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Old 09-04-2015, 01:35 PM   #1
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I admit, I buy some stuff from them. Going there this afternoon with my kid. Yeah, all the stuff is cheap, made overseas.... The have a great sale on what I call "runners" 4'X12' painters' tarps for $6! Great for customers with stupid white carpets.

I find them good for buying that tool that you'd use once or twice... I've never had a problem with wrenches, sockets, hammers, pry bars...

I'd rather buy American made, but sometimes you get a deal you can't pass up.

Who buys and who walks by?
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:53 PM   #2
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9 mill disposable gloves are a great deal.

They often have 20% discount coupons.

A few other odds and ends that have paid off for me.

It's all common sense.

I bought a small cement mixer that I'm going to use next week, we will see.
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I buy some tools from them. I buy their padded moving blankets every so often and love their deep sockets for my impact gun. Sometimes it is fun to roam the aisles.
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Yep-that 1/2 earthquake gun is more than enough for any job. Wish the 3/8 was more than 90 ft/lbs... Oh well-I'll have to use the 130 ft/lb hellcat. I'm not one for 9 mil gloves. I prefer 14 mil thickster gloves. I really like their 3/8 quick change right angle drill for cleaning fittings. Stands up on its own too. And their battery brushes are perfect for 3/4 And 1/2" copper work at 1.50-3.00$. I buy 10 at a time. And all our safety glasses/face shields. I bought some good 6' iron digging bars there and use them all the time to push cast together. Hf has some good stuff.
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I went there and bought a bench grinder once, then returned it and went to Sears and bought a nicer one.

Once when I was leaving Harbor Freight, a man was going in carrying {2} power tools, obviously returning them......LOL. I won't buy any power tools from them.

Some here have purchased jack hammers, pipe threaders etc. but I won't.

You won't see me running any yellow steel dragon drain machines....I would rather buy a Rigid.
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Don't buy anything from them. The tarp idea is cool. I buy small tarps from a hardware store for a dollar or 2, eventually they will figure me out and raise their price.
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As far as power tools, I've bought a few... for around the house. I have a box of the 5mil gloves as a back up, but don't like them. I have run their big jackhammer before... didn't know if I should laugh or cry!
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I bought a tool box, roller drawer type years back when I worked on electric motors and was very happy with it. I picked up some D-rings $3 for two for the new truck, same thing from menards was twice the price, probably made in the same factory.
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Not a fan, but sometimes it's close to my job.
Convenience only reason I shop there.
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Nitrile gloves, double palm gloves and runners. Select hand tools. They have emery cloth that works but isn't that waterproof. I bought a big jug of hand cleaner with a pump top that I'm still using and it works great.

I buy the hell out of the battery cleaning brushes. Even if they only last a couple days they are 99 cents if you're in their program. I've tried a lot of things from them but I've never been foolish enough to buy power tools.

I'm waiting for someone to say they bought one of the sewer machines
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