Why is this a surprise? Because there was only one today. Leafing through it, I’m stunned to realize that I’ve bought a ton of stuff from these people over the years, the vast majority of it from retail outlets, first in Charleston and later from Scranton. The new one in Wilkes Barre is actually pretty nice.
I find myself spending some time defending the decision to buy from these folks, since the reputation of most of the tools is pretty low. I’ve been pretty happy with some of these purchases. I have a disc/belt sander from them that just won’t die . If it had dust collection and a decent (nonplastic) table for the disc sander, it would be a real winner. As it is, it’s not bad.
Of course, I’m not a pro. If I were, I’d probably see the point in spending $200 on a brad nailer rather than $20 on this one. I’ve already gotten my money out of it, so now it’s pure gravy. The framing nailer is also pretty great. Of course, good luck buying 34 degree nails (anywhere but at HF)! But 33 degree nails seem to work fine. Two days of renting a name brand nailer would have cost about as much.
But there have been disappointments, too. I’ll try to describe both as I leaf through this delightful catalog. Okay, I thought of a disappointment: the sandpaper doesn’t last very long. Stay tuned!