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#1 Nov 14, 2011
What's the goods and bads?

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2011
Cheep u get wat u pay for they are nice if u are in a bind or need to use something for a few weeks but dont think they r ganna last 10 20 years like a good ol craftsmen will
Tool Man

United States

#3 Nov 15, 2011
The Pittsburgh line of toold HF sells are just as good as Craftsman at much cheaper prices, and have a better replacement warranty because they won't try giving you a refurbished tool if something breaks or malfunctions. The general rule of thumb about HF is don't buy anything that moves such as electric tools, etc. Their hammers, hand tools, etc are a good value. Most people who down HF hate that they import foreign products, but unless you buy Snap-On tools they won't be made in America either, or of any better quality.

Paducah, KY

#5 Nov 17, 2011
Tool Man, I was looking at buying a sander and dust collector from them, but was worried about the quaility, I was told that you could get a "lifetime" warranty and if it breaks, quits, whatever they would replace it. It wasn't a salesperson that told me that, any thoughts?
Tool Man

Tinley Park, IL

#6 Nov 19, 2011
The salesman was correct, a friend of mine bought a motor from them with a lifetime warranty to use in a go-cart, and has blew up two of those engines and just has them rwplaced when they give out. If the price is right this is a good plan.
Tool Man

Tinley Park, IL

#7 Nov 19, 2011
I meant to say the person other than the salesperson was correct in that you can buy the lifetime warranty and use the HF products in a disposable manner if need be.

Paducah, KY

#8 Nov 19, 2011
In my experience with HF, most of the powered tools are underpowered. They are easy to burn up. However, the warranty makes up for that. Now, if you plan on using them for fine carpentry, buy a better powered tool that is built more precise.

Paducah, KY

#9 Nov 22, 2011
Tool Man & widkat,

Thanks for the information, I found a sander made by Rigid that I like and it got good reviews. It's about fifty dollars more than the one at HF, but has more "options". Home depot had some on sale but sold out. I think I will still get a small dust collector from HF and try it out.
zig zag

Nashville, TN

#10 Nov 22, 2011
i bought a portable concrete mixer out there 2 years ago, i have made about 1/4 million with it so far i heard federal materials is hurting now! thanks harbor freight.

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