I have always liked Harbor Freight. I like them even more now that
there is a store nearby. Although I concur with much of what has been
said, I do not feel that they handle high quality merchandise and it
would be wrong to rely on much of their stuff to provide a long
service life. They do stand behind their goods and provide a very
good replacement and refund policy. I just think a shopper should
recognize some of the limitations that are present.
Consider carefully what you buy and what you need to do with the
tools of supplies.
For example, I bought a 4 1/2" angle grinder from Harbor Freight
that did a good job, but did not last very long. I felt that I got my
money's worth and that it would have been unfair expect a replacement
of this $20 item at the stage it failed.
I learned that an angle grinder would do the job I needed done and
replaced it with a name brand model near the top of the power and
price range and feel that I am justified to demand a few years of
service under the circumstances. Clearly, I now have a better tool
and appreciate its quality. On the other hand, it would be easy to
argue that I could have just kept on getting the low priced
substitutes for quite a while. So what if they wear out, it will take
a long time to spend as much as I needed to pay for a quality tool.
In all, it is my belief that we are far better off with the best
tools we can afford. I consider them related in some way to the
quality of work I produce.
Would anyone suggest that I buy cheap pliers?