EarthQuake XT Cordless Impact Wrench Delivers the Power of Air …

EarthQuake XT air impact wrenches have been shaking up the industry for a while now. Videos like this one from Real Tools Reviews shows how EarthQuake XT stacks up against Snap-On on power, functionality and price. EarthQuake is clearly the better value!

Sometimes, more portability is needed and that’s when you’ll want to turn to a cordless impact wrench. The main concern when you go portable is power. But no need to worry about that because the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium 3/8 In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench delivers big— 370 ft. lbs. of bolt breakaway torque for lightning-fast removal and 0–2000 RPM. It’s powerful enough to use in the field with no need for an air supply!

This cordless impact wrench has a super rugged design featuring a metal nose piece and all-metal drivetrain for extreme durability.

Additional features included an ergonomic overmold grip to reduce fatigue, variable speed trigger, electronic brake for precise control (helps avoid overtightening) and a built-in LED light to illuminate your work area, like dark wheel wells.


The EarthquakeXT Lithium battery system provides extended run times. The long-life, high-capacity 4.0 Ah lithium-ion battery has a “fuel gauge” that lets you know when it’s time to swap out batteries. Also, the battery has no memory so it can be used with a partial charge.

 

When you want to go cordless, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store and check out the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium Three-eighths In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit complete with impact wrench, charger, battery and sturdy carrying case. If you need even more power, you can move up to the 20V Max Lithium 1/2 in. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit which delivers up to 1200 ft. lbs. of breakaway torque and 0-1700 RPM.

 

Get Your Firewood Ready!

Log splitters make winter prep quick and easy

In the middle of a hot summer, it may seem strange to discuss prepping for cold weather, but when it comes to firewood—it’s the perfect time! The reason is that wood needs time to season which means drying it out so the moisture content drops to a low level which enables the wood to burn better. Cut wood can have up to 50% moisture by weight. Well-seasoned wood should have between 15-20% moisture by weight to burn optimally.

To get your wood fuel supply ready, here are four tips:

Cut wood to the right length for your stove, fireplace or furnace. A good rule of thumb is three inches shorter than the firebox width or length depending on how you load your wood. Pieces longer than 16 inches are generally more awkward to handle.

Split it to the right size depending on where you’re burning it. When splitting, keep smaller pieces for kindling. Splitting can be a real chore—but with a log splitter, it can be real fun! Consider these models:

10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter
You can split logs up to 18 inches long and 6-1/2 inches in diameter (depending on wood density) with this Central Machinery log splitter. Manually work the jack handles to generate up to 10 tons of splitting force. The extra-long handles provide good leverage. The compact size is ideal for convenient storage.

 

5 ton Log Splitter
Split logs up to 10 inches in diameter with this Central Machinery electric log splitter featuring a powerful 1.8 horsepower motor. The unit also features 6-inch wheels for transport, easy grip handle and compact size for convenient storage.

 

20 ton Log Splitter
Put the power of a 212cc gas-powered 6.5 HP Predator engine behind your firewood prep! This heavy-duty unit tackles logs 23-1/2 inches long and 16 inches in diameter. It has 16-inch wheels for easy transport and is towable. Note: this unit is not for sale in California.

 

Pile in a single row exposed to the sun and wind to get the moisture content under 20%. The pile should be placed in an area where the sun can warm it and wind blow through it to faciliate drying. The wood should be raised off the ground to prevent rotting and mold. Also, do not stack the wood too high for safety and be sure to stabilize the stack with cross pieces and solid ends (e.g. a post driven into the ground – see pic).

 

Let the wood dry at least six months for proper seasoning. If you live in more humid areas or use dense wood like oak, you may have to give it more time. Come fall, move the wood to a dry sheltered area that’s fully protected from rain and snow. It’s ill-advised to store a large amount of wood in your house due to the potential of mold growth which can contaminate your indoor air. To determine moisture content, you can use a wood moisture gauge or go by as many of these indicators as possible:

  • Check for cracks in the end grain
  • Look for wood that darkens from white or cream color to grey or yellow as it dries
  • Bang two pieces together—dry pieces sound hollow while wet pieces sound solid and dull
  • Split a piece—if the exposed surface feels damp, it’s not seasoned enough
  • Burn some—dry wood ignites and burns easily while wet wood is hard to light and hisses in the fire

Don’t get caught in the cold! Preparing for winter can be a fun warm-weather project with a little help from log splitters available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

 

Source material:
woodheat.org
Log splitter review

The Hercules Power Drill and Drill Bit Set: Exceptional Performance for the Professional

Hercules Power Drill

Power Drills

Power drills are a great tool to have at your disposal. They can help save time and money, making your projects seem effortless and by providing the ease and convenience you need to tackle a variety of tasks. With all of the options on the market today, the decision can seem a bit overwhelming. But, when it comes to power drills, the Hercules Power Drill and Drill Bit Set can help you tackle nearly any job with efficiency.

The Hercules 20V Lithium Cordless 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver Kit (63381)

The Hercules Power Drill offers 550 in. lbs. of torque for top-level power and performance to help you speed through a variety of projects. A powerful 2-speed 4 pole motor delivers up to 2000 RPM for effortless drilling and fastening. The drill/driver also features a built-in LED light that illuminates dark work spaces and allows you to work longer into the evening. Combined with the Hercules® Lithium battery system for fast charging and longer run times, this tool provides exceptional performance.

Features:

  • 4-pole motor delivers maximum performance and durability in a compact size
  • 2-speed transmission covers a wide range of drilling and fastening applications
  • All metal gear construction for added durability
  • Bright LED light for illuminating dim work areas
  • Jacobs® 1/2 in. ratcheting chuck provides ultimate bit retention
  • Textured overmold for a secure and comfortable grip
  • For best performance, use Hercules® accessories

Hercules Titanium Drill Bit Set 21 PcHercules Titanium Drill Bit Set 21 Piece (63384)

For those of you who may already have a power drill and need drill bits, or simply need both, there is the Hercules Titanium Drill Bit Set.

This titanium drill bit set can last up to 4x longer than other drill bits and provides clean, straight holes every time with the StarterPoint™ 135° angle tips. Additionally, the variable helix flute design clears material faster for improved performance and the entire set comes packed in a rugged heavy duty case for quick and easy bit selection.

Features:

  • BlueBraid™ titanium coating improves performance, durability and stays sharper longer
  • StarterPoint™ 135° design limits walking for clean, fast holes
  • Variable helix flute geometry removes material faster
  • Tri-Flat™ shank prevents bit from slipping in chuck

The right power drill can help you accomplish a number of projects, at home or on the job. When you’re looking to buy a new power drill remember, the greater the torque the easier you can drill through dense material like hardwood and metal. You also want a drill to feel comfortable when using it for long periods, so consider how it may feel after you have been working with it for a few hours. Find the power tools you need available at great prices that will cut down your project time only at Harbor Freight.

 

Performance Under Pressure

Tackle the toughest cleaning jobs with a pressure washer!

A pressure washer is far more than a glorified hose. In fact, a pressure washer is a versatile tool that enables you to tackle numerous cleaning tasks quickly and easily. There are three key factors to consider when purchasing a pressure washer: pressure (PSI – pounds per square inch), waterflow (GPM – gallons per minute) and work (HP –  horsepower).

Pressure/PSI is especially important when considering applications. Light duty (1000-1900 PSI) is good for cleaning vehicles, boats, bricks, fences and decks. Medium duty (2000-2900 PSI) is ideal for cleaning your house, larger vehicles including airplanes and fleet trucks, pools, sidewalks, driveways, roofs, exhaust vents and garages. Heavy duty (3000-5000 PSI) is best for stripping paint, heavy grease stains, concrete restoration and clogged pipes.

Waterflow helps determine time of cleaning—the higher the GPM, the less time it will take for the dirt to be removed from the surface. The lower the GPM, the longer it will take for the same job.

Work facilitates the pressure and waterflow respectively. In general, the more horsepower an engine has, the better it can facilitate higher pressure and waterflow. More power translates into finishing the job quicker as well as a longer life expectancy of the unit.

Now that you’ve determined the types of jobs you’ll be performing, it’s time to go pressure washer shopping! Next stop—Harbor Freight Tools!

 

2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM, 4 HP (160cc) Pressure Washer EPA/CARB
This gas-powered pressure washer is designed for tough jobs with up to 2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM and 4 HP of cleaning power. Two heavy-duty pneumatic tires make transport and positioning easy while a long-reach (25 ft.) high pressure hose allows you to clean wide areas. Additional features include an EPA/CARB certified 160cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start for optimal performance, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips and chemical/detergent injector on the pump.

3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM, 6.5 HP (212cc) Pressure Washer CARB
When you want even more power, this pressure washer is the ticket! It generates up to 3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM and 6.5 HP. The pressure washer also features two heavy-duty pneumatic tires, 25-ft. pressure hose, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips, chemical/detergent injector on the pump—and CARB-certified 212cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start.

1750 PSI 1.3 Electric Pressure Washer
For lighter duty jobs like power-cleaning walls, yard equipment and vehicles, this electric pressure washer delivers up to 1750 PSI.  Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features 4-in. diameter wheels and a 20 ft. pressure hose. When the trigger is released, the flow stops automatically to prolong motor life.

Here a few tips when using a pressure washer:

Wear appropriate safety attire. That means safety googles and protective footwear like rubber boots—might as well make them waterproof. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are also advised for protecting your limbs from flying dirt and debris.

Protect plants and breakable objects. It’s easy for items to get damaged if accidentally hit with a high-pressure stream of water. Simply move or cover items to protect them.

Prep the pressure washer for use. Sounds basic but it will save you a lot of hassle! If it’s a gas-powered pressure washer, fill it with the appropriate engine oil and gasoline—do not fill it while it’s on! If it’s a plug-in washer, plug it in to a properly grounded outlet.

Connect the water supply hose (e.g. garden hose) to the inlet. Turn on the water supply before turning on the pressure washer to avoid damaging the pump.

Fill the reservoir with a detergent solution if you want extra cleaning power. Make sure the solution is compatible for use with a pressure washer.

Attach the proper spray tip to the nozzle. Certain tips may be required when using detergent. Be sure to read the user manual carefully.

Position the spray tip at least 2 feet from the surface. When starting to pressure wash, it’s better to start further back and gradually move closer. You may risk damaging the surface if you hold the tip closer than 12 inches.

Move the spray in a side-to-side motion. Don’t spray too long in any one spot.

Apply detergent starting low and moving upwards. Allow the detergent to soak for at least three minutes before rinsing. Don’t let it dry—rinse the surface by spraying water from the top down.

Flush the system if using detergent. When the job is completed, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for flushing the system.

 

Once you start using a pressure, you’ll truly wonder how you ever got along without one. To view the pressure washers featured above, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

Source material:
ultimate washer
wikiHow

 

 

Creekstone Submersible Fountain Pumps

Pure pumping power—nothing watered down here!

Whether it’s a small garden fountain, large pond or anything in between—you want a pump that’s efficient, reliable and powerful. Look no further than the Creekstone line of submersible pumps!

158 GPH Submersible Fountain Pump
Bring your fountain or water feature to life with this submersible pump generating up to 158 gallons per hour. Features include an inline flow control valve, easy-to-remove inlet screen for quick cleaning and a removable stand with suction cup feet for positioning.

Straight out of the box this pump is easy to use and works effortlessly. I use it with a 3ft fountain on my porch. – Scott, Wayland, LA

 

200 GPH Submersible Fountain Pump with Auto Shutoff
When you need a bit more muscle, this submersible pump generates up to 200 gallons per hour. In addition to an automatic low-water shutoff sensor to prevent motor burn-out, this pump also features an easy-access filter, inline flow control valve and two adapters—sprinkler and waterfall heads. This pump is not available in California.

Used this pump for a decorative fountain that pumps about 4 feet in vertical height. Perfect flow rate …  Swamped, SW Florida

 

264 GPH Submersible Pond Pump
This high-quality pump generates up to 264 gallons per hour and will add life and beauty to your pond. With the two included adapters, you can shoot a fountain of water skyward or create the look of a natural spring. Other features of this submersible pump include an inline flow control valve, removable filter for easy cleaning and removable stand with suction cup feet for placement.

The pumps perform as well if not better than originals, and it beats paying the ridiculous pricing that the big box stores want for essentially the same pump. – Tennessee, Cleveland, TN

 

620 GPH Submersible Pond Pump
For larger ponds or water features, this submersible pump generates up to 620 gallons per hour. The pump features an inline control valve, removable filter for cleaning, removable stand with suction cup feet and two adapters so you can shoot a fountain of water upward or create the look of a natural spring.

Bought to replace pump in small pond with fountain and waterfall. Old pump was 500 GPH and the filter on it was never right. Paid $99 for it. The new one from Harbor Freight is 620 GPH and works perfectly at almost one third the cost. – BEACH, Spotsylvania, VA

 

2500 GPH Submersible Waterfall Pump
Designed for continuous use, this high capacity pump generating up to 2500 gallons of water per hour supports a waterfall weir up 1-1/2 feet wide and five feet high. The energy efficient motor uses less power compared to standard water garden pumps. It provides 19 feet of total head lift and has an easy-to-remove filter for cleaning. There is no oil inside so it’s safe to use in ponds with fish.

I bought this as a replacement pump for my outdoor koi pond … This pump puts out the volume I need and is adaptable to various hose sizes. It appears easy to open to clean, no screws to remove. Good price, no complaints. – Jay, Springfield, MO

 

4500 GPH Submersible Waterfall Pump
This high-flow pump generates up to 4500 gallons per hour and supports a waterfall weir up to three feet wide and five feet high. The pump is designed for continuous use and features 23 feet total head lift. Additional features include an easy-to-remove filter for cleaning and no oil inside so it’s safe to use in ponds with fish.

Used this to replace a pump for a 2500 gallon Koi Pond. Didn’t want to spend the $350 to replace the original. This pump actually increased the waterfall pressure … CK, Ohio

 

In addition to the Creekstone line of submersible fountain pumps, Harbor Freight also carries sump pumps, sewage pumps, fuel transfer pumps, well pumps, compressor pumps and more! Check out all pumps and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

Source material:
boredart.com
cozyhomeplans

Harbor Freight Tool’s Top 5 Items to Help You Stay Cooler and More Comfortable This Fourth of July

Fourth of JulyIf you are like most people this Fourth of July you will probably be outdoors enjoying barbecues, fireworks, friends, and family. But, depending on where you live, the summer can be a time when it is extremely hot and unpleasant.

A majority of people try to stay indoors and out of the sun in order to avoid the heat. However, for those brave souls who work outside or enjoy being outdoors despite the temperature, Harbor Freight Tools has your back and wants to make your outdoor experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Take a look at our top five products that will help make your Fourth of July weekend cooler and more comfortable:

  1. 13 in. x 31-1/4 in. Cooling Towel (Item 62635)

This reusable PVA cooling towel is ideal for many outdoor activities, including construction work, sporting events, and many others. Absorbent and durable, this towel Cooling Towelcools you down when things heat up. Just dip the cooling towel in room temperature water and wring it out to stay cool for hours. For those incredibly hot days simply recharge the cooling towel with ice-cold water and drape it around your neck to help fight fatigue and decrease heat stress. Remember: This cooling towel is super absorbent and has multiple uses, which not only makes it great for cooling you off while you’re working outside or exercising, but it can also be used for drying and cleaning. So if someone spills a drink or makes a mess during your Fourth of July party simply grab your cooling towel and clean it up with ease.

  1. Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair (Item 62314)

Once you’re cooled off with your new super absorbent cooling towel, take a seat and relax with our foldable aluminum Foldable Aluminum Sportssports chair, perfect for almost any type of outdoor gathering. Lightweight and foldable, this sports chair has three sidepockets, a bottle holder, and a folding side table all conveniently located by the armrest making it the perfect chair for any outdoor event. Whether you’re spending the day at your kid’s soccer tournament or just relaxing at the beach, quickly store your water, cell phone, sunscreen or sunglasses for quick and easy access and storage.

  1. Propane Level Gauge (Item 66940)

If you are like most people, you hate going to the grill, hitting ignite and finding out your tank is out of propane. When you’re grilling up those hot dogs and hamburgers this Propane Level GaugeFourth of July make sure you have enough propane to last you the whole day with this propane level gauge, which clearly displays the level of your propane tank allowing you to easily see when it’s time for a refill. This propane level gauge works on grills with outputs of up to 80,000 BTU’s per hour. The propane level gauge allows for convenient viewing of the propane level and will also fit patio heaters and other appliances with type-1 connections. Never run out of propane again and stop guessing when your tank will be empty with the convenient and easy-to-use propane level gauge.

  1. Barbecue Brush (Item 38790)

Once you’re finished barbecuing, make sure to leave your barbecue nice and clean for the next use with this brass bristle barbecue brush. Barbacue BrushThis durable brush won’t scratch coated grates and is strong enough to prevent splintering, even under heavy use. Have stubborn, dried up food stuck on the grill? Not to worry, the barbecue brush also has a steel scraper, which allows you to easily remove those burnt, charred pieces of meat that can sometimes be difficult to scrape away. Whatever type of mess remains on your barbecue, this brush with brass bristles and scraper can quickly and easily remove any mess leaving your barbecue nice and clean for the next use.

  1. Electronic Fly Swatter (Item 61351)

No Fourth of July barbecue is complete without something to keep those pesky flies away from your mouthwatering meal. Keep your Fourth of July barbecue free of flies with the electric fly swatter that kills flies quickly and effortlessly. When one lands next to you, simply place the electronic fly swatter over the insect, touch the button, and it kills them instantly, even if you don’t touch the entire insect. You no longer need to take off your shoe or roll up a newspaper.

For more information about the products featured here simply visit the Harbor Freight Tools website or your local store to take advantage of our great product selection. Happy Fourth of July!