Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 51 to 75 of 76

Thread: Harbor Freight Blades

  1. #51
    Super Member kydeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    1,075
    I wonder if there are different manufacturers! I've tried them and my sister in South Carolina tried them and neither of us could find any that would cut worth a darn!! Wish I we had gotten some from "the good batch!"
    Debbie in Kentucky
    kydeb.wordpress.com

  2. #52
    Senior Member Dandish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Allen Park, MI
    Posts
    409
    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    Don't feel bad if you dont like the blades. I have three cutters and know how to separate blades and know how to insert blades in my cutters. Every single blade I have tried has been junk ($20.00 worth and no, I am not spending more money and time driving to HF to return them.). One I could not even get out of the package because the plastic was melted to it. Cheap is cheap and I don't have a lot of sewing time. The time I spent trying really hard to get these to work just took away from my precious sewing time. Not worth it to me and not worth it to keep trying. (I do love the board and have gotten many good tips here).

    It just seemed like some were trying to make you feel bad because you didn't like them. Just my opinion.
    The point wasnt that she didn't like the blades - some have good luck with them and some don't, whatever - I think issue was taken with the line about taking tips from the board in general.

  3. #53
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    172
    I'm with you. I bought 4 pkg and not one blade would cut.

  4. #54
    Super Member wanda lou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    In the country in Ohio
    Posts
    4,354
    I use them with no problems at all.
    Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.

  5. #55
    Super Member debbieoh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Sheffield vlg Ohio
    Posts
    2,374
    have bought alot with no problems. maybe you have 2 stuck together

  6. #56
    Senior Member sandypants's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Southern Mn
    Posts
    356
    I finally got a chance to buy some of the blades at the Harbor freights and I tried one as soon as I got home, just to try it and the one I put in, worked great. Cut real nice and hopefully the other ones will work as well. It's a great deal. Sorry for the ones that didn't work so well for them.

  7. #57
    Super Member coopah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Horse Country, FL
    Posts
    7,255
    Blog Entries
    1

    One more thought. I return my used blades to LP Sharp along with a check and they send me brand new blades in exchange http://lpsharp.com/3.html. The prices are excellent ($3 or new Olfa for example) and the added benefit is that I am able to recycle the old blades instead of throwing them away.[/QUOTE]

    Oh my goodness!! I never knew about this place! What a benefit to be able to recycle the old and get new ones for what look like (to me) a very reasonable price. Plus, now no more worries about anyone getting cut on the discards! Even though I wrap them and tape them securely, it's always a worry to discard them. Thank you for this address!

  8. #58
    Super Member kacy 49's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    2,047
    I also use them and love them. If I had to buy Olfa blades again, I would be out of luck. I am on my 2nd year using them and have not had any problems.
    Kacy from OK

  9. #59
    Super Member deedum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Bluebell
    Posts
    4,303
    no problems here at all

  10. #60
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Oh.
    Posts
    798
    Don't forget that they offer a money back guarantee. As of yet, I have not heard of one person who returned their blades....but there have been lots of complaints over the past few years. I have bought many of them and even sold then to board members who do not have a Harbor Freight store in their area. So far, all have been good.
    MONEY BACK GUARANTEE means....TAKE THEM BACK AND GET A REFUND..if you are not satisfied!

    June in Cincinnati

  11. #61
    Junior Member bmanley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    214
    I didn't like them either. They just wouldn't cut for me either.

  12. #62
    Super Member ILoveToQuilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire & Maine
    Posts
    2,782
    I just tried my first pack of HF blades. One: they have a very oily finish on them. Yuck. Two - the first blade I tried wouldn't even cut a single layer of fabric cleanly. It would cut, leave a bit of fabric, cut again, leave fabric (hope you can visualize this). Even though I only paid $1.59 (had 20% coupon) for the blades, I will stick with the name brands - at least for now. Perhaps I will try them again. BTW - they fit my Fiskars, Olfa, Clover and generic 45 mm cutters with no problem and rolled in each one. They just didn't cut cleanly.
    Anita

    The only place that housework comes before quilting is in the dictionary.

  13. #63
    Super Member hairquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    1,663
    Blog Entries
    3
    They work great for me also. The one I'm using now is about 6 mnths old & still cuts great!

  14. #64
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    439
    Quote Originally Posted by Karol View Post
    I tried. Honestly. Thought I could save some money, listened to the QB about how some were happy with them.......
    I ordered 10 packages online, more or less 20$, gave some to friends to enjoy....
    There were two problems. They don't roll in either a Fiskar handle or an Olfa cutter. The blade does not turn.
    I guess the second problem is somewhat obvious; they do not cut fabric.
    I will be quite reluctant to try such suggestions from the board in the future.
    Karol
    I sure hate to hear that you will no longer utilize the wonderful wealth of information on this board due to having had one small negative experience with something that could probably easily be rectified. Do as someone suggested and make sure you only have one blade in there and check to see how tight your nut is because I use those blades all the time and so do a number of my quilting buddies.
    Have a blessed day.

    Linda

  15. #65
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    439
    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    I just tried my first pack of HF blades. One: they have a very oily finish on them. Yuck. Two - the first blade I tried wouldn't even cut a single layer of fabric cleanly. It would cut, leave a bit of fabric, cut again, leave fabric (hope you can visualize this). Even though I only paid $1.59 (had 20% coupon) for the blades, I will stick with the name brands - at least for now. Perhaps I will try them again. BTW - they fit my Fiskars, Olfa, Clover and generic 45 mm cutters with no problem and rolled in each one. They just didn't cut cleanly.
    I have gotten an occasional blade that skipped with HF blades, but then I also have gotten some of the expensive blades that skipped, so it really can happen to any of the manufacturers.
    Have a blessed day.

    Linda

  16. #66
    Member biotechlady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Hannibal, MO
    Posts
    56
    I purchased one set at their store and tried them. Did not work for me either. Pitched them and went back to my old fiskars ones. Was bummed, but moved on.

  17. #67
    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Jozefow, Poland
    Posts
    4,500
    Mine weren't as good as the more expensive kinds, but I wouldn't say "throw them out". But I do prefer Olfa.

  18. #68
    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Jozefow, Poland
    Posts
    4,500
    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    I just tried my first pack of HF blades. One: they have a very oily finish on them. Yuck. Two - the first blade I tried wouldn't even cut a single layer of fabric cleanly. It would cut, leave a bit of fabric, cut again, leave fabric (hope you can visualize this). Even though I only paid $1.59 (had 20% coupon) for the blades, I will stick with the name brands - at least for now. Perhaps I will try them again. BTW - they fit my Fiskars, Olfa, Clover and generic 45 mm cutters with no problem and rolled in each one. They just didn't cut cleanly.
    This was my problem. I bought mine in FL at the Lakeland HF. I figured it was just a bad batch. A couple were really bad and wouldn't cut at all. They all fit.

  19. #69
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    Posts
    393
    They work in my Fiskars handle, but it's true, sometimes there's one little spot that is not sharp, so I cut twice. It usually solves the problem.

  20. #70
    Senior Member Delilah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Orange County, CA
    Posts
    314
    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    One more thought. I return my used blades to LP Sharp along with a check and they send me brand new blades in exchange http://lpsharp.com/3.html. The prices are excellent ($3 or new Olfa for example) and the added benefit is that I am able to recycle the old blades instead of throwing them away.
    Oh my goodness!! I never knew about this place! What a benefit to be able to recycle the old and get new ones for what look like (to me) a very reasonable price. Plus, now no more worries about anyone getting cut on the discards! Even though I wrap them and tape them securely, it's always a worry to discard them. Thank you for this address![/QUOTE]

    I should add that they do not charge shipping when they send the new blades out. That just makes a really good deal even better. The best part for me is that they recycle the old blades. I just hate throwing them away!
    OCD in the OC

  21. #71
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Western Washington
    Posts
    153
    When I had a problem with them cutting I discovered that I had two blades stuck together. After making a correction for MY problem, they work great and last longer than the ones I get at the LQS.

  22. #72
    Super Member Annya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Queensland Australia
    Posts
    1,387
    I wonder if the Harbor Blade company has found out that quilters are buying the blades and has some how changed the edges and maybe made sure they are blunter so you cannot cut fabric just so you stop buying them. I cannot get them here in Australia so I am not effected but it could for all of the USA quilters. the carpet people will not need the blades to be THAT sharp. Just a thought to consider. I have read a lot of people having DULL problems, especially with the newer orders. Just a thought.
    Last edited by Annya; 04-07-2012 at 07:24 PM.

  23. #73
    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    7,181
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Annya View Post
    I wonder if the Harbor Blade company has found out that quilters are buying the blades and has some how changed the edges and maybe made sure they are blunter so you cannot cut fabric just so you stop buying them.
    That makes absolutely NO sense. Why would a manufacturing company change their product so people STOP purchasing them???

  24. #74
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    439
    I can't imagine why they would want to do this because it would be just like shooting themselves in the foot. One thing they have done is to go up on the price of them. They were 2/1.49 and now I think they are 2/1.99.



    Quote Originally Posted by Annya View Post
    I wonder if the Harbor Blade company has found out that quilters are buying the blades and has some how changed the edges and maybe made sure they are blunter so you cannot cut fabric just so you stop buying them. I cannot get them here in Australia so I am not effected but it could for all of the USA quilters. the carpet people will not need the blades to be THAT sharp. Just a thought to consider. I have read a lot of people having DULL problems, especially with the newer orders. Just a thought.
    Have a blessed day.

    Linda

  25. #75
    Senior Member Michellesews's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    El Paso Texas
    Posts
    988
    Karol:
    The first time I used them I was disappointed, and then I realized that two had stuck together with the coat of oil that surrounds them. Once I put only one in, it worked great and this was an Olfa cutter, not that it matters. I tried to buy more on my last trip, but I guess the word is out in El Paso becasue the shelf was empty!
    Sorry one of the tips disappointed you, but here is another. I will not be buying blades for a very long time because I purchased the blade sharpener wtih the grinding stones that sends the blade around as sharpens it. A blade can be sharpened on this over 100 times and it only takes 30 seconds. If it has a nick in it from running over a pin, it will not help much, but just for dull blades, it is the champion. I picked mine up, new, on Ebay for $50.00. It should pay for itself in about 6 months...but I am a longarm quilter and I quilt and cut something every day, so it may not pay for itself as quickly for others.
    Michelle Guadarrama

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.