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Forum topic by Dallas posted 12-16-2012 10:57 PM 1837 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2012 10:57 PM

(Preface: Poopie, don’t read this, you’ll shoot your eye out)!

I got a $100 Harbor freight gift card for Christmas and there was a 20% off coupon for the entire purchase if it was over $110 in my email. Trouble is, today was the last day for the coupon so we decided to head on to town.
I was also armed with another $100 I’ve been saving so I figured I would stock up on little stuff like wood clamps, tape measures, a second router and some other stuff.
I tried real hard to get to the $110 minmum by buying 10- 18” and 24” clamps priced $4.49 and $4.99
I also got the 2HP Porter Cable Look alike router for $54.99. Some little stuff for Cat (about $15), and 4 tape measures marked $2.39/ea.
This should have come up well over $110 you would think, right?
The clamps were on sale for $3.49 and $3.99
Tape measures were on sale for 99ยข.
The router was on sale at 20% off so it was $44.
Cat’s stuff was under $6 on sale
Total bill was still under $90
I went back and got a couple of long reach C clamps, a router speed control and a couple more wood clamps.

The bill came to just over $109.


I went back and picked up 10 more wood clamps and went back. Ahhhhh…. $160!

Then I gave them my Inside Track card….. brought the cost down to $108!!!!!!!!!

I grabbed 10 more clamps and a pack of screw drivers and was finally done.

Total cost out of pocket ended up being $21.xx

I think that’s the hardest work trying to save money I’ve ever done in my life!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 11:04 PM

Sounds like you might have saved more than you could afford…..LOL Great savings, enjoy

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 11:05 PM

You should be clamped up for a while.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 11:08 PM

That is hilarious. Thanks

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 11:44 PM

I get at least 10 clamps every time I walk into the place.

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

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 11:59 PM

Great job. Keep buying clamps. When they break, toss ‘em and bring out a replacement from your secret stash.


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#6 posted 12-17-2012 12:38 AM

LOL. Now that’s funny. I dont care who ya r! lol Gotta luv HF

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 12:55 AM

That reminds me of a car my dad had when he was a youngster. Was so economical on gas he had to stop every few miles and siphon out the excess fuel that kept building up.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 12:58 AM

I’ve never been inside a HF, but from what I’ve seen and heard, I’m glad I haven’t….They have nothing in there that I want…..I’m about 1,000 miles from the nearest HF, and that’s jake with me…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 01:07 AM

I really have to come to the US for a shopping trip.
Nice score.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 01:27 AM

got mixed feelings on HF, was in the original store some 20 years ago, and this was china vs, us or japanese tools at other stores. IT looked crazy cheap and for somethings it was a bargain. But the landscape is different, everything is China, and the cost savings is limited, since most of the Name brand tools are themselves the CHinese nockoffs of themselves. I got burned on the bigger tools they sell,. Same bad quality at Lowes, but they do take things back if they brake for 90 days. I sold my$400 concrete saw for 50 dallars to a guy, and he said latter it was too much, but he bugged me to sell it, and I told him it was crap. I was just happy to not have to work on it anymore. I really prefer to look at tools as an asset rather than disposible for a job or two, but for loaning out tools, have some HF things to give your neighbor and laugh about it when they brake (and guilt them with a fake price) I got my wife when she brake a tire pump in the door, told her it was $300 and she was so mad when I told her it was just $10.

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 02:20 AM

Sounds like lets make a deal :))

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 02:42 AM

I know they have a lot of junk.
And they also have some gems.
I’ve had some of both.

But they will gladly exchange or refund any time I ever ask them to.

Also, I hate that virtually (not all, but almost all) every thing they sell is made in China.
But then, so is Powermatic, Grizzly, Dewalt, Ridgid, and on and on and on.

I’d just as soon buy from HF where they don’t take ALL my money for cheap Chinese tools as go th HD or Lowes or Sears or Woodcraft or Rockler where they still sell Chinese tools, but think they are gold plated because of their brand names.

Just sayin.

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 02:42 AM

I’ll take door number two Jim.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#14 posted 12-18-2012 12:37 AM

This thread was meant to be humorous. I apologize to all the readers that take any of the replies out of that context.
Some of the respondents can’t understand that lower cost doesn’t always mean lower quality or that because someone doesn’t have the funds to buy all the high dollar long lived tools that some of these companies offer.

Ya’ll have fun working your way and I’ll have fun working my way.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 12-18-2012 01:14 AM

I don’t blame HF or the Chinese. We get what we accept in quality. I return all my HD and Lowes when they fail. I would gladly be name brand loyal if most of them didn’t lower the tool quality. I have no new tools in the last decade where I would say this is my brand. I have most all the tools I started out with 20 years ago, and worry to replace them with newer junk. 3 air compressors in three months. Review on this site some help too, because it is just so hard to know what to buy. Often a brand is good at only one tool, and the others are poor design.

How about lumberjock rating HF tool lists, so we don’t get burned like I did on concrete saw.
I’ll give athumbs up on my HF 1/2 in drill, 15 years of abuse, made funny noises from the start, but will not die.

I like the tools from my grandfather, from companies long forgotten and stamped made in USA, still building houses in my hands some 50+ years later. They go to my son, but made in China will be at the landfill before I finish my next house.

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