Harbor Freight Tools - Your Experiences
Posted February 08, 2011 - 07:43 PM
Posted February 08, 2011 - 08:02 PM
I have however had the unpleasant experience of seeing several of the Harbor Frieght Gasoline Powered Engines up Close & personal and I do NOT recomend them for anything more demanding than a Power Washer at best. My Buddy bought a 6.5 HP Horizontal shaft engine from them 2 years ago and , against my advice, put it on a David Bradley Walk Behind, it threw a rod and the block cracked halfway through putting in his garden. Never got his money back. I took the engine apart and found it was made of anything but quality materials. I have since heard many guys tell of simular experiences.
I can 100% respect the guys that buy what they can afford and are happy, if you can get the job done good for you, that's great but if you expect to get longevity out of anything at all it stands to reason that you must buy quality items. I have No Doubt that My Son & My Grandsons will be using these same tools that I bought when I was 13 years old. That's Quality.
Posted February 08, 2011 - 11:16 PM
We all complain about the economy and the jobs going over seas yet we continue to buy this chinese junk!
Maybe. But it is foolish to spend more on something that will get the job done the same
Posted February 09, 2011 - 06:14 PM
Posted February 10, 2011 - 06:50 AM
Posted February 10, 2011 - 07:52 AM
Posted February 10, 2011 - 09:38 AM
Like the one fellow said, You get what you pay for. I still say buy American! It is easy to justify something to fit your argument if you think about it long enought.
I completely understand Mike, but I would not have 1/3 the tools I do if I bought all American made. If I didn't have 2/3 of my tools, I could not get my equipment repaired. I know in the long run, buying all American made products might pan out, but in the short run we have to survive. The USA also exports a lot of goods even still, so if all countries only bought their own made goods, we would suffer as well. It's a balancing game, of which we have been losing.
Posted February 10, 2011 - 10:33 AM
I don't like to buy imports, but to stay in business, you do what you have to do.
Posted February 10, 2011 - 03:35 PM
Posted February 10, 2011 - 04:05 PM
Edited by DanO, February 10, 2011 - 04:38 PM.
Posted February 10, 2011 - 04:17 PM
"Okay.....Well.........That's All I Have To Say About That."
Posted February 11, 2011 - 01:05 AM
Air Tools- They last as long as you take care of them.
Electric Tools- They might be decent quality but usaully the motors are cheap and dont have much power and tend to overheat or burn up. Spend the extra $ for a craftsman.
Hand Tools- Decent, Ive never broken a hand tool from HF. Good for the price' but know your limits of what you bought when using in heavy applications.
Hydraulics- The hyadraulics such as Jacks and presses work really well. There not the best quality but they will hold just fine. Since these are under heavy loads always check this tools after you assemble them to make sure there safe and all the important parts are there.
Blasters- The sand blasters seem to work great from what ive heard. Ive never purchased one but apparently the smallest model they sell leaks blast media from the window while using it.
Grinders/buffers- the grinders and buffers seem to work just fine. You might not get the same power from a quality brand but they good for what you pay. Ive notcied the grinding/sanding/buffing wheels are poor quality and they should be replaced before you use your machine because they tend to fly apart or break at high speeds. The sizes of the wheels are also uncommon and hard to find replacements. This also goes with the bandsaw blades. There cheaply made.
The air hoses are great. Ibought a 50ft air hose for $9.45. its durable, doesnt leak, and its made of a nice thick rubber.
The impact sockets are also terrific. Ive never broken one. They last as long as there taken care of and you save about 50 bucks rather than buying craftsmen.
Now i noticed the debates on tools made in the U.S. and foreign tools. In my opinion theres quality tools made in all countries, and not so quality tools made in both U.S. and foreign countries. And plus tool companies have come along way and some have dwindled down from where a long time ago they made quality tools and nowadays everything is cheap plastic. Im more of a craftsman/ HF guy. I dont have the money to spend big bucks on tools like Snap-on, SGS, or Titan. Craftsman are good quality, replaceable and decently priced. But if you want something thats a little less at a place like HF or Northern tool, and its close to the same thing or possibly better, go for it. Respect any tool and it will last a lifetime.
Posted February 11, 2011 - 08:14 PM
Posted February 11, 2011 - 08:18 PM
I've bought a few tools at HF some OK others just junk . I keep a few cheap wrenches , if your going to modifies a wrench you would cry to do it to a expensive one . Here's a few we did at work , [ATTACH=CONFIG]10362[/ATTACH]
The one on the far right is an interesting shape, what do you use it for?
Posted February 11, 2011 - 08:26 PM