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    All set to take advantage of the July 4th, 25% off coupon to buy the nice US General tool cabinet.
    Nope.
    "*Cannot be used...any of the following items...storage cabinets..."
    And on the 4th of July of all holidays.
    Len

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    Hi,

    Yep, the General toolboxes very, very seldom qualify for the heavy coupons. HF knows they got a winner there.
    If you think you understand what is going on, you haven't been paying attention.

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    • #3
      Hah, anyone notice that often times when certain items go on sale, they are only discounted by 20%, which you can simply use the every day 20% coupon on?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by QSIMDO View Post
        All set to take advantage of the July 4th, 25% off coupon to buy the nice US General tool cabinet.
        Nope.
        "*Cannot be used...any of the following items...storage cabinets..."
        And on the 4th of July of all holidays.
        Yup .... there is a ton of stuff that is never allowed in the 20% and 25% discounts. What adds insult to injury is the fine print is literally so small that I have trouble reading it even with a magnifying glass.
        Last edited by DATo; 07-04-2019, 01:49 PM.

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        • #5
          Or the perpetual "huge price blowout" "tool disposal" that feature their everyday prices?

          I will say that having bought the 44" model complete set for my box at work.You won't find anything as nice on the market for less than 2x's what they are selling these for.

          My only gripe,unless they have changed,is that each section takes a different style of key.Not a different key,but different style of key,so having the locks keyed alike is not an option.
          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • #6
            Wasn't always that way..

            About 8-10 years ago I bought the 4ft long base cabinet, it was on sale and I was also able to use a 25% coupon, my net cost was just a touch over $200. Those were the days !

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            • #7
              There are specific coupons for the boxes. Those boxes are such a good deal you shouldn't complain. BTW a simple test for a coupon is to place the item in your online shopping cart and try to apply the couple code. Its it applies it should work in the store.
              Mike
              Central Ohio, USA

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              • #8
                One week before July 4th they had a twenty percent off any and all brands. This was a very rare occurrence located in the hill country of Texas, possibly because of a grand opening.

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                • #9
                  I have never been disappointed at Harbor Freight. They invariably are exactly as I expect. I expect crap and get it.

                  metalmagpie

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by metalmagpie View Post
                    I have never been disappointed at Harbor Freight. They invariably are exactly as I expect. I expect crap and get it.

                    metalmagpie
                    No kidding..... They sell crap at a high markup, and even then the prices look low..... what does THAT tell you?

                    Like a clothing store.... normal markup 6x to 10x..... they can blow it out at 75% off of list and still not lose money..... HF probably does not get quite to that degree, but they do OK..... So do slumlords, for the same reasons..... seeing a pattern here?
                    1601

                    Keep eye on ball.
                    Hashim Khan

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by metalmagpie View Post
                      I have never been disappointed at Harbor Freight. They invariably are exactly as I expect. I expect crap and get it.

                      metalmagpie
                      Plus one on that. I started a shop in 87, had a bit of cash. Opened an account atvtge industrial supplier I bought my machines from. Bought mostly goid quality stuff. Later some import. KBC FOR MOST part is good to upper end.
                      We have Busy Bee here, mostly not the good stuff. And Princess Auto.. the Canadian sort of Harbor freight store. And weekend warriors love that place, I go there very little and looking atvtye machining or fab stuff, makes me feel icky..
                      Now a lot of amateur machinists, say they can't afford any of the good stuff, and working weekdays can't attend many machine shop auctions... but I feel they would be better off with some exposure to proper stuff.
                      And would not be where they are now trying to figure things out.

                      Take Croce flycutter set a cheapo.. how do you learn with that ? First you change all the setscrews and clean it up before it is usefull. And it goes on and on.

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                      • #12
                        I think that's greatly exaggerated. To be sure, HF's tool quality, for the most part, is not what a serious professional would choose for long term, daily use in his business. Though I'm sure many do.

                        But for me, everything I've bought there has served its purpose just fine. The most complex or expensive motorized item I've bought was a little wet cutting, diamond bladed tile saw. I think it was about $59 and worked great for tiling my kitchen walls. Professional quality? ...of course not, but it cost me about the same as two days of rental fee from a rental place.

                        Similarly, their little oscillating plunge cutter (about $35) has been a life saver on several occasions for me. Now there are many such tools to be found by the likes of DeWalt, Rockwell, etc., at higher prices, but I don't think there's a dimes worth of difference in any of them ...except probably the Fein brand tool, which is MUCH MORE wampum. But if I were a professional, needing it on a regular basis, where its loss of use would cost me, of course I'd buy the Fein!
                        Last edited by lynnl; 07-09-2019, 12:50 PM.
                        Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                        • #13
                          My sentiments exactly. I do have a HF US General box it is 3 years old. It keeps my 40 year collection of hand tools. Overall it’s as good as any Husky, or Craftsman box I’ve owned. In fact it came with excellent drawer liners, my Husky bottom box did not. I still use the Husky box to store machining supplies, but I put remnant and yard sale rugs in it for liners.

                          On HF tools I’m of the opinion there for light duty use. I just purchased some swivels for socket sets, just wanted the 1/4 drive one to use on compound on the lathe for power feeding with a drill. Perfect use for it. If I’m using a product infrequently then I consider HF. Like I’d never buy a welder, cordless tools from them.


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                          • #14
                            In order for me to be disappointed in HF the following would have to occur:
                            1) Get kicked in the nuts upon entry to the store, then while lunging forward from the kick getting slapped in the face with a dick
                            2) Have a tool purchased from there fail within 5 minutes of using it.

                            If none of the above happens I'm pleased.
                            -Roland
                            Golf Course Mechanic

                            Bedminster NJ

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                            • #15
                              I have heard consumer power tools, aka weekend warrior stuff is designed to last around 20 hrs and I believe it.
                              I work part time at s place that uses a lot of the cheap power tools for general use. And does not pay enough to bring in your own stuff, but I do bring some of mine.

                              Take an electric shear for 16 ga. HF versus say Hitachi.. the HF is heavy, feels horrible in the hand can't cut tight radius. And can't trim close to a line.. as in take a sliver off.. when you finally get it to cut, it jumps in too far, and ruins your piece.
                              Here is the radius 3 machines can cut in 16 guage.
                              Harbor freight 50 mm
                              Hitachi 25mm
                              Met ago 15 mm..........
                              Try a comparison, the difference us amazing. The HF 4.5 angle grinder does not feel good, and they don't last in hard use..
                              It's very frustrating using that stuff.

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