One thing to note is that HF will often carry different "tiers" of items - for example, look at air-powered impact wrenches on their website. The cheapest model is apparently absolute crap (according to reviews) and often goes for as little as $15-20, whereas the 1/2" Earthquake model is $75-80 with coupon and is very well reviewed. Same goes for their air compressors - most are crap, a few slightly more expensive ones are good. Keep in mind that the more expensive items are still very competitively priced, but don't expect to get an item that'd be $200 at Home Depot for $20 at Harbor Freight and expect exactly the same quality.
In most cases, the tool will get the job done, but they should be considered semi-disposable. I used to have a HF sliding/compound miter saw, and it actually worked OK, but I ended up selling it and buying a higher quality name-brand saw, because I just couldn't get the accurate cuts I was looking for with the HF saw. If you're looking for something quick and cheap that will do the job(angle-cutting studs for framing, some exterior trim, etc), you probably won't be disappointed. If you're looking for professional results with the tool doing the work, I recommend looking elsewhere and investing more money. You _can_ get decent results for things like interior trim, but it will take you 3 times longer, and you'll generate a lot more scrap, than if you invest in a higher quality tool. Another note.... The blade can make a world of difference with a miter saw. Definitely do your homework and buy the right blade for the job you're doing.
Ok, I partially agree with you, but I have found their power tool's are a good value and work just fine if you know how to use the tool in the first place. I bought a 10" sliding power miter saw in 2003. I built a 4000 square foot house with it, and it preformed flawlessly, just use the right blade for the job at hand and it was all good. The same saw worked as a second saw at another house build in 2009, it cut 12,000 board feet of cedar with precision. I killed it after cutting cement driveway paver's on the same house the next year, so all in all that saw rocked! it cost me $79 and it paid for itself 5x over.
You do get what you pay for, but I think you get a bit more with the harbor freight tool than I get anywhere else.
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