A High Quality Racing Jack without the Jacked Up Price

Need to get under your vehicle but aren’t a genetically modified super human capable of lifting heavy items with one hand?  Well then look no further than the 1.5 Ton Aluminum Racing Jack from Harbor Freight Tools!  Singled out as “the undisputed king of the garage” by Four Wheeler magazine, the lightweight and compact floor jack lives up to its stellar reputation at a price that floors the competition.  With this workhorse jack in your arsenal, it’s the perfect way to lift up to 3,000 lbs. with just 3-1/2 pumps without putting any undue strain on your back.  At least until those genetic modifications become legal.

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“I have an older version of this jack. It is so easy to use that, even with my medical problems, I can still work on my cars. It fits under my Chevy Citation, and Chrysler New Yorker, but it has the power to lift our Mercury Villager easily! It raises the vehicle up high. When my cheap jack was stolen from under my van, I bought one of these, and I have never regretted it, even with the new lower price!” – Gary from San Diego, Ca

“I fell in love with this jack after my wife bought it for me. It’s the first jack I’ve owned where I felt I had complete control of the jack going down.  It is the main reason I like it and it’s easy on my bad back.” – Bob from Aiken, Co

“The jack worked well right out of the box. I didn’t have to bleed or adjust anything. The valve works well, the car can be lowered as abruptly or gradually as you want. I’ve used the jack for a year so far with no tricks or surprises. An excellent tool.” – Rantbot from Boston, Ma

Look, you don’t have to have a bad back to take full advantage of the awesome aluminum racing jack.  I don’t even think cyborgs like Rantbot have backs.  But for quick and easy lifting, you can’t go wrong with this tough, portable jack.  Well… I guess you can if you try to lift more than 3,000 lbs.  So, be sure to follow those instructions.  I know the guy who writes them and he spends a lot of time making sure they’re correct so don’t feel the need to test them.  We do that here.

WHEREFORE ART THOU SOLAR HOUSE ADDRESS NUMBER PLAQUE?

It’s a modern-day romantic tragedy… Romeo Finkleburger was at the county fair when he first met eyes with Juliet Sporkatelli. He was a young and successful pharmaceutical salesman. She was a Ph.D. student is ornamental horticulture and part-time bookkeeper. It was love at first ring toss (that’s where the saying comes from). Romeo won a stuffed chinchilla and gave it to Juliet. She named it “Chrysanthemum” after Saint Chrysanthus, the 3rd century martyr who was also credited with inventing the very first WeedWacker before being buried alive in a deep pit. It was a whirlwind romance. They ate funnel cakes, cotton candy and churros—then split a pack of heart-shaped antacids together. Unbeknownst to the young lovers, the Finkleburger and Sporkatelli families were bitter enemies. And then Juliet’s cousin got into a fight with Romeo’s best friend at the fair and stuck Solar House Address Number Plaquehim with the sharp end of a corndog stick. Before leaving the fair, Romeo asked Juliet for her address and vowed to pick her up at midnight so they could run away together. Juliet whole-heartedly agreed and texted Romeo her address. They kissed good-bye, their passion mingling with the sweet yet greasy slick of funnel cake residue.

The Sporkatelli’s lived a rural part of town with no streetlights. As the midnight hour approached Romeo drove down her street in his Prius with the headlights off so as not to draw attention to himself and wake Mr. and Mrs. Sporkatelli. He strained hard to see the street numbers on the houses. Juliet waited in her livingroom peaking out through the curtains waiting for Romeo to arrive. Her heart skipped a beat as she made out the faint silhouette of the approaching hybrid vehicle. From Romeo’s vantage point, he couldn’t see squat. Not being able to see the address, he drove right past Juliet’s home, then through a construction barrier and down a 100-ft. cliff into the wash. Romeo and his Prius were never seen again.

Too bad the Sporkatelli’s didn’t have the Solar House Address Number Plaque from Harbor Freight Tools! The handsome copper-finished solar address sign automatically charges in the sun then lights up super-bright LEDs all night to illuminate your house address. The solar address sign comes with numbers and spaces for a five-digit address and requires no installation or wiring. It also includes a wall bracket mount. While the Solar House Address Number Plaque may not insure that you and the love of your life will live happily ever after, it will guarantee the second greatest joy in life – not having to replace batteries while illuminating your home’s address.

The US General 5-Drawer Tool Cart: Too Sexy for Your Tools?

If there was a category for “Single-Most-Loved Product” at Harbor Freight Tools, the US General tool cabinets and carts would probably be in a tight group, a length ahead of all the others. Be it the insanely popular 44″ 13-Drawer Tool Cabinet, the extra large 56″ 11-Drawer Industrial Rolling Cabinet, the mammoth 72″ 18-Drawer Industrial Roller Cabinet or the economical, yet rugged, 4-Drawer Tool Cart, the US General tool chests have amassed a ton of rave reviews– both for the quality and the value.
Which is why it’s no surprise to see the way-thumbs-up reviews of the 700-lb. Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart

Same beautiful fire-engine red as the other models, the rugged all-steel, 5-drawer tool cart is the ideal choice for the wrencher with just enough– but not too many– tools. As pointed out by Jeff G. Holt in the May 2013 Used and Abused column of Hot Bike :

“This all-steel 120-pound tool cart is a great place to store a myriad of tools for not a lot of money. This bright-red powder-coated rollaway is constructed (of) 14-gauge steel and can hold up to 700 pounds worth of stuff.”

Jeff wasn’t a pushover for just the pretty face, though. He put the baby to work immediately.

“Sure, that is all well and good, but for a cabinet such as this, with a rather low price tag, I was worried about things like the drawers opening smoothly and other quality-related issues. Once I freed it from its shipping box, I assembled it (it took less than a half hour) and loaded it full of my wayward tools and was able to put it to the test. The ball-bearing rails on each of the drawers worked smoothly and they even had a locking lever per drawer like only the carts costing three times the price usually possess. The key-controlled locking mechanism on the top of the cart also worked flawlessly, which is truly a feat for something of this price. When fully loaded, this cart rolled around freely due to the two fixed and two swiveling locking casters. It even did so on chunky asphalt.”

Sounds like a winner. But, how about down the road? Did the tool cart stand the test of time?

“After throwing tools in and out of the cart for almost a year now, I have been pretty impressed with the quality construction and ease of use. The only problem I am currently having with it is that I am running out of room and I’ll need to switch to a larger storage system. If you are looking for a rolling workstation such as this, don’t let the low price keep you away, buy this and save a couple hundred dollars over the competition.”

A larger storage system? Harbor Freight can do that! Or, how about just getting a second tried-and-true 5-drawer tool cart? You can find the 700-lb.Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart at your local Harbor Freight, or online, for a low $199.99– or, keep your eyes peeled and get it for $169.99 with coupon! Girls on Hot Bike magazine cover not included.

Johnny Hunkins, editor of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, also posted a great article on his blog about Harbor Freight’s tool carts. When he visited our QA facility in Calabasas, CA, he was impressed with the thoroughness of our tool testing. 5 drawer tool cart, and the US General tool cart was actually one of dozens of products he got to sample side-by-side with competitors’ products that are generally much more expensive. As Johnny observed:

” You really have to put your hands on this cart, open the drawers, slam the lid, and roll it around to believe it. With severe-duty ball bearing roller tracks, thick gauge steel cabinet, chunky ball bearing casters, smooth pneumatic lid struts, locking drawer tabs, grippy drawer liners, durable powdercoat red paint, and beefy frame, the HTF cart would be a welcome addition to any garage at twice the price.”

Jacob Jackson of Truckin’ magazine had his own thoughts on the subject, handing the crown of “Best Mechanic’s Cart Under $250″ to Harbor Freight’s tool cart:

“It’s difficult to overstate the incredible value the US General Pro five-drawer tool cart, represents in the tool world. You get super-strong 14-gauge steel, five storage drawers of varying depths, and gas struts for the lid, which can support 176 pounds. The bright-red powdercoat was tough yet looked good, and for under $200, you get a legitimate mobile workstation and not just a little cart. It was the clear-cut winner of this shootout.”

Decide for yourself. Come visit your local Harbor Freight Tools and try the US General 5-Drawer Tool Cart mano y mano. We think you’ll walk away a believer– and a proud new owner– too.

COWBOYS, ALIENS AND THE NON-CONTACT INFRARED THERMOMETER WITH LASER TARGETING

Non Contact Infrared ThermometerYou might remember 1871 as the year Belgium disbanded the salt tax or the year J. Milton Turner was named minister to Liberia or the year British Columbia joined the confederation of Canada. But few remember 1871 as the year that aliens almost took over our beloved planet Earth. Turns out Cowboys and Aliens wasn’t a complete fiction after all. The tiny town of Tiny, Nevada was home to an alien landing back then. An exploration squad from the distant planet of Bureaucratia was scouting out new worlds to conquer through mediocrity, paperwork and bipartisan politics. And their plan would have worked had it not been for Gump Watson, a 21st century auto mechanic and the Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting from Harbor Freight Tools. Long story short: The End.

Long story not so short, the alien vessel crashed on a low-level ridge at the edge of town. Gump Watson, Tiny’s sheriff, went to investigate. As he approached the scene, he heard strange noises and an unfamiliar language. He peered out from his hiding place and saw several aliens trying to repair their craft. Though the aliens had the same basic appendages as humans, they were green, ugly and savage looking, like the love child of Nick Nolte and the Incredible Hulk. Gump didn’t know what to do. He had his six shooter, but he didn’t think mere bullets would penetrate their thick hides.  As luck would have it, a wormhole opened at that very moment a few feet away from Gump and out walked an auto mechanic from the future. Introductions were made and Gump explained the situation. How the mechanic got sucked into the wormhole to begin with is anybody’s guess, but it probably had something to do with the convergence of supersymmetric flipped su(5) grand unified field theory and the unexplained longevity of Tom Jones’ singing career.

The mechanic wanted to help but only had one tool with him, the Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting from Harbor Freight Tools. Sometimes it’s called a laser thermometer because you use the built-in laser to target the surface, but it’s really a non-contact infrared thermometer that measures the electromagnet radiation coming from the surface of an object. It features a single circuit chip design that prevents jamming, nonslip cushioned grip, Celsius/Fahrenheit LCD display with backlighting and can detect  temperatures ranging from -36 degrees F to 968 degrees F. Oh, almost forgot to mention, the mechanic also had a backpack filled with 14 pounds of gunpowder in it. The alien craft was smoking from the crash, but would it be hot enough to ignite the gunpowder? They couldn’t be sure… but the Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting could be. They got as close to the alien craft as they could without being seen, within a few feet of the smoking engine. The mechanic pulled the trigger and took a reading—550 degrees F, more than enough to ignite the gunpowder. Gump closed his eyes and thanked his lucky stars, which was a mistake because while his eyes were closed, the mechanic threw the backpack filled with gunpowder onto the smoking alien engine and ran like a bat out of hell. The mechanic dived into the wormhole just in time. Time, however, was not on Gump’s side—he never opened his eyes again but neither did the aliens… though some of the projectile alien DNA entered the wormhole and mysteriously deposited in Washington D.C. where it continues to proliferate to this day.

Even without the threat of extraterrestrial domination, the Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting #60725 ($37.99) from Harbor Freight Tools is incredibly useful—it’s the safest way to measure temperatures in hazardous areas like vehicle engines, other machinery or hard-to-reach places. It’s available at any one of our 500 Harbor Freight stores nationwide. And don’t be surprised if the thermometer’s ridiculously low price alienates the competition…

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.

Tool Totes for the Traveling Tradesman

Keep your tools stored and organized in a rugged, durable tool bag!  Whether it’s keeping your stuff safely stored in the shop or taking tools to the jobsite and back, a Tool Tote from Harbor Freight Tools is just the thing you need for added convenience.  Both the 12” and 19” tool totes provide maximum protection for your tools and accessories with a heavyweight polyester fabric construction and a hard rubber bottom.  And while you don’t have to work hard to benefit from one of these tool totes, they’ll hold up to the stress even when you do.

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For smaller jobs, the 12” Tool Tote handles just about everything you’d need.  With 6 inside pockets and 12 outside, you can easily fit all your basic tools and accessories.  For jobs requiring a little extra preparation or if you’re hitting a couple projects in a row, the 19” Tool Tote comes with 13 outside pockets that you can pack full without concern for ripping or tearing the tough polyester fabric.  Whichever one of these bad boys you choose, you’ll always have everything you need right at your fingertips.  So don’t be left without an essential tool!  Pick up one of these tote bags today!

Meet the Press – The Central-Machinery 20-Ton Shop Press

Central Machinery 20 Ton Shop PressThe Central-Machinery 20-Ton Shop Press is a sweet addition to both the home shop and professional auto garage– and one of the best investments you can make if you restore, rebuild or all-around wrench on cars and trucks. It can press bearings and U-joints on and off like butter, come in handy for doing gear installs, press axles out of rims, and bushings from axles (to name just a few applications). The 20-ton shop press can also be used for electric motor and armature repair, installation and removal of pressure-fitted parts and bending or straightening metal. You’ll be hard pressed to find another high quality shop press that’s this affordable. Even if you work on cars or trucks occasionally, the money is well invested.

You get all the features you’d expect:

  • Spring return ram that speeds up your work
  • Adjustable table to lower or raise for best working distance
  • Open side heavy duty construction that allows work on long pieces

And not the least of it, it looks great in the garage and fits easily!

Here are just a few testimonials from shop press owners:

“This thing is awesome. It took about 3 minutes to set up, because it’s all welded together already. I was toying around with it moments later. I also bought the bushing/bearing set (#68971, ~$18), as well as the front wheel drive lock-nut socket set (#66988, ~$45) and press dies. In the first 30 minutes I owned it, I had pressed out 4 bushings for a car that would’ve cost me at least $60 from a shop. That following weekend, I did 2 complete suspension overhauls, pressing out/in 10 more bushings without breaking a sweat. This machine is a workhorse, and getting to know it and use it properly is tricky, but very easy. You just have to go slow. I would also highly recommend only using this with 2 people. This thing was a great value. It was on sale when I bought it, plus 20% off made it under $160. I paid it off in the money I saved in just the first weekend, not to mention how handy it was to fix a screwdriver I bent, just because I could! If you’re any kind of an automotive/tool guy, this is one to add to your collection. The possibilities are endless.”  John the Car Guy – Portland, OR

“I bought this press in the late 80’s and it still works as good as it did when new… I have straightened motorcycle forks, ATV rear axles, and have done motorcycle crankshaft work. The list goes on and on. Worth every penny!”  Brian F.

“Needed a high capacity press when overhauling a 1965 4-speed transmission. This press was just the tool!” Natural*Engineer – South Carolina

“Just finished pressing out and in new bearings and bushings on my vehicle and this press made short work out of it.” NA – AZ

Apply tremendous pressure on parts, metals and machinery with just a little effort, for all sorts of applications. It won’t take long for the Central Pneumatic 20-ton shop press to pay for itself over and over, again. Be sure to also check out our 12 Ton Shop Press for smaller jobs and our power-packed 50 Ton Hydraulic Shop Press for bigger jobs!

CAN’T STAND FATIGUE? THEN STAND ON THE 4 PIECE ANTI-FATIGUE FOAM MAT SET!

4 Piece Anti Fatigue Mat SetEvery minute of every day, over 400 children are born into this world that will potentially experience fatigue when standing up for long periods of time as adults. Here are some other facts you may not know about fatigue:

• Fatigue is the number one cause of symptoms related to fatigue.
• According to a study conducted by Timothy Leary in 1971, a group of lab rats were forced to stand for three hours straight and spontaneously combusted into multiple colors.
• Fatigue comes from the Latin word fatīgāre, which means “to tire”. People who spoke Latin tired easily.
• “Fatigue” is not in Webster’s Dictionary because Noah Webster was too fatigued to include it.
• Dolphins and howler monkeys never get fatigued.

Despite the pandemic threat of fatigue, our government continues to do nothing. But YOU don’t have to take fatigue lying down even though that’s what most people do when they experience it. Like most conditions, diseases and bad politicians who get elected, prevention is the best cure. At Harbor Freight Tools, we’re doing our part to prevent the onset of fatigue with the 4 Piece Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set. This set of anti-fatigue foam mats gives your aching feet a rest indoors or out. Waterproof, lightweight and easy to clean, the anti-fatigue mats lock together in multiple configurations—place in front of work tables or any area where you might be standing for extended periods of time! Plus, the ½” thick mats are impact absorbent, adding both comfort and safety to your work area. If you’re tired of fatigue, or tired from fatigue, then muster up whatever energy you have left and head on over to one of 500 Harbor Freight stores nationwide! Take a stand on fatigue by standing on the 4 Piece Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set from Harbor Freight Tools!

4 Piece Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set
Sku#: 94635

The Small But Powerful Pancake Air Compressor

pancake-compressorWhether you’re a professional contractor or a weekend warrior, you’ll likely need an air compressor at some point.  But at Harbor Freight, we know that not all air compressors are created equal and sometimes you don’t need one that’s big and powerful.  For general purpose work like stapling and nailing, the Pancake Air Compressor handles just about all your light duty work and takes up less space in your garage or workshop too!  And best of all, with this handy little item placed strategically in your work space, your friends will see you as a guy who’s always prepared.  Neighbor needs air in his tires?  He’ll come right to you.  Or perhaps your child needs some detailed air brushing done for his or her art project.  You can save the day by tirelessly doing the painstaking artwork yourself!  There won’t be any monetary compensation but the smile on his face when he gets that B+ for your stellar artistry will be reward enough.

 “For doing trim work, it has plenty of air and keeps up with the nailer just fine. It is light and easy to move around and most of all it is very quiet.” Max Linzmeyer from Nevada

“I paid just under $50 and it works like a charm!” BSBRoss from Ringwood, NJ

Of course, if you want, the Pancake Air Compressor is small enough to easily hide away from family and friends too. Let’s face it, your neighbor never returned your weed-eater and you’ll be instilling a strong work ethic in your child by making them do their own darn art project.  You work hard enough as it is!  But luckily, so does this tough little air compressor.  Just in case you’re in a generous mood.  And after spending just $55.00 on this Oilless 1/3 Horsepower Pancake Air Compressor, there’s a good chance you will be.

I THOUGHT YOU SAID “DUCK” TAPE…

Duct-Tape-300x300Confession: the first time I heard someone mention duct tape, I thought they were saying “duck” tape. All sorts of questions came to my mind… Why would you need to tape ducks together? Was there a special adhesive that worked better on feathers compared to Scotch tape or masking tape? If two ducks were taped together in the forest and no one was around, would they still quack? The more I thought about these questions, the more I questioned my own existential being. Surely, the reason for duck tape reached beyond the practical need to bind ducks together. I dropped out of chiropractic college, sold my Vespa and traveled east in search of answers. After 10 years, I was in Nepal and had hired a Sherpa named Peter (his parents were huge Easy Rider fans) to take me to a remote peak in the Himalayas that was reputed to be the vortex of mysterious and powerful energies. I sat in meditation for 8 days and nights, no food and the only water I drank was from the melted frost that formed on my upper lip. Nothing happened. No answers regarding duck tape were revealed to me. Perhaps my soul was marred and unworthy of such revelation. Perhaps there were mysteries that were not meant for mortal man to discover. Perhaps the answers were right in front of me but beyond my personal understanding.

Just when I had given up all hope, a strong wind picked up and seemingly out of nowhere, a mailer from Harbor Freight Tools blew right into my face. As I removed the mailer featuring the latest specials and discounts, I noticed a coupon for Duct Tape. DUCT tape. And then the revelation hit: it’s tape for ducts. Ducts do come apart and need repair. And you need an adhesive that works better on sheet metal compared to Scotch tape or masking tape. Only one question remained: if a duct breaks in the forest, does the escaping air make a sound? That last one almost sent me back on another decade-long journey but then I realized there aren’t any ducts in the forest. Whew! I returned to the states, completed my chiropractic training and investing heavily in soy commodities. I made a fortune and today I live like a king, but I still do my own home repairs. And being a do-it-yourselfer, I always have several rolls of 2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape from Harbor Freight Tools on hand. The all-purpose duct tape has thousands of uses around the workshop, jobsite and home. The polyethylene backed, rubber base adhesive duct tape is great for quick and easy repairs, labeling, sticking items together (sans ducks) and sealing. Resistant to water and abrasions, this general-purpose duct tape is a must have for the professional and do-it-yourselfer alike. And the great news is that you don’t have to travel half way around the world, hire a guide named after an actor whose heyday was in the 70s and drink melted frost from your upper lip to acquire  2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape. With over 500 locations nationwide, just visit your local Harbor Freight store or get it at harborfreight.com.

(Disclaimer: No ducks were harmed in the writing of this article.)

2 in. x 50 yd Cloth Back Sliver Duct Tape
Sku: 94714
$4.29