What Dad Really Wants on Father’s Day – (by SaveOnEnergy.com)

saveonenergyExploring the best way to save and use energy is what SaveOnEnergy.com is all about. In fact, everything they do serves one purpose– helping consumers find the right energy plan at a great price. Recently, Heather Bailey at Save On Energy posted 15 fresh, different ideas on “What Dad Really Wants on Father’s Day”:

If figuring out the perfect gift for your father or husband becomes harder every year, take heart and take a look at our gift list. We’ve got 15 fresh ideas that Dad – and the environment – will appreciate. Getting Dad a gift card may sound like the easy way out, but our thoughtful and creative ideas are anything but boring.”

It came as no surprise to us that the first item on the list was a tool (“toy”) store gift card. Also not astonishing was their suggestion to go to Harbor Freight.

A gift card gives him the freedom to play around with his favorite things without any disapproving looks from Mom. Harbor Freight Tools offers electronic gift cards so you can email one to Dad or you can pick one up in one of its 500+ stores.”

We were also duly impressed with the other fourteen ideas (although we had to pry our eyes away from the gift card page). To get the 4-1-1 on your home’s energy, visit SaveOnEnergy.com– and when you’re ready to shop for Dad, head on over to Harbor Freight Tools! #fathersday #saveonenergy

Get a Load of These Steel Loading Ramps!

Getting large equipment, ATVs, or anything heavy into the bed of your pick-up truck is now easier than ever! The days of straining your back and begging unwilling neighbors for help are gone thanks to the easy-to-use Steel Loading Ramps from Harbor Freight Tools.  With these simple ramps on hand, you’ll have no trouble loading recreational vehicles, appliances, motorbikes, and anything up to 1,000 pounds into your truck, van, or trailer.  And they’re more reliable and safer than wooden planks or self-made ramps.  Because, let’s face it, when you’re working with heavy items, safety should be priority number one.

Whether you’re taking the big air compressor out to the job site, loading your riding mower for repairs, or taking an old refrigerator off to the junk yard, there’s no telling when you might need to load up or unload some heavy stuff.  The loading ramps take a split second to set up and, when you’re done, they store easily in your truck or workshop.  And if that info doesn’t get you ramped up for these helpful items, maybe these actual customer reviews will:

“Have had these for 20 years or more. Mainly use them to load a 500 lb. electric wheelchair in my minivan (use them to load everything and anything that has wheels too… rider mower, go-cart, steam cleaner and even some things that don’t).  Well worth it.” – by stonekeeper from Pennsylvania

“These are great. Yes they are a bit heavy and don’t fold but these will get the job done. No issues and I have not flexed one yet. Use them all the time too. Abuse them also with no issues.” – by GiXeR from Midlothian, Va

“I use these all the time for loading stuff into my enclosed trailer, to load heavy boxes, etc… They are very safe and have stood up to my everyday use for the last year and half. I even ran over them once with my farm tractor, 100 HP tractor. Didn’t hurt them. So don’t be afraid to buy.” – by Dishtech43 Dave from Parts Unknown

Even if you use these ramps frequently, they hold up and make your life a little bit easier.  I certainly wouldn’t recommend running them over with your tractor but it’s nice to know that Dishtech Dave has done the research for us.  So if you’re looking for an easy way to load stuff onto your vehicle, don’t be afraid to buy these tough Steel Loading Ramps at your local Harbor Freight store!

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!

The Truth About Fish Tape

Whether you’re a professional electrician or just running wiring in your own home, you’re going to need some fish tape.  Now, if you have no idea what fish tape is, then you’re not alone.  This highly versatile and useful piece of equipment is not one of the more well known tools out there.  However, even though it has a fairly specific use, it can be helpful in a few different situations.  Because when it comes to pushing wire, no tool does it better!

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Fish tape has nothing to do with fish and not much to do with tape so its name can be a bit misleading.  This non-conductive nylon tape is primarily used for pushing wire through insulation, ducts, and panel boxes for wiring, electrical applications and running cable.  With a steel leader and interchangeable eyelet, the fish tape helps push those wires and cables through tight or occupied areas to smoothly guide them to where they need to go.  And if you’re a do-it-yourselfer handling home projects or remodeling, this is an essential tool that will make a seemingly tough job much more simple.  Of course, maybe hearing from some actual customers will help:

“I have used this tool plumbing wire for electrical outlets and speaker wire installation on multiple occasions. I bought this tool after I bought my first house. That was 12 years ago and I am now in my 3rd home. Very good tool.” – Richard Smith from Puckett, MS

“Used this fish tape several times and it worked great. I’ve paid ten times as much for fish tape for use at work and this one I bought for home use. I can’t tell the difference. Worth the money.” – Rex Cannon from Parts Unknown

“Bought it to run cable for additional electrical outlet and routing ethernet cables. It works well.
I wondered whether this would be a good product for the price and was considering buying one of the same length at another popular hardware store for about 5-1/2 times the price. I decided to go with Harbor Freight and I am very happy with the performance of this tool.” – Tilla from Kansas City, MO

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If Rex Cannon can’t tell the difference between that high-priced fish tape and the more affordable version, then you know it’s high quality!  And with both 50 ft. and 100 ft. version s to choose from, Harbor Freight Tools has the perfect one for whatever project you have planned.  Like I said, if you’re a guy who likes to take care of things on his own, then you’ll definitely need some fish tape ready to go for when you need to handle a wiring job.  Don’t pay someone else to do a task that you can easily do yourself!  For just $6.99 for 50 feet or $14.99 for 100, you can be just as prepared as the professional electrician while saving money and time too!

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.

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.

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!…!!!!