Oh come on now it's not as bad as that.
I've got a shop-full of HF tools among other brands and have never really had any problems with anything. Most of the "American" brands are made in the exact same factories in the Orient. You just have to shop wisely which is why I was asking for peoples' experiences. That goes for anything you buy nowadays since almost everything is made overseas. I've got a Hf jointer, belt sander, lathe, dust collector, scroll saw, pressure washer, compressor, etc. I've been mostly happy with all of it.
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