THE “INSIDE” STORY ON HARBOR FREIGHT’S INSIDE TRACK CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Inside Track Club Logo

There are a lot of loyalty/rewards programs out there. Many are free—but I’ve often found with those programs, you get what you pay for. In other words, there’s nothing special about being a member. On the other hand, some programs can be quite pricey—there’s a natural foods market that charges $99 per year to get 10% off on future purchases. You have to spend over $1000 before any savings actually kick in.

So, with all the ridiculously low prices already offered at Harbor Freight, is the Inside Track Club membership really worth it? Let’s take a critical look.

Harbor Freight’s preferred customers (those who sign up to receive regular offers, emails, etc.) receive a monthly savings book with 50 Super Coupons. Inside Track Club members receive a monthly savings book with 160 Super Coupons. Additionally, Inside Track Club members receive exclusive offers on 12 items weekly—that’s another 50 items per month at a special discount! When you add up the potential savings, Inside Track Club members receive on average over $3500 per month extra in potential savings compared to preferred customers. What that means is you could save literally save several hundred dollars on your first purchase alone as an Inside Track Club member, covering the cost of your membership several times over.

Membership only costs $29.99 per year or $44.99 for two years. In and of itself, very reasonable. But here’s the kicker, when you sign up for either membership, you receive a $10 Harbor Freight Gift Card that you can use right away! You literally save $10 off the bat just for signing up!

Still not convinced? Hmmm. Okay, then. This one benefit alone should be more than enough—early access to Parking Lot Sale pricing before the general public! First choice, best price… what’s not to love!

Here are actual customer reviews about the Inside Track Club membership program:

“The Inside Track Club membership is the way to go if you want to save money. This membership has saved me hundreds on tools. Whether it be tools for working on my old F-350, or just getting something done around the house, this membership is totally worth buying if you really want to save money…”  – Joey, Vestal, NY
“… a better mix of many kinds of tools and merchandise, Inside Track has paid for itself many times over, would recommend to anyone and everyone!!!!” – cameraz1, Bremerton, WA
“Inside Track Club has paid for itself over and over, especially if you consider that we got a $10 gift card w/renewal. We have had the membership now for a year and didn’t hesitate to renew. We operate a small family business and the savings are very helpful especially when you need to pinch pennies…” – Annon., TX

Take advantage of thousands per month in savings, additional exclusive discounts, free gift card and Parking Lot Sale early access—sign up for Inside Track Club today. The only person who will lose by being an Inside Track Club member is the one who never shops at Harbor Freight!

DIY Book Jewelry Box

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As Mother’s Day is only a week away, if you haven’t thought about what to get Mom, now is probably a good time. As we all know, moms love to get homemade stuff for presents– and if it has some sentimental slant to it, so much the better. Here’s a great idea that takes very little time and money, and one that your mom is sure to love: A Homemade Jewelry Box Made Out of an Old Book!

So, the first thing to do is choose the old book. If you really want to get Mom excited, make it one that has significance for her. For example, if you have a lot of wonderful family memories about Oyster Bay, NY, find an old book on Oyster Bay. Or, if she loved the Anne of Green Gables or a Jane Austen book, go to the used bookstore and find an old print copy of one of those. You could also pick out a book on a particular hobby she likes, or a movie star who she’s always had an iconic appeal for. You get the idea.

Next, get the following supplies:

  • Small hobby knife set
  • Mod Podge
  • Small paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Decor of your choice – silk flowers, buttons, ribbon. Here are a couple of examples:
    • If the book is Julia Childs’ “The Joy of Cooking,” you could get tiny kitchen utensils.
    • If the book is “Secret Garden,” you could find little little rake, clippers, etc. A Michael’s, or similar craft store, would carry stuff like that.
    • Amazon also has good ideas.

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Steps: 
1. Open the book and draw a rectangle on the top page, leaving a 1/2-1″ border all the way around the book.
2. Next, using your sharp hobby knife, cut the rectangle using the lines already drawn. Don’t force it too hard. You will be doing this several times, depending on the thickness of the book. Also, don’t cut down to the very bottom; leave 1/4-1/2″ of pages to serve as a cushioned bottom.
3. It’s OK that the cut pages don’t line up exactly.  A little bit of roughness can really add to the vintage look.
4. Once you’ve cut as deeply as you want to go , leave the book cover up and start Mod Podging every few pages together as well as the outside of the page,s and all inside the new” box.”
5. Then using your Hot Glue Gun, you can decorate the “lid” with little kitchen tools or gardening tools, silk flowers or ribbon, bedazzle, etc.
6. Once the Mod Podge is dry, you might want to go to the thrift store and find a couple of beautiful old jewelry pieces to put in the box for added decoration!

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Harbor Freight Tools carries all sorts of great crafting tools and aids to help make your special products awesome! We also have wood burners, rotary tools, rock tumblers, airbrush kits, chisel sets, hot knives, and more!

You can find this and other fun, creative ideas on the blog, Eat. Sleep Decorate.

The Fantastic Pneumatic Roller Seat

Your garage is where you do some of your best work, so why not be comfortable doing it? With the Pneumatic Roller Seat (Item #: 61160) from Harbor Freight, you can make any job a little easier, no matter what it is.  This cushioned roller seat not only provides added comfort while working, but also maneuverability around your work area on smooth-rolling, non-marring casters. Plus, for added convenience, the seat features an easy-to-reach storage tray for holding small parts and accessories until you need them.

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For a combination of functionality and practicality, the Pneumatic Roller Seat can’t be beat. The height is easily adjustable from 15” to 20” for optimal comfort and the seat swivels a full 360° so you’re never in an awkward position. In fact, with this terrific cushioned roller seat, the only awkward position you may find yourself in is when your neighbor asks to borrow it! Luckily, with the low Harbor Freight price, your neighbor can pick one up for himself.

“I use this every day in my shop. Saves a lot of stress and strain on my knees getting up and down.” – by Mick from Memphis, TN

“I use it to work on my motorcycles. The rollers are smooth and the tool tray is a great convenience. The seat is comfortable enough for me, without being obtrusive. Being able to raise and lower the seat is also welcome when working at machines of different heights. Assembly was a snap. Can’t go wrong for the price. I have only it for a week so I can’t comment on its durability.” – by BusaMan from Sacramento, CA

“I love this seat. Assembled in 1 minute tops, and works like a dream. No more dirty pants and upset wife when I come into the house! And the tool tray means I always know where my tools are and can get them with ease. I would recommend also purchasing the magnetic parts tray to go along with the seat, as it is very helpful to have a place for all those little parts too. This is a perfect addition to any garage and I recommend it to everyone. Thank you Harbor Freight for making these so affordable and with quality too. I am not disappointed!” – by JD’s Garage from Charlottesville, PA

Whether you’re a DIY car enthusiast or a professional mechanic, the Pneumatic Roller Seat is a perfect addition to the shop that will make every day in your shop a little easier and a lot more convenient. Of course, you don’t have to work on cars to take advantage of this comfortable roller seat. It’s also great for a seat while building models or simply relaxing after a hard day’s work. Get to your local Harbor Freight store and pick one up today!

LEARN HOW TO TIE DOWN CARGO USING A SIMPLE KNOT

Three-eighths In. x 100 ft. Diamond Braid Rope

This past weekend, I borrowed a friend’s pickup truck to move some furniture, including a mattress. Before loading up the truck, I had a sudden flashback to the past thirty years of driving, recalling countless delays on the freeway because some coocoolabanza didn’t know how to tie down a load properly and the spilled cargo was left on the road to become a traffic hazard. Then I thought how many times had I lost an item or twelve because I was the coocoolabanza who didn’t know how to tie down the cargo properly! Now was the time to end coocoolabanzaitis once and for all. I did a bit of research and came across this great video showing how to tie down cargo using a simple knot. It comes from Jeff Roberts at dirtyshirt.info. Click on the video to check it out!

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Of course, the best knot in the world has a fat chance of working without rope—and that’s where Harbor Freight comes in—check out their large selection of rope! And be sure to select rope that has an adequate working load depending on your cargo.

Harbor Freight also carries ratcheting tie downs for securing loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers. For all your moving and hauling needs, be sure to visit one of Harbor Freight’s 550 stores nationwide!

Five Must-Have Cosplay Emergency Repair Kit Items from Harbor Freight Tools

Intricate Cosplay Costume

You’ve put countless hours into your cosplay costume and it looks great! You arrive at the event only to find that a tentacle has come loose or your armor is becoming unhinged… It’s a cosplayer’s nightmare but all is not lost if you’re prepared. Here are five must-have items for your cosplay emergency repair kit from Harbor Freight Tools.

 

Industrial Strength Super Glue

  1. Super Glue

Super glue is the go-to for bonding foam, plastic, metal and more. Harbor Freight’s Industrial Strength Super Glue (item #: 68347) bonds materials in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run. When your costume is literally falling apart, fix it quick with super glue!

 

Multipurpose Scissors

  1. Scissors

Getting rid of loose threads or taking care of some last-minute wig trims? A good pair of scissors will do the trick! Harbor Freight’s Multipurpose Scissors (item #: 47877) feature durable PVC handles, heat-treated stainless steel blades and serrated edges to help accurately cut through a variety of materials.

 

160 Piece Sewing Kit

  1. Sewing Kit

A good sewing kit is mandatory when putting together an emergency cosplay repair kit! It’s so easy for your costume to get snagged on a car door… or another cosplayer for that matter! Harbor Freight’s 160 Piece Sewing Repair Kit (item #: 95777) has everything you need to make short work of fabric repairs. The kit comes with standard sewing supplies, including needles, pins, buttons, snaps and a plethora of different colored threads. Though it comes in a beautiful solid wood box, the kit also includes a high impact storage box so you can just consolidate the specific items that you may need to fix your particular costume.

 

Quick Stitch Sewing Awl

  1. Sewing Awl

Here’s an item that you won’t see on other recommended cosplay repair kit lists but one you should definitely consider—the Quick Stitch Sewing Awl (item #: 91812). This sewing awl is ideal for repairing leather and canvas items. It comes with four durable needles and 180 yards of heavy duty polyester thread. Please do not attempt to repair items while wearing them! Repairing leather or canvas is one thing. Repairing human flesh? Quite another…

 

8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk

  1. Zip Ties

Fix a costume or prop in mere seconds with zip ties. Harbor Freight offers a variety of zip/cable ties but you can always start with the tried and true 8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk. Each tie has a 58 lb. working load with a maximum loop diameter of 2 inches. They’re made from durable UL66 DuPont nylon material and for you regulation sticklers, they meet UL flammability 94 v.2 standards—thank goodness for that!

Now that you have your five items, you’re going to want something to put them in. Try the compact and lightweight 12″ Polypropylene Toolbox (item #: 96602) from Harbor Freight. It has easy-access top compartments with transparent lids and a durable lift-out tote tray. The toolbox is made from rugged polypropylene that won’t dent or rust and also features a heavy-duty lockable latch.

12 In Polypropylene Toolbox

 

That’s just five items (technically six with the toolbox) to get your started. Check out a Harbor Freight store near you or the website and let us know what items you’d include in your cosplay emergency repair kit!

Remember that Harbor Freight Tools carries a wide variety of materials not only for cosplay repair but for putting together your costumes in the first place! In case you missed them, check out TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS and ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS.

Happy cosplaying!

Upgrade Your Lawn Mower with the 5.5 HP Predator Engine!

If your mower is on its last legs, you don’t have to throw the whole thing away! You can take your lawn mower to the next level with a 5.5 HP (173cc) OHV Vertical Shaft Gas Engine (Item #: 69731) and even save some money in the process. With this high-powered replacement engine installed, your mower will cut like new so you can handle your yard work with ease.

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This Predator engine model is designed specifically for lawn mowers with upgraded engineering and gas-saving overhead valves that provide cool, clean performance in even the dirtiest of lawns. No more endless non-starting, or smoky emissions while mowing! And best of all, it’s easy to mount to your mower in a snap so you can get to work right away. Durable, easy to use, and reliable, the 5.5 HP Predator engine is the cost-effective solution to your lawn mower woes. Just ask a few satisfied customers:

“I cut grass and mixed a few leaves with no problem. This motor has the power to get the job done. Only take a couple of pulls to start and it kicked butt. Not heavy either; therefore, you can pick it up easily if necessary. The throttle system actually works too unlike some motors I’ve purchased in the past. Ability to use ethanol 10% is a plus as well.” – by Mason from Baton Rouge, LA

“My original mower had multiple issues after several years of use. A choice between a new mower or an engine was easy to make, especially with a 20% off discount. Filled with oil and gas and the engine started on the third pull. Runs smoothly and I did not notice any motor stutter as I plowed through some deep grass that would have been a struggle with the old motor.” – by LRoy the Tool Collector from Torrance

“This well-designed, well-built engine was a direct replacement to the Tecumseh on my Yard Machine mower. (5 minute INSTALL)! The cables took less than a minute to connect, Snap! This upgrade saved me $200.00 towards a new mower that I instead applied to hobby money…” – by Bladerunner from Washington

The 5.5 HP Predator Engine is just one of many that Harbor Freight carries in a variety of displacements for a wide range of uses. Take a look to see which one serves your needs best and get down to your local HFT store to pick it up today!

THE WINCH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH

2500 lb. ATV Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control

Before Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania became an official city in 1816, it was actually a roving township residing on a four-wheel quad ATV. It had three residents who lived on the vehicle itself. They were a proud people and had endured much hardship, including the War of 1812 and severe chaffing.

At the time, the Pittsburgh township ATV was in Harrisburg visiting friends. That’s when a telegram arrived from President James Madison. “Dear Pittsburgh. Please form your own permanent city. I’ve picked out some land for you at the intersection of the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers in Pennsylvania. Park your ATV, build homes, shops, steel factories, etc. Multiply once you get settled. Thanks. Sincerely, PJM.”

The citizens of Pittsburgh were thrilled and exchanged hugs, which didn’t take long. They headed straight away toward their new destination. But the journey was not an easy one as it meant crossing the Allegheny Mountains. Known for its densely wooded areas, mountain lions and violent extraterrestrials, Pittsburgh survived many near-death experiences on the way to their new promise land.

Battered and frayed after the arduous journey, Pittsburgh was almost home free until a quarter-mile away from their destination, they drove headfirst into a deep mud bank and got stuck. The citizenry went into an uproar, which didn’t last long. “After all that we’ve been through!” proclaimed one of the citizens, which later became the inspiration for the song of the same name by the band Chicago. Fortunately, there was a Harbor Freight Tools store close by. One of the citizens disembarked, drudged through the mud and hiked to the tool store known for its ridiculously low prices.

On special was the 2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control (item #: 61840). The Pittsburgh citizen was impressed by the many features, including a single-stage planetary gear system for fast line speed, permanent magnet motor which draws less current, freespooling for fast line-out, automatic load-holding brake for maximum safety, aircraft grade wire rope and a wireless remote control which works up to 20 ft. away. Double-checking the township treasury (his wallet), he had more than enough to buy the winch with plenty left over to launch the Vocelli Pizza franchise. He returned to the ATV, installed the winch, secured the cable to a tree and pulled Pittsburgh out of the mud bank—and the rest is complete conjecture.

With plenty of power to assist in ATV recovery, traversing rough terrain or loading a boat, this electric ATV winch is a reliable and safe addition to any off-roading adventure. Founding your own city in the process could be difficult but finding a Harbor Freight store isn’t thanks to over 550+ locations nationwide, including several around Pittsburgh…

2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control
Item #: 61840

BUILD A TREEHOUSE!

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Building a treehouse is a cool family activity and a source of lifelong memories. But it doesn’t have to cost yout a lot of dough, especially when you go to ‪#‎HarborFreight‬!

We found a simple and solid HOW-TO that we like from Instructables.com

And here’s a bare minimum list of tools you’ll need:

Hammer
Saw
Level
Square
Tape Measure
Adjustable Wrench
Cordless Drill
Jigsaw
Ladder

Some other useful tools that might make your life easier, but aren’t crucial, include:

Miter Saw
Table Saw
Router

If you want to try something different, there are plenty if ideas to find in a Google search. Most importanly, make it a fun, learning experience for the family!

This Ain’t Your Great-Granddaddy’s Ditty Bag

There are two things that you don’t need in the Navy: a wife and a car. If the Navy thought you needed them they would have put them in your Ditty Bag.” – Co. Commander Gunners Mate First Class DeLapp

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According to a 1912 issue of Field & Stream, the purpose of the ditty-bag can be summed up as follows:

In camp and when cruising about the woods, there are certain essentials, and many other small articles of constant use which one should always have handy. They aggregate about two pounds weight and if disposed about one’s clothing will not only make these garments heavy and uncomfortable but will fill them with knubly protuberances which make sitting down or lying down a matter of much struggle and remonstrance. Wherefore the ditty-bag…has the inestimable advantage of being the place for everything small and loseable– it’s there, nowhere else, and all you have to do is to go and ferret it out instead of having to do the same thing through eighteen or nineteen pockets.”

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 The original ditty bags were used by sailors in the early 18th century. They were issued canvas bags in which to store their spare clothes. A smaller pouch was sequestered in the sack which was for holding all the “implements of his housewifery”: a sewing kit (which also included supplies to repair hats and shoes), letters from home, trinkets and sundry relics from their journeys. These seafaring men were expected to make their own clothes, so the sewing kit meant more than just a way to restore a button.  The origin of the term, “ditty” has been obscured by time, though. It might have come from a cotton cloth known as ditti or a fabric called dutty which was used to make sails.

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As for us 21st century landlubbers, we’ve got a slightly modified list of necessities for our travels. And Harbor Freight Tools carries a lot of items ideal for the ditty-minded dude in all of us.

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Of course there are other things you’ll want to include in your Ditty Bag that Harbor Freight doesn’t carry, such as food (dry nut mix works), water, water purifying pills, change of clothes, small first aid kit, fishing sinker and repellant. And you might want to deviate a bit from our checklist depending on what journey you have in store, but not much. All these items listed are valuable when out in the nowhere. Also, please let someone know where you’re going when you set out for your trek. Like an uncle with dementia or something.

Finally, a word about the Ditty Bag itself. There are a few types out there, some in cloth, some nylon, some in leather and some in canvas. We prefer canvas, preferably waxed or otherwise weather-treated, the kind that slings over your shoulder like you’re in an Old Spice commercial. Your first stop should be your local Army Navy stores. Their gear is pretty rugged and ready to get dirty. Or, if you strike out and happen to have a chunk of change you can part with, the Best Made Co. in NY has formidable-looking a “Best Made Ditty Bag” available for a mere $124.

Harbor Freight Moving Blankets Have You Covered

Moving is tough.  And not just because you’ve got to change your address, forward your mail, find new local restaurants and get your internet hooked back up.  You’ve also got to get your furniture safely moved without damaging or scratching any of it. Some may consider this a nearly impossible task, but at Harbor Freight, we’ve got you covered.

When securing furniture (or anything you’re transporting for that matter) mover’s blankets are crucial.  And at Harbor Freight Tools, we’ve got a few different types to choose from which can be useful for a variety of jobs and tasks.  But if you’re looking to cover a large area (or large item), then you’ll want to grab the economy sized 72” x 80” Moving Blanket (Item #: 66537).

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First of all, while these blankets are often called mover’s blankets or furniture pads, the usefulness of these items extends far beyond just moving furniture.  Obviously, the main use for mover’s blankets is protecting your furniture or other items when using ratchet straps, tie downs or winch straps.  The pads keep your cargo from being broken or scratched during transport and they also give you some peace of mind when you’re driving that U-Haul and trying to make it through traffic with no rear-view mirror.  Plus, unlike paper pads, mover’s blankets won’t tear during transport and can be used again and again.

“This product went on sale just when I needed to insulate “Fidos” house, keeping him warm. He has to be called to come out of there now! These blankets also work wonders for tent camping flooring, or extra protection in case you vehicle is stalled along the road in winter. Can also be used to get a grip on icy spots from spinning, in place of sand, to get going again. Very durable, with multiple uses. Folds up and packs away nicely in trunk. I have at least 6 or more ready always. No complaints.” – by Daddycat from Memphis, TN

“I spent my college summers working for a local mover and learned about all the tools of the trade. My wife and I recently bought a new dining room table including two leafs. The table leafs didn’t come with any protective covering when not in use. I recalled my moving days and the nice thick pads we used to protect customer’s furniture. Harbor Freight had exactly what I needed. Upon arrival I was not disappointed. Worked perfectly.” – by TotallySatisfied from Pittsburgh, PA

Even if you aren’t in the process of moving, these mover’s blankets still have a multitude of uses around the home and garage that will make them well worth the money.  These big blankets are made of a cotton/poly blend with reinforced stitching to maintain strength and longevity for repeated use, which make them ideal for lying comfortably on the garage floor or driveway when working under your vehicle.  Even if you only use these blankets just as regular old blankets for spreading out and having a picnic in the park or laying out in the sun, they still hold up to repeated use and wear and tear!  So whether you’re moving, about to move or have no intentions of moving anytime soon, these blankets are still versatile items to keep handy!