From: An Anonymous American Handyman [Email him]
This letter reminds me of an online discussion last year on a tool/handyman board regarding Harbor Freight tools. (They're an American company, but import a lot of stuff from China. ) I found the following post worth clipping at the time:
Originally Posted by halikJames Fulford writes: You can buy cast-iron radiators made in America 75 years ago and still heat your home with them, but it's much cheaper to buy "Made in China" —which may fail before the next election.
Anything made out of cast iron or similar alloy is pure garbage.
+1 on that. I know their bench vises are awful.
I think the problem is that 'cast iron' to them is 'random old sh^t that we melted down and poured into a casting.'[How about a Harbor Freight tool thread? , AnandTechForums, November 19, 2013]