|Forum topic by carpentrymonster||posted 10-05-2010 11:24 PM||1566 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
10-05-2010 11:24 PM
I posted this in response to a post regarding a Harbor Freight Framing Nailer by a fellow Lumberjock. Wanted to share it…
I am a contractor and I have the same nailer, have used it almost daily for two years. It’s a work horse and it still gets the job done. Bought it when I was just starting out because I couldn’t afford anything else, figured I’d upgrade later, haven’t needed to. Lowe’s is now selling a nailer with the same casing under a different label, can’t be too bad…
I also have the flooring and roofing nailers sold by HF, both work great. My Dad, who’s a custom homebuilder picked up the flooring nailer and has used his quite a bit more than I have used mine and he has been very happy with it. at nearly a quarter of the name brand price you really can’t go wrong.
Another thing, we all wince a bit at the thought of buying chinese tools, but when you’re young and trying to run a business and make a profit in today’s financial climate it is very hard to pass up those deals, especially when the tools perform as well as the American brands. I live in Detroit where “Buy American” is practically a law, if you own a foreign car it might get keyed at the supermarket. You actually feel some genuine guilt when you buy something manufactured in a far off land. But we’ve become borderline socialist in our thinking, and we’re pricing ourselves out of the market on nearly everything we manufacture. Stepping back and really looking at the big picture, it’s un-American to not purchase a product that gives you the best bang for your buck. Is this not the United States of America where Capitalism is king? Survival of the fittest is just as relevant in business as it is in nature.
There are a hell of a lot of unemployed people out there right now and many of them are simply too stubborn and spoiled to take a lesser amount of money or a lesser job to pay their bills. They’re relying on hard working people to support them through unemployment and welfare programs. I have survived in a tough market because I’ve been willing to work for less. I stay busy and I pay my bills. Lotta dudes just like me out there working hard for a little less and not complaining. That’s the F*ing American way, make due and fight on!