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Power Tools (drills, etc)

69 28 September 20, 2017 at 02:35 PM
Hi all,

I am not a handyman/builder/weekend project guy and tools and power tools are not my area of expertise.

While I occasionally use a hammer, a drill, or some other device I have more tool envy than need. The tools look really good

I know there are various brands out there and there's a ton of deals on SD for bigger brands but I was wondering what you all think of equipment from places like Harbor Freight, for example.

I guess, given my generally simple/basic needs, is there a significant benefit choosing big names vs small names? Is it worth it or an HF Bauer or Earthquake is a good starter? They are certainly less expensive and price is important for me but isn't everything.

Thank you all in advance for helping me navigate through this unfamiliar territory.

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My thought is to buy name brand for tools that you know you will use in the future. What exactly those tools are depends on your level of skill/ desire to do DIY. If you are doing a one time job it probably makes sense to buy a cheaper tool and maybe sell it on craigslist once you are done.

I do not buy harbor freight stuff mostly because I just don't want to. I don't know if the quality is good or poor. I typically settle on low to mid range tools (e.g. Hitachi) just depends on the tool though.

Did you have specific tools in mind that are thinking about?
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Rob, thank you so much for replying.

I am mostly talking about doing some relatively basic things around the home.

For example, I am moving into an apartment with concrete walls and may need to hang something (curtains, heavy'ish picture/painting, etc) that will require drilling. From what I understand nothing but a hammer drill will do the job (feel free to correct me), so that is one tool I had in mind.

I appreciate your suggestion regarding purchasing inexpensive tools and then selling them if it's for just one project, that is a good idea.

If you don't mind, is there a particular reason for your lack of desire to shop at Harbor Freight? I ask because maybe I don't want to either!

P.S. Sorry for responding late. I subscribed to this thread but did not receive a notification or it may have gone to spam.
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Rob, thank you so much for replying.

I am mostly talking about doing some relatively basic things around the home.

For example, I am moving into an apartment with concrete walls and may need to hang something (curtains, heavy'ish picture/painting, etc) that will require drilling. From what I understand nothing but a hammer drill will do the job (feel free to correct me), so that is one tool I had in mind.

I appreciate your suggestion regarding purchasing inexpensive tools and then selling them if it's for just one project, that is a good idea.

If you don't mind, is there a particular reason for your lack of desire to shop at Harbor Freight? I ask because maybe I don't want to either!

P.S. Sorry for responding late. I subscribed to this thread but did not receive a notification or it may have gone to spam.
I would agree that buying a fairly low end tool in that situation would make sense. The question is do you buy an under powered model with terrible reviews for $20, a slightly better one for $35 or a low end but name brand for $50.

The cheapest one might need to go in the trash or be returned by the time you get all your jobs done. Just a quick look over customer reviews say it is questionable at best. That's not to say it won't work for your needs, not sure how much drilling you need to do. But if the difference between tools is 15 dollars, i would just go for the name brand. You get a better tool and a better warranty (no idea how easy it is to use the warranty if needed). That is why I typically don't buy from Harbor Freight the difference in price (excluding the cheapest items) is not enough to make it worth it to me. I typically buy tools with the thought process that I will use them more in future.

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You know, you can get name brand tools at Harbor Freight prices or less, Craigs List or other for sale apps, yard sales and so on. However name brand vs cheap imports. There are certain tools that are a must to get quality #1 Hammers Estwing or other quality. You dont want the metal to break at impact and take out an eye. I buy most every thing from yard sales, always looking for great deals on SDs from places like sears. And my light duty low use I will grab from Harbor Freight. Oh and one more thing most places incl HF have lifetime warranties on "hand tools" non "power".
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I would go with Rob's suggestion. I'm a few times a year guy with a drill and I've had Ryobi for a long time. My original drill is still going and is probably 15 years old. I also like that they have so many different tools that use the same battery. I've probably got around 10 different tools/lawn equipment items and they are all great for the average home owner. The tool that gets the most use by my family is the tire inflator. It is powerful enough to do the tires on my wife's huge SUV but it can also do things like soccer balls and blow up mattresses. If you can wait, they usually have great deals on Ryobi stuff around Black Friday. I think last year they had the drill and hammer combo pack with battery and charger for around $100.
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Thank you all for your comments.

Before I thought of Craigslist (thanks Boogyman!) I did pick up a recent SD deal Porter Cable drill/impact driver/recip.saw combo for less than $100 and it appears they have a decent selection of other cordless tools.

I may hang on to it or possibly return it for a Ryobi, as Opus suggested, which has an even bigger line.

I guess I started my collection, now I just need to put it to use. My next purchase will likely be a corded hammer drill; for the few times that I will use it, I probably don't need the added convenience and cost of the cordless tool.

Now to find the trigger on the flipping thing ... : )
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