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Old 11-30-2006, 05:28 PM
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Anyone have experience with tools sold by Harbor Freight under the name Chicago Electric?

For the prices I don't expect long life under frequent use but are they worth buying for occasionally use?
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:46 PM
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In my experience, they are much better than I would expect for the price.
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:48 PM
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i have a chicago electric table saw that is 15 years old still works fine.
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i have had pretty good luck with there tools. I bought a torque wrench and a electric impact wrench and both have done very well
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For those of us who are old enough.....Chicago Electric was a big time maker of power tools back in the 60's....

Some of those companies had to close up or sell out to overseas companies in order to stay alive....

One of their other brands is: dang I for got the name...but they were the first maker of Air tools in the world...they too are now made in China...but they are the same tools....and they last forever if you take care of them....

On another note....I call them throw away tools....if I use it and it breaks...throw away and buy another....

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Yep

Overall they are worth the price. Been disappointed in a few items but most are a good to very good value. Such good prices as TB says you dont worry if they break.
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I have a chicago orbital sander/ buffer works great I have bought allot of tools from them and never disappointed
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We have a dealer up here.........he seems to stand behind his products.
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TB Hawks - 11/30/2006 6:38 PM One of their other brands is: dang I for got the name...but they were the first maker of Air tools in the world...they too are now made in China;


Chicago Pneumatic?
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yep, that's it....they were the first air tool manufacture...way back when....it was on the history channel....very interesting show that night...
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Chicago Electric 10" compound miter saw for under $100. Made in China, but surprisingly precise and works fine for me.
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I've always been a firm believer if I will do without and save to buy quality.

THE BITTERNESS OF POOR QUALITY REMAINS LONG AFTER THE SWEETNESS OF LOW PRICE IS FORGOTTEN !!
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My best friend buys them all the time - he does remodeling/construction/demo/etc.

he tells me other than extraordinary abuse that would kell any toll, they are worth the money.
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I can replace my torque wrench 10 times before it equates to the price of a Snap-on or Mac. Plus when it breaks it can perform double duty as a hammer and I won't feel bad about it at all.
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I have a 90amp Chicago Electric MIG welder. No problems.
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:03 PM
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When possible, I buy American made tools and try to keep some guy working. I also hate walmart. I'm sick of the middle class getting hosed and I will vote with my wallet.
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as long as you dont use them alot.i bought 12 sawzall this time last year and i have none left.although my guys can brake an anvil with a rubber mallet.i try to but like new tools from a pawn shop for close to the same money
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I have a hard time buying Chinese-made stuff when I can afford to buy better stuff elsewhere. Part of it is the trade inbalance and part is the quality. If given a choice between a Chinese-made generator (that infringes blatantly on patents, btw), a Honda (Japan), and a Briggs, I will buy the Honda first and then the Briggs and pass on the Chinese-made.

Sorry to derail. Oh, yes, the original question was do I buy Chinese-made stuff from Harbor Freight? Uh, no.
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My brother has a demolition company. He buys air hammers, rotary hammers, sledge hammers, wheel barrows, and all other kinds of crap from there. His take is that if it's over $40, he buys the 1 or 2 year extended warranty on it. It's usually 5-10 bucks. He claims they're as good as sears on returns. No questions asked. But, over all, he is always very happy w/ the stuff he buys there, and he's very hard on tools. They'll last almost as long for him as a big name brand does.

I've bought a couple of things from them, and I've been very happy w/ them. I don't use them nearly as hard as he does, but they always seem to work fine for me.
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Old 12-01-2006, 11:01 PM
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I've bought a few for the jobs that I'll "only do once". If you can wait for what you need to go on sale, you can get it for less than the cost of getting to the store sometimes. The electric tools I've bought from there (not many) have been decent enough quality but are typically louder and vibrate more. But if you are grinding and sanding West system, my $10 angle grinder and $5 pad sander can't be beat! No point in gunking up your good tools. I also have a love/hate relationship with my $2 air brad nailer.
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