A Hex-ceptional Hex Key Set!

Fasteners come in different shapes and sizes and you never know what style of hex key you’ll need to get a project completed. Luckily, you can solve all of your hex key woes with one quick purchase from Harbor Freight Tools. The 3 Piece SAE/Metrix/Torx Folding Hex Key Set (Item #: 94905) contains three hex key wrench sets for the low price of just $6.49. That means you can now handle SAE, metric, and star fasteners in a variety of sizes with ease.

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Not only are these hex keys conveniently color coded for easy identification, they’re also comfortable to use thanks to rubberized handles. Plus, with a rust-resistant black oxide finish, they’re built to last so you can rely on these hex key wrenches for many projects to come. Whether it’s building furniture or handling certain automotive repairs, this hex key set is a fantastic addition to any handyman’s toolbox. Don’t be caught without the correct hex key!

“Used these a few times for your everyday job. Then I was replacing a tire rod and had to use this for some funky set up. I cranked this hard. I though the plastic would break for sure. Nothing to lose since there’s a lifetime guarantee, but it held up and still works fine.” – by Greg P from Boston, MA

“Another quality product from our friends at HF. Yes they are a little bulky, but the comfort of the grip is totally worth the tiny bit of extra space taken up in your tool box.” – by Dokey Man from Boulder Creek, CA

Compact and reliable, these hex key wrenches fit in your pocket just as easily as your tool box or tool belt. And they’ll likely fit just about any hex key fastener you come across. So get over to your local Harbor Freight and pick this set up today!

Four Power Tools That Bring the Love to DIY

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Considering man’s entire history on the planet, the technology of tools has certainly exploded in just the last 100 years. This is largely due to the introduction of electricity. Although many a “long-in-the-tooth” garage warrior will tell you there are still plenty of projects around better served by a hand tool, we know there are far more jobs out there where a power tool would send the hand tool packing. Besides, nothing quite makes you feel like a virile master of the universe like a live, heavy-duty power tool in your hand.

While there are many awesome and formidable-looking power tools you could put in your shop, I’m here to tell you about four that you’ll definitely want to get before the others.

Cordless Drill

18V Cordless Drill

18v Cordless Drill

Why You Want To Have It

Before you look at any other power tool, this is the one to get– the must-have for your arsenal. Most of you are probably too young to know what it’s like to hand-bore holes with a manual drill, but let me tell you, it’s nothing to get nostalgic over. Forget the blisters, the muscle fatigue, the sheer boredom– and that’s on the first hole. With a good, ample cordless power drill you’ll be able to take on a multitude of tasks in an afternoon: drill holes into sheet rock, drive screws into a 2×4, “earthquake-proof” furniture, install towel bars, and sawing circular holes in the back of your entertainment center. You get the point: If you don’t have a cordless drill in your possession, you may as well be launched on an ice floe and die.

What to Buy

When choosing a cordless drill, you want one with lots of power, which is measured by the amount of voltage in its battery. An 18v is a good size for home use, and make sure it’s got variable speeds for different jobs, and is reversible. The reversible feature will come in handy if you need to take some screws out when you realize the outhouse door needs to swing out, not in. Most competitors sell 18v models for about $100-$200. You can purchase a sturdy 18v cordless drill at Harbor Freight for $25-$55.

 Reciprocating Saw

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7.5 Amp Reciprocating Saw

Why You Want To Have It

From the first time he knocked down his toy blocks with vicious glee, man’s life mission is to destroy stuff. This is why the reciprocating saw is so wonderful. Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen, demolishing a carport, or doing a tricky plumbing or electrical job, few tools offer the sheer destructive force and ruthless precision of a reciprocating saw. The reciprocating saw cuts through metal, wood, drywall, cable, PVC and most other materials like they were room-temperature butter.

What To Buy

Yes, there are cordless reciprocating saws, but I don’t recommend them. Nothing can set your day into a tailspin like running out of battery power in the middle of a good demolition. The corded ones will finish the job, and, depending on what you’re doing, they’ll have plenty of power to do it quickly and efficiently. Whether or not you want to get one with a rotating handle will also depend on what you plan to be doing with it, but in most situations it isn’t necessary. At Harbor Freight, you can get a decent model for $30-$60 dollars (I tend to lean on the credo “you can never have too much power,” but again, it depends on what you’re doing with it). Also make sure you have a good assortment of blades on hand. Happy busting!

 Oscillating Multifunction Tool

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Why You Want To Have It

The oscillating multifunction power tool is the basic weapon of choice for all the small-to-midsize cutting, scraping, sanding and sawing projects on your to-do list. For all the things they do, these babies are easy on the wallet and pack the juice you need to put some real muscle into the tough jobs. The multi-tool easily cuts through cable, air ducts, downspouts, plasterboard and pipes… sands down cement, concrete, stone, plaster, tile adhesive, paint and wood . . . it can even saw through wood up to 2″ thick! It’s definitely a “go-to” tool for remodeling and repair jobs, as well as hobbies, tile, car repairs, even scraping freshly painted windows or old floor coverings. Get one of these in your hands and you’ll wonder how you ever managed this far in life without it.

What To Buy

Here’s another case of cordless vs. corded, and again, I say get the corded. Don’t get me wrong, there are some quality cordless multi-tools out there, too, but I keep thinking of that scenario when the power drains down just when you were making some headway. Still, there will be those rare occasions when you need a corded one, so get both– they’re cheap enough– just make sure you have the corded one first. Also take the time to peruse the myriad of attachments made for this wonder tool. You can walk out of Harbor Freight with an oscillating multifunction tool for $20-$40.

 Circular Saw

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Why You Want To Have It

If you genuinely enjoy the long, steady, back-aching activity of cutting wood with a handsaw, please disregard this section (hey, some people like yodeling). But if your projects often take you to the task of cutting stacks of 2x’s and sheet lumber, then you’d be a fool not to have a circular saw in the garage– and I pity the fool that don’t have this tool. A circular saw can do the job of a handsaw in 1/10th the time, and frees you from the blisters and sore muscles that often accompany the hand tool alternative. Just make sure that when you get one you educate yourself on all its. safety practices. It’s also a whizz at cutting skin and bone.

What To Buy

One last time, get a corded model. There are two basic types of circular saws: the smaller traditional type and the more heavy-duty “worm drive” saws. The worm drive saw cuts through wood like butter, but they’re also heavier and more unwieldy with one hand.If you’re a weekend warrior with garden-variety cutting jobs, the smaller one will be fine. If, however, you’re a professional, the worm drive will more likely be your brand of bourbon. At Harbor Freight, circular saws range from $33-$90.

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Cut Your Projects Down to Size

With the 10”, 13 Amp Industrial Table Saw (Item #: 68827) in your garage, you can kick any work station up a notch! This bench table saw allows you to cut with accuracy and precision. Yes, I know those words both mean the same thing but both are required to describe the greatness of this table saw. It’s practically like having a professional woodworking shop right in your own home! Because with this versatile saw, you’ll have all the features you need to get your project done right.

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Whatever you’re working on, it’s kept stable and steady by a heavy duty, extra-wide aluminum table top so your cuts are smooth and precise. With the included adjustable rip fence, inch/metric scale, and adjustable miter gauge, you’ll be able to achieve the exact cut and look you want for nearly any woodworking project. Plus, the Industrial Table Saw is designed with safety in mind as well. The transparent blade guard, a rocker safety switch with safety pull, and overload protection all provide a little extra peace of mind so you can work without distractions.

“So far so good! Bought it Monday 12-01-14. So far, I have cut 6″ off of 680 hard wood floorboards and 3″ off each end to make the 100 year old floorboards useable again. I have no problems with this saw at all. I think I am going to like it. Next I have to rip 400 hard wood floorboards to go with the ones I have already cut to length. I have over three thousand boards to put into this 118 year-old house to try and restore her. For a 70 year old man, I have my work cut out for me and this table saw.” – by Animal Jim from Denison, TX

“I love this saw. I replaced this saw because my old table saw was on it’s lest leg and fell apart. For the money it got me out of a jam. The more I use it the more I like it. I love the safety guards as well. If you buy this saw don’t be a fool and not use the safety guards. It is a very safe tool. I recommend this tool all day long. Great value.” – by Wolfie from Portmouth, RI

“I started a small woodworking business out of my garage. I used to only use a circular saw to rip boards in half and my cuts were never straight. Then I picked up this table saw and it works AMAZING! Very easy to put together and mount on a table. It was on sale for only $99, you just can’t beat that! I couldn’t be happier with this saw and how easy it was to get a replacement when it had a faulty switch. I have purchased a whole garage full of tools now from HF and I am very happy with how they all work.” – by Crocker Twin Creations from Lewisville, TX

Whether your project is big or small, this handy 10”, 13 Amp Industrial Table Saw makes it easier. Powerful, safe and reliable, the table saw is also designed with a 3” rear dust chute to cut down on mess too. No matter what your cutting needs are, this saw is a must-have addition to your shop or garage! Get to your local Harbor Freight store and pick one up today for just $129.99.

JACKS OF ALL TRADES

Not all jacks are created equal… and that’s the way it should be because different jacks are designed for different applications. Visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores or visit harborfreight.com to check out their entire selection of jacks and jack accessories—in fact, get the spouse and kids involved and make it a family jacktivity! Here is a sampling of Harbor Freight’s jacks:

 

3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®

3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®
item #: 61282

Designed with dual piston Rapid Pump® technology, this heavy-duty 3-ton floor jack lifts vehicles almost two feet off the ground in just 3-1/2 pumps! Plus, its low profile reaches under most show cars. This is a great industrial quality jack for professional mechanics and hardcore automotive enthusiasts.

 

3 Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with RapidPump®

3 Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with RapidPump®
item #: 61386

The pitcrew style and lightweight design of this aluminum racing is a favorite among auto enthusiasts! The Rapid Pump® high performance aluminum racing jack has a dual parallel pump system that lifts most workloads in just 3 pumps! Constructed of a high-strength aluminum billet, this racing jack has a universal joint release mechanism for controlled descents of your load from any handle position—just  a 1/2 turn release for lightning-fast pit stops!

800 lb. Low Lift Transmission Jack

800 lb. Low Lift Transmission Jack
item #: 60234

This heavy duty low-lift transmission jack is designed for transmission work while the vehicle is on jack stands. This jack features an adjustable tilt saddle with thrust bearings for smooth operation. It also includes heavy-duty 2″ swivel casters, extra wide base for stability and a 48″ safety chain.

2.25 Ton Scissor Jack

2.25 Ton Scissor Jack
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This trailer jack is great for stabilizing and leveling RVs and travel trailers when parked at the campsite! Constructed of heavy duty steel, this jack lifts up to 4,000 lbs. The trailer jack also bolts to your vehicle’s frame or can be welded to your RV for permanent attachment. Utilizing a smooth operating crank handle, the lift ranges from 4-5/8″ to 23-1/2″.

 

20 ton Air Hydraulic Bottle Jack

20 ton Air Hydraulic Bottle Jack
item #: 95553

This tough jack lifts up to 40,000 lbs. with little effort and features a 48″ long air hose providing the option to power this hydraulic jack with air. Featuring a rugged cast iron base, precision machined steel ram, safety spring ram retention and a twist top for additional height, this outstanding hydraulic jack is ideal for a variety of agricultural, automotive, industrial and construction applications.

 

42 in. Off-Road Farm Jack

42 in. Off-Road Farm Jack
item #: 6530

This jack is like having an extra farm hand—a hand that can lift up to 7,000 lbs.! The multifunction jack is designed for lifting tractors, heavy trucks, pulling posts and poles and even serves as an all-purpose hoist or winch. You can also use this versatile farm jack as a come-along to stretch fence, recover a vehicle or uproot saplings. Now sing along with me… “Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, and on this farm he had the 42 in. Off-Road Farm Jack, E-I-E-I-O…”

 

1500 lb. Capacity Dual Wheel Swing-Back Boat Trailer Jack

1500 lb. Capacity Dual Wheel Swing-Back Boat Trailer Jack
item #: 67500

This convenient boat trailer jack is easy to turn and has greater stability thanks to its dual wheels which swivel 360 degrees with loads up to 1,500 lbs. The jack mounts permanently to the trailer tongue and folds away when traveling.

We’re barely touching the surface here. Harbor Freight offers over 90 different kinds of jacks alone, not to mention all the jackcessories you’ll need to pump, lift and support your way through virtually any application.

Keep Warm With the Dual Temperature Heat Gun!

I’m not sure how much scientific validity the Groundhog Day custom has but, if Punxsutawney Phil does see his shadow today, you may be staying indoors for a few more weeks. And there’s no better way to keep yourself occupied AND warm than with the 1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun (Item #: 96289) from Harbor Freight Tools! If it’s going to be cold for a few more weeks, then you might as well take up a hobby that will also keep your hands toasty, right?

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Of course, there is much more you can do with this heat gun than just quick-drying glue. There are lots of practical uses, especially for during the colder months of the year. Pipes that have frozen over, or are in danger of doing so, can be easily thawed with the heat gun, saving you time, money and hassle down the road. Also, peeling paint or removing decals is a breeze. But no matter what you use this Dual Temperature Heat Gun for, it’s sure to be a hot item in your tool kit. And for just $14.99, it’s a steal on any budget!

”Got this on sale last month for the lowest price I’ve ever seen it offered for. Figured I had nothing to lose. It heats up quickly, it’s comfortable to use, it’s very quiet, and it’s CHEAP. I may buy another to have a backup because even if this were to burn out after a few months of use it would STILL be an excellent value.” – by TerribleRedMonster from NWPA (Northwest Pennsylvania?)

“I needed to repair my son’s Galaxy Tab 3 screen, had to have heat to complete the job. I watched videos on changing tablet/cellular glass, but with this heat gun I was able to lift the glass off in half the time it took on the how to video. Now I’m going around cleaning house with it! Stickers, tape, or anything unsightly or annoying stuck to my home furnishings, works like a charm.” – by Big Al from Hudson, FL

“I have used this gun multiple times over the last year both for short term applications like heating shrink tubing and longer applications requiring applying heat for several minutes such as bending 2″ PVC pipe It has worked flawlessly for all. Can’t be beat for the price.” – by Ragermack from Oregon

With the two temperature settings on this awesome heating tool, you’ll be able to handle a variety of jobs while, of course, staying warm until winter is over. And then when it starts warming up outside, you can do some warming up outside with your new heat gun! Great for indoor and outdoor use, this heat gun is another terrific item from Harbor Freight that is tops in both price and quality. Get to your local store and pick one up today!