Turn Your Car into a Star!

Reupholster your door panel quickly and easily with a little help from Harbor Freight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t always take a lot of work to increase the value of your vehicle, improve its look and make it more enjoyable to drive! Here’s a simple project that will do just that and save you a ton of money compared to getting it done professionally—reupholstering your car door panels.

First, you’ll have to remove the door panel. A lot of do-it-yourselfers try to use tools they have like screwdrivers to pop the clips and that’s a mistake because you can end up doing more damage!

Harbor Freight has a great set of tools designed specifically for this project—the Upholstery and Trim Tool Set 5 Pc. And the price? Hey, it’s Harbor Freight!

The set contains everything you need to remove door panels and more from your vehicle. Made with heat-treated, polished stainless steel blades, the tool set features wide blades to reduce marring or damage to your vehicle during panel removal. With rubber handles and knurled grips for control and leverage, this upholstery tool set is ideal for the car enthusiast and auto body specialist alike—and perfect to use for this project!

Here are the other materials you’ll need:

Once the panel is off, remove the old skin, which may require cleaning off glue and/or staples as best you can using sandpaper and needle nose pliers respectively.

 


Trace your door panel onto the foam with the marker and cut it out with your scissors. Test fit it on your panel to make sure it lines up.

 


Lay your foam down on a flat area such as a workbench. Take the interior side of the door panel and lay it face down on the foam.

Spray the panel side of the foam with adhesive. Also spray the panel with adhesive. Let the two surfaces sit until the adhesive gets tacky. Once tacky, apply the foam to the panel and let dry.

After the foam has dried to the panel, cut out the openings.

 


Lay the vinyl or duck cotton down on the table face down. Note: take care not to get any adhesive on the material at this point.

Loosely trace around the panel leaving a 2–3 inch gap around the entire panel and cut out the material.

Apply adhesive to the back of the material and let it get tacky. Also apply adhesive to the foam on the panel and let it get tacky as well. Once both surfaces are tacky, apply the material to the panel. Pull the material taught and cut where needed to ensure a proper fit.

If you’re happy with the fit, slice your openings—always start small and increase your cuts.

Reapply any clips and/or weather-stripping to the panel.

 


Put the panel back on.

Reattach handle trim, window controls, etc.

Do a little victory dance and treat yourself to an ice-cold beverage for a job well done!

 


Note: you can get quite creative with the material you select. Your local fabric/upholstery store will have tons of options!

Check out Harbor Freight’s complete line of automotive tools including floor jacks, diagnostics equipment and much more at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

Source material:
popularmechanics.com
instructables.com
buildersforeternity blog

Portable Power Packs and Jump Starters

Power when you need it—where you need it!

 

It’s normal to take power for granted … until the car battery dies, the cell phone runs out of juice or you’re in the middle of a camping trip when you remember you promised your boss you’d finish making changes to the spread sheet and email it back before Monday. When you need power—you need it here and you need it now!

That’s where Harbor Freight comes in with several different options of combination power pack/jump starters.


3-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Starter
You’ll never have to ask for a jump start again and wrestle with unruly jumper cables. Protected in a sturdy high-impact case, this Cen-Tech 12-volt power supply  and jump starter can jump start a weak or drained 12 volt car battery quickly and easily. The 6 AWG industrial booster cables and heavy-duty alligator clips with copper-coated steel clamps attach to any car’s battery. The built-in 3 LED light illuminates your work area so no need to be afraid of the dark! The power pack also features two 12 VDC outlets and USB charging port for smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.


4-in-1 Jump Starter with Air Compressor
With this Cen-Tech power pack, also housed in a durable high-impact case, you can jump start a 12-volt car battery, illuminate your work area with the built-in 3 LED light, and charge smartphones and other electronics with  two VDC outlets and USB port. Additionally, it features an integrated 250 PSI air compressor with gauge—perfect to fill a flat tire or use to fill sporting equipment, inflatable pool toys, etc.

 


5-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Start

Housed in a heavy-duty rubberized case, this Cen-tech power pack features a jump starter with 6 AWG booster cables and copper-coated steel clamps, super bright 4-way LED work lights, dual 12 VDC outlets and USB port for charging electronics, 300 PSI air compressor with gauge—and 200 watt power inverter with dual AC outlets.


Lithium Ion Jump Starter and Power Pack
This Viking power pack delvers BIG but can still fit in your glove box! The special battery is designed to maintain its charge for extended periods—up to 70% after 2 years. This compact power pack features a jump starter, USB/12V power bank for charging smartphones and other electronic devices, flashlight and auto power-off to preserve battery life. Comes in a convenient carrying case.

 

Harbor Freight is the place to go for all your power needs! In addition to the combination power packs/jump starters featured above, you’ll find a complete range of generators, solar supplies, batteries and more—just visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Get Moving with Harbor Freight

Moving can be an extremely stressful experience. But whether you’re moving across town or across the country, a little bit of planning and preparation will go a long way in making your next move smooth—and save you time and money in the process!

Here are a few suggestions:

Make a list of what needs to be done
Disconnecting utilities, supplies to purchase, etc. When you’re in the middle of moving, it’s easy to get sidetracked or forgetful, but your trusty list will keep things in order!

Have plenty of supplies
You’ll need the basics like pens, tape, color-coded labels and most of all … boxes! Get plenty of boxes—more than you think you’ll need! Most moving supply companies will buy back unused boxes so there’s no reason not to get extras. On the day of the move, keep ten boxes aside ready for bedding, clothing and cleaning supplies.

Wardrobe boxes
Not only do these large upright boxes make moving clothes a lot easier, but you can put comforters, towels and other bulky items in the bottom portion. Just make sure the boxes aren’t too heavy to lift!


Tip: measure the clothes in your closet and then find
out how wide the wardrobe boxes are so you’ll know
how many you’ll need.

Color coding and grouping
Pick a color for each room, for example, yellow for the kitchen. Put the respective color labels on the boxes designated for that room. If you’re using movers, put a matching color label on the door of the room in your new location so they’ll know where to put the boxes.

Move lamps with lightbulbs, bookends with books, extension cords with appliances, cable cords with the TV, etc. It will make unpacking and getting set up a lot easier!

Pack ahead
Waiting until the last minute can be overwhelming and there’s no reason why you can’t pack in advance those items you don’t use day to day. Also, if you have three TVs in the house, pack up two of them and live with the one TV for a few weeks—or you could pack up all three and the family could spend more time talking to each other … nah!

Luggage, baskets and duffle bags
Fill ‘em up with sheets, towels, documents and the clothes you’ll want immediate access to when you arrive at your new home! It will be a lot easier to keep track of and spot a suitcase during a move compared to one of several dozen cardboard boxes.

Sandwich bags
Use them for holding small parts like screws, nuts, bolts and brackets. They can then be taped to and packed with their corresponding items or kept in your purse or backpack so you’ll have quick access when you arrive at the new location.

Take photos of how electronics are set-up
It can be frustrating to get into your new home and then not be able to hook up all the electronics you depend on! A picture will solve that problem!


A picture says a thousand instructions

Vacuum seal out-of-season clothing
It will take up less space when moving and then can go directly into storage in your new home.

Make your last grocery shopping trip two weeks prior to moving
Dried goods can be packed and moved, but perishables … well, they’re perishable! Make a point of eating the food in the refrigerator (and freezer) for the few weeks leading up to the move—the more you use, the less you’ll have to throw out which is a waste of money. Also, it’s a good idea to let your refrigerator defrost a day or two before moving so you can wipe up any excess liquid and not have to unpack a stinky, wet mess in your new home!

 

Harbor Freight Tools carries a full line of moving supplies and equipment. Check out these moving items:

Moving Blankets
A must-have for protecting furniture and other items.

72 in. x 80 in. Moving Blanket

 

40 in. x 72 in. Moving Blanket

 

Hand Trucks & Dollies
For moving stacks of boxes, large appliances and other heavy items, hand trucks and dollies are mandatory equipment. Harbor Freight offers several different types depending on your needs.

2-in-1 Convertible Hand Truck – 800 Lb. / 600 Lb. Capacity

 

600 lb. Capacity Appliance Hand Truck

 

600 lb. Capacity Extra Wide Hand Truck

24 in. x 36 in. Folding Platform Truck

 

150 lb. Capacity Foldable Hand Truck

 

16 in. x 28 in. Folding Platform Truck

 

700 lb. Capacity Utility Hand Truck

 

700 lb. Capacity Bigfoot Hand Truck


30 In x 18 In 1000 lb. Capacity Hardwood Dolly

 

18 In. x 12 In. 1000 lb. Capacity Hardwood Dolly

 

30 In x 18 In 1000 lb. Capacity Polypropylene Dolly

 

19-1/2 In x 14-1/2 In 200 lb. Capacity Polypropylene Dolly

 

Shoulder Dolly

 

Other Moving Accessories and Supplies


Magic Mover Furniture Sliders

Move heavy furniture and large appliances easily!

 


60 Yards Masking Paper

Protect surfaces when moving in or out!

 

18 in. x 1470 Ft High Performance Stretch Wrap
Bind boxes and other items quickly and easily.

 

5 in. x 1000 ft. High Performance Stretch Wrap
Also used for binding boxes and more.

 


1.88 in. x 55 Yards Clear Packaging Tape 3 Pk

Also available in single rolls.

 

Swivel Handle for Wooden Dolly
Gives a wooden dolly more maneuverability.

 


Vacuum Storage Bags, Set of Three
Use your vacuum and these bags to maximize packing and storage space.

 

105 Pc Tool Kit with 4-Drawer Chest
Remove and reconnect hardware, make quick repairs and more!

 

Take the hassle out of moving with a little help from Harbor Freight Tools. You can visit one of 800+ locations nationwide or harborfreight.com. Now get moving!

 

 

 

Source Material:
TheSpruce
Buzzfeed

 

Multi-Tools, Multi-Attachments, Multi-Uses!

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Chicago Electric multi-tools are the Swiss Army knives of power tools. With over twenty different attachments available, you can tackle hundreds of home improvement, renovation and maintenance tasks, replacing numerous bulky power tools and saving time, money and space!

Here are the models available:

Oscillating Multi-Tool

This model delivers up to 21,000 OPM—perfect for remodeling and home repairs, car repairs, hobbies and more! The unique spindle and blade arbor design enables the user to lock the blade in seven forward positions for added versatility. Able to saw through wood up to 2 in. thick, the tool features sturdy die-cast aluminum housing and sealed bearings for long life.

Variable Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool

When you need more precise control during jobs, the variable speed function provides between 10,000–20,000 OPM. It also features die-cast aluminum gear housing and sealed bearings. The overmold grip provides added comfort for extended use. It’s ideal for cutting through cable, pipes, sanding down concrete and plaster—and sawing wood up to 2-1/4 in. thick!

12 Volt Cordless Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

When plugging in is a problem or you need added mobility, go cordless with this multi-tool that uses a rechargeable 12V lithium-ion battery. The tool provides between 10,000–18,000 OPM, delivering precise control ranging from detail work to tough jobs. Cut, sand or scrape through metal, plastic, masonry, drywall and wood up to 2 in. deep.

 

With numerous attachments, you can do almost any job using just one multi-tool. Each attachment has a specific purpose and is designed for use with certain types of materials. Here are just some of the attachments from which to choose:


Multi-Tool Blade Set 3 Pc

This set of stainless steel blades includes one cutter blade with an aggressive-toothed edge that makes quick work cutting a variety of materials and two scraper blades—an angled one for getting into recessed areas and a flat one for exposed areas.

 

1-1/8 in. Bi-Metal Multi-Tool Reduced Shank Plunge Blade

The unique design of this plunge blade can be locked in seven different positions providing the best angle for your project. Aggressive teeth enables you to make high-speed cuts on aluminum, copper, brass, steel, wood, drywall and most plastics with ease. The reduced shank size makes easier curve cutting and clears wood chips faster for less burning and stalling.

3-1/2 in. High Speed Steel Multi-Tool Half-Moon Blade

The half-moon blade is designed with a universal arbor that fits the Harbor Freight multi-tool models as well as other brands. The blade works on wood, plasterboard, drywall, plastics, nails, thin metal, aluminum, brass and copper. It’s ideal for cutting baseboards, trim and door jambs.

4 in. High Carbon Steel Multi-Tool Serrated Knife Blade

This blade is specifically designed for slotting and cutting a variety of soft materials, including carpet, cardboard, leather, vinyl, linoleum, rubber, insolation, foam and plastic. It also features the universal arbor design for use on other brands in addition to Chicago Electric.


3-1/2 in. Diamond Grit Multi-Tool Half-Moon Blade For Masonry

Use this diamond-grit attachment to remove grout, cut plastics, wood putty, drywall, cement board, epoxy and glue joints, cut masonry and notch tiles. The half-moon shape also lends itself to corner work. The blade had a universal arbor that fits the Chicago Electric multi-tools and several other brands.

Multi-Tool Triangle Sanding Pad

The 3 in. long x 3-1/8 in. wide triangle sanding pad is ideal for finish detail work, corners and other tight spots. It features a ½ in. thick foam pad and utilizes triangular sanding sheets (sold separately) that attach via hook-and-loop. Triangular sheets are available in 60 grit, 120 grit, 240 grit and an assortment for painted surfaces.

Multi-Tool Finger Sanding Pad And Paper Set 6 Pc

This attachment is designed for hard-to-reach, narrow spaces like channels, grooves, openings and rabbets. You can lock the blade in seven different positions, depending on the job. It comes with course, medium and fine grade sandpaper, 60, 120 and 240-grit respectively. An additional 9 pc assortment of sheets (pictured above) is also available.

 

Once you start using a multi-tool, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one, like these customers:

The more I use this product, the more I like it. – do it yourselfer, Vallejo, CA

Don’t know how I’ve ever made it without this tool. – Pooh, MO

Best purchase I have ever made from Harbor Freight. This tool can be used in many applications and takes the place of many bulky tools. Would definitely recommend! – Bruce in NC, Goldsboro, NC

To check out the selection of Chicago Electric multi-tools and the complete line of multi-tool attachments, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

Father’s Day Gift Project

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, you may be struggling to find the right gift, one that says, “Dad, I love you and I’m sorry you had to spend your work bonuses on my orthodonture.” Or some message to that effect … Instead of shopping for the right gift though, you may want to consider making it with all those great tool skills Dad taught you.

Here’s a great Father’s Day gift that Dad is sure to love—and you’ll love making it—the Carpenter Themed Father’s Day Coat Rack!* Most of the tools and materials you’ll need are available through your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Materials needed:


·        1 in. x 12 in. x 6 ft. piece of wood (red oak pictured)
·        Five claw hammers
·        Two angle squares
·        Five 1 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch tap con screws
·        Seven wood or specialty screws (see pic below)
·        Eight #6 screws
·        Additional screws or fasteners depending on type of wall to which attached

 

Step 1


Using a measuring tape, set your table saw and cut the board into two pieces lengthwise—9 in. wide and 3 in. wide respectively.

 

Step 2


Bevel the edges using a router and 1/2 inch round over router bit.

 

Step 3


Measure in 3/8 in. on the top board and draw a line down the edge for the screws.

 

Steps 4 & 5


Drill
seven 1/8 in. holes and install the black specialty screws (or wood screws) to assemble the rack.

 

Step 6


Determine the right height and angle for the claw hammers.

 

Step 7


Mark and cut the hammer handle.

 

Steps 8 & 9


Pre-fit the hammer head to the board and make sure it’s the angle and height you desire then cut the other four hammer handles.

 

Step 10


Pre-drill the hammer heads with a 7/32 in. drill bit.

 

Step 11


Pre-drill the board with a 1/4 inch drill bit.

 

Step 12


Use 1-1/2 in. long by 1/4 in. tap con screws to assemble the hammer heads to the board.

 

Steps 13 & 14

Mark and drill four 3/16 in. holes in each angle square and attach to the board with #6 screws.

 

Step 15

Apply
a water-based coating to protect the finish.

 

Step 16


Mount the coat rack using appropriate fasteners based on the composition of the wall (wood, brick, drywall, etc.) and enjoy!

 

For more quality tools at ridiculously low prices or other great gift ideas for Dad, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store—and discover the value over 40 million customers enjoy!

 

 

*Pictures and instructions provided by instructables.com

Working with Concrete, Masonry or Other Tough Materials? It’s Hammer Time!

You’ve decided to tackle a construction or renovation project on your own that involves drilling or breaking down concrete, masonry or other tough materials. If that’s the case, you’re going to need either a rotary hammer, demolition/breaker hammer or combination hammer.

For those new to working with concrete, a rotary hammer is a power tool that combines rotation with a hammering action to penetrate concrete. A demolition/breaker hammer chips or breaks up concrete—they can also be oriented for either vertical or horizontal positioning. A combination hammer can drill into or break up concrete. Note that the versatile Bauer rotary hammers listed below function as combination hammers.

When choosing a rotary hammer, knowing the size holes you’ll be drilling and the scope of your project will help you determine which tool will provide optimal performance. Bigger isn’t necessarily better though you may want to consider investing in the next size up to give you the flexibility of drilling larger holes if needed and not pushing the tool to extremes which could eventually lead to failure.

The same goes for demolition/breaker hammers. The 15 Amp 35 lb. Pro Demolition Hammer may be well suited for breaking up footings but for breaking up an entire driveway, the 15 Amp 70 Lb. Pro Breaker Hammer could be a better choice.

 


There are a variety of bits that can be utilized depending on the task, material and relative volume. Switching between bits is also quick and easy. The majority of rotary hammers employ one of three bit-holding systems: SDS-Plus®, SDS-Max® and Spline. SDS-Plus is generally used for smaller bits (3/16” to ¾”). SDS-Max is used for larger bits (½” to 1-3/4”) and is superior in design to Spline (3/8” to 1-3/8”) which is gradually being phased out.

While working with concrete and other hard materials isn’t complicated, improper technique and application can lead to bits breaking and that money you saved doing the project yourself may be spent replacing bits! Causes for bit failure include: working at an improper angle, blank-firing (hammer piston strikes the top of the bit without the tip having proper contact with the work piece or material), not warming the bit up with light or moderate breaking first in cold temperatures, mechanical damage like scratches or gouges, poor lubrication and corrosion.

Additionally, using the wrong bit for the wrong job is a surefire way to damage a bit, not to mention create a potentially dangerous situation—always use the appropriate bit for the task at hand! Seek out experienced users or do research on the Internet—there are a ton of videos, blogs and other resources to guide you. And be sure to follow all guidelines for maintenance and storage.

Bauer offers a professional line of rotary and demolition/breaker hammers. Here are some of their most popular offerings (drill bits are sold separately though two chisels each are included with the breaker/demolition hammers below):

1 in. SDS Variable Speed Pro Rotary Hammer Kit

This variable speed rotary hammer is ideal for boring into concrete, masonry or even drilling into wood with ease thanks to the 0–1150 RPM rotation-only mode. The tool features an ergonomic D-handle for a comfortable grip, adjustable 360-degree side handle for maximum control and a 3-in-1 switch for drill, hammer drill and hammer-only modes. The impact rating ranges from 0–5100 BPM with 1.9 ft. lbs. of impact energy for pounding through concrete and masonry.

 

1-1/8 in. SDS Variable Speed Pro Rotary Hammer Kit

This rotary hammer features Bauer’s anti-vibration technology that delivers more power to the bit and less to the handle for fast, precise drilling with less user fatigue. Other features include a powerful 10 amp motor, high power-to-weight ratio, adjustable 360-degree side handle for maximum comfort and control, and variable speed control dial to accommodate multiple applications. Switch out bits with the quick-change chuck to hammer, hammer with rotation or drill. The tool has an impact rate of 3900 BPM with 3.7 ft. lbs. of impact energy for pounding through tough materials.

 

10.5 Amp 1-9/16 in. SDS Max-Type Pro Variable Speed Rotary Hammer Kit

With its 10.5 amp motor and delivering 3780 BPM with 6.6 ft. lbs of impact, this variable speed rotary hammer features the most powerful motor in its class to power through almost any material. In addition to the shock-absorbent anti-vibration technology and adjustable 360-degree handle, this tool also features a built-in safety clutch for protection in case of bit bind-up.

 

12.5 Amp SDS Max Type Pro Demolition Hammer Kit

With a hardy 12.5 amp motor, this pro demolition hammer powers through concrete and mortar quickly and easily. This tool also features the Bauer anti-vibration technology along with ball-bearing construction for longer life, quick change bit retention, ergonomic handle to reduce fatigue, 360-degree side handle providing comfort and control, and an impact rating of 1900 BPM with 18 ft. lbs. of impact energy. Requires a 20 amp, 120 volt circuit.

 

15 Amp 35 lb. Pro Demolition Hammer Kit

For heavy-duty projects, you’ll want this pro demolition hammer delivering 1300 BPM with over 34 ft. lbs. of impact energy. The 15 amp motor is housed in a rugged cast aluminum housing providing durability with less relative weight. This demolition hammer also features the industry-leading anti-vibration control, adjustable 360-degree handle which enables vertical or horizontal usage, and auto-stop carbon brushes and ball-bearing construction for a longer tool life. Requires a 20 amp, 120 volt circuit. Two chisels are included.

 

15 Amp 70 Lb. Pro Breaker Hammer

Ashpalt, concrete and other tough materials won’t stand a chance against this 70-lb. pro breaker hammer. The 15 amp motor delivers 950 BPM with 55 ft. lbs. of impact energy. The tool also features Bauer’s anti-vibration technology plus a rubber grip to reduce fatigue and strain. Accepts both collared and collarless chisels and the heavy-duty chisel retainer accepts 1-1/8 in. hex steel. The cast-aluminum housing enhances its excellent power-to-weight ratio. Requires a 20 amp, 120 volt circuit. Two chisels are included.

 

Warrior brand bits are sold separately, including these sets:

 

12 in. SDS Max Type Masonry Chisel Bit Set 3 Pc

 


SDS Masonry Flat Chisel Set 3 Pc

 

8 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 6 Pc

 


12 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 5 Pc

 


16 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 5 Pc

 

The materials may be hard—but drilling and breaking them up is easy with Bauer rotary hammers and demolition/breaker hammers. Bauer brand tools are available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

 

 

Source material:
bethepro.com

Top 10 Interior Painting Tips

With the weather warming up, it’s a great time to tackle those painting jobs you’ve been putting off! In other words—no more excuses! With these Top 10 tips courtesy of The Family Handyman Magazine and ridiculously low-priced painting supplies available from Harbor Freight Tools, you’ll be able to paint interiors quickly and easily while cutting your clean-up time in half!

Tip 1: To avoid lap marks, roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge.
Featured item:
9″ Paint Roller

Tip 2: Mix several cans of paint in a large bucket for a consistent color throughout the room.
Featured item:
5 Gallon Bucket, White

Tip 3: Let the paint dry, then cut the tape loose for a perfect edge.
Featured items:
60 yds. x 1.88 in. Painter’s Tape
60 yd. x 0.94 in. Painter’s Tape
13 Pc Precision Knife Set

Tip 4: Paint the trim first, then the ceiling and walls.
Featured items:
Paint Trimmer
24″ Multipurpose Trim Guard
2 In. Sash Brush

Tip 5: Prime and texture wall patches to avoid a blotchy finish.
Featured item:
11 Piece Professional Paint Roller Set

Tip 6: Clean dirty surfaces so the paint can form a strong bond.
Featured item:
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 4 Pk

Tip 7: Roll paint along the edges for consistent texture.
Featured item:
Pack of Six 4″ Mini Paint Roller Covers

Tip 8: Use cotton drop cloths rather than plastic.
Featured item:
9 Ft. x 12 Ft. Canvas Drop Cloth

Tip 9: Feather out paint where you can’t keep a wet edge
Featured item:
9 in. Paint Roller Cover with 3/8 in. Nap

Tip 10: Sand trim between coats for an ultra-smooth finish
Featured item:
3-7/8 in. x 2-3/4 in. x 1 in. 150/250 Grit Aluminum Oxide Sanding Sponges 10 Pk

For the full selection of painting supplies, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store or visit the Harbor Freight website.

 

 

Source Material:
The Family Handyman Magazine

Harbor Freight Drills Down on Drill Bits

All drill bits are not created equal—there are many different types of bits and a variety of materials used to make them. In some cases, the same drill bit can be used on different materials, but is it necessarily the best choice? It’s important to know a bit about bits to optimize the results of your respective task or project …

 

Twist Bits
These are some of the most common bits to find in the handyman’s toolbox. Used with either a hand or electric drill, the front edges cut the material and the spirals remove the debris along the length of the bit. However, there is a lot of variation with these bits. HSS (High Speed Steel) bits are generally characterized by their black color but more expensive and durable ones may contain cobalt or titanium coating (identified by the gold color). Titanium increases the hardness of the bit and facilitates a lubricating quality which is effective when drilling metals but has little impact on other materials.

Harbor Freight has several Twist Bit sets from which to choose, including the Titanium Drill Bit Set 29 Pc. These titanium drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bits. The bits range in size from 1/16 in. to ½ in. in 64ths.

Harbor Freight also carries the 115 Pc Cobalt Drill Bit Set. These cobalt drill bits retain their hardness up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit making them ideal for drilling cast iron, heat-treated steel, stainless steel and other hard materials. With 135 degree tips, the cobalt drill bits not only last longer but also cut faster than standard high speed steel bits.

 

Brad Point Bits (a.k.a. wood or dowel bits)
These bits are best used on wood (some plastics) and are characterized by a small point at the tip of the bit. Spurs on either side cut clean, straight holes. They’re ideal for drilling holes for dowels, which is why they’re also called dowel bits. These drill bits are a staple for wood workers.

Harbor Freight offers the Brad Point Wood Drill Bit Set 7 Pc with 3/8 inch cutdown shanks. These outstanding bits resist skating and feature extra sharp flutes designed to smooth hole sides while ejecting chips faster to prevent overheating your drill. For projects utilizing either hard or soft woods, this set of brad point bits gets the job done quickly and accurately.

 

Auger Drill Bits
These bits are designed to cut large, deep and accurate flat-bottomed holes. The spiraling shaft comes to a fine, threaded point while the single spur cuts and defines the hole’s edge. The threaded center bites into the wood, pulling the bit into the timber. This pulling action makes it unsuitable for use in power drills.

Harbor Freight has several sets of auger drill bits available, starting with the Auger Bit Set 7 Pc. These 7-1/2 in. long auger bits make fast, clean holes in both soft and hard woods. The bits are made of heat-treated alloy steel that resists damage from nails. Other features include quick-change 3/8 in. dia. hex shanks and a ¼ in. bit with a ¼ in. hex shank.

Other Harbor Freight auger bits set include the 18 in. Ship Auger Bit Set 3 Pc and Stubby Auger Bit Set 6 Pc.

 

Wood Spade Bits (a.k.a. Paddle Bits, Flat Wood Bits)
The pointed tip centers the hole as the paddle-shaped blade bores large, wide holes. Sizes are clearly marked on the face of each bit. These larger bits require a fairly powerful drill and lend themselves to drilling fairly large flat-bottomed holes with a center point—works especially well when the head of a screw or bolt needs to be recessed in the lumber. The bits can cause a lot of splintering as they breakthrough the work piece but a sacrificial backing board will reduce this. These bits are not recommended for enlarging an existing hole.

Harbor Freight offers a variety of wood spade bit sets, including the Steel Spade Drill Bit Set 13 Pc. The extended spurs effortlessly cut crisp, clean holes in thick stock. Each bit is forged and heat-treated to withstand rigorous use. The ¼ inch quick-change shank works with drills and impact drivers.

Other Harbor Freight offerings include the Steel Spade Bit Set 6 Pc, Steel Large Diameter Spade Bit Set 4 Pc, and the Steel Stubby Spade Bit Set 3 Pc.

 

Masonry Bits
As the name implies, these drill bits are designed to be used on masonry material, including brick, block, stone, quarry tiles and concrete. The cutting tip is often made of tungsten carbide bonded to a spiral steel shaft. Generally, masonry bits are used in a hand drill but can also be used in a hand brace or hammer action power drill (though cheaper bits can shatter due to the action). Long masonry bits can be used for drilling through masonry walls.

Harbor Freight provides several masonry bit options, including the Masonry Drill Bit Set 5 Pc featuring M2 high-speed steel shanks and C2 carbide tips with 6% cobalt. The 8 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 6 Pc features a superior hardening process and an enhanced flute design that helps the bits run cooler.

 

Tile and Glass Bits
The tips of these bits are designed to penetrate tile or glass, then enlarge the hole as the bit penetrates the material. The tips are usually made with tungsten carbide. The bits can be used in a hand drill but are best used with a variable speed power drill on a slow speed. Lubricants should be used to keep the tip cool when drilling.

Harbor Freight offers the Carbide Tip Glass and Tile Cutting Drill Bit Set 6 Pc featuring C-3 tungsten carbide tips and a steel shaft for drilling glass, ceramics, plastics and Formica tiles. The wide base angle provides precise, stable drilling.

 

Countersink Bits
Using a power or hand drill, these bits penetrate material and form a conical recess to accommodate the heads of countersunk screws. Countersink bits are generally designed for use on softer materials.

Harbor Freight carries the Carbon Steel Tapered Drill Bit and Countersink Set, 22 Pc. The bits are made from heat-treated steel and designed with a unique single-twist design to remove material more efficiently, resulting in cleaner holes. The set includes seven drills, seven countersinks, seven stop-collars and an individually organized wooden storage box for easy transport and organization.

 

Forstner Bits
These bits are used to form holes with flat bottoms, such as with kitchen cupboard hinges. It’s best to use a power drill with a drill stand for optimal accuracy.

Harbor Freight offers two Forstner bit sets, the 1/4 in. – 1 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 7 Pc featuring high carbon steel construction and 3/8 in. reinforced shanks, and the 1/4 in. – 2-1/8 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 16 Pc which includes more bits and a wood carrying case for storage.

 

That’s just the basics when it comes to drill bits. There are many other types of specialized drill bits as well, such as screwdriver bits, plug cutters and nut drivers.

For the full selection of drills bits and accessories, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store or the Harbor Freight website.

 

 

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Tailgating with Harbor Freight

While over 40 million people turn to Harbor Freight for tools and accessories, it may not be widely known that Harbor Freight is a great place to shop for tailgating equipment. Without further ado, let’s get the tailgating party started with five must-have items …

1.

TailGator Generator

A reliable power source is mandatory tailgating equipment. This portable 63cc air-cooled 2 cycle gas engine generator is ideal for camping, hunting and as the name “TailGator” implies—tailgating. Like an alligator, it’s strong and tough—but whereas an alligator is a cold-blooded killer, the TailGator is a cool-running thriller! Features include a 120-volt grounded receptacle, circuit breaker protection and 5 hours run-time @ 50% capacity. With a built-in handle and weighing in at under 40 lbs., this generator travels easily between sporting events!

I run my snow cone, coffee, and popcorn machines with no problem. – Tim, Albuquerque

 

2.

10 ft. x 10 ft. Popup Canopy

The elements can really put a dampener on your tailgating fun. But with this popup canopy, you can keep the elements at bay! Constructed of water-resistant and fade-resistant UV treated 150 denier polyester fabric, the canopy sets up quickly and easily—without tools. It also comes with a wheeled storage bag for easy transport.

I now have 3 of these—they work great—quick up, quick down, and work as well as any for 2 to 3 times more money. – Ric, Buffalo

 

3.

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair

Tailgating is great—but if you’re only seating is the tailgate on your vehicle … not so great. Problem solved with the Folding Aluminum Sports Chair. Several features make this chair ideal for tailgating—lightweight yet durable aluminum frame that supports up to 250 lbs., three side pockets, bottle holder and folding side table. The chair also folds up for easy transport.

Chair is sturdy, comfortable and very well made. The attached table and pockets are extremely useful. – Bob the Repairer, Elkton, VA

 

4.

5-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Start

You don’t want a dead battery, flat tire, drained cell phone or other inconvenience to interrupt your tailgating bliss—and you won’t have to worry when you’re prepared with this portable power pack providing 5 functions in one convenient unit:

  • Jump starter: heavy-duty 6 AWG booster cables with copper-coated steel clamps
  • Air Compressor (with gauge): generates up to 300 PSI
  • Power inverter: 200 watts with dual AC outlets, dual 12VDC outlets and USB Port
  • 12V battery: maintenance-free and up to 20 hours of 12-volt power on a single charge
  • Work light: 4-way with bright LEDs

The heavy-duty rubberized case with built-in handle provides durability and mobility respectively.

One of the best all-in-one products I have ever purchased. Definitely a great buy! – Miza, Corpus Christi, TX

 

5.

Folding Trash Bag Stand

Tailgating can generate a lot of trash, but no one wants to trash the venue! Problem solved with this trash bag stand. The stand holds 33-gallon trash bags and features heavy-duty welded steel construction with a weatherproof enamel finish. The stand conveniently folds up for easy storage and transport.

This is excellent! A sturdy, simple, inexpensive, perfect solution for holding trash bags up and open. – RVer, Atlanta

 

Harbor Freight is the place to shop for “Quality tools—and tailgating equipment—at a ridiculously low price!”

What other items from Harbor Freight have you used for tailgating? Leave a comment!

Going Solar with Harbor Freight

Summer is upon us and you know what that means—sun! So while you’re working on your tan, why not put the sun to work for you to get free energy? You can do just that when you go solar with Harbor Freight!

One of Harbor Freight’s most popular solar items is the 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc.


45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc – stand assembled

The kit includes three 15 watt solar panels, voltage regulator, mounting hardware and the basic connections you need to efficiently generate solar power. A 12 volt storage battery and power inverter are also required and sold separately through Harbor Freight. Optional accessories include a 30 Amp Solar Charge Controller which will help protect and prolong the life of your battery, and the 8 Panel Universal Solar Connector which allows you to connect up to 8 panels to one power output. Individual solar panels are also sold separately.

Check out this video on how to assemble the 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit.

Do a search on YouTube and you’ll find numerous videos of the kit in action. Here are just a few you may want to check out:

Ol’ Chet (he’s actually not that old) puts the solar panel kit to the test during a five-day camping trip. You can view his video here.

2012Solarful provides a short video on several different devices he runs using his Harbor Freight 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc. In another video, he even runs a power-hungry blender using the kit!

Ryan Romero shot a video about his first solar set up using the Harbor Freight solar kit plus extra panels and some additional equipment. While this might be his first solar set up, he obviously has some expertise in this arena, evidenced by the picture below. Please note that any modifications should only be performed by a licensed electrician knowledgeable of solar power.


Ryan Romero’s Harbor Freight solar set-up

Harbor Freight’s solar kit is ideal for those who want to have a portable power source during camping/RVing, provide power during a power outage or simply save money by harnessing free power from the sun. Check out these reviews from customers who have entered the solar array:

Great kit for our off grid cabin! Assembles quick, charged a new battery fast, was able to use right away. It ran 7 LED lights and a blower fan without the inverter cooling fan coming on at all. It’s working well for us. Thanks Harbor Freight. – 48 Farmall, St. Lawrence, NY

Purchased one of these units two years ago to use on our pop-up camper and it works great. In fact, it works so well that I just bought a second one, just to have. We tend do weekend trips in the mountains (no hookups). We run the fridge on propane but run lights, fans, and heater fan through the night. The panels charge the batteries through the day and we are full power come night time … – Wilson, Colorado

I have wanted to play around with solar for a while now and this kit on sale was at a price I felt was worth the investment. It was easy to put together and right away I was charging a spare battery I kept on a trickle charger in my workshop. I am so impressed with the performance that I can see purchasing more items very soon, i.e. more panels, batteries, etc. – KAB66, Cambridge, Ontario Canada

I have these panels on my deck (waiting for good weather to move to roof). And they are working very well. They keep the battery charged and have operated the included 2 cfl 12 volt lamps … about a 60 watt equivalent each. I am going to try my 400 watt inverter soon to power a small TV and am cabling a 12 volt line into my den that I am going to use the lamp to light the room. Excellent value. The panels are well encased for outside weather. The whole package is excellent. – Bob, sub of Chicago

The 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc is just one of several solar items available through Harbor Freight Tools.

Here are some other great items to consider:

13 Watt Briefcase Solar Charger

No, it’s not something out of a James Bond film … This device provides portable solar power to charge a variety of batteries for power tools, trolling motors and even CPAP machines. Features include an LED charging indicator, male and female cigarette lighter adapters, battery terminal clamps, 12VDC outlet, and battery shoe for cordless tools. The built-in handle makes transport and storage easy. Works even in cloudy conditions.

60 LED Solar Security Light

This security light features 60 bright LED lamps you can adjust to stay on from 5 seconds to 2 minutes when motion is detected up to 50 ft. away at a range of 180 degrees! Easy to install, it’s ideal for places where an outlet is inaccessible, such as a shed, pool area or backyard.

Solar Rope Light

Line walkways and patios or accent railings and outdoor decks with one or multiple sets of the Solar Rope Light. The weatherproof sleeve is 22 feet long (16 feet of lights) and contains 50 long-life LED lamps. The polycrystalline silicon solar panel recharges with just 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, providing up to 8 hours of illumination. The lights come on automatically at dusk. A ground spike and mounting hardware are included.

Solar Decorative LED Lights – 3 Pc

This 3-piece set of decorative lights is a favorite among customers who often buy multiple sets to decorate their gardens and lawns. A 1-3/4 in.-square solar panel hangs on each stake and charges the built-in AA NiCd battery in direct sunlight. The transparent hummingbird, butterfly and dragonfly each contain a color-changing LED (sequences red, green. blue). Once dusk comes, the lights illuminate for up to 8 hours on a full day’s charge!

For the full array of solar items available at Harbor Freight, click here!

Solar is both environmentally friendly and economically beneficial. You simply can’t go wrong when you go solar—and shopping at Harbor Freight for your solar needs is nothing less than a bright idea!