I can't speak about Harbor Freight, but here's MY story:
In 1985, with my Mobil credit card came an offer for a fitted tool
case full of life time guaranteed
tools for $175, payable interest-free over 6 months.I bought and kept
it in the trunk of my show car
as we were driving from LA to Victoria and Portland for Chrysler
shows. (The tools were all Chinese.)
I once had a serious valve problem on the road back from Victoria.
I contacted a friend in Portland who allowed us to stay with him. We
put the car in his backyard.
My wife and I removed the intake manifold and both heads and had
hardened valve seats installed.
We did it all with those Chinese tools. The only tool I borrowed from
him was his torque wrench.
I imagine those were HF-like tools.
62 Chrysler 300H
On Apr 4, 2009, at 10:15 AM, Tony Gordon wrote:
> I really surprised that no one has spoken up for Harbor Freight
> wrenches ... during the period that my teenage kids were loosing my
> tools faster than I could afford to replace them, HF was my
> solution: cheap enough that I didn't mind the odd breakage. The
> impact sockets do seem to be very good, but the regular ones will
> give up every once in a while. The ratchets are torque limited -
> they break before the bolt, unless it is the most inaccessible bolt
> in Christendom, and then they work perfectly. The rubberized
> screwdrivers are a particular specialty; they never damage a
> stubborn screw before they fail!
> I must admit to a love-hate relationship with HF ... some things are
> so cheap and quite good (the small DVM for $1.99 is as accurate as
> my Fluke for the ranges it offers), but others are crap (the needle
> scaler that will run for 10 minutes before giving up the ghost) ...
> sometimes, you do get what you pay for!
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