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Fogey    Posted 05-23-2001 at 20:13:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm sorta new here, so don't know if everybody knew anout this -- as you know, it's pretty hard to find Sears, Menards, Home Depot or the like online. (with a decent selection)

But if you haven't seen this, you just might like it! No, i don't work there :)

Ole Cuss    Posted 05-28-2001 at 06:26:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Apparently the link didn't go through on my previous post:

Ole Cuss    Posted 05-28-2001 at 06:24:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

I like to deal mail-order with Harbor Freight. They ship anything free if the order is over $50, and that goes even for the heaviest dang stuff. Has a great variety of items, offers many brand names; carries its own line of tools, etc. under the Chicago Electric name but these are usually Chinese-made, fair quality. Very good with returns and customer service. Many unusual and hard-to-find items. Prices decent, frequent sales.

TomH    Posted 05-24-2001 at 17:48:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This place is the ultimate hardware store, if they don't have it, give up.

Fogey    Posted 05-24-2001 at 20:28:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the McMasters link - looks interesting!:)
I've saved it and will download the Acrobat Reader when it gets quieter online. I already have it, but in the wrong place.

IHank    Posted 05-24-2001 at 02:37:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fogey & Mudcat- What quality of equipment do they seem to offer? I see that company's ad insert in my local paper once in a while and they got a store clear over on the SE side of Des Moines someplace.

They have some real good looking deals in their ad, but I've always been afraid it was just made in China junk and I've never driven down for a looksee session.

I'm curious. Please share what you know. Thanks, IHank

Fogey    Posted 05-24-2001 at 07:40:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had good luck with their stuff over several years.

After my boys were in the earthquake out west, i ordered them a case of domed plug-in "emergency lights" that you can unplug and carry around like a flashlite, and those things sure hit the spot. (The boys still use them.)
I've ordered a few small engines thru them, log splitter parts, hydraulic parts, etc.
Only disappointment was a solar light i tried to use in the woodshed. I mounted the solar panel up top and switched it on when i went for wood. It lit as advertized, but was so darn dim i'd have had to strap one on every piece of wood! But THEN i noticed the ad hadn't mentioned candlepower. (I finally put a floodlite on the garage instead)
I'd say Northern Tool (was Northern Hydraulics)has better quality than most mail-order places, and if you go into their stores, you'll want one of everything! Every motor, every fitting, every go-cart, mini-backhoes, lotsa toys!

Of course, for tinkerers, it's pretty hard to find better rainy-day outhouse reading material then you'll get from Lindsay Publishing!

IHank    Posted 05-24-2001 at 08:02:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fogey- Thanks for the reply. Their store is on the wrong side of a city I don't care to go to, but I'm gonna have to go snoop it out next time I get an ad from 'em. IHank

Alvin    Posted 05-24-2001 at 05:01:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
when you look through their catalog, it shows the things made in USA, have to watchfor that. The imported stuff , most times isn't worth the freight, so I have noticed. I got a cherry picker from then last year made in one of the caroline's,had poor work manship on it ,called the company, offered to exchange the part, after that is when the run around started. It took almost 2 monthe to get straightewn out and then a replacement part finally got here and it was worse than the first piece. they must use imported rulers down there.

F14    Posted 05-24-2001 at 03:01:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hank, I've bought several items from them. Quality varies from Excellent to Chinese. They carry brand names, and if you stick with them, they do okay. The no-name hand tools can be pretty crude.

Also, ya gotta watch 'em on shipping, they can pound ya pretty bad on some items. I've bought from them for 10 years or more, if ya shop carefully, and ask questions, you'll be satisfied. It's particularly handy if you live in East Overshoe. I don't save that much on most items, but I also don't blow a day driving 130 miles round trip to the store.

Mudcat49    Posted 05-23-2001 at 20:26:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I get all their catalogs and i have bought a lot from them through out the years.

Mudcat49    Posted 05-23-2001 at 20:26:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I get all their catalogs and i have bought a lot from them through out the years.

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