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My self i don't buy any Their stuff lot's of it is what i would call it low qual A friend bought a jug saw and i went over to use to cut metal The blade went a couple inch's and all the teeth were gone on the blade It was a metal blade I guess you get what you pay for Junk is what i call it Maybe some of the items may be ok But for a pro they don't shop their my 2cents

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FWIW, I got a used HF lathe that saw heavy use for two years. The owner bought a much higher quality lathe for bowls, etc. So far, it has proven to be good for what I use it for. On the recommendation of another rodbuilder, I bought a HF mini-chuck. Should be here early next week. I'll use it to turn wood reel seats with a mandrel to turn cork grips. I guess HF is like anything, you can get a lemon.
IMHO, I wouldn't have a Craftsman product; they contract them to outside vendors and change vendors every couple of years, depending on who has the cheapest price. My experience with them is that, after a while, parts are hard to find. Plus....they make a few changes from the contractor's products so you have to get parts from Sears. FWIW, several years ago I was in the Murray-Ohio plant in Tennessee. They were running the red Murray riding mowers down the line, followed by the gray Craftsman mower. My brother-in-law had a Craftsman riding mower and had nothing but trouble. He sold it and bought a JD.
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While the question may be legit, I don't think the asker is.
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I could use a wheel loader, but I think convincing She who buys things would be an impossibility as She just doesn't understand my need for a 1 to 5 acre sand box to play in with full sized Tonka Toys.

As for Harbor Freight, all depends on what you buy and what your needs are for the tool. Don't go buy their 18v cordless drills and expect them to work like a high end construction tool. Some of the tools are the same as the big name brand ones with just a different logo slapped on, or so it looks like and has been pointed out in other threads and websites.
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I went to HF here in town the other day for the first time. I was amazed at what can be pack in one small place. I looked at all of there power tools and some were obviously poorly made. But, most of what I saw, like grinders, lathes, belt sanders looked like any other tool of that kind you'd buy at a big box store or sears. I think its a good place to buy a hand tool that you need, but wont use a lot. Or maybe an angle grinder that you use occasionally. Like a previous post said, if you run a shop or are a pro, you wouldn't buy tools there.

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Okay folks. Here's my story. Been hearing about H.Freight for many years. Found one within a few miles of where we spend winters. Me very very excited at first. Have bought several items and will offer fair comments. Clamps: cheap, some more trouble than they worth. Very poor machining. Strap clamp: junk I had to toss first time I used it. A $99 Chicago Electric compound miter saw that was 99% dead on accurate out of the box and has been cutting just fine since I unpacked it. Set of drill bits: pure crap from the start. Metal sqare,pocket square, plastic level, combination square (a little sloppy) all are useable tools. I will go back to the store again but I will PAY ATTENTION to what I am going to buy. You CAN save money there. But I have also tossed away a few buck for pure junk. But that's MY fault. As has been said: Caveat Emptor*

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Yeah i picked up some of the clamps, very good price for 12" and 18" quick clamps, they work great. Toggle clamps, why in the world would you drop down $10 on these at Rockler when the same ones at HF are $5.

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Yeah i picked up some of the clamps, very good price for 12" and 18" quick clamps, they work great. Toggle clamps, why in the world would you drop down $10 on these at Rockler when the same ones at HF are $5.
Hi Jake - Think you gonna have some problems with the quick clamps. They work well at first but start to slip after you use them a few times. Haven't figured out a fix for that yet. Another problem they have is the pivot for the tension lever likes to break. Took all mine apart, drill hole through the housing and put 10-24 bolts through. Take the handle apart you will see what I mean. Otherwise, let me know and I'll post pics. Other problem I had with them was switching from clamp to spreader. The nut holding the end on isn't captured and the bolt is very short. Got it together and epoxied the nut in.
The toggle clamps are a bit stiff but some dry graphite spray took care of that.
I think there best deal are the c-clamps. Pretty tough to mess those up without being pretty obvious about it.
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