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Old 02-04-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

Just learned that they're opening a new Northern Tools within walking distance...

We only had a Harbor Freight up until now, but I'm wondering...Northern = same stuff as Harbor Freight?
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

I've always felt that Northern was better quality, and a way bigger catalog of stuff. We don't have one round me though...
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:01 PM   #3
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

their imports i think are the same quality as harbor freight, but cost more. they offer american made tools next to the imported stuff.

some stores offer work clothing.

check out their web site. that'll give you a better idea of what they offer.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:04 PM   #4
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

Northern Tool's imported stuff has always seemed to have been of pretty decent quality. To me, they're a notch or two above HF, plus they actually sell several US made brands (Channellock, Quincy, to name a couple) in the stores, plus more online.

Of course if your only concern is getting something at the cheapest possible price, Northern Tool is probably going to disappoint you.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:08 PM   #5
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

Thanks all for the info.

No, I prefer to shop quality vs. price. I do buy some stuff at HF because of price (e.g. nitrile gloves & shop towels when on sale).

My biggest motivation is that the new store is literally within walking distance. If I need something from HF, I have to drive.
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:10 AM   #6
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

we have both, and I visit both when I am considering a purchase to compare the products, for the most part it seems that the NT imports are a tad better than HF and for about the same money retail, but they do not have the cupons like HF. They are a good source for hyd hoses and supplies and as mentioned also have USA made items. Also a great selection of trailer parts like springs shackles etc. You'll like it when it opens it gives you options..
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:14 AM   #7
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You'll like it when it opens it gives you options..
Looking forward to it. I'll have Northern Tools, Grainger, MSC and Fastenal all within 1 sq. mile. Now if someone would open a decent metric bolt supply house, I'd be in heaven...
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:22 AM   #8
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No ace hardware near by?
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #9
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No ace hardware near by?
Mmm....no. Gotta drive there. Hate driving (well, I love driving, just hate driving HERE).

This is the kinda metric bolt supplier I'm talking about: https://www.belmetric.com/

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Old 02-05-2012, 12:34 AM   #10
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

northern > hf

hope they put one in columbus
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:31 AM   #11
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

Another that prefers Northern, I can go in a HF and walk out w/nothing, done it a lot too.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:23 AM   #12
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

I think Northern is better. They have a larger selection.


On a side note, I was in a HF the other day picking up a tarp. The older man & his wife in line in front of me were arguing. He had 1 small set of sockets & she was complaining that he was spending too much. He kept insisting " you know I don't buy cheap tools". His bill was $11. I wonder what they would do if they stepped on a tool truck.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:31 AM   #13
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+ 1 on Northern Tool positive comments ^^^^^^
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:44 AM   #14
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+2 on Northern! Got my welder there. Great service too.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6073_200306073


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Old 02-05-2012, 07:03 AM   #15
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

I like that they sell well-known brand names. Milton compressed air fittings, for example (of course, they have plenty of their own brands, too).
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:09 AM   #16
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northern > hf

hope they put one in columbus
Yeah I would like to see one in Columbus too
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:29 AM   #17
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

I shop at both -- each has things the other doesn't. About a year ago someone wrote in another thread that there is not a thing you can't buy at Northern for about 10% more than you can find it some where else.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:13 AM   #18
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

Northern has a much cleaner and better environment than HF. At least around here all the Harbor Freights ive been to have been dumps. Northern also has pretty good warranty on their own brand tools, they dont ask for receipts.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:49 AM   #19
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Default Re: Northern Tools vs. Harbor Freight?

I like Northern Tool as well, and have never had an issue with anything I've bought there......

They just opened one near me too, and on visiting there I noticed they had large sockets 1" to 3" plus for very reasonable prices like $7 to $10 each, and they looked well made. If you just need one size to do a special job that's a good buy, the same thing at Sears would be 3 or 4 times as much, and they probably would be out of stock.

However, I was also looking for one of those LED tailight sets for my little old trailer, the same brand, same box same everything was 1/2 the cost at HF.
So, look around, there are good deals in both stores.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:37 AM   #20
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Northern Tool's imported stuff has always seemed to have been of pretty decent quality. To me, they're a notch or two above HF, plus they actually sell several US made brands (Channellock, Quincy, to name a couple) in the stores, plus more online.

Of course if your only concern is getting something at the cheapest possible price, Northern Tool is probably going to disappoint you.
Actually I've found Northern to have the best price on a lot of items.
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