Nearly every item I have purchased from Harbor Freight has been inferior, poorly executed knock offs of some other companies original design. Almost every thing, with a few exceptions, has not had the guts, longevity, accuracy or strength of a comparable name brand. Yes I have bought lots of stuff from them but mostly tools or products I knew I was not going to be using on a regular basis or tools I deemed disposable boat tools that were only going to get rusty anyway.
The last item I bought was a drill set that claimed to be cobalt. While making my first hole in ALUMINUM
the drill bit and literally wrapped itself twisting like a baseball stadium soft pretzel.. In hind sight I guess the "cobalt" was a descrition of the color, and "high speed" was how quickly each bit fails..
They have been relegated to drilling soft pine..
On this and other forums
I often tout the tried & true Makita 9227C buffer. Harbor Freight makes an identical looking knock off for dirt cheap. I have had emails from many folks who tried them, trying to save a buck, and never even made it through the firts side of the vessel before it burned up. My Makita has buffed the equivalent of well over 70+ boats..
Cheap is not the question it is the sheer lack of quality, durability and longevity that HF is famous for. I had a buddy severely damage an engine
to his antique car when his HF motor
hoist cracked and failed at well under the claimed load rating. The NOS parts
to repair the damage to this engine
from the fall, oil
pan, distributor etc, far eclipsed the savings from buying the HF motor
I will still buy some stuff from HF but nothing that my life depended upon or that could cause a failure that resulted in a dangerous sitution.
I can almost guarantee that if you put the two products side by side you'd clearly realize they were far from identical to the Suncor stuff. BTW Suncor has a manufacturing facility right in MA and they do a lot of their own production work.
I would not personally touch any "rigging" items from HF with a 40 foot pole as I have seen and dealt with their corner cutting for years..