Just visited the sale at the north Austin store. Holy cow!!! The place was packed! Perfect weather for a sidewalk sale...clear, breezy, low 70s. Picked up the HVLP gun I was looking for. Looks like it is designed 'strictly' for oil based finishes...can always use later. I'll hit WoodCraft for their inexpensive gun that will handle latex finishes(per the features and reviews). Picked up another 12v tiny air compressor for the vehicle. Great for topping off bicycle tires...$5 on sale, includes a couple adapters.
IF you don't mind buying non-American and you need to outfit a garage on the cheap, you could absolutely go nuts in the place!
I would advise you not to buy any tool that plugs in from HF There is a reason why items cost what they do, and that usually has to do with quality. Some woodworkers might be able to work at a low level of precision but if you get to be any good you'll want decent tools. As an example I'd been using a Craftsman miter box saw for a long time but always seemed to have a tiny problem. Finally I put a metal ruler across the face of the fence and found the problem: It was slightly bowed. That worked Ok when I was cutting studs but not OK for furniture. I tried to straighten it but wound up cracking it. at the time of purchase I had no idea that I needed to check to see if a fence is flat and straight - it's metal how could it be possibly defective?
I agree with Jens the dust collector at harbor freight is a hard deal to beat, although this months wood magazinee has a coupon in it for the d c at 149.00 instead of the 139.00 we paid
I have been buying Harbor Freight merchandise since the late 80's. The majority tools I have bought have done right by me. And I have bought quite a few. I worked for LSSI, a Lockheed maintenance subsidiary where we had to furnish our own tools. The majority of my tools were Harbor Freight with the exception of specialty aircraft tools ie. cleecos, microstops, cobalt drill bits, etc. I still have the majority of those tools in my home garage tool collection. I am a car nut and have changed engines, done suspension, body, electrical, fuel system , brake work and all that goes with the never ending puttering that goes with resto work on old cars with these tools. I tinker with woodworking also. I have their Mitersaws (2), drill press, router's, fullsize and trim, (1 Craftsman too) band saw, belt sanders, cordless drills, compressors (3) Pneumatic drills, brad nailers, fullsized nailers, rivet guns, nibbler, die grinder and I could go on and on. I also stock my wife's tool box as she does upholstery as a hoby and has her own tools. the point I am trying to make here is that if you take care of your tools, and not abuse them, they will take care of you. I know there are many that will disagree with me but I believe that many people that use tools are name droppers and buy the BEST for bragging rights.
I must agree though that some of the stuff they sell is crap but one can spot that on close inspectionof the item.