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Old 04-15-2014, 01:40 PM   #31
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Here is a One of a Kind HF Tool- at least I have not seen one similar.
I needed an Angle Grinder Guide to cut a 1/4" off the bottom of a aluminum doggie door.
The guide is NOT HF brand specific.
It works with other brands of 4 or 4- 1/2" Grinders
I used a scrap piece of wood as an edge guide with this
HF tool to cut a perfectly straight line in aluminum.

http://www.harborfreight.com/safety-...ers-45921.html
I was using my grinder to cut some cement board and could have used this guide. Man that grinder scares me and really keeps me on my toes.

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Old 04-15-2014, 07:01 PM   #32
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I have bought a couple of power tools from harbor freight. They are fairly inexpensive and might get you out of a pinch a time or two but don't expect too much. Of the couple of power tools i did buy i still have the and rarely use electric chain hoist but the angle grinder didn't last two weeks and the motor burnt up

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Old 04-16-2014, 02:23 AM   #33
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I had a vibrating palm sander. It was suppose to be a 1/4 sheet sander, but 1/4 sheets wouldn't fit. Sander worked well, until it got dropped. I have an angle grinder, seems to be solid. Many others have been happy with the angle grinders. I bought an oscillating multi-tool, but never opened it up. Finally went to use it, only to find out it was used. Plugged it in, it ran for literally 2 seconds, then stopped. I'll be exchanging it. I've been using my buddy's jigsaw. Works pretty well, however, the speed adjustment is touchy, and the button lock gets stuck in the on position, requiring a couple slaps, to get it to disengage (frankly, it's a safety issue, if you're not expecting it).

I borrowed another friend's hammer drill. the trigger was extremely touchy. Setting the trigger-stop was unreliable..sometimes I'd get the expected half speed, other times, full speed...the lead to burning up the bit rather quickly. My buddy has a HB miter saw...it gets the job done, but I wouldn't rely on it for accuracy.

I've purchased a couple hand tools from HB. Broke several of them. Fortunately, the hand tools have lifetime warranty. Stay away from the riveter, it just sucks.

The power tools are definitely questionably quality. Don't buy, if you plan on using more than one or two times.
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As a DIYselfer, I have found that the tools I have purchased from Harbor Freight have preformed well. Mostly I have purchased hand tools but to work on a one project I needed a multitool. HF had one for about $30 dollars which was cheaper than a well know model and I have wasted $30 on better things. I purchased the tool 4 years ago and have used it countless times with out any problems. I have since bought a " hammer drill and the few times I have used it has preformed well. I had a Bosch hammer drill that broke 5 days after the warranty ran out. So I it is just the luck of the draw.
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Now that I am not in business anymore but love to DIY, I have way more tools than I need, but there is one tool I don't have but do need. The multi tool is a really handy tool to have but I don't have one and I need one. I may give the HF a try on this one as I won't need it much after one project I have now. I wonder how the HF one compares to the Dewalt?
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:12 PM   #36
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I haven't used the Dewalt. I have the cheapest HF multitool. It's worked pretty well for me for years. At $25 or so, it's hard to beat if you only have a couple projects in mind. I really don't like the fact that you have to unscrew the hex bolt to change the blade, but that is what you get for $25. Sometimes the blade becomes unsecure after use.

I used it so much, that I finally bought a better one - the Rockwell Sonicrafter X2. It's better quality, blades stay secure longer and easier blade changes, and comes with a nice case. But then it costs 4 times as much.
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Big Jim,

You'd be surprise how handy it is once you get using it. Like I said, i bought it for one project and have used it frequently for the last 4 years. I paid a little more money and got the blades and sanding block that comes with it. Jeff is correct about having to use a bolt to hold the blades on. But if your careful, they stay on. Just make sure your little nubs are in the holes before you tighten the bolt.
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I bought the same miter saw. After 3 trigger pulls the blade guard got caught in the blade and shattered it.

I wasn't even cutting anything, just testing it out. I didn't have on my safety glasses!!! I got lucky nothing hit my face.

I promptly returned the unit. It was my first (and last) purchase from Harbor Freight.
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Can't believe it... I AGREE WITH EVERYONE ON HERE.

Some tools are good value (not necessarily good tool)... depends on the your use and requred application.

I have not noticed any general rule that electric or pnematic or hand or electronic are better or worse.....

,,, but if it's crap, you can take it back...

(Plus, you can always use their tools to lend to everyone who just wants to borrow a tool for that one HO job... and you don't care what they do with it)

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Even if you can get say - 5 years out of 3 HF tools vs. 5 years out of one nicer tool you are still creating 3 times the landfill trash. Poor quality is a waste of resources. I've never bought any power tools from HF. I've been fine with the tarps, dollies, moving blankets, and tire irons I bought from them but everything else has been completely disappointing.
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Even if you can get say - 5 years out of 3 HF tools vs. 5 years out of one nicer tool you are still creating 3 times the landfill trash. Poor quality is a waste of resources.
That is of course true. And then there are other factors, such as buying from China, or encouraging subsistence labor.

But working against that are the sheer economics of the situation. For a homeowner on a limited budget, hiring a professional vs. doing it alone can be a gigantic cost savings. But buying the 4 tools necessary to do the job isn't an option if it's going to cost as much or more than hiring the professional in the first place. And then there are the tradesmen who simply aren't making enough to justify paying top dollar for tools they only use once a month or less.

No easy answers.
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BTW, HF has an Easter Sunday sale, 25% off any one item. Awesome.
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You get what you pay for. Any time I buy something from HF I only have a expectation of one time use. If I need something more I purchase elsewhere.
The first time I saw attached HF flier I almost cried reading it.

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That's actually pretty good. "Subpar even by our standards", "On sale for 4 years straight and we've still got a warehouse full of 'em!"
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Fisher Price actually does or did make a hand cranked chain saw.

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