It doesn't show online, but the local HF carries a new design that looks to be identical to the Woodward Fab and Baileigh entry-level floor standing English wheels. First of all, this is only a post about what I have found by observation. It is not to expose any company nor is it to advertise for HF! This is just my journey for a cheap but usable and modifiable English wheel. I purchased the previous HF model around 3 years ago with plans to stiffen and modify it as different owners have shown online. It sat in its box until a week ago, when I saw the new HF wheel and noticed it looking a little better. So I finally decided to open my old one and assemble it, and see how it works. The upper (large) wheel rolls wavy from side to side, as though it was either turned way off or the bearing races are not straight. -This is the older model- The next annoying surprise was that the thumb wheel screw that is to tighten the lower shaft in place was NOT THREADED! It came with perfectly parallel machined "rings" instead of actual threads! I am only familiar with making threads on a lathe or with a tap & die set, so this baffled me... It felt like a bored or angry employee lathe-turned perfect little rings onto the screw with tedious spacing, just to annoy a future customer. (I am sure that there is some real explanation for the threadlike rings other than someone turning each one by hand on a lathe). So I had to make a new thumbscrew out of a 1/2" bolt and some round scrap. After machining the bolt and handle, and enlarging the shaft hole, I tapped 1/2 threads and installed the new screw. -The screw on the left is the factory shaft with parallel "rings"????!!!- -Here is the thumbscrew I made installed- And then, even after sloppily building up and turning down the LOOSE lower shaft, it still fit very loose. So I became emotionally annoyed and angry and immediately posted the whole wheel on local classifieds and sold it. Now I still wanted the new HF one, especially since it had much less play when I last saw it. So I headed to HF with a 20% off coupon and picked one up for $239.99 plus tax. I was anxious as I got it home, thinking " If this is HALF as sloppy as the other one, I not going through with my plans to stiffen and modify this one either! I'll just send it back!" And after putting it together, I must admit I was impressed. The upper wheel rolls MUCH better. I haven't tested it with a micrometer, but its feel and view is nice. The bearings are smaller and look to be of different manufacture. They run TEN TIMES better than the bearings on the previous HF wheel, which appear banged into place AND sound like jagged scraping metal. -Even though the picture is deceiving, the left wheel is the crappy one- The upper and (single) lower wheel that this new HF wheel came with are both somewhat finished with an abrasive, and are much smoother than the old ones. And they both run nice and true, especially compared to the horrible out-of-round wheels from the previous model. Probably the best for me is that the lower adjustable shaft assembly is machined much tighter, and there is little play. I liked the quick adjust mechanism also, but realized quickly that it is just that: quick "adjust". I had imagined it being a quick release, but realized fast that with a frame this flexible, the quick adjust lower anvil assembly cannot fully release sheet metal from the wheels by lowering it; it just lessens pressure. The other bummer is that I had purchased the extra lower anvils back when I bought the first HF E-wheel, and now the shafts wont fit the slots on my new one. So I wasted some time learning how to use my mill drill better and machined them down to fit the new holder. -You can see the notch I machined deeper on the old style shaft- So all in all, I am actually pleased with this newer rendition of the HF English wheel. It has uglier paint than the first one and just as much flex, but it looks to be exactly the candidate for modifying and making into a usable tool for the patch panels I like to make and occasional "custom" work. For me, this helps my Saturday religion expand! Does Harbor Freight still stock 99% garbage? Yes! But I can make this one work for my hobby use just fine. I just posted this in case anyone else wondered about the new HF model, or the Baileigh and Woodward Fab equivalents, as I did.