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#1 posted 10-29-2012 04:44 PM

HF supposedly designs their own tools and then sources them from various manufacturers; who ever is cheaper. They have these tools manufactured under several “Brand Names” like Chicago Electric, Pittsburgh, Central Machinery, Central Hydraulic, and Central Forge. Then, according to their web site and in their flyers, they claim you won’t find cheaper prices on “Name Brand” discount tools anywhere. And they are not telling a lie, but they really stretch the definition of “Name Brand”.

They do seem to be shifting their product selection, but the brands never meant much anyway. For example, A drill press that was sold last year will probably still be available today, but not likely from the same factory regardless of the Central Machinery label that is pasted on it. I don’t think there is a factory anywhere with a big “Central Machinery” sign on it.

I got an email from them about a year ago, when I joined their “Inside Track Club”, that explained they were redesigning their whole tool line and striving to make the highest possible quality for the best possible price. It pointed out that they have built a new testing center to do just that. This was probably just a marketing gimmick, but it kinda explained to me why some of the crappier tools seem to be going away.

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