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Old 07-03-2005, 07:45 PM
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Anyone here bought anything from Northern Tool?
I was looking through thier website,and saw that they sell a wide variety of brand name tools at decent prices,but like Harbor Freight,they have a number of items in their own brand.NT prices seem a little higher on private brand,but maybe better quality or made in USA?

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We have both a Northern tool and a Harbor Freight within two miles of each other and I frequent both places. Northern has a better variety of name brand merchandise at really good prices than HF but their house brands(no better quaility than HF)are a bit more pricey for really the same stuff. Northern is a bit more oriented toward the farmer and do-it-yourselfer types with a lot of things like trailer parts and kits, water pumps,generators,welders and ground maintenance items. For econo tools HF beats them by a bunch on price but for quality name brand stuff they are hard to beat for prices. If you mail order(or online)they ship fast and if you have a problem with your order they are very helpful and friendly-I can recomend them highly

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I use both Harbor Freight and Northern Tool. Northern is good about shipping and about warranty claims whether you buy online or in the store.
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I have purchased numerous "Northern" air and power tools. I have never had any problem with them. I don't expect them to last forever, but do buy the extended warranty on them. For a few bucks you can get the replacement warranty for, I think 2 years. I figure that for 1/4 the price of "name brands", I can get a tool that will atleast last for 2 years. I can replace it a couple of times for the same money. Then again, I have a "Northern Tools" that is only a couple of miles from my house. I usually only buy things that they normally stock locally. That way, if it takes a dump, I can get it replaced right away.
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Old 07-05-2005, 03:45 AM
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I have bought quite a few things from Northern by catalog and by their website. Recently, they've started spamming me with email crap. I never "signed" up for that stuff and have requested they remove me from their list. They still haven't stopped the spam, so I won't be ordering from them again.
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I've bought from both. NT seems to have a little better quality. No problems there. HF tools seem to be a problem for me, but not enough to knock them. As far as spam goes, I've never received any from NT while HF sends me four a day on the average. I put them on the blocked list.
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