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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-12-2016, 06:09 AM
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They have some good stuff, Not commercial grade but good enough for the home guy and if it don't work take it back they will either refund or give you a replacement. I shy away from some of the larger shop tools, but the air compressors, generators and such are OK. And a lot of the small consumables are good too. Even the wrenches and screw drivers work good. I buy their files for wood working, they are great, for the price. My problem with them is that I can't get out the door for less than $100.

[My problem with them is that I can't get out the door for less than $100.]

Herb HF plans it that way. We have a new HF store in our town and it's always busy when I go there.

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I do have a HF sliding compound saw. It's the 12" model and serves my purpose very well. It cuts straight, and true, but that did take some setup. The laser is off a bit so I basically use that as a light so I can see my line. It was on sale when I bought it, so I paid $139, which fit my budget just fine. I will say that I did not buy it as a fine woodworking tool. I wanted one at the time because we were moving to a very old house that needed interior and I thought it would come in handy.
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w/ all the HF traffic and money it sends back to china, I wonder which community business or American manufacturer will fold next...

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I had a HF sliding mitre saw. Sold it, but only because it didn't suit my needs, worked well enough. Had a HF wood lathe, worked just fine, but sold that because all I liked to make was carving mallets, and didn't need more. Have a small bench sander, two bench drill presses, an angle grinder or two, a ROS, and a couple of other small power tools, and they all work just fine. Have a couple of their cheapish digital calipers too, work just fine. Oh yes, a smaller air compressor. All of these work just fine, newest item is probably about five years old. I have various and sundry other items from HF, and no complaints with any of it, never returned a thing that I can recall.

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I'm glad you had a good experience with the sander. Mine was/has not been so good. Several things come to mind. The motor stalls easily if too much pressure is applied. Changing belts is a pain. Tracking is so-so. Dust collection is ok, but I had to modify it because the belt was rubbing the underside and wore a hole in it, (JB weld took care of that). The disk sander is junk. Plate is warped and I didn't notice it until the warranty ran out. Replacement parts are non-existent.
Outside of that, the machine has its purpose. Just dont expect too much from it.
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I made the mistake of buying one thinking I could improve it's quality. WRONG. Biggest piece of junk!
I have purchased power tools from HF that have served me very well and for a longer time than I ever expected
BUT this was not one of them. The 6" disk flew off after tightening it 3 times. Even Locktite wasn't a match for this one.
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