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hello forum. hope everybody is well. just a ? about all these central pneumatic tools from harbor freight. are they any good electrical or compressed air. any imput? thanks in advance and have a great day.
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Friend of mine has several central pneumatic tools, all work just as well as any others I've used, never had any problems with them that I'm aware of
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I just thought it was neat to see these in the same sentence. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Actually, for a specialty tool you won't be using everyday and can get cheap at HF, go for it. If you plan to use it for a while and use it hard, go with something a little more reputable.
Just my $.02.
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recommendations? that wont break the bank. thanks
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They work for me, as long as you look at the stuff carefully prior to buying it. If it looks like cheap china, well....
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I have a hand grinder that has been used for years and still works good. I have also had a sawzall that is about to go in the trash. Maybe it's hit and miss on what you get.
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The air stuff is OK for intermittant use. Just keep it well oiled and don't expect a lot.
I have NEVER had any luck with the cheap electrical tools though.

Then again, my stuff gets used hard every day.
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I can't complain I have a lot of tools from Harbor freight No problems.
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my coworker just bought a 4 1/2" grinder from harbor freight (drill master was the 'brand name'). we used it for the first time on friday and it worked for about 20 minutes before the motor burnt up. just normal use. my ryobi 4" grinder has held up for 2 months and counting of daily heavy use (i'm a commercial carpenter doing a lot of steel doorframes). also, i've had a 12volt ryobi drill for 4 years now and it's served great.

price comparrison:

harbor freight grinder: 17.00 lasted 20 minutes.

ryobi grinder: 24.00 has seen approx 45 minutes use daily for 2 months w/o any problems.

for cheap, decent quality, go ryobi (carried at all home depot stores)
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I find cheap air tools, in general, are inefficient. They waste air. So the poor guy that's on a budget and has a marginal size compressor, can't use cheap air tools very easily. Look at Home Depot's Husky Line. They work great.
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