I find that HF is just like any other place. You have to be choosy in what your intentional use of the product is. I've bought many items there that are as good as any other product. Check out the 'manufatured in' stamp on items or tools you purchase at Sears, Home Depot, Lowes or any other distributor and you will fgind they are all made in China or Taiwan or some such place. If I'm going to use a tool hard and heavy, I'll go to Sears, Home Depot or Lowes. If It's only going to get occasional use, I'll get it at HF and save a bunch of money.