Mechanic Responds to Harbor Freight Tool Shame


Where do you buy your tools? !

In previous articles we have learned that there is no shame in buying tools from Harbor Freight and in fact it makes sense in many cases to choose a tool from “Heart Break”— one of the most strained nicknames I’ve heard — over many other name brand tools that promise quality at a price.

Other HF brand nicknames include:

• Hatred of the Port
• Harbor Dread
• Freight at the bottom of the port
• Fear of China
• Chinese cheesecake factory

But is it right and correct? Weeeeeeeeeell, no one would deny that there is an element of risk and even possibly danger with CERTAIN HF products — and I have a near eye death photo to prove it — but as with all things, you have to be smart when buying anything by doing your research, applying a little common sense…and wearing proper safety gear whenever you’re in the garage. DOH!

Case in point: online, you’ll find items that are no brainer when it comes to “things never to buy from Harbor Freight”, such as:

• Bulletproof vests
• Parachute
• Elevators
• Birth control devices
• Fire extinguishers
• Pacemakers
• Vaccines

But seriously, the general advice that the more components in a tool, the more likely it is to fail on you is a good yardstick to measure when making a buying decision at Harbor Freight.

Enough with the hate already!

What sparked this article topic was a Repairs by Raymond Ray Today’s YouTube channel episode where Ray responds to a comment made by a viewer that is an example of misconceptions about mechanics and where they buy their tools.

In other words, a small online tool from Harbor Freight shaming the fact that if the source of the comment had taken the time to look inside most mechanics’ tool cabinets, he or she would most likely discover that only in advertisements will you see a single brand of tool in a mechanic’s garage.

Here is the video that illustrates the point very well:

NO repairs today! Snap-On vs. Harbor Freight Mechanics

And finally…

We would like to hear from you : Do you have a favorite off-brand tool that is your favorite or one that you have kept for many years? Let us know about it and why in the comments section below.

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced in early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for better performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily news on new and used vehicles.

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