Portland Electric Outdoor, Fall Tools for the Yard and More!

We’re about a month into the fall season but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to stock up on electric lawn care tools! Especially when they’re part of a new line of products available from Harbor Freight Tools. We have some great items available just in time to help you tidy up your lawn, driveway, gutter and backyard quickly and easily. This new line of outdoor electric tools from Portland Outdoor makes cleaning up leaves, cutting hedges, and trimming grass so simple, you’ll never think of them as chores again.

3-in-1 Electric Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher (Item #: 62337)

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Versatile and efficient, the Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher is practically a whole set of lawn care tools in one! Clearing your driveway of leaves is literally a breeze with this lightweight tool and the $49.99 price tag is pretty lightweight too. When you need to switch over to a vacuum to clean up grass clippings or sawdust, you can do so with the simple flip of a switch. That’s right, no tools required! Plus, with two speed settings, you can tackle big jobs just as easily as small ones. But no matter if you’re using the blower, vacuum or mulcher setting, the 3-in-1 electric tool runs at a pleasantly quiet 84-97 decibels.

“I picked up this tool when I first saw it come into the catalog at Harbor Freight Tools and boy howdy am I glad I did. I didn’t have much use for a lawn vacuum or a blower but I sure did need a tool for mulchifying my yard. Every year I wasted quite a bit on buying store brand mulch when I could have just been making my own from whatever random debris like leaves and deer droppings happened to end up in my yard. I’ve been mulching all week long and my neighbors have started coming up to me asking where they can get such a magical mulching tool and I’m sending them right back over to Harbor Freight Tools. Thanks Harbor Freight Tools, you are my go to Mulch Tool guys!!” – by Mulchy Joe from Amerika

Look at that. Harbor Freight bringing neighbors together! And no, I did not make up Mulchy Joe.

13” String Trimmer (Item #: 62338)

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I grew up calling this a Weed Eater but no matter what you call it, the 13” String Trimmer gets the job done fast. One thing I remember about Weed Eaters though is how loud they were. However that certainly isn’t the case with the String Trimmer! This quiet electric tool delivers all the power you need to trim grass without noise, pollution, or spending an arm and a leg. For just $34.99, you can trim your way to the perfect lawn by taking advantage of four cutting head positions to get the perfect angle anywhere. An oversized comfort grip means you can work longer with less fatigue and an adjustable shaft lets you extend the trimmer up to 22” so you can work comfortably and save your back.

22” Hedge Trimmer (Item #: 62339)

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If you have hedges, you know they can be tough to maintain. But with the Hedge Trimmer, you can keep your hedges perfectly sculpted for the fall. Because when the kids come by for trick or treating, we all know the dads are going to be judging your shrubbery while they wait by your mailbox. This year, they’ll be green with envy as they see how finely trimmed your shrubs and hedges are thanks to the dual action double sided trimming blade featured on this versatile trimmer. Don’t be surprised if they ask how you achieved such excellent landscaping skills, and when they do, you can be prepared to inform them that the 22” Hedge Trimmer did all the work. And no, they can’t borrow it. For just $39.99, they can easily pick up one of their own at their local Harbor Freight store, just like you did!

While Mulchy Joe jumped at the chance to write up a review on his new favorite mulching tool, these items are so new that there isn’t a review to brag about yet for the Trimmers. So, why not go grab one and be the first to tell us what you think?? Especially since you’ll have plenty more free time now that you can fly through your landscaping work faster than ever with these great items. Best of all, you can pick up all three of these outstanding outdoor tools for under $130 and that’s before using a coupon! Take control of your yard with Portland Electric Outdoor.

What the Heck is a Feeler Gauge?

There’s a measuring tool for just about everything and Harbor Freight has them all! If you’ve ever needed to measure small distances between two work pieces then you will appreciate this tool accessory that you may have never even heard of. The 32 Piece Feeler Gauge Set (Item #: 32214) is designed specifically for this purpose and is used frequently by engineers to measure the clearance between two parts. But while machinists and engineers may love it, this versatile set of measuring blades is well-suited for assisting you in a variety of projects!

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A feeler gauge set consists of several blades of various thicknesses with measurements marked on each piece. While these thin “blades” do not include any sharp edges, they are designed to be slid into gaps to see exactly how wide they are. Obviously, this is used for smaller openings that can be difficult to measure accurately. With the feeler gauge set, you can just simply slide in the blades one at a time until you find the exact width of the gap. Then, you can continue on with your project, confident that your measurements are precise.

Whether you’re using the set to measure valve tolerances, bolt gaps, or to make other critical measurements, the 32 Piece Feeler Gauge Set will feel things out for you to an exact degree! And for just $3.99 for the entire set, you’ll feel just fine adding this measuring tool set to your workspace.

“I bought this feeler gauge set to measure the bolt gap on my PTR-91 (G3 pattern) rifle. I measured each of the plates with my digital calipers and they are 100% accurate measurements at least down to a ten-thousandth of an inch. They are accurate enough for firearms work, so they are accurate enough for nearly anything. I’m glad I saved the money getting this set rather than going and buying one for three times the cost at the auto parts store.” – by Pazuzu from TX

“These are great gauges. They come with a lot of thicknesses and I have yet to run into one it does not have. Some of the other ones I’ve used don’t get small enough for my motorcycle’s valves (.002 inch) but these do. It does come with a very light coating of a thin oil most likely for an anti-rust coating or to help with moving the arms. If it annoys anyone, it is very easily wiped off.” – by ct from CT

These steel blades are a great addition to any work space and feature both Metric and SAE measurements. And they come in a convenient, compact size that fits easily into your pocket or any tool bag. List this Feeler Gauge Set from Harbor Freight Tools under items you might not use often but can be a life-saver when you really need it!

Halloween Craft Ideas

The time is nigh to plunge into the dark arts of Halloween decorating. Instead of getting soaked at the local party store, though, why not dig up some low-cost tools at Harbor Freight and create your own props and beasties? Here are a few ideas we’ve summoned for your morbid curiosity.

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This spine-chilling ghost (which will be hanging in the trees on Halloween night) is made of packing tape and cheesecloth, and shall be haunting all doomed passersby with an eerie glow, courtesy of the Mini 2-Piece 9 LED 3-1/2″ Flashlight Set (#69065), just $2.99 at Harbor Freight.

 

Drill Master 80-piece Rotary Tool KitDrill Master 80-pc. Rotary Tool Kit #69451 – $9.99

In the spirit of thinking outside the coffin…er, box… consider using the Drill Master 80 Piece Rotary Tool Kit to carve yourself an epic jack-o-lantern! Imagine the devious works of art you could create 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 setPittsburgh 4 Piece Wood Chisel Set #42429 – $5.99

On the other hand, if you’re more old skull… dang it!— SCHOOL… this 4-piece wood chisel set is an eeeeex-cellent alternative! If you love cutting into fresh pumpkin, inhaling the rich tangy scent and getting your hands sticky-gooey whilst scooping out the guts, this would be your poison. The wood carving set slices into the pumpkin like butter as you easily control the cutting. This heat-treated, high carbon steel set has straight bevels and PVC handles for a comfortable grip, and comes in 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″ and 1/4″ sizes.

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hot knifeChicago Electric 130-Watt Heavy Duty Hot Knife #60313 – $16.99

Plunge, slice and dismember styrofoam and more to make spooky props with this crafter’s favorite– the 130 Watt Hot Knife! Harbor Freight’s heavy-duty 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 tombstones and carving faux pumpkins!

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Carve the Pumpkin King with your hot knife!

 

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30 Watt 5-in-1 Hobby Woodburner

This woodburner is the ideal tool for the Halloween craftsman who’s soldering, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather. It comes with multiple tips for soldering and all sorts of hot cutting, all in a convenient carrying case. This quality soldering tool can contribute to almost every hobby and craft!

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Click Here for a DIY Tombstone Project!

 

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The Harbor Freight Propane Torch #91033 – $19.99

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, a 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:

 

mini led lightHarbor Freight Tools 3-1/2″ 9 LED Mini Flashlight #69111 – $1.99

Since you’ll already be haunting your local Harbor Freight, don’t leave without grabbing a few extra omini LED lights. These suckers 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!

Why You Need a Harbor Freight Service Cart

The 30” Large 350 Lb. Capacity Glossy Red Service Cart with Locking Drawer (Item #: 90428) from Harbor Freight might be a mouthful but that won’t stop you from telling everyone how awesome it is. Besides, the name spells out all the important information on this durable tool storage unit. That’s 30 inches of storage space for up to 350 pounds of your tools in a durable glossy red unit with a locking drawer to keep parts and equipment safe and protected.
But there are still plenty of excellent features on this tool cart that the name doesn’t tell you about. Like the smooth-rolling, non-marring casters that allow you to maneuver the cart to wherever you need it to be. And two of those casters include locking brakes so it will stay there too! For the storage capacity, convenience and shocking versatility this unit provides, the $69.99 price tag is a steal. With the money you save, you’ll have plenty left over for some Non-Slip Toolbox Liner (Item #: 65565) to further protect tools during storage and transport.

Harbor Freight Tool Service Cart

This is the perfect cart for a small home garage or a busy shop that could benefit from movable tool storage when going from one job to the next. As you can see, our customers aren’t shy about sharing their love for this service cart!

“Use it to keep tools for whatever project I’m working on (truck, lawn mowers, snow blower, etc). Got really aggravating picking up tools all over driveway, never the right tool in arms reach! This cart has changed my life. It’s a good way to be lazy with everything all in one place. I have not had any problem with drawer glides or drawer sliding while rolling. No scratches, dents or missing parts. I have been truly blessed. If you feel the need to get organized get one of these now!” – by reddog from Garfield Heights, OH

“I bought this cart about 4 months ago to keep my most used tools at hand in the shop I work in. I have dropped brake rotors on it and thrown tools at it and the only thing that made a dent in it was the 12 pound sledgehammer I threw at it when I got aggravated with the truck I was working on. Overall it’s a good cart.” – by Redneck from Chicago, IL

“I bought this cart to use in my garage and I was very impressed. It is very well built. I used it today to carry tools out a friend’s car to install shocks. This cart is awesome, it rolled perfectly over cords in the driveway. Every mechanic should own one of these. I would recommend this to anyone who works on cars.” – by Michael Jones from Hampton, VA

This cart handles such a wide variety of tasks, it’s hard to pin it down for just one particular job. For auto work, a professional garage, or general use around the home, the 30” Large 350 Lb. Capacity Glossy Red Service Cart with Locking Drawer keeps your stuff accessible and protected. Notice I didn’t specify tools…

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