Automotive Gift Guide 2014

As well as you know your friends and family, it’s not always easy to shop for them during the holidays! That’s why Harbor Freight is here to help pick through the clutter and find that perfect present. We know that there are all sorts of tool types out there and for those who would rather look under the hood than under the Christmas tree, a special surprise could be the very thing that makes their holiday season the best ever!

So we’ve compiled a handy list of the best automotive gifts to pick up for the auto enthusiast in your life. No matter what your price range might be, we have a great selection of tools and accessories that will fit your budget.

Under $20

12 Volt Deluxe Battery Maintainer and Float Charger (Item #: 61911) – $19.99

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Don’t be alarmed if you have no idea what this tool does. The car buff you’re buying it for will know. And they’ll be impressed at your auto tool knowledge as well. But your secret gift selection process is safe with us. However, in case you get asked, this handy float charger essentially keeps truck or car batteries fully charged even during long storage periods. Easily attached to the vehicle’s battery, the float charger maintains a full charge so that when the vehicle is started up again, the battery still works like new!

16 ft. 6 Gauge Heavy Duty Booster Cables (Item #: 60396) – $19.99

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That’s right. Booster cables. Jumper cables. Whatever you want to call them, these automotive mainstays are essential to any car owner, let alone mechanics and gearheads. And a set of cables from Harbor Freight aren’t just affordable but reliable as well. Jumper cables are designed to get you out of a jam and when you need a jump, you need cables that you can rely on to get you down the road for repairs. By hooking up your car buff relative with these booster cables, you’ll ensure that they are never stranded with a dead battery.

 

Under $50

120 LED Rechargeable Under Hood Work Light (Item #: 60793) – $34.99

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If there’s one place that automotive enthusiasts love to be, it’s under the hood of a car, checking things out. But in order to check things out, you have to be able to see! Even the most savvy mechanics can’t make their way around an engine in the dark so why not help your relative or friend shed some light on the situation with a 120 LED Rechargeable Under Hood Work Light? With its rechargeable Lithium ion battery, this really is a gift that keeps on giving since it can be used over and over for a vast range of automotive projects! Featuring two brightness settings, this shatterproof work light is easily adjustable to fit the task at hand.

Solid Steel Auto Ramp Set (Item #: 68365) – $39.99

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A ramp set might seem like a fairly unimpressive gift choice but these are incredibly versatile to anyone working with vehicles. These ramps don’t just make it easy to lift trucks, cars, and other vehicles up to 6,500 pounds for general maintenance, but they’re also helpful for handling oil changes and car repairs from the comfort of your own home or garage. If you want to ramp up your gift giving this holiday season, try picking up a pair of these solid steel automotive ramps.

 

Under $100

Digital Inspection Camera (Item #: 67979) – $99.99

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This highly versatile and helpful automotive accessory is a must-have for anyone working under a vehicle (or with home appliances, inside electrical equipment, and more!). This rechargeable inspection camera allows you to get into tight spaces and recesses like engine bays or air conditioning units and other appliances for maintenance and repair. The camera features a high resolution lens for clear visibility and a zoom function to get an even closer look. You can even hook the inspection camera up to your laptop or home computer for review.

3 Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump® (Item #: 61282) – $92.99

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If you’re going to work on vehicles, it’s often necessary to raise the vehicle for repairs or maintenance underneath. Of course, the perfect automotive tool for this task is a Floor Jack. But what if you’re working on cars with a low profile? In that case, the 3 Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump handles the job perfectly, complete with Rapid Pump technology that allows for quick lifting and easy lowering of vehicles. The low profile aspect won’t always be necessary but whoever you plan on gifting this floor jack to will certainly appreciate the extra feature that is sure to come in handy several times over.

 

Over $100

OBD II & CAN Professional Scan Tool (Item #: 60694) – $110.00

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Now we’re getting to higher end items that are great if you want to really impress the automotive fan in your family. This advanced OBD & CAN Code Reader is an excellent choice for mechanics and anyone who needs to diagnose engine issues in vehicles.  The scan tool makes it easy to read troubleshooting codes and get to the bottom of automotive problems quickly. Plus, the code reader is just the right size for stocking stuffing!

500 lb. Capacity Hydraulic Table Cart (Item #: 61405) – $159.99

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This is a fantastic item not just for the automotive enthusiasts out there but anyone who works in a shop or tinkers in a garage. The 500 lb. Capacity Hydraulic Table Cart is ideal for lifting and raising work pieces up to 500 pounds, taking the “heavy” out of heavy lifting. And the best feature on this convenient table cart is the foot pedal. This make it both easy to lift the table cart while also keeping your hands free for positioning or supporting a cumbersome work piece as it’s lifted. Whether it’s an engine or your next metalworking project, the hydraulic table cart takes it to the next level.

 

Hopefully this gives you a good idea of the range of automotive products available at Harbor Freight Tools as well as several good ideas on what to get your car-loving friends and relatives! Whether you’re looking for something small and thoughtful or a special gift that will stand out from the rest, you can find it all at your local HFT. If this still doesn’t help you figure out the perfect gift, keep in mind that a Harbor Freight gift card is always in season!

Tighten Any Fasteners, Even Behind the Kitchen Sink

How often have you looked behind the toilet or the sink or the water heater and thought, How in the world to plumbers get back there?? If you’re like me, it’s been more times than you can count. And it often is followed up by a call to the plumber who refuses to reveal his secrets to you. Well, wonder no longer! With the Retractable Basin Wrench (Item #: 41854) from Harbor Freight Tools, you’ll never be at a loss for how to reach an out-of-the-way fastener again! And you won’t have to spend any more money on plumbers and their mysterious ways.

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Especially with the cold weather the entire country is experiencing, you never know when you may need to work on pipes, whether they’re frozen or just old. The basin wrench extends from 11” to 16”, allowing you to get at connections in tight spots and hard to reach places with ease. And once you’ve got the fastener in your grasp, the spring-loaded jaw grabs it after each turn, doing the majority of the work for you! If you’re ready to start handling your own plumbing, picking up a Retractable Basin Wrench is the first step. And at just $10.99, it’s an easy step to take. Just ask these customers who already have:

“Had to remove 3 old, badly corroded sinks. Thought it would be a nightmare. No way. This wrench did the trick just fine. Way beyond expectations. Excellent value.” – by Chris from Parts Unknown

“Bought this product to remove hard to reach hardware while removing a faucet. Also used it to install the new faucet. I was impressed by the finish of the tool and how easy you can adjust the length. Wrench got a decent grip while turning. Only needed to use it for this one job and it was better than expected.” – by Rev Eric from Loves Park, Illinois

Whether you’re expecting to use the basin wrench frequently or just for one job, it still makes sense to have one in your tool kit. As the good Reverend Eric demonstrated, this tool can save you time and money even for a single task. But you never know when you’ll need it again and then you’ll already be prepared with a handy, dependable (and retractable) basin wrench!

What the Heck is a Feeler Gauge?

There’s a measuring tool for just about everything and Harbor Freight has them all! If you’ve ever needed to measure small distances between two work pieces then you will appreciate this tool accessory that you may have never even heard of. The 32 Piece Feeler Gauge Set (Item #: 32214) is designed specifically for this purpose and is used frequently by engineers to measure the clearance between two parts. But while machinists and engineers may love it, this versatile set of measuring blades is well-suited for assisting you in a variety of projects!

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A feeler gauge set consists of several blades of various thicknesses with measurements marked on each piece. While these thin “blades” do not include any sharp edges, they are designed to be slid into gaps to see exactly how wide they are. Obviously, this is used for smaller openings that can be difficult to measure accurately. With the feeler gauge set, you can just simply slide in the blades one at a time until you find the exact width of the gap. Then, you can continue on with your project, confident that your measurements are precise.

Whether you’re using the set to measure valve tolerances, bolt gaps, or to make other critical measurements, the 32 Piece Feeler Gauge Set will feel things out for you to an exact degree! And for just $3.99 for the entire set, you’ll feel just fine adding this measuring tool set to your workspace.

“I bought this feeler gauge set to measure the bolt gap on my PTR-91 (G3 pattern) rifle. I measured each of the plates with my digital calipers and they are 100% accurate measurements at least down to a ten-thousandth of an inch. They are accurate enough for firearms work, so they are accurate enough for nearly anything. I’m glad I saved the money getting this set rather than going and buying one for three times the cost at the auto parts store.” – by Pazuzu from TX

“These are great gauges. They come with a lot of thicknesses and I have yet to run into one it does not have. Some of the other ones I’ve used don’t get small enough for my motorcycle’s valves (.002 inch) but these do. It does come with a very light coating of a thin oil most likely for an anti-rust coating or to help with moving the arms. If it annoys anyone, it is very easily wiped off.” – by ct from CT

These steel blades are a great addition to any work space and feature both Metric and SAE measurements. And they come in a convenient, compact size that fits easily into your pocket or any tool bag. List this Feeler Gauge Set from Harbor Freight Tools under items you might not use often but can be a life-saver when you really need it!

Gettin’ Jiggy with the Pocket Hole Jig Kit

You may not have ever heard of this particular tool but if you have furniture in your home, it was probably constructed with a Pocket Jig! And no, a Pocket Jig is not an Irish dance. It’s a useful item that allows you to make frames and rock-solid joints in wood. And the Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit (Item #: 96264) from Harbor Freight is easy-to-use, portable version that will keep your tool budget strong as well! At just $67.99, this is the perfect pocket jig for occasional jobs yet it still holds up to frequent use.

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Sure there are other ways to attach two boards together, but with the Pocket Hole Jig Kit, there’s no messy glue to worry about and no wait time! Just drill the hole to your desired depth, insert the fastener, and you’re set. Whether you’re building furniture, creating cabinet frames, or simply need to join two pieces of wood securely, you won’t find an easier way to do it than with this Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit.

“Very impressed with this tool. I love that it is made of aluminum unlike some others of its kind that are made of plastic. This jig makes joinery very easy and simple. I used it to join boards to make a table top out of 2×6’s. It feels very solid and well built. Good job HF.” – by Martz from Phoenix, AZ

“The Pocket Hole Jig is extremely easy to use. This kit drills pocket holes in materials from 1/2″ thick to 1-1/2″ thick with its two position hole guides. As a bonus you also get an easy to use portable guide plate. This works just as well as my other unit for a much better price. This one of HF’s gems.” – by GW from Jacksonville, FL

“I have a few projects lined up that would benefit from making pocket holes rather than drilling straight through. This jig was definitely worth the money, especially after using a super coupon. I love the portable base that allows you to remove the guides from the mountable base so you can make pocket holes in items that may not fit otherwise. You won’t regret buying this jig!” – by Mil from Philadelphia, PA

Drill holes into a range of material thicknesses with maximum precision! With this pocket hole jog kit in your possession, you’ll never be at a loss again when it comes to joining wooden work pieces confidently. With the kit, you also receive drill guide blocks, an L base, a 3/8” step bit with depth collar,  100 self-tapping screws and hex wrenches. Everything you need to start your next project today!

IF YOU ONLY HAD ONE WISH…

Adjustable Steel Welding TableIf you could be granted one wish, what would it be? World peace? We said “wish” not miracle… All the money on Earth? Well, if you had all the money on Earth, then that means no one else would have any money—there would be global anarchy and your money wouldn’t be worth anything. The ability to fly? You’d save money on airplane tickets but you’d have to be hooked up to a GPS satellite system, then there’re the permits, licensing… not worth it. Super strength? They have those jar openers now so super strength wouldn’t really amount to much. Telepathy? Like you don’t spend enough time on the couch already… Immortality? Well, someday the sun will implode and destroy the solar system as we know it, so you’d be left floating around in space with no friends and nothing to eat. That leaves super-model spouse and fat-free chocolate. But both of those pale in comparison to the Adjustable Steel Welding Table (item #: 61369) from Harbor Freight Tools.

The steel table is adjustable with five position stops and is zinc-plated to resist rust. Designed for conductivity, you can connect your welding clamp directly to the welding table safely. Four built-in slots provide clamping points as well as heat reduction. Plus, the retractable edge guides can be used as a fence or for clamping. Reinforced trestle-style legs provide maximum stability. The best news is that you don’t have to use up your one wish to get the Adjustable Steel Welding Table—just visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide. Now you can have a super-model spouse and weld with ease, or eat all the chocolate you want and weld with ease or wish you knew how to weld… and then weld with ease!

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Why You Need a Harbor Freight Service Cart

The 30” Large 350 Lb. Capacity Glossy Red Service Cart with Locking Drawer (Item #: 90428) from Harbor Freight might be a mouthful but that won’t stop you from telling everyone how awesome it is. Besides, the name spells out all the important information on this durable tool storage unit. That’s 30 inches of storage space for up to 350 pounds of your tools in a durable glossy red unit with a locking drawer to keep parts and equipment safe and protected.
But there are still plenty of excellent features on this tool cart that the name doesn’t tell you about. Like the smooth-rolling, non-marring casters that allow you to maneuver the cart to wherever you need it to be. And two of those casters include locking brakes so it will stay there too! For the storage capacity, convenience and shocking versatility this unit provides, the $69.99 price tag is a steal. With the money you save, you’ll have plenty left over for some Non-Slip Toolbox Liner (Item #: 65565) to further protect tools during storage and transport.

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This is the perfect cart for a small home garage or a busy shop that could benefit from movable tool storage when going from one job to the next. As you can see, our customers aren’t shy about sharing their love for this service cart!

“Use it to keep tools for whatever project I’m working on (truck, lawn mowers, snow blower, etc). Got really aggravating picking up tools all over driveway, never the right tool in arms reach! This cart has changed my life. It’s a good way to be lazy with everything all in one place. I have not had any problem with drawer glides or drawer sliding while rolling. No scratches, dents or missing parts. I have been truly blessed. If you feel the need to get organized get one of these now!” – by reddog from Garfield Heights, OH

“I bought this cart about 4 months ago to keep my most used tools at hand in the shop I work in. I have dropped brake rotors on it and thrown tools at it and the only thing that made a dent in it was the 12 pound sledgehammer I threw at it when I got aggravated with the truck I was working on. Overall it’s a good cart.” – by Redneck from Chicago, IL

“I bought this cart to use in my garage and I was very impressed. It is very well built. I used it today to carry tools out a friend’s car to install shocks. This cart is awesome, it rolled perfectly over cords in the driveway. Every mechanic should own one of these. I would recommend this to anyone who works on cars.” – by Michael Jones from Hampton, VA

This cart handles such a wide variety of tasks, it’s hard to pin it down for just one particular job. For auto work, a professional garage, or general use around the home, the 30” Large 350 Lb. Capacity Glossy Red Service Cart with Locking Drawer keeps your stuff accessible and protected. Notice I didn’t specify tools…

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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!

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.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Forge Ahead with a Solid Cast Iron Anvil

For anyone handling metalwork or forging, an anvil is a necessary item. One of the oldest tools in existence, the anvil has had ample time for improvements and tweaks to the design. But at a certain point, you just can’t mess with perfection! And the 55 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 69161) from Harbor Freight Tools is a top notch forging tool for the rock bottom price of just $59.99.

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Whether it’s taking on a heavy duty job or withstanding continuous use over a long period of time, this top grade anvil holds up to the stress. Featuring a wide 8-3/4” x 4-1/8” work surface, this is the ideal anvil for creating custom work with professional-looking results.   Solid and durable, this versatile anvil is ready to take just about anything.

“I have used the anvil in leather work and I have also used it in bending and forging. You can cold-form soft metals and iron too. If you need to hammer on a cable clamp, it’s easy to do. It is portable since it is 55 pounds and it is wide enough for knifemakers and small forgings.” – by Dave from Kentucky

Need to see it in action? YouTube user Shadow Forge demonstrates how he uses the Harbor Freight Tools anvil to make railroad spikes.

And for smaller jobs, be sure to check out the 15 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 3999) which retails for only $19.99. This is a great anvil for hobbyists and jewelry-makers that don’t need a heavier anvil for their projects.

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“A great anvil if you are making jewelry, riveting chainmail, or working with metals of 18 gauge or lighter.” – by Nebraskan Saxon from Omaha, NE

“I love Blacksmithing and this is the best anvil I have ever worked with. The torch will not cut it and it does not wear. I rated it do-it-yourselfer but it is really professional quality.” – by “Torch” the blacksmith from Riverton, UT