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Thread: Harbor Freight blades

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    Senior Member foxxigrani's Avatar
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    I too have to say they are good blades. I bought some brand name from a local store, they were dull when I got them, the HF felt like cutting thru butter. I am very hard on blades as I tend to press to hard guess that is it. I am not sure. Anyway they have done a spot of cutting and still very sharp. You must have gotten a bad batch and it sounds like your experience was a bad one. Sorry.

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    I checked out the one in Springfield and they were out - darn

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliasb
    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    I bought the blades from my local Harbor Freight and I hate them. I bought the carpet cutter first and someone had stolen the extra blades out of the package.
    I went back a couple of days later as they were expecting a shipment of the blades and picked up 3 packages (they only received 3) and exchanged the carpet cutter.
    I used the blade in the carpet cutter first. There was only 1 extra blade, so thought someone had stolen the other. It skipped like crazy. I had to go over the edge 4 - 5 times in order for it to cut 2 pieces of material.
    I exchanged the blade, thinking maybe someone had also put an old blade in the package when they stole the original.
    I used a brand new package and it did the same thing. I don't know if I am having a run of bad luck or what, but I'll keep to the other blades for now.
    Although these are a lot cheaper, I don't want to waste any more fabric!
    Hope everyone else has better luck than I did!
    After just replying to your message here I decided I should right away test my blades. So I put one in my cutter and did some test on some scraps. I was able to cut 18" strips that were 6 layers thick without a problem. Nice and sooth. So smooth that I wasn't watching and cut right through a longer fingernail. I hope that you can find blades that work better for you. I have to wonder if it was just a bad bunch. I also have to wonder with HF sometimes it things like this might be seconds of some kind. For now the blades I have are working great. Good luck!
    Not sure if it was this thread(there are about 3 on this subject) but another gal was having the skipping problems too and realized after closer inspection that she had two blades in the cutter. She also thought the Pkg was defective having only 2 blades in with the cutter.
    Another couple of women have mentioned that they were very impressed as to how long the blades have lasted. They had had no skipping problems at all.
    Watch that new fingernail cutter you have there. Might put the manicurists outta business. :wink:
    :XD:
    PS, Don't forget to look for blades after October 1st. When I asked about freight day they mentioned Monday for most stores. Also if you get a raincheck it not only holds the price for you, but you get first crack of anything that comes in over the product that goes on the rack. They will fill orders first.
    Hope this helps... :lol:

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    i have just returned from HF - and found only 1 set of blades. A new girl at the register looked up the number and said they had 70 in stock. she called the Stock room and asked them to bring #........... to the front. When the stock man arrived, he had one carpet cutter. He told her she had used the wrong number. It designates the item it is used with on the card. He said there were no blades in stock!

    So, next week I will try again. I now have 4 pkg I can pass along to someone who need blades.

    June

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    I was wondering if the rotary cutter made a difference. I am using my Olfa cutter, I was wondering if the Fiskars would be better. Unfortunately, with moving my sewing room back and forth about 4 times this year, I have misplaced them. I am sure they are just in an unpacked box.

    I hope the blades start to work well as I would love not paying the high cost of the "name" brand blades.

    I will continue to watch this listing to see what others are saying.

    As for bad luck, that may be true. I am having a run of bad luck the last few days, including loosing my kids ring to me for Mother's Days which I had for years. It had they birth stones and they names inscribed. I have been looking like crazy for it. But it could be anywhere. Including at a picnic I went to over the weekend or in our pool as we closed it yesterday.

    Hope everyone else has good luck with the blades. I bought some for my friend so will see how she does.

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    I just got back from a nice trip, no blades to be found where I stopped, dissappointing but I did get a few other things for my sewing room, so still good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I went to Harbor Freight yesterday (they get their trucks on Mondays) and was able to get 5 pkgs of blades---total cost $8.10 for 10 blades. I also went online and ordered 20 packages. The total cost there was $40.48 but still not a bad price for 40 blades. However, the warehouse told me that they were out of them and the back order wouldn't be in until the first week in October. I told them to order more because they were going to be selling like hotcakes since quilters had found them.
    After reading this I went to their site and ordered ten pkgs, like you said on backorder. Even with the shipping it came to $30 so $i.50 a blade. Much much better than the $8.50 that the fabric store charged.

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    I went to Harbor Freight in Texarkana Tx today and bought 10 packages of blades @ 1.49 each. I looked for the small suction handle thing but they didnt have it. Also, Hancocks has a big sale on. I got spools of hand quilting thread for $1.31 each----bought a bunch!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Y'all watch the price is gonna go up on these blades because they are in such high demand right now.
    They went up 50 cents at the store near Portland, Oregon.

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    I am an uneducated newbie. I saw the thread about the Harbor Freight blades a week or 2 ago and at that point had not had to buy blades. I was at our local fabric store Tuesday for thread (since there is no fabric dept at Walmart there is nowhere else in town to buy supplies) I also needed blades and thought, how much could they really be. I was talking to the machine technician instead of paying attention to what I was doing. I handed the clerk a pack of 5 blades for the 45mm cutter. I was in shock as my mouth dropped and I hesitantly handed over my debit card. When I got out of the store I looked at the receipt, $35 and change for a pack of 5 blades -- YIKES!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltnmom
    I am an uneducated newbie. I saw the thread about the Harbor Freight blades a week or 2 ago and at that point had not had to buy blades. I was at our local fabric store Tuesday for thread (since there is no fabric dept at Walmart there is nowhere else in town to buy supplies) I also needed blades and thought, how much could they really be. I was talking to the machine technician instead of paying attention to what I was doing. I handed the clerk a pack of 5 blades for the 45mm cutter. I was in shock as my mouth dropped and I hesitantly handed over my debit card. When I got out of the store I looked at the receipt, $35 and change for a pack of 5 blades -- YIKES!!
    That is way out of line. Not on sale, they shouldn't be more than $24.99.

    Have you opened them? If not, I would return them.

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    No, as a matter of fact I haven't opened them. I may just take them back. However, since there are only 2 shops in town, the couple that owns the shop may take it as a personal offense that I think their blades are too high. Then on the other hand, my husband did just buy me a Bernina sewing machine from them a week ago this past Saturday. They didn't bother to say anything about Sept being National Sewing Month and the machines would be on sale in a week! We had been in an out of there for about a month looking. I was not happy when I was in there Tues and all the machines were on sale.

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    quiltnmom, I would not be concerned about whether they took personal offence. They are in a business and should be fair and straight with their customers. The fact that they didn't tell you about the sale coming up in 1 week, I myself would take as a personal affront.
    First I would show my receipt and ask for the sale price since I only bought it a week ago. If they agreed, I would return the blades, explaining that you were distracted and didn't realize the price till you got home. If they refused, I would return the machine and the blades.
    Then I would come back into the store and buy the machine on sale.
    Hugs and smiles, Linda aka wildyard

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    quiltnmom, I would not be concerned about whether they took personal offence. They are in a business and should be fair and straight with their customers. The fact that they didn't tell you about the sale coming up in 1 week, I myself would take as a personal affront.
    First I would show my receipt and ask for the sale price since I only bought it a week ago. If they agreed, I would return the blades, explaining that you were distracted and didn't realize the price till you got home. If they refused, I would return the machine and the blades.
    Then I would come back into the store and buy the machine on sale.
    Hugs and smiles, Linda aka wildyard

    I think this is good advice. Sometimes, we have to be our own advocate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    quiltnmom, I would not be concerned about whether they took personal offence. They are in a business and should be fair and straight with their customers. The fact that they didn't tell you about the sale coming up in 1 week, I myself would take as a personal affront.
    First I would show my receipt and ask for the sale price since I only bought it a week ago. If they agreed, I would return the blades, explaining that you were distracted and didn't realize the price till you got home. If they refused, I would return the machine and the blades.
    Then I would come back into the store and buy the machine on sale.
    Hugs and smiles, Linda aka wildyard
    Very well put---I totally agree with you

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    I just hope our run on these babies don't make them decided they are their next gold mine and raise the price! :D
    Wondering which rotary cutters do these blades fit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    I just hope our run on these babies don't make them decided they are their next gold mine and raise the price! :D
    Wondering which rotary cutters do these blades fit?
    most of the 45mm cutters, if you search the original thread, you will see all the ones it fits. I believe there is only 1 that it didn't. Sorry I can't tell you which it was.

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