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Jeremy Greiner

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#1 posted 841 days ago

That is because the most costly part of building something is not the parts, but the Quality Assurance, so the only way to make sure you get good quality assurance is to pay for it. That’s why Harbor Freight tools are so hit or miss. Some of them are fantastic and great, while some of them are such crap that you just want to scream. And this could even be within the same tool (can get a lot of dead motors until you get the one that works etc..)

Harbor Freight has a pretty liberal 30 day return policy, so you can make sure what you get is working and such.

Basically you have two choices, either you pay the company to do the QA, or you do the QA for them, and unfortunately that’s one of the most expensive parts.

If I bought a table saw, that I couldn’t align to be square “enough” I’d return it, (if you bought it used this obviously isn’t an option).

Time is money, you can’t get mad that tools that cost less have less time in them, if there was the same level of QA in all the tools then there would be no inexpensive tools.


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