A Versatile Tool Kit to Handle Nearly Any Job

There are a bunch of different kinds of Mechanic’s Tool Kits out there but not all are created equal.  Sure, you might find a measly 170 piece tool kit or maybe a laughable 206 piece tool kit, but what all of these are lacking are like… a hundred other tools!  Check out the Professional 301 Piece Mechanic’s Tool Kit from Harbor Freight Tools if you’re tired of messing around with incomplete tool kits.  Obviously, these other, lesser tool kits will contain all of the obvious tools that you’ll need most often but what about those specialty tools that will get you out of a jam when you’re in the middle of an important job?  That’s where those other hundred pieces come in.  And at just $187.99 (or roughly $0.62 a tool), there will be less of your hard earned cash going out.

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This kit is pretty much like having an entire garage in a portable, easily storable case.  With a comprehensive collection of the most used automotive and mechanic’s tools, you’ll have adjustable wrenches, pliers, and sockets at your fingertips with both SAE and metric options included.  What more could you ask for??  How about ratchets, breaker bars, extensions, and universal joint adapters?  Maybe some hex keys and screwdrivers?  There are so many pieces in this jam-packed tool kit that it would probably be easier to list what it doesn’t have.  But then I’d have to make up fake mechanic’s tools because this kit has everything.

“I bought this tool set to be able to drive out to repair a vehicle or to have tools when going to car shows and long hauls. It has just about everything you would need for most jobs on any vehicle. I recommend this tool kit for anyone who also wants to start off as a mechanic or for someone who just needs a bigger set for the house.” – By Matt from Copperas Cove, Tx

“This set is awesome! I was very impressed with everything it included. You definitely get more than you would anywhere else. I would recommend this set as a gift for yourself or friends/family. My brother is going to fill his shorts when he sees this set for his birthday!” – By Everyone’s favorite fix-it-up guy* from Littleton, Co

(*We at Harbor Freight Tools cannot confirm the validity of this reviewer being everyone’s favorite fix-it-up guy)

“I purchased this set 2 years ago as a “cheap set for the house”. After moving my shop to my house, I decided to unpack it from its case and organize it in larger tool chests. When organizing it, I was amazed at what I actually bought!! This set is complete and high quality. If you’re looking for a professional set at a “cheap set for the house” price, this is the set for you. Although this set is complete, you might want to scroll around the hand tool section and check out the ratcheting wrenches. They’re an awesome compliment to this set.” – By Louis from Jessup, Pa

So while a 200 piece tool kit might sound impressive (especially at the price some places charge), it pales in comparison to the 301 Piece Mechanic’s Tool Kit from Harbor Freight.  And best of all, it’s a great kit even if you’re not a mechanic.  Home repairs, workshop projects, hobbies and more can all be tackled with this tacklebox of a tool kit.  …Okay, that one wasn’t very good but you get the idea!  Check out this great kit and be ready for anything!

The Picasso of Airbrush Compressor and Sprayer Kits

It’s Pablo Picasso’s birthday!

Picasso was one of the most gifted painters of our time, no question. And yet, I can’t help but wonder how many more incredible works of art he could have given the world if he had a Central Pneumatic 1/6 Horsepower, 58 PSI Airbrush Compressor and Airbrush Kit.

airbrush compressor and kitThe pro-quality Central Pneumatic airbrush and compressor set (#69434) is a powerful tool, enabling you to get as creative as you want with the air brush. This airbrush compressor and kit works with lacquers, oil-based paints and latex-based paints. Here’s an airbrush kit with everything you need to make custom art– AND it’s easy to change colors, and easy to clean! For just $89.99 at Harbor Freight Tools, you can be the Picasso of the cul-de-sac!

While you’re picking one up, also consider tossing a Central Pneumatic Quick-Change Airbrush Kit #93506 (a mere $9.99) in the basket, so you can have five additional cups of paint ready with adjustable paint flow and spray patterns.

Here’s what just a few customers have to say about this great airbrush sprayer kit:

“This compressor is a fraction of the cost of the name brands, but works just as well. I’ve had complete success with it when used with acrylic or enamel model paint. It’s quiet, powerful and easy to operate. The water trap and pressure gauge are nice additions. I’d buy another one.”  Modeller – East Coast

“Great little unit for the price. I’ve had mine for a good 5-6 years. I use it for spraying glazes and underglazes on pottery with a dual action airbrush. It has been a great little workhorse for me!”  Steve the Potter – Philly area, PA

“Overall, best thing I’ve ever bought!”  Adam R – Atlanta, GA

OK, so maybe I was overreaching a bit. You probably won’t be as good as Picasso. Warhol, on the other hand…

Amaze Your Friends with the Disappearing Shop Crane!

Not all garages have the room for a heavy duty crane designed to lift up to 2,000 lbs.  So what’s a do-it-yourselfer supposed to do when he or she needs to move heavy equipment?  Well, with the 1 Ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane, space is no longer an issue!  This durable shop crane from Harbor Freight Tools folds down to make storage easy so you can open up space in your shop or garage when you need it.  Plus, with double bearing swivel casters, the crane is easily maneuverable to wherever the job is!  And with enough lifting capacity to get most jobs done quickly and safely, this handy tool is the perfect combination of functionality and compact storage.

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In fact, everyone from home handymen to professionals are raving about how easy and convenient this foldable shop crane is!

“I got this in November of 2012 to work on one of my car’s engine mounts.  Since then I have pulled 4 engines and have had no issues with it at all, great buy!” – car_guy719 from Colorado Springs, CO

“This crane is awesome. I am doing a frame up build of a jeep wrangler. I just pulled the engine and tranny to put in a new frame. The crane was wonderful. I left the tranny bolted to a straight 6. I did the transplant myself. The crane was shipped to my house. I had it assembled in a 1/2 hour. I would highly recommend this crane.” – Brachilius from Pittsburgh, PA

“You cannot get anything better at this price. If you were to rent one for use, and needed it for more than a weekend, you could’ve already bought a crane like this. Took me roughly an hour to piece it together when I got it. It just takes time because of all the small 4 bolts that holds all the wheels to the frame and legs. Straightforward instructions and anyone literate can put it together no problem.  So far I have used it to pull two engines, both successfully and smoothly.” – egress from Bay Area, CA

This top notch shop crane comes in at just $184.99 and, like egress says, this is a great crane to purchase, even for limited or infrequent use!  You’d save money in the long run by always having a dependable, sturdy crane at your fingertips.  And when you’re not using it, no one will even know it’s there as it’s safely stored away in your shop.

Fan Friday Review – 64 Piece Socket Set

Welcome to the inaugural Fan Friday entry!  Each week we’ll feature some of the hard work our customers and biggest fans have done with and about their Harbor Freight tools.  To kick things off, here’s a look at the 64 Piece Socket Set by Frank Oedeloam.  This great kit is already available for just $29.99 but as Frank mentions, don’t forget to pick up a 20% off coupon to save even more!

Ride Like the Wind with Predator Gas Engines

Get your motor runnin’ and head out on the highway!  Or the back yard, or lake, or wherever your powerful Harbor Freight Gas Engine takes you!  If you’re lookin’ for adventure, or maybe a reliable replacement motor, you’ve come to the right place.  With various displacements and many sizes available, we have an appropriate engine suited to fit your needs.  And, like a true nature’s child, we offer clean burning options to fit those tough California emissions laws.

It would take up a lot of space and time to go through all of our awesome Predator engines, so for now, we’ll just look at the range in sizes and power, starting with our smallest engine.  The 79cc gas engine is the ideal replacement engine for 3 HP motors.  What might you use this engine for?  Tons!

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“This little motor was a direct replacement for my old 2hp Briggs on my edger. True, the motor is no quieter or smoother running but, it starts very easy and makes good power. For the money, I give the little motor a 5 star rating…” – Jim in Sidell, LA

“I put one of these 79cc engines in a small mini bike-it will pull my 235 lb. frame along at over 30 mph!!!! When you first pull away, you will notice a definite vibration, but it goes away quickly and the little engine really pulls!!!!” – T-Bucket Timmy from Allison Park, PA

If you think that little engine pulls its weight, just wait til you see the 420cc motor!  This one, just like all the Predator engines, is both durable and easy-to-use with a variety of items from lawn mowers to log-splitters.

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“Used this to replace the blown engine in my OLD (1972) garden tractor. Works great. First real test was a blizzard (3 feet of snow fell, drifts over 5 feet in my driveway). Ran it for eight hours straight with no problems at all. Has at least as much torque as the 15hp engine it replaced.” – Gearheadengineering from Central CT

Whether you’re looking to replace a big engine or a small engine, or just looking for a new and reliable engine, the Predator gas engines are built for performance and longevity.  Just like Steppenwolf.  …?  Steppenwolf… Magic Carpet Ride?  No?  Born to Be Wild?  Okay, fine, the Predator engines are built to outlast and outperform Steppenwolf.  But, I say check out both and decide for yourself!

Happy Father-in-Law Day!

Surprise your Father-in-Law today by showing him that you care!  Your spouse’s dad might not be your real dad but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a little recognition, too.  In fact, let Harbor Freight Tools help you give the guy a hand.  Or even better, two!  With the Tire Rim Gear Clock for just $13.99, you can provide your father-in-law not only with the gift of a snazzy timepiece, but also with the knowledge that Father-in-Law Day actually exists!  Just imagine his confusion as you present him with a present for seemingly no reason whatsoever.  But, for at least a brief amount of time, you’ll know something he doesn’t.  And that can be your secret present to yourself.

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The Headless Horseman from York, PA says – “This clock caught my eye when I was shopping at HF. I immediately picked it up once I saw the price. It works great and keeps time very well. Looks awesome in the garage. I love mine!!”

Racing Steve from Winchester, CA quips – “For this price you can’t find a better deal. I put this clock in my kid’s race car themed room and he loves it. Very detailed and it really looks like a real tire and rim.”

So get a couple bonus points with the in-laws with this highly reliable Tire Rim Gear Clock.  It won’t give him his child back, and it might just serve to remind him of the inevitable passage of time, but hey, at least it’ll show you were thinking about him!

Polish and Buff Your Way to a Perfect Finish

Today is the 4th annual Collector Car Appreciation Day!  This event celebrates and raises awareness of how important automobile restoration and collection are to American society.  This relatively new holiday showcases vehicles in pristine condition from past decades to demonstrate American craftsmanship, ingenuity, and creativity over the years and to also commemorate the look and style of a variety of cars.  From antiques and hot rods to muscle cars and trucks, collector cars are a source of recreation and fun for thousands of automobile enthusiasts!  And with help from Harbor Freight Tools, you can get your ride in top condition before showing it off around the neighborhood.

Whether you’re taking part in a Collector Car Appreciation Day event or just cruising down the highway in your favorite vehicle, you’ll want to keep your car looking its best.  For that, you have to have the right tools and the best cleaning solutions.  And if you haven’t found out already, Harbor Freight is your one stop shop for all your vehicle upkeep requirements.

polisher 92623polisher 69924One of the most important parts of vehicle restoration is maintaining the body paint and keeping the finish shiny.  In order to ensure a look that will impress your friends and fellow car buffs, you’ll need a high quality buffer/polisher.  With the 7” Variable Speed Polisher/Sander or the 6” Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher ($40 and $60 respectively), you’ll be able to achieve swirl-free, glass smooth finishes on large surfaces quickly.  But that’s not to say you can’t reach into smaller spots as well.  Just ask some of our customers:

“Used this dual action buffer right out of the box. User friendly. Fast action. Exceeded my expectations all around. Small enough to get into every spot. Large enough to repeat process multiple coats of polish in no time.” – 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ

“Harbor Freight you did it, this buffer is a winner. I, a retired Bodyman/Painter, am doing many side jobs now at home and this buffer works and works. I couldn’t believe how quiet it is.  Great balance and really light, lighter than my old expensive buffer.  Just a nice overall buffer and it does not slow down when pressure is applied.” – Jojo

Nu Finish Car Polishimage_16046Of course, there is more to car restoration and upkeep than just a good polishing.  You need the proper formulas to get that perfect finish that will blind the competition.  Or… the friendly display of vehicles, that is.  Regardless, if you want your car to stand out, you need an outstanding finish.  With the help of Nu Finish Car Polish and Nu Finish Scratch Doctor, you’ll be a step ahead and your car will be turning heads.  The Nu Finish Car Polish calls itself the Once a Year Car Polish which is a bold statement, especially at only $7 a bottle.  But our customers have a couple statements of their own:

“This polish is easy to apply and remove, and cleans very well. I have been using this polish for years and it’s one of the best for cleaning dirty car finishes. We have a white car and NuFinish removes all of the soot and grime.” – Saturday Mechanic

“Quick and easy to use. Just follow directions. Got rid of my swirls and minor surface scratches. Looks good too!” – Kujo

And how about that Nu Finish Scratch Doctor?  You can’t have a smooth finish if there are any nicks and scratches lurking around, no matter how small they might be.  Well, this handy formula not only removes scratches but also paint scrapes, scuffs, haze and swirl marks!  For just $12 a bottle, you can’t beat this incredibly effective cleaning solution.

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Any car owner or collector will tell you that there’s a difference between washing your vehicle and restoring the finish.  For general washing needs, you won’t need to look any further than Meguiar’s Deep Crystal Car Wash.  Before you even worry about waxing and polishing, you’ll want to get rid of any dirt and grime on your vehicle.  The Deep Crystal Car Wash gets a deep clean on your car and produces extra long-lasting suds to safely remove any contaminates.  In other words, it gets your car just about as fresh and clean as it can get right in the comfort of your own driveway.  And at just $6 a bottle, this stuff pays for itself and will save you heaps of time.

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While you’re at it, it never hurts to have some decent polishing cloths around.  Especially ones that are clear coat safe like the 2 Piece Microfiber Spa Polishing Towels.  These are the perfect way to finish off polishing your car to remove any lingering dust, wax, or polish and to ensure that like-new sheen.  I mean, when you’re showing off at a Collector Car Appreciation Day event, anything less than perfect is unacceptable!  Which is one reason so many Harbor Freight customers seem to be so happy with these towels:

“I’m a snob as well when it comes to my show car/bikes. I look far and wide for soft (I mean non-swirl causing soft) towels to use at every store.  I was blown away by these especially for the price.” – Ducati_Guy

“I am a car nut and do not like swirls in my paint. I am a bit of a microfiber snob and I was blown away when I found these.” – Jason-S

And that price that everyone is “blown away” by?  Just $2.59 for two of these great towels!  With reviews like that and a price that low, you really can’t go wrong with these incredible soft towels.

Individually, each of these products can help take your car restoration or upkeep to the next level.  With all these items together, you’ll have an entire set-up for keeping your vehicle bright, clean, and ready for showing off.  And even including the polisher, you’re still coming out at under $90 total for the whole shebang!  If you’re a real car collector or car restoration buff, you know it’s essential to have the right tools in your repertoire and with one quick trip to your local Harbor Freight Tools, or a couple clicks through harborfreight.com, you can stock up on these items and stay prepared for Collector Car Appreciation events or just cruising down the highway any day of the year!

Get On Your Bikes and Ride!

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Coveting my ride, aren’t you? It’s been with me since ’72, and I still get looks… especially when I do my wicked jumps and wheelies. That’s right, kid, the classics never die.

It’s National Bike Week! Which means… what? It’s time to kick a stand! Get out on the open road, weave around and startle pedestrians, water pistol chasing dogs, you know… good times! So, get your home “bike-friendly” with some  cool deals from Harbor Freight Tools:

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First, the bike’s been sitting there for a long time, the tires are probably low. Forget those ripoff artist gas station bozos who want to charge a buck for some air– air!–here’s a great, little compressor that’ll keep you on the road: The Pittsburgh Automotive 12 Volt, 100 PSI High Volume Air Compressor. You’ll get all the air you need when you need it with this little, high-volume compressor. It’ll fully inflate your bike tires quickly– as well as ATV, mower rider, motorcycle and car– and its lightweight, portable design and handy carry bag make it easy to use at home or store in your vehicle. Features include rubber feet for less vibration, a gearless direct drive for reduced noise, and a cast alloy air pump casing with cooling fins. For only $25.99, you can afford to salute the gas station any way you’d like as you coast by.


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When in pursuit of distant bike paths (where nobody knows you– who picked out those bike shorts, anyway?), you’ll need a sturdy, reliable bike rack. Harbor Freight’s got a worthy one, a Two-Bike Rack That you Mount to Your Hitch. This type is really the ideal way to get your bike around with ease and safety. This rack includes thermoplastic bike holders with four hook-and-loop straps, and a pinch hitch pin to keep your bikes safe and not bouncing and swaying around like Jack Sparrow in a sword fight. Also, the handy swing-down feature gives hassle-free access to any rear hatch or tailgate. The bike rack will fit both 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch mount receivers. Just $39.99 at Harbor Freight.

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One of the first rules of the road you learn is that the streets are full of boneheads. Which means, it pays to be extra careful and make sure everybody knows you’re there. Be smart and pick up a couple of Red LED Bicycle Taillights for you and your riding companion. This taillight’s got FOUR attention-getting LEDs for high visibility on those crazy roads. The compact light also has three different flashing modes and can adjust up and down 160 degrees. It’s spray resistant and includes two AAA batteries. At $4.99 a pop, I can’t believe I’m still here pitching you.

At the end of the day, when it’s time to stable your stallion, don’t just lean it against the wall– put it away proper, out of the way of clumsy, stumbling feet. Harbor Freight’s got a couple of solutions for that, too:

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 Probably the best return for $8.99 you’ll ever spend on your bike is on the innovative Bicycle Lift at HFT. Using a unique pulley-locking mechanism, the bicycle lift quickly hoists your bike for easy storage, giving you extra space in your garage, apartment or dorm. Mounting hardware and a 46 ft. nylon rope are included, and setting this thing up couldn’t be easier. Perfect for saving your bike from scratches!

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 Or, if you’ve got a sizable brood to accommodate, check out the nifty Cycle Tree Compact Bike Storage. You can store up to six bikes in only four feet of space! The cycle tree is made of durable, yet lightweight, steel construction and rides on swivel casters for easy maneuverability around the garage. This is the perfect bike storage for every member of the family without taking up a lot space in your garage!  On sale for $39.99 at Harbor Freight.

And don’t forget  to clip your Harbor Freight Tools 20% Off Coupon, where the ridiculous savings get really absurd!

In the meantime, have a great National Bike Week. Have fun, ride smart, be safe… and don’t forget the water pistols!

Get Charged– and Pumped!– for 2013

As we watch winter getting smaller in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to start thinking about prepping all the warm weather toys for the coming months. I’m talking about the ATVs, the boat and water toys, the motorcycles, RV, lawn tractor, etc. — the stuff that’s been just sitting for the past five or so months. Unless you’ve been keeping them on life support with a battery float charger (which, by the way, would have been the forward-thinking thing to do, but if you’re like me, thoughts like that usually come late), they be dead, Jim.

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But l’d rather light a candle than curse your darkness. As it just so happens, Harbor Freight’s 3-in-1 Jump Starter & Power Supply is the perfect tool for just such a challenge.  This popular unit is a lifesaver when you’re stuck. Fully charged, it will jump 12-volt batteries ordinary jumper cables will fail. It provides a whopping 400 amp boost rate and comes a 3.6 watt light so you can see what you’re doing under the hood.

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And as proud owners can attest, the Cen-Tech jump starter is a veritable bacon saver:

“I bought this Jump Box on Friday, charged it over night and set out for parades on Saturday morning. During the course of the day, I used it to jump 2 SUV’s and a pickup (all big V-8’s) that had dead batteries. It handled them all off of a single charge and according to the meter, it still had plenty of juice left. Very impressed. Also includes a cigarette lighter adapter that would let you charge/ recharge it from your boat/ car in an emergency.”  Jake S. – Slidell, IA

“Just emergency boosting two stranded cars made the unit pay for itself. Loaded with features that are sorely missing from more expensive “brand name” units; such as the excellent analog volt meter. Brand name units usually have lights instead of an actual volt meter. And the built-in A/C adapter, brand names usually have a wall brick adapter that is easily damaged or lost. The battery is a standard size AGM battery that can be easily accessed and replaced if needed. The flat back panel is great for modifications, I bolted a small DC to AC inverter to use as a mobile power supply for very light duty AC devices, I use mine to run a cd boombox on picnics, better than investing on pricey D cell batteries . The mods make my booster pack a little bit of a mutant, but they have come very handy when the power goes out, at a fraction of what an all in one unit would have cost. The molded plastic really takes the bumps well, and the battery charge lasts a long time, great tool.”  Jose Jiminez

The Cen-Tech 3-in-1 Jump Starter & Power Supply sells for a low $49.99 just $39.99 with a 20% coupon!– and is available on Harbor Freight’s website or in the store.

As the resuscitative process often involves inflating tires as well, you might want to dole out just a few more bucks and get the Chicago Electric Jump Starter with Air Compressor.

Chicago Electric Jump Starter-Air Compressor

This model has the same awesome power and features as the Cen-Tech, but also comes with an invaluable 260 psi air compressor. Think that’s overkill? Think again!

“Pumped up 5 tires from a dead flat. Jump-started more than 20 cars ‘n trucks.  Still running strong. Even used in power outtage, hooked up a converter to the cig outlet and had light and TV to watch, lasted about 9 hours .”  hueyhotdogg2000 – Bula, OH

“This unit has been a great addition to my travel gear. It has been able to jump start a diesel pickup truck in the winter and the compressor has kept everything from my kids’ bicycle tires to a flat on a friend’s SUV inflated. I also found that by using the 12-V outlet with my inverter, I can use items like my TV while camping and not run down my vehicle’s battery nor keep the engine running.”  Jeff G.

For the garage, barn, car, boat and more– the Chicago Electric jump starter/air compressor can be had for a mere $60.99 ($48.79 with 20% coupon)! For that, you can buy two!

Just remember where you heard about this. You’re welcome.

 

Auto Enthusiast: Harbor Freight Transmission Jack

In their October 2012 issue, Auto Enthusiast magazine featured a transmission upgrade for a ’68 Camaro. The new tranny, a modified T56 Magnum– called a “Tranzilla”– was converted by Rockland Standard Gear. As AE reported:

“What they do is take the Magnum from Tremec, upgrade to carbon rings on gears one through four, and slap on a Viper tail shaft.”

This conversion allows the car to run up to 1,000 lbs-ft. and 1,200 horsepower.

In the process of switching out the transmissions, the techs at Auto Enthusiast noted how pleased they were with the Central Hydraulics 450 Lb. Capacity Low Lift Transmission Jack:

“We have to wrench on our stuff just like everyone else, on the ground. We found this helpful scissor transmission jack at Harbor Freight for $65. Trust us, it was the best $65 we ever spent. It made this job almost too easy.” (from slide #4 on the article)

It should be noted that the $65 price came with the use of a Harbor Freight 20% coupon– so make sure to clip one of those before you shop!

The 450 lb. transmission jack is perfect for removing trannies on small-to-mid vehicles. Riding on smooth, easily-maneuverable 3″ swivel casters, this tough jack was forged for rough, long-term use in the shop or garage. The saddle tilts for easy positioning during repair, making it the right tool for any professional auto garage or hobbyist.

And while you’re at it, pick up your copy of the October 2012 Auto Enthusiast and check out that great article, Bang, Shift, Zoom about the transmission switch.