he made DARN good tractors. you can take an old ford from 39 to mid 60's and rebuild the engine for 500$ and go thrut he rest of the machine for wear parts and have a 'new' old tractor. if you maintain them right.. they probably don;t even need the rebuild till they hit 30-50 ys old.. then afterwards.. probably another few decades. ie.. next owner.
i seriously doubt the new crops of machines made now are being designed to last a century with repair parts..
My employer bought a pallet full of aluminum grain scoop shovels, made in China sticker on them, every one bent first time it was used. I took a handle off one for an old shovel, in a year all the sealer flaked off and handle twisted, Zero quality control, why would China alow this junk to leave there country, this is what gave them a bad name. I try not to by China products, but it is hard to find quality products. I think made in China products should have a land fill tax added to them, thats were most will be in a year or two.
I have had decent luck. MY HF welder is great for a $90 welder, i have paid myself back hundreds on the work i have done with it. I have some junk there to, but mostly fasteners and paper and bits and blades. My wood cutting friend bought a china made motor for his splitter, that thing will start first pull and never miss a beat in splitting close to 10 cords in the last few years. If it threw the rod today id buy another at the $90 he spent on it. They make some good stuff and bad, its the price point you buy at.
Think Apple, we love (americans) thier stuff and say how good it is. Yet where is it all made? CHINA in factories that employ 40,000 workers or so, and there like 6 of them!!
if it wasent for CHINA i would not have half of what i have today. Even the stuff you buy at Lowes is CHINA made!
I have a good selection of hand tools from HF, yea the pliers are not as good and wear out maybe , but you can have 3 sizes of channel locks and everyother kind of pliers for the price of a mid size pair of branded channel locks.
And the stuff at HF now has a lifetime warrenty on hand tools.
Well said Chris!! We have done this too, love the China stuff for that!!Quote:
Originally Posted by Soundguy
Excellent idea, and the chinese should be forced to ship their crap back to china and dispose of it there. One of the troubles we have is that when people buy American they expect refunds or replacements but when they buy this cheap chinese stuff and it fails they often toss it and buy another. Every one of you that buys chinese when there are American alternatives within a reasonable price difference should start insisting on full refunds or replacements to help level the field. Or you should stop returning your American purchases if you toss your china stuff.Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr Dave
I will not support a communist repressive society by willingly buying Chinese. And yes, I know my baseball cap was made in china, that is not my point. My point is to buy American or at least from a friendly democratic country WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
Food from china was brought up a while back. If chinese tools are good enough for your standards, food from china should be good enough to feed you and your family. I don't understand why someone would make that differentiation.
So who here would do this to a Snap On wrench? When the choice is to modify a wrench so you can remove a bolt through an access hole in a bell housing to pull a tranny to replace a throw bearing or pay a tow truck to haul it to a garage where you can pay them it seams pretty clear to me which is more expensive.