Planning a move or just need to protect your furniture during a remodel? At only $5-10 each (depending on size), these furniture blankets cost less than half what moving supply companies charge. We've seen them go for as little as $3 on sale at Harbor Freight, so load up and get moving!
If you work on cars, or just have lots of heavy stuff in your shop that you need to move around, this shop crane (sometimes called an 'engine hoist') is worth its weight in gold. It's easy to wheel around and the legs fold up for easier storage. Beyond engines, our editors have wheeled around all kinds of heavy stuff, including tablesaws and jointers, with these things. $180-220.
Deep Well Sockets
Unless you work on cars a lot, you probably don't need deep well sockets very often. But when you need them, you really need them! So stop borrowing your neighbor's socket set and buy this 10-piece set instead. They're available in SAE or metric in various drive sizes and a bargain at only $12. Impact-rated sockets are also available for about $25-32.
If you like playing car doctor in your garage, this mechanic's stethoscope only costs $5. It's just what the doctor ordered for diagnosing problems under the hood such as piston slap, worn gears, and other mysterious bumps and squeaks. Just touch the probe to the non-rotating part you think might be faulty and listen. Only $4. Not for medical use.
You probably couldn't build a furniture dolly this cheap yourself. $15 gets you a heavy-duty dolly rated for 1000 lbs. It's made with hardwood and swivel casters with rubber wheels. It also has a carpeted surface to prevent slippage and keep your furniture from getting scratched.
If you're a typical DIYer, then a right angle grinder probably isn't something you'll use very much. You can rent them at home centers, but for only $15-30, why not just buy your own? They're great for cutting, grinding, and polishing wood, metal, and concrete. They come with metal-cutting blades, but you can also outfit them with diamond blades, wire wheels and sanding disks. Don't have a use for a grinder right now? Buy one anyway; we promise you'll find one.
Here's another tool you don't need every day, but a set of bolt cutters sure comes in handy. Got an old padlock you need to open but can't find the key? Need to cut through some threaded rod, a bolt, a chain, or some chain link fencing? Bolt cutters will make short work of all of these.
For close to the same price as renting, you can own a rotary hammer that'll easily drill holes in masonry, chisel concrete apart like a mini-jackhammer, and even drive rebar into the ground like a hot knife through butter. Rotary hammers aren't cheap, but for only $70-130 at Harbor Freight, you can purchase your own for close to the same cost as renting. Only need it for one job? Sell it on Craigslist when you're done.
Right Angle Drill
Need to chew holes through a bunch of wall studs for new plumbing or electrical lines? You'll want a heavy duty right angle drill. They're not cheap at home centers – about $250. And renting costs add up quickly over the course of several days. But Harbor Freight sells them for only $150. With a two-speed gearbox and heat treated gears, this thing is a beast!
23-guage air nailers – sometimes call 'micro pinners' – are great for nailing on very small trim because they're less likely to split wood. The nails (a.k.a. 'pins') also don't have any heads, so you don't have to set them and fill the hole with wood putty. Premium brands go for as much as $270, but this one only costs $25.
Like a shop crane, a chain hoist is a great tool to have for lifting heavy objects. But the advantage of a chain hoist is that you can lift things ten feet up in the air! Which is a big help if you need to hoist something big in an auto shop or industrial warehouse. Normally an expensive item, but Harbor Freight sells one-ton hoists for $55.
These are great when you need to get all four of your car wheels off the ground for things like brake jobs, replacing shocks, and other automotive tasks where you're working underneath your car for an extended period of time. Sold in three, six, and 12-ton models, Harbor Freight sells adjustable-height jack stands for just $22-45 a piece, depending on weight capacity.
Need an air stapler for woodworking, crafts, carpeting, or installing upholstery on furniture? $25 gets you a 20-gauge stapler that you power with a compressor. It'll drive 7/16' crown staples all day long up to 5/8' in length.
2 HP Dust Collector
A single-stage dust collector with a 4' hose is a coveted tool in most home woodshops, because it keeps your shop cleaner and protects your lungs from the harmful effects of sawdust. You can spend a few hundred to a few thousand dollars on a dust collector, but Harbor Freight sells this 2-HP model for just $200. That's more than enough sucking power for most home shops. The bag on top filters particles down to 5 microns, and the lower collection bag is clear so you can see when it needs to be changed.