Haul-Master Utility Trailers Get a Lotta Love

If there’s anything I learned about Harbor Freight customers, it’s that they’ve got a lot of stuff to haul. A utility trailer is worth its weight in load—and Haul-Master’s been the go-to vehicle for years.

Foldable– AND Brawny!

I was curious why customers were so sweet on the Haul-Master utility trailers. I mean, it’s not like there’s a shortage of other brands. The first thing that caught my attention was all the noise about their durability. Talking about the 1195 lb. Capacity 48”x96” Foldable Utility Trailer (#90154), for instance—

 One guy said: “I bought this trailer about 8 years ago and have abused it without mercy during that period. I estimate it conservatively has about 7000 miles on it now. The longest single trip being around 1000 miles carrying a 2500 lb load…”

Another added, Having just returned from a 5,000 mile trip carting a 500# motorcycle without any problems……THIS LITTLE TRAILER is AWESOME.” (caps included).

And the comments just kept on coming.

When choosing a utility trailer, consider the space it’ll take up at the house. In some areas they don’t like it when you park it on the front yard, driveway or street (the neighbors might think it’s an eye sore– there’s no accounting for taste). But the nice thing about the 1195 lb. trailer, you can just fold it and lay it flat against the garage wall, or out back, and it takes up next-to-no room! And, whether it’s a full-size Harley, a power washer, a half-ton of top soil or a teardrop trailer, the formidable 1195 lb. Capacity Foldable Utility Trailer will take it on, and give you years of reliable service.

Solid Super Duty

If you prefer an un-foldable utility trailer, but still want the heavy load capacity, the 1720 lb. 48”x96” Super Duty (#94564) is just the ticket.

Able to take on everything the foldable trailer does—and more!—the Super Duty is a favorite among ATV, quad and kayak junkies (as well as others) ‘cause it’s lightweight, durable and it’ll tilt to the ground nicely for loading and unloading. One happy owner raved, “I have had one of these for almost 7 years and I love it. I’ve gotten so much use out of it, it’s paid for itself tenfold, at least.”

Another reported, “This is my fourth trailer. I have not worn one out yet but seem to give them away to the family. The one my son has is about 8-yrs old and still kicking.”

Point being, it’s a tough little sucker.

As with others, by adding your own planking to the 5-lug Super Duty, you’ve just created a heavy-duty cargo trailer, ready for anything. Head on over to your local home improvement store and get the thickest pressure-treated decking you can find. This type’s best ‘cause it’s got factory-injected water repellant,– which is up to eight times better than the surface-applied repellant—and they make awesome planking.

Because both the Foldable and Super Duty trailers sport 12” wheels, they’re great for camping trips– even spots that take you off-road—as well as transporting & launching small boats and jet skis. The trailer is fine going into salt water; just be sure to hose it off with fresh water when you get home. The 12 inches also provide a greater load-carrying capacity.

The Mighty Mini

If either one of those utility trailers is too large for your needs, Harbor Freight has smaller models to accommodate you. The 1090 lb. 40-1/2” x 48” Mini Utility Trailer (#90153) is every bit as rugged and reliable as the foldable and Super Duty models,…

…but also has the advantage of being able to brave narrow trails and smaller roadways. “I’ve had one of these for many years now,” bragged one traveler. “It always towed straight and true.”

Bikers like this trailer, too– not only to haul their motorcycles, but also to pull cargo behind their rides.  One biker told us, “Went over 3K miles on one trip. I highly recommend this to pull behind a motorcycle…” The Mini’s light, durable frame also makes it ideal for pulling behind smaller vehicles, and its space-efficient size allows it to fit nicely in the back of the garage.

 And More…

Utility trailer love spreads thick over other models as well. “This thing towed beautifully, solid sturdy and straight… What a great little trailer!” said one owner about his 870 lb. 40”x49” Utility Trailer (#42708).

Another shared this amazing story about the 950 lb. 4’x8’Foldable Utility Trailer (#42709): “Bought this trailer from the original owner who’s had it approximately 20 years” (underline added).

I have to add, I was also impressed with the countless ways customers made use of their utility trailers: besides the methods already mentioned, I read about dump runs, moving furniture, picking up lumber, pulling behind a garden tractor; hauling lawn mowers, sod, refrigerators, wood pellets, mulch, scuba gear, dog kennels, building materials, race tires, jacks, tools, luggage, sheetrock, DJ gear– even making campers out of them!

 Last—and definitely not least—buyers couldn’t say enough about what a great value the HFT trailers are. Time and again, I kept seeing, “the best utility trailer for the price!” No argument here.

Harbor Freight Gets Prepper Props

In this country’s growing Survivalist Nation there’s a tribe known as the “Urbivalists”– or “urban survivalists”—preppers who live in towns and cities, and have adapted their survivalist skills to more metro environments. One such urbivalist is Dan, a “self-proclaimed tenderfoot and city kid” who runs a survival-themed blog called The Daily Prep. Recently, Dan posted a video of a shopping trip he made to Harbor Freight–

–which included a tour of some of his favorite products.  “It’s a man mall!” he proclaimed.

It’s no wonder HFT is popular with those who take survival preparation seriously. A renowned purveyor of hard-to-find and odd hardware– plus, a huge selection of essential tools and supplies at extremely low prices– it’s a no-brainer. (Brains? Zombies? Apocalypse? Harbor Freight!)

So, what were some of the products Dan thought fellow preppers should look into? The video does a good job showcasing generators, welders, tarps, car battery jump starters, jerry cans, rope, axes & hatchets, duct tape (“of every kind!”), magnesium fire starters, solar panel kits, knives, slingshots, safes, winches, flashlights and batteries– and Harbor Freight’s low prices make preparation a lot more doable.

FYI, for those looking to prep their home for the garden variety emergency, HFT also carries towing supplies, trailer hitches, alarms & security products, jack stands, engines, head lamps, cast iron frying pans, face masks, space saver vacuum bags, air compressors… you get the point. Harbor Freight is the “go-to store” for your doomsday prepper needs.

The Daily Prep isn’t alone when it comes to survivalist forums swapping favorite HFT products that they keep in their arsenals. Surf the ‘net and you’ll find tons of great ideas. And while you’re at it, why don’t you share yours with us?

 

The Domesticated Tool Cart

I was puttering around the house last Saturday, when I heard my wife in the other room suddenly burst out, “That’s CUTE!” I assumed she found another pair of shoes or a purse on sale, or maybe one of those Cape Cod beach houses only a Kennedy could afford. But then she hurried in, gripping a magazine. “Isn’t that CUTE??!” she asked (rhetorically, I hoped), holding the mag open in my face. And there it was…

In their June 2012 issue, Better Homes & Gardens featured the U.S. General 350 lb. Locking Drawer Tool Cart as an addition for a home organization project:

“A tool cart is a good home for bulky items, plus you can use it as a service station or bar.”

Not to mention that it’s a good-looking and affordable alternative to organizers at those shi shi “home” stores. Huh… using a Harbor Freight tool cabinet for kitchen design, or a design idea for any room in the house. I get it.

And the wife got it.

Tool Review: Harbor Freight’s Digital Inspection Camera

I went into my local Harbor Freight Tools store and picked up a Digital Inspection Camera with 2.4″ Color LCD Monitor. It takes 4 AA batteries (not included), so I picked up a 24 pack of AA batteries from Harbor Freight as well for under $6 bucks – great price and now I have back up batteries! Some online recon revealed that competitive brands of inspection cameras with monitors were exorbitantly higher priced than the Harbor Freight version at under a $120. Would the Digital Inspection Camera from Harbor Freight deliver on its claims? That was my mission and I chose to accept it–fortunately, the  Camera did not self destruct in five seconds.

wireless camera

Make easy visual inspections even in hard-to-reach places

The packaging claimed that with this device, I could “make easy visual inspections, even in hard-to-reach places.”  I couldn’t count the number of times I’d dropped hardware into the abyss of heavy machinery or needed to inspect behind a wall before drilling into it. And then there’s dropping keys that somehow get kicked under a shelving unit with 40 metric tons of equipment on it. Hopefully, the Digital Inspection Camera could help remedy these types of situations.

The light at the end of the camera provides the 4 ft. night vision as described previously and also illuminates the tight spaces you’re in, which are usually dark. This became especially useful as I soon discovered.

The monitor is amply sized at 2.4″ and provided easy viewing but to document my adventure, I utilized another useful feature of the device. With the included video cable, I was able to plug the device into the video-in port on my wide screen TV. Then I practically had theater viewing.

wireless camera on TV screen

With the included video cable, I was able to plug the camera into my wide screen TV

Once you start using the Digital Inspection Camera with 2.4″ Color LCD Monitor, you’ll never know how you lived without it! The device is easy to assemble and operate. The lighted camera integrated into the end of a three foot flex hose provides excellent maneuverability in hard-to-reach areas, and the monitor picture is clear and detailed. The attachments are extremely useful! The hook is ideal for locating/feeding wires behind walls or behind equipment. The magnet is effective in picking up fallen hardware and even small tools. The angled mirror allows you to view underneath places where you would not be able to bend the flex hose.

From plumbing and electrical work to retrieving lost items and viewing places that are otherwise inconvenient or inaccessible to reach, you owe it yourself to get the Digital Inspection Camera with 2.4″ Color LCD Monitor.