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Forum topic by MrRon posted 12-07-2013 07:19 PM 1772 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2013 07:19 PM

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This is not a HF bash. I buy things there all the time and I’m not going into the pros and cons of their tools. Like many, we all get HF sales flyers in the mail on a routine basis. Some toss them, but I keep them up until the time their sale expires; then I use them to start my barbecue. The latest on-line flyer has a “professional scan tool” on sale for $99.99. I have a flyer that has the same item on sale for $84.99 and the coupon is good up until 03-15-2014. This is just one item; I found many others where the price varied from as much as $20. I bought a 6” digital caliper that was listed at $29.99, but with my 03-15-2014 coupon, I got it for $9.99; quite a substantial savings. Those flyers are money in the bank, so save them. BTW, I also got a digital multimeter free. It may not be the most accurate, but it was free. I bought the digital caliper for a project I’m posting in Jigs and Fixtures.

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#1 posted 12-07-2013 07:30 PM

I keep a stack of old flyers around just so I can check previous sale prices. The “Super” coupons are good, but the best buys seem to come from finding an item on sale and then using a 20% off coupon. And you don’t need the flyer to get 20% off coupons (and a free gift with any purchase such as the multimeter).. just visit and print one out whenever you need one.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 12-07-2013 07:32 PM

I get alot of stuff from HF. I was eyeing up that digital caliper, are you happy with it?

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#3 posted 12-07-2013 09:06 PM

I look at every HF page in all the mags or in the mail that I get.
You are correct in checking different publications as it appears coupon prices vary a lot.
Good post.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 12-07-2013 09:50 PM

Look for “Parade” magazine that comes inside the weekend type newspapers. There is usually a 25% off coupon.

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#5 posted 12-07-2013 09:57 PM

hoosier0311, I have two of those HF calipers and they work just fine. They are certainly not as good as a Mitutoyo or Starrett, but work equally well. No digital caliper is best for precision measuring, but if ± .001” is good enough, it will work. The big difference is; the expensive calipers have power shut-off, while the cheap ones are on all the time, even when the off button is pressed. But you can buy a whole lot of batteries for the price difference.

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 03:54 AM

ive been seeing a lot of HF coupons that are 25% rather than the 20%

i too have been thinking that i should pick up the callipers since i dont have any

i also saw the scan tool. ive thought about grabbing one of these for awhile, but who knows if its worth it especially since you can borrow one from autozone for free.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 04:09 AM

Had the same problem with the chainsaw sharpener I bought, was $10 cheaper two weeks after I bought mine.

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#8 posted 12-29-2013 03:36 PM

“The big difference is; the expensive calipers have power shut-off, while the cheap ones are on all the time, even when the off button is pressed. But you can buy a whole lot of batteries for the price difference.”

I have two HF calipers, one ‘normal’ the other with fractions both have a on/off button.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 12-30-2013 11:13 PM

I have 17 of their free flashlights and about 7 of the digital calipers and use them all the time. I have a free VOM meter in every car. I do not buy their sandpaper of cutting tools, though!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 12-30-2013 11:21 PM

I gave free flashlights to all of my kids when they came over during thee holidays. No, not as presents. :-)

I used the 25 off that was in Wood magazine several times.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 01-02-2014 07:20 PM

Bert , I think what MrRon meant was that the cheaper models will run down the battery even with the switch turned Off. I know my HF calipers do that so I take the battery out when I put it away and then put it back in when I need to use it. It’s not that hard to do and dosent take a lot of time but it makes the battery last a lot longer.

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#12 posted 01-02-2014 07:25 PM

Rich, I do the same thing for the same reason

-- Bert

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