They took up half the space in a small deserted strip mall, giving them a big store, about the size of a Staples. They remodeled, and opened for business the other day. I stopped in to browse this morning. They have a lot of stuff in there, hand tools, power tools, ladders, jackstands, welding rigs, a neat little metal working lathe ($569) just about anything you might want.
I hope they prosper. They have to overcome a terrible reputation for quality, actually lack of quality. I looked hard at the stuff on display trying to judge the quality. The stuff looks OK, the socket wrenches are nicely polished and bright chrome. With sockets the only way to tell quality is put the socket on a two foot breaker bar and give it the old heave ho on a stuck nut. Low quality sockets will break under this stress test, good ones will survive. Their prices are right, rock bottom low, and for Harry Homeowner who doesn't use his tools nearly as hard as the professionals do, Harbor Freight can be a deal.
I did like that little metal working lathe for $569. Didn't buy it though.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, August 13, 2012
I had to cycle around the veggie section twice to find plain old carrots, as opposed to organic carrots for $5 a bag. Plain old Molson's Canadian beer is $8 a sixpack, as opposed to $5.50 at Mac's market. Aisles filled with groovy products I've never heard of, all making health claims I have trouble believing.