January 4, 2009
Toolcrib.com has an interesting, humorous and possibly useful post about Harbor Freight tools. It include a list of "Good (Enough) Tools From Harbor Freight."
A lot of people like to beat up on "Harbor Hate" but if it weren't for them and other companies that import Chinese made tools I wouldn't never have been taken up metalworking. That's because I would have been scared off by the cost of tools made in the U.S., Europe or Japan.
Of course, I'm not happy either about how they've decimated manufacturing in the U.S. As long as one company is having their product manufactured in China, it seems almost impossible for another to compete with a product made in the States (or in any other country that protects their workers, the environment, and respects intellectual rights).