Portable Power that Packs a Punch!

portable generator

When you’re on the move with camping, tailgating, hunting or other activities, the 900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator moves with you! This portable power supply features a 63cc air-cooled 2 cycle gas engine, 120-volt grounded receptacle and circuit breaker protection. Compact yet sturdy, this generator provides up to 5 hours of run-time at 50% capacity.

Customers swear by this one! Check out some of the reviews:

This is a great little generator. Easy to start, lightweight and trouble free operation. I have two of these generators and they are the best I’ve found … – Richard, Oregon

This has been a great generator. I have had it on my work truck for some time now. I do property preservation work and use this machine almost every day. It is light enough to carry around and is extremely easy to start. It’s perfect for running small tools or an air compressor. An added bonus is that it is not very loud. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a small generator. – Property King, Pennsylvania

I use this generator daily to charge batteries, provide current for TV, and as a cheap alternative to electricity needs out here off the grid. It starts easily on second or third pull of the rope! It does what it is made to do. I have recommended it to others. – Jethro, Oklahoma

To get your 900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator or to check out Harbor Freight’s full line of generators for all your power needs, visit your local Harbor Freight store!

900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator EPA/CARB
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Predator Performance!

6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA

Since its inception, the Predator line of engines has received rave reviews from customers who want the best while paying less! This 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA available at Harbor Freight Tools is a real work horse and can be used to replace the engines on lawn mowers, log-splitters, pressure washers, cement mixers, compressors, water pumps and dozens of other machines.

The engine features gas-saving overhead valves for cooler, cleaner performance and a ball-bearing mounted horizontal shaft. The powerful gas engine also features a durable cast iron cylinder to improve wear, low oil sensor and auto shutdown when the oil level is too low for safe operation and user-friendly controls.

With over 300 reviews, this engine has an average rating of 4-1/2 out of 5 stars. Here what customers are saying:

I installed this engine on my log splitter and it started on the first pull. It is powerful and quiet! – Farmer Marc, Williamsport, PA

Recently ordered a new engine to repower my tired old roto-tiller. Checking prices from various suppliers, I decided on the new 6.6 HP Predator engine from Harbor Freight Tools. After installing the engine and going over the mechanicals to make sure everything was ready, I filled it with the correct amount of oil and fuel. When I was ready, the engine started up the very first pull of the cord. For the price, it’s an excellent value! Plus my old tiller is now ready for another 25 years! – Mechanic, Huntington, ID

Replaced the old engine from my John Deere snow blower, starts easy when cold or hot, has great power to throw the snow. I am very satisfied. Have used for 2 and a half winters so far with no issues. –  Guyforlogos, Minnesota

To get your 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

If you want power and performance–and a price that won’t attack your budget, look no further than the 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA from Harbor Freight!

6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA
item#69730

Note that this engine is for sale outside of California only – refer to 69727 for the California compliant model.

Just Add Tools

30 In. 5 Drawer Glossy Red Tool Cart Action Shot

Go mobile and stay organized with the US General 30 In. 5 Drawer Glossy Red Tool Cart available exclusively from Harbor Freight Tools. This incredibly sturdy cart features rolled drawer edges, gas struts on the lid and spring-loaded drawer latches to hold drawers shut. Additional features include screwdriver storage slots built into the inner frame, ample storage compartment at the bottom for moving large objects plus two swivel and two locking 5 in. steel casters for superior mobility. The editors of Hot Bike Magazine proclaimed they were “Impressed with the quality construction and ease of use,” and Truckin’ Magazine voted it the “Winner – Best Mechanic’s Tool Cart”.

Here’s what customers are saying about the tool cart:

This cart is awesome! It feels sturdy and was pretty easy to assemble. I’ll be buying another one soon! – BigMike, Tallahassee

Used professionally in a union shop for working on cargo trucks. Very well made and very good quality for the price range. I am impressed with how HF has improved their tool box quality in the past year or so. Everything went together well and square. Drawers are smooth to operate. Hardware quality was very good. The serrated locking nuts are appreciated. Overall, an excellent toolbox. – Sidecarnutz, VA

I have been an automotive service technician for 16 years and purchased this tool cart to replace my current one. After one week of use I can say that this cart is built to last and I would not hesitate to purchase another one for my home shop. – Jimmy Vancouver, BC

There’s also an excellent fan video that shows its assembly and reviews the cart. Check it out here!

With over 8100 cubic inches of space, you can store up to 704 lbs. of equipment. Visit your local Harbor Freight and discover why Harbor Freight’s 30 in. 5 Drawer Glossy Red Tool Cart is one of the best values in tool storage today!

30 In. 5 Drawer Glossy Red Tool Cart
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Top Ten Items to Help with Spring Cleaning from Harbor Freight Tools

Spring is just around the corner and while we love the warmer weather, we cringe a bit at all the spring cleaning that awaits us. But cleaning can actually be fun when Harbor Freight Tools is in your corner. Check out the Top Ten Items to Help with Spring Cleaning from Harbor Freight Tools.

10.

5 gal. Wet Dry Vacuum Blower

5 gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum/Blower
item#62266

Lightweight and portable, the powerful motor on this 5 gallon wet or dry shop vacuum cleans up even the most stubborn debris and fluid with ease. A float valve prevents overfilling. Additional features include a corrosion resistant tank, blower mode to swiftly dust areas and shop equipment as well as three extension wands, crevice tool, floor nozzle, filter bag and dust bag. It’s a great shop vacuum to have in the workshop, garage or home.

 

9.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 12 Pk. in Action

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 12 Pk.
item#60772

A great way to give your vehicle a top notch clean-and-shine but also ideal for using around the home or shop! The microfiber weave lifts and traps dust without scratching finishes. An added bonus is that these microfiber cloths can be machine washed and dried.

 

8.

24 in. Heavy Duty Push Broom

24 in. Heavy Duty Push Broom
item#60252

Clean up big jobs fast with this heavy duty push broom! The push broom features a strut-reinforced head, threaded aluminum ferrule and 53 in. wood handle for leverage and control. It’s ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

 

7.

8 In Portable Ventilator

8 In Portable Ventilator
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This portable ventilator circulates and airs out rooms! Whether filled with fumes from painting or other finishes, the two-speed motor gets rid of dank air and strong smells quickly and easily. The ventilator features an aluminum blade and steel housing for long-lasting performance as well as an ergonomic handle for effortless carrying.

 

6.

1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer in Action 3

1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer
item#69488

This electric pressure washer utilizes up to 1650 PSI to power-clean walls, yard equipment and vehicles easily! Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features a pressure hose over 13 ft. 8 in. long so you can reach tougher areas and 5 in. diameter wheels for easy transport.

 

5.

7 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 50 Pc Large

7 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 50 Pc Large
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Quality puncture-resistant gloves like these are must-haves to keep your hands intact when you’re wrist-deep in dirt, grease, grime, paint, solvents and the like. Powder-free and ideal for people with latex allergies, the 7mm gloves offer added protection while still providing dexterity. Also available in medium and extra-large sizes. Our customers swear by them!

 

4.

3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher in Action

3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher
item#62337

This efficient, electric leaf blower converts to a vacuum with the flip of a switch. First, you can blow the leaves into a pile, then switch to vacuum mode and turn that pile of leaves into mulch! Features include two speeds and a lightweight, balanced design.

 

3.

6 in. 5.7 Amp Heavy Duty Dual Action Variable Speed Polisher in Action

6 in. 5.7 Amp Heavy Duty Dual Action Variable Speed Polisher
item#69924

Get smooth, swirl-free finishes with this heavy duty polisher. The powerful 5.7 amp motor features 6 variable speed settings and a two-position side handle. Foam polishing pads are sold separately.

 

2.

Two Tier Easy-Store Step Ladder

Two Tier Easy-Store Step Ladder
item#67514

With a 225-lb. capacity, this two tier step ladder helps you get a step up on your next cleaning job! The ladder features an extra-large circular support frame, anti-skid feet, locking steps and an extra rail for added safety. The ladder also doubles as a chair, plus it’s collapsible for easy storage and transport.

 

1.

20 Bin Medium Portable Parts Storage Case in Action

20 Bin Medium Portable Parts Storage Case
item#93928

This storage case lays flat or stands upright and is designed to stack with our other portable parts storage cases. The case is made from heavy duty, unbreakable ABS and includes a built-in carrying handle for easy transportation. The storage case has removable bins and a transparent, quick-view top that locks down to keep contents in place.

Find the Harbor Freight Store nearest you or visit harborfreight.com for more great cleaning supplies and a wide array of tools!

 

The ½ In. Earthquake Impact Wrench Is Shakin’ Things Up!

One Half In. Professional Air Impact Wrench

The 1/2 In. Professional Air Impact Wrench from Harbor Freight Tools continues to dominate in its class by delivering more power with better weight distribution, lighter materials and compact housing compared to the competition. Additionally, premium grade components with close tolerances give this tool a longer lifespan than conventional air wrenches.

This impact wrench has received over 420 reviews with an average rating of 4-1/2 out of 5 stars. Here’s what customers are saying about this professional grade impact wrench:

“I bought this one year ago and have been using this in a professional shop. A year of use and is as powerful as the first day.” – phoby

“I have used it and was very impressed. I worked on auto for more than 25 yrs. Would recommend it to anyone that does any automotive repairs.” – drhimes

“This impact wrench gets the job done day in day out.” – By RUSSMOBILE1

Other features of this professional-grade impact wrench include three forward speeds and reverse, vent in the handle to direct exhaust away from the user and twin hammer design that delivers higher torque with less vibration.

If you do any kind of automotive or machinist work, the 1/2 in. Professional Air Impact Wrench from Harbor Freight is a must-have for your garage or shop! And be sure to check out our full line of Earthquake air impact tools!

1/2 in. Professional Air Impact Wrench
item#68424

Predator Generators: How To Prep, Run and Maintain Them for Years of Service

generator with wheel kit - brand new

You just bought– or are about to buy– your first generator. Good move, it’ll be a valuable asset to you and your family, especially in times of emergency. But, even though it’s got a gas engine and a pull cord, a generator isn’t the same thing as a lawn mower or weed whacker. There are a number of steps involved in the prepping, running and maintaining of your generator that you should be aware of before you try to do anything with it. Here are a few tips to make sure you get a smooth, safe operation, and the power you need:

generator outdoors

  • CRUCIAL– If you take anything away from this post, it’s that you NEVER run your generator in a garage (even an open garage) and NEVER run it in the house. Keep it outside, at least 15 feet from the house, and way away from all windows. As valuable as your generator is to keeping things going, it’s also a carbon monoxide machine. But of course, when used properly, it’s invaluable.

generator manual

  • Before you do anything, read the generator’s manual, from cover to cover. The more you know about your portable gas generator, the more apt you are not to do anything wrong, and it will provide many years of low-maintenance emergency power.

grounding rod

  • Prior to setup, you’ll need to ground the generator. This is done by connecting a #6 AWG grounding wire from the Grounding Terminal to a grounding rod (above) which is at least 24 inches in the ground. The grounding rod must be an earth-driven copper or brass rod that can adequately ground the generator. The grounding wire and rod may not be included with the generator, so make sure you get those as well when you make your purchase.
  • A great feature that some gas generators have is an electric start, because they can make starts fast and effortless. If yours has an electric start, now’s the time to make sure the 12v battery is installed and connected.

generator oil fill

  • Next you need to add the fluids. A key to a generators long life– as with any engine– is oil. It’s also helpful to know that without oil, the generator won’t start. Check the manual and make sure you’re using the right oil type and changing it according to manufacturer’s specifications. SAE10W30 is often recommended for general-purpose, all-temperature use.

generator gas fill

  • Add fuel to within 1″ of the rim of the tank. Be careful never to overfill. Unless otherwise instructed, use regular Unleaded 87 Octane gasoline.

generator startup

  • Now you’re ready to start the generator. Note the slight difference in the above chart between the Manual Start and the Electric Start.
  • Let the gennie run briefly before you plug anything into it, and make sure when you do plug something in, that the appliance is off. Plug in appliances one at a time, and power each one up before you plug in the next one. You want to make sure you’ve got the power to accommodate them. Pay attention to the watts of each unit before you plug it in after the other; you want to always stay under the generator’s max. If the generator overloads, it could damage the appliances.
  • Now you’re ready to rock n’ roll!

Other tips to keep in mind…

  • Never connect your generator with a power cord into an electrical outlet in the house. This power will “back feed” into the utility lines running to your house, and in the event of a blackout, this could kill a utility crew member called to restore power to the neighborhood.
  • Only use  a proper power cord. The power provided by your gas generator is measured in watts. A power cord is measured in amps. If, for whatever reason, you need a replacement power cord, choose one that matches the most powerful outlet on your generator. The power cord would need to be heavy-duty, at least 12 gauge, and less than 100 feet.
  • Never refuel a running generator– or even one with a still-hot engine! The heat could ignite the gas. Shut it off and let it cool for at least 10 minutes. And only refuel in a well-ventilated area.
  • Change the oil during lengthy outages. Check your manual for the proper intervals. If your generator doesn’t have an hour meter (telling you how long it’s been running), keep a log so you don’t lose track.
  • Conserve your gas! If the neighborhood power went out, chances are local gas stations are also down. Only use whatever appliances you need to and, if possible, turn it off overnight. A refrigerator can handle no power for 3-4 hours.

When you’re done

  • When the power comes back, drain the gas from the generator. If you leave the gas in, it can ruin the carburetor.
  • Change the oil one last time.
  • Every month, feed the generator a 1/2 gallon of gas and run it for at least 30 minutes. This will prevent blockage in the carb.

Your portable gas generator will be ready for the next emergency, and will last for years!

When you’re ready to purchase your generator, but need help determining what size to get, here’s a GENERATOR BUYING GUIDE to help you out. And don’t make any decisions until you’ve had the chance to look at the award-winning Predator Generators at Harbor Freight Tools! Read the reviews and research the YouTube videos, and you’ll learn for yourself what a great value they really are.

Hyperbole aside, in the event of an emergency, having a portable gas generator can mean the difference between life and death for you and/or a member of your family.

Badland 12000-lb Winch Review, Installation, Preparation and Safety

12k WINCH OFF ROAD PIC

Wheelin’, muddin’, off-roading, jeeping, four-wheeling. It’s a favorite pastime here in the States, and why not? It’s a heckuva lot of fun and a thrill to explore and experience the rougher side of nature. So, if you’ve got a 4×4, it’s only natural you want a winch. You could very well be boldly going where no man has gone before– and for good reason!– and you’ll need an escape plan.

12K winch on ford

Winches are awesome, powerful mechanisms, but mis-mounted or misused, they can be extremely dangerous. Before you even purchase your off-road winch, you should know how it works, its limitations and how it runs. YouTuber “ghostses” offers an extremely well-covered video on the Badland 12000-lb. Capacity with Auto-Loading Brake (voted “Best Deal in Winching” by Off-Road magazine), and if you walk away uninformed after this, I don’t know what to tell ya.

Some highlights include:

1. Why he went with the 12000-lb. model (00:01:25)

2. Cable layers and winch strength (00:02:25)

3. The components, what they’re for and the manual (00:06:20)

4. The parts of the main winch and motor (00:14:18)

5. Component assembly and installation (00:35:09)

6. Pre-stretching the cable (00:46:10)

7. Other rigging and accessories (00:48:16)

8. Wicked cool demonstrations (00:57:18)

There are a number of extremely important safety tips and pointers throughout this video, so if it’s too long for you, I advise to take it in in “chapters.” Believe me, it’s well worth your while.

There is also a segment where the reviewer opens the housing to re-lube it. THIS WILL VOID THE WARRANTY. As it states in the manual, “The winch’s internal mechanism is permanently lubricated. Do not open the housing.”

Most importantly, of course, go to the Harbor Freight website and read the countless other customer reviews on the Badland 12K winch. You’ll see for yourself why it’s a favorite among off-roaders!

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Their First Tool Set: A Rite of Passage

tool box 21-inch

Last month, a friend of mine in Utah decided to buy his two teenage sons each their first tool kits for Christmas. Armed with a Harbor Freight 25% Off Friends & Family coupon, he went up and down the aisles, thinking about the chores his boys might come across, at least in their early lives, and he tossed the respective tools in the basket. Needless to say, the kids were excited when they opened their presents. They weren’t expecting anything remotely like it and, let’s face it, getting a first tool set is a profound rite of passage– for a boy or a girl.

girl with drill

Kids may appear to be smaller than they actually are…

It made me think about my own daughter, Miss D, who turns 20 this spring. For the first time in her life, she’s living away from home and starting to make her own way. Having a tool kit in the apartment surely would have its uses. So, what are the essentials for a basic first tool set for her? Here’s what I came up with, and what I plan to put together for her:

Cordless Drill

cordless drill 3-8 with flashlight

This may or may not fit in the tool box of choice, but it’s essential for the home, what with all the holes and screws in their future. Cordless, of course, so she can take it anywhere without having to drag an extension cord along. I chose this 3/8″ 18-Volt Cordless Drill/Driver and Flashlight Kit for a number of reasons. 1) She won’t be needing a 1/2″ for the tasks she’ll be doing; 2) It’s got plenty of power; 3) it’s rated at “4 Stars”; 5) It’s under $30 for the set. It’s a lightweight, powerful drill with plenty of torque for around-the-house jobs.

Socket Set

socket set 21 pc 3-8 sae and metric

 

Probably just as much as the drill, I can see Miss D running into tasks that require wrenching. A 3/8″ SAE & Metric High Visibility Socket Set makes good sense because of the ease it’ll give her to tighten and loosen nuts n’ bolts. Coupled with a closed-end wrench to hold the other side, fasteners are no chore at all. This particular set is rated at “5 STARS”, has high-visibility markings so she can locate needed sockets fast, and also costs under $30. Like all Harbor Freight hand tools, this socket set has a lifetime warranty and will probably be in her tool box for the rest of her life.

Wrench Set

wrench set SAE 9 pc

I normally like using a ratchet, but when you run into a situation where it doesn’t fit, you need wrenches as a backup. Also, as I mentioned, I think closed-end wrench sets make great companions to socket sets when tightening or loosening bolts. So I’m tossing a 9-Pc SAE Wrench Set and a 9-Pc. Metric Wrench Set— together under $20– into her tool set.

Adjustable Wrench

adjustable wrench set

There are those who argue that if you have these, you don’t need the other wrenches. I don’t belong to that camp. You miss out on the advantageous grip of the closed end and I just like the grip of a stationary wrench more. On the other hand, if none of your sized wrenches fit, these make for mighty fine pinch hitters. I’m giving Miss D this Pittsburgh Adjustable Wrench Set of 4— it’s like having 50 wrenches in one. And I’ll tell her how, when you’re using an adjustable wrench, the movable jaw is located on the side towards which the rotation is being performed. This reduces the chance of backlash. At under $15, this does the trick.

Screwdrivers

screwdriver set 8 pc

 

Although Phillips screws have pretty much replaced slotted screws in the fastener world, 20-somethings planning on dwelling in apartments will inevitably come across older domains with slots, so it’s no biggie to get a 8-Pc. Combo Screwdriver Set, especially with comfortably soft handles and magnetized tips at under $10! The flatheads can also be improvised for other uses like light prying, scraping and nudging.

Claw Hammer

claw hammer blog

Back in the day, the Old Man used to hammer pretty much everything, not just nails. A good, solid 16-oz. Hammer with Fiberglass Handle is all she’ll need to hang her picture frames, Jamaican masks and balcony lights. And at under $5, it’s a no-brainer to throw this in the kit.

Tape Measure

tape measure 25 ft

Whether she’s spacing pictures on a wall, measuring space for a futon or cutting fabric to cover it, a dependable 25′ Retractable Steel Measuring Tape is a must. Carpenter’s marks every 16″ will also help her locate studs and the thumb lock holds measurements in place when she needs it. At under $5, it’ll pay for itself over and over again.

Locking Pliers

locking pliers set of 3

Thinking about how Miss D will often be alone at home while working on projects, I thought she could probably use some locking pliers. They come in handy when you need an extra hand, but only have your own two paws to work with. Extremely versatile, they can be used as pliers, a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet or a clamp. I chose this set of 3 Curved Jaw Locking Pliers  ’cause they pretty much cover any size job she’ll be facing, and they come with soft rubberized handles which will make it easier to wrench loose the more stubborn nuts n’ bolts. Under $10.00 and also covered with Harbor Freight’s lifetime warranty.

Needle Nose Pliers

needle nose pliers

My daughter likes to work on crafty projects from time to time, which sometimes entails tiny manipulating tasks. Also, there’ll be the occasional task where she has to work in smaller cavities. That said, I thought it would be a good idea to throw these 5-3/4″ Needle Nose Pliers in the tool box for good measure. They’ll also be good for whenever she needs to strip and cut wire (in my day it would have been stereo speaker wire), etc. At only $2, I couldn’t even get a Quarter Pounder for that.

I’m sure I’ll be adding other things as I think of them down the road. Depending on your kids’ interests, talents, vocations or lifestyle, you’ll probably want to deviate from this list a bit. Where you want to follow my lead is to head on over to your local Harbor Freight Tools to gather your tool set. The quality and prices are great, and you can’t beat the warranty on the hand tools! Make sure you visit HarborFreight.com first to grab your coupons.

33 Awesome DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

merry christmas DIY

Buying any well-thought item from a store will certainly make guy or gal’s Christmas, but nothing says “wow” like the gift someone makes for you. For some reason, knowing they spent their time crafting something just for you is especially awesome. Plus, if you’re comfortable working with your hands, the homemade gifts can be made very inexpensively and help you cross several names off your list with just one project.

Over the years we’ve written a number of DIY project articles for the purpose of making something for yourself. This time we’re going to take a moment and share some DIY activities you’ll enjoy both making AND giving. Some of them are really easy take little time and are inexpensive to make. Others might challenge your skill set a bit more, as well as your budget. Whatever the case, you’re sure to find one that fits your comfort level.

Recently, the Art of Manliness came out with “33 DIY Gift Ideas For Men,” a compilation of several previous articles that they thought would make a great gift guide. We at Harbor Freight agree, but we’re pretty sure there are some craft-minded women who would also find this interesting, fun and contain at least a few great ideas for the significants in their lives.

field phone

If your hobby is electronics, how’d you like to turn a WWII field phone into a Bluetooth phone?

diy dining table

Or if woodworking is your thing, how about this rustic heirloom-quality dining room table?

altoid tins flavored toothpicks

Or if you’re looking to take care of a bunch of folks in one fell swoop, they offer 22 Altoid can kit ideas or custom-flavored toothpicks!

Those are just a few of the wide-ranging ideas The Art of Manliness offers in its comprehensive DIY Christmas Gift Ideas post. You’re sure to find at least a few that fit your skill set, timetable and budget. If I could anything myself, it would be to choose a project that will be fun and rewarding for you. After all, it’s Christmas, and where’s the joy in a project that’s gonna make you stress n’ sweat? And when you find you need a certain tool or supply to make it happen, swing by Harbor Freight Tools for quality, cost-conscious garage gear.