Cool Ideas for Shade in the Summer

With the summer months come higher temperatures and, humid or not, it can be hard to enjoy spending time outdoors when the heat turns up and the sun is right overhead.  Also, if you plan on having a BBQ, a family gathering, or anything outdoors, you want to make sure that your guests have some shade to escape to when it gets too hot.  It’s times like these that a canopy from Harbor Freight Tools can be a life saver!

popup canopy

For instant shade pretty much anywhere, nothing beats the portability and convenience of a Pop-Up Canopy.  Canopies are easy to place and provide cool places to relax or to keep food during an event.  They also make setting up a yard sale or bake sale easier than ever!  And the best part is that they can be taken down just as quickly too. Then just store them away until they’re needed again.  The pop-up canopies are available in white, blue and green covers that resist moisture and fungus to stay durable and sturdy.  But, in the words of Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow, “you don’t have to take my word for it.”

“Bought this in store last year for tailgating, and have used it many, many times since. I’ve left it up in my backyard for a few weeks, and it stayed put with appropriate anchoring through some light wind and inclement weather. It folds down and fits in the storage bag, which has wheels, very easily with two people.” – TheGremlyn from San Diego, Ca

tilt canopy

Or, if you want to get fancy, check out the Quick Clamp Canopy.  If you have a picnic table up to 10 feet long, you can make a simple upgrade just by attaching this innovative canopy to it!  And as the sun moves, you can tilt the canopy to the perfect position so you’ve always got it made in the shade.   Coming in at $99.99, it’s an easy and affordable addition to your picnic table that will provide countless days of pleasant shade on those sunny days.

canopy storage bag

While you’re at it, you might want to pick up some canopy related accessories.  There are a few anchor options like the Earth Anchor Canopy Set for $18.99 or the Easy Hook Anchor Canopy Set for $19.99.  Another helpful item to consider is the Canopy Rolling Storage Bag for just $34.99.  This is especially useful for anyone using their canopy at multiple locations but is also just a great place to store your canopy when it’s not in use.  And, with three conveniently-placed wheels, you’ll save a little extra work by not having to lug the canopy all over the place.

The 10’ x 10 ft. canopies run between $69.99 and $219.99 so there’s something to fit any budget.  And for larger get togethers or events, the 10’ x 20 ft’ pop-up canopy is $299.99, and that’s for 200 square feet of coverage!  You’ll want to have lots of memories from the summer but don’t let a sunburn be one of them!  Pick up a Harbor Freight Pop-Up Canopy and keep cool and covered during any time of the year.

Paul Bunyan and the 14-Inch Electric Chainsaw

Well, shiver me timbers– it’s Paul Bunyan Day!

Paul Bunyan and his trusty companion, Babe the Blue Ox has regaled us with delightful adventures for over a hundred years. One of the lesser known folk tales, however, is the one about Bunyan and the Electric Chainsaw. As the story goes, Bunyan and Babe were decimating yet another forest, when suddenly the mighty lumberjack slowed to a stop. “Ugh!” he exclaimed, wiping his prominent brow. “How many trees are ON this planet? I should’ve been a podiatrist (ironically, a bump found on the big toe would later be named after him).” The next morning when Bunyan emerged from his home, he found on his porch a curious package, marked, “Chicago Electric 14″ Electric Chainsaw.” “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” exclaimed Bunyan. “Now cutting timber will be a breeze, and I’ll have more time to concentrate on my real passion– Riverdancing! Giddy up, Babe!”

While the Chicago Electric 14″ Electric Chainsaw may not be practical for decimating forests, this sturdy, lightweight tool performs masterfully for easy pruning, yet is tough enough to take on thick limbs and branches! It’s got a quiet-running, powerful motor with an anti-kickback feature and a safety lock-out switch, so it’s mild-mannered enough for the wife and kids to use it. The wrap-around hand guard and bar guard provide additional safety, and the automatic oiler keeps the chain fully lubricated and always ready for action.

As one customer noted:

“This electric saw is better than a gas-powered saw period! No real loud noise, no gas fumes, smoke, and no leaking oil all over the area you store it. I have 5 of 6 acres left. I have many Mesquite trees. And as many people know, they are tough to cut. Not with this saw. I cut through them like butter! The key to using any saw is let it do the cutting. Meaning you do not need to push down on the saw real hard and make it harder on yourself. Also, do not pull back and forth while you are cutting. Just apply slight pressure to hold the saw down on the tree and just let it do the cutting. Yes, it is electric and you need a long electric cord, but Harbor Freight has the 100 ft. cords at a good price. This saw out-performed my gas saws easily! I cut well over 100 pieces of small to large round trees and the chain is still tight and it still is sharp. I have not once had to tighten the chain up on this saw. Also, this saw does not leak chain oil all over the place. You just add the chain oil and it self-lubes the chain. Most saws, when you set them down on something after use, the chain oil goes everywhere. Not this one! If there was a 10-star rating, this saw would get it. Excellent saw for the low cost!”  Loopster – Grays Prairie, TX

Cut down trees and then cut them up for firewood– even oak. Trim trees and cut limbs, clear areas of thick brush. The ease is great and the power is more than sufficient– you’ll love your Chicago Electric 14″ Oregon bar electric chainsaw!

You can pick up this invaluable tool at Harbor Freight Tools– or online at– now for only $54.99 (use your 20% Off Coupon and pick it up for just $44)!

Meanwhile, you can catch Paul’s show in Reno every weeknight and twice on Sunday. I recommend the oxtail.


Here Comes Honey Chip Chip

Now that fall is here and winter in the not-too-distant future, death is all around us: dead leaves, dead branches, and all other sorts of recently-deceased debris– a virtual backyard apocalypse. Make disposing the remains easy on yourself with a powerful chipper/shredder or leaf eater/shredder from Harbor Freight. Choose from these high-performance models:

Quickly reduce piles of leaves and small branches into useful mulch. Mulch is a standard form of winter protection for many shallow-rooted plant, acting as insulation for the soil and plant roots. This powerful 14 amp electric chipper-shredder can handle limbs up to 1-1/2″ in diameter and its rugged polypropylene hopper won’t rust or dent. Also, it maneuvers easily through the yard on smooth-rolling 6″ wheels.


This gas-powered dynamo is an essential tool for landscapers or anyone cleaning up their yard. The chipper-shredder handles limbs up to 1-1/4″ thick and features a four-chipper-blade design to quickly turn limbs, twigs and small branches into mulch, perfect for flower beds and vegetable gardens. Easy on gas, tough on branches, this little chipper eats brush like it’s nothing.


The Godzilla of the group! Easily decimate tree branches, leaves and vines with this wide-mouthed, 11 horsepower gas-powered chipper-shredder. The wood chipper chute handles branches and vines up to 2-7/8″ in diameter while the leaf-hopper shreds leaves and grass clippings up to 3/8″ in diameter. This dynamic chipper/compost shredder features a dual-blade design with both a chipper blade and impeller blade. Even though it’s a tree-thrashing brute, it moves and maneuvers easily on smooth-rolling pneumatic tires.


When life hands you thousands of dead leaves, make mulch! This efficient, economical, and ecological electric shredder makes it simple to get rid of leaves by breaking them down into serviceable mulch or compost for your yard and garden. No more laborious bagging of yard waste! Choose between fine, medium and coarse shredding levels.

Shop Harbor Freight for the right heavy-duty chipper and/or shredder for your needs. As always, you’ll find great performance at incredibly low prices!


Get Yourself a Fly Swatter with a Shocking Twist!

Buzzing, pesky insects — flies in particular — tend to make camping and other outdoor activities a little less enjoyable. Now, outdoors enthusiasts have one more weapon in their pest-fighting arsenals: the electric fly swatter (SKU 40122). This battery-powered camping fly swatter is conveniently-sized and highly portable, making it an easy way to get the most pleasure from all your outdoor adventures. This fly swatter is also great for home use.

electric fly swatter

This battery-powered camping fly swatter is conveniently-sized and highly portable

Its sporty shape makes the electric tennis racket fly swatter infinitely more appealing than the floppy, low-quality version your mother kept hanging on a nail on the back porch. Its attractive lightning bolt design, easy-grip handle and small power switch make the fly swatter electric discreet and simple to use. Weighing in at under a pound and measuring less than two feet long, this is a great camping fly swatter.

At this exceptionally low price, you’ll want at least one electric fly swatter for your home as well.  Those who frequently entertain outdoors will truly appreciate the gift of pest-free parties and backyard barbecues as well their guests. The electric fly swatter works on mosquitoes and other stinging or biting insects in addition to flies, leaving hosts and visitors with pleasant memories instead of bug bite-covered limbs.

This electric tennis racket fly swatter makes the great outdoors seem even greater. From the satisfying zap of that first swat, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this camping fly swatter. At home or out in the wilderness, the electric fly swatter is an awesome outdoor tool. Also be sure to check these other great outdoor tools at Harbor Freight.

Get Your Fire Started!

Whether you’re a camper, survivalist, or just someone who likes to be prepared for emergencies, a magnesium fire starter makes a worthy addition to your toolbox or camping bag. Fire-starting is one of the basic activities performed during camping and emergency situations, necessary for cooking, heating and lighting.

magnesium fire starter

a magnesium fire starter makes a worthy addition to your toolbox or camping bag

While modern day devices like electric-igniters and butane lighters are convenient, they are prone to failure. The trigger switches on electric fire-starters can break, butane lighters can easily crack and even waterproof matches can break. This is where a magnesium fire starter comes into play.

This waterproof fire starter serves as its own tinder and can produce a flame under damp conditions. The tinder lasts an incredibly long time. As a compact fire starter, it takes up practically no room at all, leaving plenty of space in your camping bag for other worthy essentials, like this 12 LED hand crank lantern.

In survival situations, you’ll want this simple, compact accessory with you at all times to get a fire going even in damp weather. The fire it generates is extremely hot  and will ignite even damp kindling. It comes complete with its own striker which creates sparks when struck against the firesteel.

When it comes to finding a portable and reliable method for starting fires, Harbor Freight has you covered. Our simple fire starter requires no electricity, no messy fuel refills, and no special waterproofing.

A magnesium fire starter is a must-have for all emergency preparedness kits, survival kits, and camping bags. If you’re the type who always needs a “plan b”, this will be a great tool for you!

Advantages of Owning a High Quality Trailer Dolly

In terms of convenience and affordability, the Haul-Master 37510 heavy duty trailer dolly for lightweight trailers is a must-have. As simple as it looks, this trailer dolly can help you move small trailers with incredible ease. By purchasing this lightweight trailer dolly, you’ll have an easier time maneuvering a lightweight trailer into a tight space – all without throwing out your back! Whether you are the proud owner of an ATV, a boat, a snowmobile or other heavy equipment, having the right tools and accessories on hand is an absolute must. At Harbor Freight, we know first-hand about the huge difference that the right tools can make.

heavy duty trailer dolly

the Haul-Master 37510 heavy duty trailer dolly is a must-have

Selecting the right lightweight trailer dolly is important. It pays to take your time to pinpoint the one that will suit your needs. First, make sure that the dolly that you buy is capable of accommodating the size of your trailer; the Haul-Master 37510 has a 600-pound load capacity. Second, make sure that the dolly provides the right leverage; the extra-long handle on this model excels in this regard. Durability is also important, and the tough tubular construction of the Haul-Master 37510 is designed to stand the test of time.

There is no point in buying a dolly for a boat trailer, ATV trailer or a snowmobile trailer if it isn’t going to make your life easier. At the same time, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to enjoy the benefits of a high-quality dolly. The beautiful thing about the Haul-Master 37510 is that it combines incredible cost-effectiveness with unbeatable, high-quality features. One look at its pneumatic, knobby trailer dolly wheels will convince you that this trailer dolly is more than up to the job; its cushioned grip and ball hitch is another touch that you’re sure to appreciate.

Owning a boat, snowmobile, ATV or other equipment is supposed to be fun. That fun can come to a grinding halt when you dread having to maneuver your equipment into tight spaces, or when you throw out your back trying to position it correctly. This lightweight trailer dolly helps solve all of those aggravations in one fell swoop. Once you’ve put the Haul-Master 37510 to work for a while, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. Instead of dreading the thought of moving small trailers, you will be ready for the job each and every time.

lightweight trailer dolly

Once you've put the Haul-Master 37510 to work, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it

Of course, Harbor Freight doesn’t just supply one of the best lightweight trailer dollies around; we also stock plenty of other must-have accessories that enhance the experience of owning an ATV, boat or snowmobile. A heavy-duty trucker’s chain makes short work of securing your equipment; wheel chocks combine convenience and utility. Or you can make life easier with a spare tire carrier. From tag-a-long trailers to fold-up utility trailers, Harbor Freight has everything that you could possibly need.

As you can see, owning the right trailer dolly can make life a whole lot easier. If you’re looking for a dolly that can accommodate a total weight of 600 pounds or less, the Haul-Master 37510 is sure to fit the bill nicely. A quick look at its price will blow you away, too. Considering all of the use that you’ll get out of this dolly, it is one of the best investments that you could make.