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!

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light

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This Rotating Magnet LED Work Light stays put on metal surfaces via a powerful magnetic base and provides 180 lumens, making it ideal for automotive repairs, shop work and hobbies. It’s also a great emergency back-up light.

Other features include an easy on/off switch and a 360-degree swivel head that enables you to direct the beam exactly where you want it. The work light is powered by three AA batteries providing between 3 to 6 hours of run time—batteries are included.

Customers really love this work light:

Handy light to have around. Bright and easy to use in tight and difficult places. – COS Mac, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Great little light with magnet bottom and rotating head puts the light just where you need it. – Don, Bewood, NC

I use the magnetic rotating light to work on farm machinery in tight places, within the engine area, under the vehicle, and in buildings that have no lighting. This light puts out a lot of light. – Rocking Double B Ranch, Russellville, MO

I got this to help provide a small spotlight when working under the hood. It is great for that. It also helps when checking the air pressure in the dark … – Dave, Antioch, CA

Great value for this product, lots of light and the magnet holds good when I clean our pellet stove. Very good quality, will purchase more. – Lil SKI, Plattsburgh New York

Pick up one or more of the Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light
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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
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6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor

6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor

This 6 gal. air compressor features a pancake style tank for maximum stability and a full-coverage shroud to protect gauges and cooling fins. It’s designed to start easily even in cold weather.

The portable oilless air compressor delivers 2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI, 3.4 CFM @ 40 PSI. It’s ideal for powering nailers, general shop clean-up, airing tires and inflating sports equipment.

Customers have given it top marks:

We use this compressor on jobs mainly to air up tractor tires before the work day, small and easy to move. A lot of power and quick to fill tires, etc. Would recommend. – RS, Charlotte, NC

Since my recent purchase, I have used it with my nailer and inflating tires. This replaced a bigger air compressor I had for over 10 years which stopped working. – Muffinman, Hebron, CT

A must have tool in any handyman’s garage. – System Sam, Woodland Park, NJ

Very pleased so far. What I like best is that it’s been a week since I’ve used it and the tank pressure hasn’t dropped a bit. – Pat, Wilmington, NC

You can pick up the 6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor
item#67696

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.

13HP Generator Powered by Predator!

8750 Peak 7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

Whether you’re on a construction job or getting ready for hurricane season, it pays to have a dependable generator at the ready. Look no further than the 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III from Harbor Freight Tools!

Powered by a reliable Predator gas engine, this generator is ideal for emergencies, job site use, recreation, household, lawn and garden, heating and cooling. Features include:

  • 420cc / 13 HP air-cooled OHV gas engine
  • Electric start with recoil back up (electric start requires battery, not included)
  • 12 hour run-time @ 50% capacity
  • Low oil indicator / low oil shutdown
  • Heavy duty 1-1/4 in. steel roll cage
  • UL listed circuit breakers
  • (2) 120V , 20A duplex outlets, 3 prong, (1) 120V, 20A twist lock outlet, 3 prong,
    (1) 240V, 30A twist lock outlet, 4 prong, (1) 12V DC outlet

This generator was voted a Best Buy Winner two years in a row by Consumer Reports! And customers just love it:

Has enough power for my entire house. Very pleased with its output. Can’t beat the price either. Jared, Brownsville, PA

I had equipped my house with a generator patch earlier in the year and had delayed purchasing a generator as I had not decided on the brand or size. When the power had been out for 5 hours and still no updates from the utility company, I decided enough was enough. Had guests coming, food spoiling, house hot, and kids unhappy … It ran two refrigerators, the 3 ton A/C system upstairs (it also would run the downstairs unit if I turned the upstairs off, but it’s a 4 ton and I figured that was pushing it over a 40 amp circuit) and the pool pumps. Basically anything I threw at it within reason it seemed to start and handle… Thanks HF! – Cashflys, Dallas, TX

I woke at 2 AM with no power, house down to 50 degrees and outside temperature of 4 F. In 15 minutes I had it hooked up and running total house lights, pump and furnace. What a savior it was. Churned right along for 3 hours till power came back on. It is a great item to have in emergencies. – Hawk Hollow Farmer, Meadville, PA

Pick up your 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III from your local Harbor Freight store!

Item for sale outside California only – please refer to item 68525 for California compliant model. Requires a 12 volt battery for starting, sold separately. This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states via Standard Ground Shipping. In order to return this item for a refund or replacement, all fuel must first be drained.

8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III
item#68530

Item for sale outside California only – please refer to item 68525 for California compliant model. Requires a 12 volt battery for starting, sold separately. This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states via Standard Ground Shipping. In order to return this item for a refund or replacement, all fuel must first be drained.

Portable Power that Packs a Punch!

portable generator

When you’re on the move with camping, tailgating, hunting or other activities, the 900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator moves with you! This portable power supply features a 63cc air-cooled 2 cycle gas engine, 120-volt grounded receptacle and circuit breaker protection. Compact yet sturdy, this generator provides up to 5 hours of run-time at 50% capacity.

Customers swear by this one! Check out some of the reviews:

This is a great little generator. Easy to start, lightweight and trouble free operation. I have two of these generators and they are the best I’ve found … – Richard, Oregon

This has been a great generator. I have had it on my work truck for some time now. I do property preservation work and use this machine almost every day. It is light enough to carry around and is extremely easy to start. It’s perfect for running small tools or an air compressor. An added bonus is that it is not very loud. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a small generator. – Property King, Pennsylvania

I use this generator daily to charge batteries, provide current for TV, and as a cheap alternative to electricity needs out here off the grid. It starts easily on second or third pull of the rope! It does what it is made to do. I have recommended it to others. – Jethro, Oklahoma

To get your 900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator or to check out Harbor Freight’s full line of generators for all your power needs, visit your local Harbor Freight store!

900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator EPA/CARB
item#60338

Badland 12000-lb Winch Review, Installation, Preparation and Safety

12k WINCH OFF ROAD PIC

Wheelin’, muddin’, off-roading, jeeping, four-wheeling. It’s a favorite pastime here in the States, and why not? It’s a heckuva lot of fun and a thrill to explore and experience the rougher side of nature. So, if you’ve got a 4×4, it’s only natural you want a winch. You could very well be boldly going where no man has gone before– and for good reason!– and you’ll need an escape plan.

12K winch on ford

Winches are awesome, powerful mechanisms, but mis-mounted or misused, they can be extremely dangerous. Before you even purchase your off-road winch, you should know how it works, its limitations and how it runs. YouTuber “ghostses” offers an extremely well-covered video on the Badland 12000-lb. Capacity with Auto-Loading Brake (voted “Best Deal in Winching” by Off-Road magazine), and if you walk away uninformed after this, I don’t know what to tell ya.

Some highlights include:

1. Why he went with the 12000-lb. model (00:01:25)

2. Cable layers and winch strength (00:02:25)

3. The components, what they’re for and the manual (00:06:20)

4. The parts of the main winch and motor (00:14:18)

5. Component assembly and installation (00:35:09)

6. Pre-stretching the cable (00:46:10)

7. Other rigging and accessories (00:48:16)

8. Wicked cool demonstrations (00:57:18)

There are a number of extremely important safety tips and pointers throughout this video, so if it’s too long for you, I advise to take it in in “chapters.” Believe me, it’s well worth your while.

There is also a segment where the reviewer opens the housing to re-lube it. THIS WILL VOID THE WARRANTY. As it states in the manual, “The winch’s internal mechanism is permanently lubricated. Do not open the housing.”

Most importantly, of course, go to the Harbor Freight website and read the countless other customer reviews on the Badland 12K winch. You’ll see for yourself why it’s a favorite among off-roaders!

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How To Make a Rustic Party Ice Chest From Wood Pallets

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Yup, it’s getting colder and wetter, and DIY warriors are retreating behind closed doors for the winter. The LAST thing you want to do is curl up on the barcalounger and remain in a vegetative state ’til the thaw. How about a fun garage project to keep you engaged, limber and rewarded with a cool, new addition to the yard for when the sun comes back out?

This actually really is a fun project (well… minus the breaking-down-the pallets part, but it’ll keep you warm) and the effort is well worth the pleasure and admiration you’ll get for your labors. So, without further ado… the Vintage Ice Chest!

Cost:

Because most of the materials will be coming from (hopefully) salvaged pallets, the expense should be minimal. If you don’t already have one, you should pick up a 48-qt. cooler.

pallet

Materials:

  • 5 reclaimed pallets
  • Wood glue
  • 1 box 2″ wood nails
  • 1 box 1½” wood nails
  • 2 large hinges
  • 1 qt. polyurethane, non-glossy

circular saw

Tools:

Time:

  1. Finding pallets
  2. Pallet breakdown – 45 minutes per pallet
  3. Assembly – 4 hours approx.
  4. Use cooler – Every shindig, ’til sunup

Once you’ve dismantled your pallets, sort your wood: the heavy 2×3 supports, the 30” wood slats (will vary). There are an average 6 boards per pallet side. Choose the pieces you want to use for the front. As you see here, ink-stamped pieces were chosen. Using pieces of various shape is best to give it that rustic look.

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OK, you’re ready for the fun part, putting it together! This is where I pass you on to Instructables.com, and “miamitreasure,” who shows us how to assemble our classic pallet ice chest cooler. Also, check out these other pallet wood projects on Instructables!

 

If you’re missing any tools or supplies for this awesome project, don’t forget to swing by Harbor Freight where you’ll find just what you need at low, low prices!