WHAT LIGHT THROUGH YONDER WINDOW BREAKS? IT IS THE SOLAR ROPE LIGHT…

Solar Rope Light

William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest playwright and poet of all time. His works are legendary. Well, most of them. Some were never published and even lost due to the Scribe Strike of 1614 that lasted until the restoration of the House of Stuart in 1660. However, a recent archeological find unveiled rare manuscripts, including a sonnet that is believed to have been written by Shakespeare himself about the Solar Rope Light (item #: 68353) from Harbor Freight Tools. One might ask how could Shakespeare have written about an item that would not exist until 3-1/2 centuries after his death? Great question! But there are many great questions that we’ll never be able to answer, so why start now?

ODE TO THE SOLAR ROPE LIGHT

Oh Solar Rope Light, 22 ft. long
Your 50 long-life white LED lamps
Illuminate places where my heart camps
Like gardens and walkways with light so strong
That comes on at dusk, you just can’t go wrong
A weather proof sleeve, proverbial gamp
One can wrap them around a cul de lampe
A full charge stays lit up like Tommy Chong
Solar panel amorphous silicon
Recharged with 6 to 8 daylight hours
And up to 8 hours the lights stay on
Through darkest night and torrential showers
Ground spike and mounting hardware do hold on
Enhances thine hardscape, lawns and flowers

Solar Rope Light
item #: 68353

 

What the Heck is a Feeler Gauge?

There’s a measuring tool for just about everything and Harbor Freight has them all! If you’ve ever needed to measure small distances between two work pieces then you will appreciate this tool accessory that you may have never even heard of. The 32 Piece Feeler Gauge Set (Item #: 32214) is designed specifically for this purpose and is used frequently by engineers to measure the clearance between two parts. But while machinists and engineers may love it, this versatile set of measuring blades is well-suited for assisting you in a variety of projects!

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A feeler gauge set consists of several blades of various thicknesses with measurements marked on each piece. While these thin “blades” do not include any sharp edges, they are designed to be slid into gaps to see exactly how wide they are. Obviously, this is used for smaller openings that can be difficult to measure accurately. With the feeler gauge set, you can just simply slide in the blades one at a time until you find the exact width of the gap. Then, you can continue on with your project, confident that your measurements are precise.

Whether you’re using the set to measure valve tolerances, bolt gaps, or to make other critical measurements, the 32 Piece Feeler Gauge Set will feel things out for you to an exact degree! And for just $3.99 for the entire set, you’ll feel just fine adding this measuring tool set to your workspace.

“I bought this feeler gauge set to measure the bolt gap on my PTR-91 (G3 pattern) rifle. I measured each of the plates with my digital calipers and they are 100% accurate measurements at least down to a ten-thousandth of an inch. They are accurate enough for firearms work, so they are accurate enough for nearly anything. I’m glad I saved the money getting this set rather than going and buying one for three times the cost at the auto parts store.” – by Pazuzu from TX

“These are great gauges. They come with a lot of thicknesses and I have yet to run into one it does not have. Some of the other ones I’ve used don’t get small enough for my motorcycle’s valves (.002 inch) but these do. It does come with a very light coating of a thin oil most likely for an anti-rust coating or to help with moving the arms. If it annoys anyone, it is very easily wiped off.” – by ct from CT

These steel blades are a great addition to any work space and feature both Metric and SAE measurements. And they come in a convenient, compact size that fits easily into your pocket or any tool bag. List this Feeler Gauge Set from Harbor Freight Tools under items you might not use often but can be a life-saver when you really need it!

COUSIN OLIVER SYNDROME…

24 In. x 36 In.Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service CartIt’s the final nail in the coffin for most TV shows. They’ve had a long run, were probably the most watched show at one point but like any frothy entertainment (sans The Simpsons and Law & Order franchise) the audience finally grows bored and ratings drop. The producers gather in a scrum and brainstorm how to inject more life into the show. “Producers” and “brainstorm” prove oxymoronic as they always come up with the same answer—a kid. Such was the case with The Brady Bunch when they brought in the John Denver homunculus Cousin Oliver. And history is laden with similar examples: Scrappy Doo in Scooby Doo, Sam in Different Strokes and John Houseman in The Paper Chase.

What these shows should have brought in was the 24 In. x 36 In. Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service Cart from Harbor Freight Tools! Boasting a 500 lb. capacity, the industrial-strength polypropylene cart features large 3 in. trays, hardware bins, cup holder, comfortable handle and smooth rolling 5 in. casters. It’s ideal for the shop or garage and will quickly become your go-to for transporting heavy work items as well as carting around hand and power tools.

So, how would the 24 In. x 36 In. Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service Cart have saved The Brady Bunch? Well, they could have place Cousin Oliver in the cart and then rolled it over the side of the Grand Canyon. Ratings would have soared through the roof! The cart would have been retrieved on a nearby river bank and the Brady family would have then opened up their own auto shop (much more interesting), using the cart of course. The revitalized marketshare might have also prevented the show Chico and the Man (set in an auto shop) from ever being produced, thus killing two birds with one stone. Now, don’t get all upset about Cousin Oliver. Thanks to the durability of the cart, he survives the fall and follows the Colorado River down to the Gulf of California where he washes ashore in Puerto Peñasco and becomes a billionaire by developing multiple condominium retirement communities for expats earning him the moniker El Jefe con Pelo Rubio.

24 In. x 36 In. Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service Cart
item#: 92862

 

Gettin’ Jiggy with the Pocket Hole Jig Kit

You may not have ever heard of this particular tool but if you have furniture in your home, it was probably constructed with a Pocket Jig! And no, a Pocket Jig is not an Irish dance. It’s a useful item that allows you to make frames and rock-solid joints in wood. And the Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit (Item #: 96264) from Harbor Freight is easy-to-use, portable version that will keep your tool budget strong as well! At just $67.99, this is the perfect pocket jig for occasional jobs yet it still holds up to frequent use.

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Sure there are other ways to attach two boards together, but with the Pocket Hole Jig Kit, there’s no messy glue to worry about and no wait time! Just drill the hole to your desired depth, insert the fastener, and you’re set. Whether you’re building furniture, creating cabinet frames, or simply need to join two pieces of wood securely, you won’t find an easier way to do it than with this Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit.

“Very impressed with this tool. I love that it is made of aluminum unlike some others of its kind that are made of plastic. This jig makes joinery very easy and simple. I used it to join boards to make a table top out of 2×6’s. It feels very solid and well built. Good job HF.” – by Martz from Phoenix, AZ

“The Pocket Hole Jig is extremely easy to use. This kit drills pocket holes in materials from 1/2″ thick to 1-1/2″ thick with its two position hole guides. As a bonus you also get an easy to use portable guide plate. This works just as well as my other unit for a much better price. This one of HF’s gems.” – by GW from Jacksonville, FL

“I have a few projects lined up that would benefit from making pocket holes rather than drilling straight through. This jig was definitely worth the money, especially after using a super coupon. I love the portable base that allows you to remove the guides from the mountable base so you can make pocket holes in items that may not fit otherwise. You won’t regret buying this jig!” – by Mil from Philadelphia, PA

Drill holes into a range of material thicknesses with maximum precision! With this pocket hole jog kit in your possession, you’ll never be at a loss again when it comes to joining wooden work pieces confidently. With the kit, you also receive drill guide blocks, an L base, a 3/8” step bit with depth collar,  100 self-tapping screws and hex wrenches. Everything you need to start your next project today!

Halloween Craft Ideas

The time is nigh to plunge into the dark arts of Halloween decorating. Instead of getting soaked at the local party store, though, why not dig up some low-cost tools at Harbor Freight and create your own props and beasties? Here are a few ideas we’ve summoned for your morbid curiosity.

halloween packing tape ghost

This spine-chilling ghost (which will be hanging in the trees on Halloween night) is made of packing tape and cheesecloth, and shall be haunting all doomed passersby with an eerie glow, courtesy of the Mini 2-Piece 9 LED 3-1/2″ Flashlight Set (#69065), just $2.99 at Harbor Freight.

 

Drill Master 80-piece Rotary Tool KitDrill Master 80-pc. Rotary Tool Kit #69451 – $9.99

In the spirit of thinking outside the coffin…er, box… consider using the Drill Master 80 Piece Rotary Tool Kit to carve yourself an epic jack-o-lantern! Imagine the devious works of art you could create out of squash-genus vegetables. Not just for pumpkins, though, this awesome tool is great for cutting, grinding, polishing, sharpening, engraving and drilling for all kinds of Halloween crafts and hobbies. Works on metal, wood, rock, plastic, wax… and your dog’s toenails– seriously!

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Masterpiece, compliments of the Drill Master Rotary Tool Kit!

 

4 pc wood chisel setPittsburgh 4 Piece Wood Chisel Set #42429 – $5.99

On the other hand, if you’re more old skull… dang it!– SCHOOL… this 4-piece wood chisel set is an eeeeex-cellent alternative! If you love cutting into fresh pumpkin, inhaling the rich tangy scent and getting your hands sticky-gooey whilst scooping out the guts, this would be your poison. The wood carving set slices into the pumpkin like butter as you easily control the cutting. This heat-treated, high carbon steel set has straight bevels and PVC handles for a comfortable grip, and comes in 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″ and 1/4″ sizes.

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hot knifeChicago Electric 130-Watt Heavy Duty Hot Knife #60313 – $16.99

Plunge, slice and dismember styrofoam and more to make spooky props with this crafter’s favorite– the 130 Watt Hot Knife! Harbor Freight’s heavy-duty hot knife will make quick business out of cleanly cutting foam and plastic materials. It’s got a depth-adjusting sled for more control and a safety auto-off feature. Perfect for creating tombstones and carving faux pumpkins!

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Carve the Pumpkin King with your hot knife!

 

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30 Watt 5-in-1 Hobby Woodburner

This woodburner is the ideal tool for the Halloween craftsman who’s soldering, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather. It comes with multiple tips for soldering and all sorts of hot cutting, all in a convenient carrying case. This quality soldering tool can contribute to almost every hobby and craft!

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Click Here for a DIY Tombstone Project!

 

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The Harbor Freight Propane Torch #91033 – $19.99

While this would have been an excellent tool for burning witches back in the day, we’ve got a whole different (and perhaps a slightly more PC) idea for Halloween: “aging” wood props! If you’re planning on having a casket or two lying around the yard, a rotting cemetery fence or some other “old” wood display, this propane torch is great for getting the right look. Here’s a customer video on how it works:

 

mini led lightHarbor Freight Tools 3-1/2″ 9 LED Mini Flashlight #69111 – $1.99

Since you’ll already be haunting your local Harbor Freight, don’t leave without grabbing a few extra omini LED lights. These suckers are perfect for the little monsters to carry while trick-or-treating, and for using to showcase tombstones, limbs, nooses and ghosties back at the castle! The mini light features a knurled barrel for quality grip and an easy push-button on/off switch to illuminate the dark passages. A convenient tool for any tomb or keep one in the hearse’s glove box.

Make Harbor Freight one of your favorite haunts this Halloween! If you don’t carve your pumpkin with a low-priced Harbor Freight tool, you’re out of your gourd!

IF YOU ONLY HAD ONE WISH…

Adjustable Steel Welding TableIf you could be granted one wish, what would it be? World peace? We said “wish” not miracle… All the money on Earth? Well, if you had all the money on Earth, then that means no one else would have any money—there would be global anarchy and your money wouldn’t be worth anything. The ability to fly? You’d save money on airplane tickets but you’d have to be hooked up to a GPS satellite system, then there’re the permits, licensing… not worth it. Super strength? They have those jar openers now so super strength wouldn’t really amount to much. Telepathy? Like you don’t spend enough time on the couch already… Immortality? Well, someday the sun will implode and destroy the solar system as we know it, so you’d be left floating around in space with no friends and nothing to eat. That leaves super-model spouse and fat-free chocolate. But both of those pale in comparison to the Adjustable Steel Welding Table (item #: 61369) from Harbor Freight Tools.

The steel table is adjustable with five position stops and is zinc-plated to resist rust. Designed for conductivity, you can connect your welding clamp directly to the welding table safely. Four built-in slots provide clamping points as well as heat reduction. Plus, the retractable edge guides can be used as a fence or for clamping. Reinforced trestle-style legs provide maximum stability. The best news is that you don’t have to use up your one wish to get the Adjustable Steel Welding Table—just visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide. Now you can have a super-model spouse and weld with ease, or eat all the chocolate you want and weld with ease or wish you knew how to weld… and then weld with ease!

Adjustable Steel Welding Table
item #:  61369

Why You Need a Harbor Freight Service Cart

The 30” Large 350 Lb. Capacity Glossy Red Service Cart with Locking Drawer (Item #: 90428) from Harbor Freight might be a mouthful but that won’t stop you from telling everyone how awesome it is. Besides, the name spells out all the important information on this durable tool storage unit. That’s 30 inches of storage space for up to 350 pounds of your tools in a durable glossy red unit with a locking drawer to keep parts and equipment safe and protected.
But there are still plenty of excellent features on this tool cart that the name doesn’t tell you about. Like the smooth-rolling, non-marring casters that allow you to maneuver the cart to wherever you need it to be. And two of those casters include locking brakes so it will stay there too! For the storage capacity, convenience and shocking versatility this unit provides, the $69.99 price tag is a steal. With the money you save, you’ll have plenty left over for some Non-Slip Toolbox Liner (Item #: 65565) to further protect tools during storage and transport.

Harbor Freight Tool Service Cart

This is the perfect cart for a small home garage or a busy shop that could benefit from movable tool storage when going from one job to the next. As you can see, our customers aren’t shy about sharing their love for this service cart!

“Use it to keep tools for whatever project I’m working on (truck, lawn mowers, snow blower, etc). Got really aggravating picking up tools all over driveway, never the right tool in arms reach! This cart has changed my life. It’s a good way to be lazy with everything all in one place. I have not had any problem with drawer glides or drawer sliding while rolling. No scratches, dents or missing parts. I have been truly blessed. If you feel the need to get organized get one of these now!” – by reddog from Garfield Heights, OH

“I bought this cart about 4 months ago to keep my most used tools at hand in the shop I work in. I have dropped brake rotors on it and thrown tools at it and the only thing that made a dent in it was the 12 pound sledgehammer I threw at it when I got aggravated with the truck I was working on. Overall it’s a good cart.” – by Redneck from Chicago, IL

“I bought this cart to use in my garage and I was very impressed. It is very well built. I used it today to carry tools out a friend’s car to install shocks. This cart is awesome, it rolled perfectly over cords in the driveway. Every mechanic should own one of these. I would recommend this to anyone who works on cars.” – by Michael Jones from Hampton, VA

This cart handles such a wide variety of tasks, it’s hard to pin it down for just one particular job. For auto work, a professional garage, or general use around the home, the 30” Large 350 Lb. Capacity Glossy Red Service Cart with Locking Drawer keeps your stuff accessible and protected. Notice I didn’t specify tools…

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YOU-KNOW-WHAT HAPPENS

50 Ft. Compact Electric Drain CleanerWe all know the adage “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well, sometimes life gives you something that you can’t turn into a proverbial refreshing beverage. There’s another adage for those things, “You-know-what happens,” and when we’re talking about the literal “you-know-what”, then you really just need to break it up and flush it out—and the sooner the better! Which brings us to the you-know-what breaker upper and flusher outer extraordinaire, the 50 Ft. Compact Electric Drain Cleaner (item #: 68285) from Harbor Freight Tools.

This powerful tool quickly clears clogs up to 50 ft. from the cleanout with its motorized electric drain snake. If you’ve ever used a manual one of these, then you know how much work it can be! Not so with this baby. The power-feed electric drain cleaner has automatic feed control for easy navigation of multiple bends. Plus, the ½” x 50 ft. wire core cable resists breakage, tangling and kinking.

Other features included a sealed air-activated foot switch, ground fault circuit interrupter for safe operation, quick-change enclosed drum and a durable steel frame. The 50 Ft. Compact Electric Drain Cleaner can handle pipes from 1 in. ID to 4 in. ID. Wow, up to 4 in. ID pipe? That’s a lot of you-know-what blocking up that bad boy!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But when life give you a clogged pipe filled with you-know-what among other things, then visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide and pick up the 50 Ft. Compact Electric Drain Cleaner!

50 Ft. Compact Electric Drain Cleaner
item#: 68285

Halloween Ideas from Harbor Fright… um… Freight

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As you prepare for Hallow’s Night
Be sure to haunt your Harbor Fright
For gear and doodads on that day
Ideas that take your breath away
So tarry not, friend, take a bite
Of spooky stuff at Harbor Fright!

Leather Welding Apron

leather welders apron Whether you’re Leatherface (always a classic) or a Keeper of the Fiery Pit, this Split Leather Welding Apron is an effective, inexpensive touch to your nefarious ensemble. At just $10.99, the rugged leather apron is double-stitched, adjustable for comfort, and comes with four pockets to store devices of death or Fun Size Snickers. As my yuppie zombie neighbor would say, “It’s a no-brainer!” Incidentally, the Leather Welding Gloves, at $4.99, coordinate fabulously. welding gloves

Industrial Face Masks

dual filter respirator Nothing is as unsettling as being confronted by someone wearing a respirator. Especially when they say stuff like, “I AM the League of Shadows!” or “Are you going to eat your steak fat?” Needless to say, they are cool apparatus to have as part of your villainous costume. This Gerson Dual-Cartridge Respirator gives off a menacing look that’s sure to enhance your malevolence and will certainly come in handy if the party hostess burns the bacon-wrapped dates. And at only $15.99, it’s a far cry less expensive than that Groot mask you’ve been eyeing. neoprene dust mask Another way to go is the Neoprene Dust Mask. Throw on a pair of black tint wraparound Oakleys and a Motley Crue wig with this bad boy and call yourself an interplanetary blue ninja assasin. Or Bane’s cousin… Blaine. Or throw on a half helmet and be an off-road zombie. Face it, it looks badass enough for a number of costume ideas, and for only $23.99, it’s a great accessory to keep in the costume drawer for future incarnations.

Goggles

welding goggles These awesome steampunk Welders Goggles come with both permanent  and flip-front darkening lenses, and an elastic band to secure comfortably to your melon. They’d also go great with any of the aforementioned items to add that Tim Burton-esque touch to your getup.  You don’t even have to wait for Halloween to wear them., they’re so swank. And for just $5.99?? I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation.

Blasting Hood

blasting hood If the retro Mars mission motif is what you’re going for– or maybe this year you want to be Hazmat Guy– look no further than Harbor Freight’s Abrasive Blasting Hood! This intergalactic chapeau offers full head and shoulder coverage with a hard hat inside. It also provides ample air circulation to stay cool and comes with a wide, impact-resistant viewing window for easy navigation of the party or neighborhood. Comes in snazzy red and is priced at a mere $19.99.

Blasting Gloves

rubber blasting gloves Our long Rubber-Coated Blasting Gloves make a great addition to the Steampunk Mad Doctor,  the Misunderstood Texas Butcher or the Alien Life Form from Another Planet Whose Sole Intention is “To Serve Man” (props to those who got that reference). It’s industrial strength and is made for easy dexterity of hands and fingers. At $6.99, you might as well get two pair– one for taking over the world and the other for pretending you’re taking over the world while you clean out the septic tank.

Headlamp

swivel headlamp Another nice, and extremely affordable, touch for a number of Halloween getups is Harbor Freight’s popular Swivel Headlamp. Buy two and make them robot eyes shining out of a silver head. Strap one on your pooch’s noggin and they can be the Bionic Bowzer. Have your toddler wear a toy hard hat with one of the headlamps and– voilà!-- a Minor Miner! The Swivel Headlamp can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down and is lightweight, so it wears comfortably on the head. Only $2.99!

Spooky Ol’ Owl

owl garden scarecrow Originally created to scare the snot out of birds and other pests from infiltrating the garden, this Great Horned Owl makes a swell prop for Halloween. Hand-painted to resemble a real predatory owl, this fowl creature stands 16″ tall and is durable to withstand all kinds of weather. Observe the malevolent stare, as if it’s saying, “Look kid, I know you’ve knocked on this door before. Do you really want to get on my bad side?” For only $14.99 it’s the best deal you’re going to find for a Halloween decoration of this quality.

Find these and other drop-dead deals Halloween ideas at Harbor Freight Tools– If you miss out on these savings, it’ll haunt you for the rest of your life!

A Portable Workstation with Heavy Duty Potential

Sometimes you need a work station that can be easily moved to wherever you need it to be. And can be adjusted to accommodate different jobs. And can support up to 1,000 lbs. And has additional tool storage space for keeping the equipment you need handy. AND for under 30 bucks?? Well, say hello to the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation (Item #: 46725) from Harbor Freight Tools!

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While it might seem like a basic work table, it’s the most advanced basic work table available and is perfect for a wide range of uses, from the home handyman and hobbyist to drafters, cartoonists, carpenters and more! The work table is easily portable and ideal for drawing or hobby work yet supports even heavy tools like sanders and grinders. Plus, it includes awesome features like two shelves for additional tool storage; magnetic strips for conveniently holding screws, parts, or small metal tools for quick accessibility; and a measuring rule built right into the table itself. Best of all, the table is fully adjustable from 23-3/4” to 30-1/4” so you can work comfortably no matter the task.

If you’re looking for a basic work table that is anything but, you will love this versatile item. And for just $27.99, it’s an incredible value for any shop, garage, or office. The possibilities are practically endless when it comes to finding uses for the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation.

“I bought this item exclusively for my Chain saw sharpener—great item, perfect height. I am very happy with this.” – by Keebler from Phenix, VA

“I’m using this as a base for my bandsaw. It is much more durable than most of the tool stands I considered. The actual product is well-made, stable and heavy duty. Assembly instructions could be better but anyone with basic mechanical ability and patience will be rewarded with a great little work station. I’ve been seen no better ones anywhere and the price is unbeatable.” – by Hey Jube from Richmond, VA

“I needed a sturdy table to use for soldering jewelry… this was perfect. I bought it on sale and the price was great too. I may buy another one soon. Putting it together was easy. I love HF!” – by Ekstasi Jewelry from Atlanta

This isn’t the big 60” Hardwood Workbench (Item #: 93454) or even the Multipurpose Workbench (Item #: 60723) but if you need something simple yet sturdy, you can’t go wrong with the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation. It’s small but will definitely live up to the Heavy Duty part of its name too!