I have bought HF stuff along with similar at Princess Auto here in Canada (with an employee discount of 20%) and as a hobbyist I have been very happy. Would love to have a "real" English Wheel but mine is fine. You have to balance the amount of use versus the cost. Great sales as well. last Saturday I picked up a tranny adapter for my jack because I'm not as young as I use to be. Regular price $99.99 CDN. Snagged it for $25.00 less discount. Can't beat that. Now as a Pro buy the best, lets the customers pay for it, and here in Canada I believe you get to write tools off at 10% per year against your taxes. (Us poor teachers can't do that but hey after 36 teaching I enjoy four weeks of paid holidays and get paid only from September to June.) So thank you to Princess Auto and HF. Use them for what they are and try not to be snobbish.