People love to hate on Harbor Freight. I’ve had people who don’t work with tools professionally, or regularly, or even occasionally – total non-DIYers – proclaim HF to be the “Wal-Mart of Tools” and vow to never buy anything from there.
And I sort of get it. I’ve seen lots of equipment of questionable quality from HF. But I’ve seen the same from Lowes and Home Depot, and even the mighty Craftsman name has been branded onto some real garbage. Sears – once absolutely trusted for tools if nothing else – has fallen off, especially in the realm of power tools.
And some of us don’t need that saw that can handle being run 7 hours a day 7 days a week. Some of us need it for a project or two. Some of us just want to try our hand at something, and can’t afford to make an investment into professional level equipment to do it.
However, I’m definitely That Guy when it comes to “disposable” tools. Disposable anything, really. I hate cheap shoes, cheap printers, cheap anything that’s designated as throwaway rather than repair when it breaks.
So there’s a balance to be struck. Is everything at Harbor Freight crap? I don’t know… but luckily I’ve found a thread on The Garage Journal where pros and serious DIYers weigh in on their Harbor Freight purchases. Some of the info within is expected – and some is surprising. This thread’s an invaluable resource, I think.