Halloween Ideas from Harbor Fright… um… Freight

halloween harbor freight oct-2014

As you prepare for Hallow’s Night
Be sure to haunt your Harbor Fright
For gear and doodads on that day
Ideas that take your breath away
So tarry not, friend, take a bite
Of spooky stuff at Harbor Fright!

Leather Welding Apron

leather welders apron Whether you’re Leatherface (always a classic) or a Keeper of the Fiery Pit, this Split Leather Welding Apron is an effective, inexpensive touch to your nefarious ensemble. At just $10.99, the rugged leather apron is double-stitched, adjustable for comfort, and comes with four pockets to store devices of death or Fun Size Snickers. As my yuppie zombie neighbor would say, “It’s a no-brainer!” Incidentally, the Leather Welding Gloves, at $4.99, coordinate fabulously. welding gloves

Industrial Face Masks

dual filter respirator Nothing is as unsettling as being confronted by someone wearing a respirator. Especially when they say stuff like, “I AM the League of Shadows!” or “Are you going to eat your steak fat?” Needless to say, they are cool apparatus to have as part of your villainous costume. This Gerson Dual-Cartridge Respirator gives off a menacing look that’s sure to enhance your malevolence and will certainly come in handy if the party hostess burns the bacon-wrapped dates. And at only $15.99, it’s a far cry less expensive than that Groot mask you’ve been eyeing. neoprene dust mask Another way to go is the Neoprene Dust Mask. Throw on a pair of black tint wraparound Oakleys and a Motley Crue wig with this bad boy and call yourself an interplanetary blue ninja assasin. Or Bane’s cousin… Blaine. Or throw on a half helmet and be an off-road zombie. Face it, it looks badass enough for a number of costume ideas, and for only $23.99, it’s a great accessory to keep in the costume drawer for future incarnations.

Goggles

welding goggles These awesome steampunk Welders Goggles come with both permanent  and flip-front darkening lenses, and an elastic band to secure comfortably to your melon. They’d also go great with any of the aforementioned items to add that Tim Burton-esque touch to your getup.  You don’t even have to wait for Halloween to wear them., they’re so swank. And for just $5.99?? I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation.

Blasting Hood

blasting hood If the retro Mars mission motif is what you’re going for– or maybe this year you want to be Hazmat Guy– look no further than Harbor Freight’s Abrasive Blasting Hood! This intergalactic chapeau offers full head and shoulder coverage with a hard hat inside. It also provides ample air circulation to stay cool and comes with a wide, impact-resistant viewing window for easy navigation of the party or neighborhood. Comes in snazzy red and is priced at a mere $19.99.

Blasting Gloves

rubber blasting gloves Our long Rubber-Coated Blasting Gloves make a great addition to the Steampunk Mad Doctor,  the Misunderstood Texas Butcher or the Alien Life Form from Another Planet Whose Sole Intention is “To Serve Man” (props to those who got that reference). It’s industrial strength and is made for easy dexterity of hands and fingers. At $6.99, you might as well get two pair– one for taking over the world and the other for pretending you’re taking over the world while you clean out the septic tank.

Headlamp

swivel headlamp Another nice, and extremely affordable, touch for a number of Halloween getups is Harbor Freight’s popular Swivel Headlamp. Buy two and make them robot eyes shining out of a silver head. Strap one on your pooch’s noggin and they can be the Bionic Bowzer. Have your toddler wear a toy hard hat with one of the headlamps and– voilà!-- a Minor Miner! The Swivel Headlamp can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down and is lightweight, so it wears comfortably on the head. Only $2.99!

Spooky Ol’ Owl

owl garden scarecrow Originally created to scare the snot out of birds and other pests from infiltrating the garden, this Great Horned Owl makes a swell prop for Halloween. Hand-painted to resemble a real predatory owl, this fowl creature stands 16″ tall and is durable to withstand all kinds of weather. Observe the malevolent stare, as if it’s saying, “Look kid, I know you’ve knocked on this door before. Do you really want to get on my bad side?” For only $14.99 it’s the best deal you’re going to find for a Halloween decoration of this quality.

Find these and other drop-dead deals Halloween ideas at Harbor Freight Tools– If you miss out on these savings, it’ll haunt you for the rest of your life!

A Portable Workstation with Heavy Duty Potential

Sometimes you need a work station that can be easily moved to wherever you need it to be. And can be adjusted to accommodate different jobs. And can support up to 1,000 lbs. And has additional tool storage space for keeping the equipment you need handy. AND for under 30 bucks?? Well, say hello to the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation (Item #: 46725) from Harbor Freight Tools!

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While it might seem like a basic work table, it’s the most advanced basic work table available and is perfect for a wide range of uses, from the home handyman and hobbyist to drafters, cartoonists, carpenters and more! The work table is easily portable and ideal for drawing or hobby work yet supports even heavy tools like sanders and grinders. Plus, it includes awesome features like two shelves for additional tool storage; magnetic strips for conveniently holding screws, parts, or small metal tools for quick accessibility; and a measuring rule built right into the table itself. Best of all, the table is fully adjustable from 23-3/4” to 30-1/4” so you can work comfortably no matter the task.

If you’re looking for a basic work table that is anything but, you will love this versatile item. And for just $27.99, it’s an incredible value for any shop, garage, or office. The possibilities are practically endless when it comes to finding uses for the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation.

“I bought this item exclusively for my Chain saw sharpener—great item, perfect height. I am very happy with this.” – by Keebler from Phenix, VA

“I’m using this as a base for my bandsaw. It is much more durable than most of the tool stands I considered. The actual product is well-made, stable and heavy duty. Assembly instructions could be better but anyone with basic mechanical ability and patience will be rewarded with a great little work station. I’ve been seen no better ones anywhere and the price is unbeatable.” – by Hey Jube from Richmond, VA

“I needed a sturdy table to use for soldering jewelry… this was perfect. I bought it on sale and the price was great too. I may buy another one soon. Putting it together was easy. I love HF!” – by Ekstasi Jewelry from Atlanta

This isn’t the big 60” Hardwood Workbench (Item #: 93454) or even the Multipurpose Workbench (Item #: 60723) but if you need something simple yet sturdy, you can’t go wrong with the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation. It’s small but will definitely live up to the Heavy Duty part of its name too!

“JUST A TARP” YOU SAY? HAH!

7 ft. 4 in. x 9 ft. 6 in. Blue All Purpose Weather Resistant TarpIn Ancient Egypt, tarps interwoven with gold threads and crusted with rubies were used to cover the furniture of Pharaohs during winter. In Greek mythology, a tarp was used to prevent Hades from leaving the underworld (long story, but there was a drain pipe leading out of the underworld and Zeus laid a tarp over the opening and weighed it down with Canada). Julius Caesar, after defeating Pharnaces II of Pontus and seeing that the ground was muddy for his troops to camp, declared: Vini. Vidi. Tarpi. – I came. I saw. I laid down tarps.

“Just a tarp” you say? Hah! The list of things you can do with a tarp is endless! And Harbor Freight Tools carries a humungous selection of tarps, like the 7 ft. 4 in. x 9 ft. 6 in. Blue All Purpose/Weather Resistant Tarp (item #: 69121). Made of industrial grade polyethylene, this all purpose weather resistant tarp provides extra tough washable protection for camping, covering and other applications. The tight weave and lamination, double-strong rope reinforced hems and rust resistant grommets will stand up to all kinds of weather and even freezing temperatures.

Since we don’t have time to create an endless list, we thought we’d put out a quick list of 50 things you can do with a tarp. The list was provided by a crack ensemble (or cracked ensemble depending on your point of view) of quality assurance personnel, investigative journalists, Eagle Scout Jinky Parsons, and Deron and Marna Kazmaier who published their own list on their site Far Out Living.

  1. Protect outdoor furniture from the elements
  2. Place under your tent during camping to keep your sleeping area dry
  3. Use as a windblocker
  4. Use as a survival shelter
  5. Protect your vehicle (when not in use)
  6. Tie it over materials when hauling loads (e.g. gravel)
  7. Lay down to protect floors when painting
  8. Lay down on the ground to practice prone position shooting
  9. Place on the ground and walk equine or llamas, or goats or dogs or other animals you are training across it for desensitizing (ed. Note: have no idea what this means…)
  10. Create a shade area
  11. Wrap plants on a cold night
  12. Put down on the floor before a kids craft project
  13. Use as a temporary shower curtain
  14. Cover the dog house for waterproofing and insulation
  15. Cover and tuck over your back seat for your dog to travel on
  16. Use for temporary covering over windows/as curtains
  17. Set a tarp down on carpets before bringing in boxes off the moving truck to keep the area neat
  18. Line the trunk of your car with a tarp before loading it with items that might make a mess
  19. Use to cover couches and other furniture to protect from pets
  20. Freak out nosy neighbors—wrap up old rugs you’re are getting rid of in a tarp, but wait til dark to drag them out—talk in a loud whisper as you drag the tarp
  21. The next time your teenage daughter complains she has nothing to wear, hand her a tarp
  22. During your next garage sale, display the items for sale on a tarp
  23. Paint the tarp for a bean bag toss game in the yard—mark off point areas and mark the amount of points for that area
  24. Use poles or a wooden frame with tarps to make an animal shelter
  25. Cover your screened-in porch with tarps during cold weather—it will not only make your porch useful all year but will also help insulate your home
  26. Rake leaves into a tarp, fold up the edges and drag the leaves away from your yard
  27. In a pinch, cover a leaking roof on your home or motor home with a large tarp
  28. Cut a hole in the middle and wear a tarp as a rain poncho
  29. Using a camo colored tarp, make your boat into a duck blind—a little duct tape may be useful for this project
  30. Hide a messy house from your mother-in-law by throwing a tarp over the kitchen sink—tell her the fixtures are broken and you don’t want water to spray all over the house
  31. Roll up a tarp and put a shirt over it to use as a pillow
  32. Have a contest with your friends—make some sort of clothing items out of a tarp
  33. Use a tarp rather than a blanket for your next picnic
  34. Set a tarp down under your sunbathing towel to keep the bugs off and to give yourself more area to stretch out
  35. Cover a dirty picnic table with a tarp as a tablecloth
  36. Cover an old dirty tire with a tarp and have a seat
  37. Use for the fabric part of a stretcher on two poles if someone becomes injured
  38. Use folded up on your work bench to hide new tools from your spouse
  39. When cleaning game indoors, put a tarp down on the floor beneath to catch the mess
  40. Place over your windshield to keep the sun out while the vehicle is parked
  41. Cover firewood, especially when camping, to keep it dry and ready to use
  42. Use loud color tarps for “ground to air” emergency flagging
  43. Next Halloween – Tarp Man!
  44. Put a tarp under your holiday tree to catch fallen pine needles
  45. Celebrate your 25-year wedding anniversary with a silver tarp
  46. Put a tarp under your child’s bed and tell them “that’s where the monster sleeps”
  47. Use a tarp to lay underneath newspaper when paper training your puppy
  48. Paint “PARTY HERE” in very large letters on a tarp and put over your garage door the next time you have a party
  49. Wrap up in a camo colored tarp when hunting water fowl for extra hide and to stay warm and dry
  50. Tarp – the Musical!

Tell us what you use your tarp(s) for! And don’t forget to visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores for a tarperrific selection of tarps!

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Metal Detecting Gear for the Treasure Hunter

So you want to find some treasure? Well, who doesn’t? However, most of us don’t have the luxury of a pirate’s treasure map or Indiana Jones to help us out. But luckily, we do have the convenience of Harbor Freight Tools with all the items you’ll need to become a well-equipped novice treasure hunter, relic hunter, coinshooter or beachcomber. You’ll be the envy of the entire town, or at least the entire block, when you start unearthing coins, antiques, jewelry and countless other surprises in your own neighborhood! Here are seven great tools you’ll need to start out– gear that will ensure nothing goes undetected on your watch.

9 Function Metal Detector with Arm Rest (Item #: 67378)

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The number one thing you will need is a metal detector. Unless you have some kind of Magneto-like superpowers, in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this in the first place. Sure, you could pick up any old metal detector, but if you’re going to be serious about your life as a treasure hunter, you’ll need something with a bit more versatility. The 9-function metal detector not only allows you to detect metals easily, but  also uses different signals for different metals, to give you a better idea of what you’ve found. Also, with that included arm rest, you can work longer without your arm getting tired. This essential tool of the trade sells for a mere $44.99.

Centech Handheld Metal Detector (Item #: 97245)

handheld metal detector

Once you’ve gotten your potential booty on the metal detector’s radar, it’s time to pull out the Cen-Tech Handheld Detector to zero in on the target. This baby comes in real handy (no pun intended) and performs the same as professional units costing hundreds more. Not only does it give you a little more control over the space you’re searching, this pinpointer’s sensitive read will save you time and effort, digging and plugging. At only $17.99, this tool fits easily into your budget to provide even more accuracy so nothing goes undetected. The handheld metal detector identifies metal objects buried in the sand, covered by grass or otherwise hidden from sight. It can find coins, old nails in wood, lost treasures along the beach or reclaim your lost keys in thick grass. This  highly precise identification system features adjustable sensitivity, and includes a waterproof wand, and LED spotlight and a carrying case.

Garden Tool Set (Item #: 69788)

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Any seasoned treasure hunter knows that there will often be times that you need to dig into the ground to retrieve your golden doubloon, ancient relic, or rusty nail. This is why it’s essential to have the right digging tools on hand and at the ready. The Harbor Freight Garden Tool Set contains everything you could need to get to the bottom of things, whether it be sand, dirt, or compact ground. The spade and shovel will help you dig into the terrain to see what you’ve discovered while the digging bar and rake can handle even tougher ground. At just $5.99 for the set, that’s like $1.50 per tool!

6 Piece Detail Brush Set (Item #: 93610)

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If you can find a section of beach that hasn’t been scoured yet or perhaps a sandy area that requires a little delicate dirt removal, you will be happy you brought along the 6 Piece Detail Brush Set. With the variety of brushes included in this set, you can clean off the coins, gold watches, and faberge eggs you find under the sand to get a better look at them. This assortment includes small and large brushes with nylon bristles, brass bristles, and steel bristles for use with various metals. At only $1.99 for the entire set, you’re sure to clean up when it comes to detecting treasures!

7” 109 LED 4 AA Flashlight (Item #: 98506)

7-inch 109 LED flashlight

Real treasure hunters aren’t limited by things like daylight and “reasonable hours”. There’s always time for finding hidden items even in the dark! That’s why you’ll need to include the ultra-bright, water-resistant LED flashlight in your treasure hunting kit. You may still have to do some digging to get to those treasures, but at least with a reliable flashlight, you can work a little longer into the late afternoon, early evening, or even overnight!

24 Piece, AA Alkaline Batteries (Item #: 92404)

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Both the Flashlight and the Metal Detector require AA batteries so being stocked up on those will keep these items working and ready to go. A 24 pack should keep you powered up for a while and, at just $6.99, won’t overpower your budget.

Canvas Riggers Bag (Item #: 38124)

canvas riggers bag

Of course, you’ll need a place to store the tools and all those ancient artifacts, coins and jewelry, and… hey, that wrench you lost last month! There are several choices of bags on HarborFreight.com, but the Canvas Riggers Bag is particularly useful for this scenario. With 24 pockets, you can easily fit the garden tools, the brushes, your flashlight and batteries so they’re always right there at your fingertips should you need them. Plus, with a large main pocket, you can even fit the Metal Detector Wand as well! This lightweight and durable tote will run you just $10.99. And with all the treasure you’re bound to uncover, you’ll pay it off in no time!

While you’re at Harbor Freight Tools, don’t forget to pick up these other invaluable accessories for the treasure hunter: Sturdy workers gloves, able to dive into all kinds of dirt and muck; a good slotted screwdriver to pop the coins n’ such more easily out of the dirt; a strong, compact shovel to get at the deeper subterranean finds; headphones to plug into your metal detector for more amplified signals, and shut out the noise around you; and finally, a cheap, handy survival knife to scrape excess dirt off the finds, carve out pie-shaped divots in the grass that can be easily restored and hack through roots and branches that are coming between you and your prize.

Come to Harbor Freight for these and other practical and low-priced items for your journey in metal detecting. Happy hunting!

 

 

Multiple Functions, One Powerful Tool

Webster’s Dictionary defines “function” as ‘the purpose for which something is designed or exists.” Actually, that’s one of 9 definitions but it’s the only one we’re concerned with in this case. Because it illustrates what the Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 68861) from Harbor Freight Tools really does: a whole bunch of cool stuff. Multiple functions means this workhorse of a power tool is designed for handling several tasks, making it one of the most important tools in your arsenal.

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The multifunction power tool puts the power of an entire toolkit into the palm of your hand with easily interchangeable attachments for each different job. From buffing to cutting, and everything in between, the Chicago Electric multi-tool is a handyman’s dream. The low vibration and ergonomic handle make it both easy and comfortable to use, no matter the application. Hobbyists will love the sanding attachment that will smooth wood, tile, plaster and more for an even professional-looking surface while woodworkers will appreciate the saw feature which cuts through wood up to two inches thick! And of course, the innovative do-it-yourselfer will find a variety of ways to employ the tool whether it’s slicing through plasterboard and pipes or scraping away paint from old floorboards. Whatever task you have at hand, the multifunction power tool likely has an attachment that will make your project go faster and easier!

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“I do outdoor power equipment repairs and this tool has really made it easier for me. Whether sanding odd shapes or cutting materials, it does what I need! I’m finding more uses for it each time I use it.” – by JD from Austin, AK

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“This is my go-to power tool for small jobs. I have not had any problems with it and it is a great time saver. I recommend this tool for wood, plastics, and light metals.” – by Down South Scrapper from Palestine, TX

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“I bought one of these to grind the grout out of tiles in my first house (it needed a lot of work). That was three years ago, and since then I’ve used this tool to cut wood, grind metal, scrape grout, and sand everything that I could find. I feel that I’ve put it through its paces and it is still going strong.” – by At home armorer from Salt Lake City, UT

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Everyone loves this tool! Armorers, scrappers, guys named JD! You may purchase this multitool for one job but you’ll find yourself using it for countless others down the road. But you only pay $19.99 for this versatile tool and that’s a price you’ll only find at Harbor Freight.

What? You want a multifunction power tool with more versatility and functionality? Well, alright then. How about the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 67537)? You get the same variety of attachments and functions but with this handy multitool, you also have the ability to vary the speed for jobs requiring more precision like sanding or shaping different materials.

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This model is priced at $39.99 which is still a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere. Just ask these satisfied customers:

“I have used the tool for cutting and shaping wood, drywall and metal. It cuts through anything with no problem consistently, and for less than half price of the overpriced major brands. Definitely a good tool which I would buy again. Well done, HF.” – by Springtucky Monkey from Tampa, FL

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“I bought this to sand an area so I could repaint my windows. Then I noticed the scrapping attachment. I thought the caulk on the windows needs to be redone as well. I tried to scrape off the caulk manually for an hour and got a quarter of the caulk removed. It was going to take forever. Then I tried the attachment and ten minutes later the entire window had all the caulk removed! Simply an awesome tool!” – by ike1969 from Glen Ellyn, IL

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“I had a Dremel multi-tool which died on me after a few years of light use. I was searching for a replacement and considered another $100 one. But then I saw this one. So I figured for the price, I’d give it a try and purchased the extended warranty because I can be a bit rough on my tools. And really, how good could it be at this price? Well, I used it many times during a lengthy involved renovation. This is one heavy duty tool! My helper found this to be his favorite tool and ran out and bought one too. My only regret is purchasing the extended warranty. It’s tough to kill this thing. I’m VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS TOOL. Even if it broke tomorrow, I would have no regrets.” – by Bill Mac from Woburn, MA

I think the all caps speak for themselves in this review. Workers everywhere are truly impressed with the power, precision, and performance of this amazingly versatile tool. With over 30 attachments to handle cutting, grinding, sanding, scraping and more you’ll fly through that check-list of home repairs in no time! But once you’re done with those, you’ll find even more jobs for this durable item, so don’t wait. Get down to your local Harbor Freight store today and pick up the one tool that replaces all other tools: the Multifunction Power Tool.

 

THE COBBLER WHO WAS ALMOST KING

Stainless Steel Shoehorn

Before the Empire of Rome, before the Empire of Egypt, before the Empire of Atlantis, there existed the Empire of Spoon Bay. An odd title for an empire granted but such was the name of this historically undocumented peoples. For you geography buffs, Spoon Bay was located due south of the North Pole and due north of the South Pole. Not so coincidentally, the heart of the civilization of Spoon Bayans was located on a bay in the shape of a giant spoon. They rose to supreme power after defeating the Oyster Fork Bayans, but that’s another story for another time.

In Spoon Bay, lived King Albrechtanovich. “King Al” they called him. King Al was a fair and generous monarch. He was wise, thoughtful and never tied criminals to ant hills on holidays. What a guy… King Al ruled for decades and had many wives but was never able to seed his kingdom with an heir. It was all because of a curse cast upon him by Witch Britney of Oyster Fork Bay. She was later tied to an ant hill, but not on a holiday. With the witch “indisposed”, it proved rather difficult to remove the curse. King Al was willing to adopt but their civilization was not yet advanced enough to file all the paperwork needed to open an adoption agency. King Al grew old and the fate of the Empire of Spoon Bay became tenuous.

While walking through downtown Spoon Bay one morning, he noticed a cobbler crafting the most beautiful footwear. “What is thy name?” King Al asked.

“I ameth Steve the Cobbler,” said Steve the Cobbler.

“Welleth, Steve the Cobbler, you haveth a gift that is beyondeth any craftsman I have seeneth in Spoon Bay. Craft me a pair of youreth finest shoes and I will rewardeth thee handsomely.”

“Okey dokeyeth,” said Steve.

Steve the Cobbler worked for three months crafting the most extraordinary pair of shoes for the king. The leather was taken from a cow who was only fed a diet of Ben & Jerry’s Super Fudge Chunk ice cream which made the hide creamy and soft. The laces were made from gossamer threads interlaced with rubies and sapphires. The iridescent soles were made from compressed dragonfly wings to make them light and supple yet hard-wearing.

When the king came to retrieve the shoes, Steve offered him some saltwater taffy while he gave the shoes one last coating of Scotchgard™. Steve came out some time later with the shoes. The king was in awe, never having seen anything as beautiful as those shoes. He was moved to tears. “Steve,” said the king, “if you can crafteth such a wonderful paireth of shoes, you could applyeth your art to ruling the Empire of Spoon Bay. Slipeth those shoes on my feeteths and I will maketh you king!”

Steve knelt down and started to put the shoes on the king. Unfortunately, all the salt in the saltwater taffy made the king’s feet swell up like two hippos at a Serengeti grass buffet. Steve struggled furiously but couldn’t get the shoes around the king’s heels. Too bad Steve didn’t have the Stainless Steel Shoehorn from Harbor Freight Tools! The shoehorn is curved at one end to form an easy finger hold and the stainless steel construction delivers durability and long life. The shoehorn is almost a foot long, which provides added leverage. The Stainless Steel Shoehorn is available at any one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide.

Unfortunately for Steve, the nearest Harbor Freight was several thousands of years in his future. Steve was never made king and was last seen tied to the top of Spoon Bay’s largest ant hill. But not on a holiday.

Stainless Steel Shoehorn
item #: 98082

10 Legendary Favorites from Harbor Freight Tools!

Everyone’s got their favorite tool or accessory that they got from Harbor Freight Tools. Even if nothing else in the store tickles their fancy, there’s that one thing they either love to own, or dream of getting someday.  Actually, it’s more like 20 or 30 things, but for the sake of this post, here are 10 of the Customers’ Favorite Tools from Harbor Freight:

 1. 3-Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy-Duty Floor Jack #61282

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You won’t find another deal like this classic workhorse– for the price, this baby can’t be beat! Tired of paying someone else to do your tires, brakes and rotors? The Pittsburgh 3-ton Low Profile Steel Floor Jack almost immediately pays for itself. It rolls smoothly on the garage floor, fits under the low, low show cars, lifts to almost two feet and lowers with ease. Plus, the floor jack’s dual-piston Rapid Pump technology lifts most work loads in just 3-1/2 pumps. Sells for $92.99, but you can usually find a coupon or sale on the 3-ton steel jack for even less. Read the customer reviews and you’ll be a believer, too!

2. 13-Drawer 44″ Roller Cabinet #68784

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Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, this is a real nice box. For all the sizes and types of tool chests Harbor Freight has, the U.S. General 44″ Industrial Roller Cabinet is the darling of the bunch. Sizable and sturdy enough to handle a slew of tools, yet easy to roll around the shop floor– not to mention smoothly opens and closes the drawers on ball bearing sliders– the 13-drawer tool cabinet hits the sweet spot like no other. Priced at a doable $389.99 (and that’s when it’s NOT on sale!), it’s built with the same industrial quality as other brands that go for 4-5 times as much. Comes in a glossy powder-coated red finish, guaranteed to snazz up the garage and turn the neighbors green.

3. 12-inch Double-Bevel Miter Saw with Laser #69684

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“Pleasantly surprised,” “Nice handling,” and “Holy crap, that’s sweet!” come to mind when operating the Chicago Electric 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide. At $199.99, it handily surpasses all expectations with its smooth, clean cuts and precision accuracy– at a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere. It cuts through lumber like butter, and will even go through old oak without chipping. And powered with an ample 15 amp motor, the 12″ miter saw will tackle any house job you’ve got to throw at it.

4. 90-Amp Flux Welder #61849

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Welding continues to be a growing hobby in this country, and the “5-star”-rated Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder has been a wildly popular choice for beginners to get their feet wet. Extremely easy to start and practice with, the 90 amp welder doesn’t require gas to operate and needs only 120 volts. Great for 18 ga.- 5/16″ steel and stainless steel, it’s a great go-to tool for vehicle repairs, creating shelving brackets, making a welding cart and other structural components, trailer hitches, small welding repairs and cleaning jobs… If you’re a newbie, or just looking to do small jobs around the property, or if you’ve ever considered trying your hand at welding, this wire-feed welder is the ticket! Goes for $111.99, but like the other Harbor Freight favorites, a coupon or sale is always around to seal the deal.

5. 8750/7000W 13 HP Generator #68530

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Predator generators have built a rock-solid reputation for quality, price and staying-power, and the EPA-certified Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watt, 13 HP (420cc) Generator has literally been a light in the storm for so many power-deprived families and preppers. This generator, hands-down, is the best buy for your buck. While the rest of the neighborhood struggles in darkness, this bad boy will keep the lights on, as well as the fridge, central air, big screen TV, electric water heater, etc. When you consider the motel and fast food costs you’ll be saving– or the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, cooking your own food and getting the hot showers you so love, without a hitch… the $599.99 investment is a sweet price point. But don’t believe me. Check out the reviews by the actual owners!

6. 4-pc. Ratcheting Tie Down Set #61524

ratcheting tie downs

Whether you’re moving furniture, securing a kayak to your trailer, strapping gear on the roof rails, hauling timber, holding a garden tractor or ATV on the truck bed, or keeping your tool box from rattling around the back of your Jeep, these Haul-Master Ratcheting Tie-Downs are the greatest invention since sliced rope. Easily adjustable to secure loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers, their ratchet handles make it a snap to adjust strap length and pull tight. The tie downs’ vinyl-coated S-hooks also prevent scratching on painted surfaces. At $13.99, these weather-resistant straps are an extremely popular “no-brainer add-on” for customers who come to Harbor Freight with other purchases in mind.

7. Mini Moving Dolly #61899

mini mover dolly

Move 1,000 pounds for $11.99? That’s what we’re sayin’… cheaper than buying your buddies pizza and beer to help you move the stuff. Is it any wonder why the Haul-Master Mini Mover’s Dolly is on Harbor Freight’s Top 10 Favorite list? Save your back as you move stacks of loaded boxes, heavy machinery, engine blocks and transmissions, or furniture when the wife’s got a hankering to redecorate. The carpeted surfaces protect furniture finishes and the hard-rubber swivel casters won’t mar your floors. Did I already mention, they’re $11.99?

8. 8-Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras #61229

8-channel DVR with Cameras

A great addition for home protection, the Bunker Hill Security 8-channel DVR with 4 Cameras and Motion Detection installs easily and can be set up to monitor on your computer or smartphone, so you can keep an eye on things while you’re away! Each camera offers a wide view span with a high resolution, so you can spread them over the areas you want observed and glimpse the four shots simultaneously. It even comes with night vision to keep you apprised of any nefarious nocturnal characters that venture onto your property (imagine your neighbors’ surprise when they see their kid up to no good on Facebook). The 8-Channel Surveillance DVR set sells for $299.99, and you can often find it on sale or a coupon. You can also use the Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon. Hey, where else can you get a room with a view at such a low price?

9. 3-Gallon 100 PSI Oilless Air Compressor #61615

3 gallon 100 psi oilless air compressor

If you’re looking for a small air compressor to keep in the garage for filling tires and balls, or maybe using with a blow gun, airbrush, brad nailer or other small jobs, the Central Pneumatic 3-Gallon PSI Pancake Air Compressor is just the ticket. For an airy $59.99, this little gem is there to save your family bike trip, keep the bounce in your game and help put up the trim and Christmas lights. The fact that it’s “oilless” means less maintenance for you, and the “pancake” low-profile shape means you’ll save garage space and easy portability to wherever the air compressor is needed. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?

10. 12,000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch #61256

12000 lb off road winch

Finally, the top ten list rounds out with the uber-popular Badland 12K Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake. Smell the mud, don’t get stuck in it! This off-road winch is a veritable lifesaver in the swamp, snow, ice and that black, slimy, stinky stuff that they don’t have a name for. Awesome for trucks, ATVs, Jeeps and other 4-wheelers… even great for uprooting trees. It also comes with an incredibly handy remote for easy operation. Don’t be the bud who needs his bacon saved– save your buds’ bacon with the Badland 12K winch!

So, there you have it– the legendary favorites of the Harbor Freight Tools catalog. Chances are you already have one of them. Chances are even better that you’ve got a mind to go buy one (or four) real soon!

An Accurate Blood Pressure Monitor for a Low-Pressure Price

Keeping an eye on your blood pressure is a good idea even if a doctor didn’t tell you to do it. A while ago, you could go down to your local supermarket or drug store and take advantage of the blood pressure machine there. However, even if that was still common, do you really want to stick your arm in those community arm bands? I mean, who knows where people’s upper arms have been. The last thing you want is to pick up someone else’s bicep germs. That’s why you need the Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (Item #: 67212) from Harbor Freight Tools!

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This convenient personal blood pressure monitor makes it easy to check your blood pressure anytime and anywhere, even if you’re not at the drug store. The device takes both systolic and diastolic readings as well as your pulse rate and is clinically tested for accuracy. Even at just $15.99, this monitor’s reliability rivals that of more expensive brands. Simple to use and comfortable to wear, the Blood Pressure Monitor saves up to 60 readings in its memory for later reference and even includes a carry case for protection and travel. It’s like having one of those big drug store machines in your pocket! And  best of all, you don’t have to share it with anyone with questionable arm hygiene.

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“Bought one of these on sale a year ago on a whim. I’ve been exercising and eating appropriately to try and lower my blood pressure and at-rest pulse. The thing has been working perfect for a year now. It’s incredible that someone could sell something this well built for such a low price.” – by Chuck from Atlanta, GA

“Have used it for several years and it still works fine. It is quite accurate. Never expected it to last this long for a low price product.” – by ToolMan from Maryland

And for those who prefer their reviews in video form, here’s a quick look from YouTube user ToolCrazy:

Yes, the AAA batteries are sold separately but don’t worry, we’ve got those too for as low as $3.99 for a 4-pack (Item #: 67484). And that’s all you need to move into the 21st century of blood pressure monitoring. No more pumping and no more using the same blood pressure monitor as everyone else in town. Accurate, portable, and easy-to-use, this handy item is the convenient and affordable way to keep tabs on your heart rate.

TOP 10 MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR THE HOME CHEF FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS!

When you think about creative cooking, kitchen accoutrements or gourmet dinner parties, your first thoughts may not waft in the direction of Harbor Freight Tools. But for those who truly aspire to expand their culinary horizons, or just buy more cool kitchen stuff, there are several must-have items for the home chef available at Harbor Freight!

10.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are an absolute must for any kitchen and these boards offer several advantages over traditional wood cutting boards. The 2 Piece Cutting Board Set from Harbor Freight comes with two boards: 13-3/4” x 10” and  15-7/8” x 11” respectively. They’re made from super-tough polypropylene, making them more resistant to knife cuts compared to wood, heat resistant up to 260° F, sanitary, odorless and non-toxic. With an integrated handle and slim profile, these boards store easily and are quickly accessible for most food prep needs.

cutting board set

2 Piece Cutting Board Set, item# 69459

 

9.

Knives

A few good knives go a long way in making memorable meals. Talk to any home or professional chef and he or she is likely to talk about their favorite knife or knives as they would a loved one. In fact, some chefs prefer their knives to family members—maybe because a good knife is always functional whereas some family members are, well, not. More recently, ceramic knives have found their way into professional and home kitchens alike. Their antimicrobial properties and razor-sharp edges are huge pluses. Slicing vegetables with a ceramic knife is like cutting through butter. Compared to brands you’ll find at specialty kitchen stores, Harbor Freight’s ceramic knives with ergonomic rubber-coated handles are a lot less expensive yet every bit as functional.

6 In Ceramic Knife

6 In. Ceramic Chef’s Knife, item # 98186

3 in Paring Knife

3 In. Ceramic Paraing Knife, item# 98183

 

8.

Electric Meat Grinder

Is grinding your own meat really necessary? No. Nor is it necessary to enjoy the rich flavor of freshly ground beef, pork or turkey… When making hamburger patties, gourmet meatloaf or your own sausage, once your start grinding your own meat, you’ll never want to go back. The Electric Meat Grinder from Harbor Freight features a durable all-metal head and tray for regular use. It also comes with three types of grinding plates—course, medium and fine. The powerful 250 watt motor makes short work of grinding raw meats into ground treats. The Electric Meat Grinder also comes with three stuffing tubes—ideal for making sausage and other stuffed meat delectables.

Electric Meat Grinder

Electric Meat Grinder, item# 99598

 

7.

Hamburger Press

The hamburger press is one of those items you’re convinced you can live without… “I always make patties by hand.” In truth, patties formed by hand often end up looking like patties formed by hand. You can call them “artisan” burgers if you’d like but that won’t help multiple patties cook uniformly thanks to consistent thickness or have the same aesthetic appeal as well-formed patties. Simple to use with an adjustable depth, Harbor Freight’s dishwasher-safe Hamburger Press is a cooking tool that will make you the burger king! You know what we mean…

Hamburger Press

Hamburger Press (in store only), item# 44934

 

6.

Stock Pots

If you like making stew but can’t help stewing about the exorbitant cost of stainless steel stock pots, then look no further than Harbor Freight’s 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set. The set includes 6, 8, 12 and 16 quart pots, each with a matching lid. The mirror finish of the stainless steel provides some decorative flare in the kitchen while providing the ultimate in utility when cooking up batches or your favorite sauces, chili or soups.

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4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set, item# 94829

 

5.

Fry Cutter

95% of the world’s population love French fries. The other 5% are lying. Harbor Freight carries two French fry cutters, a heavy duty version for fanatic fry frenzies and a smaller version for the occasional fry fixation. While the heavy duty version can be wall mounted and is recommended for more regular use, both are easy to use and turn potatoes into perfectly cut fries every time! Also great for other firm vegetables like turnips and beets.

heavy duty french fry cutter

Heavy Duty French Fry Cutter, item# 66473

french fry potato chopper

French Fry Potato Chopper, item# 93001

 

4.

Electric Food Slicer

Good knife skills are important but sometimes there’s no substitute for an electric food slicer. Harbor Freight’s model features a serrated stainless steel blade for producing thin slices of meat, cheese or bread. Dial the thickness from 1/16” to ½”—create a lavish party platter in no time! A sliding tray keeps hands away from the blade while the safety switch prevents accidental starts.

Electric Food Slicer

Electric Food Slicer, item# 69460

 

3.

Food Dehydrator

More and more chefs are discovering the benefits of food dehydration. The misnomer is that a dehydrator removes the flavor from food as the food dries. It’s actually the opposite. Dehydration removes the moisture which intensifies the flavor of the food. Gourmet beef jerky and fruit roll-ups are just the beginning…

food dehydrator

5 Tier Food Dehydrator, item# 66906

 

2.

Food Storage Containers

Sometimes it’s hard to say what’s better, an incredible meal or the incredible left-overs that follow. Yet, we’ve all suffered from Forgotten Leftovers Syndrome, a chronic condition of forgetting about the leftovers we have and due to improper storage, by the time we remember them, they’ve started to spoil. Harbor Freight has a cure, the 3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set. Each container is microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer safe. The vacuum seal forces air out to better preserve food, plus each container features a date indicator dial to monitor freshness.

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set, item# 98130

 

1.

Cast Iron Cookware

Despite all the advancements of alloys, coatings, etc., in cookware, there is simply no substitute for tried-and-true cast iron. Go from the stovetop to the oven to the campfire! Nearly indestructible, cast iron is ideal for browning meats and vegetables. Fried chicken? You’ll want a cast iron skillet! Once seasoned, cast iron is nearly as non-stick as those fancy smancy high-tech offerings on the market today which can sell for ten times the price! Harbor Freight offers 3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans with built-in pouring groves for a steal (pun intended). They also have a 12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven for soups, stews and casseroles.

Cast Iron Fyring Pans

3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans, item# 44707

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12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven, item# 44705

 

Get things cookin’ with a visit to one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide or visit harborfreight.com. Great meals start with great deals at Harbor Freight!

JUTE TWINE – SO INCREDIBLE IT EVEN INSPIRED THE BEATLES

Jute TwineWe often take the obvious for granted—cell phones, spouses, See’s Candy… But every now and then, when we really take pause and imbibe the world around us, our eyes open to the true beauty inherent in all things. We look upon a small child playing “Stairway to Heaven” on maracas and weep at the splendor. We see a dog at the park running after a thrown tennis ball and thank the universe for tennis so the dog has something to fetch.  We look at clouds and revel in the glory that they’re not concealing giant vampire bats. Ah, there’s so much to be grateful for, not the least of which is Jute Twine (item#: 66602) from Harbor Freight Tools, an obvious staple of DIYers and contractors alike.

This 200-ft. roll of biodegradable Jute Twine is ideal for hobby work, crafts, household use and garden applications because it won’t harm plants—probably because jute started off as a plant and it takes care of its own. Keep a couple rolls on hand for binding, cordoning off and other jutesque tasks. This stuff is so amazing, it’s inspired famous recording artists and respective songs like Foreigner’s “Jute Box Hero”, Tag Team’s “Jute There It Is”, Bruno Mars’ “Jute The Way You Are” and the Beatle’s legendary hit “Hey Jute” (lyrics below). And the price you’ll pay for 200 Ft. of June Twine at Harbor Freight? Now that’ll be music to your ears…

 

The Beatles – “Hey Jute” lyrics

Hey Jute, don’t bind too tight
Take a sad plant and make it stronger
Remember to wrap firmly around the stake
Then you can start to make it better

Hey Jute, you’re greenish gray
Your  fiber’s thick like a woolen sweater
The minute your unraveling kicks in
Then you begin to make projects better

And anytime you feel the strain, hey Jute, refrain
Double up to make your strands work stronger
For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By chintzing on twine so the roll lasts longer

Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah

Hey Jute, tie yourself off
You have bound it, now let it prosper
Remember to leave room for growing stems
You’re binding’s crème de la crème to make it better

So unravel out, wind in, hey Jute, begin
You’re don’t need twist ties to prosper
And don’t you know that it’s just you, hey Jute, you’ll do
The movement comes ‘cause you’re a natural fiber
Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah yeah

Hey Jute, don’t bind too tight
Take a sad plant and make it stronger
Remember to wrap firmly around the stake
Then you can start to make it
Better better better better better better, oh

Hah Hah Hah Harbor Freight, Harbor Freight, hey Jute…

 

200 Ft. Jute Twine
item#: 66602