I stopped over at Harbor Freight Tools yesertday. My wife wanted a rock tumbler for her crafting with polymer clay. I searched eBay, and found that rock tumblers were ridiculously expensive. Out of curiousity I searched Harbor Frieght Tools to see if they carried a rock polisher. They stock stuff like this sometimes. Sure enough they had a couple of them. One with a single canister for $25, and another with two canisters for $35. Those were great prices compared to other units that I was seeing online. I called Harbor Freight to see if they had one in stock, and they did. So I headed over after work, and found the two canister tumbler. I was suprised to see the price tag as about $50. I asked a clerk, adn they said they would match the website price. Cool! So I bought it. It actually rung up at the $35 price! They offered a maintenance plan, but I declined.
I try to buy quality tools most times. I love Craftsman & DeWalt tools. I also own tools by Black & Decker, Hitachi, and other companies. But I like Harbor Freight Tools for buying certain kinds of tools. Tools that I wont use very often. For example I bought a recipricating saw there. I rarely have need for a recipricating saw, so I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it. Other tools that I but there are things like C-clamps, punches, and other non-power tool stuff like that, that I will use once in a while.
Harbor Freight Tools seems to have their own brand names mad eto look like serparate companies, such as Chicago Electric (power tools) and Pittsburgh (hand tools). Maybe these are separate companies, but the only place I have ever seen them is Harbor Freight.
But one thing is certain, Harbor Freight Tools has great prices, and you will find tools cheaper here, than pretty much anywhere else. They may not be the highest quality, but if you are looking for tools that you will only use once in a while, you need to check these guys out!