SPOOKTACULAR SOLAR FRIGHT LIGHTS!

Screaming-LED-Lights

Listen up boys and ghouls, hold on to your mummies and daddies because it’s that terrifying time of the year when phantoms prowl, vampires feed and zombies get another cable TV show! It’s Halloween… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! To celebrate this ghostly occasion, Harbor Fright has something that will scare the pants off a goblin (provided he’s wearing them)—the Solar Decorative LED Fright Lights (item: 95588)!

This 3-piece decorative light set is the perfect addition to your crabgrass lawn or graveyard! And because the lights are solar with a built-in AA NiCd battery, operation won’t cost you an arm and a leg, so you can sew those parts back onto your creation in the lab! The LED lights turn on paranormally when the sun goes down and the howling moon comes up! The lights change color from blood red to rigor-mortis green to batty blue! And the lights themselves—it’s almost too scary to mention… there’s the beastly butterfly, deathly dragonfly and the most hair-raising one of them all—the HORRIFYING HUMMINGBIRD… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

And the good news is you won’t have to sell your soul to get them. Just visit one of Harbor Fright’s 500+ haunted stores for a price that’s gruesomely good, that won’t put your wallet six feet under, that—okay, enough wordplay…

Solar Decorative LED Lights – 3 Pc
item: 95588

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

 

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

 

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

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

“JUST A TARP” YOU SAY? HAH!

7 ft. 4 in. x 9 ft. 6 in. Blue All Purpose Weather Resistant TarpIn Ancient Egypt, tarps interwoven with gold threads and crusted with rubies were used to cover the furniture of Pharaohs during winter. In Greek mythology, a tarp was used to prevent Hades from leaving the underworld (long story, but there was a drain pipe leading out of the underworld and Zeus laid a tarp over the opening and weighed it down with Canada). Julius Caesar, after defeating Pharnaces II of Pontus and seeing that the ground was muddy for his troops to camp, declared: Vini. Vidi. Tarpi. – I came. I saw. I laid down tarps.

“Just a tarp” you say? Hah! The list of things you can do with a tarp is endless! And Harbor Freight Tools carries a humungous selection of tarps, like the 7 ft. 4 in. x 9 ft. 6 in. Blue All Purpose/Weather Resistant Tarp (item #: 69121). Made of industrial grade polyethylene, this all purpose weather resistant tarp provides extra tough washable protection for camping, covering and other applications. The tight weave and lamination, double-strong rope reinforced hems and rust resistant grommets will stand up to all kinds of weather and even freezing temperatures.

Since we don’t have time to create an endless list, we thought we’d put out a quick list of 50 things you can do with a tarp. The list was provided by a crack ensemble (or cracked ensemble depending on your point of view) of quality assurance personnel, investigative journalists, Eagle Scout Jinky Parsons, and Deron and Marna Kazmaier who published their own list on their site Far Out Living.

  1. Protect outdoor furniture from the elements
  2. Place under your tent during camping to keep your sleeping area dry
  3. Use as a windblocker
  4. Use as a survival shelter
  5. Protect your vehicle (when not in use)
  6. Tie it over materials when hauling loads (e.g. gravel)
  7. Lay down to protect floors when painting
  8. Lay down on the ground to practice prone position shooting
  9. Place on the ground and walk equine or llamas, or goats or dogs or other animals you are training across it for desensitizing (ed. Note: have no idea what this means…)
  10. Create a shade area
  11. Wrap plants on a cold night
  12. Put down on the floor before a kids craft project
  13. Use as a temporary shower curtain
  14. Cover the dog house for waterproofing and insulation
  15. Cover and tuck over your back seat for your dog to travel on
  16. Use for temporary covering over windows/as curtains
  17. Set a tarp down on carpets before bringing in boxes off the moving truck to keep the area neat
  18. Line the trunk of your car with a tarp before loading it with items that might make a mess
  19. Use to cover couches and other furniture to protect from pets
  20. Freak out nosy neighbors—wrap up old rugs you’re are getting rid of in a tarp, but wait til dark to drag them out—talk in a loud whisper as you drag the tarp
  21. The next time your teenage daughter complains she has nothing to wear, hand her a tarp
  22. During your next garage sale, display the items for sale on a tarp
  23. Paint the tarp for a bean bag toss game in the yard—mark off point areas and mark the amount of points for that area
  24. Use poles or a wooden frame with tarps to make an animal shelter
  25. Cover your screened-in porch with tarps during cold weather—it will not only make your porch useful all year but will also help insulate your home
  26. Rake leaves into a tarp, fold up the edges and drag the leaves away from your yard
  27. In a pinch, cover a leaking roof on your home or motor home with a large tarp
  28. Cut a hole in the middle and wear a tarp as a rain poncho
  29. Using a camo colored tarp, make your boat into a duck blind—a little duct tape may be useful for this project
  30. Hide a messy house from your mother-in-law by throwing a tarp over the kitchen sink—tell her the fixtures are broken and you don’t want water to spray all over the house
  31. Roll up a tarp and put a shirt over it to use as a pillow
  32. Have a contest with your friends—make some sort of clothing items out of a tarp
  33. Use a tarp rather than a blanket for your next picnic
  34. Set a tarp down under your sunbathing towel to keep the bugs off and to give yourself more area to stretch out
  35. Cover a dirty picnic table with a tarp as a tablecloth
  36. Cover an old dirty tire with a tarp and have a seat
  37. Use for the fabric part of a stretcher on two poles if someone becomes injured
  38. Use folded up on your work bench to hide new tools from your spouse
  39. When cleaning game indoors, put a tarp down on the floor beneath to catch the mess
  40. Place over your windshield to keep the sun out while the vehicle is parked
  41. Cover firewood, especially when camping, to keep it dry and ready to use
  42. Use loud color tarps for “ground to air” emergency flagging
  43. Next Halloween – Tarp Man!
  44. Put a tarp under your holiday tree to catch fallen pine needles
  45. Celebrate your 25-year wedding anniversary with a silver tarp
  46. Put a tarp under your child’s bed and tell them “that’s where the monster sleeps”
  47. Use a tarp to lay underneath newspaper when paper training your puppy
  48. Paint “PARTY HERE” in very large letters on a tarp and put over your garage door the next time you have a party
  49. Wrap up in a camo colored tarp when hunting water fowl for extra hide and to stay warm and dry
  50. Tarp – the Musical!

Tell us what you use your tarp(s) for! And don’t forget to visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores for a tarperrific selection of tarps!

Tarps

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

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.

cutting board set

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.

stock pot set

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.

multipurpose scissors

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…

screw extractor set

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.

utility knife

Utility Knife, item #: 3359

folding locking blade utility knife

Folding Locking Back Utility Knife, item #: 90802

 

utility knife blades 50 pack

50 Piece Utility Blades, item #: 92872

 

2.

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…

disposable earplugs

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.