I've had bad luck with there spell-checker.
Some of there tools are crap, and break on there first use .. other tools are half decent and are a very good deal . I live near the store near albany Ny , and visit about once a month . some of the good deals i have run across are the air grinders , most are under $15 , I try to only buy when they are on sale
ive had good luck with there multimeters also
and graet luck with thr step drill bits
what have you had good or bad luck with ?
I've had bad luck with there spell-checker.
All their stuff is made in China, what do you expect? Quality?
when i began my employment as a mechanic ( 8 years ago ) i started out by buying all harbor freight tools so i could get as much of a selection as possible, as quickly as possible for minimum cost.
Of course the problem is, the tools, while mostly usable, as mostly crap too.
As the years went along, i replaced most of them with better quality tools.
the "Pittsburgh" line that they carry is the better of the products they sell.
I have a Harbor Frieght rear stand for my bike and it works pissa. The bike was on it all winter with no issues.
only paid $35
hack saw blades - straight into thr trash can
allen keys = snaped off or rounded
recently bought 4 11" vise-grip like welding/body clamp with swivel pads , for $4.99 very happy not as good as visegrip but just as good as craptsman, they wobble a liitle , ViseGrip are $25.00
and 11' extra long bent needle nose 40 degree and 20 degree awsome both for $4.99 pionts close tight . my 1 snap-on straight pair was over $30.00
code scanner CAN/OBDII/EOBD freeze-live-test- updatable with sale and coupons $109.99+tax very great
9 LED flash lites free if you ask somee sort of coupon I got 4
rare earth magnets 10 in a pack great for hanging little things in toolbox $1.99 about the size of a pensil eraser
spell checker , i don't think it works to well
Basically anything that is made out of a big piece of metal is usually fine. Precision tools... forget it. Electric powered stuff is hit or moss.
I have bought so much from Harbor Freight that I can't even begin to list it all... as others have said it's hit or miss... but I buy it knowing that... and when / if something breaks I tell myself that's what I get for being a cheap ass!!!
Few things I can comment on though:
Heat Gun - $9.99 works awesome!
Battery Charger / Car Starter - $40.00 (I think) Charges and starts my car everytime I ask it to!
Folding 4x8 trailer - $200.00 Awesome
Just about every Storehouse kit (Bolts, springs, clips, hose clamps etc) Love those!!!
Pittsburgh pry bar set - $7.99 works great
Pittsburgh adjustable wrench set - forget price but they do the job well
Overall I have been happy with my experience with them... I don't know how much of it I would buy if I were a full time mechanic... but for what I do... it's good...
It's not so much that HF tools are made in China, it's that they're made in those Chinese factories that have dirt floors and are staffed with workers under the age of ten. Oftentimes the tools have a sort of medieval quality level.
It's the "global economy" where one country can undercut anothers products with lower prices due to lower standards of living and labor laws.
The US can make some great stuff, but no one would buy it when the same thing from China is cheaper! It's all about the price!
I've had good luck with parts that:
1.) I don't need high quality
2.) can use a high quantity of
so...a box of heat shrink (mixed sizes), washers, electrical butt connectors/ring terminals for light duty car audio installs, etc.
although, their cheap trailers seem to be a mainstay for recommendation, when towing motorcycles
Last edited by breakdirt916; 04-06-10 at 09:22 PM.
I generally really hate cheap tools, because eventually they damage something that you care about and you have to buy a good tool eventually anyway. Sometimes HF tools work OK, but other times you just can't believe how crappy they are.
Sometimes even the simplest tools that they sell are useless garbage. I once bought a hacksaw (not from HF but from an equivalent source), and the blade shattered/frame came all apart after literally three strokes.
Most of their tools that Ive tried work well for what I need them for. They're certainly not the best for someone whos gonna use them every day. But I bought a torque wrench that absolutely blew.
No need to buy crap from China. Great prices right here.