Harbor Freight’s 2015 Harby Awards

Harby-Award

The Academy Awards are fast upon us—who cares! What’s much more exciting is the Academy Awards of Harbor Freight Tools of which winners take home the coveted “Harby”!

Here are the nominees:

Best Sound

This year, three major contenders are vying for the Harby for Best Sound. All have delivered strong performances this past year. It’s Ooga vs. Bad Boy vs. Super-Loud for the ultimate sound-off during this year’s Harby Awards!

110 dB Old Fashioned Sound Ooga 12V Air Horn

110 dB Old Fashioned Sound “Ooga” 12V Air Horn
item #: 96291

Bad Boy 12V Air Horn

Bad Boy™ 12V Air Horn
item #: 94117

135 dB Super-Loud 12V Air Horn

135 dB Super-Loud 12V Air Horn
item #: 40134

 

Best Cinematography

The story is told through the eye of a lens. If the lens doesn’t see it, we don’t see it. This year’s nominees captured the movements and moments that compel led us to watch over and over again.

8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities

8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities
item #: 61229

Weatherproof Color Security Camera with Night Vision

Weatherproof Color Security Camera with Night Vision
item #: 95914

High Resolution Digital Inspection Camera with Recorder

High Resolution Digital Inspection Camera with Recorder
item #: 60695

 

Most Original Tool

Always a competitive category and this year is proving to be no different. Past winners include the Pneumatic Planishing Hammer and the always popular Chain Saw Chain Breaker/Spinner. This year though, the three contenders are promising to make this contest extremely close!

 

English Wheel Kit with Stand

English Wheel Kit with Stand
item #: 68385

 

Pipe Tubing Notcher

Pipe/Tubing Notcher
Item #: 42324

Throatless Shear

Throatless Shear
item #: 38413

 

Best Supporting Tool

A main tool’s performance is often enhanced by uplifting accessories. Sometimes, the primary tool simply couldn’t function without a strong supporting cast—or supporting cast iron depending on the tool. This year witnessed some noteworthy supporting roles…

Folding Tile Saw Stand with Wheels

Folding Tile Saw Stand with Wheels
item #: 69325

3 Ton Steel Jack Stands

3 Ton Steel Jack Stands
item #: 61196

Welding Cabinet

Welding Cabinet
item #: 61705

 

Best Director

Some tools are strongest when directing the way, whether it’s down to the ground, up to the stars or somewhere in between…

 

Plumb Bob With 15 Ft. Line

Plumb Bob With 15 Ft. Line
item #: 66271

Brass Sextant

Brass Sextant
item #: 66096

Self-Leveling Laser Level Kit

Self-Leveling Laser Level Kit
item #: 69243

 

Best Picture

Who knew how photogenic Harbor Freight’s tools could be? While every tool is beautiful in its own way, these nominees were captured at their very best… A picture says a thousand words—which one says “Winner” this year?

 

3 Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with RapidPump

3 Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with RapidPump®
item #: 61386

9000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake

9000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake
item #: 61346

72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet
item #: 61656

 

 

Best Score

We’re not talkin’ music here, we’re talking deals that are music to your ears! Whether it’s a Parking Lot Sale purchase, using a 20% off coupon or just cashing in on Harbor Freight’s everyday low prices, these three contenders are running neck and neck for this year’s Best Score Harby!

 

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Jake “The Brawl” Baxter scores the 1000 lb. Capacity Motorcycle Lift, item #: 68892 using a 20% off coupon!

 

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Edge Creehole and his daughter Helen (a.k.a. Hell Bent) score dueling Pipe Wrenches, the 14″ and 48″, items #: 61350 and #: 60529 respectively, during a regular father/daughter weekend trip to Harbor Freight.

 

Kid with Light

And then there’s Petunia Parker with the beloved 27 LED Portable Worklight/Flashlight, item #: 67227. Start ’em young…

 

Cast your votes which will be counted along with our panel of esteemed judges. The winners will be announced on Monday, February 23rd. And congratulations to this year’s nominees!

IRON CHEF THUNDERDOME

2 Piece Cutting Board Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard not to get caught up in a good episode of Iron Chef America. The chefs are incredibly talented, the energy is frenetic and the culinary creations are divine. But like anything else that’s exciting, enjoyable and compelling, the audience will eventually get bored—unless the stakes are raised. They’ve tried doing it with the secret ingredients—the likes of scorpionfish and snapping turtle but it just won’t be enough in the long run. More risk is required. Hence, Iron Chef Thunderdome. The basic premise is that two chefs enter, one chef leaves. While preparing the 4-5 dishes utilizing the secret ingredient in an hour, they also have to endure booby traps (e.g. oven mitts filled with shish-kabob skewers  coated with the venom of poison dart frogs) as well as fend off the sous chefs from the opposing team who are allowed to attack at random with knives, corkscrews and brulee torches. If both chefs survive the completion of the dishes, the judges then determine a winner. The loser becomes next week’s “secret ingredient”. That should be good for another couple of years…

Whether you live to cook, cook to live or in the case of Iron Chef Thunderdome cook to survive, you’re always going to want good kitchen equipment, like the 2 Piece Cutting Board Set (item #: 69459) from Harbor Freight Tools! These polypropylene cutting boards are extremely durable as well as easy to clean. They’re sanitary, odorless, non-toxic and heat resistant up to 260° F. They resist knife cuts better than wood which reduces the risk of salmonella—and can be used as a makeshift shield against attacking sous chefs. Visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores to get your 2 Piece Cutting Board Set—your culinary life may depend on it!

2 Piece Cutting Board Set
item #: 69459

THE OFFICIAL ANTI-FATIGUE FOAM MAT SET OF THE BEATNIK GENERATION

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc

When we think of the Beatnik era, iconic figures like Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac come to mind. Rarely do we think of Slim Whitehead, one of the greatest Beatnik poets of all time… well, at least one of the greatest Beatnik poets of his home town of Toad Suck, Arkansas. Slim had been a soybean farmer until he read Tom Wolfe’s The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby and then traded in his chisel plow for a black turtleneck, beret and second-hand bongos. He wrote prolifically during his lifetime but having stored his collective works in a shallow ditch by a freeway onramp, little record is left of his literary legacy.

What we do know is that Slim, along with many other Beatniks, suffered from extreme foot fatigue during extended poetry readings—which explains why the Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc (item #: 94635) from Harbor Freight became the official anti-fatigue mat set of the Beatnik generation. Fortunately, one of Slim’s poems survived the onslaught of rain, car exhaust and general decay. Below is Slim Whitehead’s tribute to the Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc…

STANDING COMFORT
by Slim Whitehead

Don’t be a 25” x 25” square times 4
Unless you dare
To support my weight
Like a grassy field to an anxious kangaroo
Escaped from the zoo

Lay low
Daddy-o
Absorb that impact
Like a sailboat
Who’s lost its sail
It’s still a boat
Still afloat
Like a pineapple drifting in a vat
Of ambient coconut oil

Aching feet
These non-slip interlocking foam pieces will beat
Waterproof and easy to clean
Like a duck with neoprene feathers

Cool cats at their workbenches
Standing all day
To complete projects Z thru A
Need comfort and safety
One-half inch of foam
Oh so cushy
Like working at the DMV before cars were invented

A set of four
Hipsters can buy more
And fill the floor
Configure them the way you’d like
Indoors or out
Your heart will soar
From the feet up
And clean out that place where wanton fatigue used to make its nest
Out of twigs, forgotten lovers and shredded Post-It® notes

No longer a vagabond with accounting skills
Whose life never added up for him
Because his feet hurt too much while standing

 

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

JACKS OF ALL TRADES

Not all jacks are created equal… and that’s the way it should be because different jacks are designed for different applications. Visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores or visit harborfreight.com to check out their entire selection of jacks and jack accessories—in fact, get the spouse and kids involved and make it a family jacktivity! Here is a sampling of Harbor Freight’s jacks:

 

3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®

3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®
item #: 61282

Designed with dual piston Rapid Pump® technology, this heavy-duty 3-ton floor jack lifts vehicles almost two feet off the ground in just 3-1/2 pumps! Plus, its low profile reaches under most show cars. This is a great industrial quality jack for professional mechanics and hardcore automotive enthusiasts.

 

3 Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with RapidPump®

3 Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with RapidPump®
item #: 61386

The pitcrew style and lightweight design of this aluminum racing is a favorite among auto enthusiasts! The Rapid Pump® high performance aluminum racing jack has a dual parallel pump system that lifts most workloads in just 3 pumps! Constructed of a high-strength aluminum billet, this racing jack has a universal joint release mechanism for controlled descents of your load from any handle position—just  a 1/2 turn release for lightning-fast pit stops!

800 lb. Low Lift Transmission Jack

800 lb. Low Lift Transmission Jack
item #: 60234

This heavy duty low-lift transmission jack is designed for transmission work while the vehicle is on jack stands. This jack features an adjustable tilt saddle with thrust bearings for smooth operation. It also includes heavy-duty 2″ swivel casters, extra wide base for stability and a 48″ safety chain.

2.25 Ton Scissor Jack

2.25 Ton Scissor Jack
item#96406

This trailer jack is great for stabilizing and leveling RVs and travel trailers when parked at the campsite! Constructed of heavy duty steel, this jack lifts up to 4,000 lbs. The trailer jack also bolts to your vehicle’s frame or can be welded to your RV for permanent attachment. Utilizing a smooth operating crank handle, the lift ranges from 4-5/8″ to 23-1/2″.

 

20 ton Air Hydraulic Bottle Jack

20 ton Air Hydraulic Bottle Jack
item #: 95553

This tough jack lifts up to 40,000 lbs. with little effort and features a 48″ long air hose providing the option to power this hydraulic jack with air. Featuring a rugged cast iron base, precision machined steel ram, safety spring ram retention and a twist top for additional height, this outstanding hydraulic jack is ideal for a variety of agricultural, automotive, industrial and construction applications.

 

42 in. Off-Road Farm Jack

42 in. Off-Road Farm Jack
item #: 6530

This jack is like having an extra farm hand—a hand that can lift up to 7,000 lbs.! The multifunction jack is designed for lifting tractors, heavy trucks, pulling posts and poles and even serves as an all-purpose hoist or winch. You can also use this versatile farm jack as a come-along to stretch fence, recover a vehicle or uproot saplings. Now sing along with me… “Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, and on this farm he had the 42 in. Off-Road Farm Jack, E-I-E-I-O…”

 

1500 lb. Capacity Dual Wheel Swing-Back Boat Trailer Jack

1500 lb. Capacity Dual Wheel Swing-Back Boat Trailer Jack
item #: 67500

This convenient boat trailer jack is easy to turn and has greater stability thanks to its dual wheels which swivel 360 degrees with loads up to 1,500 lbs. The jack mounts permanently to the trailer tongue and folds away when traveling.

We’re barely touching the surface here. Harbor Freight offers over 90 different kinds of jacks alone, not to mention all the jackcessories you’ll need to pump, lift and support your way through virtually any application.

WETWALL AND THE FALL OF AN EMPIRE

Drywall Panel Hoist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Few are familiar with the Encryptian Empire or Ancient Encrypt, not to be confused with Ancient Egypt though they existed during the same time period. (Early directions to Encrypt – head east toward Egypt and take the first exit at Chad. It will be on your left-hand side. You can’t miss it.) The Encryptians were a very advanced society. They were actually the first civilization to invent primitive computers and more importantly, they developed protocols on how to protect the stored information, hence encryption.

Egypt started building their amazing pyramids, which were the envy of the existing world. The ruler of Encrypt, King Ihop, got jealous. He pulled together his entire staff of builders, inventors and cobra gods to devise great buildings of their own. The Egyptians had cornered the limestone market and it was limestone that they used to make the pyramids. But the Encryptians had gypsum—and lots of it! One particularly cleaver Encryptian, Phil Handymantep, made plaster out of gypsum and sandwiched it between two pieces of papyrus. When it dried in the hot desert sun, the material became strong, durable and sheets of it were easy to maneuver—with the help of yaks. They named it drai woll. Phil was promoted to demi-god and the buildings went up lickety-split. To outdo the pyramids, the Encryptians built fancy rhombohedrons. Practically overnight, Ancient Encrypt became its own empire. King Ihop was so thrilled, he threw a pancake breakfast for everyone in his realm.

Things were looking pretty good for Encrypt until a torrential rain hit the desert. Turns out drai woll was quite absorbent. The buildings swelled like ticks at a blood bank—drai woll quickly became wett woll, which is only good if you want big piles of gypsum mush. The rhombohedrons fell to pieces and along with them, the Encryptian Empire. Subsequently, Phil was demoted from demi-god to “sacrifice”.

It wouldn’t be until the late 1800s in the UK that “drywall” would make a comeback. Of course, it was only used for interior work then as it still is today. And since we don’t have the benefit of yak power anymore, when working with drywall, it would behoove builders, contractors and do-it-yourselfers to get the Drywall Panel Hoist (item #: 69377) from Harbor Freight Tools! Sturdy and stable, the Drywall Panel Hoist enables you to lift drywall and sheetrock without assistance. The durable welded steel construction holds single drywall panels up to 150 lbs. and lifts up to a height of 11 ft. The drywall panel lift features an automatic load holding brake for safety, an extendable tripod base for stability and smooth-rolling non-marring rubber casters that easily lock in place.

Whether you’re fixing a damaged wall, finishing off a new room addition or looking to bump up your civilization to empire status, start with a visit to one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores and get the Drywall Panel Hoist. Maybe you’ll do such a good job, your mummified remains along with your mummified spouses’ remains and mummified goldfish’s remains will be buried deep within the heart of the Great Rhombohedron…

Drywall Panel Hoist
item#: 69377

 

MUSIC TO CURE STEERS!

Personal Sound Amplifier

Jasper Jovanovich was the mayor of the quaint town of Homily, North Dakota. Jasper was a great mayor though a bit hard of hearing. Because of that, he misheard a lot of information during council meetings and ended up green-lighting projects like a hog park (was supposed to be a dog park) and a strip hall (was supposed to be a strip mall). That last one really upset the parents and church goers of Homily though revenue generated from strip hall taxes pumped up the town coffers by 750%.

The final straw came when Jasper almost agreed to allowing an Arbor Skate Stools store to be built in the center of town. He couldn’t figure out why anyone would need a store selling stools for skaters made of trees but he couldn’t think of any reason not to approve it. Besides, the bingo supplies store has just gone out of business, which left a vacant space right next to the strip hall. Fortunately, the representative from Harbor Freight Tools handed Jasper an item sold in their 500+ stores—the Personal Sound Amplifier (item #: 66863).

Featuring an impact resistant housing, this nifty device delivers clear, crisp sound at your desired volume level without disturbing others. It’s ideal for theaters, plays, church, public events and especially town council meetings! You’ll never need to muddle your way through a conversation, important business meeting or civic proposal again! Plus, the personal sound amplification device comes with Harbor Freight’s ridiculously low price—now that’s music to cure steers!

Personal Sound Amplifier
item#: 66863

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