Harbor Freight Drills Down on Drill Bits

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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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.

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.50 Cal Metal Ammo Can

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This weatherproof steel ammo can is designed to hold large .50 caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) rounds, so it provides plenty of storage space for standard ammunition, tools or electronic gear – storage space: 11-1/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 6-7/8 in.

This sturdy field box is built entirely from steel with a weatherproof gasket and features a stackable design with lay-flat handle. The ammo can holds up to 34 lbs. of ammo or gear.

The ammo can has earned an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars! Here are just some of the customer reviews:

These ammo cans are of good size and well-sealed and constructed. Would recommend these to anyone and for the price you can’t go wrong.  – CColt23, Titusville, FL

This can is as nice or nicer than any Mil-Spec .50 BMG ammo can … Without all the scrapes, rust, and dents. It’s also nice the way the lid can be completely removed by simply sliding it off the pins. You won’t find a better buy, or a better can. Solid as a rock. – Bill, Glendale, AZ

New, metal, water/air tight, stackable, good size. Bought several, will buy more …  – Rich, NJ

You can pick up the .50 Cal Metal Ammo Can from your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

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56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

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The US General Pro 56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet provides an ideal storage solution for your garage or shop. The cabinet features double-wall steel construction, 28,200 cubic inches of storage and can hold over 3,450 pounds of tools.

Additional features include six extra-wide drawers, five narrow drawers and a glossy red powder coat finish. Two locking and two fixed heavy duty 6 in. steel casters provide superior mobility.

Customer reviews reveal why this cabinet has become a favorite:

Have a smaller industrial/professional roller cabinet and had tools piled on top of each other. Checked out the US General cabinet at the store and was impressed, particularly with the self-securing drawers that can be accessed with one hand. The beefy construction
(500 lbs +) makes this durable, stable and a great value at this price point. Tons of storage and still easy to maneuver around the garage even fully loaded.
– Greg, Louisville, KY

I own 3 of these now. Really a good toolbox for the money. I have one in the garage for shop tools, one in the laundry room for household tools and one in my office for reloading supplies. – C. Collins, Minneapolis, MN

I have two 56″ boxes with end cabinets—been working professionally for years out of these, no issues at all. No way would I buy a Snap-on overpriced box again … – Rob, Yuba City

You can pick up the 56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Also, consider maximizing your storage space by adding the 56 In. Top Chest to go along with the cabinet.

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72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller CabinetThe industrial 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet from Harbor Freight Tools has over 34,300 cu. in. of tool storage space and can hold up to 4602 lbs. of tools, equipment and accessories. Features include a heavy duty powder coat finish, all steel construction, two separate drawer locks with one spare key each, non-slip rubber drawer mats to keep your tools organized, spring-loaded latch that keeps doors shut even when maneuvering the tool cabinet and rugged 6 in. casters.

Compare this cabinet to other name brands and see why this is one of the best values in storage available today:

Having been in the automotive, and industrial repair business for over 30 years, this by far is the best tool cabinet I have ever owned, and the quality is 2nd to none. Having owned Snap-on, Craftsman, and Mac cabinets, this box is the best, and for the price?? I have mine fully loaded, with a side cabinet hung on it too, it rolls easily, and the drawers work flawlessly. – P.J., Frankville, PA

It provides a solid easily rolling chassis for a big majority of my tools. Sturdy and we’ll built at a fraction of the cost of more expensive brands, with a slick powder coated red finish. I highly recommend this product and will to my wrench spinning buddies. – Rolo, San Leon, TX

Tool box works great and gave me the storage I was looking for. It’s a perfect fit. Guys at the shop are jealous. – D#1, Toledo

You can pick up the 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

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44 in. 13 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

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“We are impressed with the quality…the price is incredible.” – Car Craft Magazine

The 44 in. 13 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet from Harbor Freight Tools features full double-wall steel construction and a T-shaped inner steel frame for the strength needed to hold up to 2633 lb. of tools. With 14,200 cu. in. of storage available, the dual-bank drawer configuration with 13 drawers allows the flexibility to organize a wide variety of tools with narrow, wide and extra-wide drawer options.

The glossy red powder coat finish is durable, easy to clean and looks great in any garage. Maximize your storage and add the matching US General Pro top chest, side cabinet, and side locker to own an entire storage system.

With over 500 reviews, the cabinet has earned an average rating of 4.5 stars:

I’ll keep it simple … It’s quality. It’ll be around in 30 yrs. Period. – Brilliantly, Derry, NH

Got it home and opened the box, looked it over and very impressed. The tool box is better built than my Craftsman that it’s replacing. Came with drawer liner, drawers open and close smooth and firm. I got more than I expected and I’m very happy. – Aceman58, Concord, CA

This is an awesome box for the price! It blows away anything in this price range or anything double or even triple the price range. Very solid drawers and slides that open and close smoothly … Drvajeep, Dekalb, IL

You can pick up the 44 in. 13 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

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The Fast and the Freightiest

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You can expect some talented future engineers from Oaks Christian High School (Westlake Village, CA), class of 2016! Following their passion while wrapping up the demanding requirements of their senior year, a team of dedicated students worked to complete the end-of-the-year school project for their AP Physics class.

Under the banner of “Rivazza Racing” (named for the famous corner of an Italian racetrack), the student team transformed a 1997 BMW 328i into a “track ready” racer and realized their dream of driving laps with it at the Fontana Auto Club Speedway before graduation.

They used Harbor Freight Tools exclusively to work on this project:

3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump 

3 Ton Steel Jack Stands

2 Pc Foldable Metal Wheel Chocks

1/2 in. Drive 25 in. Breaker Bar

3/8 in. Drive 17 in. Breaker Bar

1/2 in. Drive Click Type Torque Wrench

3/8 in. Drive Click Type Torque Wrench

1/4 in. Drive Click Type Torque Wrench

1 lb. Rubber Mallet

9 Pc 1/4 in. and 3/8 in. Drive Star Bit Socket Set

8 Piece 3/8 in. Drive Metric Impact Socket Set

9 Pc Wobble Socket Extension Set

9 Pc Fully Polished Metric Combination Wrench Set

64 Pc 1/4 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in. Drive SAE & Metric Socket Set

36 Pc SAE & Metric Long Reach Hex Key Set

22 Pc Screwdriver Set

Work performed on the car included an overhauled suspension complete with new shocks, springs, sway bars and bushings. New slotted and drilled brake rotors were installed as well as racing brake pads. Larger, lightweight 16 inch rims with 225/50/r16 performance tires replaced the standard 15-inch rims. The cooling system was also overhauled with a low-temperature thermostat, aluminum thermostat housing, new water pump and a clutch fan complete with a full temperature controlled electric fan conversion to keep the car cool on the track.

The intake system was converted to a short ram intake, insulated by a heat shield. Lastly, the car was completely stripped of any extra weight; every bit of the interior was taken out: front and rear seats, door panels and all insulation. Two racing bucket seats with 4-point harnesses were installed in place of the standard seats.

Hats off to the Rivazza Racing Team of Adam Ferla, Nick Matta and Marius Jatulis who will be studying mechanical engineering at CU-Boulder, Southern Methodist University and Cal Poly SLO respectively this fall. Of course, these students also have impeccable driving records!

You can find all the tools mentioned above and a whole lot more at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

More in Storage!

26 in., 16 Drawer Glossy Red Roller Cabinet Combo

Here’s a great storage cabinet for your garage or shop, the 26 in., 16 Drawer Glossy Red Roller Cabinet Combo from Harbor Freight Tools!

Standing at five feet tall, this sturdy professional-grade storage cabinet provides 14,600 cubic inches of storage with a maximum working load up to 1060 lbs.!

The top chest features 8 drawers and gas struts on the lid for quick and easy access. The bottom cabinet features 8 lockable deep and wide drawers with larger bottom drawers for storing more sizable and heavier objects. Additional features include heavy-duty ball bearing slides on all of the drawers, 2 locking swivel and 2 fixed 5-inch steel casters for superior mobility, 2 steel handles with rubber grips, 2 keys and 16 fitted drawer liners.

Compare this cabinet to those other name brands in the market and you’ll discover there is no comparison—this cabinet delivers superior quality at a fraction of the price. Here’s what customers are saying:

Considering the good quality and the price, it is hard to beat this product. The number of drawers and their size is ideal for organizing and storing not only tools but also other parts and supplies. – DL, Northport, FL

Great price and really good quality. Lots of drawers to sort my tools and VERY heavy duty and sturdy. – Rock, Jamesville, NY

I found this cabinet and chest to be equal to others at twice the price. I shopped all the big box stores for similar cabinets/chests and found this to have the best value. More drawers, bigger wheels, double air springs easy glide drawers and higher load capacity. I was a brand name buyer before but now have changed my mind. – Jerry, Casa Grande, AZ

Harbor Freight has more in storage with the 26 in., 16 Drawer Glossy Red Roller Cabinet Combo. You can pick up your new storage cabinet from your local Harbor Freight store!

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Most Wanted Gifts Under $10

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Whether you’re looking for a few extra stocking stuffers or you’re just on a tight budget this holiday season, Harbor Freight Tools has you covered.  You might be surprised at what you can find for under $10 with options ranging from specialty tools to entire kits! Here’s a list of the top ten most wanted items under ten bucks that are the perfect balance of practical and affordable.

  1. Multi-Use Transfer Pump (Item #: 61364) – $6.99

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Need a gift for your favorite mechanic? You can’t go wrong with this handy item. The Multi-Use Transfer Pump is a versatile tool that is primarily used to fill and empty engines, change oil, and siphon gas. With the included inflation needle, the Pump can also be used to inflate tires or sports equipment like basketballs and footballs. The pump comes with a 51” long hose and all necessary attachments. Pick up this fluid maintenance tool for just $6.99.

  1. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 12 Pack (Item #: 69795) – $6.99

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Listen, anyone who works in a shop or garage can never have too many Cleaning Cloths. You just can’t. They’re like clothes hangers. You always need more. These microfiber cloths are made of a dust-trapping material that makes cleaning easy. And, best of all, they also provide a clear, scratch-free shine on your vehicle as well. Stock up on this pack of 12 for just $6.99.

  1. Multi-Tool Blade Set, 3 Pc. (Item #: 61827) – $9.99

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Maybe you already picked up a Multi-Tool or perhaps the person you’re buying for already has one. Whatever the case may be, this terrific 3-piece blade set is a great additional gift for under ten bucks. The set comes with three blades, one for cutting and two for scraping, that make quick work of a variety of tasks. At only $9.99, this is an affordable blade set that will greatly enhance the versatility of your multifunction power tool.

  1. 12V 250 PSI Compact Air Compressor (Item #: 4077) – $9.99

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More of a portable inflator than an air compressor, this compact unit tackles a variety of jobs from airing up tires quickly to inflating sports equipment in a flash. With the included cigarette lighter plug, you can power the compressor directly from your vehicle, making it a must-have for certain roadside emergencies. For only $9.99, this portable and compact Air Compressor is a great gift for any mechanic, gearhead, or grease monkey.

  1. 6” General Purpose Bi-Metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment, 12 Pc. (Item #: 68045) – $9.99

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Just like with the multi-tool blades, you can’t go wrong with some replacement Reciprocating Saw Blades. This general purpose assortment comes with 12 saw blades for just $9.99, which means the recipient of these fine blades will be able to handle aggressive cutting jobs on a range of materials! With these quality blades, you’re really giving a gift that they’ll be able to use all year long.

  1. Solid Rubber Wheel Chock (Item #: 96479) – $7.99

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Here’s an important safety item that often gets overlooked. The Solid Rubber Wheel Chock is ideal for keeping vehicles in place during repair or maintenance and every automotive enthusiast should have several on hand. No matter how many someone has, they can always use more so don’t be afraid to pick one up for just $7.99!

  1. 100 Pc. Security Bit Set with Case (Item #: 68457) – $9.99

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Looking for something a little more substantial? Then how about a complete set of security bits? This 100 piece set comes packed with bits for hex, hollow hex, Pozi, Torx, hollow-tip Torx, square and spline fasteners. And the whole thing comes conveniently organized in its own carrying case for easy transportation and storage. Slide this set under someone’s tree for just $9.99!

  1. 12 Pc. Assorted Length Elastic Stretch Cords (Item #: 60534) – $6.99

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Whether it’s securing tarps and covers or bundling PVC pipe or other items, these elastic tie-downs are just what you need for the task at hand. This pack contains 12 cords at assorted lengths for a variety of jobs and each include protective tips that won’t scratch surfaces. Pick up a bag of these for $6.99 and give someone the gift of security.

  1. 17 Pc. Air Tool Accessory Kit (Item #: 68236) – $8.99

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No matter if you’re buying for an experienced contractor or a novice to the DIY game, this fantastic accessory kit is both useful and durable. From connecting air tools to cleaning and dusting with compressed air, the set contains everything you need to get the most out of your air compressor. For a paltry $8.99, this terrific set will make a great gift on any budget.

  1. Automatic Battery Float Charger (Item #: 42292) – $8.99

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Here’s an item that will make a great addition to any shop or garage. The Automatic Battery Float Charger allows you to maintain the charge in a battery even while it’s in storage. This way, when you’re ready to use it again, the battery will already be charged and ready to go! Retailing for just $8.99, this is a great item for seasonal vehicles like RVs or ATVs. Keep in mind, the charger won’t charge batteries, but ensures that they maintain their current charge while not in use.

See the other Most Wanted Gift Guides:
Most Wanted Gifts Under $25
Most Wanted Gifts Under $50
Most Wanted Gifts Under $100

A Tote-ally Awesome Tool Tote!

We all love toolboxes but sometimes they just aren’t practical (or comfortable) to carry around from job to job. If you’re looking for a tool storage alternative that features all the storage capacity you need while remaining easy to carry and durable, Harbor Freight has your solution. Check out the 19” Tool Tote (Item #: 61470) which retails for the paltry sum of $19.99! With the money you save, you could even pick up a few extra tools and accessories to start filling it with.

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And you’ll certainly be able to fit a shocking amount of tools and equipment in this handy tool tote. Aside from a huge central pocket for bigger power tools, you also get 13 outside pockets for placing hand tools or smaller accessories until you need them.  Until you do though, they’ll stay safe and protected by the durable polyester construction and a tough rubber bottom. That means the tote takes a beating while ensuring that your tools don’t! And neither does your tool budget, for that matter.

“Get rid of your metal/plastic tool boxes. Get rid of your bucket bag. GET THIS! Way easier than a tool box, fits all my pliers and screwdrivers in outside slots with sockets inside. Has multiple straps inside for drill etc. Much easier than always opening a tool box or, even worse, one with drawers that open every time you carry it. Great price….metal handle…..think you will like it.” – by DogTag from Ft. Worth, TX

“I work professionally installing hard wood floors. I need a lot of hand tools with me on the job. Don’t like a tool box where you just throw your tools all together and then have to dig for the one you need. This is perfect, it allows you to keep your tools organized and you can find what you need fast and easy. I’ve had this tool bag for about three months now and it’s held up great. Similar tool bags cost twice as much, this one is a great value.” – by Dom from Omaha, NE

Once you’ve gotten over the fact that Dom & DogTag may be the greatest unmade buddy cop action TV series ever, you’ll realize that these guys know what they’re talking about. Whether you’re a casual do-it-yourselfer or a professional contractor, the 19” Tool Tote is a great way to help organize and protect your tools while also being able to take them just about anywhere! Get to your local Harbor Freight store and grab one today!