compactor at harbor freight

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by shade tree landscaping, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are the compactors from Hrabor Freight any good? Saw in their advertisment the 6.5hp Briggs placte compactor is only $499, plus I have a coupon for 20% off, makes it $399. For $399 it seems like its a great deal, but dont want to buy it if it is a total P.O.S.! If anyone has any good or bad to say about it please let me know. thanks in advance

    heres a link to the website, the sales circular has it for $499, website doesnt for some reason.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91762
     
  2. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper LawnSite Member
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    Everything I have ever bought from Harbor Freight has failed me.
    There is a reason it's so damn cheap.

    Remember, you get what you pay for.
     
  3. mwmdesigns

    mwmdesigns LawnSite Member
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    3000lbs force isn't the greatest...most of the time you get what you pay for...but..I've had a 4.5 in grinder I got for 19$ from them and it lasted 5 years..with some insane use...just figure on replacing any purchase from there a bit sooner than you would a name brand..sometimes you''ll get lucky and sometimes burnt
     
  4. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know its not the best quaility, but for the price I think its a great deal. Rite now i'm renting them when I get hardacpe work, 320 a week rental fee, so at 399 plus tax if i get 2 weeks out of it im ahead of the game
     
  5. Meezer

    Meezer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Get the extended warranty on it. it's worth it.
     
  6. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper LawnSite Member
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    Why not just buy a good used tamp like a wacker or something for $1,000 and have it for years instead of weeks?????? Quit pussy footin around! Anything worth doing is worth doing right!
    Is this how you do hardscapes? Cheap as possible? Come on man :hammerhead:
     
  7. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    not at all how I do my hardscapes, but I also dont have an extra 1000 sitting around rite now to spend on a compactor that I dont use everyday. If it was a piece of equipment that I was using everyday or ever week then I would def spend the thousand on a nice used one.
     
  8. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
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    Shadetree,I am curious,where did you get the 20% coupon? I may be buying something from them.
     
  9. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    They emailed me one a while back, and then I found one on an advertisment of theirs in Motor Trend magazine
     
  10. tomc327

    tomc327 LawnSite Member
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    If you join their mailing list you'll start recieving emails with special offers. Every once in a while you get a coupon for 10-20%. The only bad tool I've gotten there so far has been a cordless cut out tool, and that's just a battery problem. Anything bigger I haven't had anny issues. Tools I use on a daily basis, or even weekly, don't come from Harbor Freight.
     

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