Multiple Functions, One Powerful Tool

Webster’s Dictionary defines “function” as ‘the purpose for which something is designed or exists.” Actually, that’s one of 9 definitions but it’s the only one we’re concerned with in this case. Because it illustrates what the Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 68861) from Harbor Freight Tools really does: a whole bunch of cool stuff. Multiple functions means this workhorse of a power tool is designed for handling several tasks, making it one of the most important tools in your arsenal.

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The multifunction power tool puts the power of an entire toolkit into the palm of your hand with easily interchangeable attachments for each different job. From buffing to cutting, and everything in between, the Chicago Electric multi-tool is a handyman’s dream. The low vibration and ergonomic handle make it both easy and comfortable to use, no matter the application. Hobbyists will love the sanding attachment that will smooth wood, tile, plaster and more for an even professional-looking surface while woodworkers will appreciate the saw feature which cuts through wood up to two inches thick! And of course, the innovative do-it-yourselfer will find a variety of ways to employ the tool whether it’s slicing through plasterboard and pipes or scraping away paint from old floorboards. Whatever task you have at hand, the multifunction power tool likely has an attachment that will make your project go faster and easier!

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“I do outdoor power equipment repairs and this tool has really made it easier for me. Whether sanding odd shapes or cutting materials, it does what I need! I’m finding more uses for it each time I use it.” – by JD from Austin, AK

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“This is my go-to power tool for small jobs. I have not had any problems with it and it is a great time saver. I recommend this tool for wood, plastics, and light metals.” – by Down South Scrapper from Palestine, TX

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“I bought one of these to grind the grout out of tiles in my first house (it needed a lot of work). That was three years ago, and since then I’ve used this tool to cut wood, grind metal, scrape grout, and sand everything that I could find. I feel that I’ve put it through its paces and it is still going strong.” – by At home armorer from Salt Lake City, UT

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Everyone loves this tool! Armorers, scrappers, guys named JD! You may purchase this multitool for one job but you’ll find yourself using it for countless others down the road. But you only pay $19.99 for this versatile tool and that’s a price you’ll only find at Harbor Freight.

What? You want a multifunction power tool with more versatility and functionality? Well, alright then. How about the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 67537)? You get the same variety of attachments and functions but with this handy multitool, you also have the ability to vary the speed for jobs requiring more precision like sanding or shaping different materials.

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This model is priced at $39.99 which is still a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere. Just ask these satisfied customers:

“I have used the tool for cutting and shaping wood, drywall and metal. It cuts through anything with no problem consistently, and for less than half price of the overpriced major brands. Definitely a good tool which I would buy again. Well done, HF.” – by Springtucky Monkey from Tampa, FL

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“I bought this to sand an area so I could repaint my windows. Then I noticed the scrapping attachment. I thought the caulk on the windows needs to be redone as well. I tried to scrape off the caulk manually for an hour and got a quarter of the caulk removed. It was going to take forever. Then I tried the attachment and ten minutes later the entire window had all the caulk removed! Simply an awesome tool!” – by ike1969 from Glen Ellyn, IL

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“I had a Dremel multi-tool which died on me after a few years of light use. I was searching for a replacement and considered another $100 one. But then I saw this one. So I figured for the price, I’d give it a try and purchased the extended warranty because I can be a bit rough on my tools. And really, how good could it be at this price? Well, I used it many times during a lengthy involved renovation. This is one heavy duty tool! My helper found this to be his favorite tool and ran out and bought one too. My only regret is purchasing the extended warranty. It’s tough to kill this thing. I’m VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS TOOL. Even if it broke tomorrow, I would have no regrets.” – by Bill Mac from Woburn, MA

I think the all caps speak for themselves in this review. Workers everywhere are truly impressed with the power, precision, and performance of this amazingly versatile tool. With over 30 attachments to handle cutting, grinding, sanding, scraping and more you’ll fly through that check-list of home repairs in no time! But once you’re done with those, you’ll find even more jobs for this durable item, so don’t wait. Get down to your local Harbor Freight store today and pick up the one tool that replaces all other tools: the Multifunction Power Tool.

 

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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Vertical Jump – The Central Pneumatic 2HP, 29 Gal, 125 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor

Get the boost you need to fully power your pneumatic tools and equipment! The Central Pneumatic 2HP, 29-gal. Vertical Air Compressor (#69865) allows up to 125 PSI of air at your control. Features include an easy-access handle, smooth rolling wheels and a fully-shrouded pump and motor for protection. Woodworking, sand blasting and metalworking shops– or anywhere where pneumatic tools are used– can benefit from this powerful air compressor! Out of the box, the cast iron vertical air compressor comes with:
  • An oil-lubricated pump for reliable performance
  • Twin capacitor motor for easy start-up
  • Adjustable handle and semi-pneumatic tires for easy maneuvering
  • Thermal overload protection
  • Dual pressure gauges and a built-in quick coupler

Here’s what a couple of happy owners of the air compressor have to say:

 “I’m using this for sandblasting small items and for normal home use. It can supply a steady 60 pounds of pressure indefinitely, and obviously a lot more for brief periods of time. The compressor is relatively quiet. It takes about 2 minutes to fill up and shut off. The tank seems to hold its full pressure indefinitely, and is ready to use anytime. After a month of use, it seems like a good quality product.”  newshirt – Colorado Springs, CO
“I find uses for it EVERY DAY. Blowing up balls, handheld palm & air nailers,staplers, impact wrenches… blowing off sawdust & ? after weed eating, cooling off, too! EASY to move, inside if it’s cold out for easier starting, it won’t trip breakers OR blow fuses that way! DARN good value for the money! H-F stands behind their products!”  Ugly Gene – Pinee Bush, NY
This sturdy, capable vertical air compressor, priced at the incredibly low $357.99,  is currently available only at Harbor Freight Tools  brick n’ mortar stores. Pick one up for your shop and never worry about having enough power again.

Harbor Freight Tips for Your Halloween Fright Fest!

Looking for just the right spine-chilling touch to enhance your Halloween paranormal activities? Well turn off the iTombs and listen up. Harbor Freight Tools has a few suggestions:

Drill Master 80-piece Rotary Tool Kit

In the spirit of thinking outside the coffin…er…box… consider the Drill Master 80 Piece Rotary Tool Kit to carve yourself an epic jack-o-lantern! Imagine the works of art you could make out of squash-genus vegetables. Not just for pumpkins, though, this awesome tool is great for cutting, grinding, polishing, sharpening, engraving and drilling for all kinds of Halloween crafts and hobbies. Works on metal, wood, rock, plastic, wax… and your dog’s toenails– seriously!

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Masterpiece, compliments of the Drill Master Rotary Tool Kit!

 

4 pc wood chisel set

On the other hand, if you’re more Old Skull… um… School… this 4-piece wood chisel set is an eeeeex-cellent alternative! If you love cutting into a fresh pumpkin, inhaling the rich tangy smell, and getting your hands sticky gooey whilst scooping out the guts, this would be your poison. The wood carving set cuts into the pumpkin like butter and you are able was able to control the cutting easily. This heat-treated, high carbon steel set has straight bevels and PVC handles for a comfortable grip, and come in 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″ and 1/4″ sizes.

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Plunge, slice and dismember foam and more, to make kooky spooky props with this crafter’s favorite–the hot knife! Harbor Freight’s 130 watt hot knife will make quick business out of cleanly cutting foam and plastic materials. It’s got a depth-adjusting sled for more control and a safety auto-off feature. Perfect for creating graveyards and carving faux pumpkins!

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Click Here for a DIY Tombstone Project!

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Carve the Pumpkin King with the Harbor Freight Hot Knife!

 

While this would have been an excellent tool for burning witches back in the day, we’ve got a whole different (and perhaps a slightly more PC) idea for Halloween: “aging” wood props. If you’re planning on having a casket or two lying around the yard, an rotting cemetery fence or some other “old” wood display, this propane torch is great for getting the right look. Here’s a customer video on how it works:

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Since you’ll be at Harbor Freight already, you can’t leave without grabbing a handful of the popular mini LED lights. These incredible values are perfect for the little monsters to carry while trick-or-treating, and for using to showcase tombstones, limbs, nooses and ghosties back at the castle! The mini light features a knurled barrel for quality grip and an easy push-button on/off switch to illuminate the dark passages. A convenient tool for any tomb or keep one in the hearse’s glove box.

Make Harbor Freight one of your favorite haunts this Halloween! If you don’t carve your pumpkin with a low-priced Harbor Freight tool, you’re out of your gourd!

One Tool to Rule Them All

If there’s one tool to have in your shop, it’s the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool from Harbor Freight.  Because of its functionality and versatility, it’s actually like having an entire toolbox in one handy unit!  It can perform a wide range of jobs on a number of different materials quickly and efficiently, so all you need to worry about is affixing the proper attachment for the job.  And even that’s a piece of cake thanks to the included hex wrench!  Everything about this tool is designed to make your work easier while providing the same professional results you’re used to.  Just take a look at some reviews from a few satisfied customers…

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“This tool is great! I am remodeling a house and have been removing vinyl flooring. This thing takes up the sticky flooring like a hot knife through butter. I tried taking up the flooring before and it just was not going to happen. This tool sure made my work easy. Thank you Harbor Freight for this excellent tool at a great price!” – S from Ashland, KY

“Just completed a subfloor replacement job. This tool was excellent for cutting the subfloor out in hard to reach places like under toekicks on the cabinets. Easily worth its asking price. The plastic case is also well made and great for organizing the tool and blades. I highly recommend this tool!” – Andy from Weaverville, Ca

“We bought this tool for use in our home improvements company. I got by for many years without one but one day we had a job that just seemed like there was no real way to do it without this type of tool. To my amazement, this tool performed the job so easily that what had looked like a grueling task had actually become a pleasure. Since buying this tool, I have used it for such jobs as undercutting a door frame for laminate floor installs, plunge cutting into oak hardwood flooring and sub flooring, removing old grout, and much more. It has paid for itself time and time again. Overall, this is an excellent tool and when, if ever, it finally dies then it will be replaced with the same brand and model again.” – JDR from Flatwoods, KY

 

The Multifunction Power Tool is so functional, it even (indirectly) provides lengthy positive reviews, which makes MY job easier too!  As you can see, this tool can handle just about any task you set it to.  And with an ergonomic grip, you can do it in comfort as well.  Whether it’s powering through grout, cutting tough nails, or sanding rough surfaces, this amazing tool is ideal for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to the professional contractor!

Pittsburgh 6-in. Quick Release Bar Clamp: Bar None!

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Woodworking is not a cheap hobby. Between the hand tools, power tools, wood, adhesives, fasteners and other hardware, you’re in it for a significant chunk o’ change. And, of course, as with any craft, the quality of tools is important. But does that mean to always go for the most expensive stuff? Of course not! Quality is based on performance, not price.

Consider the Pittsburgh 6″ Quick Release Bar Clamp. For woodworking, metalworking, welding and other projects, this bar clamp holds your pieces together just as well as the big name tradesman clamps that cost three times more. With a 2-1/2” throat depth, it’s constructed with a durable carbon steel bar, malleable steel jaws and a comfort grip handle for easy operation– and for just $3.29 each at Harbor Freight Tools!

But don’t take my word for it. Like I said, these little projects you’re planning are not cheap. So listen to what some of your fellow craftsmen have to say:

“Quite simply, 4 of these are better than one tradesman clamp…no contest. They are strong, quick to adjust, the pads don’t slip easily on the work surface and the pads are firmly attached so they don’t fall off. The handles are also comfortable to turn. Harbor Freight has a winner here.”  GVChiller – Greenville, NC

“This is a great all purpose clamp. I will buy more of these in the near future. It can take a good amount of pressure and the rubberized handle won’t slip in your hands. The powder coating is well done. I can’t find anything wrong and you can’t beat the price. I’ve used similar clamps and none are as good as these.”  Happy Customer – Shawnee Mission, KS

“Love these clamps, I bought 1 to see how it would hold up during construction of a wood strip canoe. Did so well, I got 10 more, plus 10 of the 12″ style. you can never have too many clamps when building a boat.”  Dave – Hyrum, UT

“For small woodworking projects, these are the perfect size, and they work just as well as the name brand big boys. I read the reviews before ordering mine, and was confident in ordering about 20 of them. Glad I did.”  The Slauterhause – PA

You’ll soon find yourself using these bar clamps all the time, for a host of projects. While you’re at it, pick up some of the 12″ Quick Release Bar Clamps for $3.99, and also a couple of the 36″ Quick Release Bar Clamps at an incredible $6.99 each! They’ll be your favorite and most-used clamps!

 

Paul Bunyan and the 14-Inch Electric Chainsaw

Well, shiver me timbers– it’s Paul Bunyan Day!

Paul Bunyan and his trusty companion, Babe the Blue Ox has regaled us with delightful adventures for over a hundred years. One of the lesser known folk tales, however, is the one about Bunyan and the Electric Chainsaw. As the story goes, Bunyan and Babe were decimating yet another forest, when suddenly the mighty lumberjack slowed to a stop. “Ugh!” he exclaimed, wiping his prominent brow. “How many trees are ON this planet? I should’ve been a podiatrist (ironically, a bump found on the big toe would later be named after him).” The next morning when Bunyan emerged from his home, he found on his porch a curious package, marked, “Chicago Electric 14″ Electric Chainsaw.” “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” exclaimed Bunyan. “Now cutting timber will be a breeze, and I’ll have more time to concentrate on my real passion– Riverdancing! Giddy up, Babe!”

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.

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

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!

You can pick up this invaluable tool at Harbor Freight Tools– or online at www.harborfreight.com– now for only $54.99 (use your 20% Off Coupon and pick it up for just $44)!

Meanwhile, you can catch Paul’s show in Reno every weeknight and twice on Sunday. I recommend the oxtail.

 

Harbor Freight 2 HP Dust Collector: The Woodworker’s Favorite Tool

Opinions are like hand tools– everybody’s got them (opinions are like other things, too, but I can’t think of what they are right now).

And, like opinions, while it might vary as to which of Harbor Freight’s quality, low-priced tools customers take a shining to, the Woodworking Guys seem to share a consensus of their favorites. Like the Chicago Electric 10″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw, with its consistently smooth, precise cuts; the industrial-quality Central Machinery 10″ 13-amp Industrial Bench Table Saw, so easy to use, accurate, and works like a heavyweight champ; the uncompromising Central Machinery 2.5 HP 12″ Planer and the powerful & compact Drill Master Trim Router.

And while I could name a dozen more off the top of my head (momentary power foot switch… ), there’s no denying that– by far– the most popular Harbor Freight product for woodworkers is the Central Machinery 2 HP Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector. This dust collector vanquishes the finest sawdust, dirt and debris like a wormhole that suddenly appears and sucks galaxies. It comes  complete with a clear bottom bag so you see what’s been collected, and four locking swivel casters making it easy to move to wherever its needed. It has a 4″ diam. intake and 4″ diam. exhaust, and comes with two collecting bags and hex wrenches. You can pick one of these babies up at your local Harbor Freight, or order them online, priced at $199.99– or with the 20% Off Coupon, make it $160!

Just to get a taste of what the woodworkers ARE saying, though, here are a few comments submitted by experienced, hardcore fans:

“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

Whether your passion is wood, metal, welding, engines, the yard– or a little of everything– you can count on Harbor Freight Tools to deliver quality, low-priced products that’ll get the job done and leave you some cash left over. Check out the deals today and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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

How to Deal with the Problem Girlfriend

Most guys have had at least one impractical girlfriend in their lifetime: gorgeous, exotic, passionate, exciting to hold… but at the same time, expensive to buy for and hard to please. I’ve had mine for about a year now, and though my wife of 23 years is aware of her existence, she doesn’t feel threatened. It IS, after all, just a gun– a Remington 788 rifle customized to a .358 Winchester caliber, to be exact– and I love her. Unfortunately, the .358 is a more expensive round than a .30-06 (about $45 for a box of 20) and vastly harder to find, as the number of suppliers continues to dwindle. On the other hand, she feels oh-so sweet to shoot and aims true. Like I said, the impractical girlfriend. I’m telling you this because I’ve resolved to tackle my dilemma with her by taking up reloading. I’ve already got the brass, the dies, a reloading kit and (thank goodness) a buddy who knows how to use it. The only thing I need now is a workbench. Leave it to Harbor Freight Tools to have just the ticket– the Windsor Design 60″ 4-Drawer Hardwood Workbench.

This workbench has a rock-solid lacquered wood top and its four drawers are felt-lined to protect your finer tools. There’s also a bottom shelf for larger tools and containers, and a wood block vise for sanding, drilling, etc. So, lots of work space, lots of storage.

Check out this sweet set-up a customer posted on 1911Forum.com. This is something like what I have in mind:

 

The Windsor Design 60″ Hardwood Workbench (#93454) is fast and easy to assemble (takes about 2 hours, if the consensus of customer reviews is to be believed). As the above picture demonstrates, it offers a certain amount of flexibility, like installing two drawers instead of four. Going through the reviews, I’ve seen guys add lockable casters for mobility– or even a Trailer Jack on one or both sides to completely eliminate any shimmy.

There are so many uses for this workbench, I can only scratch the surface. Whether you’re into woodworking, crafts, electronics, metal projects, jewelry-making, repairing, have an art studio, micro-brewing. etc., it’s the best deal out there.

Thinking Outside of the Box: In my research I was impressed to find people who purchased Harbor Freight’s workbench for other than its obvious purpose. For example, in one of our customer reviews:

“This will sound silly, but a few people might spot this review and love the idea: My wife and I needed a baby changing table. All the ones we found were flimsy, had little storage, and were ridiculously over-priced. Then we spotted this bench on sale. It’s an incredibly perfect changing table, and once the kids are done with diapers I’ll get a nice workbench out of the deal! (An actual changing table would end up being gifted or donated and the investment is lost. This one will be around for years).” Workbench Daddy – Pasadena, CA

Another customer converted their workbench into a kitchen island:

Still another bought TWO hardwood workbenches, mated them end-to-end, and now uses them as an outfeed table for their table saw.

The subject of casters came up several times. Some guys love the mobility that casters give the workbench, but others complained that even locking casters have a little sideway shimmy which can be a pain when you’re doing precision work. Their solution (and I loved this) was to either put two casters on one side of the table with a Trailer Jack mounted on the other… or affix trailer jacks on BOTH sides. Genius!

There’s a wealth of insight: usage ideas, assembly tips and other information in the Windsor Design Workbench product page customer reviews, and through Google searches. Treating the wood with wax from time to time can add to its lifespan and resilience, too.

The 60″ workbench from Harbor Freight is the ideal solution to help solving my girlfriend problem, but I’m sure I’ll be using it for a lot of other things, too. If only all relationship problems were so easy.