You live in NJ! There are more used machinery dealers around NJ/NYC than likely anywhere else in the US. Keep your eyes out on CL or ebay for good used quality built machines, they'll far outlast any of the HF stuff you looked at...
I would suggest the same. I know a guy who has bought a brake, mill, lathe, and drill press from used machinery dealers and liquidation sales. All are true industrial quality and USA made. Some of the stuff is probably 30-40 years old, but works better than ANYTHING new from HF.
Went to an HF store a couple weeks ago because a buddy forced me at gunpoint (well, not quite). Ended up buying a bottle of US-made hand cleaner. Last time I was there I bought a Goodyear air hose, also US-made. Those were probably the only two things in the store not made in Communist China. And neither one had porous castings or Grade 1 hardware.
__________________ Mike B.
No Tri-five at the moment. Just a very basic 82 C10 pickup with a 355, Vortec heads, and HT383/RamJet 350 roller cam.
Well guys they say admitting you have a problem is the first step right. So today I went to the Horrible Freight company and actually contemplated buying one of their metal brakes. That is until I started to closely inspect it..... Its proof that everything looks better in pictures then it does in person. what a POS! my God my old shop teacher would have flunked me right out of welding class if I had ever done anything that bad...
So needless to say I didn't have to muster up a lot of willpower to keep myself from buying it.
After spending way too much time looking through craigslist and the like I was wondering if anyone has ever come across any plans for building one? I have some ideas in my head and plan on putting them down on paper this weekend. So if you got any ideas let hear em.
Stupid me , bought a HF brake. Even after re-fabricating ,adjusting and tweaking this "thing" I found it to be junk. So, I got rid of it and continued my search for a USA made finger brake. Luck would have it. I found one on Craigslist ,of all places cause you have to be careful on that site.But haven't got burnt yet. But you ALWAYS have to keep your guard up. Called up about it and ask the brand and model and thats the last I heard from the woman for a month. Tried to call the number but no answer. Then, after 3-4 weeks she calls me back and asks me if I still wanted it. It was listed for $500 ,but she said she'd take less. Not bad for a Tennsmith (if its a Tennsmith) Went to look at it and it was in the back of a pick-up in pieces. I told her" not interested" but she said she had to get rid of it and would take anything for it.I said I would give you $100 for it and if it didn't work I would be able to get some of my money back by scrapping it. She said "great I'll help you load it up". Got it home pieced it together ,cleaned it, painted it and adjusted it and made a stand for it and very happy with it. It required a lot of work but turns out to be an older Tennsmith for heavier gauge metal that works pretty good. Fairly accurate after adjustment.I've searched for 2-3 yrs. for a good brake. Ebay-Craigslist-Tool sales-internet.I guess it pays off to be diligent.After having a HF straight brake you really are happy with a quality finger brake.Keep looking they're out there!!!
Collecting cars 50 years.
I still have my very first car a (57 Chevy Bel Air 2 door sedan) and several 5 6 and 7's now.
Retired law enforcement officer with over 40 years on the same department ..