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02-18-2011 08:21 PM
adamsautoadvice
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Originally Posted by JohnnyK81
Man, that is BUNK! That's the whole reason that store is good!
Very true!
02-18-2011 02:58 PM
oldred
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Originally Posted by JohnnyK81
Yeah, the bigger US General compressors are made by the same company that make Bel-Aire and a host of other compressors.


This came up in a discussion I had with a friend of mine recently and I am thinking maybe not any of the US General compressors are Chinese, I believe the Central Pneumatic line is all Chinese however. I could be wrong about this but just looking at them in the store I have not seen any US General models that were made in China, again this has just been an observation and I can not say with 100% certainty.


The fellow I was talking to has the big two stage US General model and he has been delighted with it, he uses it in his shop everyday where it keeps 3 employees busy and has without so much as a whimper for the last two years.
02-18-2011 08:51 AM
JohnnyK81 Yeah, the bigger US General compressors are made by the same company that make Bel-Aire and a host of other compressors.
02-18-2011 06:41 AM
deadbodyman They had a big parking lot sale and my bro in law got thier biggest two stage compressor for 300.00 ,it was returned with a problem and fixed then discounted...thats a deal. its been about two years now.I believe it was Italan made too...
02-16-2011 08:14 PM
JohnnyK81 Man, that is BUNK! That's the whole reason that store is good!

In the summer I remember the 60 gallon US general 5hp was on sale for 799 or so, plus 20% off. Best purchase I've ever made, I think (Made in Italy, not China, actually).
02-12-2011 08:10 PM
deadbodyman WOW...Read the rest of the thread...
200 yrs ago we taught them how to build our rail roads...in a couple more years they'll own them...
02-12-2011 05:35 PM
adamsautoadvice This guy used a lot of those 20% Off Coupons!

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=67850
02-08-2011 06:45 AM
adamsautoadvice
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Originally Posted by killerformula
You don't always have to spend big money to have a good tool. HF is one of those places were if you do a little background checking on what you're buying or you have a realistic idea about what you're using a tool for you can make an informed decision about what you're buying and from where.
Very true! It's good to check what people say online about anything you get from there. Overall I've been happy with the little odds and ends I've bought from there.

http://hfreviews.com/
02-08-2011 05:59 AM
deadbodyman A big smile and a pleasant disposition goes a long way.
One of the things I always hated was stopping to change the bits in my die grinder ,I bought a few of their 9,99 die grinders and I loved them so much I went back and bought a dozen more ...Now I have a dedicated tool for each bit and I just reach in and pull out a different tool ,I must have twenty of them with different bits chucked in them .It really saves time and aggravation when you dont have to change a bit twenty times a day....they went on sale last week 6.99 I bought two more just in case I ever need one.All those die grinders are great You just cant beat them.
02-07-2011 02:57 PM
oldred
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Originally Posted by Silverback
r if the girl at the register remembers you and scans the 20% off coupon in her pocket, at least when my wife is not with me), you can do well almost every time you go... of course, the girl a the sears tool counter knows me too


02-07-2011 12:09 PM
Silverback As some others have said, they have their good stuff and they have their junk, the same as everyone out there... What I have noticed is that they've caused some of the others, like HD, Lowes and Sears to drop some of their prices on stuff that is pretty close in quality, to the point that sometimes you can get it cheaper from one of them then HF now.

OF COURSE if you keep a 20% off coupon in the car (or if the girl at the register remembers you and scans the 20% off coupon in her pocket, at least when my wife is not with me), you can do well almost every time you go... of course, the girl a the sears tool counter knows me too
02-07-2011 11:21 AM
oldred
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Originally Posted by killerformula
There are inexpensive items that are junk, and there are others that are a bargain.

It makes no sense to spend 4 times as much for a tool I'll likely use once or twice in my life. I guess my point is there is a place for non top end tools, too.


Both points are good reasons for buying (some) HF tools.

A person just needs to use a little common sense when shopping for tools there, for instance the "Earthquake" impact wrenches are not exactly cheap even at sale prices but they are a lot less costly than the "real" Ingersol Rand item, about $89 for the 1/2" vs well over $200 for the IR and the Earthquake is a decent tool with lots of torque and decent reliability. BUT Harbor Freight also has a line of impact wrenches that are dirt cheap, like $9.99 for 1/2", and when someone buys one of those they are much more likely to be disappointed with it. In an everyday shop a $9.99 impact tool is not going to hold up well but people buy these things and when they fail the usual "HF sells nothing but junk" rant starts, realistically just what should they expect from a $10 impact wrench? The $89 however can be money well spent for the home shop and can result in a person getting a bargain on a tool that will likely perform comparably with one that costs nearly three times as much and in a home shop environment should have perfectly acceptable reliability. Those impacts are just one example and there are many others but as I have said repeatably, IMO at least, for a tool that is to be relied on to earn a person's income HF is probably not the place to go even for the bargains but a home shop is a whole 'nother story!
02-06-2011 08:25 PM
killerformula I think the buyer has to do his research and that it works both ways. There are inexpensive items that are junk, and there are others that are a bargain. On the other hand with expensive brands, some things are top of the line and others are just a rip off in price for the brand name.

You don't always have to spend big money to have a good tool. HF is one of those places were if you do a little background checking on what you're buying or you have a realistic idea about what you're using a tool for you can make an informed decision about what you're buying and from where.

Quick example, when I put the floors down in my house I bought a couple of budget nailers from HF. They did the job just fine and if I ever need to replace any planks or decide to do the upstairs, I have them and they'll do the job. If I were a contractor and were going to put in thousands of square feet of flooring on a paid professional job, no, I probably woudln't have gotten my nailer from HF and I would have gone to a big name brand. But for my 1000 square feet of flooring it makes no sense to spend 4 times as much for a tool I'll likely use once or twice in my life. I guess my point is there is a place for non top end tools, too.

K
02-06-2011 08:03 PM
adamsautoadvice I think it's fine to go to HF. Most who go know a lot of their products are junk, but when you need a tool you need a tool.

The US General boxes are definitely a good value though. Just look at all the articles and threads about those units online.
02-05-2011 05:10 PM
deadbodyman listen to guys like old red when they something is worth buying from there or keep wasting your money.the air tools I bought for the shop are still working great,the auto darkening welding helmet,the E wheel,,blasting cabinete,,stretcher/shrinker, bead roller wheel dollies ,6pair of jack stands and two 20ton air/hydraulic bottle jacks and ram set are still working great and I never regretted buying them, I'm looking at that big US general box for 799.00 next it looks like a well made box for that kind of money.they do have a lot of junk though designed to sell to homeowners for one time use.I wouldn't buy a paintgun, plasma cutter or mig welder from there .but even 20.00 paint gun can be usefull as a wheel chock if your car is rolling backwards.
If ya want a steak ,buy a steak,dont buy a .99 double cheese burger and complain about it ...but that dang double cheese burger tastes pretty good when your starving and cant stop for lunch ,dont it?
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