My review of HF's bandsaw and metal circular saw and Carhartt's jackets

HF keeps sending me 20% off coupons and I've been using them. Recently I bought a 08897 metal-cutting circular saw and today I bought a 47840
portable bandsaw. $60 each including tax! I live near one of their stores and can inspect stuff before I buy, and can easily return stuff that I'm not happy with. So I had no concerns buying these two. Unlike most of HF's power tools with shiny plastic housings which creak when you squeeze them, these two are actually well made. Good quality plastic, good quality aluminum castings, and decent fit and finish. While you won't mistake them for Milwaukee, they do appear well made and are a noticeable improvement over their earlier junk. They also do what they claim. I haven't had them for very long and only time will tell how long they last.
I don't see HF selling stuff at a loss, so even on sale at 50% off, plus a 20% coupon, they must still be making money!
Now moving on. With spring around the corner, the local Farm & Fleet has their winter coats at 50% off. I wanted to buy a Carhartt, but despite their tough exterior, all of them had a thin cotton lining. That just won't cut it when the temperature is in the single digits. I noticed 3 kinds--made in USA, assembled in USA and made in Mexico. All of them had the thin lining. On the other hand, the half-price no-name copies all had 3M Thinsulate linings (which I like--not as good as down, but still very good). I ended up getting two of these copies. What's up with Carhartt? They've got the tough looking manly styling down. But do they expect people to wear a second coat underneath?
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Yes. Layers are the key to comfort. They say it on one of the hangtags I've read. Also, look at what the models in the pictures are doing.
Joe Gwinn
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I usually buy either Walls or Duluth Trading gear. Made as well or better than Carhartt and MUCH better pricing. Anyone notice that Carhartt closed their plant in the US?
Steve
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I've worn Carhartts for most of 30 years when I was a union carpenter. They are tough. The short jacket with blanket lining is fine in Wisconsin winters if you're working outside, usually with a hooded sweatshirt underneath. If you're sitting on your butt then the longer superintendents model with the quilted lining is more appropos. I've worn (and been) both. Mmmm, you say they are on sale at Freek Farm 'eh? Tom
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You need to look for their "Arctic" line: heavy quilted lining that'll stand up to -30F temps with -50F windchill. Two styles of snap-on hoods are available: unlined and quilted lining. [Got both for mine.]
Depending upon your location, F&F may only stock the thinner lines.
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I actually prefer the coat with a thin liner so I can wear multiple layers such as sweatshirt,long sleve shirt,t-shirt,thermal...then take off one or more layers as temp changes.
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