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Posted: 06/16/20 10:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure how I came across this and to be honest, I really don't shop there, however I thought that maybe some members might...

I was browsing using Chrome with UBlock, so I can't say if ads are going to be on the site. I believe the site is affiliated with Readers Digest and should be safe.

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Posted: 06/16/20 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wish they sold iphones.


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Cloud Dancer wrote:

Wish they sold iphones.


Phones and other com devices usually last just about as long as the warranty, or as long as the contract. Pick your poison.

If I believed in conspiracies, I'd think each one is programmed to fail a month or so beyond warranty or contract. I could show you a stack of worthless phones over the years as anecdotal evidence.


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Posted: 06/16/20 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

monkey44 wrote:

Cloud Dancer wrote:

Wish they sold iphones.


Phones and other com devices usually last just about as long as the warranty, or as long as the contract. Pick your poison.

If I believed in conspiracies, I'd think each one is programmed to fail a month or so beyond warranty or contract. I could show you a stack of worthless phones over the years as anecdotal evidence.


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A lifetime warranty is useless if a tool breaks in the middle of a job. I live 2 hours from the nearest HF store. So if a tool breaks I have to drive 4 hours round trip to finish the job.

No thanks. I had the same problem with Craftsman tools when they were having their QC crisis. I now buy quality up front and not worry about it.


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Posted: 06/16/20 01:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had some HF tools (impact socket set) that, although not used professionally, have lasted north of 30 years.

Other HF stuff has failed within 6 months.

If one had the magic wand and was buying tools today...what would be the brand to purchase?


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I probably have the same HF impact sockets in standard and metric still in their metal cases and they have worked fine in a non professional way here too. For work I’ve also bought odd tools, like large masonry bits for one use situations instead of investing in something a lot more expensive it could be many years if ever I’d use again.

I do agree in most professional situations if daily use quality tools are what you need HF wouldn’t be my choice. Didn’t know about their lifetime warranty so that was nice to hear about and we have multiple locations within a reasonable distance. Tractor Supply is another place I’ve found useful for things we don’t normally shop for the larger places don’t have in stock at the store.

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dave54 wrote:

A lifetime warranty is useless if a tool breaks in the middle of a job. I live 2 hours from the nearest HF store. So if a tool breaks I have to drive 4 hours round trip to finish the job.

No thanks. I had the same problem with Craftsman tools when they were having their QC crisis. I now buy quality up front and not worry about it.
I used to work with a guy that bought nothing but Snap On, and he usually had some tool to be replaced when he saw the guy next. Anything can break. I would never use HF tools where I used to work, but for occasional usage at home, much of their stuff is fine. FWIW I would buy few of their hand tools, most are 12 point and junk.


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Bought a 3/4 drive set at HF. Flex bar became mortally wounded so I was watching it close. Finally died. Tossed it in the seat and went down to the store and got a new one. Checking out I was making small talk with the clerk and said my other one broke. She asked if I had it and told me to bring it in. Swapped it out on the spot. I didn't tell her I had about 4 foot of pipe on the end of it.

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Posted: 06/17/20 04:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've returned quite a few pry bars that bent or snapped. But they always exchanged it for something they called a screwdriver.[emoticon]


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