Meet the Press – The Central-Machinery 20-Ton Shop Press

Central Machinery 20 Ton Shop PressThe Central-Machinery 20-Ton Shop Press is a sweet addition to both the home shop and professional auto garage– and one of the best investments you can make if you restore, rebuild or all-around wrench on cars and trucks. It can press bearings and U-joints on and off like butter, come in handy for doing gear installs, press axles out of rims, and bushings from axles (to name just a few applications). The 20-ton shop press can also be used for electric motor and armature repair, installation and removal of pressure-fitted parts and bending or straightening metal. You’ll be hard pressed to find another high quality shop press that’s this affordable. Even if you work on cars or trucks occasionally, the money is well invested.

You get all the features you’d expect:

  • Spring return ram that speeds up your work
  • Adjustable table to lower or raise for best working distance
  • Open side heavy duty construction that allows work on long pieces

And not the least of it, it looks great in the garage and fits easily!

Here are just a few testimonials from shop press owners:

“This thing is awesome. It took about 3 minutes to set up, because it’s all welded together already. I was toying around with it moments later. I also bought the bushing/bearing set (#68971, ~$18), as well as the front wheel drive lock-nut socket set (#66988, ~$45) and press dies. In the first 30 minutes I owned it, I had pressed out 4 bushings for a car that would’ve cost me at least $60 from a shop. That following weekend, I did 2 complete suspension overhauls, pressing out/in 10 more bushings without breaking a sweat. This machine is a workhorse, and getting to know it and use it properly is tricky, but very easy. You just have to go slow. I would also highly recommend only using this with 2 people. This thing was a great value. It was on sale when I bought it, plus 20% off made it under $160. I paid it off in the money I saved in just the first weekend, not to mention how handy it was to fix a screwdriver I bent, just because I could! If you’re any kind of an automotive/tool guy, this is one to add to your collection. The possibilities are endless.”  John the Car Guy – Portland, OR

“I bought this press in the late 80′s and it still works as good as it did when new… I have straightened motorcycle forks, ATV rear axles, and have done motorcycle crankshaft work. The list goes on and on. Worth every penny!”  Brian F.

“Needed a high capacity press when overhauling a 1965 4-speed transmission. This press was just the tool!” Natural*Engineer – South Carolina

“Just finished pressing out and in new bearings and bushings on my vehicle and this press made short work out of it.” NA – AZ

Apply tremendous pressure on parts, metals and machinery with just a little effort, for all sorts of applications. It won’t take long for the Central Pneumatic 20-ton shop press to pay for itself over and over, again. Be sure to also check out our 12 Ton Shop Press for smaller jobs and our power-packed 50 Ton Hydraulic Shop Press for bigger jobs!

Chicago Electric 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder – Not the Usual Daily Grind

At $19 you wouldn’t expect much performance out of an angle grinder. Nowadays, 19 bucks barely covers two people at McDonald’s… but a heavy-duty angle grinder? Next you’re going to say I can make hundreds of thousands of dollars at home in my pajamas, or that there can never be too many PC “inspirational” quotes on Facebook.

But the truth is, the Chicago Electric Heavy-Duty 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder DOES perform– with a vengeance– and can tackle tough metal cutting, shaping and slag removal-jobs with the efficiency of a grinder five times the cost. A valuable tool for the professional metal worker or hobbyist. That’s not just me talking– or the Harbor Freight marketing mucky mucks– that’s coming from the customers who bought it:

” Well worth the money, and a fraction of the cost of something similar from a box store… and CONSIDER getting an extra grinder. It’s a hassle switching back and forth between wheels, and these are cheap enough you can have two on hand with different wheels. (And you’ll *still* come in cheaper than getting one from a box store!)”  goodeknight – Chesapeake, VA

“LET ME TELL YOU…. I have now owed this cheap-O thing for 2 months shy of 5 yrs, and besides fading from leaving out in the sun and some paint splatter, it’s been going strong. Pretty much the same as day one. I still do the same things I did before as when I was using the Makita, however I have added using it for cutting bricks, and sanding custom formed concrete boulders adding sharp angles that I make for water features.”  Scott – Queen Creek, AZ

“This angle grinder is a great deal for the price, it works fine, put some quality grease in it and allow to cool properly, it will serve you well, its already paid for itself many times over.”  buffington – Redondo Beach, CA

“I started a car project that required paint stripping, approximately 3 coats of old paint required removal. I slapped a GatorGrit paint removal wheel on this cheap little grinder, and to my surprise, this thing kicks b***.  I removed all the paint from my car in no time! If you get name brand grinder discs and paint removal wheels, the grinder rarely bogs down… it has handled everything I have thrown at it; tiles, metal, paint removal, blade sharpening, etc… Love it for the price, and will buy another when this one dies. So far it’s still kicking!”  Tony – Undisclosed

Check out the powerful, smooth-running Chicago Electric 4-1/2″ angle grinder for yourself. At just $21.99 (or $17.59 with your Harbor Freight 20% Off Coupon!), it may turn out to be the best deal you ever made on a power tool.

It’s a Nice Day for a Wire Welding

Been thinking about getting into welding this year? Maybe you’ve had a run-in  or two with a repair job where you thought a welder would be just the ticket. Or maybe a buddy recently modded a grill or trailer– or made a cool metal rack on the cheap– with his handy-dandy welder, and you thought, ‘Dang… I’d like to do something like that.” Well, join the club. But before you go out and get the coolest, top-of-the-line welder, you first need to understand a few things.

  • Practice

Welding–like any craft– is a skill . It takes a lot of practice to get even close to being competent. When you first take hold of that welder, for heaven’s sake, don’t use it on something you don’t want ruined. Practice on LOTS of scrap metal– preferably around the same thickness as what your first project is going to be. You should be able to find some good stuff at your local metal or welding shop. Get used to the action and the way the metal reacts. Work on avoiding “bird poops” (the unsightly metal globs you sometimes see on rough welding jobs), and start feeling comfortable with your developing “technique.” Then, use some scrap to make something you don’t care about, like a homemade grill for a fire pit, or bookends out of 350 engine pistons. Only after you’ve gotten a handle on that kind of stuff should you attempt a project that does matter.

  • Start Small

You wouldn’t learn how to ride a motorcycle on a Harley Fat Boy or start target shooting with a Desert Eagle .50. The same goes with your first welder. Welding is not a low-cost activity, so before you know you it’s something you want to get into, start smaller and cheaper. An ideal model with which to “get your feet wet” is the popular Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder. It’s easy to set up, can weld metal up to 3/16″ thick and is perfect for small projects around the house and garage. A quick browse through the 90 amp’s customer reviews will give you an idea of what it’s capable of. Here are a few comments:

“I’m a former auto technician and have welded hundreds of times over the years using various machines. I was hesitant to purchase this item… but after doing so I am thoroughly pleased. It’s was very easy to set up. Made numerous repairs to an existing metal decorative fence. It handled the 12 ga metal without hesitation and I decided to attempt it on another project that was heavier metal. It worked flawlessly producing strong welds on 3/16 metal… Overall a great machine at a great price. I’m completely pleased!”  DennisF – Temple, TX

“Very easy and fun to use. Fabricate anything I need to my (on) trucks and machinery. Very happy!”  Landscape Designer – NJ

“Wow, this is nice. How could you go wrong with the price, well worth the money. I’m going to buy one for my boy who has never welded before. Thanks for a great product.”  Boonie – Mt. Vernon, IL

“I needed to do some light welding on my car. I figured it was either hire someone or get my own welder and teach myself. I bought this with a 25′ #12 gauge extension cord and an auto dark helmet. I had never used a welder before, I don’t even have a book except the book that came with this welder.”  Mike – Hollywood, FL

“I run this welder for tons of different jobs. Its best for minor projects, although I have put mine to the test. I was on a budget so I bought this welder to get me from town to town for on-the-move jobs. I worked 12-hour days for about a month-and-a-half, the welder was in use for 6-8 hours most of the time. It ran great, ran beautiful beads with lincoln wire and never quit on me. I use it strictly on tubing as I build fences and doors, but with a little practice you can get good heat control on thin metals, and good penetration on thicker materials. Those that say u cant run nice beads with flux core are liars. I can run beads just as nice as my lincoln mig welders. Get some good wire and practice, practice, practice. Great little shop welder, perfect little learners welder!  Garcia Welding – New Mexico

Once you’ve mastered your 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder, you can expand to bigger projects and maybe move up to a Chicago Electric 170 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Welder or 180 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Feed Welder for more power and thicker metal.

  • Safety

Obviously, the foremost thing to keep in mind about welding is safety first. Most of it is common sense, but for the sake of health and property, keep in mind that welding can be dangerous. Welders throw sparks, they can cause fire. Be sure to remove anything flammable from the area you’re working in, and if you’re welding on the grass or near bushes, it’s probably a good idea to wet down the ground. Also, wear a long-sleeve shirt, pants without cuffs, and long Welders Gloves. Of course, also get yourself face and eye protection. I particularly like the Chicago Electric Auto-Darkening Helmet with Blue Flame Design.

Once you get the hang of it, working on welding projects can be a blast– for the home, the car and all kinds of hobby projects. And Harbor Freight’s got the perfect, low-cost way to start!

There’s No Need to Fear… Predator Is Here!

inverter generator 2500

Was I the only little kid who thought Sweet Polly Purebred was a fox? Well, I’m sure she was a canine of some sort. Anyway, it’s Underdog Day, and far be it for me to neglect a day that honors the heroes in stories who don’t get the credit they deserve. Take, for example, Sean Parker. Who, you ask? Why, the creator of Napster and the reason why we’re shvitzing on the elliptical with an iPod instead of a Walkman (he says, you’re welcome). How about Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television? He was born in a small log cabin in Indian Creek, Utah (you can’t make this stuff up). So next time you get your U-verse bill, give him a big air-kiss of gratitude. The underdog I’d like to showcase, however, is the humble, yet powerful, Predator 2500 Peak/2200 Running Watts, 4.7 HP (125cc) Portable Inverter Generator, a new addition at Harbor Freight Tools. Utilizing built-in inverter technology, the inverter generator produces a cleaner power curve, that makes it deal for your more sensitive electronics. Designed more efficiently, it gives you more power with lower fuel consumption– about 20% lower!– and weighing less than conventional generators, the inverter generator is ideal for RV, camping and boating excursions! Inverter generators have some other real advantages over conventional generators. For instance, they’re quiet. So in scenarios where you’ve opted not to use a generator because of the noise, this baby’s the bee’s knees. Not just for camping and early-morning garage projects, but also at work sites and tailgate parties! Also, I mentioned sensitive electronics. While a conventional generator can run a computer, too, when it comes to things like lighting and sound systems, you don’t get any of that flickering with the inverter generator. This is really the cleaning, coolest peace-of-mind you’re going to find in both remote and emergency situations. Here’s what actual customers had to say about the Predator Inverter Generator from Harbor Freight Tools:

“The first pull I wanted to go very slowly to turn it over a few times first. IT STARTED. I was startled. I’ve never had a mower, generator or anything start that easy. After letting it warm up I turned on a 1500 watt heater and the generator barely felt it. I powered up the refrigerator to see how it would respond. My 2000 watt Generac inverter nearly dies when the refrigerator comes on. This Predator inverter generator started the refrigerator and ran it with very little effort. Very powerful generator I’m completely satisfied with it so far.”  Hammer Time – North Carolina

“Competitive price, it is very quite comparable to the Honda 1000i. Amazing deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Falcon – New Jersey 

So, as with all true blue Underdogs, so it is with the Predator Inverter Generator: “When help is needed, I am not slow; for it’s hip-hip-hip and AWAY I GO! ”   Predator 2500 Watt 4.7hp Inverter Generator: SKU #61169, $499.99

Unclog Your Drains with a 50′ Electric Drain Snake

drain cleaner - 50 ft electric

Release the Kraken!

That will be your triumphant cry every time you find yourself with a clogged drain. This isn’t a chore,  it’s an adventure– thanks to the Hydrostar Drain Monster 50 Ft. Compact Electric Drain Cleaner!

Quickly clear your backed-up drains up to 50 ft. from the cleanout with this relentless, motorized electric drain snake. The power-fed electric cleaner has automatic feed control for easy navigation of multiple bends, and can handle pipes from 1-inch to 4-inches in diameter! Here’s what some other hearty lads had to say about their journeys with the Drain Monster:

“I have had have someone come out every other month to snake my mainline because of roots around my property. They would charge me about $100. I would rent my own for about half, until I saw this one on sale.
I’ve used this about five times since I bought it last year, and it works great. I even made $100 snaking my friends house with it! The line is easy to feed in and out, so you don’t have to buy the auto feeder. I like the closed drum around the line so that nasty stuff doesn’t splatter on you when you are pulling the line back in.”  Sgt. Sanford – San Gabriel, CA

“I own a real estate investment business, and I was sick of renting these things if and when sewage lines get clogged up, so I bought one of these for my maintenance guy (or myself) to use. I have a couple properties that seem to inevitably get roots in the PVC drain lines every summer. This sewer snake cleans the roots out, each & every time, without issues. And it’s paid for itself in one year (factoring in comparable rental unit costs).”  Steve – Dallas, TX

“I recently used this to run it in my main sewer line which has been an issue for me over the past 10 years. Particularly in spring and fall I get a lot of small hair type roots. This machine blasted through them with no problem and removed a huge amount of roots. I can see the roots by sticking a mirror inside the pipe and they are now gone. I bought the machine for routine maintenance and I will run this little blue guy every 3-4 months! It already paid for itself in that 1 use. I’m sick and tired of calling plumbers that charge a minimum of 200+ to clean my pipe and send the snake in 1 time and done. I was able to work my machine nice and slow and take my time in getting the results I wanted! I rated it 5 stars because of the price! Thanks HF!”  Studio – NJ

At just $249.99, you’ll find the Hydrostar Drain Monster to be a shelter in the storm drain, a happy solution to the roots of your problems — and with your 20% Off coupon, it’s even a greater deal! Only at Harbor Freight Tools!

Popular Hot Rodding Review: ‘Cool’ Harbor Freight Tools

In the upcoming January, 2014 issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, several Harbor Freight products are featured among 23 Cool Tools: Home Garage Helpers You Gotta Have That Won’t Break the Bank. Says PHR columnist Rob Kinnan:

“You know Harbor Freight as the place to get dirt-cheap tools, from tiny stuff to the bigger power tools, presses, and such, but your author has put a ton of use in their tools for decades and can attest that the “cheap tools” thing is mostly a myth. And they have everything, including a lot of things that the other tool companies don’t offer. Check ‘em out.”

step drill bit set 3-pc

First on their list is the Warrior 3 Piece Titanium Nitride-Coated High Speed Steel Step Drills. Rob said:

“We call this dynamite little tool an “unbit”, and if you don’t have one in your toolbox then, sorry, you’re an idiot.”

This 3-piece set of titanium nitride-coated, high-speed steel bits replaces 28 individual drill bits! Which means you don’t have to constantly change bits when drilling the range of holes necessary on a countertop, for instance, so you can speed-up the process. Also automatically deburrs holes as you drill. #60379 $12.99

 

heat gun

Next on their list is the Drill Master 1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun. Here Rob poses the question:

“Why would you need an industrial-strength hair drier? Because a true heat gun is much more than that and is a handy thing to have in the garage.”

Harbor Freight’s Drill-Master heat gun is the ideal tool for stripping paint and varnish, removing decals, shrinking wire wraps, loosening fittings, thawing pipes and more! The heat gun features two heat settings (572° F and 1112° F) to accommodate a wide variety of jobs and a superior coil design that heats materials more quickly than other heat guns on the market. Great for both the do-it-yourselfer and professional contractor. #96289 $14.99

 

7 inch sander polisher

 

Another great deal covered in Popular Hot Rodding is the Drill Master 7″ Variable Speed Polisher/Sander:

“While it’s true that a paint job is only as good as the prep work, it’s equally true that it’s only as good as the cut and polish after the paint and clearcoat has dried, and Harbor Freight has just the inexpensive tool to do it.”

This versatile polisher-sander from Harbor Freight is powered 600-3500 RPM, so you can easily polish your vehicle’s finish or sand all types of larger work surfaces. The all ball-bearing construction also helps the polisher/sander operate smoothly. Features a six-speed thumb control and spindle lock for easy pad changes. #69474 $39.99

 

1-ton shop crane

 

As a final addition for the budget garage, Rob recommends the Pittsburgh Automotive 1-Ton and 2 Ton Foldable Shop Cranes:

“Also known as a cherry picker, a shop crane is mandatory to remove or install an engine in a car, but they take up a boatload of room when not being used. Harbor Freight solves that with a foldable crane in either 1-ton or 2-ton capacities.”

The Pittsburgh Automotive foldable shop cranes deliver the lifting ability you need with the combined advantage of compact storage! Double bearing swivel casters provide smooth and easy maneuvering around your work space. The 1-ton boom extends from 34 in. to 45 in. and its crane height adjusts from 85 in. to 94 in. The 2-ton’s boom extends from 41″ to 61-3/4″ and the crane height adjusts from 73-5/8″ to 89″. They include ram, chain and hook. #69512 $146.00, #69514 $219.99

For this and more awesome articles on hot-rodding and rod-wrenching, check out the January issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine!

Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days Sale – Nov 19 to Dec 2

dollar days nov-2013

Need to stock up on some doodads for the garage or shop?  Sure, these are items that might seem like miscellaneous odds and ends but it’s these very items that will make you ready for anything when the time comes.  We all know there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a project and having to run out to by a zip-tie or some work gloves.  Imagine having a project completed and ready to be delivered but you’ve got no way of tying it down for transport!  Or no furniture pad available to keep your truck bed from getting all scratched up.

cable ties

I know what you’re saying… “But, Zach, why should I go out and spend a bunch of money on items I’m going to use once or infrequently?”  Well, first of all, my name is spelled with a K, not an H, and secondly, that’s what Harbor Freight’s Dollar Days Sale is for!  From now until December 2nd, you can get all these little items and more at ridiculously low deals!   100 White Cable Ties for $2.50 or 100 Black Cable Ties for $2.50?  Why not save some time and just get both for $5?  Running low on tool space?  Well, the Two Shelf Steel Service Cart for $50.00 will take care of that.  And best of all, it’s the same high quality you’d get at full price!

two shelf service cart

I know some of you out there will sacrifice safety and comfort when it comes to the bottom line on your handiwork.  I admire that, but with Dollar Days, there’s no excuse. Work gloves (6 pair) for $3.00, knee pads for $4.00, and safety glasses for $1.00??  That’s a full outfit of safety gear for under ten bucks!  And let me tell you, your medical bill won’t be that low so why risk it?  I’m sure you’re a very safe worker, but even the best of us make mistakes.  Just ask my old shop teacher, Mr. Jones.  I’m not sure how he lost his thumb, but I bet some safety equipment would have come in handy in that situation.  Uh, no pun intended…

nutsetter set

I could go over all the items available for major discounts, but it would be easier to show you.  It’ll be like an early Christmas for all you tool hounds out there and actual Christmas if you’re looking to get a couple gifts for your friends.  With Magnetic Nutsetter Sets at $8.00, a 100 Piece Security Bit Set for $9.00, or a 13 Piece High Speed Drill Bit Set for $3.00, you can snatch up some great gifts without breaking the bank.  Just try not to keep them for yourself.  Maybe you’ll get lucky and a friend will pick up some nifty tools for you too.  At Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days, you never know what you might find!

Harbor Freight Celebrates International Girls Day

Recently, Teddy Robertson posted on her blog:

“Surprisingly, the Flint store is very female.   Of course, you see a lot of women in Home Depot and Lowes.  They are selecting paint colors or lighting, or bathroom fixtures.  At Harbor Freight women roam the drill bit aisles.  And what’s more, women—middle-aged women—are on the floor helping them with real tools.  Maybe years back they would have worked in the shop.  Today they work at Harbor Freight.”

Today, November 14, is International Girls Day, and it’s fitting that Harbor Freight Tools takes notice. The girls have been coming to HFT in growing numbers, sharing the checkout lines with the boys, carrying miter saws and cordless drills; on the Web, you now stumble across Girl Power blogs like Pink Toes & Power Tools and Ana White, sounding the alarm that women are taking over the home DIY projects.

That being said, I’d like to submit…
10 Tools Every DIY Girl Should Own
tape measure 30 ft
  1. Pittsburgh 30 Ft. X 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure #69081 – You can never have too many tape measures around the house, and you’ll like this guy because it displays the fractions. Not to say you’re working with a dumbed-down tool, something akin to a Jitterbug cell phone, but rather something that helps determine measurements faster and more efficiently. The tape extends a long way before it falls, and you’ll appreciate the rubber-wrapped case (not that you ever drop your tape measure, right?). Heavy-duty and helpful! $4.99plier set 7 piece
  2. Pittsburgh 7-Pc. Pliers Set #69355 – Pulling, pinching, stripping, bending. You can face all manner of tasks in the home, and these babies can be invaluable. And the quality-to-price ratio is NICE! 8.9932 pc screwdriver set
  3. 32-pc. Screwdriver Set #90764 – You’ll probably put the most mileage on this set around the house as it accommodates most all domestic jobs, including a bendable snake unit that’s awesome in hard-to-get-to areas! $7.99claw hammer
  4. Pittsburgh 16 Oz. Claw Hammer With Fiberglass Handle #47872 - I’m sure you have a hammer somewhere in the house. Hammers are like tape measures; it’s good to have a few around. Whatever you do, though, invest in a nice claw hammer. It’ll do a good job driving in nails, but it’;; also help you remove the bent ones if you make a mistake… which I’m sure never happens. Hammers are the great go-to’s for hanging pictures, putting together modular furniture or small woodworking projects. This fiberglass one provides a comfortable grip and less shock than the wooden ones.  $3.99 socket set 64 pc
  5. Pittsburgh 64 Piece 1/4″, 3/8″ And 1/2″ Socket Set #67995 – For nuts and bolts, and screwing in lag bolts in your beams for heavy wall-hangings and earthquake straps, putting together the tyke’s bike, or working on the car. You might think this set’s a bit overkill, but you never know when you’re going to need the odd-sized piece– and socket sets provide torque strength a mere wrench can’t come close to. $31.99torpedo level
  6. Pittsburgh 9″ Magnetic Torpedo Level #96676 - Take away the guesswork and eyeball calisthenics when trying to hang pictures or put up shelving. You’ll learn fast what a godsend this simple tool really is.  $7.99 staple gun
  7. Fasten Pro Three-Way Tacker Staple Gun Kit #96755 – For everything from craft projects to reupholstering chairs, making wood box valances, putting up plastic sheeting, running cords along the wall, window screening, and other DIY projects. Another tool you’ll love love love!  $6.99 5-drawer tool cart
  8. U.S. General Tool Cart, Five Drawer, 700 Lb. Capacity #69397 - You’ll need a place to store all of these handy tools and, take my word, you’ll outgrow a toolbox almost immediately. A larger one on rollers– like this 5-drawer favorite– is great to move around your home, craft room, studio or garage. It gives you plenty of room to organize and quickly access the tool you need when you need it!  $199.99 3-8 cordless drill 68239 19.99
  9. Drill Master 3/8″ Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 18 Volt #68239 - A rechargeable drill is essential to have around for your light-to-medium DIY projects around the house. They’re light to carry and great for making holes, or using as a power screwdriver to speed up the fastening process. Got a remodeling project in your future? Get it!  $19.99 orbital palm sander 5-in
  10. Chicago Electric 5″ Random Orbital Palm Sander #69857 – If you’re restoring furniture, an old boat or other object of love, invest in an orbital sander. Great for getting a smooth finish on large surfaces, and the palm sander version gives you great control. $24.99
There are other great, handy tools for your collection that you’ll eventually want: stud finder, brad nailer, jigsaw, compound miter saw, circular saw… and Harbor Freight Tools has them all at tremendously low prices! It’s a great way to get your projects off the ground without smashing too many piggy banks.
Of course, there’s more to life than always working. As Teddy Robertson closed in her post:

“Last year toward the end of summer Dennis came home with battery powered fly swatter he’d gotten on sale for $3.99 (reg. $7.99).  We sat on the porch in a warm twilight sipping margaritas and swinging at mosquitoes.  Can’t beat Harbor Freight.”

You go, girl.

Get Stoked with a Boxwood Heater-Stove from Harbor Freight

boxwood heater stove

Toasting the tootsies is not a problem with the Vogelzang Cast Iron Boxwood Heater/Stove #32058. This baby warms up quickly and throws a lot of heat! Keep a large area of the house warm and cook dinner at the same time– while keeping your fuel bills at bay during those chilly winter months. Not just functional, the boxwood heater/stove looks great and makes for a striking conversation piece. It comes with two 6″-diameter burners and connects to a 6″ minimum chimney flue.

You’ll find a number of useful tips for setting up the stove on the product page’s customer comments, not to mention some (excuse the pun) glowing reviews:

“Just an awesome fireplace/stove! Heats up a very large room in a little amount of time. Just a wonderful addition to my garage, Thanks!”  Michael

“I cooked a meal in the stove and it came out picture perfect to the perfection, I showed my friends it and they didn’t believe that it made that good of food. Great product.”  Timmy Glades

“Bought this stove to heat a room in an outbuilding. The price was cheap and it works perfectly!”  montmatt

The Vogelzang Cast Iron Boxwood Heater/Stove– which can be found  In Stores Only at Harbor Freight Tools– normally sells for $169.99, but has a coupon running this month for $159.99– an excellent price for a reliable wood heater. Don’t forget to pick up an axe while you’re at it… keep the baby fed.

Harbor Freight – Your Paranormal Investigation Tool Headquarters

As I’ve mentioned, the Mrs. and I are trying to fortify our emergency supplies. We recently brought home a generator inherited from my father-in-law, an old 1500-watt unit. And while we were happy with the new acquisition, we soon learned it was only good for minor applications– tailgating, camping, backyard parties– so we decided to shop for a new, bigger generator and use this one as a supplement.

Now, I’ll study the HECK out of a product before I buy– professional reviews, customer comments and forums are must reading. If you’re like me, you think customer reviews are the best, especially when there are several of them for a product, and most of them agree. The Predator gas generators at Harbor Freight all have high-star ratings, so I dove into their reviews. Most of them were what you’d expect: “very pleased…” “well constructed…” “powered everything with no problem…” “works great and costs a lot less…”

But then, I stumbled on a particular review, and a chill crept up my spine. I turned down the AC and read on.

It was from the West Houston Paranormal Society, a dedicated group of otherworldly investigators who hunt and engage the unknown:

“We are West Houston Paranormal Society and this is our official generator. Running power where we need it in powerless buildings and houses that we investigate. It runs our equipment (cameras, audio, trip sensors, monitors, DVRs, computers, recharging packs, etc) throughout the house, as well as our trailer base command/review center. Fist pull operation, no drain or surges and super quiet…. the last thing we need is a loud generator interfering with our EVPs and video evidence, that is why we chose this one because that was high on our list of NEEDED features.” Caps included.

Why the Predator generator? Could it be it resonates with beings from across the veil? Or, is it the high-quality performance and low prices? Perhaps it’s all of the above.

 

The Mrs. and I ended up going with the Predator 8750 Watts Max/7000 Watts Rated Portable Generator, certified for California (4.5 stars, 13 reviews). It has the necessary power to juice our gas furnace, refrigerator freezer, AC, microwave, TV & lights… a little more than the “bare minimum” we had originally planned to get, but I’m sure we’ll be glad when the emergency (and the other stuff) goes down.

The Predator generator isn’t the only Harbor Freight product of choice among paranormal investigators. The Southeastern Paranormal Society, located in Salisbury, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, and the good folks at IHuntGhosts.com, favor the motion-activated Bunker Hill Security 4-Camera Surveillance DVR when looking into poltergeists and sundry presences. A representative at the SPS commented:

 “I bought this package to do surveillance for our paranormal research group. The cameras perform great in near pitch black conditions. Considering buying another system for our group.”

Everyone who’s seen those paranormal movies knows why this is an important contribution to the investigative process (on the other hand, I’m not sure I want to know what’s going on in my house when I’m asleep).

On My Para: The Paranormal Social Network, a forum member recently recommended the Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer for measuring the ambient air around “cold” and “hot” spots. While so-called “professional” ambient air thermometers cost around $130, Harbor Freight’s is just $39.99. Boo-yah!

 The owner of Paranormal Adventure Radio recommends the Bunker Hill Motion Detector as “good for basic investigations.”

 Others have testified about using a wireless inspection camera ” for “tight spaces” and “a very good idea for a room that has noises coming from it with the door closed.” A ghost hunter who recommended the Cen-Tech Digital Inspection Camera was using his to check out a mausoleum he’d been curious about.

 Finally, as Ghost Journeys advises in its Investigation Guidelines:

“Shop smart – save money. Check… Harbor Freight for mini LED flashlights, batteries and hard cases to tote your equipment.”

So, when it comes to quality tools at incredibly low prices… who you gonna call?