Originally Posted by Petematthews
I'm told that the builder/supplier of US General boxes is the builder/supplier for snap-on's boxes. A friend and I have done a side by side comparison and have found it to be visually the same. He bought the US General in red, put a Snap on sticker on the box and ta da.
I believe this because I have seen several of HF's higher end items that were nothing more than popular brands that have been re-badged. Most notably is the really nice Belaire compressors that are sold at a significant discount under the U.S. General brand name, likewise their heavy shop equipment such as machine shop lathes/mills are the same ones sold by other well known names such as Jet.
This is NOT to say all HF stuff fits this description however and anyone shopping there needs to be well aware of the fact that while there are some bargains to found there is a heck of a lot of real junk there there too!