Harbor Freight Catalog

Both a web presence and a store chain with a mail order catalog, Harbor Freight imports really inexpensive machine, automotive and woodworking tools from the People’s Republic of China. It’s the first place to go for tools which are needed for one project but you don’t anticipate a huge use for afterwards. They also have beguiling assortments of clamps, safety equipment, casters and consumables. Not everything smacks of first rate quality but the tools generally are sturdier than the lightweight offerings from the likes of Black and Decker, and still significantly cheaper.

-- Thayer G.