Hot Bike Review: The US General 5-Drawer Tool Cart

If there was a category for “Single-Most-Loved Product” at Harbor Freight Tools, the US General tool cabinets and carts would probably be in a tight group, a length ahead of all the others. Be it the insanely popular 44″ 13-Drawer Tool Cabinet, the mammoth 56″ 11-Drawer Industrial Rolling Cabinet or the economical, yet rugged, 4-Drawer Tool Cart, the US General tool chests have amassed a ton of rave reviews– both for the quality and the value.

Which is why it’s no surprise to see the way-thumbs-up review of the 700-lb. Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart in the May 2013 issue of Hot Bike (this issue can be found in magazine stands but is not, as of this writing, online). Same beautiful fire-engine red as the other models, the rugged all-steel, 5-drawer tool cart is the ideal choice for the wrencher with just enough– but not too many– tools. As pointed out by Hot Bike writer, Jeff G. Holt, in the Used and Abused column:

“This all-steel 120-pound tool cart is a great place to store a myriad of tools for not a lot of money. This bright-red powder-coated rollaway is constructed (of) 14-gauge steel and can hold up to 700 pounds worth of stuff.”

 Jeff wasn’t a pushover for just any pretty face, though. He put the baby to work immediately.

“Sure, that is all well and good, but for a cabinet such as this, with a rather low price tag, I was worried about things like the drawers opening smoothly and other quality-related issues. Once I freed it from its shipping box, I assembled it (it took less than a half hour) and loaded it full of my wayward tools and was able to put it to the test. The ball-bearing rails on each of the drawers worked smoothly and they even had a locking lever per drawer like only the carts costing three times the price usually possess. The key-controlled locking mechanism on the top of the cart also worked flawlessly, which is truly a feat for something of this price. When fully loaded, this cart rolled around freely due to the two fixed and two swiveling locking casters. It even did so on chunky asphalt.”

Sounds like a winner. But, how about down the road? Did the tool cart stand the test of time?

“After throwing tools in and out of the cart for almost a year now, I have been pretty impressed with the quality construction and ease of use. The only problem I am currently having with it is that I am running out of room and I’ll need to switch to a larger storage system. If you are looking for a rolling workstation such as this, don’t let the low price keep you away, buy this and save a couple hundred dollars over the competition.”

A larger storage system? Harbor Freight can do that. Or, how about just getting a second tried-and-true 5-drawer tool cart? You can find the 700-lb.Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart at your local Harbor Freight, or online, for a low $199.99– or $169.99 with coupon! Girls on Hot Bike magazine cover not included.

Garage Cleaning Pt. 1 – Getting the Toys Ready

Now that the weather’s getting nicer, step outside and take inventory of your outdoor toys: lawn mower, ATVs, bikes, motorcycles, dirt bikes… not a pretty picture, is it? The tires are flat, they’re dead as doornails and they’ve got a film of filth accumulated from four months of neglect (and maybe even some left over from last year’s use).

Time to get in gear, son. Here are a few tools from Harbor Freight that’ll jump start your spring and summer, and get your wheels back on track:

First of all, let’s put some air back in those tires. For that– as well as other light air tool jobs around the garage– I recommend the Central Pneumatic 3-Gall Oilless Air Compressor #95275.  Equipped in a compact 1/3-gallon tank, the compressor puts out a capable 100 PSI, plenty for brad nailing, stapling, inflating or air brushing. It includes a quick connect coupler, and features easy-to-read gauges and thermal overload protection. Easily stored in the trunk of any vehicle, this compressor is a portable and hassle-free light duty air supply. And at $59.99 ($49.99 with coupon ’til the end of March!), it will have paid for itself, saving you from all those trips to the gas station where they charge you a buck a pop!

Next, blast the dirt, dust and grime off your mower, ATVs and bicycles with the Pacific Hydrostar 1650 PSI Electric Pressure Washer #69488. This is a great pressure cleaner for any auto garage or shop. Capable of  up to 1,650 PSI, it can be employed to power-clean your  walls, yard equipment, RV, boat, and vehicles easily. We like using it on the exterior siding, molding and getting rid of wasp nests. Lightweight and portable, it features a 13′ pressure hose that can reach the tougher areas, and 5″ diameter wheels for smooth transport. The nozzle is also adjustable for wide spraying or tight, concentrated streams, which is great when you need lighter or harder pressure. Add Harbor Freight’s powerful Degreaser Concentrate and use it to power wash your greasy, grimy, cobweb-covered BBQ grill as well. Normally priced at $99.99, but now ’til the end of March, you can pick up one of these babies for just $89.99 with coupon!

Chances are, after being dormant for several months, some of your engines will need defibrillation. This is where the Chicago Electric Battery Charger and Engine Starter #66783 comes in. Imagine the rush of godlike power as you connect the positive and negative clamps to your dead mower, and with a maniacal laugh, yell “Clear!” and hit the ignition, bringing your creature back to life. The 10-amp charger setting on this unit recharges vehicle batteries in just 3-5 hours. The 2-amp trickle function maintains the charge when the battery is not being used, while the 55-amp setting provides a boost of added cranking power for autos in emergency situations. The battery charger includes battery leads and clamps to help you get back on the lawn, water, dirt and road quickly. Priced at $49.99, the battery charger and engine starter will pay for itself over and over again!

Now that you’ve finished moving all your machines outside and ready for action, it’s time to turn your attention to the garage itself. Tune in next time when we address getting the garage/shop cleaned, organized and ready for all your projects in 2013!

Start Seeding In Your Greenhouse!

Ah, Spring– I love it! It means I get to stoke up the barbecue, tinker outside, go to the range, wear my camo cargo shorts on weekends. The wife loves it ’cause she can get me to shovel bull manure (I wish that was a metaphor, folks).

Seriously, she loves her gardening, so that’s why I’m getting her a One Stop Gardens 10′ x 12′ Greenhouse for her birthday. At first I didn’t see the point of  a greenhouse. I mean, we live in California, right? Swimming pools, movie stars, oranges the size of heads. But then she (kinda) patiently explained it to me, and I, of course (kinda) patiently listened… the greenhouse is an awesome addition to the home for a number of reasons:

  1. Germination – The greenhouse absorbs the sun and has a warmer environment. You can control the temperature during cold weather months and start seeding herbs, veggies, fruit, etc., much earlier. And, when it gets hot outside, put a tarp over it to keep the temp down.
  2. Control bugs, birds, etc. – The bugs start coming out in March, and they go right for the seeds. So do the birds. Greenfly, whitefly and red spider mites are particularly pesty. With a greenhouse, you can keep them out.
  3. Extending your growing season – Whatever part of the country you’re in, you can squeeze out at least a few more months of gardening with your greenhouse– and in some parts (like California) you can do it year-round! Also, during mild and warmer months, your plant life will grow faster in the controlled environment.
  4. Grow plants and foods you otherwise can’t – With your own greenhouse, growing bananas or other tropical plants and fruits is suddenly an option!
  5. Hours of additional “green thumb therapy” – For those who find joy and peace dwelling in the dirt.

So, I guess having a greenhouse makes sense.  And if I get it before the end of March, I can have it for the low price of $549.99 online with this coupon! Just click on the image and, at the checkout, punch in code “40956090” for this great price!

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The wife also told me to pick up the…

Drip Irrigation Kit

Watering Cones

 

and 2-Gallon Tank Sprayer.

You ask me, she’s pushing it. Oh, OK… I’m turning it over to the missus now ’cause she has some Spring gardening tips to add and apparently I’m incapable of doing it myself:

Hello, everyone, and Happy Spring! March is the beginning of spring gardening, so this is the perfect time to get moving. Most bedding and potted plants grow pretty well in the One Stop Gardens 10′ x 12′ Greenhouse. Some seeds like tomato, melon, and cucumber need extra warmth, while others such as antirrhinum, lobelia, and petunia don’t. If you have seedlings from last year, now is the time to transplant them into to bigger pots, and established plants will start growing faster, so watering’s going to be needed on a more regular basis. Start feeding the growing plants liquid fertilizer (don’t overfeed young plants), preferably with a higher percentage of nitrogen to phosphate, and potash for leaf growth. Flowering plants also need a fertilizer that’s high in potash. This will increase flowering as opposed to leaf growth.

STARTING YOUR SEEDS

1. Do not open the seed packet until you are ready to plant.
2. Use a container with drainage. Avoid wooden trays as they accommodate disease organisms. Plastic is your best option.
3. Fill your container with compost or place directly in growing medium. The surface should be about 1″ below the top of the container. The surface should be moist but not wet; sprinkle it with water the day before sowing. Scatter the seeds thinly over the surface (or larger seeds can be planted in rows).
4. Seeds should be covered with planting material according to the directions on your seed packet (usually you will leave the finer seeds uncovered). Gently firm the soil surface. Most, but not all, seeds need darkness to germinate. Cover your seeds with either a black plastic bag or a brown paper bag and place in your greenhouse for warmth. This excludes the seeds that need light to germinate such as Begonia, Mimulus and Alyssum.
5. Most seeds need to maintain a temperature between 65-70F degrees, but you should germinate the seed at a temperature 10 degrees higher than the recommended temperature for growing the plant.
6. Once the seedlings break through the surface, remove the brown paper bag or black plastic, but then you may want to cover it with a piece of clear plastic for extra warmth and moisture. Never let the compost or planting medium dry out; use a fine mist to keep it watered.
7. Once the first set of true leaves has opened, transplant the seedlings to trays or small pots with multipurpose compost (set the seedlings so the leaves are just above the soil surface). Handle the plants by the leaves, never the stems. Set the seedlings 1-1 1/2″ apart and water as necessary, keeping the temperatures between 50-55F degrees.
8. Seedlings that will be going outside must be hardened off to prepare them for the garden. You should move them to the coldest part of the greenhouse and then to a cold frame. Also, set the plants outside during the day for a few days before planting them in the garden.

For more great deals on Gardening Supplies, visit Harbor Freight Tools today!

Harbor Freight Tool Cabinet Coupons –

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WHAT??!

Harbor Freight NEVER has coupons for their tool carts or tool cabinets! And yet, here they are– coupons for the US General 5-Drawer Rolling Tool Cart, the 4-Drawer Rolling Tool Cart, the 11-Drawer Rolling Tool Cabinet and the small  Locking Drawer Tool Cart. These deals are good ’til March 17, so take advantage of them NOW– along with tons of other deals!

Daylight Savings Solar Deals

You work hard to keep your yard looking beautiful. From adding fresh soil, to fertilizing and enriching, to seeding and watering, a lot goes into creating the yard and garden you want to show off. But, why only get to do it half the day? As you prepare your gardens for the approaching warm weather, there’s an easy way to show them off at night as well, with sun-powered solar lights from Harbor Freight!

3-Pc. Decorative Solar Light Set

It’s the little things, as they say. This Decorative 3-Piece Solar Light Set from One-Stop Gardens is a genuine crowd-pleaser, and one of the biggest best-sellers at HFT! This cool, little light set is the perfect addition to your yard, garden, flower pots, etc., and costs nothing to operate! As soon as it gets dark, the color-changing LEDs inside the transparent hummingbird, butterfly and dragonfly start turning from red to green to blue. How it works is, a 1-3/4″-square solar panel hangs from each stake and charges built-in AA NiCd batteries from the sun, so once dusk comes, these solar lights automatically illuminate your yard with changing colors that give off a magical effect. Currently on sale at $14.29, they’re affordable enough to get a few sets and spread them throughout the property!

 

4-pc. Solar Light Set

Illuminate your walkway, driveway, shrubbery or garden with this super-bright, long-lasting 4-pc. Solar Light Set. These efficient lights charge in the daytime, giving up to 8 hours of pleasant, inviting light at night. Easy to install– simple assembly and they’re on!– the rugged, weatherproof  light set automatically turns on and off as illumination is needed, and is completely maintenance-free. Even after cloudy days, they’ll deliver the illumination you need. It’s a great deal at $11.99– you’ll want to get more than one of these sets, too!

 

10-pc. Solar Pathway Light Set

Speaking of lighting up the pathway, One Stop Garden’s got a dandy 10-piece Stainless Steel Solar Light Set that’s specifically made for just that. Use the sun’s energy to light your walkway in the yard, patio or garden with these long-lasting, bright white LED lamps. Durable and weather-resistant with an attractive copper finish, they’re dumb-proof easy to install (just stick them in the ground) and, like the other solar units, turn on automatically at dusk. For only $24.99, they outshine any other deal out there.

 

36 LED Solar Security Light

Here’s a neat product that adds light AND security to the home. The 36 LED Solar Security Light from Bunker Hill Security gives off an attractive, gentle blue light when unattended, but when someone approaches to within 35 feet, it suddenly brightens the area. It’s a perfect light for pathways, driveways or in the yard, making areas safe for treading– and alerting the owners there’s someone there! The security light automatically switches on its bright 36 LED illumination motion is detected and has an output equivalent of a 10 watt incandescent bulb. The unit recharges easily in the sun during the day, and you can even adjust the light to stay on for up to 60 seconds past the last motion detected. Priced to sell, the solar security light is only $22.99.

 

For these and other outdoor solar lights to illuminate and enhance your home, check out the Lighting section in Harbor Freight’s Lawn & Garden dept. And don’t forget to use your 20% Off Coupon when you make your purchase, online or at the store.

Harbor Freight Coupon Deals – Feb 19-25!

A Pittsburgh Pro 1/2″ Torque Wrench for $9.99!

A Chicago Electric Battery Charger & Engine Starter for $29.99!

A Chicago Electric 10″ Compound Miter Saw for $89.99!

If you need it now, plan on getting it in the near future — or if you think you’ll probably need it “someday” and this price is just too good! — you’ll likely find the right tool at Harbor Freight Tools. Every week they release new coupons, offering incredibly low prices on their most popular products. Click on the image above and check out the savings on your favorite tools today– and every day!

You know you want it.

 

Harbor Freight Coupon Deals – Feb 12-18!

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A Chicago Electric 900 watt portable generator for $99.99!

A Badlands 2000 lb. ATV winch for $59.99!

A Chicago Electric 1/2″ impact wrench for $37.99!

If you need it now, or plan on getting it in the near future, you’ll likely find the right tool at the right price at Harbor Freight Tools. Every week they release new coupons, offering incredibly low prices on their most popular products. Click on the image above and check out the savings on your favorite tools today– and every day!

Resistance is futile.

Harbor Freight Coupon: 18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer Stapler

Looks like the mucky mucks at Harbor Freight are going full-throttle into 2013, with über-audacious deals and coupons. Just click on the pic above and look at what they’re running between now and next Tuesday (Feb. 5)– you’ll PLOTZ!

The one I’m particularly interested is the Central Pneumatic 18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler– going for $15.99 with coupon.

First, you get two tools in one, ’cause it drives both nails and staples; the 18-gauge staples can be 5/8″ to 1-5/8″ narrow crown, and the brad nails can go to 2″. From what the customer reviews say, this thing’s a veritable work horse which can be used on tons of projects:

Lay laminate flooring, install baseboards, shoe molding, crown molding and window trim. Reinforce bookshelves, chairs, tables, etc. Put up a fence or paneling, build wooden chests, cabinets or speaker boxes or do upholstery. Put together rabbit cages, humane animal traps or chicken coops. Use it for woodworking projects, winterizing the windows, build cat trees…

You get the point– if something needs doing, this’ll do it! And did I mention, it’s only $15.99*??!

For this, and other great deals, visit www.harborfreight.com!

 

*coupon runs until Tuesday morning, Feb. 5

4 Tips On How to Shop at Harbor Freight

Harbor Freight’s a favorite toy store for mechanics, carpenters, electricians, contractors, builders, DIYers, preppers, hobbyists, welding artisans, etc. Really, anyone who needs a tool for something, or just likes putzing around the workbench, will jump at any excuse to visit Harbor Freight. If you are one of the dwindling numbers who don’t know about Harbor Freight– stay away!! Seriously, it’s the Hotel California of man stores– you can check out anytime you like, but…

A lot of time (well, most of the time for some of us…), “need” has very little to do with shopping at HFT. Oh sure, you might go in for a great deal on a miter saw, but you”ll leave with gloves, small flashlights, an electric bug zapper, a pile of tarps, a wrench set, a headlamp, a machete and a winch, as well. It’s like the old “Weed n’ Feed” your grampa used to like to wander around. The discounts– not to mention the plethora of odds and ends all over the place– are just too irresistible. Best take your purchases home and sequestered in the garage when the wife is out doing her hair.

There is an art to shopping at Harbor Freight– nay, a strategy– that ensures you get the most satisfaction out of the experience. To illustrate, I’ve laid it out in four steps:

1. Stay on Top of the Deals:

Knowledge is power, and staying aware of what sales are out there is pure dynamite. There are a number of ways to do this:

  • The Website – On any given day, there are a slew of deals being offered on Harbor Freight’s Homepage. Also, the Tab Coupons page, the Super Coupons page, the Clearance page, and the Weekly Flyer.
  • Sign up for the mail-in flyer. This is oft times better than the online flyer because it’s portable and, laying around, it’s a reminder to get while the gettin’s good.
  • Get on the Harbor Freight email list for exclusive Preferred Customer offers– so quick and easy, you’ll swear you’re doing something immoral, illegal or fattening.

 

2. Clip the Coupon!

If you’re like me, many’s the time you realize you left the coupon on the kitchen counter, right as you pull into the store parking lot. I live 30 miles away from the nearest Harbor Freight, you think I want to do that trip again? I usually curse myself and pay the regular low price instead of the LOW, low price. Just this once, I’m going to recommend to everyone to get in touch with your feminine side and clip the damn thing– put it in your wallet. That goes double for the 20% coupons, just keep collecting them and toss them when they expire. After all, isn’t that the point? A Harbor Freight shopper without a coupon is like going dutch on a date. I mean, seriously?

3. Inside Track Club

Think you know all there is to know about the discounts, deals and sales at Harbor Freight Tools? Think again. For just $29.99 a year, you can be a member of the Inside Track Club. So what, you say? How about exclusive email offers nobody else gets? How about access to the famed Harbor Freight Parking Lot Sales one whole hour before anyone else is allowed on the lot? Or, deep discount mail-in offers your friends and neighbors will never see? Put it this way: You can take the wife out to Applebee’s this Friday, or use that money on the best deals Harbor Freight Tools will be offering all year round. Take your time…

 

4. Read the Reviews

Hopefully I’m preaching to the choir here. The best way to ensure an informed purchase is to read the reviews left by previous buyers. I value them more than the so-called experts who review for a living ’cause it’s “power by numbers.” If 95 out of 100 people love the product, chances are pretty good I will, too. If that means it’s getting a different model than previously intended, so be it. But, that’s me.

There’s a reason why guys love to shop at Harbor Freight, and if you’re getting ready to go for the first time, I envy you the joy and wonderment you’ll be experiencing. Follow these four tips and you’ll come away happy and fulfilled, and no one will call you a boy anymore.

Well, two out the three of those things, for sure.

HOT TIP: 17-ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder

If you’ve been in the market for a Vulcan-style ladder and had been looking at the Werner models, consider Harbor Freight‘s “☆☆☆☆☆” five-star-rated 17-ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder, on sale for a limited time for just $119.99. * (use a 20% off coupon and get it for even less!).

This über-versatile ladder is constructed of reinforced aircraft-grade aluminum and can be used in 23 possible configurations for a variety of applications– as a stepladder, wall ladder, scaffold, workbench, and more. It supports up to 300 lbs., and when not in use, will fold flat for easy transport and storage.

This awesome deal’s not going to be around forever, so go get it as soon as you can!

*In-Store Only