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Thread: Blades from Harbor Freight

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    Thumbs up Blades from Harbor Freight

    I was so excited to try those blades for my rotary cutter from Harbor Freight. My husband goes there all the time and really likes the store. So he bought me 4 packs of them. I finally put one in last nite. Oh my gosh! They were terrible. I thought maybe it was my cutter so I tried them in another cutter. And the same thing.......they skipped and just did not cut properly. My dull blade I was replacing worked better than the new one. So this morning I took them back to the store. They were so nice and did not hesitate at all about giving me a store credit as my husband did not save the receipt. I can't understand how some quilters said they worked so good. I tried mine in my Olfa cutters. Did they have different cutters???

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    I've not had any trouble using them in mine. Maybe you just got hold of a bad lot.
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    I tried them too, and must have gotten a bad batch. I have switched to the 90mm cutter that closes it self, and love it.
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    I use them and have had a few that I chose not to use. You can't beat the price though!
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    I think the reviews are mixed. so many of us are having no problems with them, and then there are many who are. One suggestion made was to make sure there is only one blade in the cutter. But this may not be the issue. I've used several and so far no problems, so time will tell.

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    I use them all the time and don't have any problems. Occasionally, I will get one that doesn't cut properly and I just toss it. You can't beat the price. I do use an Olfa Rotary Cutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhweaver View Post
    I tried them too, and must have gotten a bad batch. I have switched to the 90mm cutter that closes it self, and love it.
    90mm....must be the size of a saucer....are you sure it was not a 60mm??

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    I'm sorry to hear that your experience was not positive. I use them with so-so success, but the price outweighs the success rate.
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    I bought them and tried them just this weekend and it was horrible ! i've decided I will pay for the more expensive replacement blades and be done with it. I've now got two packages replacements, don't have a receipt and certainly don't need a store credit !

    It might be one of those things that works sometimes and doesn't others.....I just don't have the patience to deal with it right now.

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    I tried 2 packs (4 blades) they were as dull as can be
    Went to Joanns last week for their sale on Olfa blades...A five pack of 45mm for $15.99 ......stocked up
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    I love mine ... sharper and lasting longer than any of the expensive ones I got from big brand name companies. I have them in both my Olfa and 'orange and grey' one, the name is rubbed off.

    I agree, maybe you got a bad batch. I figured mine were working so well cuz they had to be really sharp and strong to be cutting carpets ... compared to just fabrics.

    So far the few packs of 20 that I bought have all been really great, I bought mine online last year when the quilters had a run on them at the local Harbor Freight stores.
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    Harbor Freight blades, did you notice they are circle in the center and the ones you buy from JoAnn's have a different center on them, that could be some of the reason. I have used both at different times, mixed emotions.

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    I have been using a Harbor Freight blade. I have made a queen size quilt, DP9 that I cut myself, 5 mug rugs, 2 clutches, a bow tuck bag. It is still sharp. Maybe you just got a bad pack. The blade I had before was an Olfa. The Olfa skipped and I had to recut over an over. You can get bad blades with name brands too.

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    Mine worked great. Maybe it was a bad batch. At the price it might be worth trying again
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    Perhaps we've been buying them up so quickly that the manufacturers have begun to go a little too fast in the process. I've had one that I had to throw out but other than that have had very good luck with them.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    I bought some and the ones I tried were beyond dull. I was so frustrated, I didn't bother to open any of the other packs I bought. I'm not giving up but Yuck! It was awful. The bad blade I took out of the cutter worked better than the new Harbor Freight blade. With so many people using them, maybe there is hope the next ones will be better.

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    I just put one in the rotary cutter a couple of days ago. I swear I have never had any blade as sharp as that one. I haven't had any problems with any of them so far, but this last one was especially sharp.

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    I,m with you. I ordered 10 packs awhile back when they were on sale. They are horrible. I tried time and again to cut
    with them and as you say, the one they were replacing it with was better.
    I will never purchase them again.
    I,m, just stuck with all these. I will go back to Olfa and Fiskars.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfletcher View Post
    I use them all the time and don't have any problems. Occasionally, I will get one that doesn't cut properly and I just toss it. You can't beat the price. I do use an Olfa Rotary Cutter.
    Me too. But even if you have to throw a few away, you are farther ahead than paying the outlandish price at the LQS or Jo-Anns.
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    Unfortunately I too bought 4 packs and have a horrible batch--dull, pulled at the material. Price was great, cut not at the expense of the accuracy of my quilts
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    I had that problem with some too, but it was my cutting mat, NOT the blades!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1 View Post
    I've not had any trouble using them in mine. Maybe you just got hold of a bad lot.
    Yes I think sometimes the batch is bad. I am sure they are made inChina. I have not had a problem with mine so far, but they are so cheap that if you get a bad one now and then it is not a big deal

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    I didn't have any problems with mine. Now I sent some to a friend and she said they were awful, but come to find out she had both blades there, she didn't realize there were two and they were stuck together.
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    I haven't had the opportunity to try out the Harbour Freight blades. I just bought the sharpener for the OLFA rotary blades and have been relatively successful with sharpening the old blades. They won't last as long after being sharpened, but they do work again...not sure how many times I can sharpen them, but will let you know when I find out. I did check with the two HF stores that are in our area...over 60 miles away....and they look at me like "deer in headlights".
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    I haven't had any problems with the HF blades. I gave one to a friend of mine about a year ago and she's still using it, with no problems.

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