Spooky Halloween Costume Ideas

The Halloween season is upon us and if you’re like me, you still haven’t picked out a costume.  These days, it can be difficult to come up with something that’s both simple and unique, but we at Harbor Freight Tools are here to help!  And the best thing about picking up a “costume” at Harbor Freight, is that you can get use out of it year round.  What do I mean?  Well, let’s look at some options…

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Everyone likes a good mask.  Especially if you’re on the doorstep handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Luckily, Harbor Freight has a few pretty cool helmets and masks that provide a suitable creepy atmosphere for your Halloween evening.  Like the Abrasive Blasting Hood, for example.  I mean, look at this thing!  Not only is it kinda creepy, but the bright red and yellow markings make it visible and safe for nighttime wear.  And you can combine it with the Rubber Coated Blasting Gloves to enhance the look.

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Or maybe you’d opt for the Dual Cartridge Respirator.  For use in the shop, this handy mask filters out 95% of airborne particles.  But on Halloween night, it will provide 100% of nightmares after the neighborhood kids see you wearing it!  Comfortable and disposable, this is a great little mask that you can “bloody” up for All Hallow’s Eve and toss away or keep clean and use again in the future.  Either way, it’s a great addition to pretty much any costume for added spook factor.

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Going for the Leatherface look?  Well, you can terrify the town children with a simple Split Leather Welding Apron along with one of our several welding helmets.  For the best effect, I prefer the very traditional and basic auto-darkening welding helmet, but our helmets also come with several cool designs for extra style.  Check out the blue flame, racing stripe, or metal head designs to see which one sticks out for you!

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Another cool item that will enhance many costumes is the 22 ft. long Solar Rope Light.  Wrap this around a ghost or mummy costume for highlighted “creepy chains”, or perhaps around a few outdoor decorations for enhanced creepiness.  The rope light runs for a full 8 hours with a full charge so you can keep it going all Halloween night long!  In fact, the 50 long-life LED lamps automatically turn on at dusk so you can get the party started as soon as the sun goes down.

Haul More with the Aluminum Cargo Carrier

Need some extra cargo space?  Easy to assemble and easy to attach, the 500 Lb. Aluminum Cargo Carrier from Harbor Freight Tools provides a sturdy yet lightweight solution to transporting heavy tools, cumbersome equipment, luggage and more!  It’s a great alternative to overloading your vehicle or cramming dirty tools into the back seat.  Plus, with the cargo carrier attached to your truck, you can carry more equipment and more tools to save time and get more jobs done quickly.

With a Class II receiver, you’ll get a 350 lb. capacity, but with a Class III receiver, you get the full 500 lb. capacity of this durable carrier.  But either way, you’re adding a lot of extra cargo space that can be a life saver when transporting a lot at once.  Whether your camping, going on a road trip, or simply going from your garage to the jobsite, this cargo carrier makes things a lot easier for under $100!  At $99.99, that’s a price that can’t be beat for an attractive, high quality carrier.

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“Due to time issues I had my wife put it together so I could load it up when I got home. She had no trouble and it took her 30min with 4 kids hovering around wanting to help. What a trooper! It is light enough for my wife to pick it up and place it in the receiver by herself. We used it for a camping trip on a three hour one way drive with bumpy roads. I had it loaded up with 2 fully loaded ice chests, two folding chairs, two duffle bags and a collapsible canopy. We didn’t even know it was there! Never heard a noise or rattling.” – Blue Shark B8T from Gilroy, CA

“Moved a washer and dryer, side-by-side and tied down atop 2×4 skids, across the state (twice)!! Assembly is a bit tedious but simple. Used for 3 years on my Nissan Quest, with a step-up adaptor for ground clearance. I’m a land-lord, so this has come in handy.” – Pete from Jersey Shore

“This is a great cargo carrier. I am glad I purchased this aluminum carrier as it is lightweight, allowing me to install it on my Ford Flex without any assistance. I have used it to haul garbage to the dump and have also used it to carry items to the beach. Nothing extremely heavy yet but good to know that I can load it up with up to 500lb capacity which is a great feature. The reflectors are nice to have. I like the long receiver which should allow it to be used on all types of vehicles. This is better than having a roof top carrier!” – John from Norwalk, CT

People just can’t say enough about this awesome cargo carrier.  From contractors and do-it-yourselfers to families and adventurers, everyone loves having the extra space for their stuff.  It does just what it’s supposed to do and stays out of your way while driving.  So, don’t limit yourself to carrying everything in the back seat or the often too-small trunk.  Pick up one of these aluminum cargo carriers and make your life easier!

Harbor Freight Tips for Your Halloween Fright Fest!

Looking for just the right spine-chilling touch to enhance your Halloween paranormal activities? Well turn off the iTombs and listen up. Harbor Freight Tools has a few suggestions:

Drill Master 80-piece Rotary Tool Kit

In the spirit of thinking outside the coffin…er…box… consider the Drill Master 80 Piece Rotary Tool Kit to carve yourself an epic jack-o-lantern! Imagine the works of art you could make out of squash-genus vegetables. Not just for pumpkins, though, this awesome tool is great for cutting, grinding, polishing, sharpening, engraving and drilling for all kinds of Halloween crafts and hobbies. Works on metal, wood, rock, plastic, wax… and your dog’s toenails– seriously!

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Masterpiece, compliments of the Drill Master Rotary Tool Kit!

 

4 pc wood chisel set

On the other hand, if you’re more Old Skull… um… School… this 4-piece wood chisel set is an eeeeex-cellent alternative! If you love cutting into a fresh pumpkin, inhaling the rich tangy smell, and getting your hands sticky gooey whilst scooping out the guts, this would be your poison. The wood carving set cuts into the pumpkin like butter and you are able was able to control the cutting easily. This heat-treated, high carbon steel set has straight bevels and PVC handles for a comfortable grip, and come in 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″ and 1/4″ sizes.

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Plunge, slice and dismember foam and more, to make kooky spooky props with this crafter’s favorite–the hot knife! Harbor Freight’s 130 watt hot knife will make quick business out of cleanly cutting foam and plastic materials. It’s got a depth-adjusting sled for more control and a safety auto-off feature. Perfect for creating graveyards and carving faux pumpkins!

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Click Here for a DIY Tombstone Project!

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Carve the Pumpkin King with the Harbor Freight Hot Knife!

 

While this would have been an excellent tool for burning witches back in the day, we’ve got a whole different (and perhaps a slightly more PC) idea for Halloween: “aging” wood props. If you’re planning on having a casket or two lying around the yard, an rotting cemetery fence or some other “old” wood display, this propane torch is great for getting the right look. Here’s a customer video on how it works:

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Since you’ll be at Harbor Freight already, you can’t leave without grabbing a handful of the popular mini LED lights. These incredible values are perfect for the little monsters to carry while trick-or-treating, and for using to showcase tombstones, limbs, nooses and ghosties back at the castle! The mini light features a knurled barrel for quality grip and an easy push-button on/off switch to illuminate the dark passages. A convenient tool for any tomb or keep one in the hearse’s glove box.

Make Harbor Freight one of your favorite haunts this Halloween! If you don’t carve your pumpkin with a low-priced Harbor Freight tool, you’re out of your gourd!

Fan Friday Review – 64 Piece Socket Set

Welcome to the inaugural Fan Friday entry!  Each week we’ll feature some of the hard work our customers and biggest fans have done with and about their Harbor Freight tools.  To kick things off, here’s a look at the 64 Piece Socket Set by Frank Oedeloam.  This great kit is already available for just $29.99 but as Frank mentions, don’t forget to pick up a 20% off coupon to save even more!

How to Make Firewood Without Really Trying

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to chop, shred, or cut it… does it make any firewood?  No, it doesn’t.  Which is why you need to be there with the proper tools, so you can create the perfect fuel for your fireplace this winter season!  At Harbor Freight Tools, we have plenty of options for getting the job done no matter where you’re getting your logs from. From felling dead trees to chopping wood to the ideal size, these reliable wood-cutting tools won’t leave you out in the cold.

image_16170Whether your trimming unwieldy branches or cutting a big tree down for lumber, you can make short work of anything with the powerful yet lightweight 14” Electric Chainsaw! Wet wood and dry wood both are no match for this reliable cutting tool and with the featured wrap-around hand guard and bar guard, you can cut with safety and precision. And unlike a gas powered saw, this tool emits no fumes and is easy on your ears but with the same high quality results. Also, if you’re looking to make some smaller cuts on trees and bushes, take a look at our selection of pruners.  With these handy items at your disposal, you’ll have your yard looking like the perfect winter wonderland in no time.

Once you have the logs, you need to get them to a manageable size. I mean, unless you want to drive to the store, pick up some pre-packaged firewood from who knows where, and then drive all the way back home. But why go through all that hassle when you can just have a top-notch log splitter do all the work for you? The Harbor Freight log splitters come in both 7 ton and 10 ton capacities, giving you plenty of force to split any log in twain. That’s right, twain. It’s an old word for ‘two’ but I’m gonna use it! However, maybe these fan videos will do a better job explaining the awesomeness of these mighty log splitters…

If that doesn’t get you revved up for these log splitters, just take a look at this great review by GarageJournal.com:

“I used this splitter on the first day for 4 hours. I was surprised at how well it performed. I was splitting logs that were upwards of 22″ in diameter. When a log wouldn’t split because it was simply too large, I’d pull the log off and rotate it slightly. Eventually it split somewhere, even if not straight through the middle due to an odd knot. I would have given it a 4 if other electric/hydraulic splitters were around the same price, but there aren’t any that I’ve seen locally and this one is the only one which isn’t a grand or so or more.”   IONH – GarageJournal.com

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So now that you’re all set for the winter, the last thing you need is a way to clean up your branch and leaf covered yard. With the wind blowing and all the leaves building up, it can be a long day of raking and garbage bag-filling to get rid of it all. But with a chipper shredder, the work is cut down to a fraction of the time! And when you send those branches and leaves through the chipper shredder, you’re left with useful mulch for compost. For small jobs, the 1-1/2” Capacity Chipper Shredder is great but for those bigger limbs, pick up the 6-1/2 HP Chipper Shredder powered by a tough Predator engine.

With Autumn in the air and Winter right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on these wood and yard tools. And from cutting down trees to cleaning up after and everything in between, Harbor Freight Tools has everything you need. So while these are excellent tools to have nearby year round, they’re especially useful now so take advantage of these great prices and stock up today!

How To Deal With the Problem Girlfriend: The 60-in. Hardwood Workbench

Most guys have had at least one impractical girlfriend in their lifetime: gorgeous, exotic, passionate, exciting to hold… but at the same time, expensive to buy for and hard to please. I’ve had mine for about a year now, and though my wife of 23 years is aware of her existence, she doesn’t feel threatened. It IS, after all, just a gun– a Remington 788 rifle customized to a .358 Winchester caliber, to be exact– and I love her. Unfortunately, the .358 is a more expensive round than a .30-06 (about $45 for a box of 20) and vastly harder to find, as the number of suppliers continues to dwindle. On the other hand, she feels oh-so sweet to shoot and aims true. Like I said, the impractical girlfriend. I’m telling you this because I’ve resolved to tackle my dilemma with her by taking up reloading. I’ve already got the brass, the dies, a reloading kit and (thank goodness) a buddy who knows how to use it. The only thing I need now is a workbench. Leave it to Harbor Freight Tools to have just the ticket– the Windsor Design 60″ 4-Drawer Hardwood Workbench.

This workbench has a rock-solid lacquered wood top and its four drawers are felt-lined to protect your finer tools. There’s also a bottom shelf for larger tools and containers, and a wood block vise for sanding, drilling, etc. So, lots of work space, lots of storage.

Check out this sweet set-up a customer posted on 1911Forum.com. This is something like what I have in mind:

 

The Windsor Design 60″ Hardwood Workbench (#93454) is fast and easy to assemble (takes about 2 hours, if the consensus of customer reviews is to be believed). As the above picture demonstrates, it offers a certain amount of flexibility, like installing two drawers instead of four. Going through the reviews, I’ve seen guys add lockable casters for mobility– or even a Trailer Jack on one or both sides to completely eliminate any shimmy.

There are so many uses for this workbench, I can only scratch the surface. Whether you’re into woodworking, crafts, electronics, metal projects, jewelry-making, repairing, have an art studio, micro-brewing. etc., it’s the best deal out there.

Thinking Outside of the Box: In my research I was impressed to find people who purchased Harbor Freight’s workbench for other than its obvious purpose. For example, in one of our customer reviews:

“This will sound silly, but a few people might spot this review and love the idea: My wife and I needed a baby changing table. All the ones we found were flimsy, had little storage, and were ridiculously over-priced. Then we spotted this bench on sale. It’s an incredibly perfect changing table, and once the kids are done with diapers I’ll get a nice workbench out of the deal! (An actual changing table would end up being gifted or donated and the investment is lost. This one will be around for years).” Workbench Daddy – Pasadena, CA

Another customer converted their workbench into a kitchen island:

Still another bought TWO hardwood workbenches, mated them end-to-end, and now uses them as an outfeed table for their table saw.

The subject of casters came up several times. Some guys love the mobility that casters give the workbench, but others complained that even locking casters have a little sideway shimmy which can be a pain when you’re doing precision work. Their solution (and I loved this) was to either put two casters on one side of the table with a Trailer Jack mounted on the other… or affix trailer jacks on BOTH sides. Genius!

There’s a wealth of insight: usage ideas, assembly tips and other information in the Windsor Design Workbench product page customer reviews, and through Google searches. Treating the wood with wax from time to time can add to its lifespan and resilience, too.

The 60″ workbench from Harbor Freight is the ideal solution to help solving my girlfriend problem, but I’m sure I’ll be using it for a lot of other things, too. If only all relationship problems were so easy.

Save Money and Lose Weight the Harbor Freight Way

Who doesn’t want to eat better and save some money doing it??  Well, with the 5 Tier Food Dehydrator from Harbor Freight Tools, you can do both easily!  This convenient and affordable unit lets you dehydrate fruits and vegetables, make your own jerky, and prepare delicious food that’s both healthy and clean from the comfort of your own kitchen.  Best of all, the dehydrator is easy to clean and fits right on your countertop for quick accessibility, even for you bachelors out there.  But whether you’re feeding yourself or the whole family, this easy-to-use dehydrator gives you a wider range of foods and healthier options.

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“I now have 5 of these affordable dehydrators and there is no question they perform with excellence. I always have at least 100 lbs. of foods to dehydrate and I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of the dehydration. I’ve done everything from apples to oranges, potatoes, onions, celery, peppers, beans, squash, pineapple, cilantro — you name it — even tomato sauce and watermelon. I have never had trays fall apart or the units burn out. When the crops are in, all those dehydrators are going 24/7 and the result is perfect. Thank you Harbor Freight, and my family thanks you as well!! You helped me do the job and stay within my budget!!” – by My Kitchen from Dallas, Tx

“Around here I do a lot of dehydrating, and the first thing I noticed about this dehydrator was how quiet it is when it’s working. It does an excellent job and actually completes the dehydrating quicker on a lot of foods. Right now I use two of these dehydrators and need two more for all the dehydrating I do so I’m really watching the Harbor ads for a sale again on these dehydrators. Thank you Harbor Freight!!” – by Beth

Just think of all the fun you’ll have creating your very own jerky and keeping delicious, healthy snacks on hand instead of munching on salty, sugary foods.  And at just $21.99 a unit, this dehydrator will pay for itself in no time.  Of course, you won’t just be saving on money but on pounds and calories too!

One Tool to Rule Them All

If there’s one tool to have in your shop, it’s the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool from Harbor Freight.  Because of its functionality and versatility, it’s actually like having an entire toolbox in one handy unit!  It can perform a wide range of jobs on a number of different materials quickly and efficiently, so all you need to worry about is affixing the proper attachment for the job.  And even that’s a piece of cake thanks to the included hex wrench!  Everything about this tool is designed to make your work easier while providing the same professional results you’re used to.  Just take a look at some reviews from a few satisfied customers…

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“This tool is great! I am remodeling a house and have been removing vinyl flooring. This thing takes up the sticky flooring like a hot knife through butter. I tried taking up the flooring before and it just was not going to happen. This tool sure made my work easy. Thank you Harbor Freight for this excellent tool at a great price!” – S from Ashland, KY

“Just completed a subfloor replacement job. This tool was excellent for cutting the subfloor out in hard to reach places like under toekicks on the cabinets. Easily worth its asking price. The plastic case is also well made and great for organizing the tool and blades. I highly recommend this tool!” – Andy from Weaverville, Ca

“We bought this tool for use in our home improvements company. I got by for many years without one but one day we had a job that just seemed like there was no real way to do it without this type of tool. To my amazement, this tool performed the job so easily that what had looked like a grueling task had actually become a pleasure. Since buying this tool, I have used it for such jobs as undercutting a door frame for laminate floor installs, plunge cutting into oak hardwood flooring and sub flooring, removing old grout, and much more. It has paid for itself time and time again. Overall, this is an excellent tool and when, if ever, it finally dies then it will be replaced with the same brand and model again.” – JDR from Flatwoods, KY

 

The Multifunction Power Tool is so functional, it even (indirectly) provides lengthy positive reviews, which makes MY job easier too!  As you can see, this tool can handle just about any task you set it to.  And with an ergonomic grip, you can do it in comfort as well.  Whether it’s powering through grout, cutting tough nails, or sanding rough surfaces, this amazing tool is ideal for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to the professional contractor!

Pittsburgh 6-in. Quick Release Bar Clamp: Bar None!

6 inch quick release bar clamp

Woodworking is not a cheap hobby. Between the hand tools, power tools, wood, adhesives, fasteners and other hardware, you’re in it for a significant chunk o’ change. And, of course, as with any craft, the quality of tools is important. But does that mean to always go for the most expensive stuff? Of course not! Quality is based on performance, not price.

Consider the Pittsburgh 6″ Quick Release Bar Clamp. For woodworking, metalworking, welding and other projects, this bar clamp holds your pieces together just as well as the big name tradesman clamps that cost three times more. With a 2-1/2” throat depth, it’s constructed with a durable carbon steel bar, malleable steel jaws and a comfort grip handle for easy operation– and for just $3.29 each at Harbor Freight Tools!

But don’t take my word for it. Like I said, these little projects you’re planning are not cheap. So listen to what some of your fellow craftsmen have to say:

“Quite simply, 4 of these are better than one tradesman clamp…no contest. They are strong, quick to adjust, the pads don’t slip easily on the work surface and the pads are firmly attached so they don’t fall off. The handles are also comfortable to turn. Harbor Freight has a winner here.”  GVChiller – Greenville, NC

“This is a great all purpose clamp. I will buy more of these in the near future. It can take a good amount of pressure and the rubberized handle won’t slip in your hands. The powder coating is well done. I can’t find anything wrong and you can’t beat the price. I’ve used similar clamps and none are as good as these.”  Happy Customer – Shawnee Mission, KS

“Love these clamps, I bought 1 to see how it would hold up during construction of a wood strip canoe. Did so well, I got 10 more, plus 10 of the 12″ style. you can never have too many clamps when building a boat.”  Dave – Hyrum, UT

“For small woodworking projects, these are the perfect size, and they work just as well as the name brand big boys. I read the reviews before ordering mine, and was confident in ordering about 20 of them. Glad I did.”  The Slauterhause – PA

You’ll soon find yourself using these bar clamps all the time, for a host of projects. While you’re at it, pick up some of the 12″ Quick Release Bar Clamps for $3.99, and also a couple of the 36″ Quick Release Bar Clamps at an incredible $6.99 each! They’ll be your favorite and most-used clamps!

 

Keep Tools and Machines Running with the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine

With a 13 Horsepower, 420cc Gas Engine, you’re getting a lot of power in one little machine.  And it’s perfect for replacing motors on a variety of tools, like pressure washers, compressors, log splitters, water pumps… the list goes on and on, just like this reliable and powerful Predator engine from Harbor Freight Tools.  If you’re still on the fence about it, check out what some actual users have to say…

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“I use these motors for powering various industrial equipment when the original motor quits. Very dependable! Install a good charged battery and you will have no problems starting.” – Thwack from Beaverton, OR

“Wow! This engine starts great and runs really strong. I mean really strong!” – Rich from St. Paul, MN

This motor is both handy and versatile, letting you replace the engine on several different tools but always getting the same great results.  If you’re replacing the motor on a tool, the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine has you covered.  There is also a model specifically designed to pass those tough California emissions laws so if you’re in the Golden State, be sure to pick up the California approved engine.   Either way, at just $349.99, these high powered engines are just what you need to keep your tools and machines running strong.