2018 Road Glide Ultra
when the tooling starts off as crap, you get crap, aka chinese manufacturing. not a new revelation, and i just dont see a change. the majority are cheap. i used to be but now i make an effort to buy good products made here or at least not there. its tough and truth be told, if its a one off job, not necessarilly for my bike, but other things, i will buy the junk piece if only to know its laying around for a while to never be used. i had a bunch of nice expensive tools, then i realized how much beer was lost sitting there...but sometimes its just faster to grab their crap tools and turn a few dollars...or case of beer...I can't say for certain, but the part numbers may not mean anything in this case. I'm going to make a guess that these are made overseas (like a lot of stuff) and come here wearing a lot of different brand names and part numbers. The article says the cause is worn out tooling. Can one company (Harbor Freight) sell so many that they cause the factory to wear out? I doubt it. I'd be suspicious of any jack stand that looks like and functions like these do.
In fairness, they probably weren't made in America back then either. I've got a ton of Craftsman tools purchased as far back as the early 70's ... And most of them are stamped 'Made in Japan'.My stands are from the the late '80s, craftsman. Weigh about 35lbs a piece. I cant remember what I paid for them back then but it wasn't much. They probably aren't American made anymore but Im sure there are some out there for a decent price
Read the Tag . Unless it's from the 70s or earlier it probably sailed across a pond.In fairness, they probably weren't made in America back then either. I've got a ton of Craftsman tools purchased as far back as the early 70's ... And most of them are stamped 'Made in Japan'.
I try not to think about it though - I bought them at Sears & Roebuck damnit...