posted on Sep, 9 2018 @ 10:45 AM
Now as a general rule I don't buy a lot of tools at Harbor Freight, and certainly not precision tools, but they do have some pretty good deals on
el-cheapo stuff that you don't care if it gets broken or lost. (but a lot of people hate HF) They also have some really great abrasives (of all
kinds) for way better prices than the hardware store or the lumber yard.
Anyway, the other day I was in HF to pick up some stuff (nitrile gloves, a couple socket extensions (I mean, how can you screw one of those up,
right?), etc.) On the way out I spied a 20V cordless impact wrench with 1200 ft/lbs of impact force. I'd been looking to buy one of these for a
while because getting the air tools out all the time is sometimes a pain. I wanted something more portable to change tires with. This impact wrench
was way cheeper than just about everything I'd looked at at Lowe's and HD, etc. Most of those were like $250 bucks for the tool and close to
another $100 bucks for a adequately sized Amp-Hour battery. This thing was about $80 bucks for the tool and another $35 bucks for a decent Lithium
battery. So I figured what the heck, if I trash it I'll just get another one (and still be winning).
So I get this thing home and charged up. Wow, the thing works awesome. It'll even break loose the lug nuts on my truck (and those puppies are ON
THERE BIG TIME!) Cool! I'm happy. Changed four sets of tires in one day and the battery was still showing all four bars of charge. This thing
runs like a raped ape!
Fast forward a couple days an I'm in HD to pick up some lumber for the kitchen remodel project. I'm the kind of guy who simply CAN-NOT walk by the
power tool department without swinging through to check things out. Just for grins I looked at some impact wrenches just to gloat about how well I
did at HF. I checked out DeWalt (ouch!! My wallet hurt), I checked out Rigid, Milwaukee and a couple others. Wow-eee, boy did I SCORE! Then I got
to Makita. Holy cow, they were almost the most expensive of all! But wait a minute here!!.....
I got to looking at the Makita impact wrench, and guess what...it was the EXACT same as the one I got at HF (but for about $300 bucks more). Same
battery style, same case molding, same everything. It's the same exact tool just with a different name on it. So it looks like the same company
makes the tools for both, and just brands them differently. Basically, I got a Makita impact wrench for a discount of $300 bucks!
Thought that was pretty crazy, so I thought I'd share. A little while ago I was surfing on-line and I noticed a number of similar power tools from
major manufacturers which are identical to HF tools, so it's not just Makita...it's most of them in the power tool market.