a reply to: mamabeth
There are so many things I want to say; but this will only be the second post I've replied to. So first, a little more background on me.
Small engine tinkerer/chainsaw collector. Background as a machinist, foundry (casting department) laborer, small engine mechanic, farm/orchard
laborer and friends with a former scrap yard owner. Former antiques, coin and vintage jewelry dealer. Electronic scrap recycler. Father of a
professional hand tool distributor (truck route sales). Twenty years criss-crossing our great nation in a truck; somewhere in the middle of those
I don't want to be like a hog at the trough. I'm going to respond to everything I've read so far in one general reply.
The HF tool debate. I could dedicate pages to the topic, but won't. The HF chain has been dumping dangerous knockoff products on us for a couple
decades. I recommend never purchasing anything from them, that could endanger your life. Avoid all their safety equipment for safety's sake. I also
believe that working under anything supported by a HF product is a major gamble with your life. I would't trust their jack stands to hold a matchbox
car over me. I would never trust their grinding wheels (not paper abrasives) spinning at ten thousand RPM's just in front of my vital organs. Life is
precious, saving a little cash, not so much. Chain hoists, nylon straps, transport chain and comealongs are also a HF no thanks for me.
Using hand and power tools made of highly questionable metal alloy is another safety issue. I'vs had tools shatter and lodge steel splinters deep in
my body. Not cool. A shattered socket (non-impact or impact) can explode like a small grenade. An angle grinder housing made of junk aluminum can
fail, with the same grenade type results. Both are real life examples that have happened to me. If a person wants to use their wrenches, screwdrivers
or pliers go for it. Don't expect to be treated too seriously in a commercial repair shop, or in heavy industry armed with their products.
I see no harm in buying non-safety related HF products for light duty homeowner type applications, and throwaway type situations. Their heaviest
grade of poly tarps are really tough. My wife had some of their decorative outdoor things. I looked at their metalworking equipment and found it to be
of laughable quality. My neighbor had one of their air compressors fail right after the warranty period.
Chinese chainsaws? No way. Whoever said that HF sawchain was junk, is correct. Chinese sawchain isn't something I want spinning at 10-15K RPM's
anywhere near me. Once again it's a quality control issue. Chinese steel is known to have horrible quality control. One of my favorite descriptions of
Chinese steel is that it has the properties of both rock candy and taffy at the same time. Hard spots and soft spots in the same product. HF no longer
carries their off brand gas chainsaws, but beware the Chinese Poulan Pro model they have now. Homelite, McCulloch, Hitachi, Poulan, Blue Max and some
others are made in China, and not to be trusted. I don't trust their plastic handles not to break. I don't trust their chain brakes to save my life,
if needed. I suspect they have a very limited lifespan, as well. I don't recommend any Husqvarna product due to the low end dangerous equipment they
market to consumers. Redmax, Poulan, Poulan Pro, and Jonsered are some of their brands. Craftsman riding mowers and push mowers are another Husqvarna
product. I used to recommend their pro saws, but I lost all faith in Husky, when they brought out the all plastic transaxle in their riding mowers (I
forget which model). I figure any company that's that greedy, can't be trusted.
The predator engines at HF are Honda clones. They use very low end alloys and bearings. Some people like them, I don't.
I want nothing to do with TTI products. Based in Hong Kong, TTI's brands are: Milwaukee, AEG, Ryobi, Ridgid, Homelite, Empire, Stiletto, Hart, Hoover,
Oreck, Vax and Dirt Devil. They have been doing some highly questionable promotions with you tube members. There are quite a few youtubers who are
shilling their products shamelessly, with fake reviews and classless product placement. It's going on in multiple video categories, not just straight
up tool channels. I am seeing this crap on car detailing, lawn care, home repair, home flipping and other channels. Guerrilla marketing like this
isn't legal in the US, and I wish the Federal Trade Commission would get involved.
Sorry if this was too long, these are some of the things I'm most passionate about. and I've been subbed to AvE for a log time. He's skookum as
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