HOT TIP: 17-ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder

If you’ve been in the market for a Vulcan-style ladder and had been looking at the Werner models, consider Harbor Freight‘s “☆☆☆☆☆” five-star-rated 17-ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder, on sale for a limited time for just $119.99. * (use a 20% off coupon and get it for even less!).

This über-versatile ladder is constructed of reinforced aircraft-grade aluminum and can be used in 23 possible configurations for a variety of applications– as a stepladder, wall ladder, scaffold, workbench, and more. It supports up to 300 lbs., and when not in use, will fold flat for easy transport and storage.

This awesome deal’s not going to be around forever, so go get it as soon as you can!

*In-Store Only

The Little Engine That Definitely Can

After taking your gas-powered equipment to hell and back year after year, the engine’s eventually going to conk out. And when that day inevitably comes, it doesn’t make sense to buy a whole new set-up, not when the only thing broken is the engine. Sure, you could get it repaired or try to fix it yourself, but that’s a crap shoot at best. For the price, you should just replace the engine.

The Predator 212 cc, 7 HP OHV Horizontal Gas Engine is fierce on power and performance, but really easy on price. That said, it’s also gained a large following with those looking to replace the engines on their wood splitters, lawn mowers, roto-tillers, pumps, compressors, snow blowers, lawn vacuums, leaf vacuums, generators… you name it. I even saw one guy who put it on his wakeskate winch.

The Predator engine is also the “green” choice with its super-efficient, clean overhead shaft design, which passes Carb and EPA standards in all states (there’s also a California-approved model!),and delivers a cooler performance and longer life. In short, the horizontal shaft makes this an ideal all-purpose replacement engine.

And now, during December 2012, Harbor Freight Tools is offering the hot Predator 212 cc, 7 HP engine for only $99.99 with coupon! Check out the store’s homepage to find this great deal.

Check out the Predator 212 cc and other Predator gas engines now available online and in your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

Grand Opening in Naperville, IL and Grand Rapids, MI!

December 17, 2012– Harbor Freight Tools has been opening new stores across the country with unprecedented frequency– especially in these tough economic times– and there’s no slowing down in sight!  This Wednesday, December 19, at 8:00 a.m., the doors opened wide at the two newest Harbor Freight Tools– this time in Naperville, IL and Grand Rapids, MI.

The Naperville store, located at 443 S. Route 59 (Aurora Marketplace Shopping Center) in the city of Aurora, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 am this Wednesday, hosted by the Naperville Chamber of Commerce.

“We are pleased to welcome Harbor Freight Tools to our community and Chamber. The Chamber is excited to help them celebrate the milestone of opening a new location and look forward to their continued success,” says Mike Evans, president and CEO, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Grand Rapids store, located at 3460 Plainfield Avenue NE (Northtown Center Shopping Center), will also feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 am Wednesday, hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The vibrancy of the Grand Rapids community was a key factor in Harbor Freight Tools’ decision to expand their retail business into this market,” said Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased that they also recognize the valuable role Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce plays within the community and that they have chosen to become a member of our organization. We look forward to celebrating their successes.”

The exciting grand opening celebrations will feature huge discounts at up to 80% off. Come 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.

Come on by!

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.

 

What About Harbor Freight? An Introduction

I had no idea what kind of following Harbor Freight Tools had when I joined the company. Now whenever I mention where I work, though, I hear, “I LOVE Harbor Freight!” Always with a big grin, as if they’re happily admitting a guilty pleasure– like watching the Ice Road Truckers marathon, or when the family goes on a trip and leaves them behind. It didn’t take long surfing the Internet to see just how widespread the love really is– way beyond the weekend tinkerers or ‘burb Dads with their “honey-do-ready” toolboxes. I quickly found a slew of niche websites whose members rely on HFT’s low priced, hard-to-find and odd hardware– not to mention the huge selection of essential tools and supplies. Numbered among these groups are survivalists and emergency preppers, solar energy enthusiasts, BBQ trailer builders, teardrop trailer builders, Pinterest crafters, RC model builders, paranormal investigators, AR builders… as well as your garden variety woodworkers, welders, car restorers, four-wheelers, motorcycle wrenchers, compulsive DIYers and all manner of tool-wielding madmen building better mousetraps.

In all of these blogs and forums the question inevitably always comes up: “I need to get a _____________.What about Harbor Freight?” Someone informs their group about a proud purchase they made of a tool cabinet, a winch or an abrasive blaster. Another member posts a photo of their latest DIY project (like the one above). A full-blown discussion ensues, more photos and links are posted, and ultimately others get inspired to “go and do likewise.” These sites also serve as war drums for whatever Harbor Freight Tools sale or coupon comes out and, truth be told, they spread the store’s advertising as much as the store itself.

It struck me that Harbor Freight Tools’ fan base, all spread out across the Internet, is like a big, open secret– each niche group sequestered from the others, each possessing information the others could use. Wouldn’t it be great if they could all come together to one forum, to exchange questions, views, projects, etc.? Dare to dream.

In the meantime, we’ll be looking at these niche groups and websites. What is it they get at Harbor Freight? What do they do with the products? What, if any, innovations have sprung from their purchases? The first group we’ll start with– the Survivalists– will be explored next week.

Stay tuned!

Grand Opening in Hillsboro, OR!

 December 10, 2012– Harbor Freight Tools has been opening new stores across the country with unprecedented frequency– especially in these tough economic times– and there’s no slowing down in sight!  This Wednesday, December 12, at 8:00 a.m., the doors will swing wide at the newest Harbor Freight Tools location– this time in Hillsboro, OR!

The Hillsboro store, located at1400 SW Oak Street, Suite A (Sunwest Plaza Shopping Center), will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 am, hosted by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

“Harbor Freight Tools is a valued new member to our Chamber and we are proud they have chosen the City of Hillsboro 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” states Deanna Palm, President of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. “We wish them great success and will make every effort to make them prosper and grow in our community.”

Harbor Freight Tools is a traditional favorite of contractors, government agencies, schools, fundraisers, and industrial and auto shops, as well as tool enthusiasts and DIYers looking for a good selection of quality, affordable tools and equipment.

The exciting Hillsboro store grand opening celebration will feature huge discounts at up to 80% off. Come 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!

Firebird Restoration Project Part 9 – Finale

Well, it’s been a long road, but we’ve finally come to the end of our journey. Behold the final video installment of the ’67 Firebird Restoration Project, executed exclusively with Harbor Freight Tools.

As I shared last week, the fully-restored ’67 Firebird pulled into our office parking lot, and let me tell you, it was a sight to see. Ever watch the Mecum Car Auctions on the Velocity Channel? (love that show!) This car would have summoned a pretty penny on their auction block. Before it was whisked away to who-knows-where, a handful of us slowly circled around it, transfixed, muttering “wows” and “oh yeahs” under our breaths. The original interior was pristine– black bucket seats and carpet looking like new. Under the hood, the same. In fact, the guy who did the restoration, Jeff Tann, said the ‘bird’s engine was better now than when it was new.

Imagine the same kind of results with your favorite Mopar or Mustang… maybe an old Apache pickup or Landcruiser. Whatever your poison, Harbor Freight Tools has got the power, air and hand tools you need for a lot less moolah than the other guys– and they’ve got the fans to prove it! Get their catalog, shop their deals, clip their coupons… you won’t be able to help grinning with all the cool stuff you’ll be taking home for so little.

So, what’s to become of the Firebird? The rumors abound. A Saudi now sheikh has it. It’s in the next Bourne movie. Elvis was seen in it at a drive-through in Lubbock, Texas. No one can say for sure… I only know I offered to take it off their hands, but haven’t heard back yet.

Firebird Restoration Tools: Harbor Freight vs. The Competition – Part 4

The Underbody

If it’s going to be done right, every phase of restoring a vehicle is important. I mean, you wouldn’t just rebuild or replace the carb, throw on some new paint and upholstery, and call it done (although, that’s exactly what a lot of guys do). That thinking will bite you in the butt down the road– literally. That’s why the underbody gets the same attention as everything else. So… let’s talk tools:

Last month I started a series illustrating how much more bang for the buck a wrencher can get from  Harbor Freight Tools than they could the competition. Using the ’67 Firebird Restoration project as my example, I’ve been breaking it down phase by phase, comparing the prices of tools used in the project with similar (if not exact) products that the competition advertises. The competitors I chose were Sears, Northern Tool, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Grainger. Exact matches weren’t always found, so I substituted the closest product available. As I’ve said before, I don’t think this compromises the test because we’re only talking about differences in size and shape, not power or function.

In the first segment, we looked at Harbor Freight’s tools used in the vehicle’s disassembly video. In the second, we explored price differences on the engine removal phase. In the third installment, we featured the tools employed in the stripping and priming process. This time we’re only featuring two tools for the underbody:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using a heavy-duty industrial de-greaser, this powerful 2000 PSI gas pressure washer is unstoppable against old, caked-on grease, oil and dirt that’s accumulated on your vehicle’s underbelly. Pumping out 1.6 gallons a minute, the machine is EPA-certified and easily portable on two rubber wheels. It’s got a mighty four-stroke 4 HP gas engine with a cast-iron cylinder for maximum durability, pump-overheat protection, overload protection and low-oil shutdown for extra safety.

  • Sears – Craftsman 2200 PSI Gas-Powered Pressure Washer – $249.99
  • Northern Tool – Wel-bilt 2500 PSI Gas-Powered Pressure Washer – $249.99
  • Home Depot – Simpson MegaShot 2200 PSI Gas-Powered Pressure Washer – $269.99
  • Lowe’s – Simpson MegaShot 2200 PSI Gas Pressure Washer – $269.99
  • Grainger – Generac #5987 2500 PSI Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer – $499.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can’t beat the quality and value of this great, little blaster! In the video they used it for blasting rust from the undercarriage, but that’s just one of a zillion things you can use this tool on. Car restoration, firearm parts, tool cabinets, barbecues, metal beams, aluminum wheels, tools, to name a few. Use slag media, silica, walnut or pecan shells, sand, glass bead, steel grit and more. The portable abrasive blaster kit comes with a blast gun, 15-ft. material hose and a hopper than can hold up to 50 lbs. of abrasive media. Just hook it up to a 1 HP or larger compressor and easily remove paint, rust, graffiti, corrosion and scale.

  • Sears – Sears Portable Sand Blaster – $119
  • Northern Tool – ALC Suction Abrasive Blaster – $49.99
  • Home Depot – Powermate Air Sand Blaster – $55.99
  • Lowe’s – N/A
  • Grainger – ALC Siphon Blaster – $171

 

In the next installment, we’ll take a look at the tools used for the Engine Rebuild, and compare them to the competition’s. Until then!

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Got a tool junkie on your Christmas list? Check out the AWESOME LOW PRICES being offered on this month’s selection of Harbor Freight Tools coupons! You’re bound to find the perfect item for that certain someone– or for your own tool arsenal. Just click on the above banner!

Keep in mind, if you’re shopping for Christmas, the last day to do it online is December 17 if you want it under the tree by Christmas morning!

Happy shopping!

4-Camera Surveillance DVR – Protection Against Intruders, Vandals, Ghosts & (sigh…) Zombies

Living on a cul-de-sac (which is French for “butt of the sack”– which, at least for me, is good to know in case a Frenchman ever asks where I live) in the ‘burbs does not preclude one from falling victim to B&E, home invasion, vandalism, property theft, puppy dumps, etc. Usually when it happens you wake up in the morning, or come home from work, and not have a clue as to who did it, let alone what all was done. It’s a cruddy, violated feeling, however minor it might be. Don’t be that guy.

The 8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities from Bunker Hill Security is an effective, low-cost solution to keeping your castle safe and monitored. Able to be installed indoors or outdoors, it’s your silent guardian… your watchful protector. And with its state-of-the-art infrared technology– enabling to record clearly after bedtime– it’s also your dark knight. Protecting your property and possessions with security cameras is a tried-and-true method of deterring trespassers, burglars, and even those bonehead neighbor kids who think terrorizing you with pranks doesn’t exact a price. And on top of preventing break-ins and vandalism, surveillance cameras enable you to respond swiftly to nefarious activity before and after it’s in progress.

The Bunker Hill 8-camera DVR, sold exclusively at Harbor Freight Tools, gives you access to your entire camera system from a PC or smartphone, so you can view your live video feed while you’re away from home. Imagine going on vacation to Bali (or more likely your brother-in-law’s in South Dakota) and still being able to monitor your home and property. This home security surveillance system features a remote control for easy navigation and a huge 500 GB hard drive which allows you to record, play back or transmit video from wherever you are. Now that’s empowerment.

Security cameras should be installed in at least one of these four strategic areas:

Front Door:  Mounting a camera over or near your front door is key to identifying everyone who approaches there, including expected visitors, delivery drivers and other service professionals.  Think of it as Caller ID for your house. Plus, according to FBI statistics, roughly 34% of all break-ins occur at the front door.
Back Door: Back doors are every bit as important as front doors, and often more vulnerable because the perp is out of sight.  Cameras should be installed above the door, either inside or out, to monitor for any usual activity.  You can put surveillance cameras on the eaves of the roof, outdoor overhangs, soffits, etc.
Indoors:  Where do you keep most of your good stuff? For us it’s the family room: It’s where we keep our big screen TV, Blu-ray player, PC computer, XBox, Lladro (my wife made me add the last thing)… and if I came home and found the Barcalounger missing, I’d be a bona fide menace to be around. It’s a good idea to also place surveillance cameras indoors to watch over valuable items. Also, cameras in living rooms, kitchens and above the staircases monitor, not only intruders, but also house cleaners, contractors, caregivers and babysitters.  If anyone manages to get past the front or back door, an indoor security camera can serve as a reliable back-up in capturing the face of anyone who’s up to no good while in your home.
Garages and Sheds:  If you have a multi-car garage, carport, guest house, pool house, or shed on your property, put an additional camera in that area, too, as it’s an easy, natural place for someone to “hole up,’ as it were.

If you’re still wondering if this set-up’s right for you, here’s what a couple of homeowners had to say about it:

“GREAT!!! The house for sale across the street from mine (nice suburban neighborhood) was hit by vandals a week ago (graffiti mostly), most of the neighbors think it is some local kids (most are good kids, but are KIDS nonetheless, and can get into trouble) Fearing my own new paint job, I bought this system to install before I left town for a vacation. Sure enough, when I got home there was some new artwork on my garage door. Well, the cameras worked great, the night vision gave me a clear enough image to recognize the “artists” and call their less-than-thrilled parents. The kids are now repainting all the houses they hit and are in serious trouble with their parents. As a close-knit neighborhood we decided not to press charges, as long as they cleaned up their mess. Great cameras, love them, and plan on buying a second system for my business next week.”  Billy, Michigan

“Love how EXCELLENT the night time video is for seeing people in pitch darkness, best camera I have seen so far. With my cameras in total darkness I can see at night around 50 feet, no trouble, making out people and animales. I have told all my friends looking to get a security DVR system to purchase this setup.”  Danny O, Florissant, Missouri

“This system is great! After having professional security companies quote me 3k to 4k on a 4 camera system I wanted an alternative. I was concerned that 60-ft of cable per camera was not going to be enough but everything worked out. I can now watch my business(which is 200 miles away) over my computer or Iphone.”  mercerguy23, Georgia

On a side note, Harbor Freight’s surveillance DVR is used by various organizations in the investigation of paranormal activity. Because of its night vision, motion activation and mobile-monitoring capabilities, it’s apparently the ideal equipment for nailing poltergeists, specters and the odd cherubim. As a representative of the Southeastern Paranormal Society commented:

“I bought this package to do surveillance for our paranormal research group. The cameras perform great in near pitch black conditions. Considering buying another system for our group.”

If you enjoyed the Paranormal Activity movies as much as I did, you might think it sounds like a fun experiment to try, setting up the Bunker Hill Security DVR in your bedroom. But before you do, just think about it first.  Do you really WANT to know if there’s something swinging open doors and looking at you while you’re asleep?