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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 08-23-2016 04:10 AM

I have abused the hell out of their cheap single speed multi tool. I’ve run it for hours scraping adhesive off a kitchen floor, and it never got hot. Carved out a TP holder recess in a solid stack of 2X4s. The blade smoked but the tool never faltered. When it quit one time, I pulled off the plate covering the cord connection, and found a loose wire, which was easy to correct (pinch the female connector to make it a bit tighter). Bought another one to have as a spare, as the $15 cost was pretty painless. Handy to have 2 of them, with different blades in each. Sure it’s noisy, but so are all the other tools of that type that I’ve used (including the Fein).

Years ago, my first set of HF wrenches (ratcheting box wrenches) were junk—some didn’t work right out of the box.. That was back when HF was strictly a mail order place, unless you lived in California. Since then, they’ve improved to the point where I find their wrenches as good as anyone’s. I especially like the ratcheting set that uses through sockets, so you can turn a nut anywhere along a long bolt or all-thread. Seems solidly made, and the fine toothed ratchet is very smooth.

There seems to be a gradual improvement overall in HF’s tools. You still have to check stuff out pretty carefully, but there are some worthwhile bargains there. I’m waiting for a clone of the Domino. Expect to pay about $79.95 for it.

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