Monday, May 9, 2016

Beginners Fab Ep 40: Harbor Freight's Chicago Electric 9" Angle Grinder Pros and Cons


When it come to cheap tools, you never really know what you're gonna get. In fact, some cheap tools seem to run forever, while others don't run straight out of the box. So, you could say, that buying "budget tools" is a bit of a gamble.

What really is the difference between the "pro quality" tools, hobbyist tools, and cheap/budget tools? Put simply, everything...but we'll talk a bit about that in the future. What we are going to talk about now, is the Harbor Freight 9 inch, Chicago Electric brand angle grinder.

Funny enough, when Harbor Freight started to pop up in different areas, everybody was really divided on the tools they sold. People either hated them, or they thought they were "good enough" for their purpose. Some people even liked them. There was also a lot of talk about how, "you'll never find a HB tool in my shop or garage..." Funny thing is, many of these same people now own more than one HB brand tool in there kit. So, how good are they really?

Recently, I had the opportunity to directly compare, in a "real work" environment, the differences of the Harbor Freight 9 inch angle grinder to a Hitachi, and Dewalt 9 in angle grinder. The differences...many. The qualities...varied. My overall thoughts on the Harbor Freight 9 inch Angle Grinder... Well, you'll need to watch the video to find that out. So, click on the episode of Beginners Fab below, and see what I have to say on the matter.





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