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Forum topic by MrRon posted 04-11-2014 04:18 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2014 04:18 PM

Has anyone ever tried to order repair parts for any HF tools? I usually consider them “throw-a-ways”, but curious all the same. Most of their tools come with complete parts lists. I’ve ordered repair parts for other brands, like Makita and Bosch; no problems.

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 04:30 PM

Never tried, when I fixed power tools and machinery professionally, sometimes I would get a HF tool in, the estimate never resulted in repair (not cost effective). Unfortunately all but the most expensive tools has rendered just about anything you can get from the big box stores throw away as well, unless you’re fixing it yourself. I remember when a good finish nail gun was ~ $300 and you could get it fixed for $50 or so, now the guns cost 1/3 of that and the parts are more expensive, not to mention the labor to get anything fixed.

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 04:32 PM

The repair parts were all contained in the second identical HF tool you opted not to buy. ;)

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Cole Tallerman

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 04:50 PM

I find that the tools I have gotten from harbor freight almost always have name brand counter parts that have the same parts. For example, their mini-lathe is the same as the delta, rikon and jet. Their bandsaw is very similar to any standard 14” bandsaw such as a grizzly, powermatic and jet. I’m not sure about their smaller tools though.

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 04:53 PM

One can finish reading War and Peace before any parts
are delivered.


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Bill White

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 06:31 PM

Oddly enough, I needed a switch for my HF dust collector. Called ‘em, and got the switch quickly. Can’t fault that need at all.


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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 04-12-2014 06:38 PM

Oddly enough I find this to be true with all hand held power tool. regardless of the brand, parts are just ridiculous. If you add up what the parts would cost and built the tool yourself the price of tools would be insane.

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#7 posted 04-12-2014 06:52 PM

I ordered a switch for my HF DC, and shipping more than the part. Needed a hex screw for my Grizzly band saw and that part did not show up on their price list for ordering. So instead of wasting a phone call, bought two at Fastenal here in my town for less than a buck.

Point trying to make is check locally before ordering from any vendor if possible.

-- Bill

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