Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23

Thread: Harbor Freight Router? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    144

    Harbor Freight Router? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

    My Ryobi router died on me. I am considering purchasing the HF 1 1/2 HP variable speed router. What are your thoughts on HF tools? Ever have one? The customer reviews on the HF site were favorable but not sure if I should believe those.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-h...ter-67119.html
    Kevin

    In arte voluptas - in der Kunst liegt Vergnügen - in art lies enjoyment

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Posts
    4,552
    I'd save yer money and bite the bullet and buy a good one and only cry once
    A Turn N Time
    Components for John Smith Organs and the Hobby Organ Builder

    Frog Pond Guitars


    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Wapakoneta, OH
    Posts
    611
    I've read some posts where guys bought them and thought they were the schizzle. But for me, I still avoid anything at HF that has a power cord on it.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Independence, Kentucky
    Posts
    1,354
    Look for a factory refurbished Name brand of your choice and never look back there are a lot of them out there and they are a good buy in my opinion.
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,008
    My general rule of thumb is that if it's used for anything requiring precision (like a router), chances are that Harbor Freight is not a good choice. I do have a few of their tools with cords on them that have served me well (particularly a close quarter drill that I use as a bowl sander and my dust collector), but for something like a router, I'd rather have something built to tighter tolerances.

    Charles' recommendation to look for a refurbished model is good advice. I've had a lot of success buying refurb power tools. This place is a good place to start looking. They carry a lot of the major brands:

    http://www.cpooutlets.com/on/demandw...ukeeOUTLETlogo
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    144
    Thank you, gentlemen! CPO Outlets is my new "favorite" store. I've been wanting a Porter Cable router. When it arrives in the mail, what will I tell me wife???? Say I won it?
    Kevin

    In arte voluptas - in der Kunst liegt Vergnügen - in art lies enjoyment

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Posts
    4,552
    Just tell her about all the Beautiful stuff you are going to build for her
    A Turn N Time
    Components for John Smith Organs and the Hobby Organ Builder

    Frog Pond Guitars


    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Posts
    9,076
    Of all the tools I have made buying mistakes on . . . poor quality routers were the ones I replaced fastest. Save up your money, go with a quality tool. The answer to the question of who makes a quality router today is tougher to answer though ;-) DeWalt and Porter Cable have both felt the smiting hand of Stanley Black & Decker. Milwaukee routers (owned by TTI/Ryobi) have become hit and miss as to availability. Triton still seems to be high quality but, the 'different' controls add a learning curve for hand held use. Bosch America is still holding their own but, have never felt comfortable in the hands for me. A router is a very tactile tool for hand use and what is perfect for one may not suit another. Try to get your hands on any router you plan for hand held use if possible. Make sure you have 1/2" shank capacity (unless it is a trim or palm router) for bit stability and yes, when it comes in the mail you start jumping up and down shouting "I won! I won!"
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 03-18-2014 at 08:27 PM.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Humid Gulf Coast
    Posts
    542
    My only input on this is to consider:

    1. collar grip strength. Will it be a Pain later on, as in crushed parts that won't let go, or wears out quickly.

    2. the variable speed. How touchy is it. I have had 2 plunge routers. A cheaper craftsman and Bosch. the Bosch has more precise speed control. More precise everything.

    but price plays a part in all decisions too.
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,008
    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Of all the tools I have made buying mistakes on . . . poor quality routers were the ones I replaced fastest...
    I've still got a cheap no-name Chinese router I bought for dirt cheap on eBay when I first started getting back into woodworking. I've never even installed a bit in it. I could tell right out of the box that it was junk, and a potential safety hazard too. It's so bad that I can't bring myself to sell it on Craigslist, or even give it away to someone who's just starting out. Probably the next time I go back to LA I'll cut the cord off of it (I save power cords) and toss it in the trash.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

Similar Threads

  1. Harbor freight.
    By Rob Keeble in forum New Tools
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 05-09-2017, 10:42 PM
  2. American Craftsman windows @ Home Depot - THUMBS UP!
    By John Pollman in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-08-2011, 06:10 PM
  3. Thumbs up for the BORG!
    By John Pollman in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-20-2010, 02:32 PM
  4. Harbor freight 15% off
    By Don Baer in forum Hot Deals
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-22-2009, 03:55 PM
  5. Thumbs up for Sony service!
    By John Pollman in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-13-2007, 05:42 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •