Harbor Freight Changes Warranty Coverage for Its Brushless Hercules Tools
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Everyone – and we mean everyone can use an inexpensive reciprocating saw for home maintenance and repair projects (well, okay, maybe not your mother-in-law). It's just a very handy tool that's perfect for being an all-purpose "out-of-the-box" solution. Harbor Freight's Chicago Electric Tools 4-1/2″ Rotary Reciprocating Saw looks like the cheapest product we've seen in a while, retailing for $25 and often selling for less than $20 (we know, that's more combo pack also low reciprocating saw blade). We've been wanting to review this product for a while and finally got one — on a trip out of town, no less. Never really left work, we Locked up the tool and opened the box to begin our testing. Inside, we quickly found a 6-amp 4-1/2" reciprocating saw, a 10 tpi wood cutting blade, a 24 tpi metal cutting blade, and even a pair of replacement brushes. Get the saw out of the box and get a feel for the craftsmanship, our initial impression was that it wasn't top notch in terms of build quality, but it sure is a great occasional power tool.
Aside from cordless drills and table saws, miter saws are the tool every serious professional and do-it-yourselfer really needs. While Harbor Freight's Chicago Electric 10″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw is certainly eye-catching for its price, we wondered: Will it stand up to other heavy-duty products and hold its own? Lots of things depend on it, Because it's easy to justify spending a few bucks here and there on some "experimental" hand tools, but what about a $139 sliding miter saw? That's an even bigger leap of faith given the amount of competition on the market. Although this type of The bigger names in the product are much more expensive, but Harbor Freight's Chicago Tools line itself has put smack dab in the middle of a bunch of generic tool names. Of course, that's before coupons and discounts (we've actually seen this Saws are as low as $85.)
We've reviewed just about every multitool available today, from the most expensive models to the brands you know best. Chicago Electric's Harbor Freight Variable Speed Multi-Purpose Power Tool may not have a lot of brand name recognition, but it has the reputation of being the cheapest variable speed oscillating tool on the market. If you're looking for an oscillating multitool for light work, this sub-$60 offering is really hard to pass.
Since the expiration of the Fein MultiMaster patent, we have seen a lot of copycat oscillator tools on the market. Chicago Electric's Harbor Freight Multi-Purpose Power Tool is the cheapest tool on the market and offers an inexpensive way to get into oscillating action without breaking the bank. However, in the typical case of "you get what you pay for," consumers shouldn't be surprised to find that the tool may not be as satisfying as some competing products.
If you've ever done (if you're a professional) or considered (if you're a DIY-er) a large tile job, […]