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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-22-2013 03:09 PM 535 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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03-22-2013 03:09 PM

I ordered a oscillating sander from HF the other day. Upon getting chided by Mr. Dallas about buying a cheap piece of crap made me feel really bad so I called their customer service line and cancelled but the fine Indian man said that the transaction would take a couple hours to reach his screen and I should call back later.
Well It as 2 AM so I went to bed thinking a sander is a sander and let it go.

Today I get an email from HF saying “Did You Have A Problem During Checkout?”
I didn’t cancel anything but they say there is something in my shopping cart I forgot to pay for.

I did pay, I just changed my mind.

I didn’t even go through with the cancel order.

So now I’m left to wonder if I’ll get my sander or not.

I kind of hope not because I should have spent the extra 50 and got the Grizzly.

I guess time will tell unless I want to look up my band account. Which will take more coffee.

Have a great day my brothas

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


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 03:22 PM

Russell, based on that email I would think you have nothing to worry about. You can always go online at HF and look at your shopping cart. If the sander is still in there, you know you did not purchase it.

Now for the maybe-not-so-good news:

I was looking for a cheap strip sander a while back. I looked at both HF and Grizzly online, and after careful inspection I discovered that both companies were selling the identical machine. However, HF was considerably cheaper. So I sure hope you didn’t pay more at Grizzly for the same sander you would have received from HF at a lower price.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 04:00 PM

You know Charlie, I was thinking that same thing while looking at them both online. The plastic body has been modified isn’t all though, the motor is better in the grizzly. The HF has a 1/5hp and the Grizzly has a 1/3hp.

My cart is empty, so I have to either call them, or check the bank account to see if I’m actually getting it.

I don’t really care at this point which sander it is, I just want to know for sure.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 04:31 PM

It sounds like you were looking at two different sanders for sure. But check out the ones I’m talking about. Here is the one Grizzly is selling for $69:

And here is the one Harbor Freight sells for $39:

Tell me that’s not the same sander!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 04:52 PM

I’m looking at the oscillating disk sander. I have a belt sander.

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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 04:51 PM

RussellAp I have had a Grizzly OSS for 10 years, works great and never had a problem. It would be a good bang for the buck.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 05:51 PM

Hey Russell…fundamentally they are all the same design OSS. My father has the HF version. I’m sure that they are made with different tolerances and motors from make to make, but I guess you’d have to figure out if its worth the money to you get a Grizzly or Jet version of the same machine.

I will say that I think my Ridgid has a 3/8 hp motor, and there are times (not often) when I do feel that a little more power would be nice. Certainly, I wouldn’t want less power, no less than 1/3 hp to be certain.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 03-24-2013 06:03 PM

Ahhh,,, so many posts about Harbor Freight over the yrs. has me almost going in there from time to time. So the other day I said what the heck, they had a Central Pneumatic 100 PSI 3 gallon pancake air compressor reg $79.99 on sale, for $59.99. I got a coupon for this same one out of a woodworking Magazine for $39.99. I went and looked at it and thought, how can they make this for 40 bucks? I bought it for my Toy Hauler for when out in the desert to work on our quads and Sand Rails. I don’t normally buy tools from them as I believe I get what I pay for, so will see. I guess everyone loves a deal including me.

Good luck with the sander. I hope it works out and last for yrs!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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