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Old 02-14-2011, 06:25 PM   #166
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chinese knockoff garbage....

of course I tried in vain to find a corded drill at HD this weekend that was not made in china ... B&D, ridgid, dewalt, milwaukee, all china...
Went to an auction of a tool rental place. Got me two Bosch corded 3/8" drills for about $20. Really good shape.

Made in Switzerland.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Nice.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:54 PM   #167
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I have a HF tire changer and ATV lift that have been to hell and back and still work great. I DO realize that Im probably living on borrowed time with both however.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:58 PM   #168
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I did buy a siphon on sale for like .99 from them a while back and that thing wouldnt suck pillow feathers off a mirror. Fuggin useless POS and of course "made in China"
BUTTTTT I got a free little mini LED flashlight for free (coupon) quite some time ago and that sucker would work at the local trauma center for micro surgery!
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:10 PM   #169
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their tinted safety glasses. Broke first time i put them on, the shards blinded me in both eyes.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:14 PM   #170
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I have used the crap out of my HF angle grinder!

and my polisher, and my orbital sander. Not all of it is total junk, especially for occasional use.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #171
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I have used the crap out of my HF angle grinder!
Well now that you have the crap out of it, it should be pretty good!
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:25 PM   #172
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Got the entry level angle grinder, about $10. Had to cut the bottom out of a dumpster, made it 3/4 the way around before meltdown. Got out the milwaukee and finished it. Returned the grinder to HF got my money back & upgraded to the $16 dollar model. I really wanted to see how long before the smoke leaked out
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:31 PM   #173
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Recently bought the 12.99 "carbon steel" metric tap and die set. Fine for just chasing buggered up threads, which is what I wanted it for.
Had to pound the rear axle on my 46-yo Yamaha all the way through to get it out. Didn't have a brass drift and wood wasn't cutting it - hence I screwed up the threads pretty bad. Was able to chase them with the die and now they are OK.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #174
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chinese junk

i used to get some od my supplies there.blue tape,clear packing tape,drop cloth's.as of lately they have raised the prices of these items close to home depot.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:12 AM   #175
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i have used the crap out of my hf angle grinder!

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Old 02-17-2011, 02:14 PM   #176
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I've got their 3/8 Angle drill, $30 or some such number.

Hideous ugly orange color, looks, feels, handles and sounds like ass, but I've shown it no mercy drilling holes for romex in my old house. Native lumber (ie oak or something hideous hard) and spade bits, hot to the touch, and I've not killed it yet.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:25 PM   #177
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chinese knockoff garbage....

of course I tried in vain to find a corded drill at HD this weekend that was not made in china ... B&D, ridgid, dewalt, milwaukee, all china...
I would very much like to buy American made hand held power tools but I

think they no longer exist. After much searching I found these guys:

http://www.metabo.us/ Still made in Germany.

I'm about to pick up one of these at the AirGas north of Charlotte.

http://www.tools-plus.com/metabo-w8-115-quick.html

I refuse to buy chinese products (crap).
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #178
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these guys:

http://www.metabo.us/ Still made in Germany.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:35 AM   #179
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Depends on what you consider $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I consider $118.00 for a grinder that works perfectly, feels good in my hand, is quiet and smooth and will last me the rest of my life good value. If you want to buy a chinese 20.00 piece of shit that will get thrown in a landfill and replaced in 2 years you go right ahead, but only if it makes you feel good.

Anecdote. My wife bought me a brand new Chicago electric 4.5" grinder at an estate sale for $6.00. If I had been there I wouldn't have let her buy it. She brought it home so I tried it out. The handle snapped off the third time I picked it up. Those 8 year olds DO NOT know how to make a good handle. It also felt and sounded like the motor was encased in gravel.

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Old 02-19-2011, 06:34 AM   #180
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Unlike you I've had great service out of the HF 4.5" angle grinder. Must have gone through 200 cutting disks and a couple dozen grinding disks in the 4 years I've had it and it still works fine.

It makes me feel really good! I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.



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Depends on what you consider $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I consider $118.00 for a grinder that works perfectly, feels good in my hand, is quiet and smooth and will last me the rest of my life good value. If you want to buy a chinese 20.00 piece of shit that will get thrown in a landfill and replaced in 2 years you go right ahead, but only if it makes you feel good.

Anecdote. My wife bought me a brand new Chicago electric 4.5" grinder at an estate sale for $6.00. If I had been there I wouldn't have let her buy it. She brought it home so I tried it out. The handle snapped off the third time I picked it up. Those 8 year olds DO NOT know how to make a good handle. It also felt and sounded like the motor was encased in gravel.

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