We just received the latest circular from Harbor Freight, and (as usual) it’s a hoot.
We generally look for three things in these mailers: the loss leader (the item that’s way underpriced — even in Harbor Freight terms — that’ll be gone in the first 10 seconds after the mailer hits), the interesting deals (tools you might buy just to use-and-abuse or tools so cheap you could take them apart for parts), and the what-the-hell-is-this-doing-in-a-tool-flyer tools.
Read on for some great entertainment courtesy of HF.
The Loss Leader
This time it’s a Chicago Electric Power Tools corded reciprocating saw for $16.99. This normally-cheap-anyway-at-$40 tool is priced so low that a 28-piece cheap-ass blade set costs more. Note the prominent “limited quantities” tag.
It’s fascinating at how these Chinese tool manufacturers/importers always choose such midwest-like names for their products. “Chicago” electric. Makes you feel all down home like, doesn’t it.
The Interesting Deals
They’ve got their Drill Master 115-piece drill bit set on sale for $40. Yeah, we know, they’re junk. But think about it: You can buy four to eight of them for the price of a since decent set. This wouldn’t be a bad deal for a home shop where you’re not doing a lot of drilling — a way to finally have the right size bits for all your taps without breaking the bank.
72″ x 40″ cargo pads for $4 each are always a good deal.
We saw this Chicago Electric li-ion cordless screwdriver a while back and thought they were nuts selling it for $20, considering that you can have the awesome Black & Decker SmartDriver for $40. But when they mark it down to $15, it’s starting to look like a better deal for someone with lots of screws to install and a thin wallet. Don’t get us wrong: This is a cheap-o drill. The casing looks rickety and the trigger’s uncomfortable, but hey — it’s $15.
Hell, this might make a great little package to disassemble and use to power a small robot.
This stuff speaks for itself.
In Case You Want to Buy This Stuff [Harbor Frieght]