Multiple Functions, One Powerful Tool

Webster’s Dictionary defines “function” as ‘the purpose for which something is designed or exists.” Actually, that’s one of 9 definitions but it’s the only one we’re concerned with in this case. Because it illustrates what the Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 68861) from Harbor Freight Tools really does: a whole bunch of cool stuff. Multiple functions means this workhorse of a power tool is designed for handling several tasks, making it one of the most important tools in your arsenal.

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The multifunction power tool puts the power of an entire toolkit into the palm of your hand with easily interchangeable attachments for each different job. From buffing to cutting, and everything in between, the Chicago Electric multi-tool is a handyman’s dream. The low vibration and ergonomic handle make it both easy and comfortable to use, no matter the application. Hobbyists will love the sanding attachment that will smooth wood, tile, plaster and more for an even professional-looking surface while woodworkers will appreciate the saw feature which cuts through wood up to two inches thick! And of course, the innovative do-it-yourselfer will find a variety of ways to employ the tool whether it’s slicing through plasterboard and pipes or scraping away paint from old floorboards. Whatever task you have at hand, the multifunction power tool likely has an attachment that will make your project go faster and easier!

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“I do outdoor power equipment repairs and this tool has really made it easier for me. Whether sanding odd shapes or cutting materials, it does what I need! I’m finding more uses for it each time I use it.” – by JD from Austin, AK

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“This is my go-to power tool for small jobs. I have not had any problems with it and it is a great time saver. I recommend this tool for wood, plastics, and light metals.” – by Down South Scrapper from Palestine, TX

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“I bought one of these to grind the grout out of tiles in my first house (it needed a lot of work). That was three years ago, and since then I’ve used this tool to cut wood, grind metal, scrape grout, and sand everything that I could find. I feel that I’ve put it through its paces and it is still going strong.” – by At home armorer from Salt Lake City, UT

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Everyone loves this tool! Armorers, scrappers, guys named JD! You may purchase this multitool for one job but you’ll find yourself using it for countless others down the road. But you only pay $19.99 for this versatile tool and that’s a price you’ll only find at Harbor Freight.

What? You want a multifunction power tool with more versatility and functionality? Well, alright then. How about the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 67537)? You get the same variety of attachments and functions but with this handy multitool, you also have the ability to vary the speed for jobs requiring more precision like sanding or shaping different materials.

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This model is priced at $39.99 which is still a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere. Just ask these satisfied customers:

“I have used the tool for cutting and shaping wood, drywall and metal. It cuts through anything with no problem consistently, and for less than half price of the overpriced major brands. Definitely a good tool which I would buy again. Well done, HF.” – by Springtucky Monkey from Tampa, FL

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“I bought this to sand an area so I could repaint my windows. Then I noticed the scrapping attachment. I thought the caulk on the windows needs to be redone as well. I tried to scrape off the caulk manually for an hour and got a quarter of the caulk removed. It was going to take forever. Then I tried the attachment and ten minutes later the entire window had all the caulk removed! Simply an awesome tool!” – by ike1969 from Glen Ellyn, IL

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“I had a Dremel multi-tool which died on me after a few years of light use. I was searching for a replacement and considered another $100 one. But then I saw this one. So I figured for the price, I’d give it a try and purchased the extended warranty because I can be a bit rough on my tools. And really, how good could it be at this price? Well, I used it many times during a lengthy involved renovation. This is one heavy duty tool! My helper found this to be his favorite tool and ran out and bought one too. My only regret is purchasing the extended warranty. It’s tough to kill this thing. I’m VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS TOOL. Even if it broke tomorrow, I would have no regrets.” – by Bill Mac from Woburn, MA

I think the all caps speak for themselves in this review. Workers everywhere are truly impressed with the power, precision, and performance of this amazingly versatile tool. With over 30 attachments to handle cutting, grinding, sanding, scraping and more you’ll fly through that check-list of home repairs in no time! But once you’re done with those, you’ll find even more jobs for this durable item, so don’t wait. Get down to your local Harbor Freight store today and pick up the one tool that replaces all other tools: the Multifunction Power Tool.

 

THE COBBLER WHO WAS ALMOST KING

Stainless Steel Shoehorn

Before the Empire of Rome, before the Empire of Egypt, before the Empire of Atlantis, there existed the Empire of Spoon Bay. An odd title for an empire granted but such was the name of this historically undocumented peoples. For you geography buffs, Spoon Bay was located due south of the North Pole and due north of the South Pole. Not so coincidentally, the heart of the civilization of Spoon Bayans was located on a bay in the shape of a giant spoon. They rose to supreme power after defeating the Oyster Fork Bayans, but that’s another story for another time.

In Spoon Bay, lived King Albrechtanovich. “King Al” they called him. King Al was a fair and generous monarch. He was wise, thoughtful and never tied criminals to ant hills on holidays. What a guy… King Al ruled for decades and had many wives but was never able to seed his kingdom with an heir. It was all because of a curse cast upon him by Witch Britney of Oyster Fork Bay. She was later tied to an ant hill, but not on a holiday. With the witch “indisposed”, it proved rather difficult to remove the curse. King Al was willing to adopt but their civilization was not yet advanced enough to file all the paperwork needed to open an adoption agency. King Al grew old and the fate of the Empire of Spoon Bay became tenuous.

While walking through downtown Spoon Bay one morning, he noticed a cobbler crafting the most beautiful footwear. “What is thy name?” King Al asked.

“I ameth Steve the Cobbler,” said Steve the Cobbler.

“Welleth, Steve the Cobbler, you haveth a gift that is beyondeth any craftsman I have seeneth in Spoon Bay. Craft me a pair of youreth finest shoes and I will rewardeth thee handsomely.”

“Okey dokeyeth,” said Steve.

Steve the Cobbler worked for three months crafting the most extraordinary pair of shoes for the king. The leather was taken from a cow who was only fed a diet of Ben & Jerry’s Super Fudge Chunk ice cream which made the hide creamy and soft. The laces were made from gossamer threads interlaced with rubies and sapphires. The iridescent soles were made from compressed dragonfly wings to make them light and supple yet hard-wearing.

When the king came to retrieve the shoes, Steve offered him some saltwater taffy while he gave the shoes one last coating of Scotchgard™. Steve came out some time later with the shoes. The king was in awe, never having seen anything as beautiful as those shoes. He was moved to tears. “Steve,” said the king, “if you can crafteth such a wonderful paireth of shoes, you could applyeth your art to ruling the Empire of Spoon Bay. Slipeth those shoes on my feeteths and I will maketh you king!”

Steve knelt down and started to put the shoes on the king. Unfortunately, all the salt in the saltwater taffy made the king’s feet swell up like two hippos at a Serengeti grass buffet. Steve struggled furiously but couldn’t get the shoes around the king’s heels. Too bad Steve didn’t have the Stainless Steel Shoehorn from Harbor Freight Tools! The shoehorn is curved at one end to form an easy finger hold and the stainless steel construction delivers durability and long life. The shoehorn is almost a foot long, which provides added leverage. The Stainless Steel Shoehorn is available at any one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide.

Unfortunately for Steve, the nearest Harbor Freight was several thousands of years in his future. Steve was never made king and was last seen tied to the top of Spoon Bay’s largest ant hill. But not on a holiday.

Stainless Steel Shoehorn
item #: 98082

10 Legendary Favorites from Harbor Freight Tools!

Everyone’s got their favorite tool or accessory that they got from Harbor Freight Tools. Even if nothing else in the store tickles their fancy, there’s that one thing they either love to own, or dream of getting someday.  Actually, it’s more like 20 or 30 things, but for the sake of this post, here are 10 of the Customers’ Favorite Tools from Harbor Freight:

 1. 3-Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy-Duty Floor Jack #61282

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You won’t find another deal like this classic workhorse– for the price, this baby can’t be beat! Tired of paying someone else to do your tires, brakes and rotors? The Pittsburgh 3-ton Low Profile Steel Floor Jack almost immediately pays for itself. It rolls smoothly on the garage floor, fits under the low, low show cars, lifts to almost two feet and lowers with ease. Plus, the floor jack’s dual-piston Rapid Pump technology lifts most work loads in just 3-1/2 pumps. Sells for $92.99, but you can usually find a coupon or sale on the 3-ton steel jack for even less. Read the customer reviews and you’ll be a believer, too!

2. 13-Drawer 44″ Roller Cabinet #68784

13 drawer tool cabinet

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, this is a real nice box. For all the sizes and types of tool chests Harbor Freight has, the U.S. General 44″ Industrial Roller Cabinet is the darling of the bunch. Sizable and sturdy enough to handle a slew of tools, yet easy to roll around the shop floor– not to mention smoothly opens and closes the drawers on ball bearing sliders– the 13-drawer tool cabinet hits the sweet spot like no other. Priced at a doable $389.99 (and that’s when it’s NOT on sale!), it’s built with the same industrial quality as other brands that go for 4-5 times as much. Comes in a glossy powder-coated red finish, guaranteed to snazz up the garage and turn the neighbors green.

3. 12-inch Double-Bevel Miter Saw with Laser #69684

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“Pleasantly surprised,” “Nice handling,” and “Holy crap, that’s sweet!” come to mind when operating the Chicago Electric 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide. At $199.99, it handily surpasses all expectations with its smooth, clean cuts and precision accuracy– at a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere. It cuts through lumber like butter, and will even go through old oak without chipping. And powered with an ample 15 amp motor, the 12″ miter saw will tackle any house job you’ve got to throw at it.

4. 90-Amp Flux Welder #61849

90 amp flux wire welder

Welding continues to be a growing hobby in this country, and the “5-star”-rated Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder has been a wildly popular choice for beginners to get their feet wet. Extremely easy to start and practice with, the 90 amp welder doesn’t require gas to operate and needs only 120 volts. Great for 18 ga.- 5/16″ steel and stainless steel, it’s a great go-to tool for vehicle repairs, creating shelving brackets, making a welding cart and other structural components, trailer hitches, small welding repairs and cleaning jobs… If you’re a newbie, or just looking to do small jobs around the property, or if you’ve ever considered trying your hand at welding, this wire-feed welder is the ticket! Goes for $111.99, but like the other Harbor Freight favorites, a coupon or sale is always around to seal the deal.

5. 8750/7000W 13 HP Generator #68530

8750-7000 watt generator

Predator generators have built a rock-solid reputation for quality, price and staying-power, and the EPA-certified Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watt, 13 HP (420cc) Generator has literally been a light in the storm for so many power-deprived families and preppers. This generator, hands-down, is the best buy for your buck. While the rest of the neighborhood struggles in darkness, this bad boy will keep the lights on, as well as the fridge, central air, big screen TV, electric water heater, etc. When you consider the motel and fast food costs you’ll be saving– or the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, cooking your own food and getting the hot showers you so love, without a hitch… the $599.99 investment is a sweet price point. But don’t believe me. Check out the reviews by the actual owners!

6. 4-pc. Ratcheting Tie Down Set #61524

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Whether you’re moving furniture, securing a kayak to your trailer, strapping gear on the roof rails, hauling timber, holding a garden tractor or ATV on the truck bed, or keeping your tool box from rattling around the back of your Jeep, these Haul-Master Ratcheting Tie-Downs are the greatest invention since sliced rope. Easily adjustable to secure loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers, their ratchet handles make it a snap to adjust strap length and pull tight. The tie downs’ vinyl-coated S-hooks also prevent scratching on painted surfaces. At $13.99, these weather-resistant straps are an extremely popular “no-brainer add-on” for customers who come to Harbor Freight with other purchases in mind.

7. Mini Moving Dolly #61899

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Move 1,000 pounds for $11.99? That’s what we’re sayin’… cheaper than buying your buddies pizza and beer to help you move the stuff. Is it any wonder why the Haul-Master Mini Mover’s Dolly is on Harbor Freight’s Top 10 Favorite list? Save your back as you move stacks of loaded boxes, heavy machinery, engine blocks and transmissions, or furniture when the wife’s got a hankering to redecorate. The carpeted surfaces protect furniture finishes and the hard-rubber swivel casters won’t mar your floors. Did I already mention, they’re $11.99?

8. 8-Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras #61229

8-channel DVR with Cameras

A great addition for home protection, the Bunker Hill Security 8-channel DVR with 4 Cameras and Motion Detection installs easily and can be set up to monitor on your computer or smartphone, so you can keep an eye on things while you’re away! Each camera offers a wide view span with a high resolution, so you can spread them over the areas you want observed and glimpse the four shots simultaneously. It even comes with night vision to keep you apprised of any nefarious nocturnal characters that venture onto your property (imagine your neighbors’ surprise when they see their kid up to no good on Facebook). The 8-Channel Surveillance DVR set sells for $299.99, and you can often find it on sale or a coupon. You can also use the Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon. Hey, where else can you get a room with a view at such a low price?

9. 3-Gallon 100 PSI Oilless Air Compressor #61615

3 gallon 100 psi oilless air compressor

If you’re looking for a small air compressor to keep in the garage for filling tires and balls, or maybe using with a blow gun, airbrush, brad nailer or other small jobs, the Central Pneumatic 3-Gallon PSI Pancake Air Compressor is just the ticket. For an airy $59.99, this little gem is there to save your family bike trip, keep the bounce in your game and help put up the trim and Christmas lights. The fact that it’s “oilless” means less maintenance for you, and the “pancake” low-profile shape means you’ll save garage space and easy portability to wherever the air compressor is needed. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?

10. 12,000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch #61256

12000 lb off road winch

Finally, the top ten list rounds out with the uber-popular Badland 12K Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake. Smell the mud, don’t get stuck in it! This off-road winch is a veritable lifesaver in the swamp, snow, ice and that black, slimy, stinky stuff that they don’t have a name for. Awesome for trucks, ATVs, Jeeps and other 4-wheelers… even great for uprooting trees. It also comes with an incredibly handy remote for easy operation. Don’t be the bud who needs his bacon saved– save your buds’ bacon with the Badland 12K winch!

So, there you have it– the legendary favorites of the Harbor Freight Tools catalog. Chances are you already have one of them. Chances are even better that you’ve got a mind to go buy one (or four) real soon!

An Accurate Blood Pressure Monitor for a Low-Pressure Price

Keeping an eye on your blood pressure is a good idea even if a doctor didn’t tell you to do it. A while ago, you could go down to your local supermarket or drug store and take advantage of the blood pressure machine there. However, even if that was still common, do you really want to stick your arm in those community arm bands? I mean, who knows where people’s upper arms have been. The last thing you want is to pick up someone else’s bicep germs. That’s why you need the Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (Item #: 67212) from Harbor Freight Tools!

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This convenient personal blood pressure monitor makes it easy to check your blood pressure anytime and anywhere, even if you’re not at the drug store. The device takes both systolic and diastolic readings as well as your pulse rate and is clinically tested for accuracy. Even at just $15.99, this monitor’s reliability rivals that of more expensive brands. Simple to use and comfortable to wear, the Blood Pressure Monitor saves up to 60 readings in its memory for later reference and even includes a carry case for protection and travel. It’s like having one of those big drug store machines in your pocket! And  best of all, you don’t have to share it with anyone with questionable arm hygiene.

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“Bought one of these on sale a year ago on a whim. I’ve been exercising and eating appropriately to try and lower my blood pressure and at-rest pulse. The thing has been working perfect for a year now. It’s incredible that someone could sell something this well built for such a low price.” – by Chuck from Atlanta, GA

“Have used it for several years and it still works fine. It is quite accurate. Never expected it to last this long for a low price product.” – by ToolMan from Maryland

And for those who prefer their reviews in video form, here’s a quick look from YouTube user ToolCrazy:

Yes, the AAA batteries are sold separately but don’t worry, we’ve got those too for as low as $3.99 for a 4-pack (Item #: 67484). And that’s all you need to move into the 21st century of blood pressure monitoring. No more pumping and no more using the same blood pressure monitor as everyone else in town. Accurate, portable, and easy-to-use, this handy item is the convenient and affordable way to keep tabs on your heart rate.

TOP 10 MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR THE HOME CHEF FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS!

When you think about creative cooking, kitchen accoutrements or gourmet dinner parties, your first thoughts may not waft in the direction of Harbor Freight Tools. But for those who truly aspire to expand their culinary horizons, or just buy more cool kitchen stuff, there are several must-have items for the home chef available at Harbor Freight!

10.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are an absolute must for any kitchen and these boards offer several advantages over traditional wood cutting boards. The 2 Piece Cutting Board Set from Harbor Freight comes with two boards: 13-3/4” x 10” and  15-7/8” x 11” respectively. They’re made from super-tough polypropylene, making them more resistant to knife cuts compared to wood, heat resistant up to 260° F, sanitary, odorless and non-toxic. With an integrated handle and slim profile, these boards store easily and are quickly accessible for most food prep needs.

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2 Piece Cutting Board Set, item# 69459

 

9.

Knives

A few good knives go a long way in making memorable meals. Talk to any home or professional chef and he or she is likely to talk about their favorite knife or knives as they would a loved one. In fact, some chefs prefer their knives to family members—maybe because a good knife is always functional whereas some family members are, well, not. More recently, ceramic knives have found their way into professional and home kitchens alike. Their antimicrobial properties and razor-sharp edges are huge pluses. Slicing vegetables with a ceramic knife is like cutting through butter. Compared to brands you’ll find at specialty kitchen stores, Harbor Freight’s ceramic knives with ergonomic rubber-coated handles are a lot less expensive yet every bit as functional.

6 In Ceramic Knife

6 In. Ceramic Chef’s Knife, item # 98186

3 in Paring Knife

3 In. Ceramic Paraing Knife, item# 98183

 

8.

Electric Meat Grinder

Is grinding your own meat really necessary? No. Nor is it necessary to enjoy the rich flavor of freshly ground beef, pork or turkey… When making hamburger patties, gourmet meatloaf or your own sausage, once your start grinding your own meat, you’ll never want to go back. The Electric Meat Grinder from Harbor Freight features a durable all-metal head and tray for regular use. It also comes with three types of grinding plates—course, medium and fine. The powerful 250 watt motor makes short work of grinding raw meats into ground treats. The Electric Meat Grinder also comes with three stuffing tubes—ideal for making sausage and other stuffed meat delectables.

Electric Meat Grinder

Electric Meat Grinder, item# 99598

 

7.

Hamburger Press

The hamburger press is one of those items you’re convinced you can live without… “I always make patties by hand.” In truth, patties formed by hand often end up looking like patties formed by hand. You can call them “artisan” burgers if you’d like but that won’t help multiple patties cook uniformly thanks to consistent thickness or have the same aesthetic appeal as well-formed patties. Simple to use with an adjustable depth, Harbor Freight’s dishwasher-safe Hamburger Press is a cooking tool that will make you the burger king! You know what we mean…

Hamburger Press

Hamburger Press (in store only), item# 44934

 

6.

Stock Pots

If you like making stew but can’t help stewing about the exorbitant cost of stainless steel stock pots, then look no further than Harbor Freight’s 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set. The set includes 6, 8, 12 and 16 quart pots, each with a matching lid. The mirror finish of the stainless steel provides some decorative flare in the kitchen while providing the ultimate in utility when cooking up batches or your favorite sauces, chili or soups.

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4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set, item# 94829

 

5.

Fry Cutter

95% of the world’s population love French fries. The other 5% are lying. Harbor Freight carries two French fry cutters, a heavy duty version for fanatic fry frenzies and a smaller version for the occasional fry fixation. While the heavy duty version can be wall mounted and is recommended for more regular use, both are easy to use and turn potatoes into perfectly cut fries every time! Also great for other firm vegetables like turnips and beets.

heavy duty french fry cutter

Heavy Duty French Fry Cutter, item# 66473

french fry potato chopper

French Fry Potato Chopper, item# 93001

 

4.

Electric Food Slicer

Good knife skills are important but sometimes there’s no substitute for an electric food slicer. Harbor Freight’s model features a serrated stainless steel blade for producing thin slices of meat, cheese or bread. Dial the thickness from 1/16” to ½”—create a lavish party platter in no time! A sliding tray keeps hands away from the blade while the safety switch prevents accidental starts.

Electric Food Slicer

Electric Food Slicer, item# 69460

 

3.

Food Dehydrator

More and more chefs are discovering the benefits of food dehydration. The misnomer is that a dehydrator removes the flavor from food as the food dries. It’s actually the opposite. Dehydration removes the moisture which intensifies the flavor of the food. Gourmet beef jerky and fruit roll-ups are just the beginning…

food dehydrator

5 Tier Food Dehydrator, item# 66906

 

2.

Food Storage Containers

Sometimes it’s hard to say what’s better, an incredible meal or the incredible left-overs that follow. Yet, we’ve all suffered from Forgotten Leftovers Syndrome, a chronic condition of forgetting about the leftovers we have and due to improper storage, by the time we remember them, they’ve started to spoil. Harbor Freight has a cure, the 3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set. Each container is microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer safe. The vacuum seal forces air out to better preserve food, plus each container features a date indicator dial to monitor freshness.

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set, item# 98130

 

1.

Cast Iron Cookware

Despite all the advancements of alloys, coatings, etc., in cookware, there is simply no substitute for tried-and-true cast iron. Go from the stovetop to the oven to the campfire! Nearly indestructible, cast iron is ideal for browning meats and vegetables. Fried chicken? You’ll want a cast iron skillet! Once seasoned, cast iron is nearly as non-stick as those fancy smancy high-tech offerings on the market today which can sell for ten times the price! Harbor Freight offers 3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans with built-in pouring groves for a steal (pun intended). They also have a 12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven for soups, stews and casseroles.

Cast Iron Fyring Pans

3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans, item# 44707

dutch oven

12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven, item# 44705

 

Get things cookin’ with a visit to one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide or visit harborfreight.com. Great meals start with great deals at Harbor Freight!

JUTE TWINE – SO INCREDIBLE IT EVEN INSPIRED THE BEATLES

Jute TwineWe often take the obvious for granted—cell phones, spouses, See’s Candy… But every now and then, when we really take pause and imbibe the world around us, our eyes open to the true beauty inherent in all things. We look upon a small child playing “Stairway to Heaven” on maracas and weep at the splendor. We see a dog at the park running after a thrown tennis ball and thank the universe for tennis so the dog has something to fetch.  We look at clouds and revel in the glory that they’re not concealing giant vampire bats. Ah, there’s so much to be grateful for, not the least of which is Jute Twine (item#: 66602) from Harbor Freight Tools, an obvious staple of DIYers and contractors alike.

This 200-ft. roll of biodegradable Jute Twine is ideal for hobby work, crafts, household use and garden applications because it won’t harm plants—probably because jute started off as a plant and it takes care of its own. Keep a couple rolls on hand for binding, cordoning off and other jutesque tasks. This stuff is so amazing, it’s inspired famous recording artists and respective songs like Foreigner’s “Jute Box Hero”, Tag Team’s “Jute There It Is”, Bruno Mars’ “Jute The Way You Are” and the Beatle’s legendary hit “Hey Jute” (lyrics below). And the price you’ll pay for 200 Ft. of June Twine at Harbor Freight? Now that’ll be music to your ears…

 

The Beatles – “Hey Jute” lyrics

Hey Jute, don’t bind too tight
Take a sad plant and make it stronger
Remember to wrap firmly around the stake
Then you can start to make it better

Hey Jute, you’re greenish gray
Your  fiber’s thick like a woolen sweater
The minute your unraveling kicks in
Then you begin to make projects better

And anytime you feel the strain, hey Jute, refrain
Double up to make your strands work stronger
For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By chintzing on twine so the roll lasts longer

Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah

Hey Jute, tie yourself off
You have bound it, now let it prosper
Remember to leave room for growing stems
You’re binding’s crème de la crème to make it better

So unravel out, wind in, hey Jute, begin
You’re don’t need twist ties to prosper
And don’t you know that it’s just you, hey Jute, you’ll do
The movement comes ‘cause you’re a natural fiber
Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah yeah

Hey Jute, don’t bind too tight
Take a sad plant and make it stronger
Remember to wrap firmly around the stake
Then you can start to make it
Better better better better better better, oh

Hah Hah Hah Harbor Freight, Harbor Freight, hey Jute…

 

200 Ft. Jute Twine
item#: 66602

ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS

We received a lot of positive feedback about the TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS article published recently. And we also heard from cosplayers who said “Yeah, but what about this tool…” and “Yeah, but how come you didn’t mention…” That got us thinking, “Yeah, but why not a follow-up article based on the tools and accessories mentioned by readers?” So we decided “Yeah, but let’s do it!”

Before getting started, we’d like to thank all of our readers whose “Yeah, buts” inspired part 2, or as the French say, “Le part 2”. Shout outs to Alex Lamphere, Ben Gregg and BeardedDalek (I don’t think that’s his birth name) to name a few. Another reader Gordon Smuder suggested we also put out a top 10 list of safety equipment for cosplayers making their own costumes. Great idea, Gordon – we’ll likely do one more follow article mentioning those items! To Gordon’s point, you’ll be working with high-speed power tools and volatile chemicals when making your costumes. Protect your eyes, your skin, your hearing and your lungs… basically, protect your entire body—always use the necessary safety equipment when creating your cosplay costumes. And no running through the house holding scissors… Keep yourself together, man!

Without further ado, let’s dive into Another 10 Must-Have Cosplay Tools/Accessories from Harbor Freight Tools…

10.

“Steam Punk” Goggles

We missed these the first time around but thanks to one reader who astutely pointed out their steampunkness, they definitely made the cut this time. Completely functional for welding, this set of welding goggles are perfect for a variety of cosplay costumes.

Steampunk Goggles

2 Piece Welding Goggles Set, item #: 35711

 

9.

Hot Knife

There’s more than one way to cut foam, ICF, nylon rope, webbing, synthetic fabric, wax and plastic! But the hot knife definitely is high up on the list of tools that makes it quick and easy to do so. The Hot Knife from Harbor Freight features a dual-use cutting blade for line and groove cutting, depth-adjusting sled to provide more control and an auto-off feature for added safety. Once you go Hot Knife, you can never go back!

 

Hot Knife

130 Watt Heavy Duty Hot Knife, item #: 60313

 

8.

EVA Foam

EVA foam is a staple among cosplayers. The last article addressed many items that can be used to form, shape and cut EVA foam… guess what, Harbor Freight sells EVA foam—and according to one reader, the EVA foam at Harbor Freight Tools is half the cost compared to other retailers. We “disguise” it as floor mats. Actually EVA foam works exceptionally well as floor mats for the garage or shop – dual purpose, what’s not to love?

4 Piece Anti Fatigue Mat Set

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc, item #: 94635

Anti Fatigue Roll Mat

Anti-Fatigue Roll Mat, item #: 61241

 

7.

Glue

The last article talked about epoxies, but sometimes there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned glue. But not just any glue… when your costume is on the line, you need Industrial Strength Super Glue from Harbor Freight Tools! The glue sets in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run—crucial for cosplaying. For heavy duty jobs requiring strong, reliable bonds, this industrial strength super glue gets the job done.

industrial strength super glue

Industrial Strength Super Glue, item #: 68347

 

6.

Scissors

What can’t scissors do? Well, they can’t learn a new language or contemplate supersymmetric flipped SU(5) grand unified field theory, but for the cosplayer they’re indispensable in costume making. Cut out patterns, trim materials, do that curlicue thing with ribbon… the list is endless. As alluded to at the beginning of this article, just don’t go running through the house holding them. Scissor responsibly.

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Multipurpose Scissors,  item #: 47877

 

5.

Engraver

There’s a lot of detail work in cosplaying and an engraver tool can mean the difference between making a costume and creating a work of art. Harbor Freight offers two types of engravers, both ideal for working on metal, wood, plastic, ceramic and glass.

Electric Engraver

Electric Engraver, item #: 46099

Micro Engraver

Micro Engraver, item #: 98227

 

4.

Screw Extractor Set

Admittedly, we didn’t see this one at first until cosplayer BeardedDalek pointed out what he uses it for: “dismantling small devices for parts”. With those parts, you can really put some nice finishing touches on your cosplay costume. In short, the screw extractor set removes broken screws hassle-free! Also, if you’ve ever used screws directly on your costumes or accessories, you’ve no doubt had to deal with stripped screws. Hey, we all screw up from time to time. Now we can all unscrew up…

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12 Piece Screw Extractor Set, item #: 40349

 

3.

Utility Knife

Cosplayers use utility knives so much they should probably make holsters for them. A utility knife is definitely a must-have tool. Perfect for cutting balsa wood, paper, foam… ad infinitum. As the name implies, a utility knife delivers “utility”. If it didn’t, it would probably have some fluffy advertising name like the Wonder Knife or the I’m-more-attractive-to-the-opposite-sex-because-I-own-this Knife. “Utility” is what you need and “utility” is what you get with the Utility Knife from Harbor Freight Tools.

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Utility Knife, item #: 3359

folding locking blade utility knife

Folding Locking Back Utility Knife, item #: 90802

 

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50 Piece Utility Blades, item #: 92872

 

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Earplugs

We had to sneak in a little safety but trust me, you’ll be glad we did. Cosplayers use power tools and it’s important to protect your hearing among other things. It’s also great if you’re working with a buddy all night to finish a costume, then you fall asleep and your buddy’s snoring rivals the mating call of an adult howler monkey…

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50 Pair Disposable Earplugs, item #: 96365

Reusable Corded Earplugs

Reusable Corded Earplugs, item #: 94328\

 

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Tape

It ain’t sexy, but whoomp, there it is. Actually, we saw some cosplay costumes just made out of tape… okay, they were a bit sexy. In cosplay, tape is a hem, costume trim, an accessory… O’ mighty tape, hear our praises!

color coded electrical tape

5 Rolls 12 Ft. x 3/4 In. Color Coded Electrical Tape, item #: 66462

black tape

10 Rolls 60 Ft. x 3/4 In. Industrial Grade Electrical Tape, item #: 69587

 

Let us know what tools and accessories you use to make your cosplay costumes. And send us pictures! We love them pictures! Peace out.

A Triangle Worklight for All Seasons

What can you do with an Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight (Item #: 62158)? What can’t you do with an Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight?? Aside from the safety implications and the sheer luminosity provided by 39 bright LED lights, this handy item is magnetic too so mounting it in your garage or shop or fixing it to a stranded vehicle is a cinch. And don’t worry, you wooden cart drivers. Even if you’re not near a metallic surface, the Triangle Worklight also features a fold-away hanging hook to easily hang the light right next to your lantern. Which, presumably, has run out of kerosene.

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Whatever the case may be, the Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight from Harbor Freight Tools is the all-purpose light source that is a must-have for any tool box. Not only does it provide bright, clean white light when working after-hours or in a dimly lit area, it also includes a red mode and a red flashing mode for notifying others of dangerous areas or hazards like a slow-moving vehicle. Or a wooden cart.

“The LEDs are surprisingly bright. You can cycle between solid red LEDs in the outer row, solid white LEDs in the center, or flashing red LEDs in the outer row. The white LEDs produce a nice bright beam of white light so you can use this as a flashlight or you can turn on the red LEDs to signal an emergency. Good item for the glovebox!” – by JR from RTP, NC

“Bought 8 of these lights. Plan on buying more! Great for personal use and as a gift. Well worth the price.” – by tnatiger from Granbury, TX

That’s right, the Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight does make an excellent gift for anyone on any holiday! Or even not on a holiday. Then they really won’t see it coming. At just $3.99 a piece, you can stock up on these triangle worklights and be done with your Christmas shopping for the next ten years! Or maybe put on some sort of light show. Or a light show on Christmas! See? The possibilities are endless. In fact, I’m surprised you’re still reading this and haven’t gone out to your local Harbor Freight store to purchase one right now. In case you’re just finishing to be polite, I’ll shut up now so you can go do that.

Forge Ahead with a Solid Cast Iron Anvil

For anyone handling metalwork or forging, an anvil is a necessary item. One of the oldest tools in existence, the anvil has had ample time for improvements and tweaks to the design. But at a certain point, you just can’t mess with perfection! And the 55 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 69161) from Harbor Freight Tools is a top notch forging tool for the rock bottom price of just $59.99.

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Whether it’s taking on a heavy duty job or withstanding continuous use over a long period of time, this top grade anvil holds up to the stress. Featuring a wide 8-3/4” x 4-1/8” work surface, this is the ideal anvil for creating custom work with professional-looking results.   Solid and durable, this versatile anvil is ready to take just about anything.

“I have used the anvil in leather work and I have also used it in bending and forging. You can cold-form soft metals and iron too. If you need to hammer on a cable clamp, it’s easy to do. It is portable since it is 55 pounds and it is wide enough for knifemakers and small forgings.” – by Dave from Kentucky

Need to see it in action? YouTube user Shadow Forge demonstrates how he uses the Harbor Freight Tools anvil to make railroad spikes.

And for smaller jobs, be sure to check out the 15 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 3999) which retails for only $19.99. This is a great anvil for hobbyists and jewelry-makers that don’t need a heavier anvil for their projects.

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“A great anvil if you are making jewelry, riveting chainmail, or working with metals of 18 gauge or lighter.” – by Nebraskan Saxon from Omaha, NE

“I love Blacksmithing and this is the best anvil I have ever worked with. The torch will not cut it and it does not wear. I rated it do-it-yourselfer but it is really professional quality.” – by “Torch” the blacksmith from Riverton, UT

Tailgating Gear (from Harbor Freight) You Gotta Have!

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Guess which one’s been doing Sea Breezes since 9 AM.

Tailgating is always an excellent idea– but if not well planned, it could turn into something tragic (like the Helsinki episode of 1919– and I think we all remember how THAT turned out ). The tailgate party is a sacred ritual, much like a holy pilgrimage or pantsing the new kid. And like any ritual that requires serious reflection, one must decide how to best prepare for it (go with the beer shorts, don’t go with the beer shorts?).  But with just a few pre-game adjustments and some new free-agent acquisitions from Harbor Freight Tools, you won’t even want to leave the parking lot! We like to call this our “PAC 12″:

 1. The Tailgate Tool Bag

tool tote 19-inch Always keep a tool bag packed with tailgate gear in the trunk of your car. This could include a spatula, bottle/can opener, tongs, toothpicks, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, ziplocks, pimento olives, drink umbrellas, condiments, etc. Harbor Freight’s got a wide variety of tool bags, so you’re sure to find the one that’ll make you the Batman of the party. Pictured above is the 19″ Tool Tote with 13 outer pockets as well as generous inner storage. This baby’s rugged and you can pack it to the gills with confidence. Priced at $19.99rollaway tool bag Or, if total mobility’s how you roll, the Voyager 20″ Rolling Tool Bag is your ride. Two wheels and an extendable handle make this rollaway tool bag extremely easy to transport your tailgating supplies without strain or heavy lifting. This heavy-duty nylon bag’s got pockets inside and out for organizing all the extra shtuff. A mere $24.99– ¡no problemo! 

 2. Megaphone– with Siren!

megaphone with siren ‘Cause you gotta make your team pride heard! This 50-watt noisemaker will carry over 2,000 ft– great for taunting opposing fans, alerting the crowd to bad cocktail weenies, or getting the attention of that blue-painted hottie with the foam finger. And you and your friends will have even MORE fun with your Western Safety Megaphone as the beer cooler gets low! For just $24.99, we will, oh yes, we will, rock you.

 3.  Gimme Shelter – Popup Canopy

popup canopy Stay chill from the sun or rain under this sturdy, 10 x 10 Popup Canopy from Harbor Freight. Easy enough for one man to put up, and it comes with a wheeled storage bag for smoooth, effortless transport. $69.99 will cover it– and you.

 4. Turn Up the Heat! – Dual Burner Propane Stove

two burner propane stoveYou’ll be the quarterback of quality cuisine  with this rugged, portable Two-Burner Propane Stove. Cook up the brats and keep the nacho cheese hot whilst regaling your friends with buddy banter and gut-busting zingers. This little guy will go up to 11 with its whopping 15,000 BTUs, and features fully-adjustable brass burners to deliver just the right amount of heat when you need it. At a comfortable $39.99, this’ll keep the party fired up!

 

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Of course we’re just models!

 

5. Dutch Oven

dutch oven tailgate The Dutch Oven is the miracle worker of outdoor cooking. From stews to s’mores to 3-alarm nacho dip, the Dutch Oven will allow you to make just about anything you might stick in your oven at home. Its secret weapon is its ability to evenly distribute heat, allowing you to cover it with charcoal briquettes, position it in the hot coals near an open fire, or place it on the stove top. Harbor Freight’s 6-quart, cast-iron beauty really needs no introduction, but at only $28.99– a fraction of what the competitors’ cost– it demands the attention of any frugal tailgater. Big enough to feed a crowd and heavy-duty enough to take anywhere, HFT’s Dutch Oven cooks, bakes, fries… and stays hot for a long time with its snug-fitted lid. Just nestle that baby in the glowing coals and prepare to be dazzled.

 6. Magnetic Paper Towel Holder

magnetic paper towel holder It ain’t a party if you’re not making a mess. At the same token, you ain’t no party god if you don’t have something to wipe it up. Presenting one of the neatest inventions since the MacGyver paper clip– the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder! Just stick this modern marvel onto something metal, and you and your friends are locked and loaded for any messy mishap. At just $8.99, this one’s a no-brainer, folks.

 7. Sports Chair

foldable sports chair There are chairs and then there are CHAIRS… and Harbor Freight’s Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair is the latter. A cocktail of convenience and comfort, this sports chair features a strong, lightweight aluminum frame (weight capacity 250 lbs) with an extra-wide seat for… how to put this delicately…. ample coziness. Features include three side pockets– for stuff like air horns, cell phones, pong balls– a bottle holder and a folding side table for the grub and libations. At a relaxing $29.99, you’ll be sitting pretty with budget for the more important things, like a cornhole game and bail money.

 8. 5-in-1 Power Pack

5-in-1 power pack This bad boy makes so much sense, I can’t believe we’re even talking about it. The Cen-Tech 5-in-1 Portable Power Pack is equipped with jump start cables, an air compressor (up to 300 psi), two AC plugs with up to 20 hours of charge, a USB port, two cigarette lighter ports and emergency lights– all wrapped up in a tough, rubberized case. So, the blender, the crock pot, the sound system, the iPod, the dead car, the flat tire… all covered! Just $89.99. You’re welcome.

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Hi, Mom, it’s Travis! Send money!

9. Trunk Organizer

trunk organizer Face it, pal. If you’re heading for a tailgate party, you’ve got junk in the trunk. Well, Harbor Freight has just the thing for you to keep it together– the fabulous, “5-star-rated” Trunk Organizer! Comes with both large compartments and side pockets to hold your barbecue tools, groceries, paperware and body paint, all in one safe place while you drive. It’s got non-slip pads that prevent shifting while on the road, and folds up neatly when not in use. Grab it for $11.99. Grab two.

10. Hamburger Press

hamburger pressUniform means more than just wearing the team colors, it means serving consistently perfect burgers to your buds. With this kickass aluminum Hamburger Press from Harbor Freight you’ll put out a pile of perfectly uniform, round and flat meat patties in no time! And for the particularly rabid carnivores, there’s a depth adjuster that lets you make them up to 1/2” thick!  Best of all, with pre-made patties you can go right from the freezer to the cooler to the grill without thawing. Just $9.99. Boo-yah!

11. Folding Trash Bag Stand

trash bag stand OK, here’s the deal… you can’t do a tailgate without talking trash. This is one of the handiest gadgets for the tailgate, campground, beach party, family reunion or any other occasions of civil unrest. The Folding Trash Bag Stand makes it easy to keep the garbage out of the way and in the bag. Its heavy-duty metal stand has a weatherproof enamel finish and folds flat when you’re done with it.

12. Generator

700-900 watt storm cat generator You didn’t actually think we’d do a “must-have” countdown without any mention of a generator, did you? It’s practically a tailgater’s mascot! Here’s the one we like, the perfect size and power for your garden variety tailgate: The 700-watt, 2 HP Storm Cat Recreational Generator. Its 63 CC air-cooled gas engine will deliver up to 5 hours of run-time (at 50% capacity), plenty to run a nice-sized TV and some fans, a microwave, laptop or sound system. A tried-and-true favorite among tailgaters, campers and RVers, the Storm Cat sells regularly for $129.99, but can often be found on sale. As of this writing (Sep. 2014), you can get it with coupon for just $99.99!

So, if you’re thinking tailgate, don’t forget the great tailgating gear and deals you can find at Harbor Freight Tools! While you’re there, pick up low-priced extension cords, tarps, first aid kit, bug zappers, ceramic knives, rope, flashlights and more! More than just a great tool store, we’re also your tailgate party source!   tailgating 1