I THOUGHT YOU SAID “DUCK” TAPE…

Duct-Tape-300x300Confession: the first time I heard someone mention duct tape, I thought they were saying “duck” tape. All sorts of questions came to my mind… Why would you need to tape ducks together? Was there a special adhesive that worked better on feathers compared to Scotch tape or masking tape? If two ducks were taped together in the forest and no one was around, would they still quack? The more I thought about these questions, the more I questioned my own existential being. Surely, the reason for duck tape reached beyond the practical need to bind ducks together. I dropped out of chiropractic college, sold my Vespa and traveled east in search of answers. After 10 years, I was in Nepal and had hired a Sherpa named Peter (his parents were huge Easy Rider fans) to take me to a remote peak in the Himalayas that was reputed to be the vortex of mysterious and powerful energies. I sat in meditation for 8 days and nights, no food and the only water I drank was from the melted frost that formed on my upper lip. Nothing happened. No answers regarding duck tape were revealed to me. Perhaps my soul was marred and unworthy of such revelation. Perhaps there were mysteries that were not meant for mortal man to discover. Perhaps the answers were right in front of me but beyond my personal understanding.

Just when I had given up all hope, a strong wind picked up and seemingly out of nowhere, a mailer from Harbor Freight Tools blew right into my face. As I removed the mailer featuring the latest specials and discounts, I noticed a coupon for Duct Tape. DUCT tape. And then the revelation hit: it’s tape for ducts. Ducts do come apart and need repair. And you need an adhesive that works better on sheet metal compared to Scotch tape or masking tape. Only one question remained: if a duct breaks in the forest, does the escaping air make a sound? That last one almost sent me back on another decade-long journey but then I realized there aren’t any ducts in the forest. Whew! I returned to the states, completed my chiropractic training and investing heavily in soy commodities. I made a fortune and today I live like a king, but I still do my own home repairs. And being a do-it-yourselfer, I always have several rolls of 2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape from Harbor Freight Tools on hand. The all-purpose duct tape has thousands of uses around the workshop, jobsite and home. The polyethylene backed, rubber base adhesive duct tape is great for quick and easy repairs, labeling, sticking items together (sans ducks) and sealing. Resistant to water and abrasions, this general-purpose duct tape is a must have for the professional and do-it-yourselfer alike. And the great news is that you don’t have to travel half way around the world, hire a guide named after an actor whose heyday was in the 70s and drink melted frost from your upper lip to acquire  2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape. With over 500 locations nationwide, just visit your local Harbor Freight store or get it at harborfreight.com.

(Disclaimer: No ducks were harmed in the writing of this article.)

2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape
Sku: 94714
$4.29

Jump Any Car with the Portable Power Pack

You never know when your car’s going to need a jump.  And you never know if there’s going to be someone nearby to help.  While jumper cables are a tried and true method for getting one last surge from your battery in order to get to the shop for repairs, you won’t always have another vehicle available to get you on your way.  That’s why you need to pick up a 3-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Starter from Harbor Freight Tools!

Never again will you have to awkwardly ask a group of strangers in a backwoods diner for assistance jumping your vehicle.  Now you can handle it on your own and be back on the road in no time!  With the Portable Power Pack for just $49.99, you can start any weak or dead 12 volt car battery with no assistance necessary.  The included high-power, sealed battery connects to any car battery with the aid of reliable, heavy duty alligator clips and the built-in 3.6 watt work light illuminates your engine clearly while working.  No matter where you are or the time of day, you can get yourself out of a jam quick with this handy power pack!

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“I bought this in the winter of 2005 and it has been a life saver every year. I don’t know how it has lasted as long as it has, but I plug it in for recharge any time I use it and just keep it in my truck the rest of the time. I have helped dozens of other drivers along the way as well as myself at each year among the 4 cars we own. This is going on 7 years (I just used it again this morning) and it still charges to over 14 volts, and it will still crank a 350 over and over. Get one!” – Nick from the Pacific Northwest

“I have used this unit so many times, I can’t count. I had a bad battery in my truck and had to use the 3-in-1 jump starter almost every morning for a while. I was in denial that it was the truck’s battery, because I had not had the battery that long, so this little unit bailed me out every time. I have also used it to jump start other people’s cars as well and my son’s ATV a few times too until we got him a new battery. I have a 12-volt outlet in the bed of my truck and I keep it plugged in there all the time, so it’s always ready.” – Weekender!! from Atlanta, Ga

So, despite what Blanche Dubois may say, you don’t always need to rely on the kindness of strangers.  Just rely on the power of this awesome 3-in-1 Portable Jump Starter for all your vehicle battery jumping needs.  Get back on the road with up to 20 hours of 12 volt power on just a single charge using this incredible item!

The Best New Products of 2013

Happy 2014, Harbor Freight fans!  We hope it’s been a great year full of completed projects both large and small.  While you look forward to the next job, whether it’s a big challenge or a fun hobby, let’s reflect back on the top new products unveiled in 2013.

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13 HP (420cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine

This behemoth gas engine runs cleanly and powerfully, making it an ideal replacement for a variety of bigger machines like log splitters and chippers.

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3000 Watt Continuous/6000 Watt Peak Power Inverter

A great, portable power source to conveniently power items like TVs and small electronics on the go!

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Triple Ball trailer Hitch Mount with Hook

This triple ball mount fits almost any hitch coupler and features a convenient built-in pull hook.

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Floor Jack Cross Beam

This handy Cross Beam works with your floor jack to keep loads stable and balanced.

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Truck Bed Cargo Unloader

Quickly unload up to a ton of cargo from the bed of your truck with the simple turn of a crank!

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150 Watt Portable Halogen Clamp Light

Illuminate just about any project with this convenient, portable hanging light!

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120 LED Rechargeable Under Hood Work Light

This adjustable work light attaches directly under your hood for illumination while you handle engine work.

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Motorcycle Tire Changer Attachment

Works with our Portable Tire Changer for changing motorcycle tires quickly and easily!

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2500 Peak/2200 Running Watts, 4.7 HP (125cc) Portable Inverter Generator

A great, powerful generator that’s ideal for camping, the RV, or boating.

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56”, 8 Drawer Roller Cabinet Top Chest

Add 15,600 cu. In. of space to your 11 roller cabinet with this spacious top chest!

 

As you can see, there were a lot of great, useful tools released last year with new features and new modifications, but still with the same low Harbor Freight price.  If you see one that was missing from your holiday gifts, there’s always time to pick one up for yourself.  And keep an eye out right here at HarborFreight.com for the new products debuting in 2014!

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

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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

Affordable, High-Quality Slow Cooking

With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start thinking of gifts and what you’ll be getting your friends and family.  Actually, if you’re just now starting your Christmas shopping, you should really get on it because the holiday is fast approaching!  There are some people who are easy to buy for and then there are those who aren’t so easy.  What do you get a lumberjack for instance?  Or the camping enthusiast?  Okay, campers might be easy to buy for, but what do you get the camper who has everything??  Easy.  A 12” Cast Iron Dutch Oven from Harbor Freight Tools!

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What does a Dutch Oven have to do with cutting down trees or camping, you might ask.  Have you ever chopped down trees?  It’s exhausting!  And you’re sure to build up an appetite.  And you might not find much time for cooking up a delicious meal.  Well, that’s where the Dutch Oven comes in.  Designed for long, slow cooking, this handy piece of equipment will let you prepare dinner while you’re out felling trees all day.  Roasts, stews, soups, and casseroles are easy with the Dutch Oven and with a capacity of 6 quarts, you’ll be able to make enough food to satisfy a manly hunger.  Or a womanly one.  I’m sure there are female lumberjacks out there.

But you don’t have to be an axe-wielding lumberjack or a camper to benefit from the Dutch Oven.  This cast iron pot works well in any kitchen and makes cooking simple.  No matter what you’re preparing, the Dutch Oven cooks evenly and thoroughly for an incredible, tasty meal.  Just for good measure though, here are a few insights from actual customers:

“Very good quality, heavy cast iron uniform thickness … cooks nice and even … easy to season and clean… I highly recommend if you are looking for a good cast iron pot to last a life time.” – By eshaw from Parts Unknown.

“Great “camp oven” for the price…Season well and it’s ready to roll. Used ours recently for Chicago style pizza…Fabulous! (I line the oven with parchment, works like a charm… actually, I just press the dough out onto a parchment sheet, drop the whole thing into the dutch oven, fill with toppings and bake…easy peasy!) Thickness seems uniform, heavy, love it…I’ll be picking up a second one for our other home.” – By Wild Alaskan from Kasilof, AK

Listen, if a wild Alaskan endorses it, you know it’s good!  And for just $27.99, the 12” Cast Iron Dutch Oven is as affordable as it is reliable.  So don’t let the lumberjacks feel left out this Christmas.  Pick one of these great Dutch Ovens up and keep your mountain man happy with delicious, well-cooked meals!

A Versatile Tool Kit to Handle Nearly Any Job

There are a bunch of different kinds of Mechanic’s Tool Kits out there but not all are created equal.  Sure, you might find a measly 170 piece tool kit or maybe a laughable 206 piece tool kit, but what all of these are lacking are like… a hundred other tools!  Check out the Professional 301 Piece Mechanic’s Tool Kit from Harbor Freight Tools if you’re tired of messing around with incomplete tool kits.  Obviously, these other, lesser tool kits will contain all of the obvious tools that you’ll need most often but what about those specialty tools that will get you out of a jam when you’re in the middle of an important job?  That’s where those other hundred pieces come in.  And at just $187.99 (or roughly $0.62 a tool), there will be less of your hard earned cash going out.

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This kit is pretty much like having an entire garage in a portable, easily storable case.  With a comprehensive collection of the most used automotive and mechanic’s tools, you’ll have adjustable wrenches, pliers, and sockets at your fingertips with both SAE and metric options included.  What more could you ask for??  How about ratchets, breaker bars, extensions, and universal joint adapters?  Maybe some hex keys and screwdrivers?  There are so many pieces in this jam-packed tool kit that it would probably be easier to list what it doesn’t have.  But then I’d have to make up fake mechanic’s tools because this kit has everything.

“I bought this tool set to be able to drive out to repair a vehicle or to have tools when going to car shows and long hauls. It has just about everything you would need for most jobs on any vehicle. I recommend this tool kit for anyone who also wants to start off as a mechanic or for someone who just needs a bigger set for the house.” – By Matt from Copperas Cove, Tx

“This set is awesome! I was very impressed with everything it included. You definitely get more than you would anywhere else. I would recommend this set as a gift for yourself or friends/family. My brother is going to fill his shorts when he sees this set for his birthday!” – By Everyone’s favorite fix-it-up guy* from Littleton, Co

(*We at Harbor Freight Tools cannot confirm the validity of this reviewer being everyone’s favorite fix-it-up guy)

“I purchased this set 2 years ago as a “cheap set for the house”. After moving my shop to my house, I decided to unpack it from its case and organize it in larger tool chests. When organizing it, I was amazed at what I actually bought!! This set is complete and high quality. If you’re looking for a professional set at a “cheap set for the house” price, this is the set for you. Although this set is complete, you might want to scroll around the hand tool section and check out the ratcheting wrenches. They’re an awesome compliment to this set.” – By Louis from Jessup, Pa

So while a 200 piece tool kit might sound impressive (especially at the price some places charge), it pales in comparison to the 301 Piece Mechanic’s Tool Kit from Harbor Freight.  And best of all, it’s a great kit even if you’re not a mechanic.  Home repairs, workshop projects, hobbies and more can all be tackled with this tacklebox of a tool kit.  …Okay, that one wasn’t very good but you get the idea!  Check out this great kit and be ready for anything!

Get Stoked with a Boxwood Heater-Stove from Harbor Freight

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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?

Harbor Freight’s Tractor-Driven PTO Generator: A Light in the Storm

Whether you manage a ranch, or live on a farm or other rural area, you’ve probably experienced the effects of a power outage and know what it’s like to be the last to get your power back after a storm, tornado, etc. Having a generator on the property is crucial, but those types of areas need more than just a standard portable generator; that size of a job needs a strong, reliable PTO (power take off) generator.

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The Chicago Electric 16,000 Watts Max/15,000 Watts Rated Tractor-Driven PTO Generator works with small tractors with at least a 30 HP engine to generate clean, efficient power. It’s a great source of backup electricity during hurricanes, ice storms or for when you need a power source in the field.  This powerful generator includes an output shaft and control panel with two 20 amp, 120 volt outlets, one 30 amp, 120 volt three-blade twist-lock outlet, one 120/240 volt four-prong grounding outlet and one two-prong, 12-volt DC outlet.

Here’s what customers have to say about Harbor freight Tools’ PTO generator:

“Just ran this little gem for 18 straight hours with my Kubota BX 2660 during hurrican Sandy without a problem, wife and kids were very happy to be the only house in the neighborhood with power. Even ran a 200′ extension cord to the neighbors so their sump pump would run!!!”  Gazoo – Woxall, PA

“Used for emergency home power. My tractor has 21HP at the PTO. I can’t get the full 15Kw but that was my choice. It works just fine up to about 11Kw, more than enough for my home. It does not get any easier. The 3 point hitch frame it is mounted on is very heavy duty and the supplied PTO shaft was more than long enough. I’m very happy.”  Jerry – Winfield, PA

“I have 400 hours on this generator , no complaints. Thank you, Harbor Freight!”  Joey – Location undisclosed

 

Another happy customer going by the handle “Hardwire” shared an excellent video of the Chicago Electric Tractor-driven PTO Generator in action. Check it out:

You can purchase the Chicago Electric 16,000 Watts Max/15,000 Watts Rated Tractor-Driven PTO Generator #65309 at Harbor Freight for just $1,119.99– far less than competitors charge for the same kind of power! It’s a great investment that will pay for itself over and over again!

 

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!