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.

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!

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.

I THOUGHT YOU SAID “DUCK” TAPE…

Duct-Tape-300x300Confession: the first time I heard someone mention duct tape, I thought they were saying “duck” tape. All sorts of questions came to my mind… Why would you need to tape ducks together? Was there a special adhesive that worked better on feathers compared to Scotch tape or masking tape? If two ducks were taped together in the forest and no one was around, would they still quack? The more I thought about these questions, the more I questioned my own existential being. Surely, the reason for duck tape reached beyond the practical need to bind ducks together. I dropped out of chiropractic college, sold my Vespa and traveled east in search of answers. After 10 years, I was in Nepal and had hired a Sherpa named Peter (his parents were huge Easy Rider fans) to take me to a remote peak in the Himalayas that was reputed to be the vortex of mysterious and powerful energies. I sat in meditation for 8 days and nights, no food and the only water I drank was from the melted frost that formed on my upper lip. Nothing happened. No answers regarding duck tape were revealed to me. Perhaps my soul was marred and unworthy of such revelation. Perhaps there were mysteries that were not meant for mortal man to discover. Perhaps the answers were right in front of me but beyond my personal understanding.

Just when I had given up all hope, a strong wind picked up and seemingly out of nowhere, a mailer from Harbor Freight Tools blew right into my face. As I removed the mailer featuring the latest specials and discounts, I noticed a coupon for Duct Tape. DUCT tape. And then the revelation hit: it’s tape for ducts. Ducts do come apart and need repair. And you need an adhesive that works better on sheet metal compared to Scotch tape or masking tape. Only one question remained: if a duct breaks in the forest, does the escaping air make a sound? That last one almost sent me back on another decade-long journey but then I realized there aren’t any ducts in the forest. Whew! I returned to the states, completed my chiropractic training and investing heavily in soy commodities. I made a fortune and today I live like a king, but I still do my own home repairs. And being a do-it-yourselfer, I always have several rolls of 2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape from Harbor Freight Tools on hand. The all-purpose duct tape has thousands of uses around the workshop, jobsite and home. The polyethylene backed, rubber base adhesive duct tape is great for quick and easy repairs, labeling, sticking items together (sans ducks) and sealing. Resistant to water and abrasions, this general-purpose duct tape is a must have for the professional and do-it-yourselfer alike. And the great news is that you don’t have to travel half way around the world, hire a guide named after an actor whose heyday was in the 70s and drink melted frost from your upper lip to acquire  2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape. With over 500 locations nationwide, just visit your local Harbor Freight store or get it at harborfreight.com.

(Disclaimer: No ducks were harmed in the writing of this article.)

2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape
Sku: 94714
$4.29

Haul More with the Aluminum Cargo Carrier

Need some extra cargo space?  Easy to assemble and easy to attach, the 500 Lb. Aluminum Cargo Carrier from Harbor Freight Tools provides a sturdy yet lightweight solution to transporting heavy tools, cumbersome equipment, luggage and more!  It’s a great alternative to overloading your vehicle or cramming dirty tools into the back seat.  Plus, with the cargo carrier attached to your truck, you can carry more equipment and more tools to save time and get more jobs done quickly.

With a Class II receiver, you’ll get a 350 lb. capacity, but with a Class III receiver, you get the full 500 lb. capacity of this durable carrier.  But either way, you’re adding a lot of extra cargo space that can be a life saver when transporting a lot at once.  Whether your camping, going on a road trip, or simply going from your garage to the jobsite, this cargo carrier makes things a lot easier for under $100!  At $99.99, that’s a price that can’t be beat for an attractive, high quality carrier.

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“Due to time issues I had my wife put it together so I could load it up when I got home. She had no trouble and it took her 30min with 4 kids hovering around wanting to help. What a trooper! It is light enough for my wife to pick it up and place it in the receiver by herself. We used it for a camping trip on a three hour one way drive with bumpy roads. I had it loaded up with 2 fully loaded ice chests, two folding chairs, two duffle bags and a collapsible canopy. We didn’t even know it was there! Never heard a noise or rattling.” – Blue Shark B8T from Gilroy, CA

“Moved a washer and dryer, side-by-side and tied down atop 2×4 skids, across the state (twice)!! Assembly is a bit tedious but simple. Used for 3 years on my Nissan Quest, with a step-up adaptor for ground clearance. I’m a land-lord, so this has come in handy.” – Pete from Jersey Shore

“This is a great cargo carrier. I am glad I purchased this aluminum carrier as it is lightweight, allowing me to install it on my Ford Flex without any assistance. I have used it to haul garbage to the dump and have also used it to carry items to the beach. Nothing extremely heavy yet but good to know that I can load it up with up to 500lb capacity which is a great feature. The reflectors are nice to have. I like the long receiver which should allow it to be used on all types of vehicles. This is better than having a roof top carrier!” – John from Norwalk, CT

People just can’t say enough about this awesome cargo carrier.  From contractors and do-it-yourselfers to families and adventurers, everyone loves having the extra space for their stuff.  It does just what it’s supposed to do and stays out of your way while driving.  So, don’t limit yourself to carrying everything in the back seat or the often too-small trunk.  Pick up one of these aluminum cargo carriers and make your life easier!

Harbor Freight Movers Blankets Have You Covered

Moving is tough.  And not just because you’ve got to change your address, forward your mail, find new local restaurants and get your cable/internet hooked back up.  You’ve also got to get your furniture safely moved without damaging or scratching any of it.  When securing furniture (or anything you’re transporting for that matter) mover’s blankets are crucial.  And at Harbor Freight Tools, we’ve got a few different types to choose from which can be useful for a variety of jobs and tasks.  Here’s a quick look at our selection of mover’s blankets and what sets them apart from each other.

First of all, while these blankets are often called mover’s blankets or furniture pads, the usefulness of these items extends far beyond just moving furniture.  Obviously, the main use for mover’s blankets is protecting your furniture or other items when using ratchet straps, tie downs or winch straps.  The pads keep your cargo from being broken or scratched and otherwise just give you some peace of mind when you’re driving that U-Haul and trying to make it through traffic with no rear-view mirror.  Unlike paper pads, mover’s blankets won’t tear during transport and can be used again and again.

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The largest furniture pads you can get at Harbor Freight are 72” x 80”.  Great for securing and protecting larger items, these blankets are also ideal for deadening noise while recording audio.  If you’re recording a song, for example, hanging some of these blankets on the walls will greatly improve acoustics, making your recording clearer.  Also, these pads can adequately silence camera noise when recording on film.  These big blankets are made of a cotton/poly blend with reinforced stitching to maintain strength and longevity for repeated use, also making them good for lying on when working under vehicles.  If you’re looking for something a little smaller, we’ve got that too.  The 60” x 72”, 40” x 72” and 36” x 40” mover’s blankets are equally durable with strong double stitched poly and non-woven fabric.

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Aside from these general purpose mover’s blankets, you could also opt for the camouflage blankets.  Useful for the same tasks as the other blankets, these are also perfect accessories for hunting or covering tools and other items you don’t want to draw any extra attention to.  The camo blankets come in two designs, one the traditional dark green and the other a light green and beige for dustier areas.  Either way, these camouflage mover’s blankets offer great protection and concealment for a variety of items.

As you can see, even if you aren’t in the process of moving, these mover’s blankets have a multitude of uses around the home and garage that will make them well worth the money, especially considering they only cost between $6.99 and $9.99 each.  Even if you only use these blankets just as blankets for spreading out and having a picnic in the park or laying out in the sun, these blankets hold up to repeated use and wear and tear.  Luckily, they come without any wear and tear on your wallet.  So whether you’re moving, about to move or have no intentions of moving anytime soon, these blankets are still versatile items to keep handy!

We Like to Move It, Move It

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:

600 lb Dolly 95061For 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.

700 lb Bigfoot Dolly 97568

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.

700 lb Dolly 95909

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).

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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:

1000 lb steel loading ramps

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.

1200 lb aluminum ramps

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!

tie downs ratchet

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?