When I started building my workshop I was on the tightest of tight budgets. So where do someone on a tight budget go for tools, yep Harbor Freight. While for the most part their products are ok if not cheaply built. I mean a cheap screwdriver may break but likely won’t cause serious injury(now some moron is going to post about how they lost their right ball due to a defective screwdriver). But man did I make a mistake buying power tools from them! Eeegad man!
The biggest mistake of all was to use my Father’s day gift card to buy a open box Thickness Planer. Within days of purchase I had destroyed the blade and the gib that holds it in place. I figured that was my mistake for attempting to make a cut 1/32” deep. So I replaced the gib got a new set of knives and was on my way.
Over the following months I would have kickbacks on occasion and tons of pull out but overall it did the job for my meager needs. Then today I finally got the brunt of it. Again I got all out of control and turned the hand by 1/4 of a revolution. A full revolution is 1/16” so what is that 1/64” cut? So I start slowly feeding it and BOOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! Luckily I do know better than to stand behind any wood I am feeding into any machine. But it did catch the heel of my hand and that stung a bit. As for the rest you can see it pretty clearly. Blade Shattered, both gibs are destroyed. My one last Christmas present I was making for my brother, who surprised me with a present, Destroyed! It snapped that 6/4 thick board like dry spaghetti.
The guys at HF have been really cool to work with. So I am hoping when I take it in tomorrow I can get a refund or store credit for this piece of crap. For all the crap products they sell there their customer service is fantastic.
But really I am just glad I wasn’t hurt and my kids were inside.
Merry Christmas!!!!! (Yes I said Christmas cause that is what I celebrate. If you don’t that’s YOUR problem!)
-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!