ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS

We received a lot of positive feedback about the TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS article published recently. And we also heard from cosplayers who said “Yeah, but what about this tool…” and “Yeah, but how come you didn’t mention…” That got us thinking, “Yeah, but why not a follow-up article based on the tools and accessories mentioned by readers?” So we decided “Yeah, but let’s do it!”

Before getting started, we’d like to thank all of our readers whose “Yeah, buts” inspired part 2, or as the French say, “Le part 2”. Shout outs to Alex Lamphere, Ben Gregg and BeardedDalek (I don’t think that’s his birth name) to name a few. Another reader Gordon Smuder suggested we also put out a top 10 list of safety equipment for cosplayers making their own costumes. Great idea, Gordon – we’ll likely do one more follow article mentioning those items! To Gordon’s point, you’ll be working with high-speed power tools and volatile chemicals when making your costumes. Protect your eyes, your skin, your hearing and your lungs… basically, protect your entire body—always use the necessary safety equipment when creating your cosplay costumes. And no running through the house holding scissors… Keep yourself together, man!

Without further ado, let’s dive into Another 10 Must-Have Cosplay Tools/Accessories from Harbor Freight Tools…

10.

“Steam Punk” Goggles

We missed these the first time around but thanks to one reader who astutely pointed out their steampunkness, they definitely made the cut this time. Completely functional for welding, this set of welding goggles are perfect for a variety of cosplay costumes.

Steampunk Goggles

2 Piece Welding Goggles Set, item #: 35711

 

9.

Hot Knife

There’s more than one way to cut foam, ICF, nylon rope, webbing, synthetic fabric, wax and plastic! But the hot knife definitely is high up on the list of tools that makes it quick and easy to do so. The Hot Knife from Harbor Freight features a dual-use cutting blade for line and groove cutting, depth-adjusting sled to provide more control and an auto-off feature for added safety. Once you go Hot Knife, you can never go back!

 

Hot Knife

130 Watt Heavy Duty Hot Knife, item #: 60313

 

8.

EVA Foam

EVA foam is a staple among cosplayers. The last article addressed many items that can be used to form, shape and cut EVA foam… guess what, Harbor Freight sells EVA foam—and according to one reader, the EVA foam at Harbor Freight Tools is half the cost compared to other retailers. We “disguise” it as floor mats. Actually EVA foam works exceptionally well as floor mats for the garage or shop – dual purpose, what’s not to love?

4 Piece Anti Fatigue Mat Set

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc, item #: 94635

Anti Fatigue Roll Mat

Anti-Fatigue Roll Mat, item #: 61241

 

7.

Glue

The last article talked about epoxies, but sometimes there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned glue. But not just any glue… when your costume is on the line, you need Industrial Strength Super Glue from Harbor Freight Tools! The glue sets in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run—crucial for cosplaying. For heavy duty jobs requiring strong, reliable bonds, this industrial strength super glue gets the job done.

industrial strength super glue

Industrial Strength Super Glue, item #: 68347

 

6.

Scissors

What can’t scissors do? Well, they can’t learn a new language or contemplate supersymmetric flipped SU(5) grand unified field theory, but for the cosplayer they’re indispensable in costume making. Cut out patterns, trim materials, do that curlicue thing with ribbon… the list is endless. As alluded to at the beginning of this article, just don’t go running through the house holding them. Scissor responsibly.

multipurpose scissors

Multipurpose Scissors,  item #: 47877

 

5.

Engraver

There’s a lot of detail work in cosplaying and an engraver tool can mean the difference between making a costume and creating a work of art. Harbor Freight offers two types of engravers, both ideal for working on metal, wood, plastic, ceramic and glass.

Electric Engraver

Electric Engraver, item #: 46099

Micro Engraver

Micro Engraver, item #: 98227

 

4.

Screw Extractor Set

Admittedly, we didn’t see this one at first until cosplayer BeardedDalek pointed out what he uses it for: “dismantling small devices for parts”. With those parts, you can really put some nice finishing touches on your cosplay costume. In short, the screw extractor set removes broken screws hassle-free! Also, if you’ve ever used screws directly on your costumes or accessories, you’ve no doubt had to deal with stripped screws. Hey, we all screw up from time to time. Now we can all unscrew up…

screw extractor set

12 Piece Screw Extractor Set, item #: 40349

 

3.

Utility Knife

Cosplayers use utility knives so much they should probably make holsters for them. A utility knife is definitely a must-have tool. Perfect for cutting balsa wood, paper, foam… ad infinitum. As the name implies, a utility knife delivers “utility”. If it didn’t, it would probably have some fluffy advertising name like the Wonder Knife or the I’m-more-attractive-to-the-opposite-sex-because-I-own-this Knife. “Utility” is what you need and “utility” is what you get with the Utility Knife from Harbor Freight Tools.

utility knife

Utility Knife, item #: 3359

folding locking blade utility knife

Folding Locking Back Utility Knife, item #: 90802

 

utility knife blades 50 pack

50 Piece Utility Blades, item #: 92872

 

2.

Earplugs

We had to sneak in a little safety but trust me, you’ll be glad we did. Cosplayers use power tools and it’s important to protect your hearing among other things. It’s also great if you’re working with a buddy all night to finish a costume, then you fall asleep and your buddy’s snoring rivals the mating call of an adult howler monkey…

disposable earplugs

50 Pair Disposable Earplugs, item #: 96365

Reusable Corded Earplugs

Reusable Corded Earplugs, item #: 94328\

 

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Tape

It ain’t sexy, but whoomp, there it is. Actually, we saw some cosplay costumes just made out of tape… okay, they were a bit sexy. In cosplay, tape is a hem, costume trim, an accessory… O’ mighty tape, hear our praises!

color coded electrical tape

5 Rolls 12 Ft. x 3/4 In. Color Coded Electrical Tape, item #: 66462

black tape

10 Rolls 60 Ft. x 3/4 In. Industrial Grade Electrical Tape, item #: 69587

 

Let us know what tools and accessories you use to make your cosplay costumes. And send us pictures! We love them pictures! Peace out.

Tailgating Gear (from Harbor Freight) You Gotta Have!

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Guess which one’s been doing Sea Breezes since 9 AM.

Tailgating is always an excellent idea– but if not well planned, it could turn into something tragic (like the Helsinki episode of 1919– and I think we all remember how THAT turned out ). The tailgate party is a sacred ritual, much like a holy pilgrimage or pantsing the new kid. And like any ritual that requires serious reflection, one must decide how to best prepare for it (go with the beer shorts, don’t go with the beer shorts?).  But with just a few pre-game adjustments and some new free-agent acquisitions from Harbor Freight Tools, you won’t even want to leave the parking lot! We like to call this our “PAC 12″:

 1. The Tailgate Tool Bag

tool tote 19-inch Always keep a tool bag packed with tailgate gear in the trunk of your car. This could include a spatula, bottle/can opener, tongs, toothpicks, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, ziplocks, pimento olives, drink umbrellas, condiments, etc. Harbor Freight’s got a wide variety of tool bags, so you’re sure to find the one that’ll make you the Batman of the party. Pictured above is the 19″ Tool Tote with 13 outer pockets as well as generous inner storage. This baby’s rugged and you can pack it to the gills with confidence. Priced at $19.99rollaway tool bag Or, if total mobility’s how you roll, the Voyager 20″ Rolling Tool Bag is your ride. Two wheels and an extendable handle make this rollaway tool bag extremely easy to transport your tailgating supplies without strain or heavy lifting. This heavy-duty nylon bag’s got pockets inside and out for organizing all the extra shtuff. A mere $24.99– ¡no problemo! 

 2. Megaphone– with Siren!

megaphone with siren ‘Cause you gotta make your team pride heard! This 50-watt noisemaker will carry over 2,000 ft– great for taunting opposing fans, alerting the crowd to bad cocktail weenies, or getting the attention of that blue-painted hottie with the foam finger. And you and your friends will have even MORE fun with your Western Safety Megaphone as the beer cooler gets low! For just $24.99, we will, oh yes, we will, rock you.

 3.  Gimme Shelter – Popup Canopy

popup canopy Stay chill from the sun or rain under this sturdy, 10 x 10 Popup Canopy from Harbor Freight. Easy enough for one man to put up, and it comes with a wheeled storage bag for smoooth, effortless transport. $69.99 will cover it– and you.

 4. Turn Up the Heat! – Dual Burner Propane Stove

two burner propane stoveYou’ll be the quarterback of quality cuisine  with this rugged, portable Two-Burner Propane Stove. Cook up the brats and keep the nacho cheese hot whilst regaling your friends with buddy banter and gut-busting zingers. This little guy will go up to 11 with its whopping 15,000 BTUs, and features fully-adjustable brass burners to deliver just the right amount of heat when you need it. At a comfortable $39.99, this’ll keep the party fired up!

 

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Of course we’re just models!

 

5. Dutch Oven

dutch oven tailgate The Dutch Oven is the miracle worker of outdoor cooking. From stews to s’mores to 3-alarm nacho dip, the Dutch Oven will allow you to make just about anything you might stick in your oven at home. Its secret weapon is its ability to evenly distribute heat, allowing you to cover it with charcoal briquettes, position it in the hot coals near an open fire, or place it on the stove top. Harbor Freight’s 6-quart, cast-iron beauty really needs no introduction, but at only $28.99– a fraction of what the competitors’ cost– it demands the attention of any frugal tailgater. Big enough to feed a crowd and heavy-duty enough to take anywhere, HFT’s Dutch Oven cooks, bakes, fries… and stays hot for a long time with its snug-fitted lid. Just nestle that baby in the glowing coals and prepare to be dazzled.

 6. Magnetic Paper Towel Holder

magnetic paper towel holder It ain’t a party if you’re not making a mess. At the same token, you ain’t no party god if you don’t have something to wipe it up. Presenting one of the neatest inventions since the MacGyver paper clip– the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder! Just stick this modern marvel onto something metal, and you and your friends are locked and loaded for any messy mishap. At just $8.99, this one’s a no-brainer, folks.

 7. Sports Chair

foldable sports chair There are chairs and then there are CHAIRS… and Harbor Freight’s Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair is the latter. A cocktail of convenience and comfort, this sports chair features a strong, lightweight aluminum frame (weight capacity 250 lbs) with an extra-wide seat for… how to put this delicately…. ample coziness. Features include three side pockets– for stuff like air horns, cell phones, pong balls– a bottle holder and a folding side table for the grub and libations. At a relaxing $29.99, you’ll be sitting pretty with budget for the more important things, like a cornhole game and bail money.

 8. 5-in-1 Power Pack

5-in-1 power pack This bad boy makes so much sense, I can’t believe we’re even talking about it. The Cen-Tech 5-in-1 Portable Power Pack is equipped with jump start cables, an air compressor (up to 300 psi), two AC plugs with up to 20 hours of charge, a USB port, two cigarette lighter ports and emergency lights– all wrapped up in a tough, rubberized case. So, the blender, the crock pot, the sound system, the iPod, the dead car, the flat tire… all covered! Just $89.99. You’re welcome.

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Hi, Mom, it’s Travis! Send money!

9. Trunk Organizer

trunk organizer Face it, pal. If you’re heading for a tailgate party, you’ve got junk in the trunk. Well, Harbor Freight has just the thing for you to keep it together– the fabulous, “5-star-rated” Trunk Organizer! Comes with both large compartments and side pockets to hold your barbecue tools, groceries, paperware and body paint, all in one safe place while you drive. It’s got non-slip pads that prevent shifting while on the road, and folds up neatly when not in use. Grab it for $11.99. Grab two.

10. Hamburger Press

hamburger pressUniform means more than just wearing the team colors, it means serving consistently perfect burgers to your buds. With this kickass aluminum Hamburger Press from Harbor Freight you’ll put out a pile of perfectly uniform, round and flat meat patties in no time! And for the particularly rabid carnivores, there’s a depth adjuster that lets you make them up to 1/2” thick!  Best of all, with pre-made patties you can go right from the freezer to the cooler to the grill without thawing. Just $9.99. Boo-yah!

11. Folding Trash Bag Stand

trash bag stand OK, here’s the deal… you can’t do a tailgate without talking trash. This is one of the handiest gadgets for the tailgate, campground, beach party, family reunion or any other occasions of civil unrest. The Folding Trash Bag Stand makes it easy to keep the garbage out of the way and in the bag. Its heavy-duty metal stand has a weatherproof enamel finish and folds flat when you’re done with it.

12. Generator

700-900 watt storm cat generator You didn’t actually think we’d do a “must-have” countdown without any mention of a generator, did you? It’s practically a tailgater’s mascot! Here’s the one we like, the perfect size and power for your garden variety tailgate: The 700-watt, 2 HP Storm Cat Recreational Generator. Its 63 CC air-cooled gas engine will deliver up to 5 hours of run-time (at 50% capacity), plenty to run a nice-sized TV and some fans, a microwave, laptop or sound system. A tried-and-true favorite among tailgaters, campers and RVers, the Storm Cat sells regularly for $129.99, but can often be found on sale. As of this writing (Sep. 2014), you can get it with coupon for just $99.99!

So, if you’re thinking tailgate, don’t forget the great tailgating gear and deals you can find at Harbor Freight Tools! While you’re there, pick up low-priced extension cords, tarps, first aid kit, bug zappers, ceramic knives, rope, flashlights and more! More than just a great tool store, we’re also your tailgate party source!   tailgating 1

Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days Sale – Nov 19 to Dec 2

dollar days nov-2013

Need to stock up on some doodads for the garage or shop?  Sure, these are items that might seem like miscellaneous odds and ends but it’s these very items that will make you ready for anything when the time comes.  We all know there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a project and having to run out to by a zip-tie or some work gloves.  Imagine having a project completed and ready to be delivered but you’ve got no way of tying it down for transport!  Or no furniture pad available to keep your truck bed from getting all scratched up.

cable ties

I know what you’re saying… “But, Zach, why should I go out and spend a bunch of money on items I’m going to use once or infrequently?”  Well, first of all, my name is spelled with a K, not an H, and secondly, that’s what Harbor Freight’s Dollar Days Sale is for!  From now until December 2nd, you can get all these little items and more at ridiculously low deals!   100 White Cable Ties for $2.50 or 100 Black Cable Ties for $2.50?  Why not save some time and just get both for $5?  Running low on tool space?  Well, the Two Shelf Steel Service Cart for $50.00 will take care of that.  And best of all, it’s the same high quality you’d get at full price!

two shelf service cart

I know some of you out there will sacrifice safety and comfort when it comes to the bottom line on your handiwork.  I admire that, but with Dollar Days, there’s no excuse. Work gloves (6 pair) for $3.00, knee pads for $4.00, and safety glasses for $1.00??  That’s a full outfit of safety gear for under ten bucks!  And let me tell you, your medical bill won’t be that low so why risk it?  I’m sure you’re a very safe worker, but even the best of us make mistakes.  Just ask my old shop teacher, Mr. Jones.  I’m not sure how he lost his thumb, but I bet some safety equipment would have come in handy in that situation.  Uh, no pun intended…

nutsetter set

I could go over all the items available for major discounts, but it would be easier to show you.  It’ll be like an early Christmas for all you tool hounds out there and actual Christmas if you’re looking to get a couple gifts for your friends.  With Magnetic Nutsetter Sets at $8.00, a 100 Piece Security Bit Set for $9.00, or a 13 Piece High Speed Drill Bit Set for $3.00, you can snatch up some great gifts without breaking the bank.  Just try not to keep them for yourself.  Maybe you’ll get lucky and a friend will pick up some nifty tools for you too.  At Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days, you never know what you might find!

Daylight Savings Solar Deals

You work hard to keep your yard looking beautiful. From adding fresh soil, to fertilizing and enriching, to seeding and watering, a lot goes into creating the yard and garden you want to show off. But, why only get to do it half the day? As you prepare your gardens for the approaching warm weather, there’s an easy way to show them off at night as well, with sun-powered solar lights from Harbor Freight!

3-Pc. Decorative Solar Light Set

It’s the little things, as they say. This Decorative 3-Piece Solar Light Set from One-Stop Gardens is a genuine crowd-pleaser, and one of the biggest best-sellers at HFT! This cool, little light set is the perfect addition to your yard, garden, flower pots, etc., and costs nothing to operate! As soon as it gets dark, the color-changing LEDs inside the transparent hummingbird, butterfly and dragonfly start turning from red to green to blue. How it works is, a 1-3/4″-square solar panel hangs from each stake and charges built-in AA NiCd batteries from the sun, so once dusk comes, these solar lights automatically illuminate your yard with changing colors that give off a magical effect. Currently on sale at $14.29, they’re affordable enough to get a few sets and spread them throughout the property!

 

4-pc. Solar Light Set

Illuminate your walkway, driveway, shrubbery or garden with this super-bright, long-lasting 4-pc. Solar Light Set. These efficient lights charge in the daytime, giving up to 8 hours of pleasant, inviting light at night. Easy to install– simple assembly and they’re on!– the rugged, weatherproof  light set automatically turns on and off as illumination is needed, and is completely maintenance-free. Even after cloudy days, they’ll deliver the illumination you need. It’s a great deal at $11.99– you’ll want to get more than one of these sets, too!

 

10-pc. Solar Pathway Light Set

Speaking of lighting up the pathway, One Stop Garden’s got a dandy 10-piece Stainless Steel Solar Light Set that’s specifically made for just that. Use the sun’s energy to light your walkway in the yard, patio or garden with these long-lasting, bright white LED lamps. Durable and weather-resistant with an attractive copper finish, they’re dumb-proof easy to install (just stick them in the ground) and, like the other solar units, turn on automatically at dusk. For only $24.99, they outshine any other deal out there.

 

36 LED Solar Security Light

Here’s a neat product that adds light AND security to the home. The 36 LED Solar Security Light from Bunker Hill Security gives off an attractive, gentle blue light when unattended, but when someone approaches to within 35 feet, it suddenly brightens the area. It’s a perfect light for pathways, driveways or in the yard, making areas safe for treading– and alerting the owners there’s someone there! The security light automatically switches on its bright 36 LED illumination motion is detected and has an output equivalent of a 10 watt incandescent bulb. The unit recharges easily in the sun during the day, and you can even adjust the light to stay on for up to 60 seconds past the last motion detected. Priced to sell, the solar security light is only $22.99.

 

For these and other outdoor solar lights to illuminate and enhance your home, check out the Lighting section in Harbor Freight’s Lawn & Garden dept. And don’t forget to use your 20% Off Coupon when you make your purchase, online or at the store.

Carrying

Last Fathers Day,  I bought myself an old ’72 GMC long bed pickup. A friend of mine who runs an auto parts store told me one of his regular customers– the original owner– had to sell it because he couldn’t drive anymore. The truck was in great shape; perfect body, clean interior, bulletproof 402 cu. in. V8 with a Turbo 400 transmission. It’s my “man cave on wheels.” I put in a new stereo, gutted a dead CB radio that came with it and now hide a small .38 in it when driving cross-country. I also added a cooler with a cup holder lid as kind of a “center console.” However, the vehiclewas still missing the one thing every pre-computer-age car has got to have– a tool kit. Nothing super fancy, just something reliable and sturdy enough to deal with the off-chance mechanical mishap. So, the next time Harbor Freight had a coupon sale, I picked one up:

The Pittsburgh 105 Piece Tool Kit With 4-Drawer Chest goes above-and-beyond any other basic tool kit, for the home, auto and for the price. A dramatically thorough collection of sockets, bits, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, hex keys, utility knife and more, the only things I had to add to complete the package were duct tape, galvanized wire and fuses. It also comes with a sturdy 4-drawer case, which is extremely convenient… for anyone else. I threw all my tools in a canvas bag which I tucked under the bench seat.

A lesser-known bonus: Harbor Freight Tools guarantees their hand tools for life! So if you’re the kinda guy that needs reassurance, there ya go.

 

Grand Opening Of Avondale, AZ Store April 18

Heads up Arizona! Harbor Freight is pleased to announce our newest store located in the Avondale Plaza Shopping Center at 1450 N. Dysart Road in the city of Avondale.

“We’re thrilled to open the 10th Harbor Freight Tools store in the state of Arizona, and proud to be a member of the Avondale community,” said Eric Smidt, President of Harbor Freight Tools. “Our customers can always count on finding the largest selection of quality tools at ridiculously low prices, and know they will always get the best value for their money. In today’s cost-conscious times, Harbor Freight offers a necessary alternative to the ‘big box’ retailers that push high-priced brands with little attention paid to customer needs and service.”

On Wednesday, April 18th, doors open at 8:00 a.m. for Harbor Freight Avondale’s special Grand Opening Sale, with select merchandise discounted as much as 80 percent. At 11:00 a.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce will also be held.

“The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to count Harbor Freight Tools as a member,” said Sharolyn Hohman, Chamber President/CEO. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact they will make in the business community and wish them much success in their new location in Avondale.”

New Harbor Freight Tools Store in Danvers, Massachusetts

Danvers, Massachussets Ribbon Cutting

Grand Opening, Danvers, Massachusetts

Harbor Freight’s new store in Danvers, Massachusetts, celebrated its recent grand opening with a donation of more than $1000.00 in heavy duty power tools, hand tools, and much-needed supplies to Essex Agricultural and Technical High School - also known as “Essex Aggie.” The donation will help students in the school’s Landscape and Arboriculture program, which focuses on landscape design and construction, arboriculture, and small engine repair. Students also develop basic skills in arboriculture and urban forestry. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and the ribbon was cut with One Stop Gardens garden shears (Item #96849) by Essex Aggie students Lizzy Archer and Drew Bissell.

Standing, from l to r: Bob Kimball, District Manager for Harbor Freight Tools; Al Goldstein, Manager of Harbor Freight Tools in Danvers; Danielle Brazill, Director of Member Services for the North Shore Chamber of Commerce; Lizzy Archer, landscaping/arboriculture student at Essex Aggie; Roger Bourgeois, Superintendent-Director of Essex Aggie; Drew Bissell, landscaping/arboriculture student at Essex Aggie; Bob Bradford, President of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce; Steve Noble, Plant Science Dept. Head at Essex Aggie.