You Know the Drill (Or Do You?)

No matter if you’re building up your power tool collection for the first time or you’re an experienced contractor, a drill press is an essential tool for your garage or shop. But what makes a drill press more powerful and accurate than your standard handheld drill? Let’s take a look at the pros of drill presses that are ideal for anyone, whether you’re a pro or not.

Any woodworker needs the ability to drill precise, straight holes from time to time. Sure, you can put your trust in the more compact hand drill, but for serious projects you’ll need to take it a step further. From furniture construction to handling bigger projects like home repair, a drill press is the tool for the job. Because of the importance of accuracy and the likelihood of drilling hundreds of holes in situations like these, a drill press allows you to set precise depths and angles that match up every single time. Even if you’re drilling into metal or plastic, a drill press is perfect with the correct bit and drill speed in mind.

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Of course, a drill press is going to take up more space than a handheld drill so you’ll need to account for that as well. But if you have the room in your shop or garage, it’s a no-brainer.

When choosing a drill press, you’ll first need to decide between a floor drill press and a bench top drill press. A floor drill press will provide more power for those heavy-duty tasks while a bench top drill press will take up less space and can be easily stored away when not in use. For the DIYer or casual carpenter, the bench top drill press is usually the way to go. A 10” to 12” model will provide the most versatility, like the 10” 12 Speed Bench Drill Press (Item #: 60237).

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Drill presses are categorized by the maximum-diameter workpiece that can be centered under the bit. To get the throat depth of the machine, just divide that maximum-diameter in half. Throat depth refers to the distance between the bit to the main column of the drill press. This will indicate how far a hole can be placed from the edge of your workpiece. So, a 10” drill press will feature a throat depth of 5”.

Operating a drill press is easy enough that even a novice will have no trouble with it. With your drill press powered up and settled on a flat surface, just select the proper bit for the job and tighten it into place. You’ll then need to set the depth of your hole and you’re ready to go. Once you’re ready to drill into your workpiece, set the drill to the speed required for the job and lower the drill using the attached lever. With the depth and speed set, you’ll be able to achieve identical holes repeatedly in one piece or over several work pieces.

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Pretty simple! It is recommended that you clamp your workpiece to keep it from turning as you drill. This also allows you to keep your hand free of the drill bit while you’re working. Also, while drill presses are relatively safe to some other power tools, it’s still a good idea to wear eye and hearing protection during operation. Take a quick look at this video to see the Heavy Duty 16 Speed Drill Press (Item #: 43378) in action.

Another common addition to the drill press is a drill press table and fence, also available from Harbor Freight Tools. Modify your machine with the Drill Press Extension Table with Fence (Item #: 96395) for even more options!

Harness AC Power on the Go!

Whether you’re making a quick pit-stop or find yourself stuck on the side of the road, you can always use a reliable Power Inverter for running electronics from your vehicle. The 2000 Watt Continuous/4000 Watt Peak Power Inverter (Item #: 69662) from Harbor Freight is an ideal inverter unit that enables you to run a wide range of useful devices and tools!  From powering up your phone or laptop to running small power tools, this handy unit gives you portable AC power when and where you need it.

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Make camping trips more fun and rest stops less annoying by simply keeping one of these little power inverters in your vehicle. The inverter not only features a high surge capacity for products that require up to 4000 watts to start, but also a modified sine wave for up to 87% efficiency during operation. With protection from low/high voltage, high temperatures, and high currents, this Power Inverter is both safe and easy to use with a wide variety of items!

“Easy to hook up, simple to use, provides a solution to a home off the grid using solar power. Gives 110 volt AC power for those things that are not 12 volt DC.” – by Bob from Arizona

“Works well.” – by joej from Missouri

Okay, Bob and joej are men of few words. Let’s hear from Motorcycle Dave:

“I bought this inverter to replace a failed 2000 watt unit. The new model, Cen-Tech 2000 watt, runs everything exactly the same as the old one. One feature that is nice, the cooling fans only come on when there is enough load on the unit to cause it to heat up a bit. It has a USB port built in for charging phones, etc. When running the power adapter for our computer, inverter fans never come on as power draw is so low. I leave it on all night with the coffee maker programmed to start in the morning, have not had a problem with power consumption at idle, seems to be extremely low. It also has a third outlet, which is nice. If this unit holds up as well as the last one, I will be thrilled.” – by Motorcycle Dave from Idaho

Now that’s a review! If you’ve considered picking up a Power Inverter for your car or truck or just as a spare for general use, the 2000 Watt Continuous/4000 Watt Peak Power Inverter is just what you need! Get down to your local Harbor Freight store and pick yours up today.

The Little Winch That CAN!

Taking on an off-road adventure doesn’t mean you have to be reckless or unprepared. Be ready for nearly any altercation with the 2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control (Item #: 61840) from Harbor Freight! Whether it’s pulling your ATV out of a ditch or loading a boat onto your trailer, this light duty winch is perfect for those smaller jobs.

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This little unit packs a lot of winching power and all the features you expect from a high-quality winch. A permanent magnet motor draws less current than larger models, making this the ideal winch for your ATV and the automatic load-holding brake provides maximum safety. Plus, with the wireless remote control, you can operate the winch from up to 20 ft. away. Both reliable and easy-to-use, this 2500 lb. capacity winch also comes with a rock bottom price that can’t be beat.

“This winch pulls my John Deere out of trouble all the time when I venture into the woods and get
stuck …. It operates as I intend it to and pulls me out wherever I might be in a gully or stuck on a slippery log or whatever…. I usually attach it to a stout tree and it pulls me up a 20 degree grade without issue …. only issue is that it uses a lot of battery power and now I let the tractor keep running so as not to wear down the battery…” – by Nick from Medina, Ohio

“About 6 months ago I purchased this winch and the Truck mounted Crane. After a couple of uses I removed the hand winch that came with the Crane and installed the Bad Land 2500 winch. Boy what a wonderful product. I had contracted Tendinitis in my shoulders and hips and needed help getting in firewood. This combination was just the ticket. Now I get more wood per trip and hardly break a sweat. Needless to say, my shoulders are much relieved. Never a problem. I use a group 27 battery to gain the extra power to run the winch. I highly recommend this combo to get the job done. Great product.” – by Mr. B from Helena, MT

This handy ATV recovery winch is great for a number of tasks including loading vehicles and equipment or traversing rough terrain easily. With a 2500 lb. capacity, it’s perfect for any ATV or utility vehicle. However, if you’re on the lookout for a winch with a bit more power, be sure to check out the 9000 lb. and 12,000 lb. capacity winches as well, available at your local Harbor Freight store!

The Incredible Foldable Shop Crane

Just because you’re working out a small space doesn’t mean you don’t have room for a powerful shop crane. With the 2 Ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane (Item #: 69514) from Harbor Freight, you can get the lifting power you need when you need it. And when you don’t, it folds down for easy, compact storage. That way, it’s out of the way when not in use. But with all the cool jobs and tasks you can tackle with the crane, it won’t be in storage for long!

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The Shop Crane is easily adjustable from 73-5/8” to 89” in height to fit the job at hand while the boom extends from 41” to 61-3/4”. For any project that requires lifting items up to 4,000 lbs, this Foldable Shop Crane is designed for performance and reliability. Plus, it comes with the low, affordable price you’ve come to expect from Harbor Freight Tools.

“I bought this crane for my husband’s garage and he says it works great! Pulled the engine right out of the car…no problem! He’s very happy with it!” – by TJ from Western PA

“Great product !! Excellent value & price , Harbor Freight communication was also the best
Very happy with this 2 ton hoist “Fantastic Quality.” – by Rick from new Jersey

“Used this crane out of the box to unload a BMW engine and transmission out of the back of a pick-up truck and park it in my garage. Assembled in 15 minutes and worked perfectly when used with the HF 2 ton load balancer. This is a must have. This crane lifted a load from 72″ high and put it down safely on the ground – not all cranes can lower that far. This crane is excellent value for money and folds down into a very small footprint.” – by Seawolf from Springfield, MA

With an included ram, chain and hook, the 2 Ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane contains everything you need to start lifting those heavy parts right away. So if you’re ready to handle bigger projects from the comfort of your own shop or garage, get down to your local Harbor Freight store and pick one up today!

Monitor Your Home, Shop or Garage with This 4-Camera Surveillance System

You can’t put a price on peace of mind, so the 8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities (Item #: 61229) would be a bargain at any price. But you’ll get the best bargain for your buck with this one available at Harbor Freight Tools!

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With this surveillance system, you can easily keep an eye on your home, garage, workshop, store or jobsite from nearly anywhere. Four infrared day/night security cameras capture up to 2,500 hours of video stored on a 500GB hard drive for playback at any time, giving you a full record of what’s recorded. Then, the footage can be viewed directly from your Smart phone! Easy to set up and easy to use, this security system is a must-have for any property or area you want to keep safe.

“Bought this set last year and installed it in one day by myself. Figuring out how/where the cameras will be placed is honestly the hard part in all of the setup. Once you download the app and set it up on your phone, you can view when you’re not home. This product is great for the price and great for the insurance it will give you when you need to see your property.” – by NYJZA70 from Brooklyn, NY

“I have had this unit installed now for almost 2 years. For the price you get a good deal. The colors are a little off, but the video is pretty good otherwise. This system, as a local Police officer said to me, “only has to catch someone once” to pay for itself. My security company wanted $10 per camera per month with the 4th free. Even if your internet goes down with this model, you are still recording on the DVR. Not so with the security companies’ cloud based video recording.” – by Bears Fan from Crystal Lake, IL

“True the images are grainy at a distance but I’m talking about 100 feet. I have a good image far enough for me. All I intended it for is to record would be thieves trying to break into my building when I’m not there and I like the remote excess thru a phone or computer via internet. I’ve had this two years with no issues.” – by mule from Gladwin, MI

Whether you’re monitoring the inside of your warehouse or the perimeter of your ranch, this surveillance system has the features you need at a price that can’t be beat. For affordable security that won’t let you down, get to your local Harbor Freight and pick one up today!

Get a Jump Start on Trouble with Reliable Booster Cables

There’s nothing fancy about the 16 ft. 6 Gauge Heavy Duty Booster Cables (Item #: 60396) from Harbor Freight Tools. When it comes to getting out of a jam (or jump starting a drained battery) all you care about is the end result. And with these great jumper cables in your trunk, you can rest assured that you’ll never be left stranded again.

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Designed for use in all climates, the Heavy Duty Booster Cables are ready to go anytime your car isn’t. Hooking them up is easy, even if you’ve never used booster cables before, thanks to the color coded cables for positive and negative terminals. The vinyl-dipped steel clamps are easy on your hands and the copper jaws are perfect for electricity conduction, allowing you to get going quickly so you can transport your vehicle to a safe place for repairs.  As you can see, it’s no secret what makes these jumper cables so great.

“Probably the best cables you can buy for under twenty, clamps are tight, crimps look good, cable is soft and easy to handle and does not fight you while tucking it back into its case after use.” – by Travelling Mechanic from Chicago, IL

“It looks good and feels good. I like the design. The copper wire is attached on the top and the bottom is stabled by a clip. The design will keep the contact wire from detaching.” – by Yang from Morgantown, WV

Simple and reliable, the 16 ft. 6 Gauge Heavy Duty Booster Cables are a must-have item for any vehicle. Providing superior performance just about anywhere, these jumper cables also provide peace of mind even if you never use them. For any well-prepared motorist, or frequent driver, swing by your local Harbor Freight and get a set of these Heavy Duty Booster Cables for quick and easy jumpstarting of dead or drained batteries. Don’t waste your money on some fancy set of jumper cables with a bunch of useless features and extras. All you need is a set that works.

Destroy Weeds and Trim Hedges with the Electric String Trimmer

The summer is full of recognizable sounds from lawn mowers and sprinklers to the ice cream truck coming down the block. But, this summer there is one noise you may hear less of. While the traditional “weed eater” is a staple of lawn maintenance during the summer months, there’s no denying the noise can be a bit grating. This year, pick up a 13” Electric String Trimmer (Item #: 62338) from Harbor Freight Tools and give your ears (and your neighbors) a rest!

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But the sound reduction is just one of several great reasons to add this tool to your landscaping arsenal. Not only does the string trimmer trim grass and hedges with less noise and vibration but is also safer on the environment than a gas trimmer. Using clean electricity and reliable power, the string trimmer is an eco-friendly, quiet way to spruce up your yard! Just ask these guys:

“I bought this trimmer to replace my gas trimmer that died after many years of use. This electric trimmer is just as powerful as the gas trimmer it replaced. However, it is a lot less noisy and there is no gas/oil mixture to fuss over. This trimmer adjusts in overall length and the trimmer head is easily rotated for edging jobs and the head can also be adjusted relative to the shaft for a more upright position or angled for reaching under bushes, etc.” – by PeterA from Norwalk, CT

“I have a small yard and did not need to go far from the house. This trimmer has all the features as a pro gas trimmer without the price. The auto feed feature works great. The motor is strong and does not bog down. The edge feature works great also. Great product if doing light trimming in a small area.” – by DrArcade from Grand Prairie, Tx

“Great for general grass trimming around trees, flower beds, mailboxes, fences, etc. The price was good and even better using the 20% off. This trimmer can be rotated and locked in place near the middle, so it can be used for edging around driveways or curbs.” – by Handyman Dad from Humble, Tx

The string trimmer features four cutting head positions so you can trim and shape your lawn, hedges, and bushes any way you like, whether it’s a larger patch of grass or edging along the sidewalk. An oversize grip and adjustable side handle make this tool easy on your hands as well so you can work longer without even noticing it! If you’re ready to take your lawn care skills to the next level (quietly), then get to your local Harbor Freight and grab one of these excellent string trimmers today!

A Machete That’s a Cut Above the Rest

Whether you’re clearing brush in your backyard or slashing through foliage during a camping trip, the best solution for getting through thick vegetation is the 18” Machete with Serrated Blade (Item #: 69910)! The sharp blade slices leaves and vines while the saw tooth back is perfect for hacking through thicker branches. Made of tough stainless steel, the blade is designed for longevity, allowing it to accompany you on many future excursions. And when it’s not in use, the machete is conveniently stored in an included protective sheath until you’re ready to wield it again.

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Here are some trail-blazing reviews from real satisfied customers:

“Well made machete, and I have spent many years in the jungles of Central and South America. Nice rubber type handle. Sharp blade and good saw blades on the rear of the blade. Good for jobs too small for an axe or yard pruning (branches, grass, bushes, etc.) Downside would be the sheath which I don’t expect it to last long without extreme care. The saw blades catch on the sheath when pulling the machete out. But the money was put into the machete – and that’s what is important!” – by Brazil Bill from Monument Valley, Utah

“Heavy duty blade with a rubberized handle to reduce shock to your wrist. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use from this.” – by Mike from West Virginia

“Wow…this is one of the best I have ever bought. Really like the blade and super-good grip on the handle. Sheath worked well also. Liked the one that I bought so much that we just ordered four more.” – by jagsouthern from Mobile, Alabama

Lightweight and affordable, this machete is an indispensable element of any outdoor exploration or camping outing. With its lightweight design and comfort-grip handle, this easy-to-use tool separates the beginners from the serious outdoorsmen. So get down to your local Harbor Freight store today and pick up the 18” Machete with Serrated Blade today!

Drill, Cut and Demolish with the Heavy Duty Rotary Hammer

If you need to bust through tough concrete, there’s only one way to get the job done right. The 1-1/8” 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer (Item #: 69274) from Chicago Electric provides all the power you need for drilling, cutting and breaking through a variety of materials including concrete, masonry and wood. Stronger and more shock-absorbent than a hammer drill, the rotary hammer allows you to work longer with less fatigue. Plus, there’s even a stop-hammer feature that lets you use the tool as a drill giving you additional versatility!

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This rotary hammer really does the job of three tools, giving you a wide range of applications to take advantage of. Whether you want to drill precision holes, tackle some heavy duty drilling or just blast through material like a demolition hammer, you can do it all with this one item, available at Harbor Freight. If you need a little extra convincing, here are a couple customer reviews that have drilled down to just what it is they love about their rotary hammer.

“After asking all my neighbors if they had a hammer drill I could borrow to drill 3 holes in the 65-year old concrete steps, I broke down and got this drill at Harbor Freight. It’s a man’s tool; no girly drill, this! It drilled the holes for the TapCon concrete screws to adhere a staircase post to the concrete step and went through like a hot knife through warm butter. I am very happy with its performance even if I’ve only used it once, so far. But, I can see a lot more uses for this big, heavy-duty drill that has made this job much easier. I actually tried to drill with my half-inch cordless yellow drill but didn’t even get a 16th of an inch in 2 minutes. I drilled all 3 with my new drill in less time! Proud to add this to my arsenal of big-boy stuff and will look for new projects to use it again.” – by Chas from Torrence, CA

“I use this hammer drill for work. I bought it almost two years ago and it has not failed me. I use it mainly for anchors in concrete (Quick Bolts) and I have drilled several hundred holes in concrete slabs with it without fail. I will put this side by side with a comparable BOSCH. Keep the lube compartment filled with grease. I do that before using every time.” – by Pat from Hagerstown, MD

“Drilled 1-1/8″ hole through a concrete wall, starting with a smaller bit size and working up. HF did not sell a 1-1/8″ bit, so I had to get one from a different source, but the HF bits through 1″ worked great. Very satisfied, especially for the price (1/3 of what comparable “name brands” would have cost).” – by Texas Dom from Grand Prairie, TX

For a variety of jobs, the 1-1/8” 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer is the way to go. An adjustable 360° side handle makes it easy to use, the quick change SDS bit system keeps bits securely in place, and the low Harbor Freight costs keeps your tool budget in check. Get down to your local Harbor Freight store and grab yourself one today!

What’s red and awesome and perfect for any work space?

With 16 drawers to fill, you can pack a lot of tools and equipment into the 26”, 16 Drawer Glossy Red Roller Cabinet Combo (Item #: 67831)! This massive tool storage unit provides 14,600 cu. in. of storage space and features ball bearing slides on all drawers for easy, quick access when you need it. And if you need to get your tools a little closer to the task at hand, then you’ll be glad to know that this unit comes with smooth-rolling 5” casters so you can easily maneuver your roller cabinet around the garage or jobsite.  But no matter where you move it, your tools and equipment will always stay safely stored in lockable steel drawers.

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Whether you only find the time to work on weekends or you’re in your shop every day, this roller cabinet is ideal for tool storage and organization. The glossy red powder coat finish makes the unit resistant to rust while non-slip liners in each drawer keep your tools safe while stored. Dependable and maneuverable, the 26”, 16 Drawer Glossy Red Roller Cabinet Combo is the choice for tons of DIYers and professionals around the world!

“I love this toolbox! The drawers have plenty of room and they are very smooth. This toolbox does everything I need it to. I have had it for a few months with no issues. The casters are of good quality and the brakes set well. Nice handle to pull it around also.” – by Willy Manilly from WV

“I have a service truck with these boxes on it, they lasted me 3 years before the drawers fell apart. They would still be alright until I moved them to the new truck. That was very impressive considering I drive on a road 2 times a day that takes me 2 hours to go 23 miles! I have had Snapon, Mac, Waterloo and Napa boxes before these HFT boxes and I can tell you that the $3000 boxes don’t hold up to that like these do. I would only get maybe a year out of the expensive boxes. So if you had these in a shop or garage I bet they would last forever!” – by Jack Of All Trades Master Of None from NM

“I am the proud owner of two of these babies! I bought my first one 3 years ago and have been so happy with it that I decided to buy another one when the sale came back around this year. These are perfectly sized to fit in my crowded two-car garage, and roll easily when I need to get behind them. The drawers seem to have been thoughtfully sized, as I have been able to stuff them pretty full of Harbor Freight tools (I got gift cards for Christmas). I’m absolutely convinced these are a great value for the money spent, but only you can determine if they’re the right box for you. As for me, I’m a satisfied customer.” – by Kansas transplant from KS

For the price and quality, you won’t find a better tool storage unit to fit your needs. And with the money you save, you’ll still have plenty left over for some additional tools and accessories to fit in your awesome new roller cabinet. So get over to your local Harbor Freight store today and pick one up!