It'll be Fine...
Traded in a Craftsman ratchet yesterday without question. It's one of those that comes in the $9.99 Christmas time special.
My brother has my dad's old Black and Decker drill, which dad bought in 1956 when he was outfitting himself to follow his dad into the oil/coal furnace/boiler service trade. Still works good, has the original cord on it.I think I have you both beat, I got some of my grandfathers Craftsman stuff, he died 10 years ago, he was 91 when he died.
I wanted the table saw that was in his garage but at the time I had no way to get it out of there to Maryland, it was from around 1952 when he moved into that house.
I have a tig welder and autodark helmet I bought at HF in 1998. Probably use them once every few months since then. Still work perfectly.Harbor Freight is okay if you are buying a tool for a small short term job. If you expect to use the tool for a few years or more you would be better going with a higher end place. It is kind of like buying a Zebco 33 to go fishing for a weekend or a Penn 7500 to go fishing for a lifetime.
October was like shop-Christmas back in the day. Trucks would roll in and we would get a $300 voucher for tools and any single pair of workboots we wanted.Most of my tools came off those trucks. Cornwell, Mac, Matco, Snap-on....you're paying a hefty price for convenience and a revolving charge account, but sometimes, it can't be helped, specifically with respect to specialty tools.
I'll bet, but can't say I'll miss the drive and the bridge toll.My guy in Fredericksburg was not happy to hear about Waldorf.