Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Central New York
Harbor Freight tools very mixed
I've had an HF floor model drill press that has withstood pretty heavy use for 25 years, no problems but last year my old lathe died and my budget and the proximity of an HF outlet led me to buy a $250 lathe, don't remember the model #. The motor lasted about 3 months and burned out. Budget still a problem so I strapped a 1/2HP motor on the side with a hinged platform and just a gravity feed; works better than their motor but still underpowered.
Also, the plastic on the ends of the adjustment knobs all broke off within the first 6 months and I replaced those with Allen wrench bolts. What junk.
Anyway, my point is that in my experience HF tools aren't necessarily bad but I don't recommend their lathes at all based on my one experience.