8 in. Survival/Hunting Knife

Check out the 8 in. Survival/Hunting Knife, the perfect addition to your next hunting or fishing trip, camping expedition, backpacking excursion, hiking trail or other outing! The knife features a rugged 8-inch stainless steel blade, ideal for skinning game or gutting fish—use the serrated saw back to cut through thick foliage!


Unscrew the handle and inside you’ll find the integrated compass, matches with fire-starting paper, fishing line with hook, sewing kit, buttons and safety pins. The knife also comes with a lanyard and sheath!

With over 300 reviews, this survival knife has an average rating over 4 out of 5 stars!

Around the house – around the yard – around the camp! What else do you need or what? Affordable and a great knife to have at your side when needed. Can’t beat the price too! – 1791, Watertown

Great hunting knife, Have one with me at all times! – Knight Shadow, Tijeras, New Mexico

I have one in each of my vehicles in an emergency pack. I have two at home in emergency packs and have given my three grandsons one for their go bag. They are a great deal for the cost. – AJ, Western NC

It is a well-made product with many practical uses. I use it camping and hiking all the time. – Monty, Valrico, FL

I wanted a knife like this for the tool box that I keep on my boat. I was so impressed with the quality that I purchased a second one to keep around for other purposes. You can’t go wrong on this one. It would also make a great gift for any outdoors person. It looks far more expensive than it actually cost. – ASC2078, Leesburg, Florida

 

In addition to thousands of great tools and accessories, Harbor Freight also carries a wide variety of items for outdoorsmen and women! Visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store and check out the incredible values that over 40 million customers have come to enjoy!

 

Note: not for sale to persons under the age of 18

Looking for Outdoor Power Tools with the Muscle of Gas but the Convenience of Cordless?

Discover the Missing Lynxx—and Better Than Gas™ Performance!

 

Whacking weeds, trimming hedges, pruning trees … it takes tools with a lot of power to efficiently handle those kinds of demanding tasks. Using gas-powered tools can be cumbersome and requires constant maintenance. Lynxx cordless power tools provide Better Than Gas performance—instant start-up with no emissions or engine maintenance.

 

40V Lithium Cordless Pole Saw
Professional tree trimmers can charge a fortune—but you can get professional results when you do it yourself with this Lynxx pole saw. The tool extends from 6 ft. up to 8 ft. 10 in. providing ample reach to safely cut down high limbs. The tool also features a 10 in. bar with an Oregon® chain and automatic chain oiler for hassle-free lubrication. The 40V battery with on-board LED power gauge delivers more power and longer run times on a single charge compared to other cordless pole saws on the market. Plus, the battery is interchangeable with all Lynxx 40V outdoor tools.

 

40V Lithium 14 in. Cordless Chain Saw
Say good-bye to mixing gas and oil! This electric chain saw is ideal for pruning as well as cutting limbs and fallen branches up to 14 inches thick!  The tool features a powerful brushless motor that starts instantly and runs quietly. The oversize comfort grip reduces fatigue while the low kick-back design provides added safety. An automatic chain oiler keeps the chain lubricated during use.

 

40V Lithium Cordless Blower
Now you can clear leaves and debris without waking up the neighborhood! This efficient, lightweight blower is ultra-quiet at 65 dB yet delivers a cyclonic output of up to 480 CFM with 150 MPH turbo fan power. Additional features include a brushless motor and variable speed dial for ultimate control!

 

40V Lithium Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Quickly trim and shape hedges and shrubs without the danger of a power cord getting in the way. This high power cordless hedge trimmer features a dual action, double-sided trimming blade, oversized comfort grip to reduce fatigue and safety switch. Cut shoots and branches up to 3/4 in. in diameter!

 

40V Lithium Cordless String Trimmer
It’s really two tools in one—an edger and weed whacker. This lightweight yet powerful cordless string trimmer has automatic line feed for less down time. Features include a shaft that conveniently extends 12 inches and an adjustable side handle. The lithium-ion battery has an on-board LED power gauge so you know when to change it.

 

40V Lithium-Ion Battery
Get a full charge in just 60 minutes—and enough power to handle an entire yard’s worth of work! But it never hurts to have an extra battery or two for extended jobs. Compatible with all Lynxx 40V outdoor power tools, this lithium-ion battery has no “memory effect” so a full charge delivers consistent performance

 

Visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store and experience the Better than Gas performance of Lynxx cordless outdoor power tools.

 

Paint Like a Pro!

Exterior Painting Tips and Tricks

Your house has endured the elements for several years and it’s time to repaint the exterior. You call painting contractors to get estimates and discover that you may need to take out a second mortgage to get the job done! Painting your home’s exterior by yourself can help you save a bundle of money, but you don’t want the end result to look schlocky!

With these tips and tricks, and a little help from Harbor Freight Tools, you can do the painting yourself and get professional results!

Plan Ahead When Painting

Sounds obvious but weather definitely needs to be taken into consideration. The last thing you want to face is a downpour in the middle of the job. Choose a dry time of the year with little to no rain and lower humidity. The quicker the paint dries, the better off you’ll be. Avoid high winds as well. Not only will it make it difficult to work and could pose a hazard (e.g. working from a ladder), but the wind can blow dirt and debris on your freshly painted surface.

Determine Method

Should you use a sprayer, rollers or brushes to apply paint to your house? Here are a few considerations to determine which method is best. Use a sprayer if you’re painting gutters with the trim, areas with all siding and no brick, or when staining fences and decks. You should go with a roller or brush when the wind is above ten miles per hour, painting above a roof (overspray is an eyesore), when there is simply too much to mask, or when there is only one coat to apply (prep time to spray would be less efficient). Painting trim will most often require brush work exclusively.

Use a High Quality Paint

High quality paint provides better coverage compared to cheaper paint and will also last longer thanks to advances in painting technology. You don’t want to go through all the effort of painting your house only to watch the color quickly fade. High quality paint will retain the color longer.

Another consideration is whether or not to use a primer … Prep, prime, sand and apply your color coats was the tried-and-true method for years. But with new paint technology, manufacturers are combining primer and paint into one product, which means less coats to apply. While there’s no standardized method to evaluate or rate how well a combination primer/paint will work, you can get a good idea by reading product reviews about certain brands of paint online, paying particular attention to people who have used a given product in your area.

Prep Work

The lion’s share of painting work is really in the prep—and the better you prep the surfaces being painted, the better the results will be. Taking a pressure washer to the exterior is a great first step to get rid of surface dirt. Once dried, scrape and sand surfaces as needed—and then scrape and sand a little more. Be sure to prep every square inch, including the trim. New paint will not adhere well to peeling paint or dirty surfaces.

Don’t Paint Rotted Materials

The old saying “put lipstick on a pig” probably came from a painting contractor. It’s futile to paint rotten wood or siding material because it will continue to deteriorate—and take your new paint with it! For small areas, you can use a wood hardener with a filler product. For large areas, consider replacing the components. Once replaced, prep as recommended above and you shouldn’t have a problem.

Combine Cans of Paint

Take individual gallons of the same color paint and mix them together in a larger container, like a five-gallon bucket, until the paint is uniform in color. Pros call this method “boxing the paint” and it helps to produce color consistency when applied.

Work from Top to Bottom

Working with gravity will help control streaks. When drips happen, and they will happen, working from top to bottom enables you to feather out in the direction you’re going, resulting in a more uniform look.

Seal Paint Properly

When you’re done for the day, seal your paint well to keep it from drying out. Lightly hammer lids shut with a rubber mallet. You can also apply plastic wrap over the opening to secure a tight seal.

Protect Your Landscaping

New paint will look great on your house—not on your hedges, lawn or flowers … Use drop cloths and either weigh them down, wrap or tie down the corners securely around the planted area, shrubs, etc.

 

Harbor Freight Tools is your “one-stop shop” for painting supplies and accessories, including these items:

 

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
The airless paint sprayer does it all and will greatly reduce the time spent painting exteriors, decks, ceilings, doors and frames, etc. No need for a compressor, just plug it in and start painting! You can paint straight from 1 or 5 gallon buckets which makes cleanup easier. Features include a 1000–3000 PSI piston pump for high pressure and better coverage, easy pressure control twist knob, built-in filter for simple flushing and cleaning, and a No. 517 nozzle for a 12–16 inch fan width.

 

Heavy Duty Portable Scaffold
This scaffold is an essential tool for outdoor painting as well as interior painting, drywall work, etc. With a weight capacity up to 900 lbs., this portable scaffolding goes where you need it on smooth-rolling 5 in. dia. casters that won’t mar floors. Once positioned, the casters lock in place for stability. Additional features include heavy-duty welded steel construction, adjustable platform from 28 in. to 71-1/8 in., 30 height adjustment positions, built-in fittings for optional toe-boards and safety rails, and a 28-1/2 in. x 67 in. wooden plank.

 

2 Amp 5 in. Random Orbital Heavy Duty Palm Sander
Greatly reduce prep time with this orbital palm sander. The industrial fan-cooled motor delivers up to 12,500 OPM to smooth wood and get surfaces ready for painting. The sander features a comfortable rubber palm grip to reduce fatigue. The 3/32 in. orbit delivers swirl-free results. The hook-and-loop pad attachment makes sandpaper changes quick and easy.

 

And that’s just the beginning. Harbor Freight carries painter’s tape, scrapers, roller sets, mixers, brushes—and much more! Before you start painting, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

 

Source material:
The Spruce
Grant’s Painting

 

How To Use a Magnesium Fire Starter to Make a Campfire

When camping or backpacking, fire is crucial for providing warmth, cooking food, sterilizing water, etc. You need a reliable source for making fire that’s also compact and lightweight. The magnesium fire starter is a tried-and-true tool—and the favorite choice among many outdoor enthusiasts and survivalists.

 

Harbor Freight offers a Magnesium Fire Starter at a fraction of the price compared to the competition. The starter features an integrated full-length flint and striker knife along with an ample block of magnesium. The shavings burn at 5400° so they can ignite combustible materials even when they’re damp.

While the magnesium fire starter is easy to use, it’s definitely a good idea to practice with it so it will be that much easier to get a fire going when you need it.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use your magnesium fire starter …

Find an area where you can have a fire, hopefully a spot protected from elements like high wind or rain. Clear the area of dry grass, twigs, etc.

 


Gather up tinder. The best “domestic” tinder would be petroleum jelly-saturated cotton balls stored in a Ziploc bag, newspaper or even a paper napkin. If collecting natural materials, dry moss, pine cones, dry pine needles, tiny twigs, dry grass and thin shreds of wood all make great tinder. Make sure your tinder is as dry as possible. Leaves can work too if they’re really dry.

 


Build your structure. The three go-to designs for a campfire are teepee (far left), log cabin (middle) and lean-to (far right). For this article, we’re using the teepee. Construct a teepee from twigs and small branches, evenly distributing so it can bear additional wood after the fire takes.

 


Once your structure is built, make a bundle out of your tinder that will catch the sparks from the fire starter—positioning the bundle in the “doorway” is best. On top of the tinder bundle, place a dry leaf, an old receipt or something else to contain the magnesium shavings. Keep water nearby in case you need to put the fire out.

Hold the magnesium block down, pointed at the tinder bundle. With the other hand, hold the serrated metal blade that comes with the magnesium fire starter at a 45-degree angle against the block and shave tiny flakes downward onto the bundle. Small shavings work best. Keep going until you have a pile of magnesium shavings on your tinder bundle about the size of a quarter.

 


Using your serrated blade or the backside of a knife, strike a spark to ignite the magnesium on the tinder bundle. Note: instead of sliding the blade down the flint toward the tinder, hold the blade stationary and slide the flint up toward you. This keeps the spark close to the tinder. Keep scraping until a spark lands on the magnesium shavings and ignites them.

When a spark catches the magnesium, the shavings will burn bright, hot and fast. The generated heat will then spread to the tinder, catching it on fire as well. This is a crucial moment. You may have to urge the young flame on by very gently blowing on it to give it additional oxygen. You may also need to adjust the bundle a little here and there it to allow the young fire to spread.

 


As the tinder fire grows, you’ll need to carefully slide the intact bundle into the teepee structure. Use a couple of sticks to push the bundle further in if it’s too hot to handle. You may also need to feed it some more tinder material to keep it stoked.

 


Another crucial moment. Fire needs a proper blend of oxygen, fuel and heat. As the fire grows, blow on it and feed it by gradually adding slightly larger and larger twigs and sticks. Don’t get carried away—give it time. If you drop a big piece of wood onto it too soon, you’ll be back at square one, rummaging for tinder materials. Don’t be that guy or gal …

When you need fire, you really NEED it, so as recommended, practice using your Magnesium Fire Starter prior to your outdoor adventure. For other camping and survival items, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Tailgating with Harbor Freight

While over 40 million people turn to Harbor Freight for tools and accessories, it may not be widely known that Harbor Freight is a great place to shop for tailgating equipment. Without further ado, let’s get the tailgating party started with five must-have items …

1.

TailGator Generator

A reliable power source is mandatory tailgating equipment. This portable 63cc air-cooled 2 cycle gas engine generator is ideal for camping, hunting and as the name “TailGator” implies—tailgating. Like an alligator, it’s strong and tough—but whereas an alligator is a cold-blooded killer, the TailGator is a cool-running thriller! Features include a 120-volt grounded receptacle, circuit breaker protection and 5 hours run-time @ 50% capacity. With a built-in handle and weighing in at under 40 lbs., this generator travels easily between sporting events!

I run my snow cone, coffee, and popcorn machines with no problem. – Tim, Albuquerque

 

2.

10 ft. x 10 ft. Popup Canopy

The elements can really put a dampener on your tailgating fun. But with this popup canopy, you can keep the elements at bay! Constructed of water-resistant and fade-resistant UV treated 150 denier polyester fabric, the canopy sets up quickly and easily—without tools. It also comes with a wheeled storage bag for easy transport.

I now have 3 of these—they work great—quick up, quick down, and work as well as any for 2 to 3 times more money. – Ric, Buffalo

 

3.

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair

Tailgating is great—but if you’re only seating is the tailgate on your vehicle … not so great. Problem solved with the Folding Aluminum Sports Chair. Several features make this chair ideal for tailgating—lightweight yet durable aluminum frame that supports up to 250 lbs., three side pockets, bottle holder and folding side table. The chair also folds up for easy transport.

Chair is sturdy, comfortable and very well made. The attached table and pockets are extremely useful. – Bob the Repairer, Elkton, VA

 

4.

5-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Start

You don’t want a dead battery, flat tire, drained cell phone or other inconvenience to interrupt your tailgating bliss—and you won’t have to worry when you’re prepared with this portable power pack providing 5 functions in one convenient unit:

  • Jump starter: heavy-duty 6 AWG booster cables with copper-coated steel clamps
  • Air Compressor (with gauge): generates up to 300 PSI
  • Power inverter: 200 watts with dual AC outlets, dual 12VDC outlets and USB Port
  • 12V battery: maintenance-free and up to 20 hours of 12-volt power on a single charge
  • Work light: 4-way with bright LEDs

The heavy-duty rubberized case with built-in handle provides durability and mobility respectively.

One of the best all-in-one products I have ever purchased. Definitely a great buy! – Miza, Corpus Christi, TX

 

5.

Folding Trash Bag Stand

Tailgating can generate a lot of trash, but no one wants to trash the venue! Problem solved with this trash bag stand. The stand holds 33-gallon trash bags and features heavy-duty welded steel construction with a weatherproof enamel finish. The stand conveniently folds up for easy storage and transport.

This is excellent! A sturdy, simple, inexpensive, perfect solution for holding trash bags up and open. – RVer, Atlanta

 

Harbor Freight is the place to shop for “Quality tools—and tailgating equipment—at a ridiculously low price!”

What other items from Harbor Freight have you used for tailgating? Leave a comment!

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair

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Now you’ll always have guaranteed seating at sporting events, concerts, picnics and other outdoor activities with the Foldable Aluminum Sport Chair available at Harbor Freight Tools. Lightweight yet durable enough to support up to 250 lbs., this foldable chair features three side pockets, bottle holder and a folding side table.

Chances are you’ll want to pick up more than one after seeing what other customers had to say about them:

The wife and I love this chair … I bought four of them. Very comfortable and very well built. Would suggest them to anyone. – paw paw, Pasadena, TX

This folding chair is much better than I anticipated. Very solidly built and well designed. Will use it primarily as a fishing chair, for which it is well suited. – Bill, Lancaster, SC

A few years ago, I purchased a “director’s chair”, as it was advertised, that is designed about the same as your sports chair. The primary difference between the two is the weight. The chair from HF was about 10 pounds lighter, and just as comfortable. I purchased 2 more as gifts for 2 of my sons at their request. The one I recently purchased is for me, since my wife seems to have adopted my first one. They are comfortable around the campfire or anywhere else when we are outdoors. The fold-up side table is great for beverages. Will probably buy another in the near future. Great product. – Bob O, Harbor Beach, MI

No sagging when I sit down on it. I weigh 210 lbs. I can get up from it with no problems. The side table can fold up if you want. It’s perfect for my camping and fishing trips. It doesn’t take up much room when it’s folded flat. The price here was less than the stores that had similar models … M.B., Albany, NY

I have a difficult time trying to get in and out of the conventional folding chairs with or without arms. This is the FIRST chair that not only is it easy to sit or get out of, it is also the ONLY one I have found which supports my back for hours on end at car shows. I highly recommend this chair. The folding pop-up table along with the storage holder on the other arm makes it ideal for anyone who wants to have a “hands free” seating arrangement. – Chief, Gastonia, NC

Whether you’re off to an event, going on a road trip or enjoying that much-needed staycation on your front porch or patio, you can’t go wrong with the Foldable Aluminum Sport Chair available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair
item#62314

2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control

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The Badland 2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control is a must-have for getting out of stuck places during off-roading adventures and can also be used for loading a boat, hauling game and more. A remote switch makes the winch easy to use.

Additional features include a single-stage planetary gear system for fast line speed, aircraft grade wire rope, automatic load holding break for maximum safety and a permanent magnet motor that draws less current, making it ideal for ATV use.

Customers give this winch high marks:

I bought this winch at a great price and installed it on a UTV. It was an easy install and works great. Very happy with purchase. – Jeff, Pink Hill, NC

My son’s 2wd ATV was stuck in rim-high sludge. My 4wd ATV wouldn’t pull it out alone. This winch did the job without a hitch. – Ranchhand, Fort Worth, TX

I purchased the winch to pull my pond boat into the bed of my truck … I’m able to load and unload my fully-loaded boat at a boat ramp with this winch, versus paying $400-600 for a trailer. – Jason, Jacksonville, NC

Installed the unit on my side-by, easy to install, great price, and nice to have the remote control. I’ve use it to clear trees from logging roads after storms and to drag game up terrain I can’t. – Oz, Ashville, AL

You can pick up the Badland 2500 Lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control
item#61840

10 ft. x 20 ft. Portable Car Canopy

10-ft-x-20-ft-portable-car-canopyThis 10 ft. x 20 ft. Portable Car Canopy serves as a carport to protect your vehicle from the weather and can also provide shelter for outdoor activities. The entire canopy is UV treated and made of 100% waterproof, ripstop triple-layer polyethylene to handle tough conditions. This all-purpose canopy sets up in minutes.

Features include a steel 1/27-in. diameter tubular frame, weather-resistant powder coated finish and zinc-plated eyelets on the cover to prevent rust.

Customers have given this canopy great reviews:

After hurricane Mathew destroyed our Gazebo, we were desperate for a source of shade in our central Florida back yard. This portable garage fits the bill perfectly. It is quite sturdy and easy to erect. It took me about an hour to put it up by myself. I anchored it using the included tie down hardware and feel sure it will withstand the many thunderstorms we endure on a regular basis. In the event of another hurricane, it would take just a few minutes to remove the canopy. It is waterproof, thus it protects our furniture from the elements. This is a high quality product at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend it. – Radarman, Palm Beach, FL

Great product for protecting my car in the driveway. Easy to set up and plenty of room for the car. Also good quality. – Tim, Encinitas, CA

Well made. More than I expected. – Brian, VA

The CoverPro 10 ft. x 20 ft. Portable Car Canopy is available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

10 ft. x 20 ft. Portable Car Canopy
item#62858

Please note this product is not rated for snow, ice, or high winds. Shelter must be securely anchored.

60 LED Solar Security Light

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Harbor Freight’s 60 LED Solar Security Light installs easily and automatically turns on when it senses motion. It’s ideal for alerting you that someone is driving up to your house or walking up to your door.

Featuring 60 bright white LED lamps, this solar powered security light is perfect for areas with no outlet such as a shed, pool or backyard to detect motion over a range of 180 degrees from up to 50 ft. away.

Check out these 5-star customer reviews:

I have a dark area when going from my carport to the house. There is a white stepping stone path. It is deceiving in the dark. I thought this light would be perfect there. It was easy to install and set up. The sensor picks up the motion when I step out from the carport and lights my way to the house. It works perfectly. It easily covers the 40′ walk. – dough boy, San Antonio, TX

Great little lights. My girlfriend was having people snooping around her house late at night. I bought two of these lights. It has all but stopped since I put up these lights. Easy to use and install. I followed the instructions and never have had issues … – Big, Lake Almanor, CA

I have 5 units covering the barnyard and chicken coop. The LED lights are very bright and keep the critters away. – Carol, St. Lucie County, FL

You can pick up the 60 LED Solar Security Light from your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

60 LED Solar Security Light
item#69643

Predator Generators: How To Prep, Run and Maintain Them for Years of Service

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You just bought– or are about to buy– your first generator. Good move, it’ll be a valuable asset to you and your family, especially in times of emergency. But, even though it’s got a gas engine and a pull cord, a generator isn’t the same thing as a lawn mower or weed whacker. There are a number of steps involved in the prepping, running and maintaining of your generator that you should be aware of before you try to do anything with it. Here are a few tips to make sure you get a smooth, safe operation, and the power you need:

generator outdoors

  • CRUCIAL– If you take anything away from this post, it’s that you NEVER run your generator in a garage (even an open garage) and NEVER run it in the house. Keep it outside, at least 15 feet from the house, and way away from all windows. As valuable as your generator is to keeping things going, it’s also a carbon monoxide machine. But of course, when used properly, it’s invaluable.

generator manual

  • Before you do anything, read the generator’s manual, from cover to cover. The more you know about your portable gas generator, the more apt you are not to do anything wrong, and it will provide many years of low-maintenance emergency power.

grounding rod

  • Prior to setup, you’ll need to ground the generator. This is done by connecting a #6 AWG grounding wire from the Grounding Terminal to a grounding rod (above) which is at least 24 inches in the ground. The grounding rod must be an earth-driven copper or brass rod that can adequately ground the generator. The grounding wire and rod may not be included with the generator, so make sure you get those as well when you make your purchase.
  • A great feature that some gas generators have is an electric start, because they can make starts fast and effortless. If yours has an electric start, now’s the time to make sure the 12v battery is installed and connected.

generator oil fill

  • Next you need to add the fluids. A key to a generators long life– as with any engine– is oil. It’s also helpful to know that without oil, the generator won’t start. Check the manual and make sure you’re using the right oil type and changing it according to manufacturer’s specifications. SAE10W30 is often recommended for general-purpose, all-temperature use.

generator gas fill

  • Add fuel to within 1″ of the rim of the tank. Be careful never to overfill. Unless otherwise instructed, use regular Unleaded 87 Octane gasoline.

generator startup

  • Now you’re ready to start the generator. Note the slight difference in the above chart between the Manual Start and the Electric Start.
  • Let the gennie run briefly before you plug anything into it, and make sure when you do plug something in, that the appliance is off. Plug in appliances one at a time, and power each one up before you plug in the next one. You want to make sure you’ve got the power to accommodate them. Pay attention to the watts of each unit before you plug it in after the other; you want to always stay under the generator’s max. If the generator overloads, it could damage the appliances.
  • Now you’re ready to rock n’ roll!

Other tips to keep in mind…

  • Never connect your generator with a power cord into an electrical outlet in the house. This power will “back feed” into the utility lines running to your house, and in the event of a blackout, this could kill a utility crew member called to restore power to the neighborhood.
  • Only use  a proper power cord. The power provided by your gas generator is measured in watts. A power cord is measured in amps. If, for whatever reason, you need a replacement power cord, choose one that matches the most powerful outlet on your generator. The power cord would need to be heavy-duty, at least 12 gauge, and less than 100 feet.
  • Never refuel a running generator– or even one with a still-hot engine! The heat could ignite the gas. Shut it off and let it cool for at least 10 minutes. And only refuel in a well-ventilated area.
  • Change the oil during lengthy outages. Check your manual for the proper intervals. If your generator doesn’t have an hour meter (telling you how long it’s been running), keep a log so you don’t lose track.
  • Conserve your gas! If the neighborhood power went out, chances are local gas stations are also down. Only use whatever appliances you need to and, if possible, turn it off overnight. A refrigerator can handle no power for 3-4 hours.

When you’re done

  • When the power comes back, drain the gas from the generator. If you leave the gas in, it can ruin the carburetor.
  • Change the oil one last time.
  • Every month, feed the generator a 1/2 gallon of gas and run it for at least 30 minutes. This will prevent blockage in the carb.

Your portable gas generator will be ready for the next emergency, and will last for years!

When you’re ready to purchase your generator, but need help determining what size to get, here’s a GENERATOR BUYING GUIDE to help you out. And don’t make any decisions until you’ve had the chance to look at the award-winning Predator Generators at Harbor Freight Tools! Read the reviews and research the YouTube videos, and you’ll learn for yourself what a great value they really are.

Hyperbole aside, in the event of an emergency, having a portable gas generator can mean the difference between life and death for you and/or a member of your family.