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Technical Harbor Freight prices

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ekimneirbo, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. Same thing with a buddy of mine, except it was sight. He always had problems, and the teacher suggested that he be taken to an ophthalmologist. He was diagnosed with severe astigmatism, got glasses, and went on to work in commercial art (and own the company).
    Sometimes it's the little things that can make the biggest difference.
    Bob
     
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  2. Pic taken today while I availed myself of both of their wares.
     
  3. Portage Indiana
     
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  4. Nitrile gloves and cheap beer—-yum!
     
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  5. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
    Posts: 524

    Blake 27

    Prices are going up! Get used to it. As long as tariffs are imposed on imports from China prices will continue to increase.
    China doesn't pay the tariffs, the importers do. When their costs go up they have no choice but to raise prices.
     
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  6. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 890

    lostone
    Member
    from kansas

    Ok my turn. :)

    I have a large tool box full of snap on, Mac, etc. A lot of it. And it does have it's place but to say it's the only tools to buy is crap.

    Now maybe 25 30 yrs ago the old saying was true that you get what you pay for but that saying bit the dust years ago when American manufacturers shut down and moved production overseas.


    Now it's just different grading of the same crap. I would bet that 80 % are made at the same place with the varying differences being tolerances and machining.

    I have my dad's 50 yr old power Kraft sockets and ratchets that I'd put up against any new snap on or Mac tools. I also have some 20 yr old true value sockets and ratchets that couldn't perform against newer hf tools.

    So I think Hf does have certain things that can definitely hold it's own against higher priced tools.

    And lastly, to say the quality of your build depends on the quality of your tools is as stated elsewhere bullshit. If that were true those guys overseas in the YouTube videos building stuff with nothing more then basic hand tools wouldn't stand a chance. Just imagine what they could accomplish with a local harbor freight !!they'd put our stuff to shame !!
     
  7. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 5,924

    seb fontana
    Member
    from ct

    I go there for their girls..;)
     
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  8. And the free lights!
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  9. I think some of their prices are going up but I also think they are trying to up their game with higher quality items in some cases, their line of battery power tools made by BAUER looks to be very similar to the Milwaukee M12 & M18 battery products and I have to say their new Daytona floor jacks are outstanding in some cases; I recently picked up a open box 4 ton Daytona for $89 plus tax and it is by far the best floor jack I have in my shop currently and I now have a total of three. Plus their Predator generators and not to mention their compressors too. Have you seen their new ICON tool line and their killer tool boxes? Keep in mind 99 percent of the folks on this forum have a cell phone in their pocket made where, China. YMMV!
     
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  10. 65 Lunchbox
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 4

    65 Lunchbox
    Member

    I get a lot of random cheap tools for my kids to play with. Keeps them out of my tools and they’d rather play with tools than just about anything else. Even my three year old dress-wearing-everyday daughter! For myself, some tools I buy new from a “nicer” place, some nicer ones I get used, some I get at HF. I have learned to check things out at HF before I get too excited about them. I’m usually suprised at either how well made or poorly made they are. Makes the decision pretty easy.


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  11. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,668

    Truck64
    Member
    from Ioway

    Cost undercutting and dumping has a long history, in order to put your competition out of business. I try not to think about it too much when I need a special tool or something. When market share and dominance is achieved then they can make adjustments. American wages have long been stagnant and with the gubbmint printing trillions in the digital equivalent of confetti it's no wonder the average person can't afford to shop anywhere else for this stuff. Pretty damn sad, but whaddaya gonna do?
     
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  12. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,327

    sunbeam
    Member

    Every time you open a box that sez made in China you get that smell from the plastic inside. Could that be why the big turnover in staff at Harbor Freight.
     
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  13. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 1,768

    2OLD2FAST
    Member
    from illinois

    More likely cause they don't pay much!
     
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  14. Pulled probably a dozen motors over the years w my HF engine hoist, and it folds up nicely and fits in the corner when not in use. My Dad replaced the o rings in the pump last year so it would stop dripping on his shop floor. For 150$ I'd say it was a great deal and should pull another dozen engines no problem. 12" compound sliding miter works ok but the plastic pivot switch breaks easy. Variable speed multi tool works like a champ as do the blades for 1/3 the price of Lowes. Heat 10$ heat gun is good.10$ grinders are ok for the money. The 20 ton press has served us well for a few years also. Parts washer has been doing its thing w no leaks for 5 years now. 24" shop fan for 125$ goes nonstop all summer long for 4 years now. The wheel dollies are ok but dont roll as easy as the 400$ ones but will get the job done. The blast cabinet works well but the gloves that came with it were shit and had to be replaced, still a good purchase for the money and gets lots of use. The Chicago floor jack was decent quality at best but the "heavy duty" Pittsburg low profile floor jacks have all been good to us. The transmission jack has served us well several times over the past couple years since we got it. Cheap cutoff wheels have worked ok, as do the free flashlights. Those cheap 45$ pancake compressors didnt last one day but the air nailers Ive bought worked well enough to get the job done. The heavy duty tarps are good quality for covering my boat. Thats my first hand experience w HF tools Ive bought in the past 15 years or so. Never tried and of their wrenches, wratchets or sockets though.

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