I’ve been getting Harbor Freight mags for years. I still prefer Husky(particularly Husky ratchets) and Craftsman hand tools because:
- They are a better quality.
- They’re more likely made in America rather than China.
- It’s a lot easier to get a replacement when you break a socket or something.
I have both Harbor Freight and Craftsman combination wrenches. The Harbor Freights are narrower and have caused me significantly more hand pain as opposed to the Craftsman.
I have a torque wrench from them, an engine hoist, and jack stands, which were all good for the money. The hoist is made very well and I didn’t have to pay freight shipping on it which was a bonus. The stands and torque wrench are mediocre. I trust another set of stands (I believe from Sears) a lot more. I also have an arc welder from them which I’m not very happy with, but for $90 I’m not going to complain too much.
Basically, for tools you’re going to use frequently, spend the money on the good stuff. You do get what you pay for.
Harbor Freight offers 100% return on hand tolls that fail. Need I say more?
please allow me to say more. I had a Craftsman Torque wrench in my tool box for about 2 years. I maybe used it 2-3 times. The wrench cost about $100.00 bucks. The plastic on it broke from simply being in my tool box with my other tools. Understand this is what was earning my cash at the time. I took the wrench back to Sears and was told I needed a receipt because it was not a Craftsman wrench, it was a Sears wrench. And at the same time they wanted to give me a rebuild kit for my Craftsman ratchets that had failed at the time.
I took back a ratchet, and impact to Harbor freight, 2 miles from my home, and they gave me new ones. No excueses, and no offers of a rebuild kit.
I mean seriously, if your breaking your Craftsman stuff enough, then you know it is over priced and they want to give you a rebuild kit, or nothing at all, their service sucks, and you are spending the time from in the door to out the door equal to paying for a new item.
Trying to help you all out here. Take it or leave it. I doubt you have turned more hours on your tools than I, and if you have, then your idea is no better than mine. Pay 1/2 for better quality with Horbor Frieght.