HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR REMODELERS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

Remodeling isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life! Considering the high costs of goods and services, do-it-yourself remodeling is the best way to save money while turning a home into a castle. For the remodelers on your holiday gift list this year (including yourself) we’ve put together a list of must-have remodeling items from Harbor Freight Tools!

Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc
item#: 1800

A good set of drill bits is a must for all remodelers. From building shelves to installing a magnifying mirror in the bathroom, drill bits are the go-to item. This particular set of titanium nitride coated drill bits lasts up to six times longer than standard bits. Plus, the 1/4 in. hex shank is specially designed for cordless screwdrivers, enabling you to quickly change drill bits. The set includes 13 fractional sizes ranging from 1/16” to ¼” by 64ths.

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife
item#: 62358

A utility knife is a staple in the remodeler’s tool belt. Crafted of lightweight aluminum, this utility knife features simple one-hand operation that allows you to cut swiftly with ease. Other great features include a quick-change mechanism for easy blade changes and removable clip so it can be carried on a belt or in a pocket when safely folded.

25 ft. x 1 in QuikFind Tape Measure

25 ft. x 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure
item#: 69030

Before remodeling, you’ll probably spend more time with a tape measure than your family! During remodeling, you’ll be double-checking your progress with a tape measure. Basically, you’ll become BFFs with your tape measure, so make it a good one! This QuikFind Tape Measure is just the ticket! It features a durable ABS rubber-wrapped case, easy-to-read fractional markings, thumb lock, belt clip and wrist strap, plus an extra thick blade for taking longer measurements without the frustrating “kink factor”.

3 Pc SAE Metric Torx Folding Hex Key Set

3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set
item#: 94905

I have this reoccurring dream—I’ve won the lottery only instead of being paid out in cash, I’m given an IKEA gift certificate and I decide to furnish my entire home with their furniture. The packages arrive and I open each one and take out the parts to assemble. The hardware is included but there are no hex key wrenches. NOOOOOOOOO! I wake up in a cold sweat, then run out to my tool box and locate my 3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set from Harbor Freight Tools. I gently pet it in relief… but I digress. This set of compact hex key wrench can handle SAE, metric and star fasteners. They’re constructed from durable chrome vanadium steel with a black oxide finish to resist rust. Each set features color-coded handles for easy identification and rubberized comfort grips. They’re a dream to use—the good kind of dream.

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer
item#: 47873

A good hammer is crucial for remodeling—and the world’s best nutcracker, though a bit messy. The professional quality 16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer features a drop-forged polished steel head and comfortable, shock absorbing fiberglass handle for continuous use. The claw can be used to remove nails but is ideal for ripping lumber when framing or performing other large-scale remodeling jobs.

Still under $10 (but tough to fit into a stocking)

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc
item#: 68045

When using a reciprocating saw, you’ll need replacement blades at the ready. Look no further than the Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc from Harbor Freight! Designed with a 1/2” universal shank, these reciprocating saw blades provide fast, aggressive cutting on a variety of materials and are made from heat-treated, shatter-resistant bi-metal that keeps an edge longer compared to conventional blades.

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr
item#: 66287

If you like splinters, callouses, lacerations and punctures, avoid these gloves at all costs! On the other hand, actually both hands, they do a pretty darn good job of keeping you protected. These split leather work gloves feature leather finger tips with a full leather index finger for added protection. Canvas backing provides breathability and comfort. An extended 1-1/2” cuff protects the wrists. They come in a pack of five—keep one pair in the tool box, one in the garage, one in the back pocket and keep two pair handy for your friends and family members who are helping you remodel but forgot their gloves… One size fits most remodelers!

12 in. Tool Bag

12 in. Tool Bag
item#: 61467

Tools rule! But they can get a bit unruly when they’re all over the place… Keep your remodeling tools under control with this 12 in. Tool Bag. The heavy-duty polyester bag features a zippered closure with a gatemouth design that stays open when you want it to so you can find tools easily. The bag also boasts 15 inside pockets and 6 outside pockets to hold tools, hardware, you name it. But under $10? It’s too good to be true. Must be a holiday miracle!

5 Pc Pliers Set

5 Pc Pliers Set
item#: 69351

During remodeling, pliers get a lot of use! This 5 Pc Pliers Set is a great general purpose set to have on hand. The pliers are constructed of heavy-duty drop forged and hardened steel with a polished finish to withstand frequent use. Comfort grips mean less user fatigue during long projects.

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc
item#: 61344

Try remodeling without screwdrivers and you’ll be screwed! I worked for hours on that pun so please enjoy it… This complete screwdriver set includes slotted, Phillips, square and star drive tips to accommodate most screwdriving tasks. Each screwdriver in the set features a chrome vanadium steel shaft and magnetic tip. A ribbed cushioned grip provides total control and comfort during operation.

Under $25

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings
item#: 68239

When it comes to power tools, a good cordless drill is mandatory. This high performance Drill Master cordless drill driver has the versatility of 21 torque clutch settings to handle a variety of drilling tasks. A built-in lamp with LED bulb provides visibility even in dark corners. Additional features include a keyless chuck and electric brake, plus the battery is interchangeable with other 18 volt Drill Master tools.

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 68861

This multifunction power tool is the Swiss Army knife of power tools! With a comprehensive selection of attachments, you can use this tool to cut through cable, air ducts, downspouts, plasterboard and pipes, sand down cement, concrete, stone, plaster, tile adhesive, paint and wood—and even saw through wood up to 2 in. thick! It can even tutor your kids on their SATs so they can get into a good college—try that with competing brands… (Claim based on lab rats who did really well on their SATs after being tutored by the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool; actual human results may vary.)

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc
item#: 61637

High speed steel titanium nitride drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bit sets. This drill bit set features regular 118° tips for drilling in wood, metal, plastic and most other materials. Bit sizes range from 1/16 in. to ½ in. by 64ths.

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer Stapler

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler
item#: 68019

Get two great tools for the price of one! Load the 18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler with brad nails to work on household trim, paneling, bookcases, drawers and cabinets. Insert staples and it becomes an effective air stapler for furniture upholstery! Features include a quick-release nosepiece to clear jams quickly and a lightweight design for less user fatigue on long jobs. The combination air nailer/stapler also features a 360° rotatable exhaust.

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse
item#: 69446

When working with 2 x 4s, plyboard, drywall or any otherwise unwieldy material, sawhorses corral the issue. This saw horse weighs in under 4 lbs. yet holds up to 350 lbs. Storage is also a breeze—the sawhorse folds flat to 1-3/4 in.

Under $50

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw
item#: 62370

Once you start using a reciprocating saw for remodeling, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it! For cutting PVC pipe, embedded wood, plywood and even sheet metal, a reciprocating saw makes the job quick and easy. Features include a pivoting shoe plate for increased stability and a rubber grip for comfortable operation. The handle rotates completely through 180° with five positive stops at 0, 45° and 90° left, and 45° and 90° right for cutting from any angle.

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver And Flashlight Kit

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver And Flashlight Kit
item#: 68287

Here’s another great cordless drill but with an added bonus, a swivel-head LED flashlight with 3-position tilt to illuminate your work in dim areas. The drill itself features 21 torque settings, electric break, keyless chuck and an interchangeable 18 volt battery compatible with other select Drill Master tools.

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 67537

Compared to the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool, the variable speed feature provides added precision control over tough jobs and detail work. Delivering between 10,000 to 20,000 OPM (oscillations per minute), the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool is designed with a die cast aluminum gear housing and sealed bearings for durability. An overmolded grip provides comfort for long jobs.

1 2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill

1/2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill
item#: 68169

When remodeling, you may need more than a drill—you need a super drill! The ½ in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill features a 7.5 amp motor that delivers the power to drill through concrete, wood and steel. With the comfort grip handle, hand fatigue is greatly reduced during tough jobs.

7-1 4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System

7-1/4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 69078

The built-in guide laser on this powerful circular saw ensures straight, accurate cuts. And don’t let the lightweight aluminum construction fool you—this circular saw is designed for tough jobs while also providing the versatility for bevel cuts in wood. Other features included a dust chute and protected trigger with safety lock.

Under $100

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System
item#: 61973

A good compound miter saw is indispensable for remodeling! Harbor Freight’s 10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System features a 45 degree tilting blade for precise bevel, miter and compound cuts. Make quick work of wood moldings, PVC pipe and other materials thanks to the powerful 15 amp motor. Additionally, the integrated laser lines up the cut when accuracy is a must!

1-1 8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer

1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer
item#: 69274

This heavy duty power tool is really three remodeling power tools in one: use it to drill precision holes, for heavy-duty drilling and as a demolition hammer for cutting and breaking! The 10 amp motor delivers powerful performance while the anti-vibration handle reduces fatigue. This rotary hammer also features a quick-change SDS system, adjustable 360° side handle and these words from Mr. T: “I pity da fool who don’t use the 1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer from Harbor Freight Tools!”

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer
item#: 67450

Roofing, vinyl siding, upholstery panels, fiber cement siding… big jobs demand a nailer that’s up for them. That nailer would be the 11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer from Harbor Freight Tools! This air nailer drives nails fast and hard while its lightweight design prevents user fatigue. It also features an adjustable roofing gauge for accurate tile spotting and steel contact safety with dual carbide inserts for less wear and tear. A 360 degree exhaust prevents that wind-blown look, so it’s a great nailer for everyone except Fabio.

18 Volt 1 4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver

18 Volt 1/4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver
item#: 68853

The powerful motor of this hex impact driver delivers 1050 in. lb. of torque to handle heavy duty driving in a variety of tasks. This cordless driving tool features a 1/4 in. quick-change shaft for quick and easy bit changes, onboard bit storage, all-metal housing for strength and durability, and an ergonomic overmolded cushion grip for comfort and less user fatigue. An included one-hour quick charger means less downtime during remodeling jobs.

14 in. 3-1 2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw

14 in. 3-1/2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw
item#: 61481

With its high performance 15 amp motor, this cut-off saw will have you cutting through metal and other hard substances with ease! The wide D-handle grip has a full-width trigger for comfort and control while the quick-release vise lets you position your workpiece quickly. This cut-off saw also features fully shielded bearings to ensure smooth operation over a long service life.

Over $100

If the person on your gift list has been extra good this year, we’ve got some things that’re sure to ring their sleigh bells (not legal in all 50 states). Starting with…

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 61969

This compound miter saw has all the great features of the 10 in. version but can provide smooth, accurate cuts in larger work pieces – up to 12 in. wide.

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder
item#: 67646

You may think all ladders are the same. The 17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder is sure to change your mind. Supporting up to 300 pounds and constructed from strong aircraft grade aluminum, this ladder can be used in 23 possible configurations—step ladder, wall ladder, scaffold, workbench and many more! For remodeling, this ladder is a step up compared to standard ladders. Pun completely intended. Don’t forget to tip your waiters and waitresses on the way out.

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

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

Powered by a reliable Predator engine, this generator is ideal for countless remodeling projects. It features an electric start with recoil backup, 12-hour run time at 50% capacity, low oil indicator/shut down and a heavy duty 1-1/4″ steel roll cage. It’s also great to have on hand for emergencies between remodeling projects.

5 8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit

5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
item#” 60600

Paint decks, exterior walls, ceilings, doors, frames—and save countless hours and hassle compared to brush/roller painting with this powerful airless paint sprayer. The 5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit features a stainless steel paint pick up that won’t rust or corrode. The spray gun can also pump straight from 1 or 5 gallon buckets for easier cleanup! Comes with a No. 517 nozzle for 12” to 16” fan width and an integrated filter and trigger-lock for easy flushing and cleaning.

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile Brick Saw

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw
item#: 69275

The two-position cutting head on this professional tile saw enables the user to adjust the blade for a variety of tiles or bricks. The saw also features a powerful dual capacitor motor with sealed bearings and thermal overload protection plus a heavy-duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration.

 

There you have it, a wide variety of incredible gifts in all prices ranges for the remodeler on your holiday list! If you’re still undecided, you simply can’t go wrong with a Harbor Freight Tools gift certificate! And don’t forget to check out harborfreight.com or any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide for the latest deals and even more tools and accessories for remodeling.

 

 

HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR HOBBY & CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

For the hobby and craft enthusiast, Harbor Freight is a veritable treasure trove! Whether it’s a weekend craft project with the kids or a serious life-long interest, Harbor Freight offers numerous items for all hobbyists! And with Harbor Freight’s incredible values, you can give great gifts this holiday season within your particular budget while having plenty left over to gift the giver! Below are a some suggested gift ideas broken down by price range.

Under $10

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner
item#: 38593

Every hobbyist should have this versatile tool in their arsenal. The 30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner is ideal for soldering jobs, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather. Harbor Freight’s woodburner tool contains tips for both soldering and wood burning, all in a convenient carrying case.

 

12 Drawer Storage Organizer

12 Drawer Storage Organizer
item#: 99896

Storage, sorting and organization are constant considerations for hobbyists. Harbor Freight has numerous items in all three categories but one item takes the cake decorations, beads, fasteners, buttons and more when it comes to combing all three! The 12 Drawer Storage Organizer has eight small and four large transparent drawers for easy identification. It can also be mounted to a wall or stand alone on a worktable.

 

Under $25

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set
item#: 96551

This item easily made the cut—and keeps making cuts! The 33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set features 26 assorted blades, three standard blade holders and a deluxe blade handle with an ergonomic grip. Plus, the entire ensemble comes neatly organized in a convenient storage carrying case. For the majority of hobbies and crafts, this knife set is an absolute must!

 

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit
item#: 68696

With this one tool alone, you can sand, debur, grind and polish metal, plastic, wood and more! Adjust the variable speed control from 8000 RPM to 35000 RPM using a convenient thumbwheel speed adjuster. 1/16” and 1/8” collets are included. To tackle numerous projects, the kit also includes 31 accessory bits—all neatly packed in a storage case.

 

Under $50

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw
item#: 61608

Cut picture frames, molding and plastics without having to fire up your big table saw! The 2 miter slots featured allow you to cut precise angles with no hassle. The mini table saw also includes a blade guard and eye shield for safety.

 

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler
item#: 67631

Utilizing a rubber tumbler barrel for quieter operation, this rock tumbler gives a smooth, polished finish to rocks, semi-precious stones, glass and even metal! It’s ideal for jewelry making as well as other hobbies where smoothing and polishing are needed to achieve the desired effect! Harbor Freight also sells a variety of abrasives to work with the 3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler.

 

Under $100

1-6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit

1/6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit
item#: 69434

Get creative when painting with this air brush compressor kit. It’s easy to change colors and simple to clean. This air brush compressor and airbrush kit works with lacquers, oil-based paints and latex-based paints. It’s ideal for a wide variety of hobbies and crafts!

 

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw
item#: 93012

The 16 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw does a great job cutting highly intricate curves and designs quickly and precisely. It also features a tilting table for making precise bevel cuts. A built-in air pump keeps the line-of-sight clear of sawdust when cutting. Additional features include a cast iron base for less vibration and variable speed control for working with a wide range of materials.

 

Under $200

8 x 12 Bench Top Wood Lathe

8″ x 12″ Bench Top Wood Lathe
item#: 95607

When the budget allows a bit extra for that someone special (including yourself), consider the 8” x 12” Bench Top Wood Lathe. The lathe features a ½ HP motor and has a variable speed range from 750-3200 RPM for precise control. The lathe includes a #1 Morse taper and tail stock, 2” and 6” face plates as well as 4” and 7” tool rests. Not to mention it’s so cute!—in a functional, power tool sort of way…

 

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench
item#: 93454

Often times, hobby and craft people commandeer the dining room table, kitchen counter or other surface not intended to indefinitely house their endless projects. The 60 In. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench provides the solution. The workbench features a generous 60” top, convenient shelf and four storage drawers, each felt lined to protect tools and other accessories. A wood block vice is included to enhance usability. Now the family won’t have to eat off the back of the couch…

 

We’re really just touching the tip of the hobby and craft iceberg here. There is a vast multitude of supplies, tools, adhesives and safety equipment—all great stuff for hobbies and crafts available through Harbor Freight! It also goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that if you’re not sure exactly what to get the hobby and craft enthusiast on your list, a Harbor Freight Gift Card is always a viable choice! Check out any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide or visit the website to discover Harbor Freight’s complete inventory of items to turn this season into Happy Hobby Days!

 

10 Legendary Favorites from Harbor Freight Tools!

Everyone’s got their favorite tool or accessory that they got from Harbor Freight Tools. Even if nothing else in the store tickles their fancy, there’s that one thing they either love to own, or dream of getting someday.  Actually, it’s more like 20 or 30 things, but for the sake of this post, here are 10 of the Customers’ Favorite Tools from Harbor Freight:

 1. 3-Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy-Duty Floor Jack #61282

3 ton steel jack low profile

You won’t find another deal like this classic workhorse– for the price, this baby can’t be beat! Tired of paying someone else to do your tires, brakes and rotors? The Pittsburgh 3-ton Low Profile Steel Floor Jack almost immediately pays for itself. It rolls smoothly on the garage floor, fits under the low, low show cars, lifts to almost two feet and lowers with ease. Plus, the floor jack’s dual-piston Rapid Pump technology lifts most work loads in just 3-1/2 pumps. Sells for $92.99, but you can usually find a coupon or sale on the 3-ton steel jack for even less. Read the customer reviews and you’ll be a believer, too!

2. 13-Drawer 44″ Roller Cabinet #68784

13 drawer tool cabinet

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, this is a real nice box. For all the sizes and types of tool chests Harbor Freight has, the U.S. General 44″ Industrial Roller Cabinet is the darling of the bunch. Sizable and sturdy enough to handle a slew of tools, yet easy to roll around the shop floor– not to mention smoothly opens and closes the drawers on ball bearing sliders– the 13-drawer tool cabinet hits the sweet spot like no other. Priced at a doable $389.99 (and that’s when it’s NOT on sale!), it’s built with the same industrial quality as other brands that go for 4-5 times as much. Comes in a glossy powder-coated red finish, guaranteed to snazz up the garage and turn the neighbors green.

3. 12-inch Double-Bevel Miter Saw with Laser #69684

12 -in double bevel miter saw with laser

“Pleasantly surprised,” “Nice handling,” and “Holy crap, that’s sweet!” come to mind when operating the Chicago Electric 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide. At $199.99, it handily surpasses all expectations with its smooth, clean cuts and precision accuracy– at a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere. It cuts through lumber like butter, and will even go through old oak without chipping. And powered with an ample 15 amp motor, the 12″ miter saw will tackle any house job you’ve got to throw at it.

4. 90-Amp Flux Welder #61849

90 amp flux wire welder

Welding continues to be a growing hobby in this country, and the “5-star”-rated Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder has been a wildly popular choice for beginners to get their feet wet. Extremely easy to start and practice with, the 90 amp welder doesn’t require gas to operate and needs only 120 volts. Great for 18 ga.- 5/16″ steel and stainless steel, it’s a great go-to tool for vehicle repairs, creating shelving brackets, making a welding cart and other structural components, trailer hitches, small welding repairs and cleaning jobs… If you’re a newbie, or just looking to do small jobs around the property, or if you’ve ever considered trying your hand at welding, this wire-feed welder is the ticket! Goes for $111.99, but like the other Harbor Freight favorites, a coupon or sale is always around to seal the deal.

5. 8750/7000W 13 HP Generator #68530

8750-7000 watt generator

Predator generators have built a rock-solid reputation for quality, price and staying-power, and the EPA-certified Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watt, 13 HP (420cc) Generator has literally been a light in the storm for so many power-deprived families and preppers. This generator, hands-down, is the best buy for your buck. While the rest of the neighborhood struggles in darkness, this bad boy will keep the lights on, as well as the fridge, central air, big screen TV, electric water heater, etc. When you consider the motel and fast food costs you’ll be saving– or the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, cooking your own food and getting the hot showers you so love, without a hitch… the $599.99 investment is a sweet price point. But don’t believe me. Check out the reviews by the actual owners!

6. 4-pc. Ratcheting Tie Down Set #61524

ratcheting tie downs

Whether you’re moving furniture, securing a kayak to your trailer, strapping gear on the roof rails, hauling timber, holding a garden tractor or ATV on the truck bed, or keeping your tool box from rattling around the back of your Jeep, these Haul-Master Ratcheting Tie-Downs are the greatest invention since sliced rope. Easily adjustable to secure loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers, their ratchet handles make it a snap to adjust strap length and pull tight. The tie downs’ vinyl-coated S-hooks also prevent scratching on painted surfaces. At $13.99, these weather-resistant straps are an extremely popular “no-brainer add-on” for customers who come to Harbor Freight with other purchases in mind.

7. Mini Moving Dolly #61899

mini mover dolly

Move 1,000 pounds for $11.99? That’s what we’re sayin’… cheaper than buying your buddies pizza and beer to help you move the stuff. Is it any wonder why the Haul-Master Mini Mover’s Dolly is on Harbor Freight’s Top 10 Favorite list? Save your back as you move stacks of loaded boxes, heavy machinery, engine blocks and transmissions, or furniture when the wife’s got a hankering to redecorate. The carpeted surfaces protect furniture finishes and the hard-rubber swivel casters won’t mar your floors. Did I already mention, they’re $11.99?

8. 8-Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras #61229

8-channel DVR with Cameras

A great addition for home protection, the Bunker Hill Security 8-channel DVR with 4 Cameras and Motion Detection installs easily and can be set up to monitor on your computer or smartphone, so you can keep an eye on things while you’re away! Each camera offers a wide view span with a high resolution, so you can spread them over the areas you want observed and glimpse the four shots simultaneously. It even comes with night vision to keep you apprised of any nefarious nocturnal characters that venture onto your property (imagine your neighbors’ surprise when they see their kid up to no good on Facebook). The 8-Channel Surveillance DVR set sells for $299.99, and you can often find it on sale or a coupon. You can also use the Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon. Hey, where else can you get a room with a view at such a low price?

9. 3-Gallon 100 PSI Oilless Air Compressor #61615

3 gallon 100 psi oilless air compressor

If you’re looking for a small air compressor to keep in the garage for filling tires and balls, or maybe using with a blow gun, airbrush, brad nailer or other small jobs, the Central Pneumatic 3-Gallon PSI Pancake Air Compressor is just the ticket. For an airy $59.99, this little gem is there to save your family bike trip, keep the bounce in your game and help put up the trim and Christmas lights. The fact that it’s “oilless” means less maintenance for you, and the “pancake” low-profile shape means you’ll save garage space and easy portability to wherever the air compressor is needed. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?

10. 12,000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch #61256

12000 lb off road winch

Finally, the top ten list rounds out with the uber-popular Badland 12K Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake. Smell the mud, don’t get stuck in it! This off-road winch is a veritable lifesaver in the swamp, snow, ice and that black, slimy, stinky stuff that they don’t have a name for. Awesome for trucks, ATVs, Jeeps and other 4-wheelers… even great for uprooting trees. It also comes with an incredibly handy remote for easy operation. Don’t be the bud who needs his bacon saved– save your buds’ bacon with the Badland 12K winch!

So, there you have it– the legendary favorites of the Harbor Freight Tools catalog. Chances are you already have one of them. Chances are even better that you’ve got a mind to go buy one (or four) real soon!

ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE 1.5 HP ELECTRIC POLE SAW

pole sawWithout the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw, Alexander the Great may not have been so great! According to a dusty scroll found three days ago in the backroom of an Albanian spice merchant’s warehouse along the Adriatic, Alexander III of Macedon (A3 as he was called) inherited the kingdom from his father Phillip II who had been assassinated. Upon being named successor to the throne, A3 walked out to his backyard and there stood an olive tree that reached toward the sky. He declared “I will climb this tree and as far as I can see, I will conquer!” A bold statement. Unfortunately, the tree was so dense with branches, he could only climb up a few feet. From that vantage point, he was able to see as far as two of his neighbors’ yards, which he summarily conquered. He was then called Alexander the Terrible Neighbor.

In order to climb higher, Alexander the Terrible Neighbor needed to get rid of those darn branches. He went to Harbor Freight Tools, which had a store in Amphipolis, and purchased the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw. Well, it wasn’t actually electric back then, but the motor did come with a horse and a pony, hence, 1.5 horsepower. Anyway, he went back to the olive tree and started to cut more branches. Alexander was impressed with the features of the Pole Saw, which included a telescoping fiber glass pole that extended from 6 ft. to 8ft. 10 inches in length,  9-1/2 inch bar with 3/8 inch pitch Oregon® chain, automatic chain oiler, reduced kickback design, hand guard and easy chain adjustment. Midway through a branch, the saw broke but Alexander the Terrible Neighbor had kept his receipt so he returned the broken saw to the store and received a replacement without any hassle.

Back to the tree. He finished up cutting and then climbed. This time he was able to see as far as the subcontinent of India. He then sent messengers to all credit card companies and wireless carriers throughout his current empire and vowed that when he conquered India, he would establish customer service centers for all of them. The outsourcing saved these companies millions of drachma. As a reward, the Macedonian Better Business Bureau awarded Alexander a Lucite plaque and dubbed him Alexander the Great.

Today, you only need to conquer street traffic or a slow Internet connection to behold the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw from Harbor Freight Tools. Not only will you enjoy the fabulous features and ease of use, but you’ll become the envy of your neighbors, provided you leave their yards alone.

1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw
Sku#: 68862
$74.99

Harbor Freight Celebrates International Girls Day

Recently, Teddy Robertson posted on her blog:

“Surprisingly, the Flint store is very female.   Of course, you see a lot of women in Home Depot and Lowes.  They are selecting paint colors or lighting, or bathroom fixtures.  At Harbor Freight women roam the drill bit aisles.  And what’s more, women—middle-aged women—are on the floor helping them with real tools.  Maybe years back they would have worked in the shop.  Today they work at Harbor Freight.”

Today, November 14, is International Girls Day, and it’s fitting that Harbor Freight Tools takes notice. The girls have been coming to HFT in growing numbers, sharing the checkout lines with the boys, carrying miter saws and cordless drills; on the Web, you now stumble across Girl Power blogs like Pink Toes & Power Tools and Ana White, sounding the alarm that women are taking over the home DIY projects.

That being said, I’d like to submit…
10 Tools Every DIY Girl Should Own
tape measure 30 ft
  1. Pittsburgh 30 Ft. X 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure #69081 – You can never have too many tape measures around the house, and you’ll like this guy because it displays the fractions. Not to say you’re working with a dumbed-down tool, something akin to a Jitterbug cell phone, but rather something that helps determine measurements faster and more efficiently. The tape extends a long way before it falls, and you’ll appreciate the rubber-wrapped case (not that you ever drop your tape measure, right?). Heavy-duty and helpful! $4.99plier set 7 piece
  2. Pittsburgh 7-Pc. Pliers Set #69355 – Pulling, pinching, stripping, bending. You can face all manner of tasks in the home, and these babies can be invaluable. And the quality-to-price ratio is NICE! 8.9932 pc screwdriver set
  3. 32-pc. Screwdriver Set #90764 – You’ll probably put the most mileage on this set around the house as it accommodates most all domestic jobs, including a bendable snake unit that’s awesome in hard-to-get-to areas! $7.99claw hammer
  4. Pittsburgh 16 Oz. Claw Hammer With Fiberglass Handle #47872 – I’m sure you have a hammer somewhere in the house. Hammers are like tape measures; it’s good to have a few around. Whatever you do, though, invest in a nice claw hammer. It’ll do a good job driving in nails, but it';; also help you remove the bent ones if you make a mistake… which I’m sure never happens. Hammers are the great go-to’s for hanging pictures, putting together modular furniture or small woodworking projects. This fiberglass one provides a comfortable grip and less shock than the wooden ones.  $3.99 socket set 64 pc
  5. Pittsburgh 64 Piece 1/4″, 3/8″ And 1/2″ Socket Set #67995 – For nuts and bolts, and screwing in lag bolts in your beams for heavy wall-hangings and earthquake straps, putting together the tyke’s bike, or working on the car. You might think this set’s a bit overkill, but you never know when you’re going to need the odd-sized piece– and socket sets provide torque strength a mere wrench can’t come close to. $31.99torpedo level
  6. Pittsburgh 9″ Magnetic Torpedo Level #96676 – Take away the guesswork and eyeball calisthenics when trying to hang pictures or put up shelving. You’ll learn fast what a godsend this simple tool really is.  $7.99 staple gun
  7. Fasten Pro Three-Way Tacker Staple Gun Kit #96755 – For everything from craft projects to reupholstering chairs, making wood box valances, putting up plastic sheeting, running cords along the wall, window screening, and other DIY projects. Another tool you’ll love love love!  $6.99 5-drawer tool cart
  8. U.S. General Tool Cart, Five Drawer, 700 Lb. Capacity #69397 – You’ll need a place to store all of these handy tools and, take my word, you’ll outgrow a toolbox almost immediately. A larger one on rollers– like this 5-drawer favorite– is great to move around your home, craft room, studio or garage. It gives you plenty of room to organize and quickly access the tool you need when you need it!  $199.99 3-8 cordless drill 68239 19.99
  9. Drill Master 3/8″ Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 18 Volt #68239 – A rechargeable drill is essential to have around for your light-to-medium DIY projects around the house. They’re light to carry and great for making holes, or using as a power screwdriver to speed up the fastening process. Got a remodeling project in your future? Get it!  $19.99 orbital palm sander 5-in
  10. Chicago Electric 5″ Random Orbital Palm Sander #69857 – If you’re restoring furniture, an old boat or other object of love, invest in an orbital sander. Great for getting a smooth finish on large surfaces, and the palm sander version gives you great control. $24.99
There are other great, handy tools for your collection that you’ll eventually want: stud finder, brad nailer, jigsaw, compound miter saw, circular saw… and Harbor Freight Tools has them all at tremendously low prices! It’s a great way to get your projects off the ground without smashing too many piggy banks.
Of course, there’s more to life than always working. As Teddy Robertson closed in her post:

“Last year toward the end of summer Dennis came home with battery powered fly swatter he’d gotten on sale for $3.99 (reg. $7.99).  We sat on the porch in a warm twilight sipping margaritas and swinging at mosquitoes.  Can’t beat Harbor Freight.”

You go, girl.

Lumberjack Day

lumberjack

All right, by a show of hands, who’s ever wished they were a lumberjack? Come on, I know you have. Red shirt, suspenders, big ol’ waffle-stomper boots, Nell at your side… leaping from tree to tree, as they float down the mighty rivers, frolicking with steer. Dare to dream, right? Well, as today is Lumberjack Day, we can ALL realize the dream and be lumberjacks– thanks to the tremendous log-splitting savings at Harbor Freight Tools! Here are just a few examples of their wide selection of wood-decimating devices:

Now that summer is roasting to a close, fall is almost here and winter’s in the not-too-distant future, death is closing in all around us– dead leaves, dead branches, and all other sorts of recently-deceased debris– a virtual land of zombie foliage– will soon be besieging our yards! Make disposing their remains easy on yourself with a powerful chipper/shredder or leaf eater/shredder from Harbor Freight. Such as…

Quickly reduce piles of leaves and small branches into useful mulch. Mulch is a standard form of winter protection for many shallow-rooted plant, acting as insulation for the soil and plant roots. This powerful 14 amp electric chipper-shredder can handle limbs up to 1-1/2″ in diameter and its rugged polypropylene hopper won’t rust or dent. Also, it maneuvers easily through the yard on smooth-rolling 6″ wheels. All for the low price of $149.99!

“Have been using this for the last 6 months to mulch tree branches off my yard. Have fed it branches up to 1-inch diameter thus far, and the chipper handles them easily. Easy to carry, easy to setup. The “paddle” that is included comes quite handy to feed small branches into the chipper.”  SM – Clinton Township, MI

 

This gas-powered dynamo is an invaluable tool for landscapers or anyone cleaning up their yard. The chipper-shredder handles limbs up to 1-1/4″ thick and features a four-chipper-blade design to quickly turn limbs, twigs and small branches into mulch. Perfect for flower beds and vegetable gardens. Easy on gas, tough on branches, this little chipper eats brush like it’s nothing! A great deal at $379.99– and customers are ecstatic over its performance:

“I bought this based on reviews. I have several very large shrubs that need regular pruning. Most branches are 1″ or less. This chipper ate them up. No more dragging them curbside. I had a pile of branches about 4-feet tall by 8-feet long. I turned this pile into about one cubic foot of fine mulch. Couldn’t be happier. Now I’m looking for other stuff to prune just so I can use this thing. The engine is very quiet and started on the 2nd pull. I’m very happy with this one!” Weary Gardener – Charlotte, NC

“This is a sweet chipper– use the hell out of it, put the hurt to it. I haven’t had any problem with it! Don’t complain you payed three bills for it, it’s better than buying one for grand or more for the same job :)!!!!!!!! Harbor Freight, you got my vote, keep up the good work. For the people that have small yards, this is the best thing to buy. It’s quiet, small and will shred anything you can get down in the hopper.  I just love it. Hopeful this is some help to others. I’ve had mine for three years, I use mine a lot in the summertime.”  Big E – Lakewood, CO

 

10 ton hydraulic log splitter

When lumberjacks sleep, they dream about this baby! Manually jacking this hydraulic splitter generates up to 10 tons of ramming force, enough to split logs as long as 18″ and as thick as 6-1/2″ in diameter (depending on wood density). Powerful and easy to operate, this compact splitter takes up very little floor space and can easily fit– and be operated– in a garage. Works great on oak, yellow gum, hickory, maple– even green wood! Give your arms and shoulders a break and let the 10-ton hydraulic log splitter do the work for you. At only $99.99, it’s a Brainerd no-brainer!

 “We just took down eight trees and had almost three cords of green wood to split. I read the reviews and thought my shoulder could use a break. This works perfectly. Even my wife loved using it. Logs can be no longer than 18 inches to fit….but they can be much larger than 6 inches across – most of ours were 16-18 inches. I couldn’t split most of the green wood by hand…but this little splitter split all logs easily. It’s heavy to move at about 90 pounds but has little wheels. Buy it and give your splitting maul and back a break. Worked great for us.”  Paul – Vermont

 

7 ton log splitter

 

When it comes to raw power, this 2 HP electric log splitter delivers up to 7 macho tons of ramming force to split logs as thick as 10 inches in diameter and as long as 20 inches! Features include two pneumatic tires built for easy maneuvering on rough terrain, and it’s as portable as a hand cart with an easy-grip handle. Splits heavy logs quickly and safely! A worthy investment at $399.99!

“Good product, split everything I had. Fast, quiet and no gas fumes… can use in garage. None even close for price!”  baldhead – Oregon

“Cannot beat for the money. Well built and very portable. Electric, so easy to start & low maintenance. Great for those of us who have health issues and can no longer split. Very powerful for its size. As a former farm boy and shade tree mechanic I like how sturdy it is built. Should last a long time for household splitting. Well done, Harbor Freight. One of your best!”  Dr. Zinc – Washington, DC

 

electric chainsaw 2

While the Chicago Electric 14″ Electric Chainsaw may not be practical for decimating forests, this sturdy, lightweight tool performs masterfully for easy pruning, yet is tough enough to take on thick limbs and branches! It’s got a quiet-running, powerful motor with an anti-kickback feature and a safety lock-out switch, so it’s mild-mannered enough for the wife and kids to use it. The wrap-around hand guard and bar guard provide additional safety, and the automatic oiler keeps the chain fully lubricated and always ready for action. Cut down trees and then cut them up for firewood– even oak. Trim trees and cut limbs, clear areas of thick brush. The ease is great and the power is more than sufficient– you’ll love your Chicago Electric 14″ Oregon bar electric chainsaw! Now only $54.99!

As one customer noted:

“This electric saw is better than a gas-powered saw period! No real loud noise, no gas fumes, smoke, and no leaking oil all over the area you store it. I have 5 of 6 acres left. I have many Mesquite trees. And as many people know, they are tough to cut. Not with this saw. I cut through them like butter! The key to using any saw is let it do the cutting. Meaning you do not need to push down on the saw real hard and make it harder on yourself. Also, do not pull back and forth while you are cutting. Just apply slight pressure to hold the saw down on the tree and just let it do the cutting. Yes, it is electric and you need a long electric cord, but Harbor Freight has the 100 ft. cords at a good price. This saw out-performed my gas saws easily! I cut well over 100 pieces of small to large round trees and the chain is still tight and it still is sharp. I have not once had to tighten the chain up on this saw. Also, this saw does not leak chain oil all over the place. You just add the chain oil and it self-lubes the chain. Most saws, when you set them down on something after use, the chain oil goes everywhere. Not this one! If there was a 10-star rating, this saw would get it. Excellent saw for the low cost!”  Loopster – Grays Prairie, TX

So, stand tall, my friend. Today is your day! Head on over to Harbor Freight, get some quality wood-cutting tools for incredibly low prices, and be who you are– a lumberjack! And you’re OK.

(Nells and Mounties not included)

 

The Legend of the Double Cut Saw… and How to Build a Grill Out of a 55-Gallon Drum

Billy Kulakowski was a mean griller, everybody in the cul-de-sac agreed. Every block party weekend, Billy was given a wide berth as he worked his magic on his meats and wood chips and butt rubs. When he was in the zone, Billy was like a wild-eyed chainsaw juggler jacked up on Pepsi Max. Head down in the smoke and sizzle, flipping tongs, spatulas, sauces, spices… his little water spray bottle keeping the furious flames at bay… no one dared approach him, not even to offer him a cold one. Story’s told, one time somebody did, and there was an incident. Something about a misheard word, a scuffle and– things getting out of hand like they oft times do– an airborne super-duty wiener fork took out a bounce house. Three kids were never found. It took a while (a couple of months, I suspect), but the cul-de-sac moved on, and so did Billy’s grilling.

Yeah, Billy Kulakowski was a mean griller. A man’s man. Word had it, Kenny Rogers was even writing a song about him.

Then one day, a family of five bought the old Johnson split-level– the Kleeburgs from Huntsville, Alabama. When the father, Joe Kleeburg, heard about the block party coming up, he peeled out of his driveway and some time later returned with three 55-gallon drums, some angle iron, mesh metal and a Chicago Electric 5″ Double Cut Saw from Harbor Freight Tools. Ducking into his garage, he wasn’t seen again for the rest of the week.

Nine o’clock the morning of the block party, everybody was setting up their usual station. Billy took his designated double-wide spot; 10 aluminum charcoal starters filled to the brim with cooking coals lined up on the sidewalk in front of him. No sign of the new neighbors. But then at 9:22, the Kleeburgs’ 3-car garage came to life and the doors slowly rose…

Billy didn’t have a chance. And, after considerable effort, Kenny Rogers managed to fit “Joe Kleeburg” into “Billy Kulakowski”… but, that’s another story.

 

The Chicago Electric 5″ Double Cut Saw cuts through plywood, sheet metal, galvanized pipe, flooring, plastic, paneling, Formica, and so much more, without burning, chipping or melting. Its portability makes it great for tight spots and on-the-fly work, and it’ll save you hours from having to cut steel with a grinder. Packing a powerful 7.5 amp motor, this saw cuts forward or backward with the same power and precision– with no kickback! And for just $59.99– even less with your 20% off coupon!– it’ll be a lifesaver around the house and garage over and over, again.

 

Bare Bones Method of Building a Grill Out of a 55-Gallon Drum 

Things You Will Need:

  • 55-Gallon Drum
  • Masking Tape
  • Chicago Electric 5″ Double Cut Saw
  • Angle Iron
  • Chicago Electric 170 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Welder
  • Mesh Metal
  • Metal Rod
  • 1/2″ Steel Box Tube
  • Two Heavy-Duty Hinges
  • Steel reinforcement plates
  • 2×1″ steel ro
  1. Find a 55 gallon drum. Sometimes you can avoid buying a new one by checking out Craigslist or other local classifieds, pet shops or weed n’ feeds. Try to avoid one that housed toxic chemicals, but just to be sure, when you cut off the lid, build a large fire inside of it to thoroughly burn out any lingering harmful substances. Then, once cool,  dump the ashes and give it one last thorough hosing.
  2. Next, you’re going to want to divide the drum into quarters. Use the masking tape along the sides and ends of the barrel, make sure all the quarters are even. Lay the drum on its side and, using the double cut saw, carefully cut one of the quarters about 3 to 3/12″ from the barrel’s edges– this is going to be the lid for the grill.
  3. Build a large fire inside of it to thoroughly burn out any lingering harmful substances. Then, once cool,  dump the ashes and give it one last thorough hosing.
  4. Next, take some angle iron and weld a rectangular shape out of it. Then weld it into place in the middle of the drum. This will provide as a rest for the grill.
  5. Find a good mesh that can be used as the grill surface, preferably a heavier gauge metal, and one where the edges are flattened so there are no sharp points sticking up. This will also make it easier to scrub after grilling. Weld metal rod along all the edges, and add cross bars so the mesh will retain its strength and shape. Cut out a piece 1/8″ smaller than the opening of
  6. Take two lengths of 1/2″ box tube and make relief cuts every two inches so you can bend them to the shape of the barrel. Once you’ve got the shape you desire, weld the cuts smooth. This creates a sturdy cradle on which you’ll be attaching the legs. Then weld the half moon shapes to the barrel.
  7. Attach hinges to the barrel and lid, and reinforce it with steel plates on the inside.
  8. Determine how high you want your grill to be (3-ft. is good) and accordingly cut the 2×1 into legs. Cut relief marks throughout the legs, too, to allow the grill to have a little bit of give. This will make the legs bend outward and, ultimately. give it more stability in the long run. Attach the legs and you have your very own, cheap and efficient 55-gal. drum grill.

Of course, you’ll probably want to add handles, a couple of vents, a hole on the bottom for dripping. If you came this far, though, I trust you can take it from here.

Woodworkers’ Favorite Harbor Freight Tools

The great thing about the Internet, whatever your passion, you can find a slew of guys and gals who share it. Forums abound for everything from cooking to alien sightings to ham radios to ham. One of the most strongly represented tool niche groups online is the woodworkers group. There are dozens of woodworking forums on the ‘net, where they exchange tips and experiences, and as any craftsmen, they’re passionate about their art, their projects, their conventional wisdom… and their tools. So, given the variety of tools and equipment Harbor Freight has– not to mention the prices– you can imagine how many times the discount tool store becomes topic of conversation.

I took a look at one of the more popular forums, Lumberjocks.com (all woodworking, all the time), and compiled a list of what their members said were among their favorite Harbor Freight acquisitions. See if you agree, or have anything to add:

 

The Momentary Power Foot Switch

“How many times when starting your router or your drill press, or other power tool, did you wish you had one more hand to firmly grab on the piece you were ready to machine? Often we present a piece of wood on the router just at right place to route it, and then we need to let go of it to start the router, and then the piece moves. Or we hardly can hold one large piece. We don’t feel safe and then we need to let go of one hand to start the router or the drill press. With the Momentary Power Foot Switch you can feel a lot safer when you start the router, firmly grabbing on the piece to machine with both hands. It greatly improves the safety and control of the execution.”

b2rtch on Lumberjocks

 

10″, 40 Tooth Carbide Tipped Circular Saw Blade With Titanium Nitride Coating

“I’ve been using this blade for a few months now. It’s lived in my miter saw most of that time and I just tried it out on the table saw for rip cuts. I’ve been very pleased with this blade, overall. The titanium nitride coating does seem to reduce friction and give a somewhat cleaner cut. The blade is nice and sharp out of the box. It cuts more easily and cleanly than the Kobalt blades I had been using in the miter saw. And the rip cuts it did were good, too. The saw didn’t bog down as it had with some other blades. The best part is this thing is less than $15 at Harbor Freight. Even less with a 20% off coupon. At that price you can keep a couple of spares around when you need a fresh blade. Note to SawStop owners: The titanium nitride coating does not interfere with the SawStop safety system’s detection or trip the brake.”

Purrmaster on Lumberjocks

 

300 Lb. Capacity Mobile Base

“I own 4 of these bases. Obviously, I like them and think they are a good product. They are well made and glide easily across the shop floor. Assembly with the first one was a bit confusing, but after that the other 3 were easy. I don’t exceed the 300 lbs. but I think they could support more than that. They are thick, heavy and finished well with decent nuts and bolts. The big knobs turn easily, steadies your machine level and don’t move while in use.”

kdc68 on Lumberjocks

 

Cen-Tech Digital Mini Moisture Meter

“Went into a newly opened Harbor Freight store in Florida, and while cruising around, I came across the Cen-Tech Digital Mini Moisture Meter (item 67143). Wasn’t looking for one but when I saw this– and the price– I figured what the heck…go for it. I’m glad I did because it really works, and now I won’t touch a piece of wood for turning until I check the content first. I was actually quite surprised at how high the moisture was in some of my wood. When I go back next spring, I’ll likely get some for friends….can’t go wrong with that price! BTW, it also does it for C or F, has a ‘Hard Material Mode’ and measure ‘Environmental temperature.’ The readout is clear as well.”

Salmo on Lumberjocks

 

Chicago Electric 4 ” Magnesium Belt Sander

“Now that I’m semi-retired, I have more time to drift through tool stores, home improvement centers, and the like. In HF the other day, I noticed the 97593 Magnesium 4X24 Belt Sander on sale for $69.99, usually $79.99. With my 20% coupon, walked the last one out of the store for a ridiculous $55.00! Now, I know we all like to think somewhere along the line we graduate from ever using belt sanders ever again, but for some reason their use pops up from time to time, and for me, it always seems like I never have a big enough one to do the job.

“The Harbor Freight Chicago Tool 4X24 Magnesium Belt Sander is one of those tools that I think you would use to sand the paint off that old picnic table, or take down 8-10 coats of whatever off any larger piece of wood you need cleaned. This thing is just a flat-out HORSE. Even with the magnesium frame, it still weighs. Mine was the last one my store had, and did not have a manual, (have to download it), but the website says it puts 1640 feet of sandpaper per minute on the wood, pulls 10 amps, and weighs somewhere around 15 lbs. I believe it all, having hogged down a piece of 2 ft. by 5” wide solid piece of oak from rough mill cut to smooth in less than two minutes. Mine tracked perfectly out of the box, and I love the little handle on the side to loosen the belt, rather than have to do the “front roller dance” pushing it back and hoping it catches, change the belt, then hope you can get it to snap back and re-tighten by running the tracking knob back and forth. None of that with this sander. Simply loosen the handle on the side, change the belt, snap the handle back in place, and keep going.

“I really went into HF to look at driveway sensors for my wife, and the lathe tools recently reviewed here. I ended up buying the sensors and this hog, and I’m really glad I did. I don’t use a belt sander much anymore, but when I do, I want a large surface belt, and for $55 compared to a smaller PC for $169, this was a no-brainer.”

Tennessee on Lumberjocks

 

Chicago Electric 10″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

“This saw has a 15-amp motor that sliced through everything I threw at it with no issues. The action of the slide and is very smooth. Though I used it only for 90 degree cuts, the table movement and compound movement were very smooth and didn’t move at all when set and tightened. First thing I did after setting up the saw was to build some 3’ extension wings on both sides out of 3/4” pine with 1/4 hard board across for my zero clearance backing. I couldn’t be happier. I was able to do the final trim on about 60 shelves and sides (3 cuts per board) in maybe 2 hours. Everything came out great, true and square – no issues.”

SchottFamily on Lumberjocks

 

Drill Master Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit

“I’ve always called Harbor Freight “God’s gift to men,” and since there’s been a bit of hubbub about this tool paradise on this site recently I thought I’d post some reviews of my favorite HF Gems…

“This one I just bought TODAY and I already can see that it is among the best tools in the store! For one thing, this thing is extremely well made! If you had this jig sitting alongside the Kreig version, I guarantee you’d pick this one up to examine first. Why? Because it really looks great. While the $100 Krieg jig is mostly plastic, this is all aluminum. And I don’t mean that crappy cast aluminum. This is precision machined aluminum.

“The design is also very well executed. The heart of it is the guide holes, of course. There are two sets of two, so you can drill a pair side by side in your piece. One set is at a steep angle for 1/2″-to-1” thick material, the other set of guide holes is at a lower angle for thicker material. You can move the hole guides to adjust how far apart you want them using nicely etched measuring marks so no ruler is needed. Lock them in place with the knob and use the very nice, heavy duty hold down clamp to secure your piece and you’re ready to drill. The bit is included as are a bunch of screws. Another nice feature is that you can remove the hole guide assembly from the stand and clamp it to large parts that the stand won’t accommodate.

“Bottom line is- this jig is WELL worth the price… and may even be better in many ways than the twice as expensive Krieg jig.

“That’s my two cents…”

StumpyNubs on Lumberjocks

 

Central Machinery 2 HP Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector

Finally… it seems like the single-most talked about Harbor Freight tool– by far– in the woodworking world is the Central Machinery 2 HP Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector. Mentions about this thing just come up over and over, again.

“A year ago, when I was building my shop, I was shopping around for a dust collector to be the heart of my system. I looked at General, Jet, Grizzly, etc. But then I read several really postive reviews on the HF 2 HP model. I had a coupon for 169.00 for it so I figured, why not? Let me tell you, this thing is at least the equal of all of those others! I actually got a chance to examine a Jet, and a Grizzly….and they are almost identical. My longest run is 45 feet and I’ve had no trouble running one tool there and another 25 feet in the other direction, at the same time. It gets it all. Now I make a lot of dust here in my shop so this has gotten a workout in the last year, and I’m not disappointed. This is one of those rare Harbor Freight gems.”

njcraftsman on Lumberjocks

“There isn’t much this little thingie can’t handle. Cabinet saw, no problem. 12 inch Planer, same same. 6-inch jointer, 6 x 48 flat belt, compound miter saw, nada. Moderate-sized drum sander, no problem-o. Don’t expect this rig to evacuate a 52-inch double wide belt sander though, but for most small shop cabinet men, chair makers and burl workers this will execute without hesitation. I’ve got mine in a room adjacent to my shop running through a bulkhead fitting; all you hear is the quiet screaming of the sawdust as it is slurped off to the Great Beyond. A metal trash can will fit nicely under the bag within the frame, which eases the unloading of poor, dead tree powder and other assorted shop waste. Don’t think you can run a 100-ft hose from your shop to your neighbor’s basement though; any DC system can only handle X amount of hose, especially if it is corrugated or has numerous 180′ turns. All in all, very pleased with this item, it can run with the big dogs all day long (going on 6 years) as long as you keep good duct work and hoses in the equation and mind your housekeeping regarding the top bags cleanliness.”

R. E. Parks on Dakota Heirloom Woodworking

“At the end of the day, is this thing worth it? Heck yeah! I don’t think there’s anything that’s comparable for the price. As I stated, I don’t have a lot of personal experience with dust collectors, but I have no idea what a more expensive single stage dust collector could do that this one can’t. This product comes with a high recommendation from me, and it’s a pretty big improvement over my old shop vac based system.”

haugerm on Woodworking Talk

New Product Alert: Chicago Electric Cut-Off Saw

It’s a given Harbor Freight’s got a huge catalog of affordable hand & power tools– that’s why so many out there love the store and keep going back. Not only do they find the tools they need a lot cheaper than other places, they even find stuff they just can’t get anywhere else. And that catalog keeps on getting bigger!

Introducing the Chicago Electric  Electric 3″ High Speed Cut-Off Tool, offered exclusively at Harbor Freight.

Electric Cutoff Saw

This amazing cut-off tool delivers the power to cut through metal like butter, and includes features such as:

  • High speed (22,000 RPMs) to cut through pipe, tubing, sheet metal, exhaust systems, and fasteners with ease
  • Perfect size, power, and comfort for auto body work
  • Comfortable molded grip
  • Safety trigger to prevent accidental start-up
  • Lightweight– only 3.2 lbs
  • Uses standard 3″ cutting discs
  • Doesn’t need an air compressor

But, don’t listen to me– check out the video and watch this baby in action!

Circular Saw with Blade only $27.99

Circular Saw with BladeThis week we’re highlighting the 7-1/4″ Circular Saw with Blade (SKU 94245).

This workhorse circular saw has a powerful 10 amp, direct drive motor that can stand up to rigorous use. The saw features a dual-grip handle for better control and calibrated bevel adjustments for accurate cutting from 0 to 45 degrees. An easy pivot shoe with depth scale can allows for up to 2-1.2″ thick straight cuts and up to 1-3/4″ thick cuts at 45 degrees. A 7-1/4″, 24-tooth carbide tipped saw blade is included.

  • All ball bearing motor for long life
  • Dual-grip handle design for better control
  • Automatic guard return
  • Calibrated bevel adjustments for cutting from 0 to 45 degrees
  • Easy-pivot shoe with depth scale
  • Maximum speed 5000 RPM
  • Arbor 5/8″, spindle lock
  • Includes carbide tipped saw blade and removal hex wrench

So use code 20609098 when you check out with the circular saw in your online cart or just click on the coupon below. You will get 30% off this item* from the Harbor Freight website! This offer lasts through July 25, 2011.

*Online quantity limit: 1. For other limitations, please see coupon below.

Circular Saw with Blade Coupon