posted on Sep, 9 2018 @ 04:10 PM
Would you guys rather buy a new harbor freight tool or a good name brand tool that is lightly used and for sale like on Craigslist? I've found so
many dewalt's, milwakee, makita, etc for about 30-60% retail that are in good to great condition and they are selling b/c they don't use them, the
project is done, or they got something else.
I think one difference you will see is the batteries in these HF tools. I've taken A LOT of brand name batteies apart and some lesser brands (black
and decker, craftsman are mid-brand) then low end hitachi (blue ones, not bright green) and bottom was harbor freight. The batteries just don't have
the amperage (both in amp-hours and in max current output) and they also seem to not last anywhere near as long in charges. Now this was about 2-3
years ago, so they may have gotten better at this but I can attest that the brands in the top paragraph there, have the best quality batteries and
their controller boards, circuits, switches and connectors are all robust and built to last.
Also, if you pick up a couple used tools, you can usually find other ones of the same manufacturer and they use the same battery (within the same
line, lithium vs NiCd) and some HF tools have unique batteries to the tool!