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Old 05-18-2020, 01:48 PM
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Bought some at a H.F. store within driving distance. Thrilled at the price, very disappointed in performance. Not worth the money; but perhaps I got a bad batch. It soured me on every going back to buy any more. I'll buy the expensive ones from now on and I'm planning on getting a blade sharpener.
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:41 PM
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Ugh! I tried them once. You know my answer!!
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Old 05-18-2020, 04:17 PM
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I personally have had great luck with Harbour Freight blades, I always go get some when I'm in the US. I've never had them shipped to me so I can't speak to that.
In the 10+ years I've been using them, I have only once had one that wasn't good.

As an alternative, maybe ask for on line purchase options from board members (i.e. other sources) - I know some people have a favourite retailer where they bulk buy something like 100 or 50, and they are quite happy with their blades they order.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post
I haven't ordered anything from Habor Freight online before, so I can't say anything about their shipping department. But a few years ago I bought their rotary blades, the same ones you are describing, and I was not impressed. The blades were skipping continually and were so dull. They weren't worth even the couple of dollars I spent. Maybe I just got a really bad pack, but I personally won't bother with them again. Just my experience.
Ditto for me. I bought some years ago when people were just finding out about them at Harbor Freight. They were soon sold out. These purchased ones were great but I think they realized how many they could sell to quilters and the ones they've had since then have been absolute (excuse me) crap. Don't waste your money. I couldn't use any of them. They were not sharp and kept skipping. Very disappointing. Sorry.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:13 PM
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I wonder if they are dull because they are meant to cut carpet. Just a thought. I buy my blades at a LQS or Joann's.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:42 PM
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Don't waste your time or money. I've used them and threw them away after they wouldn't cut through a single layer of fabric cleanly. Skipped like crazy. Not worth the time nor effort to try them. JMHO.
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Old 05-18-2020, 06:12 PM
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Never tried them, I did try some years ago that some on here were very good. Not my experience at all. None of them were sharp. Now I only buy Fiskar and eat the $3.60 each.
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:20 AM
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There must have been an awful lot of us that got a "bad batch", LOL. Such a waste of our money! They are prob fine for rough cutting carpet. One experience (5 blades) was enough for me. The blades are made for carpet, not fabric.
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Old 05-19-2020, 05:53 AM
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I've had good luck with Quilters Cut on Amazon- great prices and do the job.
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:56 AM
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The only time I tried HF blades was a horendous waste of time and money. I couldn't even cut through one layer of fabric. Tried all 4 blades. None worked.
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