PLANISH OF THE APES

Pneumatic Planishing Hammer

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

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

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

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

Pneumatic Planishing Hammer
item#: 94847

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

Mechanic's Roller Seat

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

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

Mechanic’s Roller Seat
item#: 3338

17 Ways to Make a Shelter from a Tarp

camo tarp

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Swivel Lens Headlamp
item#: 45807

THEY’RE ALSO GOOD FOR COOKING…

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set

Of course these stainless steel pots are exceptionally functional for the home cook! And yes, the set includes 6, 8, 12 and 16 quart pots with a mirror finish and matching stainless steel lids, ideal for making soups, stews, pasta and more. But that’s secondary to the “real” reason why you’ll want these pots—to ring in the New Year! Come midnight, you’re going to need something that makes noise… a lot of it! Pull out cookware with their fancy smancy non-stock Teflon coatings or French enameled layers and you might as well bang a pillow against a bean bag chair. Now, for the kind of clatter that would wake the dead, look no further than the 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set (item #: 94829) from Harbor Freight Tools!

The stainless steel in these pots is made from chromium and nickel recycled from car horns and flash grenades. As the alloy begins to set, a team of veteran mother-in-laws yells at the steel, trapping a latent resonant sound wave that exponentially unleashes stored up volume during the kinetic action of banging a matching lid or pot against it. The effect is an ear-piercing metallic “BANG” that will not only ring in the New Year, but temporarily deafen anyone within a quarter-mile radius! And after January 1st, 2015, 12:01 am, you can use one of your deluxe stainless steel noise makers to heat up a batch of chili and play charades—since no one will be able to hear what you’re saying for a while anyway…

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set
item#: 94829

 

HO! HO! BACK HO!—IT’S THE TOWABLE RIDE-ON TRENCHER FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS!

Towable Ride-On Trencher

We received a request from Edna Lebronowitz, Harbor Freight customer and resident of Boar Tush, Alabama. She recalled last year’s holiday post about our trencher and requested a reposting. But do you recall, the most famous trencher of them all?

 

Hey gang, looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person? Harbor Freight has it, the Towable Ride-On Trencher (item: 65162)! It comes with a hitch coupler for hooking up the trencher to your pickup truck. Plus, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer, provided the stocking is at least 12 ft. long by 6 ft. in diameter. Now, we all know the story of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, but few know the song was originally taken from another song entirely which was based on a true story—Rudolf the Towable Ride-On Trencher. And it goes something like this:

You know hack saws and hammers, wrenches and files, power drills and punches to give leather some style, but do you recall, the greatest trencher of them all…

Rudolf, the Towable Ride-On Trencher

Had a 2.7 GPM hydraulic pump

Also a padded comfort seat

To fit any operator’s rump

 

All of the other farmers

Used to dig their trenches by hand

They didn’t have a boom that travels 60 degrees both directions

To dig trenches across their land

 

Then one soggy growing season

The farmers came to say

Rudolf with your 12” DOT certified wheels

Dig a drainage trench and we’ll make you a deal

 

Then how the farmers loved him

As the 3-tooth bucket dug up to 7 ft. deep

The trench drained off the flooded fields

The crops were saved so they could be reaped!

(As a side note, the “deal” the farmers made with Rudolf was 10% profit sharing for that season, which he used to invest in annuities and lived happily ever after.)

 

Towable Ride-On Trencher
item #: 65162
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AN OLD FAVORITE FOR THE NEW HOLIDAYS

Bigfoot Panel Wagon

The holidays—such a wonderful time of the year! The only thing that rivals the happiness of the holidays are the memories of holidays past. And gifts certainly don’t hurt the rankings either way. Today, kids ask for the latest electronic gadgets: cell phones, tablets, video game consoles… but sometimes the old nostalgic favorites resonate with the new generation. Take the Bigfoot Panel Wagon (Item #: 60570) for example. My six-year-old niece wants one, badly. So, I thought I’d let her write about it. Take it away, Natalie…

Um, yeah, I, um, want the Bigfoot Panel Wagon, yeah. It’s really great and fun and I want it. I WANT IT! And if I don’t get it, I’ll tell Mommy that I heard Daddy on, um, his cell phone betting money on football games! And if Mommy, um, yeah, um doesn’t get it for me, then I’m going to tell Daddy that Mommy bought herself a new blazer from Anthropologie and it wasn’t on sale. I really want the Bigfoot Panel Wagon. It’s really neat and it’s got, um, 10-inch pneumonia tires (she meant to say pneumatic tires) and a red powder-coat finish to get rid of cists and dust (she meant to say resists rust). It’s got cool wood panels and it can go over any kind of terrain and ground and stuff and I want it. I WANT IT!

Bigfoot Panel Wagon
Item: 60570

HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR REMODELERS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

Remodeling isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life! Considering the high costs of goods and services, do-it-yourself remodeling is the best way to save money while turning a home into a castle. For the remodelers on your holiday gift list this year (including yourself) we’ve put together a list of must-have remodeling items from Harbor Freight Tools!

Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc
item#: 1800

A good set of drill bits is a must for all remodelers. From building shelves to installing a magnifying mirror in the bathroom, drill bits are the go-to item. This particular set of titanium nitride coated drill bits lasts up to six times longer than standard bits. Plus, the 1/4 in. hex shank is specially designed for cordless screwdrivers, enabling you to quickly change drill bits. The set includes 13 fractional sizes ranging from 1/16” to ¼” by 64ths.

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife
item#: 62358

A utility knife is a staple in the remodeler’s tool belt. Crafted of lightweight aluminum, this utility knife features simple one-hand operation that allows you to cut swiftly with ease. Other great features include a quick-change mechanism for easy blade changes and removable clip so it can be carried on a belt or in a pocket when safely folded.

25 ft. x 1 in QuikFind Tape Measure

25 ft. x 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure
item#: 69030

Before remodeling, you’ll probably spend more time with a tape measure than your family! During remodeling, you’ll be double-checking your progress with a tape measure. Basically, you’ll become BFFs with your tape measure, so make it a good one! This QuikFind Tape Measure is just the ticket! It features a durable ABS rubber-wrapped case, easy-to-read fractional markings, thumb lock, belt clip and wrist strap, plus an extra thick blade for taking longer measurements without the frustrating “kink factor”.

3 Pc SAE Metric Torx Folding Hex Key Set

3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set
item#: 94905

I have this reoccurring dream—I’ve won the lottery only instead of being paid out in cash, I’m given an IKEA gift certificate and I decide to furnish my entire home with their furniture. The packages arrive and I open each one and take out the parts to assemble. The hardware is included but there are no hex key wrenches. NOOOOOOOOO! I wake up in a cold sweat, then run out to my tool box and locate my 3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set from Harbor Freight Tools. I gently pet it in relief… but I digress. This set of compact hex key wrench can handle SAE, metric and star fasteners. They’re constructed from durable chrome vanadium steel with a black oxide finish to resist rust. Each set features color-coded handles for easy identification and rubberized comfort grips. They’re a dream to use—the good kind of dream.

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer
item#: 47873

A good hammer is crucial for remodeling—and the world’s best nutcracker, though a bit messy. The professional quality 16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer features a drop-forged polished steel head and comfortable, shock absorbing fiberglass handle for continuous use. The claw can be used to remove nails but is ideal for ripping lumber when framing or performing other large-scale remodeling jobs.

Still under $10 (but tough to fit into a stocking)

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc
item#: 68045

When using a reciprocating saw, you’ll need replacement blades at the ready. Look no further than the Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc from Harbor Freight! Designed with a 1/2” universal shank, these reciprocating saw blades provide fast, aggressive cutting on a variety of materials and are made from heat-treated, shatter-resistant bi-metal that keeps an edge longer compared to conventional blades.

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr
item#: 66287

If you like splinters, callouses, lacerations and punctures, avoid these gloves at all costs! On the other hand, actually both hands, they do a pretty darn good job of keeping you protected. These split leather work gloves feature leather finger tips with a full leather index finger for added protection. Canvas backing provides breathability and comfort. An extended 1-1/2” cuff protects the wrists. They come in a pack of five—keep one pair in the tool box, one in the garage, one in the back pocket and keep two pair handy for your friends and family members who are helping you remodel but forgot their gloves… One size fits most remodelers!

12 in. Tool Bag

12 in. Tool Bag
item#: 61467

Tools rule! But they can get a bit unruly when they’re all over the place… Keep your remodeling tools under control with this 12 in. Tool Bag. The heavy-duty polyester bag features a zippered closure with a gatemouth design that stays open when you want it to so you can find tools easily. The bag also boasts 15 inside pockets and 6 outside pockets to hold tools, hardware, you name it. But under $10? It’s too good to be true. Must be a holiday miracle!

5 Pc Pliers Set

5 Pc Pliers Set
item#: 69351

During remodeling, pliers get a lot of use! This 5 Pc Pliers Set is a great general purpose set to have on hand. The pliers are constructed of heavy-duty drop forged and hardened steel with a polished finish to withstand frequent use. Comfort grips mean less user fatigue during long projects.

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc
item#: 61344

Try remodeling without screwdrivers and you’ll be screwed! I worked for hours on that pun so please enjoy it… This complete screwdriver set includes slotted, Phillips, square and star drive tips to accommodate most screwdriving tasks. Each screwdriver in the set features a chrome vanadium steel shaft and magnetic tip. A ribbed cushioned grip provides total control and comfort during operation.

Under $25

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings
item#: 68239

When it comes to power tools, a good cordless drill is mandatory. This high performance Drill Master cordless drill driver has the versatility of 21 torque clutch settings to handle a variety of drilling tasks. A built-in lamp with LED bulb provides visibility even in dark corners. Additional features include a keyless chuck and electric brake, plus the battery is interchangeable with other 18 volt Drill Master tools.

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 68861

This multifunction power tool is the Swiss Army knife of power tools! With a comprehensive selection of attachments, you can use this tool to cut through cable, air ducts, downspouts, plasterboard and pipes, sand down cement, concrete, stone, plaster, tile adhesive, paint and wood—and even saw through wood up to 2 in. thick! It can even tutor your kids on their SATs so they can get into a good college—try that with competing brands… (Claim based on lab rats who did really well on their SATs after being tutored by the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool; actual human results may vary.)

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc
item#: 61637

High speed steel titanium nitride drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bit sets. This drill bit set features regular 118° tips for drilling in wood, metal, plastic and most other materials. Bit sizes range from 1/16 in. to ½ in. by 64ths.

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer Stapler

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler
item#: 68019

Get two great tools for the price of one! Load the 18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler with brad nails to work on household trim, paneling, bookcases, drawers and cabinets. Insert staples and it becomes an effective air stapler for furniture upholstery! Features include a quick-release nosepiece to clear jams quickly and a lightweight design for less user fatigue on long jobs. The combination air nailer/stapler also features a 360° rotatable exhaust.

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse
item#: 69446

When working with 2 x 4s, plyboard, drywall or any otherwise unwieldy material, sawhorses corral the issue. This saw horse weighs in under 4 lbs. yet holds up to 350 lbs. Storage is also a breeze—the sawhorse folds flat to 1-3/4 in.

Under $50

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw
item#: 62370

Once you start using a reciprocating saw for remodeling, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it! For cutting PVC pipe, embedded wood, plywood and even sheet metal, a reciprocating saw makes the job quick and easy. Features include a pivoting shoe plate for increased stability and a rubber grip for comfortable operation. The handle rotates completely through 180° with five positive stops at 0, 45° and 90° left, and 45° and 90° right for cutting from any angle.

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver And Flashlight Kit

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver And Flashlight Kit
item#: 68287

Here’s another great cordless drill but with an added bonus, a swivel-head LED flashlight with 3-position tilt to illuminate your work in dim areas. The drill itself features 21 torque settings, electric break, keyless chuck and an interchangeable 18 volt battery compatible with other select Drill Master tools.

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 67537

Compared to the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool, the variable speed feature provides added precision control over tough jobs and detail work. Delivering between 10,000 to 20,000 OPM (oscillations per minute), the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool is designed with a die cast aluminum gear housing and sealed bearings for durability. An overmolded grip provides comfort for long jobs.

1 2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill

1/2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill
item#: 68169

When remodeling, you may need more than a drill—you need a super drill! The ½ in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill features a 7.5 amp motor that delivers the power to drill through concrete, wood and steel. With the comfort grip handle, hand fatigue is greatly reduced during tough jobs.

7-1 4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System

7-1/4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 69078

The built-in guide laser on this powerful circular saw ensures straight, accurate cuts. And don’t let the lightweight aluminum construction fool you—this circular saw is designed for tough jobs while also providing the versatility for bevel cuts in wood. Other features included a dust chute and protected trigger with safety lock.

Under $100

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System
item#: 61973

A good compound miter saw is indispensable for remodeling! Harbor Freight’s 10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System features a 45 degree tilting blade for precise bevel, miter and compound cuts. Make quick work of wood moldings, PVC pipe and other materials thanks to the powerful 15 amp motor. Additionally, the integrated laser lines up the cut when accuracy is a must!

1-1 8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer

1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer
item#: 69274

This heavy duty power tool is really three remodeling power tools in one: use it to drill precision holes, for heavy-duty drilling and as a demolition hammer for cutting and breaking! The 10 amp motor delivers powerful performance while the anti-vibration handle reduces fatigue. This rotary hammer also features a quick-change SDS system, adjustable 360° side handle and these words from Mr. T: “I pity da fool who don’t use the 1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer from Harbor Freight Tools!”

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer
item#: 67450

Roofing, vinyl siding, upholstery panels, fiber cement siding… big jobs demand a nailer that’s up for them. That nailer would be the 11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer from Harbor Freight Tools! This air nailer drives nails fast and hard while its lightweight design prevents user fatigue. It also features an adjustable roofing gauge for accurate tile spotting and steel contact safety with dual carbide inserts for less wear and tear. A 360 degree exhaust prevents that wind-blown look, so it’s a great nailer for everyone except Fabio.

18 Volt 1 4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver

18 Volt 1/4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver
item#: 68853

The powerful motor of this hex impact driver delivers 1050 in. lb. of torque to handle heavy duty driving in a variety of tasks. This cordless driving tool features a 1/4 in. quick-change shaft for quick and easy bit changes, onboard bit storage, all-metal housing for strength and durability, and an ergonomic overmolded cushion grip for comfort and less user fatigue. An included one-hour quick charger means less downtime during remodeling jobs.

14 in. 3-1 2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw

14 in. 3-1/2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw
item#: 61481

With its high performance 15 amp motor, this cut-off saw will have you cutting through metal and other hard substances with ease! The wide D-handle grip has a full-width trigger for comfort and control while the quick-release vise lets you position your workpiece quickly. This cut-off saw also features fully shielded bearings to ensure smooth operation over a long service life.

Over $100

If the person on your gift list has been extra good this year, we’ve got some things that’re sure to ring their sleigh bells (not legal in all 50 states). Starting with…

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 61969

This compound miter saw has all the great features of the 10 in. version but can provide smooth, accurate cuts in larger work pieces – up to 12 in. wide.

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder
item#: 67646

You may think all ladders are the same. The 17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder is sure to change your mind. Supporting up to 300 pounds and constructed from strong aircraft grade aluminum, this ladder can be used in 23 possible configurations—step ladder, wall ladder, scaffold, workbench and many more! For remodeling, this ladder is a step up compared to standard ladders. Pun completely intended. Don’t forget to tip your waiters and waitresses on the way out.

8750 Peak 7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III
item#: 68530

Powered by a reliable Predator engine, this generator is ideal for countless remodeling projects. It features an electric start with recoil backup, 12-hour run time at 50% capacity, low oil indicator/shut down and a heavy duty 1-1/4″ steel roll cage. It’s also great to have on hand for emergencies between remodeling projects.

5 8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit

5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
item#” 60600

Paint decks, exterior walls, ceilings, doors, frames—and save countless hours and hassle compared to brush/roller painting with this powerful airless paint sprayer. The 5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit features a stainless steel paint pick up that won’t rust or corrode. The spray gun can also pump straight from 1 or 5 gallon buckets for easier cleanup! Comes with a No. 517 nozzle for 12” to 16” fan width and an integrated filter and trigger-lock for easy flushing and cleaning.

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile Brick Saw

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw
item#: 69275

The two-position cutting head on this professional tile saw enables the user to adjust the blade for a variety of tiles or bricks. The saw also features a powerful dual capacitor motor with sealed bearings and thermal overload protection plus a heavy-duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration.

 

There you have it, a wide variety of incredible gifts in all prices ranges for the remodeler on your holiday list! If you’re still undecided, you simply can’t go wrong with a Harbor Freight Tools gift certificate! And don’t forget to check out harborfreight.com or any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide for the latest deals and even more tools and accessories for remodeling.

 

 

FIRE GOOD! BUT NOT ALWAYS…

Magnesium Fire Starter

Fire was first discovered by Homo habilis around 2.3 million years ago but this tribe of early upright hominids mistook fire for a different kind of “water” and the entire race threw what they thought was going to be an awesome “pool” party—they all jumped into the bubbling volcanic crater at the same time and quickly discovered this red-orange “water” was really hot! Another 500,000 years later, Homo erectus showed up and found the bones of Homo habilis in the then cooled off crater with surprised expressions on their degraded fossilized skulls. Homo erectus looked up at the smoldering volcano close by and put two and two together—hence the first math problem was invented.

Homo erectus had had some close calls with fire themselves—once during a lunar eclipse, the alpha male Krunk drank too much fermented berry juice and ran around the camp like a wild man, which he was, during a lightning storm. Krunk was struck by a bolt of the “magic zigzag” as they called it back then. He may have survived the hit had he not been wearing a primitive tunic made from dried coconut husks coated with a sticky black substance left over from the dinosaurs, which they called “oil”. The good news was that Homo erectus learned how to cook meat that night. The bad news was that Krunk was the entrée. Incidentally, that’s where the term “Don’t drink and run around in a lightning storm wearing dried coconut husks coated with oil” originally came from.

Learning that fire was both good and bad, Homo erectus sought out ways to control it. Lightening proved too unpredictable after several members of the tribe volunteered to be lightening catchers—the successful ones being credited with the invention of “early retirement”. They also tried collecting molten lava in stone containers but the lava quickly cooled and the stone containers then became stone paperweights. Since paper would not be invented for several hundred thousand years, paperweights proved to be slightly impractical and had none of the benefits of fire.

Among Homo erectus there existed one particularly bright erecto, named Gonk. Since there were no written historical records at that time, the details start to get a little fuzzy, but through oral traditions we gather that Gonk was abducted by “big green headed dudes from the sky” (aliens) and given Fundamental Metallurgy and Geology For Dummies to read. When returned to Earth six months later, he invented the Magnesium Fire Starter (item #: 66560)  which is still available today at Harbor Freight Tools. This pocket-sized fire starter can be a lifesaver when you’re outdoors. The serrated-edge blade quickly and easily makes magnesium shavings. The full-length flint when struck with the blade generates sparks—once ignited, the shavings burn at 5400° F, ideal for even wet or windy conditions. Another plus is that in block form, the magnesium is waterproof and fire resistant.

If you’re a backpacker, camper, survivalist or hominid looking to evolve, don’t let your knuckles drag—hurry on over to one of Harbor Freight Tools’ 500+ stores and get the Magnesium Fire Starter!

Magnesium Fire Starter
item#: 66560

HAUTE COUTURE SAFETY

Reflective Safety Vest

Whether vacationing in Saint-Tropez or working on a roadside ditch, you’ll be cradled in the lap of neon luxury with the Reflective Safety Vest (item#: 94701) from Harbor Freight Tools. Fashioned with 100% buttery polyester, this safety vest boasts a loop front closure for easy donning and doffing. Throw a blazer over it and you’re ready for a charity fundraiser or yacht christening.

Integrating a sublimely horizontal twin line pattern, ANSI approved reflective strips not only provide maximum visibility but also tell the world you’re not afraid to be noticed, literally. And when the swing-shift highway work is done, your Reflective Safety Vest is ready to accompany you for the remaining part of the evening out at Le Baron in Paris—or on a shift as a security guard at a manufacturing plant.

Stand out from the rest of the crowd with the extra visibility you deserve, compliments of the Reflective Safety Vest from Harbor Freight Tools!

Look for the Reflective Safety Vest on the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, February 12-19, 2015!

Reflective Safety Vest – Large
Item #: 94701