10 Customer Reviews Of Harbor Freight Products That Might Surprise You

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As is always the case, this coming weekend’s Parking Lot Sale— our January Blowout— is garnering a lot of interest, particularly from those who are looking to add to their shop and garage for the coming year. Customers will find a number of products on sale that they’re familiar with (maybe some not so much) and have already formed opinions about. However, since there’s nothing like getting it from the horse’s mouth, here are ten customer reviews for products that will be among those on sale, some of which may persuade you in ways you didn’t expect (Note: prices on the individual product pages will reflect the PLS during its run. To see PLS prices now, click on the above image):


tool cart 4 door black

U.S. General 26-in. 4-Drawer 580 lb. Capacity Glossy Black Roller Cart

Bought this box two years ago and work out of it almost daily. I use the heck out of this thing and it rides in the back of our box truck work truck strapped in everywhere we go. It is loaded to the max and the wheels and drawers have never failed, and I cannot believe how much stuff I can fit in this box. With four longer carriage bolts you can bolt a 2×4 wood bumper across the back just under the lid and the height elevation lines up perfectly for the lower E-track strap system inside most commercial trucks and trailers. This is a great tool box, worth five times as much in my opinion. Cant go wrong with this.”  B. Hill – Cameron Park, CA


motorcycle lift

Pittsburgh Motorcycle 1000 lb. Capacity Motorcycle Lift

I have own this lift for a year and love it! I lift my Harley Davidson Street Glide and Soft Tail with with no problem. Also, a couple of my friend’s Ultra Classics. I’ve used it for maintenance, and repair on my bikes. This lift has saved me a lot of cash and allows me to do all my own bike services. Not to mention all that free beer my buddies bring over to use my lift! Read all the info that comes with it. It will tell you to put hyd. oil in the lift. I’ve left bikes on it for weeks at a time and it holds firmly. Yes it’s heavy, but it works great.”  USMCVet – AZ


90 amp flux wire welder

Chicago Electric Welding 90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored Welder

I have a nice Hobart MIG, but it’s heavy and requires 240V. I bought this welder for welding in areas I don’t have 240V, but since I bought it, the Hobart has barely been touched. This welder is light, works great, and could not be more convenient. I’ve had it for a year or so, and it’s been dragged to races, and probably has ten or so hours of welding on it. It hasn’t missed a beat. If it died tomorrow, I’d happily go buy another one without complaint. I’ve done a fair amount with it… made a coffee table out of wrought iron, made a pit-cart, and swapped the entire body of a Toyota Pickup onto a Mercedes. It’s gotten some use, needless to say. It lays down nice welds for flux-core, and while it probably won’t last forever, the quality is surprisingly good. Gun feels a little flimsy and can get hot, but it’s never really bothered me. It’s one of my favorite HF purchases. Also, they include a full spool of wire, which impressed me.”  Ted – Spartanburg, SC


welding cabinet

Chicago Electric Welding Cabinet

I own and run a busy sculptural blacksmith shop and now have 3 of these carts. I have my MIG, Tig and Plasma cutter on each cart and I use them everyday. I love the working height of these carts and that they have well-built heavy drawers for storing tools and consumables. I am very hard on my equipment and tend to overload my carts with no problems. My work are is now cleaner and more organized.This cart is mostly assembled.You have to screw on wheels,casters, handle, tanks brackets and hose hooks. This took me about 15 minutes on the first cart and maybe 10 minutes on the other two.”  Bender Dave – Maine


tile brick saw 10 inch

Chicago Electric 10-in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw

I am a patio installation professional, but I was working on a multifaceted concrete paver project on my own home. I wanted a low-cost saw that I could use exclusively for this purpose without slowing my crews down by borrowing their tools. One thing that I learned: this saw specifically states in the product manual that it is to be used with a CONTINUOUS RIM diamond blade, not segmented. However, I had already purchased a segmented diamond blade and it worked fine to cut my pavers.

I performed approximately 100 linear ft. of paver cuts on the first project, then another 50 linear ft. on the second project. Initially, the saw started up fine. This saw has a 15 amp draw, so make sure you size your extension cord properly as to not blow a fuse or trip a breaker. I used a 12-gauge 25′ extension cord to be safe. The pump worked great. I took special care to properly clean the pump and saw surface after each use. Plenty of power, smooth swift cuts that look great upon completion. Sliding guide plate was properly adjusted to make straight cuts, and saw arm can be used in a fixed or downward motion. Did many angled cuts. Used it on 2 3/8″ pavers and 4″ block, no problem.

In my experience a pump needs to be properly cleaned and no allowed to freeze or dry up after each use. I stored my pump in a bucket of water at room temperature between used and had no issues. Also, keep your slurry water changed regularly as to avoid it binding up your pump.

Next project planned is a tile project in bathrooms/kitchen. Most reviews say it works great. I am also planning to go ahead and buy the stand, as it will be more convenient.

I have owned and used many different wet saws during my career and one thing is for sure: these saws take a beating with brick dust, vibration, loading/unloading, etc. It’s my opinion that it’s ridiculous to invest $1k in a saw that lasts just as long as this one. I recommend this product to the novice because it’s safe if procedures are followed, and to the beginning professional who has knowledge enough to appreciate a good value on site.”  XMark – Indianapolis, IN


12K winch

Badlands 12000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake

I just used this with the HF hitch mount receiver. I pulled my 2500HD with 8-ft plow out from being buried in heavy snow to the frame on an incline (I was pulling UP hill!). I used a winch block to gain some extra pull, but the winch and mount had NO problems moving the truck. I attempted to pull the truck with other trucks and a loader with no luck. I couldn’t believe how easy it moved. I have used other name brand winches in the past, and yes they are faster and have a longer duty cycle (which I exceeded with the HF and had no signs of motor overheating) but they do come with a HEFTY price tag that I will no longer justify. If you don’t need it or use it everyday, you can’t afford NOT to buy this. Really, it would have cost me a few hundred for a tow. Overall its great product and well worth the money.”  Sierra – CT


 8750-7000 watt generator
Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

I bought the generator because my uncle has this one,, and he swears by it..Sure enough this bad boy powers the house …I have the fridge ,, upright freezer,, central air,, big screen tv,,, electric water heater ,, ADT…and it runs it all.(.Dont get crazy ,, but run the essentials)..Just have an electrician wire it up 30amp style to your electric pannel , and your golden..I did load it a little heave once and it threw the breaker on the generator,, but I just pushed the button to reset and we were rolling again..Easy pull start too,, buy a battery , and it just starts with the push of a button..also buy the wheel kit,, , you will need it to move it around.”  Not-in-the-Dark, Crossville, TN


6.5 gas engine

 Predator 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA

 I put this motor on my roto-tiller last year and wanted to get a full year of service before writing a review. ‘Awesome’ is the word that comes to mind. WHAT AN EASY INSTALL!!! Fell right into the mounting bolts. The motor is easy to start and control, the most dependable I have ever used. Fuel use is great and it is pretty quiet for a 6 HP motor. I am buying another just to have a spare for any other projects that come up. Thanks, Harbor Freight, for a good price on a great product!”  Garden Man – Swedesboro, NJ


IR Temperature Gun

Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer With Laser Targeting

I bought mine years ago to monitor the oil temperature in my turkey fryer, and it worked great! Then I used it to monitor the temp of my parts while powder coating (350 – 450 degrees), and it works great for that too. On performance engines with individual exhaust runners, I use it to spot a rich or lean cylinder. If you have a Weber kettle BBQ grill, it works good to monitor the cooking temp.”  Curt – IL


3-in-1 jump starter

Cen-Tech 3-in-1 Jump Starter and Power Supply

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, and 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. I plugged a USB DC outlet into the jump starter to see if i could charge my phone with it and it worked.Get one!”  chefrick – CT

Need a Jump? Not After Picking up the 3-in-1 Power Pack, You Won’t!

You’ll never be caught dead with the 3-in-1 Jump Starter and Power Supply (Item #: 38391) from Harbor Freight Tools. Or at least your vehicle won’t be. With this handy piece of equipment in your car or truck, you’ll never be stranded with a dead battery again! The unit contains a high-output, sealed battery that can easily jump start any weak or dead 12 volt battery and help you get out of a tough situation. Especially with the weather getting colder in the winter months, this little power supply can be a real life-saver.


The best part about this 3-in-1 jump starter is that no other vehicle is necessary to get out of a jam. If you’re on the side of the road at night or an unfamiliar road, you won’t always have the opportunity to flag someone down for help. This way, you won’t have to worry because the jump starter and power supply always has you covered. With a cool price tag of just $39.99 and up to 20 hours of 12 volt power on a single charge, this unit is a no-brainer for any motorist.

“I bought one, thought I would never use it. But the jump starter has come in handy many times. More than worth what Harbor Freight sells them for. Small enough to keep in your vehicle. Easy to use.” – by Tom B from Eock Spring

“Got this for Xmas and used it for the first time last week after my battery didn’t have enough charge to start with the bitter below zero temps. Hooked it up, turned it on, waited a few seconds then started it…. worked first time and it still holds a full charge after one use!” – by jeepcountry from Traverse City, MI

“Bought it on sale New Year’s Day. Used it today for the first time on a work truck (in minus 7 degrees weather). It would turn but would not start and ended up eating the battery power. Used this charger and it worked great.  Although it took 1/2 hour for the truck to eventually “fire”, it kept the battery charged right up. VERY impressed with it.” – by Jim from Forest City, PA

This helpful power supply and jump starter features industrial booster cables with heavy duty alligator clips that attach to any car’s battery for easy use as well as a built-in 3.6 watt work light for illumination around your car or in your work area. Whether you pick one up for yourself or as a gift for this holiday season, the 3-in-1 Jump Starter and Power Pack is a fantastic item for your car that will easily take care of weak or dead batteries.

Warm Work Gloves for Cold Weather

Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t get work done. Whether you’re shoveling snow, changing a tire in cold weather, or handling an emergency while it’s sleeting, some things just can’t wait. That’s why the Cold Weather Work Gloves (Items #: 96606 and 96612) are essential items for any tool kit, no matter the season. Because when weather conditions are wet, cold, or just plain uncooperative, these gloves will keep your hands dry, comfortable, and warm so you can focus on getting the job done.


So, exactly how warm are these gloves? Well, the 40 gram fleece Thinsulate™ lining is ten times warmer than standard fleece! Even so, you still get maximum gripping power and superior dexterity with these work gloves thanks to durable synthetic leather palms. That means you won’t lose your grip or the feeling in your fingers with these puppies on your mitts! And at just $11.99 for the pair, you won’t lose your cool when you pick them up from your local Harbor Freight either.

“I bought these gloves to help battle the cold weather as I finish up a big outdoor project (deck). These are awesome gloves. They keep my hands toasty warm and surprisingly dry. Even when they are a little too warm (as the day gets warmer), my hands are not sweating. I’ve used these in rainy weather too and they stayed dry inside. They are true to fit (XL), which is great since I have trouble finding gloves that fit well.” – by MarkP from Newark, Delaware

“I sell Christmas trees every year and normally I wear regular split leather work gloves. The problem with these is that after it rains or snows and the trees are soaked those gloves get wet quickly. I picked these Cold Weather Work Gloves up last year and they worked great for the wet trees. They’re also very warm; warmer than I thought they would have been as they seem lighter than most winter gloves you’d wear. I quickly found out these were also better than my regular winter gloves for snow shoveling, cleaning the cars off, etc. I even started using them to drive to work every morning.”  – by carrguy1 from Southeastern Pennsylvania

“I was looking for gloves that would keep my hands dry and warm at the same time. I have tried many different types of gloves in my time and these are the ones that by far met my expectations. I can work outside, in the snow, and keep my hands warm, and dry!” – by Techie from Reading, Pennsylvania

Obviously these Cold Weather Work Gloves are ideal for the winter months, but anyone working in refrigeration, cold buildings, or freezers should pick up a pair of these gloves available in Large or X-Large sizes. Just like MarkP said, they keep your hands warm and provide a great fit with elastic cuffs that keep dirt and debris out of the gloves. When it comes to working, your hands are your most important tools so keep them safe and comfortable with these warm, water-resistant cold weather work gloves from Harbor Freight!


Portable Household Battery Solar Charger

There were three certainties in life growing up: 1) Hidden pirate treasure was buried somewhere in the backyard; 2) When animals were alone together without humans nearby, they spoke perfect English among themselves, and 3) Any man or woman wearing a trench coat carrying an attaché was clearly a licensed-to-kill covert operative and the contents of that attaché were either top secret, highly explosive or super top secret.

However, there comes a time when we put away childish ideas… not! Sure, we don’t believe in pirate treasure per say, but it doesn’t stop us from taking a metal detector to the backyard looking for old coins. And we know animals don’t speak English among themselves, but it doesn’t stop us from speaking English to them as if they know exactly what we’re talking about. And that leaves us with the covert operative/attaché case scenario. Harbor Freight has an attaché of sorts that is a real mystery… Hint: it’s not top secret or highly explosive. And no, it’s not super top secret either. It’s the Portable Household Battery Solar Charger (item #: 68690).

Using the sun’s power, the solar battery charger fully charges AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries easily in daylight. The charger features LED lamps to indicate a full charge, an on/off switch to prevent overcharging or battery drain and a durable high-impact case to keep the charger protected. With its fancy attaché design, it doesn’t matter who you are, you’ll still look like a licensed-to-kill covert operative… even if you’re Stanley Bracegirdle, accounting partner at the firm Bracegirdle, Daft and Shufflebottom.

The Portable Household Battery Solar Charger is available at any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide. It’s not only a practical device that will save you money over time but you’ll also become the envy of pirates, talking animals and licensed-to-kill covert operatives who spend a fortune on disposable batteries.

Portable Household Battery Solar Charger
item#: 68690

Harbor Freight’s Most Illuminating Tool

You never know when you’re going to need a spotlight. Perhaps you find yourself with a flat tire on the side of the road in the middle of the night. Or maybe you need some illumination while camping in the woods. And of course, an impromptu theatrical performance is always a possibility. No matter what the situation may be, the 3 Watt LED Rechargeable Cordless Spotlight (Item #: 61777) is just the tool to shed some light on it. Available at Harbor Freight Tools, this extra-bright spotlight charges directly from your vehicle’s 12 volt cigarette lighter socket (or any 120 volt outlet) so it’s always ready and you’re always prepared!


Could this lightweight Spotlight be any more convenient?? I propose that it cannot. A cushioned pistol grip makes it comfortable to hold while the cordless feature allows you to take the light with you while looking for firewood or during a power outage. A high impact housing even protects the lens if the Spotlight is dropped and an auto shut off feature automatically powers down the Spotlight when it’s fully charged. Really, the Spotlight does all the work for you. All you need to do is just get to your closest Harbor Freight and pick one up for $11.99. Seriously, $11.99.

“The light is quite bright. Lights up the back of my 2 acres. Is lighter than my other lights and hold a charge for quite a while. I have had it for about 3 weeks and not charged it yet using it generally once or twice a night generally not more than 10 minutes at a time.” – by Tool hog from Houston, TX

“Super-lightweight and very bright. Stays lit brightly for well over an hour on a charge. Love the fact that it can be locked in both the off and on positions. Red charging light turns green to indicate full charge.” – by Doug from West Virginia

Well over an hour? Try 4 to 6 hours on a single charge! Of course, it’s easy (and smart) to keep the Spotlight fully charged but it’s designed to last so you’re never left in the dark. Great for emergency repairs, evening hiking, power outages, and camping trips, the 3 Watt LED Rechargeable Cordless Spotlight is portable, lightweight, and reliable.

A Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse



Surviving an onslaught of zombies doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! In fact, you can keep all your limbs neatly intact with just a few select items from Harbor Freight Tools. From weapons to equipment, Harbor Freight is the one stop shop for all your survival needs, but you can’t carry everything when you’re on the run from the undead! So, this handy guide will run down the most essential tools you need to get to the military outpost/survivor camp/shopping mall stronghold alive.


First things first, you need a weapon.  Getting anywhere will be dangerous at best and suicide at worst. If you want any chance at all, you’ll need to be equipped with a weapon that is lightweight, powerful and doesn’t require reloading. For this situation, the 20 oz. Solid Steel “Antishock” Pro Rip Hammer (Item #: 60517) will serve you best. The oil-resistant comfort grip minimizes muscle fatigue so you can handle a whole group of zombies with ease. And the solid steel rip claw is designed to withstand rigorous use, even if it’s smashing zombies in the noggin. Be careful here because most people might be tempted to go with the 8 oz. Stubby Claw Hammer (Item #: 95929) because of its portability. However, while the Pro Rip Hammer might be a bit heavier, it has the leverage you need to break through the skulls of the undead or to pry open boarded up windows in a hurry. In fact, it couldn’t hurt to pick up two hammers, either as an extra for a partner or one for each hand so you can deal out double the carnage.

Another great choice is the 18″ Machete with Serrated Blade (tem #: 62113). The razor sharp machete also features a nonslip comfort grip and can be easily accessible when stored in the included nylon sheath. This weapon is ideal for hacking through foliage as well as zombie necks. And speaking of hand to hand combat, you can’t go wrong with the 8″ Survival/Hunting Knife (Item #: 90714).  The shorter blade offers more control over the machete which can come in handy in case you need to remove clothing to tourniquet a wound while the built-in compass will keep you and your group on track. You’ll need to keep these blades sharp too so be sure to pick up a Combination Sharpening Stone (Item #: 7345) as well. Dull blades can easily become stuck in a skull or other decomposing body part, leaving you helpless and without a weapon.


Survival is all in the details. In a world where rules and laws no longer have any meaning, you need to be on constant alert for threats both alive and undead. The Ultra Ear Sound Amplifier (Item #:  66577) fits comfortably behind either ear and provides ultra sensitive hearing to prevent anyone (or anything) from sneaking up on your camp. This handy device features tone and volume adjustment so you can keep an ear out in almost any environment. Granted, the amplifier is battery operated, which brings up another good point…

Batteries. You can’t have too many. You never know what type of tool or equipment might require batteries and in a zombie apocalypse, batteries will basically be like currency. Luckily, Harbor Freight carries a wide variety. The 24 Piece AA Alkaline Batteries (Item #: 61271) are good general purpose batteries to have on hand but you’ll want to pick up at least a few packs of the 4 Piece AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (Item #: 61269) as well. They’re environmentally friendly (which is still important even in a zombified world) and these batteries can be recharged up to 800 times. Along with the 5 Watt Foldable Solar Panel Charger (Item #: 60449), all you need is direct sunlight to get those batteries back to full capacity. Harbor Freight offers the following size batteries to fit a variety of needs in both alkaline and rechargeable NiMH:

You also need to think about protection from the elements and debris as well as from the vicious undead so be sure to pick up some Cold Weather Work Gloves (Item #: 96606 and 96612). There’s a very good chance you’ll be outdoors at least until you find some shelter and the 40 gram fleece Thinsulate lining on these gloves provides 10 times the warmth of standard fleece. These gloves are perfect for reloading your shotgun quickly in windy, cold or wet conditions. Also grab a pack of 100 Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves (Item #: 68498) for any less pragmatic survivors you may come across. The Nitrile hand gloves offer three times more puncture resistance than latex and vinyl, providing extra protection against sharp metal objects in dilapidated city ruins as well as zombie bites. The last thing you need is an infected person in your group. That won’t end well, trust me.


The bottom line is you can never be too careful when it comes to prepping for the zombie apocalypse. Here are some miscellaneous items that could be life-saving without taking up much space in your pack:

With this handy list of essentials, you’ll have a fighting chance at escaping the zombie horde while protecting your group of survivors… if you’re lucky enough to find any. Whatever you do, don’t get caught unprepared. Get to your nearest Harbor Freight store now to stock up and save a bundle!

A Triangle Worklight for All Seasons

What can you do with an Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight (Item #: 62158)? What can’t you do with an Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight?? Aside from the safety implications and the sheer luminosity provided by 39 bright LED lights, this handy item is magnetic too so mounting it in your garage or shop or fixing it to a stranded vehicle is a cinch. And don’t worry, you wooden cart drivers. Even if you’re not near a metallic surface, the Triangle Worklight also features a fold-away hanging hook to easily hang the light right next to your lantern. Which, presumably, has run out of kerosene.


Whatever the case may be, the Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight from Harbor Freight Tools is the all-purpose light source that is a must-have for any tool box. Not only does it provide bright, clean white light when working after-hours or in a dimly lit area, it also includes a red mode and a red flashing mode for notifying others of dangerous areas or hazards like a slow-moving vehicle. Or a wooden cart.

“The LEDs are surprisingly bright. You can cycle between solid red LEDs in the outer row, solid white LEDs in the center, or flashing red LEDs in the outer row. The white LEDs produce a nice bright beam of white light so you can use this as a flashlight or you can turn on the red LEDs to signal an emergency. Good item for the glovebox!” – by JR from RTP, NC

“Bought 8 of these lights. Plan on buying more! Great for personal use and as a gift. Well worth the price.” – by tnatiger from Granbury, TX

That’s right, the Emergency 39 LED Triangle Worklight does make an excellent gift for anyone on any holiday! Or even not on a holiday. Then they really won’t see it coming. At just $3.99 a piece, you can stock up on these triangle worklights and be done with your Christmas shopping for the next ten years! Or maybe put on some sort of light show. Or a light show on Christmas! See? The possibilities are endless. In fact, I’m surprised you’re still reading this and haven’t gone out to your local Harbor Freight store to purchase one right now. In case you’re just finishing to be polite, I’ll shut up now so you can go do that.

A Light for Under the Cabinet… and Just About Anywhere Else

Sometimes you need extra light in spaces that aren’t really set up for it. Maybe… under the cabinet, for example? That’s why Harbor Freight Tools carries the Four Head, 12 LED Under-Cabinet Light (SKU# 96794)! But don’t let that fool you. This convenient, easy-to-install light set-up is more versatile than its name implies. It works just as well inside the closet, over the bed, above a shelf, or many other places where you could use some additional visibility. And at just $10.29 each, the only thing you won’t be seeing is red.



Each of the four adjustable heads includes three white LEDs that last up to 100,000 hours each. So if you’re worried about having to replace them often, you can rest assured that these lamps are made to last. All you need is six AAA batteries (sold separately) and a spot to brighten up! Whether it’s the closet, the work space, the kitchen, the bookshelf, or, yes even the cabinet, the Four Head, 12 LED Under-Cabinet Light is the easy, affordable way to illuminate dark corners and dim areas. But, if you’re still in the dark about this item, check out a few glowing reviews from actual customers:

“I bought it to see if it would work in a trailer project I plan to start soon. I ended up mounting it up above my tool box as it sits in a darker corner of my garage. It works perfect. The adjustable light angles make covering a larger area easy. I plan on buying many more for my trailer project.” – by Trout Slayer from New Mexico


“I bought one of these to use under my hutch to illuminate my home office desk. This thing is great. I can aim each individual lamp where I want light and it gives off a cool glow. It really sets a great mood in my office. The only thing I would add is the ability to use an A/C adapter but I suppose I could splice one in myself. The battery life seems great so far too.” – by Tim the Runner from Cross Lanes, WV

“I use these lights running off a 12v system using Harbor Freight’s “Universal USB 12 Volt Adapter” as a 12v to 5v converter. I have 2 of these and have been running them for over a year. Cheaper LEDs have burnt out but these have had no problems even though they are still pretty inexpensive. The adjustable heads are nice and they look more professional than the DIY projects I’ve tried. Light color is cool/blueish, but that’s to be expected from a LED light.” – by Rick’s Fork from Fort Collins, CO


No longer will you have to strain your eyes as you hunt around blindly for dropped items or the right tool. And it’s also great for saving a couple bucks on your electricity bill by having a light for a small space so you won’t have to turn on the big light every time. What could be better than an item that helps you see and saves you money??

Tale of the Tape

Sometimes the simplest tools can be the most effective.  Any do-it-yourselfer knows how essential tough, reliable tape can be and no self-respecting handyman would be caught without it.  Duct tape and electrical tape both are two indispensable items that you can never have enough of.  And, when it comes to high quality expendables, Harbor Freight Tools has everything you need.  Whether it’s traditional duct tape or electrical tape, with these handy items, you’ll be able to handle any sticky situation.

There’s no denying that duct tape is one of the most versatile and useful tools in the world.  If you don’t have a roll somewhere in your toolbox or garage, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in a tight spot at one point or another and wish you did.  For just $4.29, you can pick up a big roll of 2” x 50 Yard Cloth Back Silver Duct Tape (or 4 rolls for $14.99) and be ready for just about anything.  From the more traditional uses like repairing air ducts and handling small household projects to more unique applications like patching a hole in a tarp or fixing broken hoses, duct tape can be a life-saver as well as just unbelievably useful.


“Incredibly strong, durable and very long lasting. I can honestly say it is the best duct tape I have ever used.” – by PRIMETIME from Houston, Tx

“I recently bought a roll of this tape and I am really impressed with its performance. It sticks as good as duct tape costing two times the price.” – by ironduke from Parts Unknown

So what about you electricians out there?  Need to stock up on electrical tape?  Of course you do because this stuff is the cousin of duct tape and just as important to have on hand.  Heavy duty electrical tape not only provides insulation for wiring jobs but also handles other tasks in a pinch.  With a tight grip and the ability to conform to sharp contours, electrical tape is pretty handy as just regular old tape too.  How many rolls of 60’ x 3/4″ Industrial Grade Electrical Tape do you think you could get for $4.99?  How about 10?  Only Harbor Freight sticks by that kind of deal.


“I recently had to cut open some wire looms I’d taped up a few years back to move some harnesses and I noticed how well this stuff held up under the hood, through Michigan winters and salt. It’s about time to buy more so I figured I’d go ahead and review it. I like it!” – by EvilSteve from Warren, MI

You don’t have to be a professional grade contractor or run a repair shop to benefit from duct tape or electrical tape.  These are items that anyone should have readily available, just in case.  Even if they don’t provide a permanent solution, reliable tape can solve lots of problems temporarily and allow you to get some professional help if necessary.  But, if you like to handle things yourself, don’t hesitate to load up on this terrific tape.

The Quest for Fire Just Got Easier

Everyone knows that one of the essential components to camping (and surviving the elements) is the ability to make fire.  Sure, there are a few ways to go about it and if you really want to impress someone with your ingenuity and machismo, you can go down the rubbing two sticks together route.  But , if you just want to get warm and start heating up some food for the evening, you can do it the easy way, with the Magnesium Fire Starter from Harbor Freight Tools!



Pocket-size and waterproof, the Magnesium Fire Starter is one tool that’s better to have and not need than the other way around.  With built-in flint, a striker knife and shaving saw, this handy tool has everything you’ll need in order to get a fire started quickly, even in damp or windy conditions.  And at just $2.79, it could be an inexpensive life-saver.  Wanna see it in action?

In case you need further evidence of this fire starter’s usefulness, here are a couple customer reviews to help spark your interest:

“I now always carry a magnesium fire starter when in the woods. About 10 years ago I was forced to spend an unplanned frigid night in the woods. I found a semi sheltered spot, improved it with some found materials, then gathered fire materials and pulled out my waterproof match tube. The supposed waterproof tube had allowed enough humidity in to turn the match heads to a brittle crust. None of them lit. It was now about 10 degrees F and pitch dark. I always carry 2 methods of fire starting, a lesson learned from my dad many years ago. I pulled out my BIC lighter and with cold numbed fingers flicked it several times until the spark wheel separated from the lighter and was lost somewhere in the leaf litter. It was a v-e-r-y long, v-e-r-y cold night, but a valuable lesson was learned. When it comes down to such a basic need, the method must be simple and bulletproof. This item meets that requirement. “ – by Veeguy from Wisconsin

“I started using this product more than 10 months ago. Since then, I have bought several more to keep in storage and packs whenever they go on sale, not that they are expensive anyway. I have tested many other similar fire-steel only and fire-steel plus magnesium bar combos, even some designed for special forces, and still haven’t found anything that beats this. The original magnesium fire starter I purchased was moved to my key chain right away and has withstood the stresses of daily wear. I still use it as I have found no need to find a replacement. The striker’s flat side produces the best sparks and shaves the magnesium the easiest, while the serrated side produces saw dust style tinder in a pinch. I have been able to take nothing but this fire starter and produce a good fire with everything from sticks up to medium-sized felled branches. It would of course be easier to use a knife and hatchet to make fire wood and tinder but as I said, this tool is able to do it if you have nothing else, and that proves its worth. The original fire starter still on my keychain is used and mistreated often, but the fire-steel is still solidly attached and the only material lost is the deep saddles I’ve carved in from using it so much. I would suggest it for anyone from avid hunters and survivalists to preppers and emergency kit builders.
– Perfect for storing away in packs without taking up much room.
– Handy chain to keep together when not in use.
– A simple, no frills, straightforward tool!
– Must have!” – by Andrew the Enthusiast from Virginia

As mentioned by Mr. Vee and Mr. Enthusiast, the Magnesium Fire Starter is a great survivalist tool that is a perfect addition to any pack, whether you’re just going out for a hike or for an extended excursion.  While you’re stocking up, be sure to also check out the 8” Survival Knife with a compass built right onto the handle.  The handle also contains a survival kit which includes a sewing kit, safety pins, buttons, fishing line and hook, 6 matches, and fire-starting paper. With these two tools in your pack, you’ll be prepared to handle just about any situation, all for under $15!