There’s No Need to Fear… Predator Is Here!

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Was I the only little kid who thought Sweet Polly Purebred was a fox? Well, I’m sure she was a canine of some sort. Anyway, it’s Underdog Day, and far be it for me to neglect a day that honors the heroes in stories who don’t get the credit they deserve. Take, for example, Sean Parker. Who, you ask? Why, the creator of Napster and the reason why we’re shvitzing on the elliptical with an iPod instead of a Walkman (he says, you’re welcome). How about Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television? He was born in a small log cabin in Indian Creek, Utah (you can’t make this stuff up). So next time you get your U-verse bill, give him a big air-kiss of gratitude. The underdog I’d like to showcase, however, is the humble, yet powerful, Predator 2500 Peak/2200 Running Watts, 4.7 HP (125cc) Portable Inverter Generator, a new addition at Harbor Freight Tools. Utilizing built-in inverter technology, the inverter generator produces a cleaner power curve, that makes it deal for your more sensitive electronics. Designed more efficiently, it gives you more power with lower fuel consumption– about 20% lower!– and weighing less than conventional generators, the inverter generator is ideal for RV, camping and boating excursions! Inverter generators have some other real advantages over conventional generators. For instance, they’re quiet. So in scenarios where you’ve opted not to use a generator because of the noise, this baby’s the bee’s knees. Not just for camping and early-morning garage projects, but also at work sites and tailgate parties! Also, I mentioned sensitive electronics. While a conventional generator can run a computer, too, when it comes to things like lighting and sound systems, you don’t get any of that flickering with the inverter generator. This is really the cleaning, coolest peace-of-mind you’re going to find in both remote and emergency situations. Here’s what actual customers had to say about the Predator Inverter Generator from Harbor Freight Tools:

“The first pull I wanted to go very slowly to turn it over a few times first. IT STARTED. I was startled. I’ve never had a mower, generator or anything start that easy. After letting it warm up I turned on a 1500 watt heater and the generator barely felt it. I powered up the refrigerator to see how it would respond. My 2000 watt Generac inverter nearly dies when the refrigerator comes on. This Predator inverter generator started the refrigerator and ran it with very little effort. Very powerful generator I’m completely satisfied with it so far.”  Hammer Time – North Carolina

“Competitive price, it is very quite comparable to the Honda 1000i. Amazing deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Falcon – New Jersey 

So, as with all true blue Underdogs, so it is with the Predator Inverter Generator: “When help is needed, I am not slow; for it’s hip-hip-hip and AWAY I GO! ”   Predator 2500 Watt 4.7hp Inverter Generator: SKU #61169, $499.99

Fly High with Your Own RC Airplane

In the more than 100 years since man has been able to fly, we’ve made several significant advancements.  From the early days of the Wright Brothers making history on Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to the modern international airports that now cover the world, the fascination we have with flight has only grown stronger with time.  Now, we not only use airplanes as modes of transportation, but we also fly remote controlled aircraft and become captains ourselves.  With the holidays fast approaching and the great selection at Harbor Freight Tools, there’s no better time to see what special gifts you can find for your favorite aviation enthusiast.

Harbor Freight offers two radio controlled airplanes that provide tons of fun in the park or backyard.  With the basic version for $39.99, you get an RC airplane that takes flight for up to 20 minutes on a full charge.  Made to withstand rough landings, this sturdy Rechargeable Radio Controlled Airplane comes with replacement propellers so you can make repairs and keep right on flying.  If you want to take your flying fun to the next level, then perhaps the Radio Controlled P51 Mustang Airplane for $99.99 is the better choice for you.  This top-notch RC plane comes pre-built and flies for up to 10 minutes on a full charge.  While you don’t get the flight time of the basic version, you can fly in style with the same design as the famous P51 Mustang!  And don’t forget, no matter which RC airplane you choose, you’ll need to pick up 6 to 8 AA batteries to power the remote control.

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Here’s what customers had to say about the basic version:

“I bought one of these to try my hand at RC airplanes. When flying one time I crashed it many feet up in a tree. That was the end of that, I thought. However, I saw the plane slowly bouncing down to the ground.  I found it a few minutes later drenched in water and up against a grate in the irrigation ditch. I fished it out, took it home and let it dry out overnight. The next morning I powered it up and was amazed that it sprang to life! The engines fired up and it was good to go for many more flights. Practically indestructible.” –Blaine from Utah

“I have enjoyed my plane for a few years now. I just took it out last night after it had been sitting for a COUPLE OF YEARS. Charged the battery, took it out in CALM evening twilight conditions. Had a 10 minute flight. I have flown radio controlled planes for 25 years and this is a hoot. I was surprised it flew after sitting for so long, unused. Great deal for the money.” – Randy from Parts Unknown

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And the P51 Mustang:

“This Mustang flies as good as some of my 4 or 500 buck planes, I would recommend some extra battery packs because you will want to fly it all day!” – Nickthestick from Northville, SD

“Very good plane. Got it and flew it out the box. Amazing speeds and handling. Would recommend to anyone. Nice beginner plane. Medium to slow speeds, and looks beautiful in the air. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” – Bry from Mansfield, Tx

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Now, maybe you love airplanes but don’t plan on taking a toy plane outside to fly anytime soon.  Well, that’s okay.  You can still show off your love of aviation with the Balsa Wood Airplane Puzzle!  At just $1.99, this inexpensive puzzle is fun to build and looks great on any desk, shelf, or table once complete.  Also, you can build the airplane as it comes or you can paint the individual pieces for a truly unique work of art.  But whether you choose the puzzle or one of the awesome (exclamation points optional) radio controlled planes, you’ll find them right here at Harbor Freight Tools!

Affordable, High-Quality Slow Cooking

With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start thinking of gifts and what you’ll be getting your friends and family.  Actually, if you’re just now starting your Christmas shopping, you should really get on it because the holiday is fast approaching!  There are some people who are easy to buy for and then there are those who aren’t so easy.  What do you get a lumberjack for instance?  Or the camping enthusiast?  Okay, campers might be easy to buy for, but what do you get the camper who has everything??  Easy.  A 12” Cast Iron Dutch Oven from Harbor Freight Tools!

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What does a Dutch Oven have to do with cutting down trees or camping, you might ask.  Have you ever chopped down trees?  It’s exhausting!  And you’re sure to build up an appetite.  And you might not find much time for cooking up a delicious meal.  Well, that’s where the Dutch Oven comes in.  Designed for long, slow cooking, this handy piece of equipment will let you prepare dinner while you’re out felling trees all day.  Roasts, stews, soups, and casseroles are easy with the Dutch Oven and with a capacity of 6 quarts, you’ll be able to make enough food to satisfy a manly hunger.  Or a womanly one.  I’m sure there are female lumberjacks out there.

But you don’t have to be an axe-wielding lumberjack or a camper to benefit from the Dutch Oven.  This cast iron pot works well in any kitchen and makes cooking simple.  No matter what you’re preparing, the Dutch Oven cooks evenly and thoroughly for an incredible, tasty meal.  Just for good measure though, here are a few insights from actual customers:

“Very good quality, heavy cast iron uniform thickness … cooks nice and even … easy to season and clean… I highly recommend if you are looking for a good cast iron pot to last a life time.” – By eshaw from Parts Unknown.

“Great “camp oven” for the price…Season well and it’s ready to roll. Used ours recently for Chicago style pizza…Fabulous! (I line the oven with parchment, works like a charm… actually, I just press the dough out onto a parchment sheet, drop the whole thing into the dutch oven, fill with toppings and bake…easy peasy!) Thickness seems uniform, heavy, love it…I’ll be picking up a second one for our other home.” – By Wild Alaskan from Kasilof, AK

Listen, if a wild Alaskan endorses it, you know it’s good!  And for just $27.99, the 12” Cast Iron Dutch Oven is as affordable as it is reliable.  So don’t let the lumberjacks feel left out this Christmas.  Pick one of these great Dutch Ovens up and keep your mountain man happy with delicious, well-cooked meals!

Pocket Ref Third Edition

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. Useless fact. The conveyor belt maximum angle of loose cement is 22 degrees. Useful fact! John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles. Useless fact. The normal human hearing range is between 30 and 15,000 Hertz. Useful fact! Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rereference-bookst of us. Useless fact. The safe load for clear solid ice if you’re cross country skiing is 3 inches. Useful fact!

What’s the difference between useless facts and useful facts? Well, useless facts are useless, just like this sentence. Useful facts are useful (warning: this sentence is also useless)! Useless facts can be found all over the Internet. But a whole heapful of useful facts can be found in one place, the Pocket Ref 3rd Edition at Harbor Freight Tools (Ref stands for “reference”—another useful fact).

This book has it all—periodic tables, pipe specs, material weights and other properties, conversion tables, general science, 14-year perpetual calendar and my personal favorite, radioisotope half lives! Get one for the home, one for the toolbox, one for the glove box and one for your pocket, just make sure it’s a big pocket—the book contains over 800 pages of steaming hot reference information!

But who wants to put steaming hot anything in their pocket? Let’s try that again—the book has over 800 pages of stuff! Much better… If you’re a contractor, DIYer, mom, dad, uncle, carpenter, metallurgist, ornamental horticulturalist, mad scientist, hydraulic pressure historian or none of the above, this handy reference book is sure to become a favorite—and that’s a useful fact!

Pocket Ref Third Edition
Sku #: 35569

The Camouflage Utility Blanket, Projectile Cantaloupe and Haute Couture Fashion

utility-blanketThe 72″ x 80″ blanket is big enough to wrap around most furniture and thick enough to protect finishes. Double-stitched for durability, the blanket is ideal for moving, placing items in storage or protecting furniture during construction. Customers love this blanket though we have to admit, there have been a lot of questions about why the blankets have a camouflage design. It all started back in the early 2000’s. Fashion icon Valentino was reviewing fabrics for his spring line.

While pondering a bolt of raw silk, he was suddenly struck in the head with a cantaloupe (long story, but will suffice to say never stand within throwing distance of your personal assistant who’s on her third day of the Scaresdale diet). He was temporary rendered unconscious. While unconscious, he dreamed that he was a general in the fashion army and wore a camouflage field uniform, a.k.a. fatigues. He was meeting with his two military advisors, Giselle Bündchen and Kate Moss, to plan an all-out offensive on Michael Kors for selling out to Target. In his dream, he turned to Giselle and said “Darling, why do they call what I’m wearing fatigues?” To which she responded, “Because, darling, camouflage is so bourgeois, you feel fatigued just wearing it.” Valentino woke from his dream with two things: a nasty lump on his head from the projectile cantaloupe and the commitment to integrate camouflage into haute couture fashion.

As coincidence would have it, Valentino’s stepsister’s second cousin once removed was friends with the first cousin of the ex-wife’s niece of the woman who happened to be married to a buyer at Harbor Freight who was forced to go to a fashion show while vacationing with his wife in New York where Valentino’s new line of camouflage fashion was being revealed. On the way home from the fashion show, he too was struck by a cantaloupe (long story, but will suffice to say never stand within throwing distance of a malfunctioning mechanical orangutan at a produce stand). He woke up with two things: a nasty lump on his head from the cantaloupe and, well, you can figure out the rest… The 72″ x 80″ Camouflage Utility Blanket from Harbor Freight Tools—the perfect integration of function and fashion.

Unclog Your Drains with a 50′ Electric Drain Snake

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Release the Kraken!

That will be your triumphant cry every time you find yourself with a clogged drain. This isn’t a chore,  it’s an adventure– thanks to the Hydrostar Drain Monster 50 Ft. Compact Electric Drain Cleaner!

Quickly clear your backed-up drains up to 50 ft. from the cleanout with this relentless, motorized electric drain snake. The power-fed electric cleaner has automatic feed control for easy navigation of multiple bends, and can handle pipes from 1-inch to 4-inches in diameter! Here’s what some other hearty lads had to say about their journeys with the Drain Monster:

“I have had have someone come out every other month to snake my mainline because of roots around my property. They would charge me about $100. I would rent my own for about half, until I saw this one on sale.
I’ve used this about five times since I bought it last year, and it works great. I even made $100 snaking my friends house with it! The line is easy to feed in and out, so you don’t have to buy the auto feeder. I like the closed drum around the line so that nasty stuff doesn’t splatter on you when you are pulling the line back in.”  Sgt. Sanford – San Gabriel, CA

“I own a real estate investment business, and I was sick of renting these things if and when sewage lines get clogged up, so I bought one of these for my maintenance guy (or myself) to use. I have a couple properties that seem to inevitably get roots in the PVC drain lines every summer. This sewer snake cleans the roots out, each & every time, without issues. And it’s paid for itself in one year (factoring in comparable rental unit costs).”  Steve – Dallas, TX

“I recently used this to run it in my main sewer line which has been an issue for me over the past 10 years. Particularly in spring and fall I get a lot of small hair type roots. This machine blasted through them with no problem and removed a huge amount of roots. I can see the roots by sticking a mirror inside the pipe and they are now gone. I bought the machine for routine maintenance and I will run this little blue guy every 3-4 months! It already paid for itself in that 1 use. I’m sick and tired of calling plumbers that charge a minimum of 200+ to clean my pipe and send the snake in 1 time and done. I was able to work my machine nice and slow and take my time in getting the results I wanted! I rated it 5 stars because of the price! Thanks HF!”  Studio – NJ

At just $249.99, you’ll find the Hydrostar Drain Monster to be a shelter in the storm drain, a happy solution to the roots of your problems — and with your 20% Off coupon, it’s even a greater deal! Only at Harbor Freight Tools!

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set

hobby-knife-setLooking for a holiday gift that’s perfect for the hobbyist in your life? Or maybe a gift for your own creative projects? The 33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set from Harbor Freight Tools is the ideal set for a variety of art and crafting projects and makes for a great gift whether it’s for someone else or for yourself! In fact, just to be safe, I’d suggest picking up two of these amazing sets. Because if you just buy one to give away, you might have a hard time giving it up. And who needs the stress?

Seriously, this thing has just about everything you need for arts and crafting projects. With 26 assorted blades to handle nearly any type of cutting, carving, and precision work, this Hobby Knife Set is perfect for a variety of tasks. From tougher jobs like wood carving to more delicate work, this set allows you to handle it all. And with oil-resistant, ergonomic aluminum handles, you can work in comfort with less fatigue. But you don’t just get quality knives in this set. Within the protective case you’ll find a treasure trove of useful instruments. Scratch-awl blades, a caliper, a jeweler’s precision screwdriver, tweezers, and even a bonus pen-type precision screwdriver with six bits are included as well. If you think about it, when you give this set as a gift to a friend or family member, you’re really giving them 33 gifts!

And this fantastic set already has customers raving:

“This is one of those items you find at HF and can’t believe the price compare to quality. This set is absolutely amazing, just the case alone is well built rugged and can stand up to abuse. It has a rubber like material armor around it, tough plastic and a slide lock. This is an excellent set and worth every dime, if you are looking for a craft set then look no further, I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprise by the build quality and the value.” – Daveed from New York, NY

“This is a great set, some of the best handles in the market place. You would pay this price just for the handles elsewhere, good selection of blades.” – OBJ from Estacada, OR

At $13.99, you just can’t beat the quality for the price. That’s like, $0.43 per tool! And while we’re on the subject, can anyone explain why there’s no “cent” sign on keyboards? I mean, really…

Inspect an Engine, Recover Your Keys or Discover Proof That Atlantis Existed!

It’s something you may not think you need, but once you own one, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it! The High Resolution Digital Inspection Camera with Recorder from Harbor Freight Tools is an amazing device that enables you to view and access tight spaces that would normally be obscured or downright impossible to reach! A flexible 3 ft. longhigh rez digital inspection camera boroscope provides superior image clarity as you maneuver it around engine parts to find the source of your problem. Still can’t find the problem? Then attach the mirror accessory to the end of the scope so you can view behind objects. There’s that pesky leak in the water hose! Or maybe you dropped your keys between the stove and counter and can’t retrieve them. Secure either the hook or magnet attachment and feed the boroscope down the narrow space. There’re your keys! Now you can pull them to within reach.

Features include 5x digital zoom for precision inspection, onscreen horizontal/vertical image reversing, video-out cable for viewing images on an external monitor, USB compatibility for use with a laptop or home computer and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Just think of all the other applications where this High Resolution Camera with Recorder would come in handy—plumbing, electrical work, fixing appliances, archeology… you’re in an Egyptian pyramid. A sarcophagus lies in front of you. It looks sealed save for a tiny hole formed from 3000 years of corrosive bacteria. You insert the boroscope with the oil and scratch-resistant lens to probe the inside. At first, you can only see what appears to be sheets of papyrus but you probe further and find the mummified remains. The body is well-preserved and by the neck area you see what appears to be gills! Then you move toward the hands… they’re webbed! Seems like the body of an Atlantian but more investigation is needed—why would an Atlantian be buried in an Egyptian tomb? You move the scope up the torso and there’s the proof you’ve been looking for, a faded yet distinguishable name tag that reads: “Hello, I’m Steve Johnson”. According to familytree.com, Steve Johnson was a papyrus salesman from Atlantis whose territory included Mesopotamia, San Diego and Egypt! He was so successful at selling papyrus, he was revered by the Egyptians and buried as a king along with several product samples of his papyrus. That’s where the expression “Buried in paperwork” comes from… Anyway,  there’s your proof. Case closed.

 

Popular Hot Rodding Review: ‘Cool’ Harbor Freight Tools

In the upcoming January, 2014 issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, several Harbor Freight products are featured among 23 Cool Tools: Home Garage Helpers You Gotta Have That Won’t Break the Bank. Says PHR columnist Rob Kinnan:

“You know Harbor Freight as the place to get dirt-cheap tools, from tiny stuff to the bigger power tools, presses, and such, but your author has put a ton of use in their tools for decades and can attest that the “cheap tools” thing is mostly a myth. And they have everything, including a lot of things that the other tool companies don’t offer. Check ‘em out.”

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First on their list is the Warrior 3 Piece Titanium Nitride-Coated High Speed Steel Step Drills. Rob said:

“We call this dynamite little tool an “unbit”, and if you don’t have one in your toolbox then, sorry, you’re an idiot.”

This 3-piece set of titanium nitride-coated, high-speed steel bits replaces 28 individual drill bits! Which means you don’t have to constantly change bits when drilling the range of holes necessary on a countertop, for instance, so you can speed-up the process. Also automatically deburrs holes as you drill. #60379 $12.99

 

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Next on their list is the Drill Master 1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun. Here Rob poses the question:

“Why would you need an industrial-strength hair drier? Because a true heat gun is much more than that and is a handy thing to have in the garage.”

Harbor Freight’s Drill-Master heat gun is the ideal tool for stripping paint and varnish, removing decals, shrinking wire wraps, loosening fittings, thawing pipes and more! The heat gun features two heat settings (572° F and 1112° F) to accommodate a wide variety of jobs and a superior coil design that heats materials more quickly than other heat guns on the market. Great for both the do-it-yourselfer and professional contractor. #96289 $14.99

 

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Another great deal covered in Popular Hot Rodding is the Drill Master 7″ Variable Speed Polisher/Sander:

“While it’s true that a paint job is only as good as the prep work, it’s equally true that it’s only as good as the cut and polish after the paint and clearcoat has dried, and Harbor Freight has just the inexpensive tool to do it.”

This versatile polisher-sander from Harbor Freight is powered 600-3500 RPM, so you can easily polish your vehicle’s finish or sand all types of larger work surfaces. The all ball-bearing construction also helps the polisher/sander operate smoothly. Features a six-speed thumb control and spindle lock for easy pad changes. #69474 $39.99

 

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As a final addition for the budget garage, Rob recommends the Pittsburgh Automotive 1-Ton and 2 Ton Foldable Shop Cranes:

“Also known as a cherry picker, a shop crane is mandatory to remove or install an engine in a car, but they take up a boatload of room when not being used. Harbor Freight solves that with a foldable crane in either 1-ton or 2-ton capacities.”

The Pittsburgh Automotive foldable shop cranes deliver the lifting ability you need with the combined advantage of compact storage! Double bearing swivel casters provide smooth and easy maneuvering around your work space. The 1-ton boom extends from 34 in. to 45 in. and its crane height adjusts from 85 in. to 94 in. The 2-ton’s boom extends from 41″ to 61-3/4″ and the crane height adjusts from 73-5/8″ to 89″. They include ram, chain and hook. #69512 $146.00, #69514 $219.99

For this and more awesome articles on hot-rodding and rod-wrenching, check out the January issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine!

Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days Sale – Nov 19 to Dec 2

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Need to stock up on some doodads for the garage or shop?  Sure, these are items that might seem like miscellaneous odds and ends but it’s these very items that will make you ready for anything when the time comes.  We all know there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a project and having to run out to by a zip-tie or some work gloves.  Imagine having a project completed and ready to be delivered but you’ve got no way of tying it down for transport!  Or no furniture pad available to keep your truck bed from getting all scratched up.

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I know what you’re saying… “But, Zach, why should I go out and spend a bunch of money on items I’m going to use once or infrequently?”  Well, first of all, my name is spelled with a K, not an H, and secondly, that’s what Harbor Freight’s Dollar Days Sale is for!  From now until December 2nd, you can get all these little items and more at ridiculously low deals!   100 White Cable Ties for $2.50 or 100 Black Cable Ties for $2.50?  Why not save some time and just get both for $5?  Running low on tool space?  Well, the Two Shelf Steel Service Cart for $50.00 will take care of that.  And best of all, it’s the same high quality you’d get at full price!

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I know some of you out there will sacrifice safety and comfort when it comes to the bottom line on your handiwork.  I admire that, but with Dollar Days, there’s no excuse. Work gloves (6 pair) for $3.00, knee pads for $4.00, and safety glasses for $1.00??  That’s a full outfit of safety gear for under ten bucks!  And let me tell you, your medical bill won’t be that low so why risk it?  I’m sure you’re a very safe worker, but even the best of us make mistakes.  Just ask my old shop teacher, Mr. Jones.  I’m not sure how he lost his thumb, but I bet some safety equipment would have come in handy in that situation.  Uh, no pun intended…

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I could go over all the items available for major discounts, but it would be easier to show you.  It’ll be like an early Christmas for all you tool hounds out there and actual Christmas if you’re looking to get a couple gifts for your friends.  With Magnetic Nutsetter Sets at $8.00, a 100 Piece Security Bit Set for $9.00, or a 13 Piece High Speed Drill Bit Set for $3.00, you can snatch up some great gifts without breaking the bank.  Just try not to keep them for yourself.  Maybe you’ll get lucky and a friend will pick up some nifty tools for you too.  At Harbor Freight Tools Dollar Days, you never know what you might find!