Humor a novice here, the only large thing Ive ever bought from HF was a lathe. As pointed out earlier in the thread is actually a pretty good lathe, practically identical to a model made/sold by Jet and Rockler for less money.
But my question is this, what the fuck is the major difference between HFs cheaper shit and quality tools? Say a wrench, socket set, hammer, or saw blade? Its all steel, you'd have to be massively misusing a lot of these tools to actually break them. Might strip a socket or a wrench but you shouldn't be trying to loosen a 50 year old rusted nut without penetrating oil anyways. Keep in mind all my tools are handmedowns from me father/grandfather, only thing I really buy from HF these days are nitrile gloves, heatshrink, and tape.