Harbor Freight

My father used to warn me not to buy cheap tools. He always went first class. After he died we found a tool box full of expensive tools most of which were broken.

That is not to say it is a bad idea to go first class. If you can get someone else to pay for it, do it. Like if you use the tools professionally as a contractor or jobber. In such a case you can always add the cost of your equipment to what you charge for the job.

If you are just a handy-man you may not need a tool that works for more than one job. Perhaps you can even do the job without having to use that special tool that makes it easier.

I like to watch handy-man shows on TV. They always build something neat. They always make it look so easy. They always have tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment to help them. When you stop to think about it, it makes no sense at all to spend several thousand dollars on tools just so you can build a 100 dollar bookcase.

Harbor Freight specializes in affordable tools and equipment of all kinds. When you can buy a ‘skill’ saw for under 30 dollars, it really does not matter if it quits working in a year of intermittant use. At 30 dollars you can afford to throw the thing out with the scrap at the end of the project. That way you can avoid the frustration when that cheap bit of nonsense finally quits on you.

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