Workbenches

A workbench is a must-have item—and often more than one is needed for your garage, shop or other work area. Harbor Freight has a great selection of workbenches, including these models:

48 In. Workbench with Light
This is a great workbench loaded with features, including heavy-duty steel construction with a durable enamel finish, full-width peg board for organizing tools, fluorescent cabinet light to illuminate your work area, integrated three-outlet grounded power strip, two sliding drawers plus upper and lower shelves. You could easily pay more than double for a similar workbench in the marketplace. The 48 In. Workbench with Light is 61-1/12” x 47-1/4” long x 23-3/4” wide.

The tools shown are sold separately. Pegboard hooks are also available separately from Harbor Freight.


60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench
This professional hardwood workbench supports up to 250 lbs. It has a beautifully lacquer- finished 60 in. x 20 in. top and four felt-lined drawers to store tools. The bottom shelf is great for storing large objects. Additional features include a 7-inch capacity wood block vise, 4 anvil pegs and 4 wood pegs.

46 in. 9 Drawer Mobile Workbench with Solid Wood Top
This workbench is really a hybrid workbench/mobile tool cabinet. It provides up to 14,500 cubic inches of space and up to 1200 lbs. of storage capacity. The workbench also features full extension ball bearing drawer slides with secure drawer retention system, full width top drawer and deep bottom drawers, premium powder coated finish for durability, keyed locking system, heavy-duty 5-inch x 2-inch casters for easy portability even when fully loaded and a solid wood work surface for tackling countless projects.

 

For workbench accessories and more storage solutions, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Hercules 4-1/2 in. 7 Amp Small Angle Grinder

Legendary Performance!

For heavy-duty jobs like slag removal, grinding, cutting, paint stripping and more, this Hercules Grinder delivers pro-grade results. Though compact in size, the 7 amp grinder delivers incredible power, delivering 11,000 RPM.

The slim body design improves comfort and control while the rugged aluminum gear case provides maximum durability. Additional features include a spindle lock for fast, easy wheel changes and slide switch with lock-on for improved productivity.

The outside looks solid but what about the inner workings? Check out this independent video by Tool Teardowns where the Hercules grinder is dissected and you can see for yourself how quality goes to its core.

With over 85 customer reviews, the Hercules grinder has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars …

I bought this angle grinder to take down a metal basketball post (5″ x 1/4″). The Hercules grinder didn’t miss a beat, took about 5 minutes total and that was with the center of the pipe filled with concrete. Got warm, but not hot and did not bog down eating into the pipe with a 40 grit cutter. Great buy and value! – Cdub, Central Valley, CA

I had been trying to cut through brass with a hack saw and became frustrated at the lack of progress I was making. The angle grinder with a cut off wheel made short work of the task. – 2badnez, Lubbock, TX

I use my tools almost every day, so I find out real quick if it’s junk or a gem …. This angle grinder is an absolute gem!! I am very, very pleased with the degree of durability and quality this tool offers, and the price is friggin’ awesome. It runs and operates as well or better than my Bosch and DeWalt grinders, but cost me only a fraction of the price. I am a believer, and can’t wait to buy the other Hercules products you now offer for I hear they are just as good. Harbor Freight has definitely raised the bar. – A real trademan, Cincinnati, OH

Check out the Hercules 4-1/2 in. 7 Amp Small Angle Grinder at your local Harbor Freight Tools store as well as the entire Hercules line of power tools and accessories, guaranteed to deliver legendary performance!

The Heat Gun Is On!

And there are a ton of things you can do with it!

One of the greatest discoveries of all time is fire. So, it’s not hard to imagine that one of the greatest power tools of all time is the heat gun! As any hobbyist, weekend warrior, contractor, painter and plumber can tell you, a heat gun is indispensable. Here are just some of things you can do with this versatile tool:

Shrink Tubing – Tidy up electronic wiring and other connections with shrink tubing and a heat gun.

Drying Paint – If you’ve just painted a wall or surface and there’s more work to be done, you may risk ruining the paint. A heat gun can make quick work of drying paint, saving time and hassle!

Stripping paint – Use a heat gun to strip paint from walls, furniture and other woodwork. It’s more environmentally friendly and a lot less messy compared to chemical solvents.

Softening adhesives – Want to remove a bumper sticker from your car? Use a heat gun and then just peel it off. Still some residue? Just apply a little WD-40 to get it off. This process also works great for other stickers and labels. Just make sure the base item can take the heat!

Desoldering – With the right attachment, the heat can be streamlined to the particular component that needs desoldering.

Upholstering furniture – When using vinyl, applying heat allows the vinyl to be stretched around the respective piece of furniture.

Weld plastics – Using a specific nozzle and plastic welding rods, you can weld a variety of plastics, including PVC pipe and floor tiles.

Restore automotive trim – quickly and easily get your automotive trim back in black by applying heat.

Join tarps – Need to line a pond, create an awning or provide ground cover for a large tent? Overlay two tarps, heat the edges using a slit nozzle and then immediately press together the sides using a roller.

Thaw frozen pipes – Once you pinpoint where the frozen pipe is, apply gradual heat using the heat gun to restore waterflow. Note: do not heat the pipe too rapidly as this may compromise the integrity of the pipe and cause it to burst.

Re-stick molding and floor tiles/remove floor tiles – simply heat the molding and adhesive to rejuvenate their bonding properties. You can also heat up tiles and the adhesives for easy removal.

Tint windows – Use a smoothing tool and heat gun to heat-shrink the tinting film to windows.

Bend PVC pipe – Using a special wire coil and heat gun, plumbers can bend PVC into almost any angle without having to use adhesives or elbow joints. This also saves time because they don’t have to wait for any glue to try before checking the seals since there are none!

Harbor Freight carries the 1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun 572°/1112°. This versatile dual temperature heat gun is ideal for numerous tasks, including the ones mentioned above, and features superior coil design that heats materials more quickly than other heat guns on the market. Other features include a durable ABS body, three-way switch and six-foot power cord.

The 9 Pc Heat Gun Accessory Kit is also available. The kit provides four nozzles to control the flow of heat and expand the applications, scraper handle with three interchangeable spring steel heads and a putty knife.

 

Be aware that heating certain compounds and materials may give off strong orders or noxious fumes. Always use a heat gun in a well-ventilated area and wear appropriate protective gear, including heat-resistant gloves, protective eyewear and a respiratory mask. Keep a fire extinguisher close by in case anything flammable (e.g. saw dust) catches fire while using the heat gun.

For all heat gun options, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store. And leave a comment for what you use a heat gun for!

 

 

 

 

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72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

US General Tool Storage Solutions

Do you have a ton of tools … literally, a ton of tools? How about two tons? More? US General has you covered with the 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet. This extra-large, heavy-duty industrial roller cabinet provides 34,300 cubic inches of space and a total weight capacity up to 4602 lbs.!

The tool cabinet features 12 narrow drawers, 5 wide drawers and 1 extra-wide drawer. Heavy-duty 1-3/8 in. ball-bearing drawer slides are riveted to the cabinet for smooth functionality. The tall drawers utilize 2 pairs of slides. The drawers also have folded edges for added strength and spring-loaded latches to secure them. The drawers are lockable and come with nonslip liners.

This tool cabinet has 2 fixed and 2 locking swivel industrial 6 in. shock-absorbing casters with rubber treads for easy maneuverability, even fully loaded. The red powder-coat finish provides added durability and looks great in any garage or shop!

After 140 customer reviews, this tool cabinet has earned a near 5-star collective rating! Here are just a few of them:

I am a professional mechanic. I have owned and used a wide variety of toolboxes. This box is on par with the best of them. I have owned it for 6 months now, not a complaint whatsoever… – 05Willys, PA

After looking at several overpriced “big name” boxes, I looked at this 72″ roll cab. I was very impressed with the construction and smoothness of the drawers. The HD casters are very strong also. I would highly recommend this roll cab for a professional as well as a hobbyist. You could easily spend 10X plus on a “big name” box and you’re really just paying for the name plate. This cab is definitely the way to go. – Randy, New York

Had this box for several months, replaced a Snap-On that was too small. I work on heavy truck/equipment and have many large heavy tools and open the drawers 100+ times a day. I don’t baby it, either. Heavy duty ball bearing double slide bars on all drawers. This is one tough box. My co-workers with Snap-on and Cornwell boxes are jealous when they make a box payment every week … –  Redryder, Yelm, WA

 

You can pick up the 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store. And be sure to check out the complete line of US General tool storage solutions!

Keep Your Work Area Clean

Harbor Freight Tools carries a wide variety of items that will help you keep your garage, shop or other work area clean and safe. Check out these featured items!

 

70 gal. 2 HP Industrial Dust Collector
Tired of dirt, debris and plumes of sawdust dirtying up your work area when using power tools? This device solves that problem quickly and easily. The 2 HP dust collector delivers powerful dust collection exactly where you need it. With 1550 CFM air flow, this portable dust collector is more effective than many big stationary units, filtering particles as small as 5 microns. Four locking swivel casters make positioning a cinch.

 

The Dust Collector Accessory Kit (sold separately) contains everything you need to connect the 4 in. dust collector to your shop equipment.

 

5 gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum/Blower
Whether it’s a wet mess or a dry mess, it’s still a mess and it needs to be cleaned up! The powerful motor of this 5-gallon wet/dry shop vacuum will make quick work of it. Lightweight and portable, the shop vac features a corrosion-resistant tank and blower mode to swiftly dust areas and shop equipment, three extension wands—crevice tool, floor nozzle and filter bag as well as a dust bag. An integrated float valve stop prevents overfilling.

 

Super Wide Steel Dust Pan
Tried and true—and a must-have for quick clean up. This dust pan has a comfortable bent-tube handle and an extra-wide 16-in. mouth so dirt and debris can’t escape. Pair it with the 7 In. Bench Brush which features a lacquered hardwood handle, hang-up hole and extra-long synthetic bristles to effectively trap dust, wood chips and metal shavings.

 

30 In. Magnetic Sweeper with Wheels
Cleaning up rogue hardware is a pain! Unfortunately, the easiest way to find it is by stepping on it—and that’s not a good strategy, especially if it’s nails! Problem solved with this magnetic sweeper. The device features a 30-inch wide sweep head, 50 lbs. of magnetic pull, 7-inch diameter smooth-rolling wheels and an adjustable handle that extends from 30 inches to 44-1/2 inches. The one-pull release quickly clears the accumulated debris. Works on shop floors, carpets and grass.

 

Keep your work area clean with these great items from Harbor Freight. And be sure to check out other cleaning and maintenance items at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

20V Hypermax™ Lithium 1/2 in. Hammer Drill Kit

Superior Performance and Durability for Drilling Into Concrete and Masonry

Portability or power? That used to be the choice you had to make with power tools.  “Cordless” enabled greater portability but demanding jobs like drilling into concrete or masonry often required more power. With Bauer, you don’t have to choose between portability or power—you get both!

Featuring a high-performance motor, the Bauer Hypermax Lithium Hammer Drill delivers 0-7200/0-27,200 BPM for drilling into concrete or masonry. All-metal gear construction provides durability while the lightweight design and textured overmold grip reduces user fatigue.

Use the two-speed selector to match speed and power to your particular application. Easily switch from drilling to hammer drilling to fastening mode! A bright LED light illuminates your work areas for increased visibility. The hammer drill also features a ½ in. keyless chuck for quick bit changes.

The kit comes with a rugged tool bag, two impact bits, charger and 1.5AH battery that’s interchangeable with all Bauer 20V cordless power tools.

Check out the Bauer 20V Hypermax Lithium 1/2 in. Hammer Drill Kit as well as the whole line of Bauer tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Drill/Driver Vs. Impact Driver

Hercules answers the cordless conundrum

The cordless compact drill/driver is one of the most popular portable power tools of all time. The versatility of drilling and driving screws is indispensable for tackling countless projects. So what’s the difference between a drill/driver and impact driver—and why would you need one over the other?

A drill driver has a keyless chuck that accommodates a wide range of round and hex-shank drill and screw-driving bits—in addition to hole saws, rotary sanders, wire-wheel brushes and other accessories. Cordless drill/drivers also feature a slip clutch which enables the user to adjust the torque level for precise and consistent driving.

An impact driver looks similar to a drill/driver but instead of a keyless chuck, it features a collet that accepts hex-shanked driver bits. By utilizing bit rotation and concussive force, the impact driver is designed for one job—driving screws, which it does more efficiently than any other tool. An impact driver can generate two to three times the torque of a drill/driver. For example: an impact driver can drive long, large fasteners like fat lag screws that would stall the very best drill/driver.

If your focus is on tasks or projects that involve driving numerous screws or a lot of long or large screws—like building decks, installing tile backer board or laying down plywood subfloors—you should consider an impact driver. Otherwise, you’ll probably do great with a reliable drill/driver.

Professional-grade Hercules offers a drill/driver and impact driver:

20V Lithium Cordless 1/2 In. Compact Drill/Driver Kit
The Hercules drill/driver’s pro-grade design features all-metal gear construction for extreme durability and a 4-pole motor for optimal performance—550 in. lbs. of torque and 0–2000 RPM for effortless drilling and fastening. The drill/driver also features the Jacobs® ½-inch ratcheting chuck providing ultimate bit retention and a built-in LED light with a trigger-release delay to illuminate your work area. The Hercules Lithium battery system—charger and battery—delivers fast charging and long run times.

 

20V Lithium Cordless 1/4 in. Hex Compact Impact Driver Kit
The Hercules impact driver provides up to 1500 in. lbs. of torque and 0-3200 IPM for demanding applications like decking, fencing and drywall. Like its drill/driver counterpart, this impact driver features durable all-metal construction and 4-pole motor delivering maximum performance in a compact size. Change out bits quickly with the ¼-inch hex chuck and illuminate your work area with the integrated LED light. The impact driver also features the Hercules battery system for fast charging and long run times.

 

Hercules professional-grade cordless power tools are guaranteed to deliver legendary performance! Check out the complete line of Hercules tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

 

 

Source material:
Popular Mechanics

Performance Under Pressure

Tackle the toughest cleaning jobs with a pressure washer!

A pressure washer is far more than a glorified hose. In fact, a pressure washer is a versatile tool that enables you to tackle numerous cleaning tasks quickly and easily. There are three key factors to consider when purchasing a pressure washer: pressure (PSI – pounds per square inch), waterflow (GPM – gallons per minute) and work (HP –  horsepower).

Pressure/PSI is especially important when considering applications. Light duty (1000-1900 PSI) is good for cleaning vehicles, boats, bricks, fences and decks. Medium duty (2000-2900 PSI) is ideal for cleaning your house, larger vehicles including airplanes and fleet trucks, pools, sidewalks, driveways, roofs, exhaust vents and garages. Heavy duty (3000-5000 PSI) is best for stripping paint, heavy grease stains, concrete restoration and clogged pipes.

Waterflow helps determine time of cleaning—the higher the GPM, the less time it will take for the dirt to be removed from the surface. The lower the GPM, the longer it will take for the same job.

Work facilitates the pressure and waterflow respectively. In general, the more horsepower an engine has, the better it can facilitate higher pressure and waterflow. More power translates into finishing the job quicker as well as a longer life expectancy of the unit.

Now that you’ve determined the types of jobs you’ll be performing, it’s time to go pressure washer shopping! Next stop—Harbor Freight Tools!

 

2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM, 4 HP (160cc) Pressure Washer EPA/CARB
This gas-powered pressure washer is designed for tough jobs with up to 2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM and 4 HP of cleaning power. Two heavy-duty pneumatic tires make transport and positioning easy while a long-reach (25 ft.) high pressure hose allows you to clean wide areas. Additional features include an EPA/CARB certified 160cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start for optimal performance, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips and chemical/detergent injector on the pump.

3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM, 6.5 HP (212cc) Pressure Washer CARB
When you want even more power, this pressure washer is the ticket! It generates up to 3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM and 6.5 HP. The pressure washer also features two heavy-duty pneumatic tires, 25-ft. pressure hose, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips, chemical/detergent injector on the pump—and CARB-certified 212cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start.

1750 PSI 1.3 Electric Pressure Washer
For lighter duty jobs like power-cleaning walls, yard equipment and vehicles, this electric pressure washer delivers up to 1750 PSI.  Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features 4-in. diameter wheels and a 20 ft. pressure hose. When the trigger is released, the flow stops automatically to prolong motor life.

Here a few tips when using a pressure washer:

Wear appropriate safety attire. That means safety googles and protective footwear like rubber boots—might as well make them waterproof. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are also advised for protecting your limbs from flying dirt and debris.

Protect plants and breakable objects. It’s easy for items to get damaged if accidentally hit with a high-pressure stream of water. Simply move or cover items to protect them.

Prep the pressure washer for use. Sounds basic but it will save you a lot of hassle! If it’s a gas-powered pressure washer, fill it with the appropriate engine oil and gasoline—do not fill it while it’s on! If it’s a plug-in washer, plug it in to a properly grounded outlet.

Connect the water supply hose (e.g. garden hose) to the inlet. Turn on the water supply before turning on the pressure washer to avoid damaging the pump.

Fill the reservoir with a detergent solution if you want extra cleaning power. Make sure the solution is compatible for use with a pressure washer.

Attach the proper spray tip to the nozzle. Certain tips may be required when using detergent. Be sure to read the user manual carefully.

Position the spray tip at least 2 feet from the surface. When starting to pressure wash, it’s better to start further back and gradually move closer. You may risk damaging the surface if you hold the tip closer than 12 inches.

Move the spray in a side-to-side motion. Don’t spray too long in any one spot.

Apply detergent starting low and moving upwards. Allow the detergent to soak for at least three minutes before rinsing. Don’t let it dry—rinse the surface by spraying water from the top down.

Flush the system if using detergent. When the job is completed, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for flushing the system.

 

Once you start using a pressure, you’ll truly wonder how you ever got along without one. To view the pressure washers featured above, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

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10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw

The remodeler’s best friend

Growing up, we were taught not to mix water and electricity. So, when it comes to remodeling projects, we may be hesitant at first to use a tile saw which utilizes water and electricity—and a diamond rim rotating blade! But you needn’t worry because there’s no better way to cut a voluminous amount of tile or other masonry materials than with a tile saw, also known as a “wet saw.”

The Chicago Electric 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw is a must-have for remodeling with tile, brink and other masonry.


The two-position cutting head enables you to adjust the blade for a variety of materials up to 3-1/2 inches thick and 24 inches in length or width. You can also make 22.5° and 45° bevel cuts. The tile saw includes a 3-gallon per minute water pump and high-impact ABS water tub that’s easy to clean. Additional features include a powerful dual capacity motor with sealed bearings and thermal overload protection, heavy-duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration and an oversized steel frame with a precision linear bar system for smooth operation. The folding stand with wheels and diamond blade shown are sold separately.

If you’re never used a tile saw before, here are a few tips to get you started.

 


Position the tile saw on a solid and level surface. Sawing on a wobbly table could result in inaccurate cuts and potential injury.

 


Fill the tile saw’s reservoir with clean water—use a garden hose or pitcher. Make sure that the water pump is completely submerged.

 


Position the tile onto the cutting board. Adjust the fence so the blade lines up with the pencil mark demarcating where the cut should be. Keep the widest part of the tile between the fence and the blade so you can keep your hand as far from the blade as possible.

For cutting tiles along the diagonal, position a miter guide or speed square between the tile and the fence.

When making partial cuts, for example, an L-shaped cut to fit around an electrical outlet, set up the cut the same way but only feed the tile far enough into the blade as needed.

 


Position the tile, turn on the saw and make sure water is being sprayed onto the blade before cutting the tile.

 


Use a steady grip to feed the tile slowly into the blade, especially toward the edges of the tile as this is where the most breakage can occur. Do not force the cut.

 


When the cut is complete, carefully pull the pieces away and turn off the saw. Position the next tile for cutting and repeat the steps above.

Additional safety notes:

The water keeps the blade and tile cool and helps prevent particles from flying around. The water should flow freely around the entire cutting edge of the blade. If not, don’t begin cutting as this could damage the blade as well as the tile and potentially cause serious injury.

Always keep your hands away from the line of the cut to prevent injury.

Always wear safety glasses to prevent particles from injuring your eyes.

 


To insure electrical safety, it’s best to create a “drip loop.” See the illustrations above. Notice how the loop is lower than the outlet so water does not drip into the outlet.

The Chicago Electric 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw is an unbeatable value—many customers have expressed how it’s cheaper to buy this tile saw than to rent one from a big box store.  The only problem is there will be no excuse not to tackle more remodeling jobs! Check out other tile saws and accessories available from Harbor Freight or visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

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Harbor Freight Drills Down on Drill Bits

All drill bits are not created equal—there are many different types of bits and a variety of materials used to make them. In some cases, the same drill bit can be used on different materials, but is it necessarily the best choice? It’s important to know a bit about bits to optimize the results of your respective task or project …

 

Twist Bits
These are some of the most common bits to find in the handyman’s toolbox. Used with either a hand or electric drill, the front edges cut the material and the spirals remove the debris along the length of the bit. However, there is a lot of variation with these bits. HSS (High Speed Steel) bits are generally characterized by their black color but more expensive and durable ones may contain cobalt or titanium coating (identified by the gold color). Titanium increases the hardness of the bit and facilitates a lubricating quality which is effective when drilling metals but has little impact on other materials.

Harbor Freight has several Twist Bit sets from which to choose, including the Titanium Drill Bit Set 29 Pc. These titanium drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bits. The bits range in size from 1/16 in. to ½ in. in 64ths.

Harbor Freight also carries the 115 Pc Cobalt Drill Bit Set. These cobalt drill bits retain their hardness up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit making them ideal for drilling cast iron, heat-treated steel, stainless steel and other hard materials. With 135 degree tips, the cobalt drill bits not only last longer but also cut faster than standard high speed steel bits.

 

Brad Point Bits (a.k.a. wood or dowel bits)
These bits are best used on wood (some plastics) and are characterized by a small point at the tip of the bit. Spurs on either side cut clean, straight holes. They’re ideal for drilling holes for dowels, which is why they’re also called dowel bits. These drill bits are a staple for wood workers.

Harbor Freight offers the Brad Point Wood Drill Bit Set 7 Pc with 3/8 inch cutdown shanks. These outstanding bits resist skating and feature extra sharp flutes designed to smooth hole sides while ejecting chips faster to prevent overheating your drill. For projects utilizing either hard or soft woods, this set of brad point bits gets the job done quickly and accurately.

 

Auger Drill Bits
These bits are designed to cut large, deep and accurate flat-bottomed holes. The spiraling shaft comes to a fine, threaded point while the single spur cuts and defines the hole’s edge. The threaded center bites into the wood, pulling the bit into the timber. This pulling action makes it unsuitable for use in power drills.

Harbor Freight has several sets of auger drill bits available, starting with the Auger Bit Set 7 Pc. These 7-1/2 in. long auger bits make fast, clean holes in both soft and hard woods. The bits are made of heat-treated alloy steel that resists damage from nails. Other features include quick-change 3/8 in. dia. hex shanks and a ¼ in. bit with a ¼ in. hex shank.

Other Harbor Freight auger bits set include the 18 in. Ship Auger Bit Set 3 Pc and Stubby Auger Bit Set 6 Pc.

 

Wood Spade Bits (a.k.a. Paddle Bits, Flat Wood Bits)
The pointed tip centers the hole as the paddle-shaped blade bores large, wide holes. Sizes are clearly marked on the face of each bit. These larger bits require a fairly powerful drill and lend themselves to drilling fairly large flat-bottomed holes with a center point—works especially well when the head of a screw or bolt needs to be recessed in the lumber. The bits can cause a lot of splintering as they breakthrough the work piece but a sacrificial backing board will reduce this. These bits are not recommended for enlarging an existing hole.

Harbor Freight offers a variety of wood spade bit sets, including the Steel Spade Drill Bit Set 13 Pc. The extended spurs effortlessly cut crisp, clean holes in thick stock. Each bit is forged and heat-treated to withstand rigorous use. The ¼ inch quick-change shank works with drills and impact drivers.

Other Harbor Freight offerings include the Steel Spade Bit Set 6 Pc, Steel Large Diameter Spade Bit Set 4 Pc, and the Steel Stubby Spade Bit Set 3 Pc.

 

Masonry Bits
As the name implies, these drill bits are designed to be used on masonry material, including brick, block, stone, quarry tiles and concrete. The cutting tip is often made of tungsten carbide bonded to a spiral steel shaft. Generally, masonry bits are used in a hand drill but can also be used in a hand brace or hammer action power drill (though cheaper bits can shatter due to the action). Long masonry bits can be used for drilling through masonry walls.

Harbor Freight provides several masonry bit options, including the Masonry Drill Bit Set 5 Pc featuring M2 high-speed steel shanks and C2 carbide tips with 6% cobalt. The 8 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 6 Pc features a superior hardening process and an enhanced flute design that helps the bits run cooler.

 

Tile and Glass Bits
The tips of these bits are designed to penetrate tile or glass, then enlarge the hole as the bit penetrates the material. The tips are usually made with tungsten carbide. The bits can be used in a hand drill but are best used with a variable speed power drill on a slow speed. Lubricants should be used to keep the tip cool when drilling.

Harbor Freight offers the Carbide Tip Glass and Tile Cutting Drill Bit Set 6 Pc featuring C-3 tungsten carbide tips and a steel shaft for drilling glass, ceramics, plastics and Formica tiles. The wide base angle provides precise, stable drilling.

 

Countersink Bits
Using a power or hand drill, these bits penetrate material and form a conical recess to accommodate the heads of countersunk screws. Countersink bits are generally designed for use on softer materials.

Harbor Freight carries the Carbon Steel Tapered Drill Bit and Countersink Set, 22 Pc. The bits are made from heat-treated steel and designed with a unique single-twist design to remove material more efficiently, resulting in cleaner holes. The set includes seven drills, seven countersinks, seven stop-collars and an individually organized wooden storage box for easy transport and organization.

 

Forstner Bits
These bits are used to form holes with flat bottoms, such as with kitchen cupboard hinges. It’s best to use a power drill with a drill stand for optimal accuracy.

Harbor Freight offers two Forstner bit sets, the 1/4 in. – 1 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 7 Pc featuring high carbon steel construction and 3/8 in. reinforced shanks, and the 1/4 in. – 2-1/8 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 16 Pc which includes more bits and a wood carrying case for storage.

 

That’s just the basics when it comes to drill bits. There are many other types of specialized drill bits as well, such as screwdriver bits, plug cutters and nut drivers.

For the full selection of drills bits and accessories, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store or the Harbor Freight website.

 

 

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