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My HF gems are the DC, their F style clamps, the trim washer assortment, the De-Staco style clamps, and the ring locking clevis pins. I've not bought any but, friends have their tool chests and wooden work bench and they're happy.

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I have a couple of the clamps. They are not my first go to, but don't remember having issues. Since many clamps are needed I have thought about getting a few more of the bar clamps.
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I didn't see Herb in the pictures! We don't have Harbor Freight in Canada. Our closest stores are Busy Bee Tools and Princess Auto. If I had access to Harbor Freight, I'm sure there are some things that I would buy and some that I wouldn't.

I generally keep away from no-name or house-brand electric hand tools. An old boss of mine bought a no-name hammer drill and was proudly showing it to me. I glanced in the box and saw the spare brushes which were about 1/4 of the size you'd find in a real hammer drill. I knew by looking at those that the drill was gutless. I grabbed the chuck and could keep the drill from turning... it just hummed and groaned. "Yup, good buy, boss."
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I bought a submersible clean water pump from them and it has provide excellent service. The downer, they don’t carry any fittings for their pumps. The guy said, “sorry you need to go to HD for the accessories”. ��

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Haven't been to HF for years, simply because I don't need anything. My HF lathe was excellent, until I sold it. Two drill presses, the "new" one is at least five ears old, the other 20+, both work fine. Angle grinder, maybe 15 years, works fine. Metal cutting bandsaw, I think around 10 years, works fine. Power mitre saw, maybe 10 years, still working. At times they also sold factor refurbed tools from Delta, DeWalt.

I have had to replace loads of handtools over the years tho. Not because they broke, because they left with my younger son. Often.

And contractors DO shop there. A lot of them. They can buy a tool for a load less then a big name tool. It may last three weeks, versus four for the big name tool. But even if the don't take them back for a refund, the cost difference still puts them money ahead.

Personally, I've never had to take anything back. And even if I did, I'd still choose HF over Home Depot.

Oh yes, almost forgot, got my bench saw there in about '97. It was around $50 at the time. I had shopped around, a lot, and found some saws that were identical with the one I got, except for the color, and listed at right around $300. Best part, still use my saw. Forgot my power sander, maybe seven years, and works great; and my small bench sander, maybe ten+, still working; and then there is my ROS, newish, maybe 3-4 years old, well used, and works great.

Yay Harbor Freight. As long as my tools still work, they will not get replaced. May go to HF then, or not.
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I admit it - I shop at HF. But only for tools and consumables I use at home, and with reasonable caution. The caution comes especially with measuring instruments (voltmeters, rulers, torque wrenches & so on) because much of my professional life was in calibration of those things. But I can't afford to buy Fluke or Starret or Snap-On for occasional use at home, so I go to HF.

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Go Harbor Freight!!!!!!

Some Gems I have is their pocket hole jig.
their big Rotohammer,I use Milwaukee bits in it,eats right through concrete.
Mini metal cut-off tool w/3" discs.
Counter rotating blade cut -off saw,
multi tool,use big brand blades,
The old alum. bar clamps,
vice grip "C" clamps,
Hot glue gun and glue,
heat gun
plastic welding gun,
gear puller,
air bradnailers and staple nailers,
nitrile gloves,
12v. trailer hitch jack
digital calipers,
Dial Calipers,
Torque Wrench,
8" drill press
12" 5/8 chuck Drillpress
Submersible water pump,
throw away paint brushes.
There is more, Just can't remember all of the tools.

Go Harbor Freight!!!!

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Does anyone have any experience with any of the HF miter saws - if recent vintage? I have a Dewalt contractor's saw and when I have to cut a miter joint I can never quite get exactly 45 degrees. Always off a fraction of a degree which means 3 corners look good but the 4th corner, not so much. Another use for it would be to cut down lumber to a workable size. Most of the lumber I buy is around 9' long. To cut it down I put Styrofoam on my workbench then use a straight edge with my circular saw. This works well but is time consuming. Of course here, 90 degree angles don't mean so much but the convenience would be nice.

On their site they show 8 saws going from a 10" for $90 up to a 12" for $350. The top end is more than I need and beyond my budget.

I've been looking at these for years but afraid to buy one due to the all of the hit and miss comments about HF tools. Any info would be appreciated.

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I buy several things at HF. Get the tarps free or on sale to cover the lawn tractor. F-clamps, C-clamps, screwdrivers sets, sanding sponges, moving blankets, to mention a few. I have seen on forums that contractors will buy HF tools for a one-time job.
As long as it works, they keep it. One contractor said their power tools are so cheap with the discount coupon as to be almost disposable. I have a video by a noted woodturner. I'm convinced that a couple of power tools in the background are the dark red HF tools!
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