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9 minutes. This air-fitting blower attachment for our compressor testing lasted all of 9 minutes. A simple drop onto a concrete floor from bench height, and this bad boy was leaking air in all the wrong places — like the thread collar.

On balance, it was a cheap-o Harbor Freight unit that cost us a whopping $1.50 in the bargain bin. You do get what you pay for, but I did hope the fitting would last longer than a beer break.

Is this a sign that all cheap tools are crap? No, of course not. It’s a lesson that we should be more careful not to drop the tools that are made from thin, breakable materials when we know damn well they’re not built to last.

 

4 Responses to Cheap Tools Are Breakable: Duh

  1. K!P says:

    ofcourse with a bit of bad luck a more expensive unit could also fail if it landed just right (or wrong).

  2. Jerry says:

    Like all HF stuff, there is good and bad and a lot depends on your planned use. I have picked up some really “cheesy” tools at HF. Many broke or ceased working relatively soon but others have been regularly used for 2 or 3 years with no issues. On the other end of the scale, I have had big brand tools fail very soon after purchase or break from even a short fall.

  3. Sean says:

    Cheap tools are cheap, except when you have to buy 4-5 of them to last as long as one medium grade manufacturer’s equivalent tool.

    And yet, if you know your cheap tool manufacturers well enough, you will find that the durability varies so widely that you might find an ugly-tool manufacturer that produces good steel, well tempered and proper alloy that will outlast your friendly local steel plated gold vendor’s brands.

    Usually, middle of the road manufacturers end up reliably giving the most bang for the buck. Not necessarily flash, doesn’t have the cachet that you get by bragging you paid six months house payments for your tool chest (just the chest, the rest comes later), but leaves you enough at the end of the month to actually profit from your work.

  4. ambush says:

    I dunno K!P, I could probably chuck my Milton blowgun across the shop and it was less than $10.

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