Re: That Harbor Freight smell
Sorry, but I'm a tool snob and can't stand to hold junk tools in my hand. I learned a long time ago that quality tools (Snap-On, Mac, etc) work better, feel better, and tend not to round off fasteners. The majority of my tools are 30-40 year old Craftsman, but I have some Snap-On wrench sets, impact sockets and torque wrenches. A teammate of mine has a toolbox full of HF junk and the majority of it simply doesn't work well. My power tools are DeWalt, Milwaukee, IR, etc. I really don't even like Craftsman power tools. The balance and weighting sucks and they are almost all bigger than they need to be. I will buy HF locking pliers to use for welding and I like the HF vinyl gloves. Otherwise, I stay away from HF.
Mac is now made by the same company that makes Evercraft tools and Stanley tools. Most are made in mexico. My toolbox is 90 percent Snap-On at the shop, but mostly Craftsman and Mac on my service truck. Cheap tools usually end up costing me time and busted knuckles. I guess I'm a tool snob too, but in the end it's worth it to me.
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