"Ever need a 10mm socket and opened your toolbox only to find a sea of random sockets rolling around in complete chaos?"
Uh, yeah, like every weekend! And in the May 2013 issue of Truckin' - The World's Leading Truck Publication - they tackle this very subject, pitting Harbor Freight Tools' Pittsburgh 3 Piece SAE (#68100) and 3 Piece Metric Socket Tray/Organizers (#68102) against the other guys.
The 3-piece socket organizer fits nicely in your tool chest, and will fit most socket designs, including both regular and deep wall sockets. Holders for 1/4", 3/8” and 1/2" drives are also included on both the SAE and metric trays. Each 3-piece set sells for an incredibly low $7.99 and will service your needs for a lifetime!
So, what did Truckin' magazine have to say about the Pittsburgh socket tray organizers? Good stuff, of course!
"Purchased locally from Harbor Freight, the Pittsburgh three-piece organizers were easy to read, easy to handle and accommodated a total of 168 sockets, placing it in a tie for third-highest capacity. Large impact sockets fit with no issues, the organizers feature a lifetime warranty, and both SAE and Metric sizes only put us out of pocket for $15.98-- an incredible value. Overall, for weekend warriors or lifetime mechanics, the Pittsburgh socket tray/organizer is certified Truckin Tough."
Harbor Freight customers who have already bought these trays, love them!
"I use these at home along with the metric set in my tool chest to organize my socket. The price of these is incredible when you compare it to any of the alternatives that allow you to stand up your sockets vertically. They're built well, marked well, and do the job perfectly. Great buy!" Big Al - Ottowa, ON
"Accomplishes the same thing as other socket trays at a much lower price. They work great in the top of a tool chest or in a deep drawer... I have several sets that I use for standard/impact, 6pt/12pt, etc. and I highly recommend them." Isaac - Pella, IA
"I am by no means a mechanic, but I love my tools and try to take care of them. My wife got a Habor Freight magazine and she found the above-shown socket organizers. She bought them for me and I have to say I'm very happy with the price and quality. These socket organizers are made with thicker plastic post for your sockets and the trays are more sturdy than the "high end" brands... trust me, for the price you can't go wrong." Scooter - Chowchilla, CA
To read the entire "Socket Organizer Shootout" article, pick up your copy of the May 2013 Truckin' magazine!
When it comes to riding your motorcycle, it's not enough that it just runs good-- you gotta look good. So make sure you check out Super Streetbike's April 2013 issue (no, not the cover, lug nut-- I'm talking about YOU looking good).
On page 58 there's a nifty article on "Helmet Painting"-- a cool, inexpensive way to self-express on the road. But, as writer Brian Hatano points out, you need more than a creative idea to get your point across; it takes technique. So, he takes you through every step you probably don't think about when imagining that wicked skull with flames and roses... namely, preparation, detail, method and materials. To get the hang of the spray gun skills, though, Brian suggests we first get the feel of it with a practice helmet:
"For practice jobs, any helmet will work, but starting with a lid in good condition will require less initial prep and give you more time to think about designs and color combinations."
He then breaks down the process of executing a successful paint job-- from disassembling the helmet to applying the clear coat-- in crystal, concise detail. Great intel to have for when you're ready to go for it.
Interesting, however, is that even though Brian was working in a shop equipped with a large air compressor, he opted instead to go with the Central Pneumatic 1/5 HP, 58 PSI Airbrush Compressor.
"Although we had a full size compressor available, we tried out the Harbor Freight Central Pneumatic 1/5th HP Airbrush Compressor and it performed better than units costing twice as much. Zac noted the quiet motor with no pulsing in the air supply."
Constructed of sturdy anodized aluminum, the airbrush compressor is easy to clean and operate, and changing colors is a cinch. The airbrush kit works with lacquers, oils and latex-based paints to create pro-quality designs only limited by your imagination! It comes with a 22cc glass jar, 5cc metal cop and 5-ft. air hose-- and, at a low $88.99, it'll pay for itself over and over again!
While you're shopping, also be sure to pick up the Central Pneumatic Quick-Change Airbrush Kit for just $11.99. This enables you to switch out paints in a flash with next-to-no downtime.
This awesome setup would also be perfect for custom painting:
- Bike frames
- R/C and other models
- Auto body detail art
- Tool boxes or cabinets
- Metal sculpting
- Signs and murals
- Cosmetic and Halloween makeup
- Spray tanning
- ...and so much more!
Also, of course, if you want to support the team at the big game.
Back in May, a Garage Journal tool forum member, who goes by the handle "Mister Moose," shared with his group his personal odyssey in the pursuit of the perfect tool cabinet. Hell-bent on being thorough, he visited several hardware stores, most of the time coming away disappointed. Here are some of the observations he made along the way:
- Sears - "All the floor models are overpriced, underbuilt disappointments. I’m fine with their hand tools, but the chests and roller cabinets are not worth the price, not by a long shot. The tool chest buyer at Sears should be publicly run out of town."
- Home Depot - "Nothing to see here. Worse than Sears."
- Tractor Supply - "They carry 2 lines, Jobsmart, and Masterhand. Jobsmart is just like the Sears ball bearing series, except it’s black, and the slides are smaller... Masterhand is better... The really odd part is that they are priced the same. That’s right, you can get cheapo drawers and slides or decent ones for the same money at the same store. The 26 inch 8 drawer base is $329, and the 40” 12 drawer base is $499."
- Lowes - "I wouldn’t spend the $610 on the 41” model."
- Matco - "Just to compare to a higher end tool truck box, I measured up a 40” Matco box at a mechanic shop I do business with... It is a very deep breath to pay the extra tool truck price... and you won’t have to peel the name plate off in shame. You will however pay dearly for that name plate. This whole name plate shame thing really should stop if in fact HF has built a high quality box and offers it with no expensive commissioned salesman in a truck to the vast unwashed masses of us garage folk."
Having run the gamut, he finally turned his attention to the US General 44" 13-Drawer Roller Tool Cabinet ("Otherwise known as the favorite child of a large percentage of Garage Journal members") at Harbor Freight Tools. At least he was honest about how he got to Harbor Freight (let's just say, it wasn't the first place that came to mind).
"I hadn’t even considered the place until I started reading good reviews here."
A big thanks to the folks at The Garage Journal! But it didn't take long for him to spot the HFT tool cabinet's quality and value (great pics, BTW!):
"Lower drawer with double slides, riveted to drawer. Look at the left side upper edge, the rolled over reinforcement is visible. Lesser drawers don’t have this. Also, look at the drawer front. Both the top drawer pull and the lower edge of the front form a structural girder that allows more weight before deforming."
"The 14 pair roller bearing cage. Full double wall construction."
"The steel wheel caster with polyurethane tire. You can also see the other style casters on the 56” and the 5 drawer cart. Look at the dual angle iron supports & perimeter angle iron welded to the cabinet, and compare that to the ‘U’ channel visible on the 5 drawer cart."
In the end, it came down to either the Kobalt 27" or the Harbor Freight "44, which were (not quite) in the same price ballpark:
"Hmmm. Better construction, and 63% more storage... This is a no brainer. I bought the HF 44” box."
To read the customer's full review-- with tons of pictures, measurements and observations-- click here to go to the Garage Journal thread.
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I can't believe it's already March. It was warm and sunny this weekend, and all the garages in the cul-de-sac were open, shop tools howling and humming on new projects as kids took to the street with bikes and razors, and wives clustered in yards, catching up on all those mysterious lady-topics. I love this time of year.
A good friend of mine recently moved into the neighborhood and, for one of his initial projects, he wanted to re-tile his three bathrooms. He also talked about renovating the patio. On my advice, he picked up a Chicago Electric 2.5 HP 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw #69275 at Harbor Freight-- with a 20% off coupon, the price dropped to $204. The tool would pay for itself, plus some, after just one job!
While you may be thinking the price is so low, you'll be happy it lasts long enough to finish the one job, think again-- this beast is a keeper! Built in an over-sized steel frame, it comes with a precision linear bar system for smooth operation. The two-position cutting head lets you easily adjust the blade to handle tiles or bricks of various sizes. A built-in 3-gallon-per-minute water pump and a removable, high-impact ABS water tub are also included. Designed with a heavy-duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration, this professional grade tile saw cuts tile up to 24”. The head pivots to allow for 22.5 and 45-degree bevel cuts, and the blade is adjustable for standard tiles or bricks up to 3-1/2" thick.
I came across this video on YouTube this morning, submitted by a customer in 2010 who bought his tile saw back in 2006, and I thought it'd be a good way to show the machine in action. (The guy who shot it uses the handle, "jojuma91". Out of gratitude, I included a link to his YouTube page)
Strange music compilation aside, this is an excellent illustration of the saw's consistent, stellar performance.
In the DIY forum GarageJournal.com, the topic of "wet saws" comes up from time to time. Naturally, Harbor Freight is talked about-- sometimes not flatteringly, but notice how those comments are from guys who didn't actually own them. Here are a few I thought were worth mentioning:
"I have no complaints with my HF 10 inch wet saw. I cut all the bricks at crazy odd angles for my wood fired pizza oven and then cut a ton of bricks for my patio. It's still going strong - and was quite accurate. I then got a new blade and used it to cut my granite counter tops. I bought it on a 20% off coupon when it had already been reduced in price. It looks bad but still runs great. I normally expect HF stuff to last me a single job. The saw has exceeded that expectation." Chris
This next comment is so full of praise, I think the guy deserves a kickback (but you didn't hear that from me):
"Another vote here for the Harbor Freight 10" wet saw. A buddy of mine purchased one in 2003, for $279 I think it was. We have used this saw more than we ever thought we would. He tiled about 1400 square feet of porcelain floor tile with it, and a set of marble steps, lots of diagonal cuts, border, etc. The thought was, "Hey, if it lasts through this job, it will have paid for itself, vs. renting a saw". Saw worked great.
He then did his whole brick driveway (curved borders) with it. Came through like a champ. I then borrowed it from him, and tiled the entire main "public" area of my house, around 2,000 square feet, in porcelain, with a border stripe, all tile set on the diagonal. It took me about 2 months of evenings and weekends. The saw kept on working like a champ. When I was done with that job, I gave it back to my buddy with $100 and a case of beer.
I just borrowed it from him again last month, to tile the shop bathroom (porcelain, pics at link below). Friggin' thing is still working great. Keep a good diamond blade in it (as with all wet saws) and it won't let you down.
My buddy (co-worker) and I were in HF the other day, and noticed that they sell the same saw now, 8 years later, for the same money, and now, it comes with a folding stand, which his did not. We had a good laugh. This saw certainly doesn't owe us anything, at this point. When it finally dies someday, it will receive an appropriate viking funeral." Rob
"Another vote for the Harbor Freight 10". I can't even add up how much tile, brick and concrete it has cut in the last 5 or 6 years since I've had it. Just a belt and blade had to be replaced after I made the mistake of loaning it to a friend." incubus2432
For more insight into the Chicago Electric 2.5 hp tile-brick saw, check out the customer reviews on our site!
It's not enough just to claim having the lowest prices around. A Scion is a lot cheaper than a Lexus, but, well... Now on the other hand, if you can claim lowest price AND the same quality (or better) than the high-priced brands, now we got ourselves a ball game.
In the April 2013 issue of Car Craft (not online yet... I guess it goes along with the whole "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free" philosophy), in the Hands On section, I stumbled across an article entitled, "Testing Torque Wrenches", by Jeff Smith. The gist of it was to compare the performance of 1/2-inch drive click torque wrenches from Craftsman ($240), Snap-on ($323) and the Pittsburgh model (#239 - $19.99) from Harbor Freight.
"Then we discovered a digital torque adapter sold by Harbor Freight (#68283). This small unit fits in between a standard 1/2-inch drive breaker bar and the socket, and using a digital strain gauge, it converts the torque applied through the adapter into a digital readout. At a typical Harbor Freight price of $39.99, we decided to include it in our test. We frankly didn't expect this little unit to be very accurate. But the testing proved otherwise."
After running the torque adapter through five consecutive applications of 70-lb.-ft. of torque, the average came out to be an "amazing 70.1 lb.-ft. In fact, when they tested it against a Snap-On digital torque wrench "costing far more," the readings from the two tools were generally within 0.20 lb-ft.
As for the drive click torque wrench...
"... we also tested Harbor Freight's 1/2-inch clicker torque wrench, and it was also very close. It also has a range of 20 to 150 lb-ft and a lifetime warranty. Accuracy after five consecutive tests at 70 lb-ft ranged from 68.8 lb-ft (-1.2) to 70.3 (+0.3), with an average error of 0.30 ft-lb over five tests. It doesn't get much better than that for a mechanical torque wrench."
Bottom line: You don't have to pay an arm and a leg to get precision performance-- and with your 20% Off Coupon, you can have the drive click torque wrench for just $16! For so much less than the competition, Harbor Freight's 1/2-inch drive click torque wrench is the clear winner!
For a more detailed coverage of the tool test, get the April 2013 issue of Car Craft today.
Hot Rod magazine gave generous props to the Central Pneumatic Earthquake 1/2" Impact Wrench (#68424) in the Parts & Stuff section of their January 2013 issue:
"This is the Cadillac of ½-inch impact wrenches. From Harbor Freight, known for great tools and cheap prices, the Central Pneumatic Earthquake ½-inch Impact Wrench is rated at 700 lb-ft and has three forward speeds plus reverse. It has twin hammers inside that help to make more torque easier. It has less vibration than the competition and, according to Harbor Freight, is the most powerful wrench in its class. One other cool feature is that the exhaust port is pointed away from the user, so no more blowing air in your face when using the tool."
While I do love Hot Rod for being a renowned mag, full of informative articles, how-to's, showcases, etc., they'll have to go to the back of the line on this one. Harbor Freight's Earthquake 1/2" impact wrench is already a well-documented legend for, not only its power, durability and performance, but also the great price-- just $94.99 (around $76 with a 20% off coupon)!
"Do we really need any excuse to go buy new tools for the garage? Of course we don't, but the new Earthquake air tool from Harbor Freight gives you 700 reasons to pick one up when you need to get those stubborn, rusty fasteners off your Mustang!
"This professional class wrench (Item# 68424) delivers more power with better weight distribution, lighter materials and a more compact housing. Premium grade components with close tolerances give this tool a longer lifespan than conventional air wrenches."
"Harbor Freight returns with another price-conscious tool that should be in every garage: the Central Pneumatic Earthquake half-inch impact wrench. You may not need this tool for everyday wrenching on the bike, but when upgrading or replacing worn out sprockets requires the removal of a countershaft sprocket nut that will not loosen by hand, you’ll appreciate this tool’s power. The Earthquake Impact Wrench is an affordable way to get the job done with a torque range of 50-500 LBS.-FT., a working pressure of 90 PSI and three forward speeds. Make dropping a tooth or two with an aftermarket front sprocket easier with this tool."
And it's not just the magazines. Tool hounds at home also like the Earthquake impact wrench. For example, on this thread in GarageJournal.com's forum, several members admitted their fondness for the air tool:
"I've had one for a bit over a year and have used it quite a bit. I have yet to come across something that I was unable to get off with it..." strizzy
"I bought one a couple of years ago and couldn't be happier with it. Incredible power and comfortable grip.... It's been used and abused and just keeps on going. I'm sure keeping it lubed properly helps too. With an adapter and a Budd socket it even removed nuts from a truck that someone had swaged on with a cold chisel to make sure they NEVER came off. This thing had enough power to take them off right through the bunged up threads. I like it so much I'm thinking of buying their 3/8" Earthquake..." Curmudgeon
"I got the 1/2" one too. I use it every once in a while to remove some rusty hardware on my 20 year old sports car (read: bolts that have not been touched in a long time) and the Earthquake does it without any trouble. Its a great purchase even if it was double the price. But since its not...stop typing and go buy one!" sunshineFC3s
I couldn't have said it better myself. The Earthquake impact wrench comes with:
+Precision machined to master-mechanic standards
+Most powerful wrench in its class
+Variable speed reversible
+Less vibration and lighter than the competition
+Handle-vented to direct exhaust away from user
+Twin-hammer delivers more torque to the anvil
+Three forward speeds
I know... you're heading out the door. Don't forget your 20% OFF COUPON!!
I had no idea what kind of following Harbor Freight Tools had when I joined the company. Now whenever I mention where I work, though, I hear, "I LOVE Harbor Freight!" Always with a big grin, as if they're happily admitting a guilty pleasure-- like watching the Ice Road Truckers marathon, or when the family goes on a trip and leaves them behind. It didn't take long surfing the Internet to see just how widespread the love really is-- way beyond the weekend tinkerers or 'burb Dads with their "honey-do-ready" toolboxes. I quickly found a slew of niche websites whose members rely on HFT's low priced, hard-to-find and odd hardware-- not to mention the huge selection of essential tools and supplies. Numbered among these groups are survivalists and emergency preppers, solar energy enthusiasts, BBQ trailer builders, teardrop trailer builders, Pinterest crafters, RC model builders, paranormal investigators, AR builders, go kart hobbyists... as well as your garden variety woodworkers, welders, car restorers, four-wheelers, motorcycle wrenchers, compulsive DIYers and all manner of tool-wielding madmen building better mousetraps.
In all of these blogs and forums the question inevitably always comes up: "I need to get a _____________.What about Harbor Freight?" Someone informs their group about a proud purchase they made of a tool cabinet, a winch or an abrasive blaster. Another member posts a photo of their latest DIY project (like the one above). A full-blown discussion ensues, more photos and links are posted, and ultimately others get inspired to "go and do likewise." These sites also serve as war drums for whatever Harbor Freight Tools sale or coupon comes out and, truth be told, they spread the store's advertising as much as the store itself.
It struck me that Harbor Freight Tools' fan base, all spread out across the Internet, is like a big, open secret-- each niche group sequestered from the others, each possessing information the others could use. Wouldn't it be great if they could all come together to one forum, to exchange questions, views, projects, etc.? Dare to dream.
In the meantime, we'll be looking at these niche groups and websites. What is it they get at Harbor Freight? What do they do with the products? What, if any, innovations have sprung from their purchases? The first group we'll start with-- the Survivalists-- will be explored next week.
You may know someone who has every tool known to man (including some old, scary things you can't identify). Venturing into their garage is like stumbling into a flea market-- their workbench, walls and drawers all cluttered with hardware-- and they spend about as much time looking for tools as they do using them. OK, I wasn't going to say it, but... yeah, I'm talking about you. It's time to end the madness!
"So I have outgrown my start-up Craftsman 26-inch double-tiered toolbox and need to get something else for my HOME GARAGE-- Snap On, Husky, Matco, Cornwell, etc... all HUGE money. And then I came across the 44-inch wide multi-drawered U.S. General tool box from Harbor Freight. I know it is not professional garage mechanic quality like Snap On, but COME ON. When I saw this in person, I was very impressed with it. For the two top and bottom "middle parts" pictured below, 21 drawers and it runs $689-- that's less than HALF all the big name brands charge for a similar set-up. Anyone have one they care to comment on? They also sell the add-ons and I am considering buying the side drawer add-on for another $200 so in total I would have 28 drawers all for $889??? Am I missing something here?"
No, toofun, you're not missing a thing. In fact, you could get the entire ensemble pictured above, out-the-door (tax included), for under $1,200! I challenge any competitor to offer as much-- with the same high quality-- at such a low price.
Here's a breakdown of the individual pieces:
- 44" 13-Drawer Roller Cabinet (#68784)
- Red Roller Cabinet Top Chest (#68787)
- 7 Drawer Red End Cabinet (#68785)
- 42" End Cabinet (#68991)
It wasn't hard for toofun to make his decision:
"Yeah, on my way to buy one for sure today! Can't beat the price and Harbor Freight is killer in the deals department. I also like the fact that they have just about everything put together and set up for customers to touch and feel. The drawers really do slide in and out with ease. I have a Craftsman box right now and I would say they slide in and out better than those do. I also saw a video on YouTube of a guy STANDING on the top drawer of the lower cabinet with the drawer full of tools! Not crazy enough to do that but I though it made a good point, even though I probably would have chosen a different way to show it!"
In the end, toofun did go for all the three pieces he had been considering: the 44" 13-drawer tool cabinet, the top chest and the 7-drawer end cabinet. To say he was happy with the shopping experience would be an extreme understatement:
"Well, picked up the top, bottom and side pieces today. Worked out a deal with the store and got an even better deal-- PLUS, they signed me up for the Customer Rewards, or-something-like-that (Inside Track, heh-heh...) program. Basically you get coupons every week that are discounted even lower than the regular coupons they send out to the regular mailings. The discounts are on average about 10%-15% lower than what they offer the general public, so it really adds up if you buy a lot of tools. Also, I was worried about the (upcoming) sale and they said that within 45 days if I see a better price than what I got it for, to bring in my slip and they would give me the difference back! MAN, I LOVE HARBOR FREIGHT. Always liked their online store, but now that there is a physical location 2 miles from my house, it's like going into a strip joint to see what's new! LOL! "
I couldn't have said it better. When it comes to tool storage and organization, there isn't a better deal out there than the heavy-duty, industrial-quality US General series, exclusively at Harbor Freight! Come into the store like toofun did, and try the cabinets out yourself-- and don't forget the countless other deals throughout the store. You'll love the place, too!
OC Weekly, a news publication with a readership of around a quarter-million in Orange County and Long Beach, California, just released their annual Best of 2012 issue, covering the best and brightest of local restaurants, galleries, local bands and more. This year, under of the category of Best Hardware Store, Harbor Freight Tools was the recognized favorite:
"Whenever a business advertises its opening year, it's usually a good sign. Harbor Freight Tools has been selling to your granddaddy since 1977. The company began as a mail-order catalog and has since grown into a significant hardware retailer, with stores all over the U.S. Yet it's not this charming attainment of the good ol' American dream that makes Harbor Freight the best—it's that it feels like a neighborhood store right off Main Street. It's small enough to be manageable, but established enough to carry almost everything you need at ridiculously low prices. Need welding tools, miniature drill bits, bandsaws, jigsaws, lawn gnomes or something you never thought you needed with the American flag on it? Harbor Freight stocks it all."
Thanks to OC Weekly and all the good people of Orange County and Long Beach who have done business with Harbor Freight!
Opinions are like hand tools: everybody's got them. But while they vary when it comes to which Harbor Freight tools customers have on their wish lists, one item seems to make ALL the lists-- the wildly popular US General Pro 44" 13-Drawer Roller Cabinet.
How many times did you have a 'honey-do' fix, or faced a weekend auto project, and didn't know exactly where your needed tools were? They used to be in that drawer... or was it in that one spot on the workbench? I think it's safe to say, I'm not the only one who goes through that hellacious routine from time to time.
In the December 2012 issue of Chevy High Performance, Henry De Los Santos shared that, since his team finally graduated to a "real toolbox" (the 13-drawer cabinet), they now enjoy being able to find any particular tool right away when they need it. And since this tool cabinet is modular, he gushed, it can expand even more, with the industrial-strength US General Pro Top Chest...
...and the super-tough 7-Drawer End Cabinet.
Whatever your work or hobby, the US General tool cabinets and carts are the best values you're going to find. A lot of folks try saying that about their cabinets, but they don't quite live up to the combination of solid construction and low prices you'll find at Harbor Freight. Of course, you don't have to take my word for it, or even the testimony of a magazine. Just go on the site and read the dozens of reviews given by the customers who use them every day. They pretty much all say the same thing as this owner of the 13-drawer cabinet:
"I have shopped around for a new tool cabinet for quite some time, and this is by far (very far, actually) the best value I have found. The reviews confirmed what I had already seen in the stores, so buying this beauty was a no-brainer.
The cabinet is very well built, and the sheet metal is a much heavier gauge than the competition. The large top drawer and the two deep bottom drawers have a double guide set-up to carry some extra weight, which is a very nice touch when you have to store heavy tools. They'll load it for you at the store, but you better ask a friend to come over and help you unload this sucker or you might get hurt! When I unloaded mine, I had to remove all the drawers to even be able to slide it to the tailgate.
I bought it to put my mini-mill on, and I was a bit worried about how the 44" span above the top drawer would do with a 150 lbs mill on it. I cut a piece of 3/4" plywood as a bench top, put the mill on it, and the cabinet didn't budge one bit. I had planned to bolt the cabinet to the wall to make the setup more rigid, but I didn't have to, it was solid as a rock after locking the casters. However, it does have threaded holes (for the handle) on both sides, so it would be very easy to add wall brackets if I ever decide to do so.
The handles have paper labels with plastic covers, a nice feature for us who want to keep things organized.
I'm pretty picky with everything I buy for my shop, and usually try to stick with the "pro brand" stuff. However, this cabinet blows the competition plumb out of the water. A similar unit from the big brands would run at least three times more, and would still not be the same quality. Granted, I haven't compared with the top-of-the-line professional brands, but it sure beats everything I have found in the department stores and home improvement stores." TN Gunsmith