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.

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“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.

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“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.

Pittsburgh Tubing Roller: This Is How We Roll

If you’re in the market for an economical manual tubing roller, you really should take a look at the Pittsburgh Tubing Roller (SKU #99736) from Harbor Freight. This sturdy, heavy-duty tubing roller is an absolute wonder.

It’s easy to use and includes 1, 1-1/2 and 2-inch rollers that can bend tubing anywhere from 3/4-inch to 2-inches in diameter. It even supports 3/4-inch, 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) conduit sizes.  Whether your project is for work or hobby, the tubing roller works incrementally so that you can create bends as precise as necessary. An excellent tool for the price!

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The Pittsburgh tubing roller bends it like Beckham.

The Pittsburgh Tubing Roller does a lot and takes up little space. It’s portable and a prize to have around the shop. It’s made for bending mild steel, copper and aluminum tubing, alike. You can use it to fabricate an exhaust, roll bars and many other projects. This is one of those fun toys when doing a cage because your tube work can follow the arc of the windshield, have a domed roof, or whatever other normal or wacky job you can think of. It also does a decent job with bike-quality bends for the serious cyclist. The roller can be bench-mounted as well on this Central Machinery Adjustable Pedestal Stand (sold separately); just make sure your workbench is solid, level and strong enough to support not only the tool itself, but your work material and any pressure applied while bending.

Here are just a few comments from owners:

Really great tool and easy to use. This took about 5 minutes or less to complete and I was going slow and easy.”  The Nettletons – Marietta, GA

“Works great. If you start rolling bigger tube such as 1 1/2″ you will get a work out but 1″ and smaller is a piece of cake but no matter what size you roll the results are amazing. Just take your time and it will turn out great. I have been using mine to build furniture and it turns out gorgeous.”  JoeBro – Undisclosed

“I am always afraid of cheap tools but this is a great tool for the price. It is a substantial piece of equipment. It comes with 3 sets of dies and works very well. I bought the flat die set as well. Makes beautiful rings in 1/4 x 1 1/2 steel.”  Robert – Undisclosed

Keep in mind this unit is designed for bending copper, aluminum and mild steel. Never try to bend plastic or PVC pipe with it. Another word of caution: Always check your minimum practical bend radius. This depends on the diameter and wall thickness of the tube you are working with. Making bends with too small of a radius will result in tube deformations like flattening, folding or rupturing. As always, practice on a piece of scrap material prior to starting your project.

The Pittsburgh Tubing Roller performs like much higher-priced models without bending your budget. At just $169.99, it’ll keep you rolling for years to come!

Pick Up a Handy Welding Spoon without Forking Over a Lot of Cash!

For any serious welder out there, a Welding Spoon is a must-have accessory for making your work just a little easier.  And if you’re a welding novice who has never heard of a Welding Spoon before then here’s your introduction to a great tool that will help you in filling holes while welding!  If you’re looking to create a smooth, flat surface when filling a hole in metal, you’ll need this reliable welding accessory to ensure professional results.

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Even though it may not be used in every project, the Welding Spoon is a tool that many professional welders consider essential.  By placing the curved copper plate behind the hole you’re trying to fill, the Spoon not only supports the weld but also absorbs the heat, allowing for a cleaner finish.  In fact, with this tool in your arsenal, you’ll be able to fill holes without leaving any evidence at all that there was a hole there in the first place.  And best of all, at just $9.49, this inexpensive item won’t leave too big a hole in your tool budget either.

And what do our customers think?

“Made welding thin sheet metal easier. Just getting back into welding and this really works well.” – by SOCAL SCOUT from Irvine, CA

Thanks, SOCAL, for that review.   Short and sweet, just like your next project will be when you have this great Welding Spoon from Harbor Freight Tools in your Welding Cabinet.  With a dimpled vinyl grip, this welding accessory is both easy and comfortable to use.  And while you may not use it often, when the time comes to fill holes in metal, you’ll be glad you filled your tool box with this simple welding accessory!

Harbor Freight Tools for Rust Repair

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Custom Classic Trucks Uses Harbor Freight Tools for a Rust Repair Project:

The procurement and care of a classic car is a labor of love. You can’t just buy and drive it. You want to maintain it, restore, repair and baby it. Unfortunately, that can sometimes require some serious scratch. When it comes to owning a 40+ year old car, one of the biggest challenges is rust. Don’t think I haven’t been eyeing that “patina” in the bed of my ’72 GMC 2500 Sierra Grande. So far, both mechanically and cosmetically, I’ve been real lucky with the truck, but if something’s going to sneak up and bite me in the butt, it’ll probably be hidden rust.

In their March, April and May 2014 issues, Rotten Rodney Bauman and his team ran a three-part series in Custom Classic Trucks on a complete rust reconnaissance and repair job on a recently-acquired 1971 GMC pickup (right). As they went through the process of identifying and treating the damaged areas, Mr. Rotten gets invaluable use from his Central Pneumatic 3/8″ Reversible Air Drill and Central Pneumatic 3 In. Extended Reach Air Cutoff Tool as well as assorted chisel bits and a Central Pneumatic Air Punch Flange Tool they bought years ago .

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Central Pneumatic tools are priced right,” said Rotten Rodney, “and I can get more (should I need to) right down the street.”


You can find Custom Classic Trucks’ 1971 GMC truck rust restoration series online at the following three links:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

 

 

 

Handle a Ton of Work with a Hand-Operated Arbor Press!

With the 1 Ton Arbor Press (Central Machinery 3552) from Harbor Freight Tools mounted to your workbench, small production and assembly jobs are a breeze! Installing and removing bearings, staking, pressing shafts and more are all done quickly and efficiently with minimal effort thanks to the 1 ton force applied by this mighty but small arbor press. Its all-metal construction combined with a large base make this arbor press sturdy and durable so you can power through a whole variety of applications! Even installation is easy with the mount holes conveniently built into the press. Just secure the tool to your workbench and you’re ready to go.

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Safely Handles Small Jobs!

In case I’m not pressing the point enough, check out what some actual customers had to say:

“I am using this press to squeeze the juice of vegetables and fruits from the production of a meat grinder. It is tough enough for that and its four inch throat guarantees a small pressing area and ensures enough pressure to adequately squeeze my fruit and vegetable pulp through a flour sack towel. That gives me juice without the pulp. I am not using it for its intended use so my comment may inspire someone else to find another non-standard use for this arbor press. I no longer work on cars professionally, but it may serve double duty at some time in the future.” — xenonracerx from Las Vegas, NV

“I use this to press bearings in and piston pins, also have fixed body panels with it. A+ and a great value cant go wrong” —  Joel from Rogers, MN

“I use this press to press in leaf spring bushing on almost all my suspension projects. I mounted it into my vise and press in all the bushing with no problem. A lot faster than using my 20 ton h frame press.” — James the fabricator from Lakewood, Wa

And I’m willing to be that James the Fabricator is telling the truth despite his profile name.  Bigger or more powerful presses can’t handle the smaller jobs tackled by the 1 ton arbor press. For smaller work pieces, you’ll want to be sure to use a press that can handle the work safely while still applying enough force. And while you’re at it, be sure to get a good look at Harbor Freight’s line of vices too. The 6″ Portable Carpenter’s Vise or the 4” Drill Press Vice are a great addition to work you may be doing on the arbor press.

You’ll be hard pressed to find another arbor press for sale at the same low cost as this one offered by Harbor Freight. Other retailers sell similar presses for much more!

The Perfect, Cost-Effective Reloading Bench

workbench 4-14At just $165– and even less with your 20% Off Coupon– you would be hard-pressed (see what I just did there?) to find a better reloading bench for a limited space than the Windsor 60-in. 4-Drawer Hardwood Workbench. At over 110 lbs. empty, it’ll stay in place when you lift up the press, and with 60 inches of table surface and four drawers, there’s plenty of room to work and store your supplies. The work bench also includes a bottom shelf for larger tools as well. A wood block vise is included to enhance usability and a clear lacquer finish protects the top of your shop bench from wear and tear.

“ClemBert,” a member of the FiringLine.com forum, came up with this swell mod for his Harbor Freight workbench. First, he modified two of the drawers into one deep drawer.

“I used hurricane framing ties to connect the drawers together leaving the bottom out of the drawer on the top.”

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He then made a 1.5″ platform for the reloading press, using leftover 3/4″ plywood glued together. A 2×4 was glued and bolted to the bottom of the platform. This allowed him to use the vice that comes with the workbench to hold the platform when in use.

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After the platform was completed, he bolted the reloading press to it.

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Harbor Freight workbench with reloading press setup

So when he wasn’t reloading and needed the work space, he had it at his disposal!

Harbor Whether it’s for reloading or other garage & shop hobbies, the Windsor 60″ 4-Drawer Hardwood Workbench from Harbor Freight Tools is a sweet deal!

A Hot Propane Torch for a Cool Price

Our customers are fired up about the small propane torch #91033 from Harbor Freight!  This hot, little item makes burning leaves, softening paint and melting ice both easy and safe!  At just $19.99, this useful torch won’t burn through your tool budget and will keep you from losing your cool during a tough job.  Plus, you still get the same high quality you’ve come to expect!

With this  trusty propane torch, you can burn weeds and driveway grass, melt ice, thaw metal pipes, destroy insect nests, start charcoals and campfires, remove stubborn, old vinyl flooring, soften paint and melt asphalt in a hurry with temperatures over 3,000° F.  The torch attaches to a standard 20 lb. propane tank and features a turbo blast trigger for maximum flame.

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Some Propane Torch Tips:

  • Never store or use propane indoors
  • Use a long-handled lighter to ignite
  • Always utilize eye protection and leather gloves when operating the torch
  • Always have a fire extinguisher nearby when using propane torches

And, here are a few reviews by actual users so you know I’m not just full of hot air:

“Great Torch. I bought this to light my charcoal since I run my bbq pit and smoker pretty frequently. Got this sucker on sale with 20% off. Connected the hose and hooked it to my propane tank in about 2 minutes. I used a flint striker to light it and I had a full load of charcoal ready to cook in about 5 minutes. I also used this to burn some weeds in the driveway and back yard. Great buy hands down!” — by dat504life from Torrance, CA

“Wow compared to my last burner, this is a 700% improvement. I was almost scared to hit the TURBO feature and I like fire!! FIRE GOOD! cant wait for the weeds next season… they don’t stand a chance. the only thing they could improve is a little longer hose, but to me the way it works is all I care about.” – by regg187 from LHC, AZ

Whether you’re in the market for a propane weed torch, a torch for removing paint from non-flammable surfaces or a general purpose propane torch for other applications, you’ll love this Propane Torch!  Get it while it’s hot!

Keep Cargo Secure with Reliable Ratcheting Tie-Downs

When you’re securing cargo or heavy loads, you want to make sure that you have reliable tie-downs that will keep your stuff safe and undamaged!  With the 4 pack of Ratcheting Tie-Downs, you can rest easy while transporting or securing just about anything.  These cargo straps adjust easily to fit the needs of the job, whether you’re tightening down a load in the bed of your truck or just storing materials for later use.  And with a quick release thumb button featured on each tie-down, they’re just as easy to remove.  Plus, the bright orange color makes these tough cargo straps easy to see, even in dim light!

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It’s no surprise that these Ratcheting Tie-Downs are so popular with Harbor Freight Tools customers.  At just $13.99 for this pack of four, the straps pay for themselves even with infrequent use.  Because you never know when you might need to secure materials, tools, or just about any cargo you might need to keep safe.  And best of all, you won’t have to worry about your cargo getting scuffed or marred thanks to the vinyl-covered S hooks!  But from the looks of these reviews by actual customers, you won’t have to worry about much when it comes to these great Ratcheting Tie-Downs:

“These straps are the best deal in town (esp. when on sale) and they work great. I’ve had mine for years and no troubles at all! Very durable and well made.” – by Jeffro from Raleigh, NC

“I am so impressed with this product I am seriously considering going back to HF in the morning to grab another pack of four. My old set had the bare metal edges and when tightened down would cut into my hand if I didn’t use gloves. I especially like the plastic handles on these to remedy that situation. Great product for the price.” – by BeninChesapeake from Virginia

“I used these to secure a 16′ fiberglass canoe to the top of my minivan. I drove fine down the interstate at 70mph with no problems. I have secured several things on my vehicle for transporting and never experiences any of the issues reported with bending clips, etc. Frankly for the value, they are worth it.” – by Jeff from St. Charles, MO

Don’t transport cargo or equipment again without these reliable Ratcheting Tie-Downs!  With these in your truck bed or tool kit, you’ll always be prepared to strapping down an unwieldy load.  But with the included low cost, you won’t find yourself strapped for cash!  Pick up a set at your local Harbor Freight store today and keep just about any load safe and secure.

Get Pumped with Quality Motorcycle Lifts

Even when treated with the utmost care and attention, all motorcycles will eventually need repair. This is where having a motorcycle lift comes in handy, especially for the dye-in-the-wool wrenchers and DIYers. Whether performing an overhaul or just fitting new motorcycle accessories onto your baby, a motorcycle lift jack is a wise addition to your battery of motorcycle tools. Although some routine maintenance can be done with your motorcycle leaning its side stand, any serious work usually requires the bike to be lifted up.

Even dirt bikes that come with a center stand can be more conveniently serviced when using a good motorcycle lift jack. When servicing large bikes, a motorcycle lift jack is an absolute must. With all the options out there, just how do you choose the right motorcycle lift for you?

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When it comes to finding the right motorcycle lift jack for you and your motorcycle, Harbor Freight Tools offers select choices that can meet your needs. The Pittsburgh 1,000 lb. Capacity Motorcycle Lift (#68892) has a foot-operated pump that allows you to easily lift your motorcycles or small RV hands-free. Made of of diamond plate steel, it easily lifts up to a 1/2 ton! Features include retractable casters for easy movement around your garage floor, a 7″ wide tire stop and an integrated leg-lock for safe operation making this motorcycle lift ideal for any biker or motorcycle mechanic that needs to tune-up their ride.

 

Lightweight Aluminum Motorcycle Lift from Harbor Freight

For those looking for a motorcycle lift that is easier to transport, check out the Lightweight Aluminum Motorcycle Lift ( Item #60636). This model weighs a mere 46 pounds, but has the same 1500 pound maximum lift capacity of its heavier cousin. Its extra-wide base offers a stable foundation. It even includes rubber grip pads which will help protect your beloved motorcycle’s frame.

 

High Position Motorcycle Lift from Harbor Freight

For some motorcycle enthusiasts, ground clearance is more important than maximum capacity or lift weight. This is where the High Position Motorcycle Lift (Item #99887) comes into play. This motorcycle lift weighs a hefty 140 pounds, but for a good reason: it can lift your bike anywhere from 2.6 to 30 inches off the ground! You can easily work on your bike both safely and conveniently with such ample clearance. Although it supports a maximum capacity of 1100 pounds, it more than makes up for the lower capacity in convenience. For those that hate laying down on the ground to service their bikes, this is the right choice for you. With such a high clearance, you can even sit in a chair to perform a simple oil change. With its placement wheels, included safety pin, and tie-down straps, this is one of our most popular motorcycle lift jacks. For those that hate laying down on the ground, this High Position Motorcycle Lift is the right choice for you.

Check out these and all our other motorcycle lifts!

As with servicing any vehicle, safety is a priority not to be taken lightly. All of these jacks are hydraulically operated and are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship 90 days from the date of purchase. Regardless of which model you choose, rest assured that you will have no regrets when it comes to making a motorcycle lift your next tool purchase. You may even have to purchase two to keep your riding buddies from “borrowing” yours permanently!

 

Pittsburgh Auto Aluminum Racing Jack: Off-Road’s Tool of the Month

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In the April, 2014 issue of Off-Road magazine, staff writer Jay Kopycinski declared the Pittsburgh Automotive line of aluminum racing jacks the Tool of the Month! Jay chose to demonstrate with the 2-Ton model (SKU #68051) because, as he put it:

“Its size seems perfect for most off-road trucks running larger tires.”

It’s no wonder that this high-performance jack would receive such lofty accolades. It practically pays for itself in no time! Use it to install tires on a truck, replace tire rods on a wagon, do brake jobs, replace shocks on an SUV, etc. With its high-quality construction, the jack easily lifts cars, trucks and vans– and it’s far easier to maneuver than a steel floor jack of the same load rating. Take it with you on the road when pulling travel trailers and 5th wheels; it can take it! You’ll enjoy its relatively light weight– and its extremely light price of just $159.99!

Just read what this NASCAR mechanic had to say:

“I work,,in and out of different NASCAR shops rebuilding suspensions and designing them.All of the shops that I’m connected with have at least 15 to 20 of these jacks for “in the shop work”,not so much at the tracks because of the weight,,but in the shops they can’t be beat.Please ignore any of the negative reviews from the DIY’s,,these jacks are the best you can buy for the money.The jacks we use at the tracks are very good,,but extremely expensive,,but these Harbor Freight jacks have been perfect for the shops.They perform and hold up,,just as good,,if not better than a lot of the really expensive ones.We have yet to have one bleed down or pop,,when in use,,and believe me,,they get used.”  A.R.T.S – Atlanta, GA

The Pittsburgh Automotive 2-Ton Aluminum Racing Jack is available at both Harbor Freight Tools brick-n’-mortar stores and online.