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Drywall Panel Hoist

Installing drywall can be cumbersome and can require several people to help with the unruly sheets. If you’re a contractor, that’s money out of your pocket for the extra manpower. Now it can be a one-person job with the Drywall Panel Hoist!

The Drywall Panel Hoist enables you to lift drywall and sheetrock without assistance. The durable welded steel construction holds single drywall panels up to 150 lbs. and lifts up to a height of 11 ft.

The drywall panel lift features an automatic load holding brake for safety, an extendable tripod base for stability and smooth-rolling non-marring rubber casters that easily lock in place.

Additional features include a cradle that tilts for easy loading and sturdy welded steel construction.

Customers love this tool! Check out some of the reviews …

I was able to install drywall in the ceiling by myself with no assistance with this lift. You can disassemble for easy storage. Great value. – Nachin, Hinesville, GA

Purchased this machine to hang 21 sheets of plywood as underpinning for a house. Was able to hang this material single handedly in two days. Much easier to assemble than I anticipated, this thing went right together with no confusion. Cannot say enough about it. Wish I had owned one when I was building my house. Best part of all was being in the situation where you have the sheet in the air and discover some adjustment is needed. Just drop the thing down, slide to the side if needed and make it right. Gives you the ability to obtain a perfect fit without the frustration. Easy squeezy. – Cheshire, Outer Banks, NC

I was skeptical at first but it has well paid for itself and more. Very good quality, great price, easy to use. I am a professional contractor and was short one crew member so decided to buy this hoist to keep up with my deadline. We were very impressed at its performance. 5/8 Sheetrock was a pleasure to install on the ceiling with this tool. – Dad Perfect, Long Island, NY


Make easy work of installing drywall or sheetrock with the Drywall Panel Hoist available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store! And click here to check out more materials handling items.


A workbench is a must-have item—and often more than one is needed for your garage, shop or other work area. Harbor Freight has a great selection of workbenches, including these models:

48 In. Workbench with Light
This is a great workbench loaded with features, including heavy-duty steel construction with a durable enamel finish, full-width peg board for organizing tools, fluorescent cabinet light to illuminate your work area, integrated three-outlet grounded power strip, two sliding drawers plus upper and lower shelves. You could easily pay more than double for a similar workbench in the marketplace. The 48 In. Workbench with Light is 61-1/12” x 47-1/4” long x 23-3/4” wide.

The tools shown are sold separately. Pegboard hooks are also available separately from Harbor Freight.

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench
This professional hardwood workbench supports up to 250 lbs. It has a beautifully lacquer- finished 60 in. x 20 in. top and four felt-lined drawers to store tools. The bottom shelf is great for storing large objects. Additional features include a 7-inch capacity wood block vise, 4 anvil pegs and 4 wood pegs.

46 in. 9 Drawer Mobile Workbench with Solid Wood Top
This workbench is really a hybrid workbench/mobile tool cabinet. It provides up to 14,500 cubic inches of space and up to 1200 lbs. of storage capacity. The workbench also features full extension ball bearing drawer slides with secure drawer retention system, full width top drawer and deep bottom drawers, premium powder coated finish for durability, keyed locking system, heavy-duty 5-inch x 2-inch casters for easy portability even when fully loaded and a solid wood work surface for tackling countless projects.


For workbench accessories and more storage solutions, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

8 in. Survival/Hunting Knife

Check out the 8 in. Survival/Hunting Knife, the perfect addition to your next hunting or fishing trip, camping expedition, backpacking excursion, hiking trail or other outing! The knife features a rugged 8-inch stainless steel blade, ideal for skinning game or gutting fish—use the serrated saw back to cut through thick foliage!

Unscrew the handle and inside you’ll find the integrated compass, matches with fire-starting paper, fishing line with hook, sewing kit, buttons and safety pins. The knife also comes with a lanyard and sheath!

With over 300 reviews, this survival knife has an average rating over 4 out of 5 stars!

Around the house – around the yard – around the camp! What else do you need or what? Affordable and a great knife to have at your side when needed. Can’t beat the price too! – 1791, Watertown

Great hunting knife, Have one with me at all times! – Knight Shadow, Tijeras, New Mexico

I have one in each of my vehicles in an emergency pack. I have two at home in emergency packs and have given my three grandsons one for their go bag. They are a great deal for the cost. – AJ, Western NC

It is a well-made product with many practical uses. I use it camping and hiking all the time. – Monty, Valrico, FL

I wanted a knife like this for the tool box that I keep on my boat. I was so impressed with the quality that I purchased a second one to keep around for other purposes. You can’t go wrong on this one. It would also make a great gift for any outdoors person. It looks far more expensive than it actually cost. – ASC2078, Leesburg, Florida


In addition to thousands of great tools and accessories, Harbor Freight also carries a wide variety of items for outdoorsmen and women! Visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store and check out the incredible values that over 40 million customers have come to enjoy!


Note: not for sale to persons under the age of 18

Large Tilt Flat Panel TV Mount

This sturdy Large Tilt Flat Panel TV Mount is an incredible value compared to similar mounts in the marketplace!

The TV wall mount can securely mount LED, LCD or plasma flat screen TVs ranging from 37 in. to 70 in. (up to 176 lb.) for the best viewing position. Features include low profile or tilt mounting to get the clearest view, double frame wall bracket for extra strength and an open wall bracket design for easy cable routing. The universal design fits all VESA and non-VESA mounting patterns up to 800mm x 400mm. The bracket mounts to wood, metal studs, brick or concrete walls. Mounting hardware is included.

The Large Tilt Flat Panel TV mount is a customer favorite! Check out these reviews:

Tell you the truth, cheapest one I found, even cheaper than Walmart. Built to last, don’t hesitate, all included to mount your TV and is a very strong steel mount. – Red Zugzug, Fall River, MA

Can’t beat the price. Perfect for my TV location. – JD, WI

Holds 87 pound plasma with no problem. Hardware included, made the job a breeze. – Tony, Cleveland, OH

I think this item is a great item … I ended up getting a total of three and hung all my televisions … very easy to setup and secure … – Big Reg, Slidell, LA

Simple to install and worked on my TV. Much better price than any other mount on the market. – RAE, Brookline, MA


You can pick up the Large Tilt Flat Panel TV Mount at your local Harbor Freight Tools store. And discover the great values on tools, accessories, household items and more enjoyed by over 40 million customers nationwide!

Hercules 4-1/2 in. 7 Amp Small Angle Grinder

Legendary Performance!

For heavy-duty jobs like slag removal, grinding, cutting, paint stripping and more, this Hercules Grinder delivers pro-grade results. Though compact in size, the 7 amp grinder delivers incredible power, delivering 11,000 RPM.

The slim body design improves comfort and control while the rugged aluminum gear case provides maximum durability. Additional features include a spindle lock for fast, easy wheel changes and slide switch with lock-on for improved productivity.

The outside looks solid but what about the inner workings? Check out this independent video by Tool Teardowns where the Hercules grinder is dissected and you can see for yourself how quality goes to its core.

With over 85 customer reviews, the Hercules grinder has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars …

I bought this angle grinder to take down a metal basketball post (5″ x 1/4″). The Hercules grinder didn’t miss a beat, took about 5 minutes total and that was with the center of the pipe filled with concrete. Got warm, but not hot and did not bog down eating into the pipe with a 40 grit cutter. Great buy and value! – Cdub, Central Valley, CA

I had been trying to cut through brass with a hack saw and became frustrated at the lack of progress I was making. The angle grinder with a cut off wheel made short work of the task. – 2badnez, Lubbock, TX

I use my tools almost every day, so I find out real quick if it’s junk or a gem …. This angle grinder is an absolute gem!! I am very, very pleased with the degree of durability and quality this tool offers, and the price is friggin’ awesome. It runs and operates as well or better than my Bosch and DeWalt grinders, but cost me only a fraction of the price. I am a believer, and can’t wait to buy the other Hercules products you now offer for I hear they are just as good. Harbor Freight has definitely raised the bar. – A real trademan, Cincinnati, OH

Check out the Hercules 4-1/2 in. 7 Amp Small Angle Grinder at your local Harbor Freight Tools store as well as the entire Hercules line of power tools and accessories, guaranteed to deliver legendary performance!

The Heat Gun Is On!

And there are a ton of things you can do with it!

One of the greatest discoveries of all time is fire. So, it’s not hard to imagine that one of the greatest power tools of all time is the heat gun! As any hobbyist, weekend warrior, contractor, painter and plumber can tell you, a heat gun is indispensable. Here are just some of things you can do with this versatile tool:

Shrink Tubing – Tidy up electronic wiring and other connections with shrink tubing and a heat gun.

Drying Paint – If you’ve just painted a wall or surface and there’s more work to be done, you may risk ruining the paint. A heat gun can make quick work of drying paint, saving time and hassle!

Stripping paint – Use a heat gun to strip paint from walls, furniture and other woodwork. It’s more environmentally friendly and a lot less messy compared to chemical solvents.

Softening adhesives – Want to remove a bumper sticker from your car? Use a heat gun and then just peel it off. Still some residue? Just apply a little WD-40 to get it off. This process also works great for other stickers and labels. Just make sure the base item can take the heat!

Desoldering – With the right attachment, the heat can be streamlined to the particular component that needs desoldering.

Upholstering furniture – When using vinyl, applying heat allows the vinyl to be stretched around the respective piece of furniture.

Weld plastics – Using a specific nozzle and plastic welding rods, you can weld a variety of plastics, including PVC pipe and floor tiles.

Restore automotive trim – quickly and easily get your automotive trim back in black by applying heat.

Join tarps – Need to line a pond, create an awning or provide ground cover for a large tent? Overlay two tarps, heat the edges using a slit nozzle and then immediately press together the sides using a roller.

Thaw frozen pipes – Once you pinpoint where the frozen pipe is, apply gradual heat using the heat gun to restore waterflow. Note: do not heat the pipe too rapidly as this may compromise the integrity of the pipe and cause it to burst.

Re-stick molding and floor tiles/remove floor tiles – simply heat the molding and adhesive to rejuvenate their bonding properties. You can also heat up tiles and the adhesives for easy removal.

Tint windows – Use a smoothing tool and heat gun to heat-shrink the tinting film to windows.

Bend PVC pipe – Using a special wire coil and heat gun, plumbers can bend PVC into almost any angle without having to use adhesives or elbow joints. This also saves time because they don’t have to wait for any glue to try before checking the seals since there are none!

Harbor Freight carries the 1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun 572°/1112°. This versatile dual temperature heat gun is ideal for numerous tasks, including the ones mentioned above, and features superior coil design that heats materials more quickly than other heat guns on the market. Other features include a durable ABS body, three-way switch and six-foot power cord.

The 9 Pc Heat Gun Accessory Kit is also available. The kit provides four nozzles to control the flow of heat and expand the applications, scraper handle with three interchangeable spring steel heads and a putty knife.


Be aware that heating certain compounds and materials may give off strong orders or noxious fumes. Always use a heat gun in a well-ventilated area and wear appropriate protective gear, including heat-resistant gloves, protective eyewear and a respiratory mask. Keep a fire extinguisher close by in case anything flammable (e.g. saw dust) catches fire while using the heat gun.

For all heat gun options, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store. And leave a comment for what you use a heat gun for!





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20V Hypermax™ Lithium 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver Kit

Superior Performance and Durability!

When you need more power from a drill/driver, you need Bauer! This high performance cordless power tool delivers up to 450 in. lbs. of maximum torque to drive fasteners into a wide variety of materials.

Features include all-metal gear construction for durability, keyless clutch for quick bit changes, textured overmold grip to provide comfort and reduce fatigue, bright LED light to illuminate your work area and a two-speed selector for matching speed and power to your respective application.

In addition to the ½ inch. 20V compact drill/driver, the kit includes two impact bits, rugged tool bag for storage and transport, and a 1.5AH lithium battery and charger which delivers more time on the tool! The battery is also compatible with all Bauer 20V cordless tools.

For frequent or daily use, check out the Bauer 20V Hypermax™ Lithium 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver Kit—as well as the full line of Bauer tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Beginner’s Guide to Using a Winch

No doubt about it, off-roading is fun. But it’s not so fun when you get stuck in the mud or a ditch and you can’t get out! That’s why a winch is absolutely mandatory equipment for off-roading adventures. If you’re new to winching, this article will help you get started.

Safety first … Safety last … Safety in-between … are you getting the message? Protecting yourself and ensuring the safety of others is paramount when using a winch. Don’t overload the winch beyond its capacity, set it improperly or use unreliable accessories—any one of these things, let alone combined, could easily lead to winch failure and potentially create a hazardous situation that could cause injury. When operating the winch, do not wear loose clothing or jewelry as they could get caught in the moving parts. Also, it’s important to use appropriate safety equipment. Wear ANSI approved safety goggles and heavy-duty leather work gloves.

Let’s move on to basic operation …

Attach the remote control/pendant control so it’s not at risk of getting pinched—consider from where you’ll operate the winch.

Roll out the hook. Note: don’t place your finger(s) through the hook but use the included strap (see pic above). Unwind a few feet of line so there’s enough slack to disconnect the hook from the anchor point.

Attach the winch to a secure anchor point as close to a straight line as possible from where your vehicle is stuck. Stay within the angle guidelines of the user manual for your winch. Try to secure the cable to a secure point like a tree, stump or large rock. If a natural anchor point is not available, you can utilize another vehicle.

Pull out the line and be aware of any obstacles in the path such as tree branches that could get tangled in the line.

Hook onto the object using a pulling point, tow strap or chain. Do not wrap the wire rope around the object and hook onto the wire rope itself as it can cause damage to the object being pulled and kink or fray the wire rope. Do not use recovery straps either as they can stretch and whip back toward the operator during winching.

Once secure, re-engage the clutch back at the winch itself and begin to retract the line until there is slight tension. Double-check the connections at the anchor point and make sure everyone is at a safe distance away from the winch line.

For added safety, throw a heavy blanket, towel or piece of carpet over the taut line six feet from the hook to help absorb the force released should the wire rope break.

Now you’re ready to start winching! Slowly retract the cable using the remote control. It’s best to have the engine running and the driver inside the vehicle being recovered—if possible, apply the gas and work with the winch to move the vehicle. Once the vehicle is on a stable surface and can be driven away on its own, you’ve successfully winched!

Allow some slack in the line and unhook the winch. Put on the emergency brake on the vehicle with the winch and apply slight tension as the cable spools—make sure the line does not become tangled during this process.

For complete installation and operation instructions as well as the full list of safety tips, be sure to consult the user manual for your particular winch. You’ll also find numerous helpful videos on YouTube.

Harbor Freight Tools carries the highly-rated Badland brand of winches. Models include:

5000 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake
This ATV/utility winch features single-stage planetary gear system for fast line speed, automatic load-holding brake, permanent magnet motor which draws less current (ideal for ATV use), 10 ft. handlebar control and 12 ft. ergonomic handheld remote control for easy operation even when alone!

9000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake
With a 9000-lb. towing capacity and automatic load-holding brake for safety, this winch will be the go-to for recovering your off-road vehicle or loading a boat. Other features included power in/out for positive load control, series-wound motor that stays cooler during long pulls and 12 ft. ergonomic handheld remote control.

Voted the “Best Deal in Winching” by Off Road Magazine

12000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake
Recover a large vehicle, load your watercraft or haul timber with this heavy-duty winch boasting a 12,000 lb. towing capacity. In addition to the series-wound motor, three-stage planetary gear system and 12 ft. ergonomic remote control, this winch also features a cable tensioner to prevent tangling.


For the full line of Badland winches and accessories, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store. Happy winching!




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72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

US General Tool Storage Solutions

Do you have a ton of tools … literally, a ton of tools? How about two tons? More? US General has you covered with the 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet. This extra-large, heavy-duty industrial roller cabinet provides 34,300 cubic inches of space and a total weight capacity up to 4602 lbs.!

The tool cabinet features 12 narrow drawers, 5 wide drawers and 1 extra-wide drawer. Heavy-duty 1-3/8 in. ball-bearing drawer slides are riveted to the cabinet for smooth functionality. The tall drawers utilize 2 pairs of slides. The drawers also have folded edges for added strength and spring-loaded latches to secure them. The drawers are lockable and come with nonslip liners.

This tool cabinet has 2 fixed and 2 locking swivel industrial 6 in. shock-absorbing casters with rubber treads for easy maneuverability, even fully loaded. The red powder-coat finish provides added durability and looks great in any garage or shop!

After 140 customer reviews, this tool cabinet has earned a near 5-star collective rating! Here are just a few of them:

I am a professional mechanic. I have owned and used a wide variety of toolboxes. This box is on par with the best of them. I have owned it for 6 months now, not a complaint whatsoever… – 05Willys, PA

After looking at several overpriced “big name” boxes, I looked at this 72″ roll cab. I was very impressed with the construction and smoothness of the drawers. The HD casters are very strong also. I would highly recommend this roll cab for a professional as well as a hobbyist. You could easily spend 10X plus on a “big name” box and you’re really just paying for the name plate. This cab is definitely the way to go. – Randy, New York

Had this box for several months, replaced a Snap-On that was too small. I work on heavy truck/equipment and have many large heavy tools and open the drawers 100+ times a day. I don’t baby it, either. Heavy duty ball bearing double slide bars on all drawers. This is one tough box. My co-workers with Snap-on and Cornwell boxes are jealous when they make a box payment every week … –  Redryder, Yelm, WA


You can pick up the 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store. And be sure to check out the complete line of US General tool storage solutions!