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Buyer Beware, A Harbor Freight Buying Guide
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 Posted: Tue Jun 24th, 2014 03:38 AM
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A collection of opinions on toolcrib.com

http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2008/08/buyer-beware-a-harbor-freight-buying-guide-the-good-enough-the-bad-and-the-abysmal



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 Posted: Tue Jun 24th, 2014 01:11 PM
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I've spent a dollar or three over the years at Harbor Freight and can see some of what is being said in the article.

That place is a mixed bag of things for sure and yes, you can get some great buys. Even on brand names.

Yeah, let the buyer beware and know what you re looking at.

And I knew what a Piton was before the writer was a wet spot on his parents bed......



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 Posted: Tue Jun 24th, 2014 01:53 PM
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Great info. I have a couple things from HF - typically anything not too complex works fine. Once you want something with lots of moving parts, look elsewhere.



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 Posted: Tue Jun 24th, 2014 02:50 PM
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Never bought anything, but have been in their stores once or twice. Mrs. Charley (who likes tools, or more correctly, likes what tool can do) looks around and says, "we're not buying any of their crap".



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 Posted: Wed Jun 25th, 2014 12:00 AM
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I've bought enough at Harbor Freight to have learned not to buy any steel tools that require torque resisting strength ie: sockets, allen wrenches, box end wrenches, etc. While on a hunting trip to a remote location a socket split in half on me. The hassle and cost far exceeded the original savings. Allen wrenches have bent and stripped out on me. The shooting range that I frequent more than any others buys batteries from Harbor Freight. They don't last very long at all. I'm lucky if they get me through the day. Batteries for Red Dot sights and chronographs. I'm done with Harbor Freight. Quality is crap.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 25th, 2014 02:49 PM
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I always prefer to buy "made in the USA". But few if any companies make tools in the USA.

I've been buying from Harbor Freight for about 20 years, first thru their catalog.

I find that most of their hand tools, wrenches, sockets, hammer etc are as good as any. My Stanley claw hammer is identical to the Hf model and the stanley has a "made in China" label on it; but it was 15 dollars more than the harbor freight model.

Guarantee at HF seem good. Ove the years i only broke 2 tools in very hard service. One was a set of deep set 1/2 inch sockets--I was using a 6 foot pipe on the socket breaker bar getting some tractor block bolts out- it cracked just as I would expect of a Craftsman. HF gave me a new set of 8.

The other tool was a nut breaker, the hardened chisen blade cracked into to-- again I took it back to the store and they said "just go back and get anotherone off the shelf--no hassle and the lady just threw my old one in the garabage can.

Looking at the web site, it looks like the same complaints all companies get; but with a lot of competitors negative remarks thrown in to the mix...horse droppings!

If one buts any low cost China lath he should not expect perfect tolerances; but for basic tools they are as good as any.



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Only "Big" tool I ever got there was a rotary hammer/drill
I think at the time it was on sale for $24.00 with 3 or 4 bits.
Did the dozen holes I needed no problem, bit's a little tore up,
but everything still worked, even came with another set of brushes.
Guy offered me $40.00 at a yard sale, "SOLD".

Last edited on Fri Jun 27th, 2014 02:37 AM by LarryW



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