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!

Performance Metrics

It’s National Metric Day… so, let’s measure up and celebrate by taking advantage of the great metric tool deals at Harbor Freight!

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Take, for example, the Pittsburgh 13-Pc. High Visibility 1/2″ Drive Metric Deep Wall Impact Socket Set (say THAT three time real fast!). There’s a reason why customers gave this high-quality socket set 5 STARS! The deep wall design allows you to reach fasteners on longer studs while the hard-core construction stands up to the demands of the most brutal impact drivers. Reach even fasteners on long studs– and, each piece is clearly marked to make size selection fast and easy! Priced at only $23.99, this will be your go-to socket set for years to come! Here’s what customers have to say:

“I bought this set and use it almost every weekend on my personal cars, family’s, and friend’s cars. I LOVE the fact that it comes with a 30mm and 32mm socket that I can use as a Axle nut socket also. For the price that I bought it for equals the price of a single axle nut socket. Can find a better set for the price anywhere else!”  Peter – Columbia Heights, MN

“I bought these mainly because the sale price was so attractive; we have 1/2 deep impacts in the shop, but I figured I’d save a trip to the other toolbox when I need the 17mm for VW or Audi lug bolts. The entire set of 13 sockets cost me significantly less than just one socket from the tool truck. I wound up beating the snot out of these doing front-end work on a dump truck, and they withstood much harder use than I had ever intended to subject them to. These sockets are very sturdy, but the fit on the fastener is very good as well. These are a real bargain, I recommend them to both amateurs and professionals.”  Bill – Scranton, PA

 

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And speaking of 5 STARS, feast your eyes on the Pittsburgh 7-Pc. Metric Ratchet Combo Wrench Set. Made of the same durable chrome vanadium steel as the deep wall socket set, the ratchet ends give a generous 5-degree turning radius for working in tight areas. The fixed side features a 15° offset head for added torque when turning. Comes with a custom storage case to keep wrenches organized and quickly accessible. Priced at only $23.99.

“I purchased this set because I didn’t feel like spending a fortune on a name brand set that was smaller than this. Ihave to say… WOW!! Worth every penny!! Not one skip and gets into all the tight spaces! I do a lot of work on automobiles of all sorts, and that implies a lot of torque and on these high torque applications, no skipping or binding whatsoever!!”  JeepGuy – Long Island, NY

“My wife got me a Channellock set in SAE sizes, but we have a Toyota and a Kia so I needed metric. The SAE set gets used for mowers, etc., and this set is for the cars. Guess what? IT IS IDENTICAL to the Channellock set in EVERY WAY except for the brand name on it. The fit and finish is very high quality. I used these to replace the rear struts and springs on my Toyota, though it was widely advised that I wouldn’t be able to remove certain lower mounting bolts without an impact wrench. I used an HF breaker bar (the 1/2″ drive one) with an HF 17mm impact socket, and using the 17mm open-end from this set holding onto the other end of the bolt to keep it from turning. Came off with no problem , though it was the original strut and had been exposed to Michigan road salt for 19 years!”  Joe Louis – West Michigan

 

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Finally, there’s the 5-STAR Pittsburgh 21 Piece High Visibility 3/8 In. Drive SAE/Metric Socket Set. OK, so we fudged a bit, throwing in a partially SAE-populated product, but hey… with this set, there’ll be no whining! These wrenches are constructed of tough chrome vanadium for strength and durability. They’re also triple-chrome-plated and etched with high visibility markings for quick grabs. The set comes complete with a quick-release ratchet with reversible 72-tooth gearing and a cushion grip. All for just $19.99! And what are the customers saying?

“I rarely used 1/4 drive sockets, picked these up just to round out my tool collection. Now I’m reaching for this set every time I have a bolt under 14mm! The ratchet is comfy and good quality, and a big plus is having all the sockets in order on the plastic holder rather than scattered in the bottom of a tool box. One hint, I used a silver paint-pen to write the socket size on the holder. Easier to find it fast. Really like these, especially for the price!”  Joel – SW Ohio

“I bought this set mainly for small things here and there at work. I work in a collision shop as a painter and occasinally I need to loosen bolts, nuts etc. This set is great. Beats paying hundreds for those name brand sets off the tool trucks. I am thinking of buying another set to keep at home. They have a pretty solid, sturdy feel.”  Burbs – Shelby Twp., MI

Don’t forget to snag your Harbor Freight Tools 20% Off Coupon before you head out the door!

And be sure to ask the clerk where they keep the metric screwdriver sets and a metric crescent wrenches. They love that.

How To Deal With the Problem Girlfriend: The 60-in. Hardwood Workbench

Most guys have had at least one impractical girlfriend in their lifetime: gorgeous, exotic, passionate, exciting to hold… but at the same time, expensive to buy for and hard to please. I’ve had mine for about a year now, and though my wife of 23 years is aware of her existence, she doesn’t feel threatened. It IS, after all, just a gun– a Remington 788 rifle customized to a .358 Winchester caliber, to be exact– and I love her. Unfortunately, the .358 is a more expensive round than a .30-06 (about $45 for a box of 20) and vastly harder to find, as the number of suppliers continues to dwindle. On the other hand, she feels oh-so sweet to shoot and aims true. Like I said, the impractical girlfriend. I’m telling you this because I’ve resolved to tackle my dilemma with her by taking up reloading. I’ve already got the brass, the dies, a reloading kit and (thank goodness) a buddy who knows how to use it. The only thing I need now is a workbench. Leave it to Harbor Freight Tools to have just the ticket– the Windsor Design 60″ 4-Drawer Hardwood Workbench.

This workbench has a rock-solid lacquered wood top and its four drawers are felt-lined to protect your finer tools. There’s also a bottom shelf for larger tools and containers, and a wood block vise for sanding, drilling, etc. So, lots of work space, lots of storage.

Check out this sweet set-up a customer posted on 1911Forum.com. This is something like what I have in mind:

 

The Windsor Design 60″ Hardwood Workbench (#93454) is fast and easy to assemble (takes about 2 hours, if the consensus of customer reviews is to be believed). As the above picture demonstrates, it offers a certain amount of flexibility, like installing two drawers instead of four. Going through the reviews, I’ve seen guys add lockable casters for mobility– or even a Trailer Jack on one or both sides to completely eliminate any shimmy.

There are so many uses for this workbench, I can only scratch the surface. Whether you’re into woodworking, crafts, electronics, metal projects, jewelry-making, repairing, have an art studio, micro-brewing. etc., it’s the best deal out there.

Thinking Outside of the Box: In my research I was impressed to find people who purchased Harbor Freight’s workbench for other than its obvious purpose. For example, in one of our customer reviews:

“This will sound silly, but a few people might spot this review and love the idea: My wife and I needed a baby changing table. All the ones we found were flimsy, had little storage, and were ridiculously over-priced. Then we spotted this bench on sale. It’s an incredibly perfect changing table, and once the kids are done with diapers I’ll get a nice workbench out of the deal! (An actual changing table would end up being gifted or donated and the investment is lost. This one will be around for years).” Workbench Daddy – Pasadena, CA

Another customer converted their workbench into a kitchen island:

Still another bought TWO hardwood workbenches, mated them end-to-end, and now uses them as an outfeed table for their table saw.

The subject of casters came up several times. Some guys love the mobility that casters give the workbench, but others complained that even locking casters have a little sideway shimmy which can be a pain when you’re doing precision work. Their solution (and I loved this) was to either put two casters on one side of the table with a Trailer Jack mounted on the other… or affix trailer jacks on BOTH sides. Genius!

There’s a wealth of insight: usage ideas, assembly tips and other information in the Windsor Design Workbench product page customer reviews, and through Google searches. Treating the wood with wax from time to time can add to its lifespan and resilience, too.

The 60″ workbench from Harbor Freight is the ideal solution to help solving my girlfriend problem, but I’m sure I’ll be using it for a lot of other things, too. If only all relationship problems were so easy.

One Tool to Rule Them All

If there’s one tool to have in your shop, it’s the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool from Harbor Freight.  Because of its functionality and versatility, it’s actually like having an entire toolbox in one handy unit!  It can perform a wide range of jobs on a number of different materials quickly and efficiently, so all you need to worry about is affixing the proper attachment for the job.  And even that’s a piece of cake thanks to the included hex wrench!  Everything about this tool is designed to make your work easier while providing the same professional results you’re used to.  Just take a look at some reviews from a few satisfied customers…

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“This tool is great! I am remodeling a house and have been removing vinyl flooring. This thing takes up the sticky flooring like a hot knife through butter. I tried taking up the flooring before and it just was not going to happen. This tool sure made my work easy. Thank you Harbor Freight for this excellent tool at a great price!” – S from Ashland, KY

“Just completed a subfloor replacement job. This tool was excellent for cutting the subfloor out in hard to reach places like under toekicks on the cabinets. Easily worth its asking price. The plastic case is also well made and great for organizing the tool and blades. I highly recommend this tool!” – Andy from Weaverville, Ca

“We bought this tool for use in our home improvements company. I got by for many years without one but one day we had a job that just seemed like there was no real way to do it without this type of tool. To my amazement, this tool performed the job so easily that what had looked like a grueling task had actually become a pleasure. Since buying this tool, I have used it for such jobs as undercutting a door frame for laminate floor installs, plunge cutting into oak hardwood flooring and sub flooring, removing old grout, and much more. It has paid for itself time and time again. Overall, this is an excellent tool and when, if ever, it finally dies then it will be replaced with the same brand and model again.” – JDR from Flatwoods, KY

 

The Multifunction Power Tool is so functional, it even (indirectly) provides lengthy positive reviews, which makes MY job easier too!  As you can see, this tool can handle just about any task you set it to.  And with an ergonomic grip, you can do it in comfort as well.  Whether it’s powering through grout, cutting tough nails, or sanding rough surfaces, this amazing tool is ideal for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to the professional contractor!

Pittsburgh 6-in. Quick Release Bar Clamp: Bar None!

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Woodworking is not a cheap hobby. Between the hand tools, power tools, wood, adhesives, fasteners and other hardware, you’re in it for a significant chunk o’ change. And, of course, as with any craft, the quality of tools is important. But does that mean to always go for the most expensive stuff? Of course not! Quality is based on performance, not price.

Consider the Pittsburgh 6″ Quick Release Bar Clamp. For woodworking, metalworking, welding and other projects, this bar clamp holds your pieces together just as well as the big name tradesman clamps that cost three times more. With a 2-1/2” throat depth, it’s constructed with a durable carbon steel bar, malleable steel jaws and a comfort grip handle for easy operation– and for just $3.29 each at Harbor Freight Tools!

But don’t take my word for it. Like I said, these little projects you’re planning are not cheap. So listen to what some of your fellow craftsmen have to say:

“Quite simply, 4 of these are better than one tradesman clamp…no contest. They are strong, quick to adjust, the pads don’t slip easily on the work surface and the pads are firmly attached so they don’t fall off. The handles are also comfortable to turn. Harbor Freight has a winner here.”  GVChiller – Greenville, NC

“This is a great all purpose clamp. I will buy more of these in the near future. It can take a good amount of pressure and the rubberized handle won’t slip in your hands. The powder coating is well done. I can’t find anything wrong and you can’t beat the price. I’ve used similar clamps and none are as good as these.”  Happy Customer – Shawnee Mission, KS

“Love these clamps, I bought 1 to see how it would hold up during construction of a wood strip canoe. Did so well, I got 10 more, plus 10 of the 12″ style. you can never have too many clamps when building a boat.”  Dave – Hyrum, UT

“For small woodworking projects, these are the perfect size, and they work just as well as the name brand big boys. I read the reviews before ordering mine, and was confident in ordering about 20 of them. Glad I did.”  The Slauterhause – PA

You’ll soon find yourself using these bar clamps all the time, for a host of projects. While you’re at it, pick up some of the 12″ Quick Release Bar Clamps for $3.99, and also a couple of the 36″ Quick Release Bar Clamps at an incredible $6.99 each! They’ll be your favorite and most-used clamps!

 

Attack of the 580 Lb. Capacity Roller Cart

Looking for the perfect combo of storage space and portability? Well, your prayers have been answered with the 580 Lb. Capacity 4-Drawer Roller Cart from Harbor Freight Tools! Featuring over 6200 cubic inches of storage space, this tough all-steel cart gives you the space to store a wide range of tools with easy accessibility.  Plus, the cart practically glides across your work space on smooth-rolling, lockable casters.  That means your tools are both safely stored and easily maneuverable.  But even when this cart is loaded to capacity, the $154.99 price tag always stays light so you can put your money into your work, not over-priced tools.  But enough of my yappin’.  Here’s Pat to give you an up close look at what other features make this roller cart the perfect choice for your shop or garage!

Keep Tools and Machines Running with the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine

With a 13 Horsepower, 420cc Gas Engine, you’re getting a lot of power in one little machine.  And it’s perfect for replacing motors on a variety of tools, like pressure washers, compressors, log splitters, water pumps… the list goes on and on, just like this reliable and powerful Predator engine from Harbor Freight Tools.  If you’re still on the fence about it, check out what some actual users have to say…

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“I use these motors for powering various industrial equipment when the original motor quits. Very dependable! Install a good charged battery and you will have no problems starting.” – Thwack from Beaverton, OR

“Wow! This engine starts great and runs really strong. I mean really strong!” – Rich from St. Paul, MN

This motor is both handy and versatile, letting you replace the engine on several different tools but always getting the same great results.  If you’re replacing the motor on a tool, the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine has you covered.  There is also a model specifically designed to pass those tough California emissions laws so if you’re in the Golden State, be sure to pick up the California approved engine.   Either way, at just $349.99, these high powered engines are just what you need to keep your tools and machines running strong.

Lift Quick with This 3 Ton Floor Jack!

Looking to lift your ride in a hurry?  Whether you’re changing a tire or performing other automotive repairs, the 3 Ton Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump from Harbor Freight Tools gets the job done in just 3-1/2 pumps!  That means you can lift your vehicle quickly without sacrificing safety.  And when you’re doing several jobs in a row, a rapid pump feature can make all the difference.  But you don’t have to be a pro to take advantage of this tool.

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“I got this jack on sale and for the money it can’t be beat. I received mine and had no problems, didn’t have to bleed it or anything, just put it together and went to work. I use it on cars, riding mowers and used it to mount my buddies 54” tractor tires on his tractor and worked without a hitch. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a good affordable jack.” – Penguinboy1995 from Stafford, VA

“Worked perfect, right out of the box. Didn’t see a need to “bleed” it. Used it to lift the entire front, then entire rear of a ’01 Suburban 4×4 while doing a brake/rotor job (using jack stands also). Also used it to r/r a fuel tank from ’07 Trailblazer, made it easy.  I couldn’t ask for anything better for the price, its great.” – Nimrod from Joplin, MO

By the way, our customers do pick their own profile names, so don’t look at me.  The point is, they love this floor jack just as much as I do, and with one in your garage, you’ll love it, too!

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!