A High Quality Racing Jack without the Jacked Up Price

Need to get under your vehicle but aren’t a genetically modified super human capable of lifting heavy items with one hand?  Well then look no further than the 1.5 Ton Aluminum Racing Jack from Harbor Freight Tools!  Singled out as “the undisputed king of the garage” by Four Wheeler magazine, the lightweight and compact floor jack lives up to its stellar reputation at a price that floors the competition.  With this workhorse jack in your arsenal, it’s the perfect way to lift up to 3,000 lbs. with just 3-1/2 pumps without putting any undue strain on your back.  At least until those genetic modifications become legal.

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“I have an older version of this jack. It is so easy to use that, even with my medical problems, I can still work on my cars. It fits under my Chevy Citation, and Chrysler New Yorker, but it has the power to lift our Mercury Villager easily! It raises the vehicle up high. When my cheap jack was stolen from under my van, I bought one of these, and I have never regretted it, even with the new lower price!” – Gary from San Diego, Ca

“I fell in love with this jack after my wife bought it for me. It’s the first jack I’ve owned where I felt I had complete control of the jack going down.  It is the main reason I like it and it’s easy on my bad back.” – Bob from Aiken, Co

“The jack worked well right out of the box. I didn’t have to bleed or adjust anything. The valve works well, the car can be lowered as abruptly or gradually as you want. I’ve used the jack for a year so far with no tricks or surprises. An excellent tool.” – Rantbot from Boston, Ma

Look, you don’t have to have a bad back to take full advantage of the awesome aluminum racing jack.  I don’t even think cyborgs like Rantbot have backs.  But for quick and easy lifting, you can’t go wrong with this tough, portable jack.  Well… I guess you can if you try to lift more than 3,000 lbs.  So, be sure to follow those instructions.  I know the guy who writes them and he spends a lot of time making sure they’re correct so don’t feel the need to test them.  We do that here.

The US General 5-Drawer Tool Cart: Too Sexy for Your 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 extra large 56″ 11-Drawer Industrial Rolling Cabinet, the mammoth 72″ 18-Drawer Industrial Roller 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 reviews of the 700-lb. Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart

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 Jeff G. Holt in the May 2013 Used and Abused column of Hot Bike :

“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 the 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, keep your eyes peeled and get it for $169.99 with coupon! Girls on Hot Bike magazine cover not included.

Johnny Hunkins, editor of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, also posted a great article on his blog about Harbor Freight’s tool carts. When he visited our QA facility in Calabasas, CA, he was impressed with the thoroughness of our tool testing. 5 drawer tool cart, and the US General tool cart was actually one of dozens of products he got to sample side-by-side with competitors’ products that are generally much more expensive. As Johnny observed:

” You really have to put your hands on this cart, open the drawers, slam the lid, and roll it around to believe it. With severe-duty ball bearing roller tracks, thick gauge steel cabinet, chunky ball bearing casters, smooth pneumatic lid struts, locking drawer tabs, grippy drawer liners, durable powdercoat red paint, and beefy frame, the HTF cart would be a welcome addition to any garage at twice the price.”

Jacob Jackson of Truckin’ magazine had his own thoughts on the subject, handing the crown of “Best Mechanic’s Cart Under $250″ to Harbor Freight’s tool cart:

“It’s difficult to overstate the incredible value the US General Pro five-drawer tool cart, represents in the tool world. You get super-strong 14-gauge steel, five storage drawers of varying depths, and gas struts for the lid, which can support 176 pounds. The bright-red powdercoat was tough yet looked good, and for under $200, you get a legitimate mobile workstation and not just a little cart. It was the clear-cut winner of this shootout.”

Decide for yourself. Come visit your local Harbor Freight Tools and try the US General 5-Drawer Tool Cart mano y mano. We think you’ll walk away a believer– and a proud new owner– too.

Tool Totes for the Traveling Tradesman

Keep your tools stored and organized in a rugged, durable tool bag!  Whether it’s keeping your stuff safely stored in the shop or taking tools to the jobsite and back, a Tool Tote from Harbor Freight Tools is just the thing you need for added convenience.  Both the 12” and 19” tool totes provide maximum protection for your tools and accessories with a heavyweight polyester fabric construction and a hard rubber bottom.  And while you don’t have to work hard to benefit from one of these tool totes, they’ll hold up to the stress even when you do.

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For smaller jobs, the 12” Tool Tote handles just about everything you’d need.  With 6 inside pockets and 12 outside, you can easily fit all your basic tools and accessories.  For jobs requiring a little extra preparation or if you’re hitting a couple projects in a row, the 19” Tool Tote comes with 13 outside pockets that you can pack full without concern for ripping or tearing the tough polyester fabric.  Whichever one of these bad boys you choose, you’ll always have everything you need right at your fingertips.  So don’t be left without an essential tool!  Pick up one of these tote bags today!

Save Space and Add Convenience with the Retractable Hose Reel

Sometimes a tool simply adds convenience to your garage or shop, or has a space-saving feature that gives you more room to work in and to store your stuff.  And sometimes there’s an item like the Retractable Hose Reel with 50 Ft. Air/Water Hose that does both!  With this handy steel hose reel mounted in your work area, you’ll have instant access to your water or air hose and, when it’s not in use, it’s out of the way and neatly stored.  This not only frees up space but keeps the hose off the floor where it essentially becomes a tripping hazard.  With all of these benefits and an $89.99 price tag, you can’t afford to pass this incredible item up!  And if that still doesn’t reel you in, check out what actual customers think:

“No complaints. Works as advertised. Very solidly built. You may need an extra set of hands to mount it because it’s pretty heavy. No more air hoses to trip over. Makes things a lot easier.” – Dan from Jacksonville, FL

“I have used this for about 4 months in the shop daily for air, my pressure is 145psi. This unit always locks, always draws up nice, and does not leak. I am very happy with it and glad I bought it.” – Nathan from Elk River, MN

“I bought 2 of these. One for the shop and one for home. I have a 150psi air compressor and no problems with the hose or anything else. This was worth every cent and if you’re looking for a hose reel this is the one!!!!!” – Kevin Steele from North Jersey, NJ

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I would expect no fewer than four exclamation points from someone named Kevin Steele from New Jersey and Kevin doesn’t disappoint with a solid five.  And much like Mr. Steele, the awesome Retractable Hose Reel from Harbor Freight Tools won’t disappoint either!(!!!!) Use the included 50 foot, 3/8” diameter hose anytime you need it and, when you’re done, it retracts smoothly and effortlessly with a spring-loaded release so you can move right on to the next stage of your project.  Just mount the reel to your wall, floor, or ceiling and get to work!…!!!!

Jump Any Car with the Portable Power Pack

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

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

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

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

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

The Best New Products of 2013

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

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13 HP (420cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine

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

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3000 Watt Continuous/6000 Watt Peak Power Inverter

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

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Triple Ball trailer Hitch Mount with Hook

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

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Floor Jack Cross Beam

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

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Truck Bed Cargo Unloader

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

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150 Watt Portable Halogen Clamp Light

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

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120 LED Rechargeable Under Hood Work Light

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

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Motorcycle Tire Changer Attachment

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

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

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

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56”, 8 Drawer Roller Cabinet Top Chest

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

 

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

Fly High with Your Own RC Airplane

In the more than 100 years since man has been able to fly, we’ve made several significant advancements.  From the early days of the Wright Brothers making history on Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to the modern international airports that now cover the world, the fascination we have with flight has only grown stronger with time.  Now, we not only use airplanes as modes of transportation, but we also fly remote controlled aircraft and become captains ourselves.  With the holidays fast approaching and the great selection at Harbor Freight Tools, there’s no better time to see what special gifts you can find for your favorite aviation enthusiast.

Harbor Freight offers two radio controlled airplanes that provide tons of fun in the park or backyard.  With the basic version for $39.99, you get an RC airplane that takes flight for up to 20 minutes on a full charge.  Made to withstand rough landings, this sturdy Rechargeable Radio Controlled Airplane comes with replacement propellers so you can make repairs and keep right on flying.  If you want to take your flying fun to the next level, then perhaps the Radio Controlled P51 Mustang Airplane for $99.99 is the better choice for you.  This top-notch RC plane comes pre-built and flies for up to 10 minutes on a full charge.  While you don’t get the flight time of the basic version, you can fly in style with the same design as the famous P51 Mustang!  And don’t forget, no matter which RC airplane you choose, you’ll need to pick up 6 to 8 AA batteries to power the remote control.

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Here’s what customers had to say about the basic version:

“I bought one of these to try my hand at RC airplanes. When flying one time I crashed it many feet up in a tree. That was the end of that, I thought. However, I saw the plane slowly bouncing down to the ground.  I found it a few minutes later drenched in water and up against a grate in the irrigation ditch. I fished it out, took it home and let it dry out overnight. The next morning I powered it up and was amazed that it sprang to life! The engines fired up and it was good to go for many more flights. Practically indestructible.” –Blaine from Utah

“I have enjoyed my plane for a few years now. I just took it out last night after it had been sitting for a COUPLE OF YEARS. Charged the battery, took it out in CALM evening twilight conditions. Had a 10 minute flight. I have flown radio controlled planes for 25 years and this is a hoot. I was surprised it flew after sitting for so long, unused. Great deal for the money.” – Randy from Parts Unknown

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And the P51 Mustang:

“This Mustang flies as good as some of my 4 or 500 buck planes, I would recommend some extra battery packs because you will want to fly it all day!” – Nickthestick from Northville, SD

“Very good plane. Got it and flew it out the box. Amazing speeds and handling. Would recommend to anyone. Nice beginner plane. Medium to slow speeds, and looks beautiful in the air. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” – Bry from Mansfield, Tx

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Now, maybe you love airplanes but don’t plan on taking a toy plane outside to fly anytime soon.  Well, that’s okay.  You can still show off your love of aviation with the Balsa Wood Airplane Puzzle!  At just $1.99, this inexpensive puzzle is fun to build and looks great on any desk, shelf, or table once complete.  Also, you can build the airplane as it comes or you can paint the individual pieces for a truly unique work of art.  But whether you choose the puzzle or one of the awesome (exclamation points optional) radio controlled planes, you’ll find them right here at Harbor Freight Tools!

Affordable, High-Quality Slow Cooking

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

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

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

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

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

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

Popular Hot Rodding Review: ‘Cool’ Harbor Freight Tools

In the upcoming January, 2014 issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, several Harbor Freight products are featured among 23 Cool Tools: Home Garage Helpers You Gotta Have That Won’t Break the Bank. Says PHR columnist Rob Kinnan:

“You know Harbor Freight as the place to get dirt-cheap tools, from tiny stuff to the bigger power tools, presses, and such, but your author has put a ton of use in their tools for decades and can attest that the “cheap tools” thing is mostly a myth. And they have everything, including a lot of things that the other tool companies don’t offer. Check ‘em out.”

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First on their list is the Warrior 3 Piece Titanium Nitride-Coated High Speed Steel Step Drills. Rob said:

“We call this dynamite little tool an “unbit”, and if you don’t have one in your toolbox then, sorry, you’re an idiot.”

This 3-piece set of titanium nitride-coated, high-speed steel bits replaces 28 individual drill bits! Which means you don’t have to constantly change bits when drilling the range of holes necessary on a countertop, for instance, so you can speed-up the process. Also automatically deburrs holes as you drill. #60379 $12.99

 

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Next on their list is the Drill Master 1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun. Here Rob poses the question:

“Why would you need an industrial-strength hair drier? Because a true heat gun is much more than that and is a handy thing to have in the garage.”

Harbor Freight’s Drill-Master heat gun is the ideal tool for stripping paint and varnish, removing decals, shrinking wire wraps, loosening fittings, thawing pipes and more! The heat gun features two heat settings (572° F and 1112° F) to accommodate a wide variety of jobs and a superior coil design that heats materials more quickly than other heat guns on the market. Great for both the do-it-yourselfer and professional contractor. #96289 $14.99

 

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Another great deal covered in Popular Hot Rodding is the Drill Master 7″ Variable Speed Polisher/Sander:

“While it’s true that a paint job is only as good as the prep work, it’s equally true that it’s only as good as the cut and polish after the paint and clearcoat has dried, and Harbor Freight has just the inexpensive tool to do it.”

This versatile polisher-sander from Harbor Freight is powered 600-3500 RPM, so you can easily polish your vehicle’s finish or sand all types of larger work surfaces. The all ball-bearing construction also helps the polisher/sander operate smoothly. Features a six-speed thumb control and spindle lock for easy pad changes. #69474 $39.99

 

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As a final addition for the budget garage, Rob recommends the Pittsburgh Automotive 1-Ton and 2 Ton Foldable Shop Cranes:

“Also known as a cherry picker, a shop crane is mandatory to remove or install an engine in a car, but they take up a boatload of room when not being used. Harbor Freight solves that with a foldable crane in either 1-ton or 2-ton capacities.”

The Pittsburgh Automotive foldable shop cranes deliver the lifting ability you need with the combined advantage of compact storage! Double bearing swivel casters provide smooth and easy maneuvering around your work space. The 1-ton boom extends from 34 in. to 45 in. and its crane height adjusts from 85 in. to 94 in. The 2-ton’s boom extends from 41″ to 61-3/4″ and the crane height adjusts from 73-5/8″ to 89″. They include ram, chain and hook. #69512 $146.00, #69514 $219.99

For this and more awesome articles on hot-rodding and rod-wrenching, check out the January issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine!

Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days Sale – Nov 19 to Dec 2

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Need to stock up on some doodads for the garage or shop?  Sure, these are items that might seem like miscellaneous odds and ends but it’s these very items that will make you ready for anything when the time comes.  We all know there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a project and having to run out to by a zip-tie or some work gloves.  Imagine having a project completed and ready to be delivered but you’ve got no way of tying it down for transport!  Or no furniture pad available to keep your truck bed from getting all scratched up.

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I know what you’re saying… “But, Zach, why should I go out and spend a bunch of money on items I’m going to use once or infrequently?”  Well, first of all, my name is spelled with a K, not an H, and secondly, that’s what Harbor Freight’s Dollar Days Sale is for!  From now until December 2nd, you can get all these little items and more at ridiculously low deals!   100 White Cable Ties for $2.50 or 100 Black Cable Ties for $2.50?  Why not save some time and just get both for $5?  Running low on tool space?  Well, the Two Shelf Steel Service Cart for $50.00 will take care of that.  And best of all, it’s the same high quality you’d get at full price!

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I know some of you out there will sacrifice safety and comfort when it comes to the bottom line on your handiwork.  I admire that, but with Dollar Days, there’s no excuse. Work gloves (6 pair) for $3.00, knee pads for $4.00, and safety glasses for $1.00??  That’s a full outfit of safety gear for under ten bucks!  And let me tell you, your medical bill won’t be that low so why risk it?  I’m sure you’re a very safe worker, but even the best of us make mistakes.  Just ask my old shop teacher, Mr. Jones.  I’m not sure how he lost his thumb, but I bet some safety equipment would have come in handy in that situation.  Uh, no pun intended…

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I could go over all the items available for major discounts, but it would be easier to show you.  It’ll be like an early Christmas for all you tool hounds out there and actual Christmas if you’re looking to get a couple gifts for your friends.  With Magnetic Nutsetter Sets at $8.00, a 100 Piece Security Bit Set for $9.00, or a 13 Piece High Speed Drill Bit Set for $3.00, you can snatch up some great gifts without breaking the bank.  Just try not to keep them for yourself.  Maybe you’ll get lucky and a friend will pick up some nifty tools for you too.  At Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days, you never know what you might find!