Make Drain Cleaning a DIY Adventure!

For any home owner (and some renters), the pain and hassle of a clogged drain is all too familiar. Not to mention, the expense of calling out a plumber to handle the situation. But now, you can easily tackle those problems yourself with the 50 Ft. Commercial Power-Feed Drain Cleaner with GFCI (Item #: 68284) from Harbor Freight Tools! With this motorized drain cleaner, you can clear out, clean out, and unclog bathroom sinks, toilets, and pipes between 2 and 4 inches to your heart’s content without having to pay someone else to do it. Thus, saving yourself plenty of money as well as embarrassment from roommates and significant others who may judge you for requiring assistance with the plumbing in your own house.

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With this handy drain cleaner ready to go, you’ll almost beg for clogged drains, just so you can show it off. The “power-feed” means you won’t have to get messy by pulling out the drain snake yourself, and extra-large wheels allow for easy mobility to wherever you need the unit to be. As for the GFCI, that stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This safety feature automatically shuts the drain cleaner off if necessary, saving you and others from possibly getting shocked. One thing that is guaranteed to shock you however is the low price on this heavy duty drain cleaner. For just $399.99, you won’t have to worry about calling in a plumber for clogged drains again.

“I’ve used commercial machines before that I have rented & the only thing I can find different is the fact that this one is much lighter & more user friendly! It paid for itself on the first use! I really shopped around & even looked at the lesser model, but for the difference in price & features, this is the better deal! I would recommend this one VERY highly! The people at Harbor Freight in Independence, Mo were very helpful in explaining the feature differences that helped me decide. No pressure just good facts!” – by Doc the Plumber from Independence, MO

“I bought this in the last week since plumbers have priced themselves out of sight! I thought it would be larger than the unit the last plumber used and it was! I have to admit I was skeptical but I was amazed at the ease of use and the strength of this unit. I had a clog in a 3 inch pipe and I had to go to the roof vent to hit it. After 30 plus feet the front bathroom sink and back bathroom shower were flowing better than three years ago when the plumber did this! I didn’t just go until I hit the first clog and call it done but went further and found whatever was knocked loose had just moved down stream and clogged again. This unit has the power and length I needed to do a great job and clean up afterwards was a breeze.” – by Randy M. from De Moines, IA

For cleaning pipes at home or on the job, this is the ideal DIY tool! If you need further proof, or just a visual demonstration, check out the video by YouTube user megalodon1 here:

THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS IN YOUR TOOLBOX

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So, up until now you haven’t had much call to for bunch of tools (and you’re sticking to that story). But then things start happening. The bathroom faucet is dripping. The Mrs. decides it’s time to install new light fixtures. It’s the night before a birthday and you need to put a bike together. The cute divorcée next door needs a pair of big, strong hands. It’s time to be self-reliant. With just a handful of tools– and some elemental know-how that you can pick up from your dad or YouTube– believe it or not, you can personally handle most of the basic household projects that speed bump into your personal time. So, as you embark on this new journey of self-reliance, we’re here to share with you you the 12 simple-yet-powerful tools you need to have in your arsenal. No doubt, others will chime in with suggestions of their own because, well, that’s what tool guys do. The great thing about these tools is, they’re all affordable, so you can be all locked and loaded after one quick trip to Harbor freight. Here they are:

 

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Claw Hammer

Claw Hammer

The hammer could be your favorite go-to tool. From driving in nails (or yanking them out), to starting screws and aligning holes, to full-scale demolition detail, the 16-ounce claw hammer packs just the right punch you need for the job. In fact, you’ll probably find yourself pulling it out for projects you don’t even need it for. You know, just in case. Instead of the “old school” wooden handle, we recommend you go with a fiberglass one: they absorb impact a heckuva lot better and they don’t crack or splinter. Also, when you go buy one, try a few different hammers out and feel the heft and balance in your hand. Like a bat or a bowling ball, if it feels good, it makes all the difference. Just watch out for passing patrons when you start swinging it in the store.

 

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Flathead & Phillips Screwdriver Set

Screwdriver Set

Contrary to popular belief, the slotted flathead screwdriver is not dead, not yet. Therefore, it’s inevitable that you’ll need both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers in your journeys. Start out with a basic set of both. Besides slotted screws, the flathead screwdriver is also excellent for lifting the lids off paint cans, scraping off old paint and epoxy, nudging things and emancipating personal items locked in briefcases with lost keys. The Phillips screwdriver has gained more popularity, though, because it’s designed to give a user more torque than is possible with a flathead screwdriver, so when possible, go with Phillips screws.

stripped screwAlso, the last thing you want to have in the middle of a project, is a screwdriver or a screw that starts stripping before you can loosen or tighten, so make sure the following things are true:

  • Make sure the pilot hole is approximately the same size as the inside diameter of the screw threads.
  • Make sure the screwdriver head fits the screw nicely.
  • Put some weight into it when you’re turning the screw, so that it holds its place and isn’t tempted to slip its grip.
  • Make sure the screwdriver is in line with the screw as you turn. Coming at it from an angle is a sure method of stripping.

This Pittsburgh Pro screwdriver set is an excellent starting point for your tool arsenal. As jobs come your way, you may need to acquire either a larger or smaller one, but these will tackle most household projects.

 

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Tape Measure

Tape Measure

Whether you’re building a workbench, seeing if a big screen TV will fit on a wall, verifying the diameter of a pipe, or measuring a room, a trusty 25′ retractable tape measure is a must. In fact, since they’re so inexpensive, we’d go as far as to say buy four: one for the toolbox, one for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one for the car. I mean, who likes fetching a tape measure on the other side of the house? It also goes without saying, throw a pencil in the box as well. If you’re grabbing the tape measure, you’ll probably be grabbing one of those, too.

 

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Adjustable Wrench Set

Adjustable Wrench

Of all the tools in your arsenal, besides your hammer, this baby will probably see the most action. Because one adjustable wrench can handle different sized nuts and bolts, it’s like having 50 wrenches in one. So you could literally be walking around the place, tightening your kid’s trike wheels, the BBQ’s frame, the microwave cart and the Gatling gun tripod without ever going back to the toolbox. When using an adjustable wrench, adjust the jaws to fit precisely over the nut, rocking the wrench slightly as you tighten, to help secure a firm fit. Also, for added strength, make sure the nut is positioned as deep as it will go into the throat of the adjustable wrench. As with the aforementioned screwdriver set, the crescent wrench set shown could take on most of whatever your honey-do list can throw at it. There may an occasion to get a bigger one along the way, but those kind of jobs are rare and far between.

 

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Socket Set

 Socket Set

If you’re dealing with a lot of nut-n-bolt action– usually on an engine or other machinery– then it’s time to put aside the crescent wrench and pull out the “big guns”– the socket set. Socket sets can exponentially speed up a project like an ordinary crescent wrench never could. They’re so convenient and effective, in fact, you’ll actually get giddy over the chance to pull it out. This is because of the ratchet that comes with it, a mechanism that eliminates the need to remove and refit the socket on every stroke. Also, because the tool will turn the bolt when swinging in one direction, but won’t pull it back when returning.  A good basic household socket set with about a dozen or so sockets, a ratchet and an extension will prove almost always sufficient for household jobs, such as driving in lag bolts, tightening bolts or other occasional repairs, builds or tasks. Like all guys, you will love your ratchet, and will probably look for excuses to buy several. Which brings us to the Husband’s Litmus Test: If she says, “But, you already have a ratchet,” then you know, she doesn’t understand you.

 

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Locking Pliers

Locking Pliers

Locking pliers are designed to provide maximum locking force and come in handy when you need an extra hand to work with. Then, when the job is done, a quick release disengages the tool for the next step. Extremely versatile, you can employ this multitasking tool as pliers, a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet, or a clamp. The three shown here can take care of most stuff around the house and garage.

 

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Needle Nose Pliers

Needle Nose Pliers

An valuable tool for electrical work, this little guy can be a lifesaver for projects that require you to cut, bend, re-position, grip or strip wire. They’re also used for crafts, jewelry making, computer repairs, bomb defusing and other functions . Because of their long and skinny shape, they’re particularly useful for getting into tight spots. You can also use them to pinch your bratty nephew.

 

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Cordless Drill

Cordless Drill

Power tools are awesome, but most are unnecessary for the garden-variety shtuff around the house. That said, a cordless drill is a must-have component in your toolbox arsenal. It can be used for drilling holes into sheet rock and driving screws into a 2×4. So, if you’re “earthquake-proofing” furniture, installing towel bars or sawing holes in the back of your entertainment center, this is the go-to tool . When choosing a cordless drill, you want one with lots of power, which is measured by the amount of voltage in its battery. An 18v is a good size for home use, and make sure it’s got variable speeds for different jobs, and is reversible. The reversible feature will come in handy if you need to take some screws out when you realize the outhouse door needs to swing out, not in.

 

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Hand Saw

Hand Saw

Now, let’s turn to Old School. A great misconception is the idea that you need an electric saw to make cuts. All you really need is a simple hand saw in your toolkit. You don’t have to run an extension cord, you don’t have to recharge a battery, and you can catch yourself alot faster if the cut’s going awry.The image of a wooden-grip hand saw has long been the iconic symbol of the DIY craftsman. A good general-purpose hand saw is the go-to tool for trimming branches or cutting lumber for a DIY project. It’s also the one tool you want to make sure you’ve got a good pair of work gloves to wear while using.

 

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Magnetic Torpedo level

Level

Whether you’re hanging pictures, putting up a curtain rod,  or affixing shelves to a wall, a straight line is absolutely crucial. You don’t want to put a bunch of nails in the wall, only to step back and see your family portraits are all askew. To get the job done right the first time, you need a level. There are some hoity-toity laser levels out there, but you can’t beat the sweet satisfaction of getting that bubble in the middle. Of course, if you enjoy getting the stinkeye from certain cohabitants,  go ahead and just keep doing it by eye. ‘Cause you’re so good at it. Seriously, get this tool, you’ll be happy you did. On the level.

 

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Utility Knife

Utility Knife

This tool might not put out the sexy like other tools, but we bet it’ll never gather dust at the bottom of your toolbox. You’ll find the utility knife to be a stupendous sidekick with every project: Stripping wire, cutting rope, rubber hose or plastic strapping, snipping the sealed tips off epoxy tubes, scraping paint… you get the point. When nothing else in the arsenal can help, the utility knife steps up to the plate.

 

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Toolbox

Toolbox

Well, duh. As time goes on, you’ll probably graduate to a tool cart, then a tool cabinet, and maybe even a wall of tool chests. In the meantime, the humble shlep-around toolbox is the perfect receptacle for carrying your basic tools to any household project. Keep it simple and solid, and it’ll never leave you, even when you need more storage.

 

No doubt, some of you think we overlooked some items you think are crucial to the ensemble. Duct tape. WD-40. The InSinkErator tool. Everyone’s needs could slightly deviate based on their home situations, but we’re standing by this list. So? Go thou, get thee tools and be useless no more.

 

PLANISH OF THE APES

Pneumatic Planishing Hammer

Most of us are familiar with the Planet of the Apes franchise. Basically, apes run the world, humans are enslaved or in hiding and bananas are worth more than their weight in gold. While many think the story is fiction, there was an incident back in 1945 that inspired the whole thing… Guy Spreckle had just returned from the war. He settled back home with his wife and two children in Sopchoppy, Florida. During a poker game one night, he won two chimpanzees named Ed and Mr. Polka Dot. Ed and Mr. Polka Dot were rather smart and could perform basic human tasks like eating with utensils and playing ping pong. They became an integral part of the Spreckle family.

Guy made his money as an auto body technician working right out of a detached garage on his property. Slowly but surely though, his auto body business dropped. Long-time customers stopped bringing their cars to him. When old customers saw Guy around town, they quickly changed direction and avoided him. Guy couldn’t figure out what was happening. A competitor must be underbidding him, but who? As far as he knew, he was the only auto body technician in town. Coincidentally, the grocery stores all around Sopchoppy were selling out of bananas almost daily.

One night, Guy was awakened by a noise out back. He put on his robe and slippers to investigate. The noise was coming from the detached garage. He crept through the door and saw a horrible sight—Ed and Mr. Polka Dot were using a pneumatic planishing hammer to fix the bumper on Old Mr. Grearson’s Studebaker while Mr. Grearson perused Reader’s Digest in the makeshift lobby. Hidden behind a hay bail, he watched how the two chimps expertly worked out the dents, reattached the bumper and then took 10 bananas as payment from Mr. Grearson. Long story short, Guy went bankrupt and moved his family to Dead Horse, Alaska, to work at his sister’s boutique glue shop. Ed and Mr. Polka Dot franchised their auto body business and made a fortune. However, after some shady dealings with a Columbian fruit cartel known as El Plátano Grande, Ed and Mr. Polka Dot were never seen or heard from again…

If you have a metal shop and boast opposable thumbs, you owe it to yourself to visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores and acquire the Pneumatic Planishing Hammer (item #: 94847). This ingenious tool is perfect for smoothing large areas of metal for welds and panel crowning. With its solid steel frame, the  Pneumatic Planishing Hammer can shape steel up to 18 gauge! It also features foot pedal operation to leave your hands free to work and adjust. It’s a great addition to any metal workshop for working on auto body parts, sheet metal casing and hobbies! And the price is so low, you’ll go bananas!

Pneumatic Planishing Hammer
item#: 94847

Reach New Heights with the Portable Scaffold!

Got a big painting job to do? Or how about a drywall job of any size? If so, then Harbor Freight is here to help you tackle your project with the assistance of the Heavy Duty Portable Scaffold (Item #: 69055)! Not only is this essential tool made to hold up to 900 pounds, but it is also easily maneuverable thanks to smooth rolling, nonmarring casters for no-hassle positioning. And when you have the scaffold right where you want it, the casters lock in place for stability while you work.

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Sure you could lay a wooden plank across two sawhorses but when it comes to ensuring your safety and a high quality results, you don’t want to take any risks. With the Heavy Duty Portable Scaffold, you can focus on your work and not staying balanced. The scaffold is adjustable from 28” to 71-1/8” in height, allowing you to reach high spots and even ceilings while built-in fittings allow for optional safety rails or toe-boards. Whether you’re repainting your home or working on professional drywall projects daily, this scaffold is the easy, reliable, and affordable solution for reaching high spots safely.

“Easy to assemble and easy to roll around. It’s worth every bit of its cost.” – by Steve from Fresno, CA

“Repaired electrical fixtures in the ceiling….this is cost effective. Just couldn’t find anything wrong to say about it! It fits my budget.” – by J. Collins from San Francisco, CA

This is an excellent tool for assisting you with a wide range of jobs and projects. With 30 height adjustments, you get the perfect positioning no matter what the task may be. Unless it’s washing windows on skyscrapers or something. That would probably require something a lot more complex. But, for home use and occasional professional use, you won’t find a better deal than the Heavy Duty Portable Scaffold, available for $199.99 from Harbor Freight Tools!

MECHANIC’S ROLLER SEAT (a.k.a. BACHELOR’S DINING ROOM CHAIR)

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Most bachelors prefer the term “minimalist” when it comes to home décor. Function often supersedes fashion, style and real furniture. As a result, items in the bachelor pad also serve dual function like the Mechanic’s Roller Seat (item #: 3338) from Harbor Freight Tools.

The foam-cushioned rolling shop seat provides comfort and easy access to tools with an integrated high-impact PVC pan. The seat also features a durable steel frame and smooth-rolling 2 in. swivel casters. For long automotive jobs, you can’t beat it! As a dining room chair, it’s perfect for entertaining that special someone. At first, she may look at the chair with disdain, until you pull out a chocolate-covered strawberry from the high-impact PVC pan then swivel caster over and feed it to her. You deliver a red rose as well and she quickly overlooks the Mechanic’s Roller Seat/dining room chair, along with your beach towel/curtains and boxer shorts/oven mitt…

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item#: 3338

Clean Up Without Getting Cleaned Out!

Whether a job is big or small, you know there’s going to be some cleanup. And when the cleanup job gets too big, it’s like tacking on a whole other project after you’ve just finished one. That’s why you need a Dust Collection unit that can take care of the cleaning for you. Luckily, Harbor Freight has the 70 Gallon Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector (Item #: 97869) that handles the cleaning for you, saving you time as well as hassle. And for just $209.99, this dust collector unit will save you money too compared to units retailing for twice that or more!

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This tool is the perfect solution to your cleanup troubles. From keeping your workspace clean and hazard free to saving your lungs from breathing in harmful debris and dust, a reliable dust collector is a must for any busy woodworker, do-it-yourselfer or professional contractor working through projects on a daily basis. Fine sawdust, dirt and any particles up to 5 microns are no match for this 2 horsepower unit and four locking swivel casters make it easy to maneuver the dust collector to wherever it’s needed. But once you have the 5 Micron Dust Collector set up in your shop or garage, you can rest assured it will be there for a long time to come.

“It’s an amazing bargain. Generally these types of units go for more than twice the price, and have half the power. The fact that we got it for an additional amount off was just gravy. And it has a way better filter bag than, say, the stock bag on the rockier machine. We’ve found it to be powerful, and not aggressively loud. If you are used to other full size dust collectors, it might be a bit louder than them… But if you are used to using a shop vac, it’s way quieter.” – by Richard the woodworker from Seattle, WA

“I purchased this dust collector after reading many reviews on woodworking forums. After purchasing a number of Harbor Freight products over the years, I have to say this is by far the most rewarding purchase I have made. The fit and finish were much better than expected and the machine runs great. It handles all my dust collection needs in a medium sized shop. Down the road I might add a better filter to the unit and a separator, but for now it meets my needs. It took me about 30 minutes to assemble.” – by MarEngineer from Florida

“This machine is an absolute dream. This collector performs remarkably well. So far I’ve used it with a random orbital sander with a hose and I do not see dust anywhere after a day or two of settling. Handled everything out of the jointer without a problem. I have to get some fittings to figure out the connections to the router table and saw, but I’m confident it will handle them without a problem. My wife commented on how quiet it is.” – by Woodenships from Naugatuck, CT

From Washington to Connecticut, woodworkers everywhere LOVE this Dust Collection unit! It’s quiet, portable, and sure to get the job done as needed. And with the included clear bottom bag, there’s no mystery as to what’s been collected. And, of course, with the Harbor Freight low price, there are no surprises at the check out. So head out to your local Harbor Freight store today and pick up an industrial quality dust collector for a clean work space anywhere!

17 Ways to Make a Shelter from a Tarp

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Tarps are lightweight and provide a myriad of functions. However, in a survival situation, a tarp could literally mean the difference between life and death.

American Survival Guide recently published an article in their Dec. ’14 issue entitled A Roof of Polypropylene – 17 Ways to Make a Shelter from a Tarp (click on the title to read the article) As the title implies, the article provides 17 illustrated tarp set-ups with easy-to-follow instructions plus “Tarp Tricks” and “What Not to Dos”. If you spend any time hiking, backpacking or on any other activity that may put you in a survival situation, click on the story link above.

And don’t forget  to check out Harbor Freight’s complete selection of tarps available at all of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores!

 

GREAT FOR WORKING IN DIM LIGHTING, CLOSED SPACES AND TOMB EXCAVATION

King Tutankhamun’s tomb laid undiscovered for over 3000 years. In November of 1922, under the sponsorship of Lord Carnarvon, Howard Carter discovered the tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Personally, with the area being called “Valley of the Kings”, that’s the first place I would have looked for “King” Tut… Valley of the Ox Carts? Probably not. Truth be told, it probably took so long to find King Tut’s tomb because archeologists didn’t have the Swivel Lens Headlamp (Item #: 45807) from Harbor Freight Tools!

The lightweight headlamp allows the user to work hands free without neck strain while the swivel lens can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down to light up any project. It also features an easy on/off button and is waterproof for use outdoors. For plumbing, electrical work or a myriad of other projects, the Swivel Lens Headlamp is indispensable! But don’t be fooled by imitations on the market—Harbor Freight’s Swivel Lens Headlamp is the only one that features anti-curse technology. Try excavating a forbidden tomb with another swivel lens and you could wake up one morning with the head of jackal and the body of a scarab beetle. And you think your dating life sucks now…

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item#: 45807

10 Customer Reviews Of Harbor Freight Products That Might Surprise You

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As is always the case, this coming weekend’s Parking Lot Sale– our January Blowout– is garnering a lot of interest, particularly from those who are looking to add to their shop and garage for the coming year. Customers will find a number of products on sale that they’re familiar with (maybe some not so much) and have already formed opinions about. However, since there’s nothing like getting it from the horse’s mouth, here are ten customer reviews for products that will be among those on sale, some of which may persuade you in ways you didn’t expect (Note: prices on the individual product pages will reflect the PLS during its run. To see PLS prices now, click on the above image):

 

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U.S. General 26-in. 4-Drawer 580 lb. Capacity Glossy Black Roller Cart

Bought this box two years ago and work out of it almost daily. I use the heck out of this thing and it rides in the back of our box truck work truck strapped in everywhere we go. It is loaded to the max and the wheels and drawers have never failed, and I cannot believe how much stuff I can fit in this box. With four longer carriage bolts you can bolt a 2×4 wood bumper across the back just under the lid and the height elevation lines up perfectly for the lower E-track strap system inside most commercial trucks and trailers. This is a great tool box, worth five times as much in my opinion. Cant go wrong with this.”  B. Hill – Cameron Park, CA

 

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Pittsburgh Motorcycle 1000 lb. Capacity Motorcycle Lift

I have own this lift for a year and love it! I lift my Harley Davidson Street Glide and Soft Tail with with no problem. Also, a couple of my friend’s Ultra Classics. I’ve used it for maintenance, and repair on my bikes. This lift has saved me a lot of cash and allows me to do all my own bike services. Not to mention all that free beer my buddies bring over to use my lift! Read all the info that comes with it. It will tell you to put hyd. oil in the lift. I’ve left bikes on it for weeks at a time and it holds firmly. Yes it’s heavy, but it works great.”  USMCVet – AZ

 

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Chicago Electric Welding 90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored Welder

I have a nice Hobart MIG, but it’s heavy and requires 240V. I bought this welder for welding in areas I don’t have 240V, but since I bought it, the Hobart has barely been touched. This welder is light, works great, and could not be more convenient. I’ve had it for a year or so, and it’s been dragged to races, and probably has ten or so hours of welding on it. It hasn’t missed a beat. If it died tomorrow, I’d happily go buy another one without complaint. I’ve done a fair amount with it… made a coffee table out of wrought iron, made a pit-cart, and swapped the entire body of a Toyota Pickup onto a Mercedes. It’s gotten some use, needless to say. It lays down nice welds for flux-core, and while it probably won’t last forever, the quality is surprisingly good. Gun feels a little flimsy and can get hot, but it’s never really bothered me. It’s one of my favorite HF purchases. Also, they include a full spool of wire, which impressed me.”  Ted – Spartanburg, SC

 

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Chicago Electric Welding Cabinet

I own and run a busy sculptural blacksmith shop and now have 3 of these carts. I have my MIG, Tig and Plasma cutter on each cart and I use them everyday. I love the working height of these carts and that they have well-built heavy drawers for storing tools and consumables. I am very hard on my equipment and tend to overload my carts with no problems. My work are is now cleaner and more organized.This cart is mostly assembled.You have to screw on wheels,casters, handle, tanks brackets and hose hooks. This took me about 15 minutes on the first cart and maybe 10 minutes on the other two.”  Bender Dave – Maine

 

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Chicago Electric 10-in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw

I am a patio installation professional, but I was working on a multifaceted concrete paver project on my own home. I wanted a low-cost saw that I could use exclusively for this purpose without slowing my crews down by borrowing their tools. One thing that I learned: this saw specifically states in the product manual that it is to be used with a CONTINUOUS RIM diamond blade, not segmented. However, I had already purchased a segmented diamond blade and it worked fine to cut my pavers.

I performed approximately 100 linear ft. of paver cuts on the first project, then another 50 linear ft. on the second project. Initially, the saw started up fine. This saw has a 15 amp draw, so make sure you size your extension cord properly as to not blow a fuse or trip a breaker. I used a 12-gauge 25′ extension cord to be safe. The pump worked great. I took special care to properly clean the pump and saw surface after each use. Plenty of power, smooth swift cuts that look great upon completion. Sliding guide plate was properly adjusted to make straight cuts, and saw arm can be used in a fixed or downward motion. Did many angled cuts. Used it on 2 3/8″ pavers and 4″ block, no problem.

In my experience a pump needs to be properly cleaned and no allowed to freeze or dry up after each use. I stored my pump in a bucket of water at room temperature between used and had no issues. Also, keep your slurry water changed regularly as to avoid it binding up your pump.

Next project planned is a tile project in bathrooms/kitchen. Most reviews say it works great. I am also planning to go ahead and buy the stand, as it will be more convenient.

I have owned and used many different wet saws during my career and one thing is for sure: these saws take a beating with brick dust, vibration, loading/unloading, etc. It’s my opinion that it’s ridiculous to invest $1k in a saw that lasts just as long as this one. I recommend this product to the novice because it’s safe if procedures are followed, and to the beginning professional who has knowledge enough to appreciate a good value on site.”  XMark – Indianapolis, IN

 

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Badlands 12000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake

I just used this with the HF hitch mount receiver. I pulled my 2500HD with 8-ft plow out from being buried in heavy snow to the frame on an incline (I was pulling UP hill!). I used a winch block to gain some extra pull, but the winch and mount had NO problems moving the truck. I attempted to pull the truck with other trucks and a loader with no luck. I couldn’t believe how easy it moved. I have used other name brand winches in the past, and yes they are faster and have a longer duty cycle (which I exceeded with the HF and had no signs of motor overheating) but they do come with a HEFTY price tag that I will no longer justify. If you don’t need it or use it everyday, you can’t afford NOT to buy this. Really, it would have cost me a few hundred for a tow. Overall its great product and well worth the money.”  Sierra – CT

 

 8750-7000 watt generator
Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

I bought the generator because my uncle has this one,, and he swears by it..Sure enough this bad boy powers the house …I have the fridge ,, upright freezer,, central air,, big screen tv,,, electric water heater ,, ADT…and it runs it all.(.Dont get crazy ,, but run the essentials)..Just have an electrician wire it up 30amp style to your electric pannel , and your golden..I did load it a little heave once and it threw the breaker on the generator,, but I just pushed the button to reset and we were rolling again..Easy pull start too,, buy a battery , and it just starts with the push of a button..also buy the wheel kit,, , you will need it to move it around.”  Not-in-the-Dark, Crossville, TN

 

6.5 gas engine

 Predator 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA

 I put this motor on my roto-tiller last year and wanted to get a full year of service before writing a review. ‘Awesome’ is the word that comes to mind. WHAT AN EASY INSTALL!!! Fell right into the mounting bolts. The motor is easy to start and control, the most dependable I have ever used. Fuel use is great and it is pretty quiet for a 6 HP motor. I am buying another just to have a spare for any other projects that come up. Thanks, Harbor Freight, for a good price on a great product!”  Garden Man – Swedesboro, NJ

 

IR Temperature Gun

Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer With Laser Targeting

I bought mine years ago to monitor the oil temperature in my turkey fryer, and it worked great! Then I used it to monitor the temp of my parts while powder coating (350 – 450 degrees), and it works great for that too. On performance engines with individual exhaust runners, I use it to spot a rich or lean cylinder. If you have a Weber kettle BBQ grill, it works good to monitor the cooking temp.”  Curt – IL

 

3-in-1 jump starter

Cen-Tech 3-in-1 Jump Starter and Power Supply

I bought this in the winter of 2005, and it has been a life saver every year. I don’t know how it has lasted as long as it has, but I plug it in for recharge any time I use it and just keep it in my truck the rest of the time. I have helped dozens of other drivers along the way as well as myself at each year among the 4 cars we own. This is going on 7 years, and I just used it again this morning, and it still charges to over 14 volts, and it will still crank a 350 over and over. I plugged a USB DC outlet into the jump starter to see if i could charge my phone with it and it worked.Get one!”  chefrick – CT

Let This Shop Crane Do the Heavy Lifting…

Whether you need a general shop crane or an engine hoist for your garage, the 1 Ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane (Item #: 69512) gives you the power and convenience you need in a lifting tool. Easily adjustable, smoothly maneuverable, and a breeze to use, this shop crane from Harbor Freight Tools is a must-have for anyone lifting heavy equipment up to 2,000 lbs. Even if you pride yourself on your own personal strength and powerlifting abilities, no one will think less of you for having a reliable lifting tool for some occasional assistance. In fact, people will be impressed at your foresight and humility. Not to mention, your impressive frugality for spending just $179.99 on an item that retails for double that elsewhere!

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When it’s in use, this shop crane is the center of attention in any shop or garage, handling the heavy lifting with ease. Smooth-rolling double bearing casters let you get the tool into the best location for the job, no matter if it’s in the shop, the driveway, or the backyard. And when the job is done, the crane folds away for even easier storage so it’s out of the way until you need it again. But, we won’t judge you for wanting to leave this awesome shop crane out in the open, just so the neighbors can see it.

“I picked this up with an amazing price to pull the engine out of my MGB. I took it home in two boxes and put it together in less than an hour. I added a bit of extra jack oil and bled it as directed in the instructions, not sure if that was needed or not. In any case, the ram worked very well and held the engine up overnight when I needed to interrupt the project. Due to the position of the engine in the car, I needed to set the crane up at the longer, 1/4 ton position. No problems lifting the near 500lb engine and transmission combo out of the car. The legs squeezed between the front wheels and under the front spoiler, even with the rear end jacked up. I’m also very happy with how tightly this crane folds up and out of the way. It’s not a tool I’ll use every day, so it’s nice that it is easy to store without taking up too much space. This is a great product that does what it’s supposed to do at a great price!” – by Brian from Colorado

Amazing price + No problems = Very happy. Well put, Brian.

“I bought this because I had 5 very large bushes to remove from my property that were in a tight spot. I used this and Item#44847 to pop them right out of the ground after seeing a video of it online. Worked like a charm and in about 2 hours I had them all out… I was covered head to toe in dirt but it was well worth it!” – by Troyallen from Chicago, IL

That’s right. This crane isn’t just for lifting engines. There is a wide array of lifting, hoisting, and pulling jobs this crane can handle safely and efficiently. With an included ram, chain, and hook, you’ll have everything you need to get started on your own lifting jobs right away. And with this awesome item from Harbor Freight, you’ll be finished just as fast!