It is very much an issue of functionality and durability. It has nothing whatsoever to do with "anti-china" sentiment. A rental facility I used to work for purchased several of these. They're sold under a variety of brand names, the ones we purchased came from Northern Tool. While the Telpro models lasted for years and only required occasional cable and sheave replacements every five or so years, the red lifts were bending, welds were cracking, and wheels were breaking from the get-go. Did we "save money" by buying them? I guess we did if up-front cost was the only consideration.
I did mention they might be okay for light homeowner use very occasionally, so it's entirely possible that a lot of the positive reviews you've seen have reflected that sort of use.
I have no dog in this fight, folks can buy whatever they want. But if you're considering the purchase because you've seen and used good ones and these look essentially the same other than the color....you're going to be disappointed with what you get.
I bought one of these for finishing my basement and theater. Well worth the money and paid for itself multiple times.
Now if I were planning to use this on multiple jobs I would certainly buy a professional product. This is truly getting what you paid. I was installing a layer of 23/32 OSB in the theater and the wire snapped causing the sheet of OSB to come crashing down. The cable is garbage but easy to replace with a heavy duty cable and highly recommended because it makes the unit MUCH stronger.
I plan on eventually selling mine on Craigslist so by the time I'm done I'll be about $75 into it
Slickdeals is able to share the best deals because of the contributions of users like you! If you found a great deal,
please share it with others by posting in our forums.
Welcome to Slickdeals!
Save money here by finding the lowest and cheapest price, best deals and bargains, and hot coupons. We're all about
community driven bargain hunting with thousands of free discounts, promo codes, reviews and price comparisons.
Don't worry, we'll help you find your way. If you haven't already, check out this
that explains the features of our site.