Automotive Gift Guide 2014

As well as you know your friends and family, it’s not always easy to shop for them during the holidays! That’s why Harbor Freight is here to help pick through the clutter and find that perfect present. We know that there are all sorts of tool types out there and for those who would rather look under the hood than under the Christmas tree, a special surprise could be the very thing that makes their holiday season the best ever!

So we’ve compiled a handy list of the best automotive gifts to pick up for the auto enthusiast in your life. No matter what your price range might be, we have a great selection of tools and accessories that will fit your budget.

Under $20

12 Volt Deluxe Battery Maintainer and Float Charger (Item #: 61911) – $19.99

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Don’t be alarmed if you have no idea what this tool does. The car buff you’re buying it for will know. And they’ll be impressed at your auto tool knowledge as well. But your secret gift selection process is safe with us. However, in case you get asked, this handy float charger essentially keeps truck or car batteries fully charged even during long storage periods. Easily attached to the vehicle’s battery, the float charger maintains a full charge so that when the vehicle is started up again, the battery still works like new!

16 ft. 6 Gauge Heavy Duty Booster Cables (Item #: 60396) – $19.99

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That’s right. Booster cables. Jumper cables. Whatever you want to call them, these automotive mainstays are essential to any car owner, let alone mechanics and gearheads. And a set of cables from Harbor Freight aren’t just affordable but reliable as well. Jumper cables are designed to get you out of a jam and when you need a jump, you need cables that you can rely on to get you down the road for repairs. By hooking up your car buff relative with these booster cables, you’ll ensure that they are never stranded with a dead battery.

 

Under $50

120 LED Rechargeable Under Hood Work Light (Item #: 60793) – $34.99

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If there’s one place that automotive enthusiasts love to be, it’s under the hood of a car, checking things out. But in order to check things out, you have to be able to see! Even the most savvy mechanics can’t make their way around an engine in the dark so why not help your relative or friend shed some light on the situation with a 120 LED Rechargeable Under Hood Work Light? With its rechargeable Lithium ion battery, this really is a gift that keeps on giving since it can be used over and over for a vast range of automotive projects! Featuring two brightness settings, this shatterproof work light is easily adjustable to fit the task at hand.

Solid Steel Auto Ramp Set (Item #: 68365) – $39.99

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A ramp set might seem like a fairly unimpressive gift choice but these are incredibly versatile to anyone working with vehicles. These ramps don’t just make it easy to lift trucks, cars, and other vehicles up to 6,500 pounds for general maintenance, but they’re also helpful for handling oil changes and car repairs from the comfort of your own home or garage. If you want to ramp up your gift giving this holiday season, try picking up a pair of these solid steel automotive ramps.

 

Under $100

Digital Inspection Camera (Item #: 67979) – $99.99

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This highly versatile and helpful automotive accessory is a must-have for anyone working under a vehicle (or with home appliances, inside electrical equipment, and more!). This rechargeable inspection camera allows you to get into tight spaces and recesses like engine bays or air conditioning units and other appliances for maintenance and repair. The camera features a high resolution lens for clear visibility and a zoom function to get an even closer look. You can even hook the inspection camera up to your laptop or home computer for review.

3 Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump® (Item #: 61282) – $92.99

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If you’re going to work on vehicles, it’s often necessary to raise the vehicle for repairs or maintenance underneath. Of course, the perfect automotive tool for this task is a Floor Jack. But what if you’re working on cars with a low profile? In that case, the 3 Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump handles the job perfectly, complete with Rapid Pump technology that allows for quick lifting and easy lowering of vehicles. The low profile aspect won’t always be necessary but whoever you plan on gifting this floor jack to will certainly appreciate the extra feature that is sure to come in handy several times over.

 

Over $100

OBD II & CAN Professional Scan Tool (Item #: 60694) – $110.00

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Now we’re getting to higher end items that are great if you want to really impress the automotive fan in your family. This advanced OBD & CAN Code Reader is an excellent choice for mechanics and anyone who needs to diagnose engine issues in vehicles.  The scan tool makes it easy to read troubleshooting codes and get to the bottom of automotive problems quickly. Plus, the code reader is just the right size for stocking stuffing!

500 lb. Capacity Hydraulic Table Cart (Item #: 61405) – $159.99

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This is a fantastic item not just for the automotive enthusiasts out there but anyone who works in a shop or tinkers in a garage. The 500 lb. Capacity Hydraulic Table Cart is ideal for lifting and raising work pieces up to 500 pounds, taking the “heavy” out of heavy lifting. And the best feature on this convenient table cart is the foot pedal. This make it both easy to lift the table cart while also keeping your hands free for positioning or supporting a cumbersome work piece as it’s lifted. Whether it’s an engine or your next metalworking project, the hydraulic table cart takes it to the next level.

 

Hopefully this gives you a good idea of the range of automotive products available at Harbor Freight Tools as well as several good ideas on what to get your car-loving friends and relatives! Whether you’re looking for something small and thoughtful or a special gift that will stand out from the rest, you can find it all at your local HFT. If this still doesn’t help you figure out the perfect gift, keep in mind that a Harbor Freight gift card is always in season!

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!

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).

 hand truck cover

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?