Kneeling for work can wreak havoc on your knees. Even wearing conventional kneepads, you often still need to do a lot of standing and kneeling over and over when changing position or turning to pick up tools. Thankfully there’s something from Harbor Freight Tools that will allow you to protect your knees without sacrificing mobility! Impossible, you say? Well, just take a look at the Rolling Knee Pads and marvel at the possibilities. Seriously, this thing is amazing.
Imagine working in the garden for an entire afternoon. My garden is right next to my driveway and kneeling on that hard cement was making my knees feel like those of a retired major league catcher. Even wearing knee pads didn’t seem to help since I would be standing and moving every few minutes or turning to get another tool and my knees were still paying the price. And if it wasn’t my knees that were killing me, it was my back and that’s when I knew I either had to give up the garden or find a solution. Luckily, I came across the Rolling Knee Pads from Harbor Freight Tools.
Now, the important thing is that with this accessory, I was able to protect my knees while ultimately working even longer than I could previously. In fact, it felt less like work and more like exercise! In a good way. Moving around on the Rolling Knee Pads was easy enough but at the same time, my calves got a work out as well as my quads and before long I was looking forward to working in the garden again with the multiple added benefits of the Rolling Knee Pads.
And there are even more reasons to love this accessory. It comes with a convenient carry handle for convenient carrying and handy built-in tool trays for easy access to parts and tools without a lot of hunting around. It’s made of high impact ABS plastic so it’s durable enough to sustain up to 250 lbs. and ready to put up with all kinds of abuse around the home or shop. And it’s not just for gardening. You can use this handy accessory for automotive work, painting, laying tile or flooring and countless other tasks that you never consider until you have to do them.
Whether or not you have a garden next to your driveway or do a lot of work on the floor, this is a great tool to have around. There are a lot of versatile tools out there but not many that are designed to make your work more comfortable and way easier. And at just $17.99, the padding stays in the knee pads and out of the price. So save your knees, your back and lots of time with the Rolling Knee Pads from Harbor Freight Tools!
Ah, Dad... He's the guy who taught you how to hammer a nail, ride a bike, catch a fish and belch like a man. When he came home from work, he'd give you that bear hug, smelling like cold air and Old Spice, his five o'clock shadow bristling against your baby-butt-smooth cheek, and you loved it. He was the soft touch when it was time to go to bed, but you needed just a little more TV time... and when you went to bed, he could throw you up in the air like you were flying! He knew how to make your mom laugh like no one else, and he knew how to make the perfect pancakes on Sunday morning.
Father's Day is the day we get to thank Dad for all of it-- for making our childhood more magical, and for making us feel special when he took the time to do things with us. Harbor Freight understands what dads like, and he knows how you can thank them, too. All you have to do is visit the website and you'll know why it's their favorite toy store. So to help make the decision of what to get him easier, here are 10 popular items currently on sale at Harbor Freight Tools, any of which that will make him smile:
This Harbor Freight favorite is a great general-purpose drill; home use, furniture building, etc. The keyless chuck is tight, the power is strong, and users love the LED light! This high performance cordless drill driver has 21 torque clutch settings to handle a variety of chores around the house and garage. It includes an electric brake and the battery is interchangeable with other 18-volt Drill Master tools. For sale at $18.99, it would cost more to buy a new battery for any other drill! In fact, pick up a Drill Master 18V NiCd Replacement Battery along with it, so when Dad's on a roll, he'll never have to stop to charge!
What a great idea to save the back and knees! With a thick cushion, integrated easy-to-reach storage tray and a 15" to 20" lift range, this pneumatic adjustable roller seat is as practical as it is comfortable. Non-marring casters allows for smooth mobility while the 360 degree swivel seat and one-hand height adjustment lever let Dad get into the perfect position for whatever he's doing. Whether it's working on a bicycle, motorcycle, washing and waxing the car, lug nuts, changing brakes, wheel bearings, painting low cabinets, etc., he'll be quietly thanking you again and again while he's relaxing on his roller seat. At just $22.99, this is the ticket!
The legendary Pittsburgh 22-piece combination wrench set from Harbor Freight includes 11 of the most widely used SAE wrench sizes and 11 of the most popular metric sizes to accommodate almost any wrenching moment. Fully polished, they're made of chrome vanadium steel and a chrome plate finish for added durability, and come with an organized portable storage rack for quick access. This wrench set is great for everything from around the house to auto work-- even working on trucks, trailers, tractors and farm equipment! And at just $16.99, everyone should have a set of these! And did I mention the lifetime warranty? This set of wrenches is awesome!
A good socket set makes your life so much easier. How about a great socket set? Well, now you're talking! The wrenches in the Pittsburgh professional-quality set are constructed of rugged chrome vanadium are triple-chrome-plated. They also come with high visibility markings for quick and easy socket selection, a quick-release ratchet with reversible 72-tooth gearing and a comfy cushion grip. An awesome set, believe me, and it beats paying hundreds for those big name brand sets off the tool trucks. And, of course, it's got that lifetime warranty! Pick up a set (or two!) for just $14.99.
And while we're talking about incredible deals on hand tools, what do you get the man who's got all the wrenches and sockets he'll ever need (like that's going to happen)? Why, a Pittsburgh 60-pc. SAE-metric tap & die set, of course! Thread and bore taps like a pro with this tap and die set! This tap and die set will perform-- and out-perform!-- other tool & die sets that cost ten times as much. Each tap and die is constructed of long-lasting alloy steel and the sizes are embedded in, not printed on, the surfaces. This set will cover most all Dad's tap and die needs and, in no time, it'll become his go-to tool for creating and repairing his own screws and bolts. For the home workshop and auto shop; thread plastic, wood, brass, and even plate steel-- everything from an aluminum frame to a hardened steel bumper! Tell Dad to keep them oiled and they'll last him a lifetime-- which, it just so happens, is how long the warranty lasts. Only $29.99 at Harbor Freight.
Dad will save time and hacksaw blades with this angle grinder. This lightweight grinder is powerful and easy to operate while he's cutting or shaping a brick walkway, cutting steel bolts, rebar, masonry, plaster, copper or galvanized pipe. or grinding welds, removing rust, removing bolts, sharpening sections on blades like sickle bars, etc. This grinder’s 4.5 amp ball-bearing mount motor delivers 11,000 RPMs for fast stock removal. It also has a spindle lock for fast and easy wheel changes, easy access brushes, a removable side handle, an easy-to-replace carbon brush and aluminum gear housing. Included with the grider are a 4" grinding wheel, arbor wrenches and a 7/8" arbor adapter. Other cutting blades sold separately. An incredible price at $19.99!
The car battery on Dad's old Crown Vic been dead for months? No problem! This jump starter will easily jump-start nearly any weak or dead 12-volt car battery. Tell him to throw it in the trunk and never worry about getting stuck somewhere again. The #4 industrial copper booster cables include durable alligator clips that can easily attach to any car battery, and the jumper's got a built-in 3.6 watt light to illuminate his sight under the hood, making this a perfect jump companion to have on the road! It also comes with an invaluable power supply for electrical equipment in case of an emergency, such as a C-PAP, spotlight, air pump, etc. The Cen-Tech jump starter/power supply has an automatic cutoff to prevent overcharging, a charge/battery level indicator, and an easy-to-read battery indicator. And before he can say, "What are you, a Rockefeller?" tell him, "Dad, relax. It was only $42.99 at Harbor Freight!"
This hoist lifts loads up to 10 feet high easily, thanks to its sturdy, hardened steel chain. The strength of this hoist can lift up to 2,000 lbs. hassle-free and includes a mechanical load brake to give operator more control when lifting or spotting. Works wonderfully with a gantry or I-beam. Dad can use it for lifting and swapping out engines and trannies like they're not even there-- for a lot less than an engine lift!-- hoist motorcycles for chain and other maintenance, lift the front of a tractor or heavy-duty truck for tire repair, etc. Rugged and reliable, this chain hoist is ideal for heavy loads at the auto repair shop or industrial warehouse. This jewel works as smooth as silk., and for only $44.99, is worth every penny. He'll love it!
Powered with a reliable Predator engine, this portable generator is ideal for emergencies, job-site use, recreation, family reunions, heating and cooling. The generator features a 420cc air-cooled OHV gas engine, a low oil indicator, UL-listed circuit breaker and 11 hours run-time at 50% capacity. With a heavy-duty steel roll cage for protection, this is the ideal portable generator for powering countless electronics, appliances and tools! And if Dad's left without power after a storm or other occurrence, this will keep him going with whatever he needs to power. On sale for Father's Day at $469.99, the 5500 watt generator comes in a standard and California-certified model.
The ultimate go-to Father's Day present when you don't know WHAT'S going on in Dad's head! He'll appreciate this 'cause he gets to choose exactly what's he's had his eye on. You can even have it sent directly to him if you order online; just enter his mailing information on the Shipping Address page. Harbor Freight has gift cards for $10, $25, $50, $75, $100 and $500!
So, take some time and check out these and other tremendous Father's Day deals at Harbor Freight Tools. And when you give your gift to your dad, mention something about those childhood memories, and thank him. Chances are, that's the best present you could have given him. The tools don't hurt, though.
If there's such a thing as a downside to accumulating a lot of friends, it's that sooner or later one of them is going to move. Which means, of course you have to help them. It's in the, you know, "friend" code. And, guess what? Moving season is upon us! Which means, right now one of your buds is either going through wanderlust, retirement or a sudden career opportunity, and that migratory song is a-callin'. This is where you can be a real friend and recommend they head over to Harbor Freight Tools for moving supplies. From hand trucks and dollies, to ramps and moving blankets, HFT's got beaucoup gear for the Big Adios. And if you've been enlisted in your buddy's relocating hellride, you'll want to make sure he's equipped for a speedy, seamless endeavor. Here are just a few examples of equipment to help them (and you) with the move:
For any move or reorganization, this 600 lb. Capacity Haul-Master Hand Truck #95061 is a great dolly to have on hand. It's the perfect work horse for moving heavy items quickly and easily. High-quality construction with a heavy-gauge beveled toe plate, the hand truck features smooth-rolling, 10" pneumatic rubber tires and a P-shaped safety handle, as well as long axle braces, making it easy for climbing stairs. At only $39.99, it's a great deal for hours of reliable service! Available in-store only.
In the event you find yourself treading over rougher terrain like lawns, dirt or landscape rock, Haul-Master's also got a rugged 700 lb. Capacity Bigfoot Hand Truck #97568 that'll make the ride smooth on all terrain. This tough sucker's got extra large tires made especially for travel over all surfaces. The"bigfoot" dolly has long axle braces for easy stair climbing, heavy gauge toe plate with rounded corners and a beveled front. Heavy duty ball bearing hubs make it suitable for lawn and garden applications as well as moving big items in the factory, shop or warehouse. You can spot this Big Foot for a reasonable $54.99. Also available in-store only.
If rough terrain isn't your concern, but flat tires are, Haul-Master's got a 700 lb. Capacity Hand Truck #95909 with solid rubber tires that will keep on rolling regardless of what it rolls over. So, if you're going over areas notorious for screws, nails or glass, you can transport items up to 700 lbs. safely and quickly, 'cause this heavy duty hand truck features solid rubber tires that can't go flat, high impact hubs with sealed ball bearings and a powder coat finish for added durability. This dolly is awesome for the big move or daily use in the shop! Just $34.99 at Harbor Freight (in-store only).
While picking up your heavy-duty hand truck, keep in mind that, besides boxes n' stuff, you'll probably be using it for more fragile stuff like wood furniture,and glass and metal pieces. Just in case, grab yourself one of the Haul-Master Hand Truck Covers #98346, a padded blanket-like cover that easily fits over the top of most round-top hand trucks. It'll prevent scratches and marring when moving the more delicate stuff, and protect the hand truck when hauling rougher cargo. The hand truck cover is filled with genuine recycled cotton and features hook and loop fasteners to ensure a snug fit on a variety of hand truck styles. For just $5.99, this accessory is a bonafide no-brainer!
Enough about hand trucks, let's talk ramps. If you guys are loading a truck that doesn't have one of those slide-out ramps, you sure as heck better get some. For everyone, man.
Harbor Freight's got a few you might want to look at:
Whether you're pushing a stack of boxes, an appliance or a quad, the Haul-Master 1000 Lb. Steel Loading Ramps #44649 will take it all, and then some. These 6-ft. long, 9-inch wide loading ramps let you roll your ATVs, armoires and lawn jockeys up into the vehicle with safety and ease! They can handle up to 1,000 lbs. to be loaded into your truck, van or trailer. No need to put your life on the line with some makeshift plank ramps, my brother. The $59.99 you spend here is a much better investment than anything they'll charge you at Urgent Care.
For a little more, Haul-Master's also got a super-duty 1200 Lb. Capacity Convertible Aluminum Loading Ramp #94057 that takes loading to the next level-- it's TWO ramps in one! Just the right balance of weight and strength, this loading ramp is made of durable yet lightweight aluminum with a ridged platform and 2-3/4" side railings for safety. Detach the center hinge and one 1200 lb. capacity ramp quickly becomes two 6 ft., 600 lb. capacity ramps. It can also fold in half for easier storage or transportation to the next destination, and comes with safety chains to tighten and secure the ramp when hauling something heavy and unwieldy It also serves as a great way to transport your log splitter of snow blower to other locations. A great deal at $137.99, this aluminum foldable loading ramp pays for itself in the first move!
Finally, when moving and loading, make sure you keep plenty of tie-down straps on hand. Harbor Freight's wildly popular Haul-Master 4-Pack of 1-inch x 15-ft Ratcheting Tie Down Straps #90984 are one of the best deals around. Each one of the tie down straps can adjust from 4 ft. to a max of 15 ft. The durable polyester ratchet straps can handle working loads of up to 400 lbs.! Features include automatic ratcheting lock action and a quick-release button to quickly secure and free your loads. A great tie down set for pick-up trucks and semis to clamp down on their hauls, too. At $12.99 per pack of 4, you're going to want to get a few.
Heck, if you want to be a REALLY good friend, go to Harbor Freight yourself, since everything's so affordable, and bring the moving supplies with you! 'Course, that means you get first dibs using it, right?
"Ever need a 10mm socket and opened your toolbox only to find a sea of random sockets rolling around in complete chaos?"
Uh, yeah, like every weekend! And in the May 2013 issue of Truckin' - The World's Leading Truck Publication - they tackle this very subject, pitting Harbor Freight Tools' Pittsburgh 3 Piece SAE (#68100) and 3 Piece Metric Socket Tray/Organizers (#68102) against the other guys.
The 3-piece socket organizer fits nicely in your tool chest, and will fit most socket designs, including both regular and deep wall sockets. Holders for 1/4", 3/8” and 1/2" drives are also included on both the SAE and metric trays. Each 3-piece set sells for an incredibly low $7.99 and will service your needs for a lifetime!
So, what did Truckin' magazine have to say about the Pittsburgh socket tray organizers? Good stuff, of course!
"Purchased locally from Harbor Freight, the Pittsburgh three-piece organizers were easy to read, easy to handle and accommodated a total of 168 sockets, placing it in a tie for third-highest capacity. Large impact sockets fit with no issues, the organizers feature a lifetime warranty, and both SAE and Metric sizes only put us out of pocket for $15.98-- an incredible value. Overall, for weekend warriors or lifetime mechanics, the Pittsburgh socket tray/organizer is certified Truckin Tough."
Harbor Freight customers who have already bought these trays, love them!
"I use these at home along with the metric set in my tool chest to organize my socket. The price of these is incredible when you compare it to any of the alternatives that allow you to stand up your sockets vertically. They're built well, marked well, and do the job perfectly. Great buy!" Big Al - Ottowa, ON
"Accomplishes the same thing as other socket trays at a much lower price. They work great in the top of a tool chest or in a deep drawer... I have several sets that I use for standard/impact, 6pt/12pt, etc. and I highly recommend them." Isaac - Pella, IA
"I am by no means a mechanic, but I love my tools and try to take care of them. My wife got a Habor Freight magazine and she found the above-shown socket organizers. She bought them for me and I have to say I'm very happy with the price and quality. These socket organizers are made with thicker plastic post for your sockets and the trays are more sturdy than the "high end" brands... trust me, for the price you can't go wrong." Scooter - Chowchilla, CA
To read the entire "Socket Organizer Shootout" article, pick up your copy of the May 2013 Truckin' magazine!
April is National Welding Month. This is a really special time. It's when grown men convene to talk openly about "bird poop," "fish eyes" and "wetting out"-- and arguing about who's more "golden from the shoulder to the holder." One cannot help but be drawn to such stout-hearted bonding... which is why it's a great time to take advantage of the welding supply deals currently running at Harbor Freight Tools.
Like, for example, the Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder. A sweet acquisition for those looking to get into welding without dropping a big chunk o' change-- now, for a limited time, only $99.99 with coupon! Build or repair a boat trailer, create an anchor, a 55-gal drum BBQ, a bullet catcher box for a .22... fix an ATV snow plow skid plate or broken exhaust pipe... do some light body work or make a trellis for the garden-- this baby won't quit! And it will pay for itself in no time!
This 90-amp flux core arc welder's got the functionality of a MIG welder without the hassle of using gas. Rather, it's designed to use self-shielding flux-cored welding wire, which means set-up and use are easy. It comes with variable speed wire control, thermal overload protection and works on a myriad of metals (excluding aluminum and stainless steel).
And while you're pulling together your welding equipment, make sure you pick up a Chicago Electric MIG - Flux Welding Cart. This is a favorite among HFT customers, and it'll take no time for you to become a member of the fan club. First of all, Harbor Freight's welding cart is nearly identical to others on the market that sell for a whole lot more. Conservatively rated at 100 lbs., this cart will handle your welder and gear with agility and smooth maneuverability on your shop floor. A tilted top shelf provides easy access to the controls, and the bottom shelf gives you a lot of storage space. This welding cart features a heavy-duty steel construction, and a powder coat finish for ultra durability, making it perfect for novice and pro welder alike-- and this month it's on sale for only $39.99 with coupon!
Meanwhile, get maximum protection from the Chicago Electric Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet with Blue Flame Design (not that the blue flame offers any additional protection, but it looks wicked cool to envious friends and passers-by).
This lightweight and sturdy welder's helmet features a superior auto-darkening mask lens that makes operating your arc, MIG or TIG welding safe and clear. Plus, that auto-darkening lens measures a generous 3-7/8" x 1-5/8" wide to give you a full view of your work. It comes with a ratcheting helmet headband and padded interior for a comfortable fit, and as I said, the cool design will make you want to hum the Mission:Impossible theme every time you stoke up the welder.
You'll be amazed at how fast it darkens and lightens. You can weld, chip slag and grind without ever touching your helmet, or take it off and put goggles on. And now, for a limited time, you can pick up one of these most excellent welding helmets for only $39.99 with coupon! That's a deal at twice the price!
Finally, if you're an armchair hobbyist, or only anticipate the occasional cutting or welding jobs, I submit to you one of the welder's favorite tools-- the Chicago Electric Oxygen And Acetylene Welding Kit. Here's a complete welding kit that handles a broad range of cutting, welding and heating applications. The kit comes complete with oxygen and acetylene hoses, welding nozzle, cutting tip, cutting attachment, goggles, torch handle with built-in flashback arrestors and check valves, tip cleaners and striker-- all packed in a heavy-duty storage case! With this kit you can be nearly prepared for everything. This is a PERFECT GIFT for that welder in your circle-- versatile, portable AND affordable at only $129.99!
Celebrate National Welding Month with these and other great welding supply buys at Harbor Freight Tools!
If there was a category for "Single-Most-Loved Product" at Harbor Freight Tools, the US General tool cabinets and carts would probably be in a tight group, a length ahead of all the others. Be it the insanely popular 44" 13-Drawer Tool Cabinet, the mammoth 56" 11-Drawer Industrial Rolling Cabinet or the economical, yet rugged, 4-Drawer Tool Cart, the US General tool chests have amassed a ton of rave reviews-- both for the quality and the value.
Which is why it's no surprise to see the way-thumbs-up review of the 700-lb. Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart in the May 2013 issue of Hot Bike (this issue can be found in magazine stands but is not, as of this writing, online). Same beautiful fire-engine red as the other models, the rugged all-steel, 5-drawer tool cart is the ideal choice for the wrencher with just enough-- but not too many-- tools. As pointed out by Hot Bike writer, Jeff G. Holt, in the Used and Abused column:
"This all-steel 120-pound tool cart is a great place to store a myriad of tools for not a lot of money. This bright-red powder-coated rollaway is constructed (of) 14-gauge steel and can hold up to 700 pounds worth of stuff."
Jeff wasn't a pushover for just any pretty face, though. He put the baby to work immediately.
"Sure, that is all well and good, but for a cabinet such as this, with a rather low price tag, I was worried about things like the drawers opening smoothly and other quality-related issues. Once I freed it from its shipping box, I assembled it (it took less than a half hour) and loaded it full of my wayward tools and was able to put it to the test. The ball-bearing rails on each of the drawers worked smoothly and they even had a locking lever per drawer like only the carts costing three times the price usually possess. The key-controlled locking mechanism on the top of the cart also worked flawlessly, which is truly a feat for something of this price. When fully loaded, this cart rolled around freely due to the two fixed and two swiveling locking casters. It even did so on chunky asphalt."
Sounds like a winner. But, how about down the road? Did the tool cart stand the test of time?
"After throwing tools in and out of the cart for almost a year now, I have been pretty impressed with the quality construction and ease of use. The only problem I am currently having with it is that I am running out of room and I'll need to switch to a larger storage system. If you are looking for a rolling workstation such as this, don't let the low price keep you away, buy this and save a couple hundred dollars over the competition."
A larger storage system? Harbor Freight can do that. Or, how about just getting a second tried-and-true 5-drawer tool cart? You can find the 700-lb.Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart at your local Harbor Freight, or online, for a low $199.99-- or $169.99 with coupon! Girls on Hot Bike magazine cover not included.
"Aiiii! David! My flaw! My flaw!"
I can't tell you how many times I heard that, growing up in New York. I'd come home after playing hard all day, burst in the door, oblivious to where I was walking.
"Ma, I'm home!"
"Aiii! My flaw! My flaw!"
"Hah? Wha? Ma?"
"My flaw! I jus' mopped da flaw!!"
It was like being greeted by some big, exotic Bronx bird. And, of course we lived in an apartment, so you'd hear it coming from open windows all over the building.
"Eeeek! Get awf da flaw!"
Not exactly The Waltons, but you embrace the memories you're handed.
Too bad our Moms didn't have the Chicago Electric 3-Speed Portable Blower from Harbor Freight. Their flaws would have been dry long before we showed up, and we would have been spared the tinnitus. The portable blower fan not only speeds up the drying of floors, carpets and paint jobs, it's also great for blowing away heat, fumes, dust and odors. Durable and lightweight, it's built for adjustable wind direction and comes with a convenient carry handle for easy transport.
Take a look at what people who've bought the powerful, little blower have to say:
"I use this for creating a breeze during hot summer times outside, or drying up the kitchen after mopping. This thing is small (I was a little scared that it would be under-powered) but it delivered great performance. I would compare it to those Lasko high-velocity blowers. This sucker blows as hard or even harder than that. The outlets on the side are perfect for connecting tools close to the blower to keep cool. This thing will out-blow any floor fans you can buy at Walmart. Great investment, been using for 3+ months every day for extended hours (overnight when I sleep) and it's lasting." Jae - Bakersfield, CA
"Not light weight. Very heavy construction. Squirrel cage fan. Very directional. When I want to dry something or blow air on me, this critter does not cause a room tornado. The power cord of course is metric but seems to be 12 or 14 gauge. I have connected at 1650 watt heater to the onboard receptacle when I lacked a suitable extension cord and after 8 hours of use the power cord and plug were cool. The unit puts out more air for its size than anything else I've ever owned. It has spent two years in the jungle area of México and survived. I cannot imagine the most expensive blower on the market as being better, size for size." El Codo - Mexico
"This unit was bought to help circulate the air and cool the basement during the summer months. Works great, strong blower at 1/2 the price of national home centers blower can't say anything negative about unit, if you need to dry out a wet basement or rooom or need to get air moving to help cool you in the summer this unit is the one for you." Germpa1 - US
When you consider all of the uses for the 3 Speed Portable Blower, the more you realize what an excellent tool it is to have around-- and for just $49.99 (not to mention using the 20% Off Coupon, bringing the price down to $39.99), there's no excuse NOT to run over to Harbor Freight, or jump on the website, and get this blower now!
And if for no other reason, do it to stop tinnitus. For the kids, man.
Oh, what a difference a cool breeze makes! I think we've all experienced enough hot air (even when it's not an election year) to know that buying a capable fan is NOT a no-brainer. Such disagreeable memories linger with us, and the recent unseasonably warm days are reminding us, it's time to buy some fans! For the garage or shop... the porch and patio... maybe the loft.
Do yourself a favor and check out the Chicago Electric 30" Pedestal Shop Fan. Its three settings --7400, 7430 and 7730 CFM-- deliver strong currents of cool air; the fan tilts up to 75 degrees and the base can be adjusted from 62-3/4” to 85-1/2”, so air will go directly where you need it to.
But, like I always say, it's not enough to just give in to fancy promises from slick copywriters. What are the customers around the country saying? Here are a few comments:
"I bought this fan for my AZ house, where it gets very hot. As a retired Fire Fighter, I use it for positive-pressure ventilation. I place it on the shady side of the house about 8' from the door and blow the cool night air through the house. I run it for about 6 hours at a time, and it stays outside all year long. I have been using it for about 4 years now with no problems. Saves using the A/C for about 4 months out of the year." Unclebob9 - Bullhead City, AZ
"Well it's very hot in Tampa , the summer heat is no joke! You need a shop fan that will do the job, move air! Well this fan moves air in all three speeds. This is a must-have item in the shop for the long summer days. The product is well built and only takes 20. min. to build. I added 4 locking casters to the four pre-drilled holes in the base. This allows this beast to move around the floor just where you need it. 5 stars!" Harley Pete - Tampa, FL
"After reading all of the other reviews, I was skeptical about buying this fan, but have been dying in this SoCal heat. I unpacked all of the parts and realized assembly is pretty self-explanatory. I did not need the directions and only used 3 tools (a Phillips head screwdriver, an 8 mm wrench, and a 10 mm wrench). I had it together in about 10 minutes, plugged it in, turned it on, and wow! I am a mechanic and it has been getting up to 99 degrees in the shop these past few weeks, but this fan makes it bearable, easily dropping the temp 10 to 15 degrees (in front of the fan of course). I have the fan placed about 15 feet away and turned on high and it has enough power to keep my shirt flapping in the wind. We have 3 fans in my shop; a 36" floor barrel-type, a 24" pedestal-type, and mine. Mine is the second loudest, but blows the most air. All in all, I'm EXTREMELY glad I bought this fan." VW Mechanic - Paramount, CA
So, it only goes to show, at the BLOWout price of $139.99, the 30" pedestal shop fan at Harbor Freight BLOWS the competition in value. Don't BLOW the opportunity to get one-- or more-- for your shop or garage, or you will WIND up regretting it (much as I will these pathetic stabs at humor).
If you're not in the market for a pedestal fan, Harbor Freight also has the gusty Chicago Electric 24" Shop Floor Fan. This high-power work horse provides massive air flow for ventilating large areas, drying carpets, flooded basements or paint jobs, or removing chemical fumes quickly. It's also perfect for outdoor parties or gatherings around the patio. This industrial-grade unit comes with low and high settings, thermal-overload protection and two carry handles for easy portability. At the low price of $129.99, it's a great addition to any work area.
And, as with the pedestal fan, the comments say it all:
"I have a 24-inch Global Industrial blower fan. When I found out Harbor Freight was selling this fan, I went to check it out. Wow! This fan is same in every detail except for the stand.You can pay more, but you can not buy a better fan anywhere, I know this. They low-ball this fan in output, too. It's lot higher, folks. Commercial grade? More like industrial grade." Cold Breeze - San Diego, CA
"This is a great little item for a party or even for your work. For this size, it delivers a great amount of air. I love it. Compact and light, great to take to your workplace." TNSHP - US
"Used in a flooded basement-- worked real good moving the air." Kenny, Wichita, KS
On your next trip to Harbor Freight, check out the shop fans-- as well as their other terrific deals-- and don't forget to bring along your 20% Off Coupon!
When it comes to riding your motorcycle, it's not enough that it just runs good-- you gotta look good. So make sure you check out Super Streetbike's April 2013 issue (no, not the cover, lug nut-- I'm talking about YOU looking good).
On page 58 there's a nifty article on "Helmet Painting"-- a cool, inexpensive way to self-express on the road. But, as writer Brian Hatano points out, you need more than a creative idea to get your point across; it takes technique. So, he takes you through every step you probably don't think about when imagining that wicked skull with flames and roses... namely, preparation, detail, method and materials. To get the hang of the spray gun skills, though, Brian suggests we first get the feel of it with a practice helmet:
"For practice jobs, any helmet will work, but starting with a lid in good condition will require less initial prep and give you more time to think about designs and color combinations."
He then breaks down the process of executing a successful paint job-- from disassembling the helmet to applying the clear coat-- in crystal, concise detail. Great intel to have for when you're ready to go for it.
Interesting, however, is that even though Brian was working in a shop equipped with a large air compressor, he opted instead to go with the Central Pneumatic 1/5 HP, 58 PSI Airbrush Compressor.
"Although we had a full size compressor available, we tried out the Harbor Freight Central Pneumatic 1/5th HP Airbrush Compressor and it performed better than units costing twice as much. Zac noted the quiet motor with no pulsing in the air supply."
Constructed of sturdy anodized aluminum, the airbrush compressor is easy to clean and operate, and changing colors is a cinch. The airbrush kit works with lacquers, oils and latex-based paints to create pro-quality designs only limited by your imagination! It comes with a 22cc glass jar, 5cc metal cop and 5-ft. air hose-- and, at a low $88.99, it'll pay for itself over and over again!
While you're shopping, also be sure to pick up the Central Pneumatic Quick-Change Airbrush Kit for just $11.99. This enables you to switch out paints in a flash with next-to-no downtime.
This awesome setup would also be perfect for custom painting:
- Bike frames
- R/C and other models
- Auto body detail art
- Tool boxes or cabinets
- Metal sculpting
- Signs and murals
- Cosmetic and Halloween makeup
- Spray tanning
- ...and so much more!
Also, of course, if you want to support the team at the big game.
Opinions are like hand tools-- everybody's got them (opinions are like other things, too, but I can't think of what they are right now).
And, like opinions, while it might vary as to which of Harbor Freight's quality, low-priced tools customers take a shining to, the Woodworking Guys seem to share a consensus of their favorites. Like the Chicago Electric 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw, with its consistently smooth, precise cuts; the industrial-quality Central Machinery 10" 13-amp Industrial Bench Table Saw, so easy to use, accurate, and works like a heavyweight champ; the uncompromising Central Machinery 2.5 HP 12" Planer and the powerful & compact Drill Master Trim Router.
And while I could name a dozen more off the top of my head (momentary power foot switch... ), there's no denying that-- by far-- the most popular Harbor Freight product for woodworkers is the Central Machinery 2 HP Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector. This dust collector vanquishes the finest sawdust, dirt and debris like a wormhole that suddenly appears and sucks galaxies. It comes complete with a clear bottom bag so you see what's been collected, and four locking swivel casters making it easy to move to wherever its needed. It has a 4" diam. intake and 4" diam. exhaust, and comes with two collecting bags and hex wrenches. You can pick one of these babies up at your local Harbor Freight, or order them online, priced at $199.99-- or with the 20% Off Coupon, make it $160!
Just to get a taste of what the woodworkers ARE saying, though, here are a few comments submitted by experienced, hardcore fans:
"A year ago, when I was building my shop, I was shopping around for a dust collector to be the heart of my system. I looked at General, Jet, Grizzly, etc. But then I read several really postive reviews on the HF 2 HP model. I had a coupon for 169.00 for it so I figured, why not? Let me tell you, this thing is at least the equal of all of those others! I actually got a chance to examine a Jet, and a Grizzly….and they are almost identical. My longest run is 45 feet and I’ve had no trouble running one tool there and another 25 feet in the other direction, at the same time. It gets it all. Now I make a lot of dust here in my shop so this has gotten a workout in the last year, and I’m not disappointed. This is one of those rare Harbor Freight gems."
--njcraftsman on Lumberjocks
"There isn't much this little thingie can't handle. Cabinet saw, no problem. 12 inch Planer, same same. 6-inch jointer, 6 x 48 flat belt, compound miter saw, nada. Moderate-sized drum sander, no problem-o. Don't expect this rig to evacuate a 52-inch double wide belt sander though, but for most small shop cabinet men, chair makers and burl workers this will execute without hesitation. I've got mine in a room adjacent to my shop running through a bulkhead fitting; all you hear is the quiet screaming of the sawdust as it is slurped off to the Great Beyond. A metal trash can will fit nicely under the bag within the frame, which eases the unloading of poor, dead tree powder and other assorted shop waste. Don't think you can run a 100-ft hose from your shop to your neighbor's basement though; any DC system can only handle X amount of hose, especially if it is corrugated or has numerous 180' turns. All in all, very pleased with this item, it can run with the big dogs all day long (going on 6 years) as long as you keep good duct work and hoses in the equation and mind your housekeeping regarding the top bags cleanliness."
--R. E. Parks on Dakota Heirloom Woodworking
"At the end of the day, is this thing worth it? Heck yeah! I don't think there's anything that's comparable for the price. As I stated, I don't have a lot of personal experience with dust collectors, but I have no idea what a more expensive single stage dust collector could do that this one can't. This product comes with a high recommendation from me, and it's a pretty big improvement over my old shop vac based system."
--haugerm on Woodworking Talk
Whether your passion is wood, metal, welding, engines, the yard-- or a little of everything-- you can count on Harbor Freight Tools to deliver quality, low-priced products that'll get the job done and leave you some cash left over. Check out the deals today and you'll see what I'm talking about.