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Re: How is the quality of tools from Harbor Freigh (archive)

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Posted by DW on September 24, 2001 at 10:00:29:

In Reply to: How is the quality of tools from Harbor Freight? posted by Chris B on September 24, 2001 at 04:56:29:

Since you have the advantage of going to the store and looking at the merchandise, you can usually tell the cheap tools from the better ones. Seems like every order I get at least one item that doesn't look quite as good as it did in the catalogue (and doesn't hold up very well, either).

You can pretty much count on everything being made in China. If you can get a bargain on the few USA tools they have, go for it.

For hand tools, just wait until Sears has a sale on Craftsman. You'll be much happier with their wrenches and screwdrivers. The quality is comparable to Matco and Snap-on, the prices are less, and you can take 'em back if they break. For big stuff (table saw, band saw, drill presses, anvil, vises, even lathes) it's hard to beat HF, can't argue with free shipping. Stay away from anything with a wooden handle made in China, it will break the first time you use it.

I noticed there is a harbor freight store here in pasadena and the prices for their tools is quite cheap compared to snap-on, matco, etc. Can anyone vouch for their quality? Thanks

Chris B
1990 525i

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