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Old 02-03-2016, 09:52 PM   #71
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My Craftsman ratchet just bit the dust. It is slipping. ?I think it is over 40 years old. Think I got my money's worth.
Certainly not! Take it back to Sears. They will still either fix it right there or give you a brand spanking new one.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:59 PM   #72
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I total agree. A buddy once found a Craftsman rachet along the road. It looked like it was there for 2 years. He took it to Sears and got a replacement on the spot. No questions asked.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:09 PM   #73
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Certainly not! Take it back to Sears. They will still either fix it right there or give you a brand spanking new one.
Sears has replaced a few tools for me,but they never offered to fix anything.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:29 PM   #74
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Sears has replaced a few tools for me,but they never offered to fix anything.
The last two sears (WA and CO) that I lived by repair ratchets and adjustable wrenches at the tool checkout counter. I just took in a 1/4" ratchet a couple of months ago. It took him less than 10 minutes to change out the mechanism.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:07 AM   #75
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Replaced a 3/8" ratchet

Just had Sears replace a 3/8" ratchet that was 51 years old, no questions ask, just replaced.
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:47 AM   #76
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Just had Sears replace a 3/8" ratchet that was 51 years old, no questions ask, just replaced.

Amazingly!
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:20 PM   #77
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Sears has always just handed me a new tool. On the Harbor Freight thing I love that junk store. I got ceramic kitchen knives, tools, and other junk I couldn't live without there. I have to say the ceramic knives have been very good. Tools are my Junkers to loan the guy next door..


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Old 02-07-2016, 11:38 PM   #78
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I have Bench Top Belt Sander that I bought at HF about 12 years ago and it still works to day. I use it a couple times a month for woodworking projects. It was cheap I like 60 or 70 dollars. Some of the stuff there is junk even for the home owner but, a lot of it can be good for use around the home.

In my opinion Northern Tool is a step above HF. I have bought tools there for work and they have held up pretty good for the environment that I work in. Northern tool sells a lot of name brand industrial stuff were HF sells a lot there branded stuff or low in brands.
Yes, Northern Tool is definitely a step up from Harbor Freight.
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Old 02-14-2016, 12:59 AM   #79
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I haven't read all the replys but.........

......here's my experiences with HF.

IMO, don't buy anything there that uses heavy torquing. I bought a tap/die set there because it was cheap and yes it broke on the first use. A Craftsman replacement set (although a little smaller) was the same price.

The HF air compressor kept tripping my circuit breaker until it finally just died. So, I bought a second one from HF and it died the first day I tried to use it. What pains me is that the same day I returned the second air compressor to HF, I found a larger Craftsman for the same price at Sears! Yeah, they're both made in China but the Craftsman doesn't trip circuit breakers either.

I'll spend a little more to get quality tools because to me, quality means a much safer tool too.

Oh, HF does sell cheap magnets. I'll give them that much.
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Harbor Freight is good for free flashlights, screwdrivers and tape measures. I know I have dozens of them, and those small multimeters. I don't think you can beat the prices for the disposable gloves and some work gloves. Their quick connect fittings for air lines and the air regulators don't last too long. I like the 1/2" torque wrench. I bought several sockets that I needed at a reasonable price that were good. There are a lot of good things cheap but they would not hold up for every day use.
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