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post #21 of 33 Old 02-11-2010, 12:21 AM
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Well i have a HF about 30 minutes away, and do run over and look alot but i dont buy to much. I do buy about all my sandpaper there. As far as there tools go, i stay away from and look at places like CL, Or just save and buy new. Grizzley tools are top Notch, as i just purchased a Jointer and it is well worth it, I have always thought of HF tools to be use once maybe twice and thats it.. But do what you got to do, and your Money lets you......
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I have a CM 14" 4 speed bandsaw - when I bought this saw it was only 150$ compared to 320 or 350 for ridgid or delta. I can honestly say that this is an amazing deal. However, I think the current price is over 300$ dollars. I would opt for a name brand unless it was really on sale.

I have the CM 1" belt sander and 6" belt sanders which work great, and are far better deals than Deltas and Jets priced nearly 3-4x as much.

I have a large 60 gallon air compressor which is a great machine.

Great source for inexpensive c clamps, mallets, air fittings, spray guns, tarps, and small diameter drill bits.
My 32208 (bandsaw) was a little more than that, but not much. After the sale and the coupon, then adding the extended warranty it was just at $200.00 with tax... I have hot rodded it, but that is half the fun. I had been watching CL for at least a year before grabbing it. Two weeks later, a Grizz GO555X was listed for $300.00. THAT is annoying, but just dumb luck... My saw now has the Grizz tension release, HF riser, Craftsman fence (crap) link belt, Carter wheel brush, Cool Blocks, and tension spring, HF mobile base, and shop built DC improvements (upper and lower). Pretty much all of this would have had to be added to a Ridgid or Delta...

The stainless steel digital calipers I hear are nice and accurate. I got a digital caliper (6") made by Starret, but that was a gift...

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I stumbled on this website. It gives all kinds of valuable information regarding Harbor Freight. Enjoy...
http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2008/08...d-the-abysmal/
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how about the central machinery dust collector harbor freight sells i have a coupon that takes the price from 250.00 down to 139.00 and was seriouly thinking about buying it anyone got one? the add says its 2 hp and 5 micron filter???
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I have the HF 2hp dust collector and it does a very good job.

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Bought from HF twice ended up taking both things back. Won't use them again just not worth my time.
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I'm new and wanted to start buying various tools such as: band saw, bench sander, scroll saw, drill press etc. I don't plan on building great big items, just focusing on small items. Do you guys trust harbor freight enough to buy these items. I have always looked down on HF as a "grandma" tool supplier. I guess I am asking because I like there prices.

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something's may be all right But for me that would be the last place i would buy from but tool's I mean good lasting Price doesn't mean quality i seen lo't of their stuff my neibor's buy I call it junk my 2cents
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just do your research... there are sites on line to get reviews from people who aret swaed one way or another.. I was going to buy the $39.00 multi tool but read a review where it was compared to the rest.. and it came in dead last, under powered, non adjustable speed and the blade system wasnt as good, the bldes got loose quickly, the new one is like $10 or $20 more but supposedly its better.. we'll see. I like HF and they have alot of good buys.. remember, most of the stuff is made over seas so its quality is questionable but just look for some reviews where they compare the item you want to the other companies offerings. And yes, there are some awesome deals on craigs list.. I am kicking myself as i recently passed up a panel saw for $300.00 .. some sign company was selling it. Yes, I AM that stupid at times.. lol
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Just one comment I feel I must make. A lot of folks on this forum, and other forums as well, refer to HF stuff coming from "China" or "all imported". Well yes IT IS imported and mostly from China. And so is just about every tool in every store you can find. Please take the time to go to a Lowes or Home Depot or TSC or Ace Hardware, it really doesn't matter where you look, but take your glasses and read the fine print. Almost all tools are made in China or imported from somewhere. Some manufacturers seem ashamed of the fact so they will list in big print things like Porter Cable Tool Corporation, Jackson Tennessee, USA. then in real fine print on the smallest label in the most hidden corner of the tool, made in Mexico. Also, don't kid yourself thinking all products made in China are junk. Look at the label in your cell phone, any brand, your flat screen TV, any brand, your computer, any brand, and see where ALL the devices are made. I'll give you $1000 for any "Made in USA" label you fine if you give me $1 for every "made in China" label found. I'll promise I'll be the one who gets rich.
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B&D is mainly weekend warrior/DIY caliber stuff....similar to Skil, Ryobi, some Craftsman....not so different than the HF quality IMO. I tend to stick with Milwaukee, Bosch, PC, DeWalt, Hitachi, Freud, Ridgid, Makita, if I can. My experiences with B&D and Skil have not been so good.
btw, B&D makes Dewalt.
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I've bought tools from HF since 1997 when I bought a 14" bandsaw that I still use quite a bit. I also have a 22" scroll saw, a 36" stationary sander, and a multi-tool and they all work great. The sander outlasted my Delta stationary sander, so it just depends on what you want to buy, and how you plan on using it.
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btw, B&D makes Dewalt.
B&D does not make DeWalt tools, they do, however own DeWalt as well as Porter Cable, Delta and DeVilbiss Air Power and Oldham Saw.

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Concerning Harbor Freight and their line of power tools, Central Machinery, as previously stated, caveat emptor. Nearly all of their tools are Chinese made (as is Ryobi, Rigid, Delta, etc.) and the quality is so hit and miss. I have owned my CM floor model drill press for better than 15 trouble free years, and I bought it used. I also own a hammer drill made by CM that didn't last the day where my reciprocating saw seems to be indestructible!

My secret to my success with HF tools is that I live less than four miles away from the store and have no qualms about returning a tool that doesn't perform or last like it should. I should also note for you that they do offer a 10% military (active, guard, dependent and retired) discount which certainly helps.

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