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Old 07-28-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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I have not had any problem with anything I've purchased from Harbor Freight. And that includes power tools. I pay a lot less than I would at the big box stores, and the tools get the job done. I might not have the big brand name on them, but I couldn't care less, as long as they work, and so far so good from Harbor Freight.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:16 PM
 
Location: east of Rogersville
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*sigh* I thought it might be too good to be true

My parents have bought 2 weed wackers from Home Depot that haven't even lasted a year each. Where did you get yours and what brand is it? Is it gas or electric?

I need to get rid of a lot of ivy on a steep hill. Thats where I'll be using it the most because I don't have any lawn to take care of...yipee
My DH just bought a sStihl gas week wacker from a locally owned farm and home supply store and is very happy with it. we looked at the big box stores and believe it or not, their Stihls are NOT the same quality. Don't know how they sell them but they do. I would pay the extra dollars and know that if you HAD to take it for repair or replacement, you can talk to the owner and probably get a reasonalble deal for the item. Just our two cents though.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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Default Harbor Freight framing air nailers

Are they any good? I need to attach 2x4's.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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For me the answer is easy, they are bad.
I will not even go into the store.
99.9% of all the goods sold there are made in china.
You get what you pay for, cheep, cheep, cheep
Pay a little more and get some tools that will last years, if you wish to actually save a buck or two, buy quality.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I have a couple things from Harbor Freight, an electric chipper and a 10T hydraulic log splitter. The chipper is several years old (9 or 10) and performs well. The only complaint I have is having to take the blades off and sharpen them, which is SOP for any make or origin for that type of machine. Also no complaints with the splitter, only had it for a few months.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:15 AM
 
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Thanks guys.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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You have to expect to be unimpressed. I love harbor freight. Its good for diy where you may need a tool for random jobs while working on home projects, but not full time commercially. I have never bought garden tools, I that I think they are all crap. Everywhere. They don't make garden tools for home use that wont break. I have gought dremel tips, a tumbler (I make jewelry and when using steel shot the metal is hardened and polished in a tumbler) and a hav a heart trap like another poster. The tumbler basics are good, but the belt is crap and breaks quickly, after doing research I found that an elastic band is a great replacement and ladt a hundred times longer then the belt, lol. But you get what you pay for, and I would not have high expectations, KNOW the differnece between steel and stainless steel before you buy, for example.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Just think, every skyscraper and manufacturing plant and everything else made in China, that is almost everything you own was made by the types of tools you find at Harbor Freight.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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You can't beat the prices but you get what you pay for.For home owner and infrequent use it makes no sense for me to spend a lot and have had good service with many things I have bought there.If it were not for HF I would not own 1/2 of the tools I have so its been well worth my buying from them.MO
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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You can't beat the prices but you get what you pay for.For home owner and infrequent use it makes no sense for me to spend a lot and have had good service with many things I have bought there.If it were not for HF I would not own 1/2 of the tools I have so its been well worth my buying from them.MO
And you wonder why we don't manufacture any more and the unemployment is rampant.

Buy American.
Do your part.

When you have to replace your tools 2 to one it's cheaper to buy quality domestic tools.
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