20V Hypermax™ Lithium 1/2 in. Hammer Drill Kit

Superior Performance and Durability for Drilling Into Concrete and Masonry

Portability or power? That used to be the choice you had to make with power tools.  “Cordless” enabled greater portability but demanding jobs like drilling into concrete or masonry often required more power. With Bauer, you don’t have to choose between portability or power—you get both!

Featuring a high-performance motor, the Bauer Hypermax Lithium Hammer Drill delivers 0-7200/0-27,200 BPM for drilling into concrete or masonry. All-metal gear construction provides durability while the lightweight design and textured overmold grip reduces user fatigue.

Use the two-speed selector to match speed and power to your particular application. Easily switch from drilling to hammer drilling to fastening mode! A bright LED light illuminates your work areas for increased visibility. The hammer drill also features a ½ in. keyless chuck for quick bit changes.

The kit comes with a rugged tool bag, two impact bits, charger and 1.5AH battery that’s interchangeable with all Bauer 20V cordless power tools.

Check out the Bauer 20V Hypermax Lithium 1/2 in. Hammer Drill Kit as well as the whole line of Bauer tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Drill/Driver Vs. Impact Driver

Hercules answers the cordless conundrum

The cordless compact drill/driver is one of the most popular portable power tools of all time. The versatility of drilling and driving screws is indispensable for tackling countless projects. So what’s the difference between a drill/driver and impact driver—and why would you need one over the other?

A drill driver has a keyless chuck that accommodates a wide range of round and hex-shank drill and screw-driving bits—in addition to hole saws, rotary sanders, wire-wheel brushes and other accessories. Cordless drill/drivers also feature a slip clutch which enables the user to adjust the torque level for precise and consistent driving.

An impact driver looks similar to a drill/driver but instead of a keyless chuck, it features a collet that accepts hex-shanked driver bits. By utilizing bit rotation and concussive force, the impact driver is designed for one job—driving screws, which it does more efficiently than any other tool. An impact driver can generate two to three times the torque of a drill/driver. For example: an impact driver can drive long, large fasteners like fat lag screws that would stall the very best drill/driver.

If your focus is on tasks or projects that involve driving numerous screws or a lot of long or large screws—like building decks, installing tile backer board or laying down plywood subfloors—you should consider an impact driver. Otherwise, you’ll probably do great with a reliable drill/driver.

Professional-grade Hercules offers a drill/driver and impact driver:

20V Lithium Cordless 1/2 In. Compact Drill/Driver Kit
The Hercules drill/driver’s pro-grade design features all-metal gear construction for extreme durability and a 4-pole motor for optimal performance—550 in. lbs. of torque and 0–2000 RPM for effortless drilling and fastening. The drill/driver also features the Jacobs® ½-inch ratcheting chuck providing ultimate bit retention and a built-in LED light with a trigger-release delay to illuminate your work area. The Hercules Lithium battery system—charger and battery—delivers fast charging and long run times.

 

20V Lithium Cordless 1/4 in. Hex Compact Impact Driver Kit
The Hercules impact driver provides up to 1500 in. lbs. of torque and 0-3200 IPM for demanding applications like decking, fencing and drywall. Like its drill/driver counterpart, this impact driver features durable all-metal construction and 4-pole motor delivering maximum performance in a compact size. Change out bits quickly with the ¼-inch hex chuck and illuminate your work area with the integrated LED light. The impact driver also features the Hercules battery system for fast charging and long run times.

 

Hercules professional-grade cordless power tools are guaranteed to deliver legendary performance! Check out the complete line of Hercules tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

 

 

Source material:
Popular Mechanics

EarthQuake XT Cordless Impact Wrench Delivers the Power of Air …

EarthQuake XT air impact wrenches have been shaking up the industry for a while now. Videos like this one from Real Tools Reviews shows how EarthQuake XT stacks up against Snap-On on power, functionality and price. EarthQuake is clearly the better value!

Sometimes, more portability is needed and that’s when you’ll want to turn to a cordless impact wrench. The main concern when you go portable is power. But no need to worry about that because the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium 3/8 In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench delivers big— 370 ft. lbs. of bolt breakaway torque for lightning-fast removal and 0–2000 RPM. It’s powerful enough to use in the field with no need for an air supply!

This cordless impact wrench has a super rugged design featuring a metal nose piece and all-metal drivetrain for extreme durability.

Additional features included an ergonomic overmold grip to reduce fatigue, variable speed trigger, electronic brake for precise control (helps avoid overtightening) and a built-in LED light to illuminate your work area, like dark wheel wells.


The EarthquakeXT Lithium battery system provides extended run times. The long-life, high-capacity 4.0 Ah lithium-ion battery has a “fuel gauge” that lets you know when it’s time to swap out batteries. Also, the battery has no memory so it can be used with a partial charge.

 

When you want to go cordless, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store and check out the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium Three-eighths In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit complete with impact wrench, charger, battery and sturdy carrying case. If you need even more power, you can move up to the 20V Max Lithium 1/2 in. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit which delivers up to 1200 ft. lbs. of breakaway torque and 0-1700 RPM.

 

Get Your Firewood Ready!

Log splitters make winter prep quick and easy

In the middle of a hot summer, it may seem strange to discuss prepping for cold weather, but when it comes to firewood—it’s the perfect time! The reason is that wood needs time to season which means drying it out so the moisture content drops to a low level which enables the wood to burn better. Cut wood can have up to 50% moisture by weight. Well-seasoned wood should have between 15-20% moisture by weight to burn optimally.

To get your wood fuel supply ready, here are four tips:

Cut wood to the right length for your stove, fireplace or furnace. A good rule of thumb is three inches shorter than the firebox width or length depending on how you load your wood. Pieces longer than 16 inches are generally more awkward to handle.

Split it to the right size depending on where you’re burning it. When splitting, keep smaller pieces for kindling. Splitting can be a real chore—but with a log splitter, it can be real fun! Consider these models:

10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter
You can split logs up to 18 inches long and 6-1/2 inches in diameter (depending on wood density) with this Central Machinery log splitter. Manually work the jack handles to generate up to 10 tons of splitting force. The extra-long handles provide good leverage. The compact size is ideal for convenient storage.

 

5 ton Log Splitter
Split logs up to 10 inches in diameter with this Central Machinery electric log splitter featuring a powerful 1.8 horsepower motor. The unit also features 6-inch wheels for transport, easy grip handle and compact size for convenient storage.

 

20 ton Log Splitter
Put the power of a 212cc gas-powered 6.5 HP Predator engine behind your firewood prep! This heavy-duty unit tackles logs 23-1/2 inches long and 16 inches in diameter. It has 16-inch wheels for easy transport and is towable. Note: this unit is not for sale in California.

 

Pile in a single row exposed to the sun and wind to get the moisture content under 20%. The pile should be placed in an area where the sun can warm it and wind blow through it to faciliate drying. The wood should be raised off the ground to prevent rotting and mold. Also, do not stack the wood too high for safety and be sure to stabilize the stack with cross pieces and solid ends (e.g. a post driven into the ground – see pic).

 

Let the wood dry at least six months for proper seasoning. If you live in more humid areas or use dense wood like oak, you may have to give it more time. Come fall, move the wood to a dry sheltered area that’s fully protected from rain and snow. It’s ill-advised to store a large amount of wood in your house due to the potential of mold growth which can contaminate your indoor air. To determine moisture content, you can use a wood moisture gauge or go by as many of these indicators as possible:

  • Check for cracks in the end grain
  • Look for wood that darkens from white or cream color to grey or yellow as it dries
  • Bang two pieces together—dry pieces sound hollow while wet pieces sound solid and dull
  • Split a piece—if the exposed surface feels damp, it’s not seasoned enough
  • Burn some—dry wood ignites and burns easily while wet wood is hard to light and hisses in the fire

Don’t get caught in the cold! Preparing for winter can be a fun warm-weather project with a little help from log splitters available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

 

Source material:
woodheat.org
Log splitter review

The Hercules Power Drill and Drill Bit Set: Exceptional Performance for the Professional

Hercules Power Drill

Power Drills

Power drills are a great tool to have at your disposal. They can help save time and money, making your projects seem effortless and by providing the ease and convenience you need to tackle a variety of tasks. With all of the options on the market today, the decision can seem a bit overwhelming. But, when it comes to power drills, the Hercules Power Drill and Drill Bit Set can help you tackle nearly any job with efficiency.

The Hercules 20V Lithium Cordless 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver Kit (63381)

The Hercules Power Drill offers 550 in. lbs. of torque for top-level power and performance to help you speed through a variety of projects. A powerful 2-speed 4 pole motor delivers up to 2000 RPM for effortless drilling and fastening. The drill/driver also features a built-in LED light that illuminates dark work spaces and allows you to work longer into the evening. Combined with the Hercules® Lithium battery system for fast charging and longer run times, this tool provides exceptional performance.

Features:

  • 4-pole motor delivers maximum performance and durability in a compact size
  • 2-speed transmission covers a wide range of drilling and fastening applications
  • All metal gear construction for added durability
  • Bright LED light for illuminating dim work areas
  • Jacobs® 1/2 in. ratcheting chuck provides ultimate bit retention
  • Textured overmold for a secure and comfortable grip
  • For best performance, use Hercules® accessories

Hercules Titanium Drill Bit Set 21 PcHercules Titanium Drill Bit Set 21 Piece (63384)

For those of you who may already have a power drill and need drill bits, or simply need both, there is the Hercules Titanium Drill Bit Set.

This titanium drill bit set can last up to 4x longer than other drill bits and provides clean, straight holes every time with the StarterPoint™ 135° angle tips. Additionally, the variable helix flute design clears material faster for improved performance and the entire set comes packed in a rugged heavy duty case for quick and easy bit selection.

Features:

  • BlueBraid™ titanium coating improves performance, durability and stays sharper longer
  • StarterPoint™ 135° design limits walking for clean, fast holes
  • Variable helix flute geometry removes material faster
  • Tri-Flat™ shank prevents bit from slipping in chuck

The right power drill can help you accomplish a number of projects, at home or on the job. When you’re looking to buy a new power drill remember, the greater the torque the easier you can drill through dense material like hardwood and metal. You also want a drill to feel comfortable when using it for long periods, so consider how it may feel after you have been working with it for a few hours. Find the power tools you need available at great prices that will cut down your project time only at Harbor Freight.

 

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw

The remodeler’s best friend

Growing up, we were taught not to mix water and electricity. So, when it comes to remodeling projects, we may be hesitant at first to use a tile saw which utilizes water and electricity—and a diamond rim rotating blade! But you needn’t worry because there’s no better way to cut a voluminous amount of tile or other masonry materials than with a tile saw, also known as a “wet saw.”

The Chicago Electric 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw is a must-have for remodeling with tile, brink and other masonry.


The two-position cutting head enables you to adjust the blade for a variety of materials up to 3-1/2 inches thick and 24 inches in length or width. You can also make 22.5° and 45° bevel cuts. The tile saw includes a 3-gallon per minute water pump and high-impact ABS water tub that’s easy to clean. Additional features include a powerful dual capacity motor with sealed bearings and thermal overload protection, heavy-duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration and an oversized steel frame with a precision linear bar system for smooth operation. The folding stand with wheels and diamond blade shown are sold separately.

If you’re never used a tile saw before, here are a few tips to get you started.

 


Position the tile saw on a solid and level surface. Sawing on a wobbly table could result in inaccurate cuts and potential injury.

 


Fill the tile saw’s reservoir with clean water—use a garden hose or pitcher. Make sure that the water pump is completely submerged.

 


Position the tile onto the cutting board. Adjust the fence so the blade lines up with the pencil mark demarcating where the cut should be. Keep the widest part of the tile between the fence and the blade so you can keep your hand as far from the blade as possible.

For cutting tiles along the diagonal, position a miter guide or speed square between the tile and the fence.

When making partial cuts, for example, an L-shaped cut to fit around an electrical outlet, set up the cut the same way but only feed the tile far enough into the blade as needed.

 


Position the tile, turn on the saw and make sure water is being sprayed onto the blade before cutting the tile.

 


Use a steady grip to feed the tile slowly into the blade, especially toward the edges of the tile as this is where the most breakage can occur. Do not force the cut.

 


When the cut is complete, carefully pull the pieces away and turn off the saw. Position the next tile for cutting and repeat the steps above.

Additional safety notes:

The water keeps the blade and tile cool and helps prevent particles from flying around. The water should flow freely around the entire cutting edge of the blade. If not, don’t begin cutting as this could damage the blade as well as the tile and potentially cause serious injury.

Always keep your hands away from the line of the cut to prevent injury.

Always wear safety glasses to prevent particles from injuring your eyes.

 


To insure electrical safety, it’s best to create a “drip loop.” See the illustrations above. Notice how the loop is lower than the outlet so water does not drip into the outlet.

The Chicago Electric 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw is an unbeatable value—many customers have expressed how it’s cheaper to buy this tile saw than to rent one from a big box store.  The only problem is there will be no excuse not to tackle more remodeling jobs! Check out other tile saws and accessories available from Harbor Freight or visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

Source material:
wikihow
thespruce

Multi-Tools, Multi-Attachments, Multi-Uses!

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Chicago Electric multi-tools are the Swiss Army knives of power tools. With over twenty different attachments available, you can tackle hundreds of home improvement, renovation and maintenance tasks, replacing numerous bulky power tools and saving time, money and space!

Here are the models available:

Oscillating Multi-Tool

This model delivers up to 21,000 OPM—perfect for remodeling and home repairs, car repairs, hobbies and more! The unique spindle and blade arbor design enables the user to lock the blade in seven forward positions for added versatility. Able to saw through wood up to 2 in. thick, the tool features sturdy die-cast aluminum housing and sealed bearings for long life.

Variable Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool

When you need more precise control during jobs, the variable speed function provides between 10,000–20,000 OPM. It also features die-cast aluminum gear housing and sealed bearings. The overmold grip provides added comfort for extended use. It’s ideal for cutting through cable, pipes, sanding down concrete and plaster—and sawing wood up to 2-1/4 in. thick!

12 Volt Cordless Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

When plugging in is a problem or you need added mobility, go cordless with this multi-tool that uses a rechargeable 12V lithium-ion battery. The tool provides between 10,000–18,000 OPM, delivering precise control ranging from detail work to tough jobs. Cut, sand or scrape through metal, plastic, masonry, drywall and wood up to 2 in. deep.

 

With numerous attachments, you can do almost any job using just one multi-tool. Each attachment has a specific purpose and is designed for use with certain types of materials. Here are just some of the attachments from which to choose:


Multi-Tool Blade Set 3 Pc

This set of stainless steel blades includes one cutter blade with an aggressive-toothed edge that makes quick work cutting a variety of materials and two scraper blades—an angled one for getting into recessed areas and a flat one for exposed areas.

 

1-1/8 in. Bi-Metal Multi-Tool Reduced Shank Plunge Blade

The unique design of this plunge blade can be locked in seven different positions providing the best angle for your project. Aggressive teeth enables you to make high-speed cuts on aluminum, copper, brass, steel, wood, drywall and most plastics with ease. The reduced shank size makes easier curve cutting and clears wood chips faster for less burning and stalling.

3-1/2 in. High Speed Steel Multi-Tool Half-Moon Blade

The half-moon blade is designed with a universal arbor that fits the Harbor Freight multi-tool models as well as other brands. The blade works on wood, plasterboard, drywall, plastics, nails, thin metal, aluminum, brass and copper. It’s ideal for cutting baseboards, trim and door jambs.

4 in. High Carbon Steel Multi-Tool Serrated Knife Blade

This blade is specifically designed for slotting and cutting a variety of soft materials, including carpet, cardboard, leather, vinyl, linoleum, rubber, insolation, foam and plastic. It also features the universal arbor design for use on other brands in addition to Chicago Electric.


3-1/2 in. Diamond Grit Multi-Tool Half-Moon Blade For Masonry

Use this diamond-grit attachment to remove grout, cut plastics, wood putty, drywall, cement board, epoxy and glue joints, cut masonry and notch tiles. The half-moon shape also lends itself to corner work. The blade had a universal arbor that fits the Chicago Electric multi-tools and several other brands.

Multi-Tool Triangle Sanding Pad

The 3 in. long x 3-1/8 in. wide triangle sanding pad is ideal for finish detail work, corners and other tight spots. It features a ½ in. thick foam pad and utilizes triangular sanding sheets (sold separately) that attach via hook-and-loop. Triangular sheets are available in 60 grit, 120 grit, 240 grit and an assortment for painted surfaces.

Multi-Tool Finger Sanding Pad And Paper Set 6 Pc

This attachment is designed for hard-to-reach, narrow spaces like channels, grooves, openings and rabbets. You can lock the blade in seven different positions, depending on the job. It comes with course, medium and fine grade sandpaper, 60, 120 and 240-grit respectively. An additional 9 pc assortment of sheets (pictured above) is also available.

 

Once you start using a multi-tool, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one, like these customers:

The more I use this product, the more I like it. – do it yourselfer, Vallejo, CA

Don’t know how I’ve ever made it without this tool. – Pooh, MO

Best purchase I have ever made from Harbor Freight. This tool can be used in many applications and takes the place of many bulky tools. Would definitely recommend! – Bruce in NC, Goldsboro, NC

To check out the selection of Chicago Electric multi-tools and the complete line of multi-tool attachments, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

Working with Concrete, Masonry or Other Tough Materials? It’s Hammer Time!

You’ve decided to tackle a construction or renovation project on your own that involves drilling or breaking down concrete, masonry or other tough materials. If that’s the case, you’re going to need either a rotary hammer, demolition/breaker hammer or combination hammer.

For those new to working with concrete, a rotary hammer is a power tool that combines rotation with a hammering action to penetrate concrete. A demolition/breaker hammer chips or breaks up concrete—they can also be oriented for either vertical or horizontal positioning. A combination hammer can drill into or break up concrete. Note that the versatile Bauer rotary hammers listed below function as combination hammers.

When choosing a rotary hammer, knowing the size holes you’ll be drilling and the scope of your project will help you determine which tool will provide optimal performance. Bigger isn’t necessarily better though you may want to consider investing in the next size up to give you the flexibility of drilling larger holes if needed and not pushing the tool to extremes which could eventually lead to failure.

The same goes for demolition/breaker hammers. The 15 Amp 35 lb. Pro Demolition Hammer may be well suited for breaking up footings but for breaking up an entire driveway, the 15 Amp 70 Lb. Pro Breaker Hammer could be a better choice.

 


There are a variety of bits that can be utilized depending on the task, material and relative volume. Switching between bits is also quick and easy. The majority of rotary hammers employ one of three bit-holding systems: SDS-Plus®, SDS-Max® and Spline. SDS-Plus is generally used for smaller bits (3/16” to ¾”). SDS-Max is used for larger bits (½” to 1-3/4”) and is superior in design to Spline (3/8” to 1-3/8”) which is gradually being phased out.

While working with concrete and other hard materials isn’t complicated, improper technique and application can lead to bits breaking and that money you saved doing the project yourself may be spent replacing bits! Causes for bit failure include: working at an improper angle, blank-firing (hammer piston strikes the top of the bit without the tip having proper contact with the work piece or material), not warming the bit up with light or moderate breaking first in cold temperatures, mechanical damage like scratches or gouges, poor lubrication and corrosion.

Additionally, using the wrong bit for the wrong job is a surefire way to damage a bit, not to mention create a potentially dangerous situation—always use the appropriate bit for the task at hand! Seek out experienced users or do research on the Internet—there are a ton of videos, blogs and other resources to guide you. And be sure to follow all guidelines for maintenance and storage.

Bauer offers a professional line of rotary and demolition/breaker hammers. Here are some of their most popular offerings (drill bits are sold separately though two chisels each are included with the breaker/demolition hammers below):

1 in. SDS Variable Speed Pro Rotary Hammer Kit

This variable speed rotary hammer is ideal for boring into concrete, masonry or even drilling into wood with ease thanks to the 0–1150 RPM rotation-only mode. The tool features an ergonomic D-handle for a comfortable grip, adjustable 360-degree side handle for maximum control and a 3-in-1 switch for drill, hammer drill and hammer-only modes. The impact rating ranges from 0–5100 BPM with 1.9 ft. lbs. of impact energy for pounding through concrete and masonry.

 

1-1/8 in. SDS Variable Speed Pro Rotary Hammer Kit

This rotary hammer features Bauer’s anti-vibration technology that delivers more power to the bit and less to the handle for fast, precise drilling with less user fatigue. Other features include a powerful 10 amp motor, high power-to-weight ratio, adjustable 360-degree side handle for maximum comfort and control, and variable speed control dial to accommodate multiple applications. Switch out bits with the quick-change chuck to hammer, hammer with rotation or drill. The tool has an impact rate of 3900 BPM with 3.7 ft. lbs. of impact energy for pounding through tough materials.

 

10.5 Amp 1-9/16 in. SDS Max-Type Pro Variable Speed Rotary Hammer Kit

With its 10.5 amp motor and delivering 3780 BPM with 6.6 ft. lbs of impact, this variable speed rotary hammer features the most powerful motor in its class to power through almost any material. In addition to the shock-absorbent anti-vibration technology and adjustable 360-degree handle, this tool also features a built-in safety clutch for protection in case of bit bind-up.

 

12.5 Amp SDS Max Type Pro Demolition Hammer Kit

With a hardy 12.5 amp motor, this pro demolition hammer powers through concrete and mortar quickly and easily. This tool also features the Bauer anti-vibration technology along with ball-bearing construction for longer life, quick change bit retention, ergonomic handle to reduce fatigue, 360-degree side handle providing comfort and control, and an impact rating of 1900 BPM with 18 ft. lbs. of impact energy. Requires a 20 amp, 120 volt circuit.

 

15 Amp 35 lb. Pro Demolition Hammer Kit

For heavy-duty projects, you’ll want this pro demolition hammer delivering 1300 BPM with over 34 ft. lbs. of impact energy. The 15 amp motor is housed in a rugged cast aluminum housing providing durability with less relative weight. This demolition hammer also features the industry-leading anti-vibration control, adjustable 360-degree handle which enables vertical or horizontal usage, and auto-stop carbon brushes and ball-bearing construction for a longer tool life. Requires a 20 amp, 120 volt circuit. Two chisels are included.

 

15 Amp 70 Lb. Pro Breaker Hammer

Ashpalt, concrete and other tough materials won’t stand a chance against this 70-lb. pro breaker hammer. The 15 amp motor delivers 950 BPM with 55 ft. lbs. of impact energy. The tool also features Bauer’s anti-vibration technology plus a rubber grip to reduce fatigue and strain. Accepts both collared and collarless chisels and the heavy-duty chisel retainer accepts 1-1/8 in. hex steel. The cast-aluminum housing enhances its excellent power-to-weight ratio. Requires a 20 amp, 120 volt circuit. Two chisels are included.

 

Warrior brand bits are sold separately, including these sets:

 

12 in. SDS Max Type Masonry Chisel Bit Set 3 Pc

 


SDS Masonry Flat Chisel Set 3 Pc

 

8 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 6 Pc

 


12 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 5 Pc

 


16 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 5 Pc

 

The materials may be hard—but drilling and breaking them up is easy with Bauer rotary hammers and demolition/breaker hammers. Bauer brand tools are available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

 

 

Source material:
bethepro.com

Harbor Freight Drills Down on Drill Bits

All drill bits are not created equal—there are many different types of bits and a variety of materials used to make them. In some cases, the same drill bit can be used on different materials, but is it necessarily the best choice? It’s important to know a bit about bits to optimize the results of your respective task or project …

 

Twist Bits
These are some of the most common bits to find in the handyman’s toolbox. Used with either a hand or electric drill, the front edges cut the material and the spirals remove the debris along the length of the bit. However, there is a lot of variation with these bits. HSS (High Speed Steel) bits are generally characterized by their black color but more expensive and durable ones may contain cobalt or titanium coating (identified by the gold color). Titanium increases the hardness of the bit and facilitates a lubricating quality which is effective when drilling metals but has little impact on other materials.

Harbor Freight has several Twist Bit sets from which to choose, including the Titanium Drill Bit Set 29 Pc. These titanium drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bits. The bits range in size from 1/16 in. to ½ in. in 64ths.

Harbor Freight also carries the 115 Pc Cobalt Drill Bit Set. These cobalt drill bits retain their hardness up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit making them ideal for drilling cast iron, heat-treated steel, stainless steel and other hard materials. With 135 degree tips, the cobalt drill bits not only last longer but also cut faster than standard high speed steel bits.

 

Brad Point Bits (a.k.a. wood or dowel bits)
These bits are best used on wood (some plastics) and are characterized by a small point at the tip of the bit. Spurs on either side cut clean, straight holes. They’re ideal for drilling holes for dowels, which is why they’re also called dowel bits. These drill bits are a staple for wood workers.

Harbor Freight offers the Brad Point Wood Drill Bit Set 7 Pc with 3/8 inch cutdown shanks. These outstanding bits resist skating and feature extra sharp flutes designed to smooth hole sides while ejecting chips faster to prevent overheating your drill. For projects utilizing either hard or soft woods, this set of brad point bits gets the job done quickly and accurately.

 

Auger Drill Bits
These bits are designed to cut large, deep and accurate flat-bottomed holes. The spiraling shaft comes to a fine, threaded point while the single spur cuts and defines the hole’s edge. The threaded center bites into the wood, pulling the bit into the timber. This pulling action makes it unsuitable for use in power drills.

Harbor Freight has several sets of auger drill bits available, starting with the Auger Bit Set 7 Pc. These 7-1/2 in. long auger bits make fast, clean holes in both soft and hard woods. The bits are made of heat-treated alloy steel that resists damage from nails. Other features include quick-change 3/8 in. dia. hex shanks and a ¼ in. bit with a ¼ in. hex shank.

Other Harbor Freight auger bits set include the 18 in. Ship Auger Bit Set 3 Pc and Stubby Auger Bit Set 6 Pc.

 

Wood Spade Bits (a.k.a. Paddle Bits, Flat Wood Bits)
The pointed tip centers the hole as the paddle-shaped blade bores large, wide holes. Sizes are clearly marked on the face of each bit. These larger bits require a fairly powerful drill and lend themselves to drilling fairly large flat-bottomed holes with a center point—works especially well when the head of a screw or bolt needs to be recessed in the lumber. The bits can cause a lot of splintering as they breakthrough the work piece but a sacrificial backing board will reduce this. These bits are not recommended for enlarging an existing hole.

Harbor Freight offers a variety of wood spade bit sets, including the Steel Spade Drill Bit Set 13 Pc. The extended spurs effortlessly cut crisp, clean holes in thick stock. Each bit is forged and heat-treated to withstand rigorous use. The ¼ inch quick-change shank works with drills and impact drivers.

Other Harbor Freight offerings include the Steel Spade Bit Set 6 Pc, Steel Large Diameter Spade Bit Set 4 Pc, and the Steel Stubby Spade Bit Set 3 Pc.

 

Masonry Bits
As the name implies, these drill bits are designed to be used on masonry material, including brick, block, stone, quarry tiles and concrete. The cutting tip is often made of tungsten carbide bonded to a spiral steel shaft. Generally, masonry bits are used in a hand drill but can also be used in a hand brace or hammer action power drill (though cheaper bits can shatter due to the action). Long masonry bits can be used for drilling through masonry walls.

Harbor Freight provides several masonry bit options, including the Masonry Drill Bit Set 5 Pc featuring M2 high-speed steel shanks and C2 carbide tips with 6% cobalt. The 8 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 6 Pc features a superior hardening process and an enhanced flute design that helps the bits run cooler.

 

Tile and Glass Bits
The tips of these bits are designed to penetrate tile or glass, then enlarge the hole as the bit penetrates the material. The tips are usually made with tungsten carbide. The bits can be used in a hand drill but are best used with a variable speed power drill on a slow speed. Lubricants should be used to keep the tip cool when drilling.

Harbor Freight offers the Carbide Tip Glass and Tile Cutting Drill Bit Set 6 Pc featuring C-3 tungsten carbide tips and a steel shaft for drilling glass, ceramics, plastics and Formica tiles. The wide base angle provides precise, stable drilling.

 

Countersink Bits
Using a power or hand drill, these bits penetrate material and form a conical recess to accommodate the heads of countersunk screws. Countersink bits are generally designed for use on softer materials.

Harbor Freight carries the Carbon Steel Tapered Drill Bit and Countersink Set, 22 Pc. The bits are made from heat-treated steel and designed with a unique single-twist design to remove material more efficiently, resulting in cleaner holes. The set includes seven drills, seven countersinks, seven stop-collars and an individually organized wooden storage box for easy transport and organization.

 

Forstner Bits
These bits are used to form holes with flat bottoms, such as with kitchen cupboard hinges. It’s best to use a power drill with a drill stand for optimal accuracy.

Harbor Freight offers two Forstner bit sets, the 1/4 in. – 1 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 7 Pc featuring high carbon steel construction and 3/8 in. reinforced shanks, and the 1/4 in. – 2-1/8 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 16 Pc which includes more bits and a wood carrying case for storage.

 

That’s just the basics when it comes to drill bits. There are many other types of specialized drill bits as well, such as screwdriver bits, plug cutters and nut drivers.

For the full selection of drills bits and accessories, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store or the Harbor Freight website.

 

 

Source Material:
DIY – different drill bits
DIY data

Spring Tree Pruning

With a Little Help from the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw

Tree pruning can be a real hassle. Sure, you could hire a professional—but that could run thousands of dollars, which is why most people like to do it themselves. With the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw, you can make quick work of tree pruning—saving time and money while facilitating good health for your trees. Before you go firing up the pole saw though, there are a few things you should know that could make the difference between beneficial trimming and a detrimental crew cut!

Experts agree that the best time to trim most trees is when they’re leafless in winter. However, if you can prune before they start growing, that still counts as dormant pruning and ideal due to the benefits.

But spring is in full swing, so is it too late? Not by a long shot. Here are a few general guidelines to follow if you’re pruning in spring.

  • Don’t remove more than 10% of the tree’s branches
  • Remove dead, dying or decaying branches
  • Prune enough for aesthetics without going over board—shape the tree, don’t butcher it!

Note that overpruning in spring could limit a tree’s bloom potential for the year as well as make it more vulnerable to insect infestation and disease. However, there are several trees that could especially benefit from trimming in late spring or summer—maple, walnut and birch trees. Pruning in winter tends to cause these species to ooze more sap!

There are other trees for which pruning is recommended once they’re done with their spring blooming: apricot, chokecherry, crabapple, dogwood, flowering cherry, flowering plum, juneberry, lilac and magnolia.

Caution: There are trees you should never prune in spring—or summer and fall for that matter, including oaks (to reduce the chance of oak wilt), elms (to reduce the chance of Dutch elm disease), sycamores (to reduce the chance of anthracnose) and honey locust trees (to reduce the chance of stem cankers).

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to get pruning! The Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw is ideal to meet your pruning needs. The power tool features a 9-1/2 bar with 3/8 in. pitch Oregon® chain, automatic chain oiler, easy chain adjustment and safety features including hand guard and reduced-kickback design. And no need for a ladder—the saw features a telescoping fiberglass pole that extends from 6 ft. to 8 ft, 10 in. In addition to assembly, care, operation and safety instructions, the user manual also provides helpful pruning tips.

Cutting tip from the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw user manual

 

With over 1200 reviews submitted to date, this electric pole saw has earned an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here are some of the actual customer reviews:

Used this saw one afternoon. Did everything I needed it to do. Every homeowner should own this saw. – Matt, Cape Code, MA

Tree damage from wind storm, did not want to use my chain saw off of ladder. I bought the pole saw and it handled the ten-inch section of the tree with no problems. If I never have need for it again, it has paid for itself. Very satisfied!! – Hugh L., Chattanooga, TN

Was easy to assemble. Instructions were easy to follow. Saw works great. Used it to trim the palm tree and fruit tree. Easy to handle. The safety feature required it to start at a horizontal level then raise it to cut what you intend to do. Great saw. – Suzi, Mesa, AZ

Plenty of power. Reaches very high, no ladder needed. Did all my trees in a single morning, golf in the afternoon. Easy adjust, easy to use and very lightweight. – Pat the Pruner, Orem, Utah

Assembly is easy and operating the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw is even easier—check out this video from TheLightHouseLady on YouTube—please note her husband toward the end of the video is not utilizing the prescribed safety gear as outlined in the product manual when operating the electric pole saw—ANSI-approved safety goggles, hard hat and heavy-duty rubber work gloves.

Make quick and easy work of pruning with the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw, available exclusively at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

7 Amp Electric Pole Saw
item#62896

 

Source material:
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Treeremoval.com