost
of his Crapman WITH a stand and it's been a great work horse for almost 5 years
You just never know what you're going to get, I guess..
I have the same machine. On the advise of Keeter I tried a couple of
wraps of electrical tape around the center of the idler drum to give it
sort of a crown. It still sucks but I can get it to track somewhat.
Craftsman router. Not only did it have the random height feature, when you
twised the body to raise or lower the bit there was play in the mechanism so
it didn't necessarily go straight up and down.
When I lived in upstate NY, there was an outfit that sold 88-cent hand
tools. Thrifty me - I bought the 88-cent claw hammer that lost a claw
to the first nail that I tried to pull (10d as I recall). I pulled the
nail with a pair of pliars and a block of wood. Then when I tried to
re-nail the piece, the handle broke about 3" from the head.
I don't think I ever returned.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
This is why the Army pays 600 bucks for hammer. Not because it's 600 bucks
worth of tool but because it takes 600 bucks worth of tests to make sure
that they haven't been ripped off by the lowest bidder.
My rule of thumb when I used to shop there was to ask myself .. Is
there any possible way they could screw this up?
They surprised me by figuring out a way to screw up jigsaw blades,
pliers, screwdrivers, and other stuff.
Their pipe clamps are ok (not quite as smooth as ponies). I got a nice
heavy grinder stand from them, one good hammer, and a lot of $$$ worth
of useless crap. I know I have a net loss with them in terms of
"savings".. When you have to toss a lot of the stuff in the trash, it
really eats away at what you really save by going there.
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