Gotta love that Harbor Freight outfit.
If you are old enough to remember when some outfit called SEARS used to send everyone this giant paper catalog back in the day that everyone called The Wishbook because they wished they could afford some of the goodies printed on the page, the Harbor Freight website is exactly the same thing for me now.
Trust me when I say, I have a YUGE wishlist too.
Number one on that list is having a permanent place to live with a shop big enough to hold all the things on my wish list.
Seeings as I don’t see that happening anytime soon, in the mean time, I do what I can with what I got.
Anyways, back to Harbor Freight.
Whenever there is something that I am wanting machine/tool wise, I try to do some serious shopping around, for two reasons.
1, I’m a cheap bastard, like everyone else.
2. I don’t have unlimited funds, like everyone else.
So I will scour the Harbor Freight website, check Ebay, Craigslist, Offer Up and ask around to see if anybody has what I am looking for, cheap.
In other words, I do some homework before I throw down the bank card.
Point in case, I just ordered a Clamp Down Kit from good old Harbor Freight, but not before doing some checking and avoiding a good fucking first.
They have a 42 piece Clamping kit that they want $69.99 for. It has decent reviews.
Add shipping and sales tax to that, about another $10 give or take, in other words, $70.00
Well if you are paying attention, on the sidebar of that very same advertisement, they also offer a 58 piece kit, for $49.99. After digging a bit, I found a 20% off coupon which knocks that down to $39.99.
With tax and shipping, pretty much $50.
So, 16 more pieces in the kit, for $20 less.
HMM. Decisions, decisions…..
I think I’ll take that one instead.
Anybody else I have looked at wants a hell of a lot more money than that for something comparable, even used. Like over a hundred bucks. Some WAY over a hundred bucks.
These will be adequate for my current needs.
I don’t know exactly when it is going to show up but that’s OK, I have some shit here I can use in the mean time.
Next is going to be a decent vise and a set of parallels.
I have been price shopping the shit out of a set of those for months now.
That is going to be very interesting because I have literally found HUNDREDS of different offerings in multiple places.
One thing at a time though.