Decision Chart - When to buy Harbor Freight Tools

horribleherk

home grown
I have a snap-on rollaway box & I'll be the first to tell you U.S. stuff is better but for my emergency tool kits I pack for my boat & camp trailer is all harbor freight stuff & a lot of times you just figure the cost of the tool into whatever job you're doing I put tile in our downstairs room & bought their tile saw & it worked just fine my next project is making a generator cart & harbor freight is gonna be my source
 

spyralout

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Staff member
I have a snap-on rollaway box & I'll be the first to tell you U.S. stuff is better but for my emergency tool kits I pack for my boat & camp trailer is all harbor freight stuff & a lot of times you just figure the cost of the tool into whatever job you're doing I put tile in our downstairs room & bought their tile saw & it worked just fine my next project is making a generator cart & harbor freight is gonna be my source
I totally agree with this herk. One or two time use on tools, Harbor Freight. Otherwise go for better.
Harbor Freight is like the poor person's wish list and sometimes, "OK I need to do this job, and I don't care if it breaks my tools" 😄
 

OldG

Elite Hobbyist
I think I understand this harbor freight. we have similar stuff here and an awesome store called Princess Auto.

I have shopped there for years but when i asked for a place to get a decent fan...because i blow through a lot of em. Those cheap ones wont last 6 months.

Found a jar of topanga rosin that is aged a bit more than usual (because i forgot i had it and then i found it). put way too much of that between 2 papers because i hate sticky shit. Loaded it up with some Magnum PI Kief and Buds...quite the doob.

A doob of note. Note...make that doob again.

Back to the store. Fans...industrial watch for sales for a good price.

Tools. Well i wrenched on a lot of cars. I only work on Toyotas now and tell everyone to piss off because i dont have to look shit up and i can do a front cv shaft in 30 minutes (too bad they last for 130k miles or id be faster !). Brakes are simple mechanics...they work and are easy to fix and parts are CHEAP!

Cheap tools will fuck you over....on a Sunday when you need your car for work and everything is closed.

I had a set of giant channel locks made in China crap from Princess Auto...they broke when i dried to snap a piece of 1/4 inch plywood along a thin cut...so weak wood...big pliars SNAP.

I went and got Irwin channel locks for a lot more money....12 years ago. I could break bricks with them and still use them every day.

You do get what you pay for. Get basic tools and then invest in the ones you use the most. The cheapos work if they sit in your tool box.

That is my 2 cents...

Snap on is good. But there are a lot of GREAT quality tools not made by snap on which is incredibly over priced. Sears Craftsmen and Canadian Tire have professional series and that shit is awesome. I have an impact gun that weighs a lot less than my air drive one. It has this tiny battery and can hit 150 foot pounds for 2 hours. I used them to take off a wheel nut to get a bearing out of a camry because i was sure it would fail.

Nope. That Elon Musk....keep smoking them doobs bud...your battery tech is making tools a lot easier to lift and use.
 
I heard someone say "Buy the cheap tool. If you use it enough to wear it out, it's likely worth buying the good one."
I've found this to be good advice.

You also usually learn something from the cheap one so you have a better idea of what you want when you go to upgrade.
 
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