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I had a fair amount of HF hand tools for the job when I worked out at the ammo plant. Oh sure, I had good tools as well from the Snap-On truck that came out once a month, but there were those hard to get to nuts and bolts, and there was no way in hell I was going to heat up and bend or chop and weld a good wrench - that's what the HF tools were for.
That and loaners - if you came up and wanted to borrow a wrench, guess what I'm going to hand you?
I did buy a stick and a mig welder from HF when I decided I wanted to learn to weld. I wasn't sure I was going to stick with it, so I didn't want to spend the money on Lincoln welders. The HF cheapos served their purpose for that.
And the generator out in my shed is a Predator from HF that I bought when we first moved out here because I couldn't afford a Honda that would cost me 2-3 times as much but only delivering half the wattage. It's a 4000 watt generator and I don't think it cost me but maybe $350 back then.
I just now checked for a 4000 watt Honda and they're 1900 bucks. I don't recall what they were back then but it was more than I wanted to pay.
It's served me well for 6 years now, no complaints. The only time it's ever failed to fire up on the first couple pulls was over some bad gas. I drained it, filled it with fresh gas and it fired right up just like it's supposed to.