Rod & Custom “Kustomizers” Employ the HF Cut-Off Tool

Cutting 2 inches from the door’s edge with the Central Pneumatic cutoff tool.

Ardent car customizers are extreme when it comes to modifying their rods– and there’s no custom work more complicated and drastic than sectioning.

In the November 2012 issue of Rod & Custom, the “kustomizers” at Star Kustom Shop go all-guns with sectioning a ’51 Chevy hardtop-turned-roadster.

“The owner of the car is after a section that doesn’t just downsize the car and keep factory proportions, Instead, he’s after something that will downplay the bulkiness of the body while accentuating other features. What we came up with is a section that will do just that.”

Without giving anything away, let me just say this baby took a LOT of amazing work– and one of the “stars” in the sectioning process was the Central Pneumatic 3″ High Speed Cut-Off Tool.

The little, mighty cut-off tool reaches a max speed of 18,000 RPM and, besides car bodies, can rip through heavy straps, exhaust systems and sheet metal. One customer told us:

“I bought this to remove rusted bolts on my boat trailer from launching in salt water. This thing is ARE YOU KIDDING PERFECT!! I had 6 bolts cut off in mins. I used 80 pounds of air, with a 20-gallon tank, and it worked perfect. VERY IMPRESSED!” (caps included)

Another added:

“I bought this a few years ago to work on getting an exhaust system apart. Like a hot knife through butter.”

Pick yourself up a copy of the November Rod & Custom and check out the article, entitled, “Weight Watchers.” It’s filled with great detail and multiple photos to follow the sectioning process. And while you’re at it, get your cutoff tool at Harbor Freight– at only $9.99 it’ll be one of the best investments in your garage!

JP Magazine: Axle Upgrade with Harbor Freight Tools

If you like to play hard in your Jeep, you’ll definitely want to soup up your front axle– not exactly a light-duty job. Nevertheless, JP magazine shows us how to do just that– affordably and professionally– using tools from Harbor Freight! In an article entitled “Straight and Narrow,” in the Sep 2012 issue, JP editor Cole Quinnell takes us through the steps of getting it done in a weekend and be ready for work Monday morning. To do the job, however, Cole advises that you first need to collect a few special tools:

“In addition to the normal selection of hand tools, you’ll also need a Pickle Fork, a Ball Joint Press and a 35mm Socket to fit a spindle nut, all of which we picked up at Harbor Freight.” (capitalization added)

He added that you’ll need a decent MIG welder capable of welding 1/4″ steel. The Chicago Electric 170 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Welder would be a quality, affordable tool for the job. Of course, gearheads across the country already know, when you’re looking to do a  heavy project, Harbor Freight’s your tool headquarters.

This is a great article for prepping your Jeep to “handle all but the most abusive off-roading on 35-inch tires”– and no one knows their stuff like JP.  So get yourself a copy of their September issue and check it out!

Truckin’ Review: 2-Ton Low-Profile Floor Jack

High praise was served up in the September 2012 issue of Truckin’ magazine for the Pittsburgh Automotive 2-Ton Low-Profile Rapid-Pump Floor Jack from Harbor Freight. Calling it a “feature-packed jack perfect for custom trucks,” editor Dan Ward counted off the reasons why he liked the jack so much:

“With a minimum saddle height of 2 5⁄8 inches, the jack easily slides under lowered and airbagged trucks, while it lifts to 23¾ inches tall. Thanks to rapid-pump technology, the jack can be quickly raised tall enough to set jackstands under the frame in just four to five pumps. We were able to use the long handle and wide saddle to lift a truck from the rear axle while not needing to climb underneath the truck for positioning. When working with floor jacks, we like heavy, sturdy items, and this Pittsburgh jack is all-steel, tipping the scales at 93 pounds. The solid, welded construction adds confidence when working on our pride and joys. High-end features such as the easy-to-use foot pedal, long, extended T-handle, and smooth pressure release helped this floor jack exceed our expectations. The best part of this heavy-duty jack is the price. At $129.99, we’ve seen comparable jacks cost upwards of $1,000 from other brands.”

Glowing reviews like that don’t grow on trees, especially for a low-priced jack. But, Truckin’ is the authoritative source for the latest and hottest– and one quick look at the across-the-board 5-star customer reviews will tell you, the magazine was right on. As one happy owner observed:

“This jack is the best tool I’ve bought in a long time. The design is perfect for me – the saddle is low AND long enough to reach frame points well under my race car, and lifts high enough to outreach most jack stands. The foot pedal is key for raising the saddle quickly when you’re on your knees positioning the jack. The release knob is excellent – really easy to finely control lowering.”

A pro mechanic in Colorado had this to add:

“I purchased this jack to fit under the nose of Corvettes, lowered Subarus, race cars, etc. and it was everything I wanted in a low-clearance floor jack. The extra long body lets it get under virtually any car. Its T-handle, release knob, & foot pump are all great bonus features…but the price is just incredible! I should have picked up one of these a long time ago.”

Of course, you don’t have to have a lowered vehicle to love the Pittsburgh Automotive 2-ton rapid-pump jack– but it is safe to say, you won’t need the other ones anymore. After all, what Truckin’ said to its readers could be said to any pro or DIY mechanic:

“Say goodbye to the cheap and unsafe little jacks, and say hello to a jack that can handle a custom truck owner’s needs.”

 

Making Your Case

One of my biggest issues when I go shooting is lugging gear from the car to the range. Lately, I’ve been switching between three bags– a cheapie I got at a gun show which is now mostly just used for ammo; a range bag with so many pockets, I keep losing stuff; and a 2-rifle sniper drag bag which, let me tell you, gets a lot of laughs from the guys.

I recently picked up a fourth carrier, though, and this one is perfect for when I’m just taking handguns. The Storehouse 18″ x 12-3/4″ x 6″ Aluminum Case at Harbor Freight was originally made to carry tools, but there are so many other great uses for it. For example, because the rugged case comes with foam inserts, it can be shaped to comfortably custom-fit four full-sized semi handguns…

From TaurusMan on FiringLine.com

…and six pockets in the case lid can snugly fit your mags. Another suggested configuration, fit the case with two guns, ear protection and a spotting scope.

Or, this beautiful orchestration…

From VTB_Gunner on TaurusArmed.net

Or one James Bond gun with plenty of mags…

From nick89302 on AR15.com

Or, a taken-down AR. Very cool!

From popnfresh on AR15.com

You get the point. There are also several other, small pockets for which you can use your imagination, and the case comes with two keyed locks for safe– and, depending where you live… {{cough}}california{{cough}}… legal– transport of your guns.

The Storehouse Aluminum Case provides safe, neat containment for guns, camera equipment, telescope lenses, RC helicopter gear, tattoo equipment, magician’s props (you think I’m kidding? I found these in the customer reviews!)– really, anything you want to custom fit and carry securely. A great investment at only $27.99.*

*The Storehouse 18″ x 12-3/4″ x 6″ Aluminum Case is currently only available at Harbor Freight Tools store locations, and is not available for online purchase.

The All-Purpose 4-Gallon Backpack Sprayer

The summer’s almost over, but you wouldn’t know it, stepping outside. As the heat persists, so do bugs, thirsty gardens, weeds, dirt-splattered recreati0nal toys, dusty windows, etc.– all perfect reasons to keep a One Stop Gardens 4-Gallon Backpack Sprayer in the garage.

As attested by Harbor Freight customers, the durable 4-gallon backpack sprayer works great in the garden, spraying water, fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, soil conditioner, kelp solutions and weed killer. Others use it for washing their boats, motorcycles and ATVs when hoses are not available. One customer said the backpack sprayer was perfect for carrying cleaner for washing their windows.


As deer hunters are fully aware,  the game have already started hitting the crops, preparing for the winter ahead.  Many hunters anticipate the season by creating food plots– cover crops planted for the express purpose of attracting and holding the deer (soybean and clover are both favorites)– which means they need to keep the area clear of weeds, grass and other noxious growth. The 4-Gallon Backpack Sprayer is perfect for transporting and spreading the weed & grass killer to the area.

Needless to say, the list of uses for the backpack sprayer ends with the imagination. You can use it to spray down dusty campsites, balconies, high-sitting wasp nests, sandy kids at the beach, out-of-reach sheds, fence lines, and so much more! And, at such a low price, there’s no excuse not to get one!

 

Grand Openings in Hyannis, MA and Downey, CA!

 

August 13, 2012– On Wednesday, August 15th, at 8:00 a.m., the doors are swinging wide at the two newest Harbor Freight Tools stores, located at 640 Iyannough Rd in Hyannis, MA, and 12056 Lakewood Boulevard in the city of Downey, CA. The Grand Opening Sales will feature huge discounts at up to 80% off at both locations, and will be accompanied by ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 11:00a.m.

Hosting the Hyannis event will be the The Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Harbor Freight Tools is a valued new member to our Chamber and are proud they have chosen Hyannis as one of their newest locations. We look forward to a long and exciting working relationship with one of the nation’s largest tool and equipment retailer” says Jessica Sylver, President/CEO of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. “We wish them great success and will make every effort to make them prosper and grow in our community.”

The Downey Chamber of Commerce will be doing the honors at the new California store:

“The Downey Chamber is thrilled that Harbor Freight Tools has become one of our newest members,” said Susan Nordin, Executive Director of the Downey Chamber of Commerce. “As the nation’s largest discount tool and equipment retailer, it’s great news that they are investing in our community by opening their new Downey location. We look forward to helping grow their business and wish them long-term success here.”

Come join the celebration, browse the enormous selection of quality tools and hardware, take advantage of the incredible specials, or just come by and say “hello!”

Store hours are MON-SAT 8:00AM-9:00PM and SUN 9:00AM-6:00PM.

See you there!

The Revolving Four Strikes Again!

Revolving Four Tray Bin

Crafters love the Revolving Four Tray Bin for its convenience and how easy it is to customize.

I’ve mentioned the Revolving Four Tray Bin before while covering crafting. It was featured a while back in the “4 Ideas for Crafting” piece.

Jennifer Ciriano of Jenns Doodles put magnetic tape around the sides of the spinner rack so she could decorate it with flair! She put all the buttons from her button collection along the sides so she could find them more easily. Check it out: http://jenns-doodles.blogspot.com/2012/08/badge-button-flair-whatchamacallits.html.

 

Spinner Rack with Flair

cute AND functional

What a great idea! This could be used for catching odds and ends like paper clips, sewing needles, even scissors or needle nose pliers. It wouldn’t be quite as cute, but it would certainly make the revolving bin even more useful for crafting and craft storage.

 

And if you aren’t convinced yet of the utility of this bin, Natasha Z Hensel of Clever Soiree put together this great video review of it. It gives you a much better sense of the proportion and capacity of it.