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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 10-25-2012 06:14 PM 1764 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2012 06:14 PM

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Harbor Freight is no longer carrying many tools that they used to carry and I wonder why.
Any idea?

-- Bert


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#1 posted 10-25-2012 06:22 PM

like? which tools? I have not noticed any.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 06:36 PM

band saw, table saw, hinges, snow blower and more.
After ugly fight with is father one son now manages the company, I guess that he has different priorities and objectives.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 06:43 PM

I think they may be updating some stuff. My local HF has a brand new bandsaw on display that looks EXACTLY like the older Grizzly 14” that is no longer on Grizzly webiste (it sold for about 425.00).

I don’t see it on the HF website yet though, just in-store

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 06:52 PM

There is a LOT of stuff at HF that is not on the web page. The 14” band saw like lumberjoe mentioned, the 6” jointer is still in store, and a few other items…

I have seen table saws listed before but they appear to be gone. Not sure I know anyone brave enough to buy a HF table saw, but then again… if it is another gem at a good price, why not?

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 06:54 PM

For what it’s worth, when the jointer was on the website, it was listed as “in store purchase only”. I tried to order one from them because my store never has one. Even calling them they said it had to be purchased in store

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 07:23 PM

I seriously hope they don’t stop carrying these :

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 10-25-2012 07:35 PM

Would almost bet slow selling items, cost to manufacture, spare parts, & shipping, big factor in profit margins.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 10-25-2012 08:24 PM

I stopped in my local HF today and I noticed a lot of new stuff that was not in there before. A lot of the measuring and marking tools were from a different place and some of the clamps were new. From what I saw they still had the same stuff it was just a different manufacture

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#9 posted 10-25-2012 09:37 PM

I was in my HF yesterday and noticed a bunch of new stuff. In particular updated quick clamps that one BinghamtonEd posted above was gone. The new one felt much better I may actually break down and get one to try it out. I really disliked the old one.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#10 posted 10-25-2012 10:31 PM

BinghamtonEd “I seriously hope they don’t stop carrying these”
Are you serious?
You cannot be serious
This is the only thing that HF carries that I call ” real piece of crap”.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 10-25-2012 10:40 PM

I may have to go have a talk with the store manager, he’d know what’s going on. I got my BS DC and joiner from them. It worries me if they don’t carry Central Machine parts anymore. I love that brand and hate to see them loose it but more importantly who will pick it up? So far as I can tell online, HF is the only place to get it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#12 posted 10-26-2012 11:46 AM

Bert, I was messing around. I got some of those for Christmas, they suck. My father-in-law needed a couple spreaders, so I gave him those. He tried to give them back when he was done, and I told him they were his problem now.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 10-26-2012 01:43 PM

I guess brand/product attrition is part of the “bargain price”?
Don’t get me wrong, I have my share of HF tools. I was a frequent shopper at one time. But as my tool purchases became fewer and further between, price is no longer the prime factor that it once was for me. That said, I tend to favor other brands/retailers.

Ed- you had me going for a minute there. Those “clamps” would easily make the top of any worst tool in the world list.

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#14 posted 10-26-2012 03:19 PM

I’ll cop to buying the Worst Tool. Two in fact. The first one broke the first time I used it.

I’m not sure where the other one went but I find I have a high tolerance for that particular item of ambiguity.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#15 posted 10-26-2012 06:21 PM

Yeah those clamps are just the worst. I have 2 36” versions. They are the dead last clamps I use in my shop, after all my other clamps, a couple of cinder blocks, scrap wood, etc. I have to believe that they went straight from design to production, without an ounce of testing.

Rich;)

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