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  • Opinion on Harbor Freight and Refurbed Product

    Okay here's the skinny:

    Dewalt Miter saw:

    HomeLowes 10" - $227
    HomeLowes 12" - $299
    Harbor Freight 12" refurbed - $230

    What will you Guys do. I am more inclined to get a 12" just because it comes
    with the accessories such as clamps and extension rails. Does branding makes
    a difference, I mean it's a refurbed Dewalt and not a Chicago Electric.

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    myTechieGuy.Com,
    Is there a warranty on the remanufactured 12" saw? Is it as good as the new 12" saw warranty? If so I would buy the remanufactured one. If not I would buy the other and not think about it every time I used it... My $0.02... Good luck on your decision... I will have to check it for my self. I wouldn't mind upgrading from my old B&D...
    Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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    • #3
      I've purchased refurbished tools in the past. It was explained to me that most tools off the assembly line go untested whereas tools that are refurbished meet stringent standards before they can be resold. For the price difference, you'd be okay to purchase the refurb item. Just be sure to ask the store about return policy.

      My $0.02 worth.

      Mark Wyss - Wyssguy

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      • #4
        myTechieGuy.Com,
        I chatted with the folk at Harbor Freight and they said the reconditioned DEWALT DW705R has a 1 yr Mfg. Warranty. Same as the New DW705... Looks like a good deal to me... I think I may try for one in a week or two...
        Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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        • #5
          Refurb tools provide a substantial savings over new. They come with the same warranty (at least the ones I have been buying) as the new. I have bought several refurbs, mostly hand tools, and have never been disappointed. If you are looking for a good place to buy refurbs, try here:
          http://www.toolking.com/retaillocations/index.asp#

          They are located in Denver and offer free shipping. Bought a DeWalt 106K corded drill for $39 (refurb). Got it the same week I ordered it. Compare with a new one at HD or Lowes for $65 plus tax. [img]smile.gif[/img]

          [ 12-28-2001: Message edited by: Hergy ]
          Dick

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          • #6
            The biggest difference I have found with factory-refurbished tools is usually minor cosmetic blemishes. The Dewalt and Ridgid refurbished tools I have bought all came with the same warranty as the new tool and have performed very well for several years. I buy the factory-refurbished tools so I can get more tools for my money.

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