Ah, Dad... He's the guy who taught you how to hammer a nail, ride a bike, catch a fish and belch like a man. When he came home from work, he'd give you that bear hug, smelling like cold air and Old Spice, his five o'clock shadow bristling against your baby-butt-smooth cheek, and you loved it. He was the soft touch when it was time to go to bed, but you needed just a little more TV time... and when you went to bed, he could throw you up in the air like you were flying! He knew how to make your mom laugh like no one else, and he knew how to make the perfect pancakes on Sunday morning.
Father's Day is the day we get to thank Dad for all of it-- for making our childhood more magical, and for making us feel special when he took the time to do things with us. Harbor Freight understands what dads like, and he knows how you can thank them, too. All you have to do is visit the website and you'll know why it's their favorite toy store. So to help make the decision of what to get him easier, here are 10 popular items currently on sale at Harbor Freight Tools, any of which that will make him smile:
This Harbor Freight favorite is a great general-purpose drill; home use, furniture building, etc. The keyless chuck is tight, the power is strong, and users love the LED light! This high performance cordless drill driver has 21 torque clutch settings to handle a variety of chores around the house and garage. It includes an electric brake and the battery is interchangeable with other 18-volt Drill Master tools. For sale at $18.99, it would cost more to buy a new battery for any other drill! In fact, pick up a Drill Master 18V NiCd Replacement Battery along with it, so when Dad's on a roll, he'll never have to stop to charge!
What a great idea to save the back and knees! With a thick cushion, integrated easy-to-reach storage tray and a 15" to 20" lift range, this pneumatic adjustable roller seat is as practical as it is comfortable. Non-marring casters allows for smooth mobility while the 360 degree swivel seat and one-hand height adjustment lever let Dad get into the perfect position for whatever he's doing. Whether it's working on a bicycle, motorcycle, washing and waxing the car, lug nuts, changing brakes, wheel bearings, painting low cabinets, etc., he'll be quietly thanking you again and again while he's relaxing on his roller seat. At just $22.99, this is the ticket!
The legendary Pittsburgh 22-piece combination wrench set from Harbor Freight includes 11 of the most widely used SAE wrench sizes and 11 of the most popular metric sizes to accommodate almost any wrenching moment. Fully polished, they're made of chrome vanadium steel and a chrome plate finish for added durability, and come with an organized portable storage rack for quick access. This wrench set is great for everything from around the house to auto work-- even working on trucks, trailers, tractors and farm equipment! And at just $16.99, everyone should have a set of these! And did I mention the lifetime warranty? This set of wrenches is awesome!
A good socket set makes your life so much easier. How about a great socket set? Well, now you're talking! The wrenches in the Pittsburgh professional-quality set are constructed of rugged chrome vanadium are triple-chrome-plated. They also come with high visibility markings for quick and easy socket selection, a quick-release ratchet with reversible 72-tooth gearing and a comfy cushion grip. An awesome set, believe me, and it beats paying hundreds for those big name brand sets off the tool trucks. And, of course, it's got that lifetime warranty! Pick up a set (or two!) for just $14.99.
And while we're talking about incredible deals on hand tools, what do you get the man who's got all the wrenches and sockets he'll ever need (like that's going to happen)? Why, a Pittsburgh 60-pc. SAE-metric tap & die set, of course! Thread and bore taps like a pro with this tap and die set! This tap and die set will perform-- and out-perform!-- other tool & die sets that cost ten times as much. Each tap and die is constructed of long-lasting alloy steel and the sizes are embedded in, not printed on, the surfaces. This set will cover most all Dad's tap and die needs and, in no time, it'll become his go-to tool for creating and repairing his own screws and bolts. For the home workshop and auto shop; thread plastic, wood, brass, and even plate steel-- everything from an aluminum frame to a hardened steel bumper! Tell Dad to keep them oiled and they'll last him a lifetime-- which, it just so happens, is how long the warranty lasts. Only $29.99 at Harbor Freight.
Dad will save time and hacksaw blades with this angle grinder. This lightweight grinder is powerful and easy to operate while he's cutting or shaping a brick walkway, cutting steel bolts, rebar, masonry, plaster, copper or galvanized pipe. or grinding welds, removing rust, removing bolts, sharpening sections on blades like sickle bars, etc. This grinder’s 4.5 amp ball-bearing mount motor delivers 11,000 RPMs for fast stock removal. It also has a spindle lock for fast and easy wheel changes, easy access brushes, a removable side handle, an easy-to-replace carbon brush and aluminum gear housing. Included with the grider are a 4" grinding wheel, arbor wrenches and a 7/8" arbor adapter. Other cutting blades sold separately. An incredible price at $19.99!
The car battery on Dad's old Crown Vic been dead for months? No problem! This jump starter will easily jump-start nearly any weak or dead 12-volt car battery. Tell him to throw it in the trunk and never worry about getting stuck somewhere again. The #4 industrial copper booster cables include durable alligator clips that can easily attach to any car battery, and the jumper's got a built-in 3.6 watt light to illuminate his sight under the hood, making this a perfect jump companion to have on the road! It also comes with an invaluable power supply for electrical equipment in case of an emergency, such as a C-PAP, spotlight, air pump, etc. The Cen-Tech jump starter/power supply has an automatic cutoff to prevent overcharging, a charge/battery level indicator, and an easy-to-read battery indicator. And before he can say, "What are you, a Rockefeller?" tell him, "Dad, relax. It was only $42.99 at Harbor Freight!"
This hoist lifts loads up to 10 feet high easily, thanks to its sturdy, hardened steel chain. The strength of this hoist can lift up to 2,000 lbs. hassle-free and includes a mechanical load brake to give operator more control when lifting or spotting. Works wonderfully with a gantry or I-beam. Dad can use it for lifting and swapping out engines and trannies like they're not even there-- for a lot less than an engine lift!-- hoist motorcycles for chain and other maintenance, lift the front of a tractor or heavy-duty truck for tire repair, etc. Rugged and reliable, this chain hoist is ideal for heavy loads at the auto repair shop or industrial warehouse. This jewel works as smooth as silk., and for only $44.99, is worth every penny. He'll love it!
Powered with a reliable Predator engine, this portable generator is ideal for emergencies, job-site use, recreation, family reunions, heating and cooling. The generator features a 420cc air-cooled OHV gas engine, a low oil indicator, UL-listed circuit breaker and 11 hours run-time at 50% capacity. With a heavy-duty steel roll cage for protection, this is the ideal portable generator for powering countless electronics, appliances and tools! And if Dad's left without power after a storm or other occurrence, this will keep him going with whatever he needs to power. On sale for Father's Day at $469.99, the 5500 watt generator comes in a standard and California-certified model.
The ultimate go-to Father's Day present when you don't know WHAT'S going on in Dad's head! He'll appreciate this 'cause he gets to choose exactly what's he's had his eye on. You can even have it sent directly to him if you order online; just enter his mailing information on the Shipping Address page. Harbor Freight has gift cards for $10, $25, $50, $75, $100 and $500!
So, take some time and check out these and other tremendous Father's Day deals at Harbor Freight Tools. And when you give your gift to your dad, mention something about those childhood memories, and thank him. Chances are, that's the best present you could have given him. The tools don't hurt, though.
When imagining the emergency prepper-- or survivalist (is there a difference? Not sure.)-- you might think of a thick-bearded misanthrope in a rural or semi-rural environment, with a steel-reinforced cabin, a bush-camouflaged bunker, gas masks hanging from coat racks and arsenals stashed in hollowed-out redwoods-- kind of like John Malkovich in "Red," but not as eloquent. He recites the Pledge of Allegiance with his family every day in their basement and teaches his kids CB slang in case the power grid goes down.
On the most part, this perception is way off. Closer to the norm are the legions of ordinary families in all types of settings-- rural, suburban and, yes, even urban-- preparing for what they feel will be an inevitable disruption in society, either by social upheaval or natural disaster. They store food, water, fuel, portable wealth, clothing and blankets, alternative power, communication and first aid supplies. History has shown what can happen when the system breaks down, and these Americans don't want to fall victim to the consequences. It's all good fun, watching them on cable reality shows, going through their drills and stockpiling their tarps... but then something else sinks in: a lot of what they're saying makes uncomfortable sense.
Which brings me to that survivalist of the urbane world, the Apartment Prepper . The city-dwelling survivor can prepare for emergencies, much like their more countrified brethren, save it be for some environmental modifications. One thing they do share is the need for sustainable power in the event of a crisis. If you've ever experienced a blackout or disaster, you know how quickly the wheels can fly off the wagon around the neighborhood.
Recently, Harbor Freight Tools delivered a Predator 420cc, 8750 Watts Max/7000 Watts Rated Portable Generator to the good people at The Apartment Prepper so they could put it to the test. They published their findings on their blog in "Setting Up a Generator", an extremely helpful guide for a fledgling survivalist to choose and set up their generator for those SHTF moments.
First, deciding which one you need:
Every generator includes the wattage it is rated for, and the maximum watts you can use with it. In this case, the Predator Generator is '7000 rated watts; 8750 maximum watts.' What does this mean? This means there is a bit of calculation involved when deciding which devices you will be using with the generator. This is to make sure that the items you want to plug in are below the rated and maximum wattage ratings of the generator. The manual included a Wattage Calculation Table, along with Wattage Calculation Charts, which gave the “Running Watts” and the “Additional Startup Watts” for common household appliances. For example, you want to use a combination of appliances:
- computer with monitor, it will need 800 running watts, but 0 additional startup watts.
- A refrigerator/freezer needs 700 running watts, and 1500 startup watts.
- Window AC needs 1200 running watts and 600 additional startup watts
If you wanted to use these three things at the same time, you add 800+700+1200=2700, well under the 7000 rated watts of the Predator Generator. For the Startup Watts, you only take the highest startup watts, in this case, it’s 1500. 2700+1500=4200, which is under the 8750 maximum wattage the generator can handle."
Great information to have when you're getting ready to shop. They then offered several pointers on setting up before you operate the generator. These included:
- Determine a well-ventilated spot to park the generator.
- Ground the unit before you start using it.
- Get the proper fuel and oil for the unit.
- Get a battery for electric starts.
- Drain the gas and oil from the generator when not in use.
There's obviously a lot more to each step, but I didn't want to hijack all the good stuff. Click through to the article and prepare to be educated.
After setting up, they proceeded to test the generator on a microwave oven, and then the hijink ensued! You can read all about it on The Apartment Prepper blog site.
After taking your gas-powered equipment to hell and back year after year, the engine's eventually going to conk out. And when that day inevitably comes, it doesn't make sense to buy a whole new set-up, not when the only thing broken is the engine. Sure, you could get it repaired or try to fix it yourself, but that's a crap shoot at best. For the price, you should just replace the engine.
The Predator 212 cc, 7 HP OHV Horizontal Gas Engine is fierce on power and performance, but really easy on price, which explains its popularity with the go kart and mini bike crowd. That said, it's also gained a large following with those looking to replace the engines on their wood splitters, lawn mowers, roto-tillers, pumps, compressors, snow blowers, lawn vacuums, leaf vacuums, generators... you name it. I even saw one guy who put it on his wakeskate winch.
The Predator engine is also the "green" choice with its super-efficient, clean overhead shaft design, which passes Carb and EPA standards in all states (there's also a California-approved model!),and delivers a cooler performance and longer life. In short, the horizontal shaft makes this an ideal all-purpose replacement engine.
I mentioned go karts and mini bikes... a company that sells modded gas engines, NR Racing, offers a modded Predator 212 CC, suped up for competition and stickered at $799. Must be a daisy of an engine.
Check out the Predator 212 cc and other Predator gas engines now available online and in your local Harbor Freight Tools store.
As I've mentioned, the Mrs. and I are trying to fortify our emergency supplies. We recently brought home a generator inherited from my father-in-law, an old 1500-watt unit. And while we were happy with the new acquisition, we soon learned it was only good for minor applications-- tailgating, camping, backyard parties-- so we decided to shop for a new, bigger generator and use this one as a supplement.
Now, I'll study the HECK out of a product before I buy-- professional reviews, customer comments and forums are must reading. If you're like me, you think customer reviews are the best, especially when there are several of them for a product, and most of them agree. The Predator gas generators at Harbor Freight all have high-star ratings, so I dove into their reviews. Most of them were what you'd expect: "very pleased..." "well constructed..." "powered everything with no problem..." "works great and costs a lot less..."
But then, I stumbled on a particular review, and a chill crept up my spine. I turned down the AC and read on.
It was from the West Houston Paranormal Society, a dedicated group of otherworldly investigators who hunt and engage the unknown:
"We are West Houston Paranormal Society and this is our official generator. Running power where we need it in powerless buildings and houses that we investigate. It runs our equipment (cameras, audio, trip sensors, monitors, DVRs, computers, recharging packs, etc) throughout the house, as well as our trailer base command/review center. Fist pull operation, no drain or surges and super quiet.... the last thing we need is a loud generator interfering with our EVPs and video evidence, that is why we chose this one because that was high on our list of NEEDED features." Caps included.
Why the Predator generator? Could it be it resonates with beings from across the veil? Or, is it the high-quality performance and low prices? Perhaps it's all of the above.
The Mrs. and I ended up going with the Predator 8750 Watts Max/7000 Watts Rated Portable Generator, certified for California (4.5 stars, 13 reviews). It has the necessary power to juice our gas furnace, refrigerator freezer, AC, microwave, TV & lights... a little more than the "bare minimum" we had originally planned to get, but I'm sure we'll be glad when the emergency (and the other stuff) goes down.
The Predator generator isn't the only Harbor Freight product of choice among paranormal investigators. The Southeastern Paranormal Society, located in Salisbury, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, and the good folks at IHuntGhosts.com, favor the motion-activated Bunker Hill Security 4-Camera Surveillance DVR when looking into poltergeists and sundry presences. A representative at the SPS commented:
"I bought this package to do surveillance for our paranormal research group. The cameras perform great in near pitch black conditions. Considering buying another system for our group."
Everyone who's seen those paranormal movies knows why this is an important contribution to the investigative process (on the other hand, I'm not sure I want to know what's going on in my house when I'm asleep).
On My Para: The Paranormal Social Network, a forum member recently recommended the Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer for measuring the ambient air around "cold" and "hot" spots. While so-called "professional" ambient air thermometers cost around $130, Harbor Freight's is just $39.99. Boo-yah!
Here's a particularly unnerving thread about using a wireless inspection camera " for "tight spaces" and "a very good idea for a room that has noises coming from it with the door closed." The forum member who recommended the Cen-Tech Digital Inspection Camera was using his to check out a mausoleum he'd been curious about.
Finally, as Ghost Journeys advises in its Investigation Guidelines:
So, when it comes to quality tools at incredibly low prices... who you gonna call?