Harbor Freight Black Friday 2012 Ad Released

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Harbor Freight, the discount tool chain based in California, struck early this Black Friday season. Harbor Freight’s Black Friday ad came out today with a full 4 pages of price cuts on popular and notable items, making Harbor Freight one of the very first retailers to release ads for this holiday season.

Before launching into the deals, let’s talk logistics for Harbor Freight shoppers. Inside Track members, who pay a $30 annual fee, can enter Harbor Freight stores at 6am on Black Friday while the rest of the non-exclusive pack must enter at 7am. Harbor Freight also extends its Black Friday sales on both Saturday and Sunday.

Here are the actual ad scans (click to view larger ad):

To take a closer look at the Harbor Freight deals, we’ve listed all the Black Friday ad items below.

Harbor Freight Black Friday Ad Item Black Friday Price Current Price % off
Pittsburgh Automotive 12-ft. 8 Gauge Jumper Cables $4.99 $17.99 72.26%
Bunker Hill Security Wireless Driveway Alert System $9.99 $17.99 44.47%
Cen-Tech Infrared Thermometer w/ Laser Targeting $19.83 $34.99 43.33%
Pittsburgh 22-pc. Screwdriver Set $8.99 $14.99 40.03%
Badland Winches 2000-lb. Electric Winch $49.99 $79.99 37.50%
Central Pneumatic 18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler $13.99 $21.99 36.38%
Chicago Electric Auto-Darkening Blue Flame Design Welding Helmet $38.46 $59.99 35.89%
Drillmaster 4 1/2″ Angle Grinder $9.99 $14.99 33.36%
Central Pneumatic Pancake Oilless 3-gal. Air Compressor $39.99 $54.99 27.28%
Thunderbolt Magnum 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit $139.99 $189.99 26.32%
Drillmaster 18V Cordless Drill/Driver $14.99 $19.99 25.01%
Cen-Tech Digital Inspection Camera $59.99 $79.99 25.00%
Central Pneumatic Professional Oilless 3-gal. Air Compressor $99.99 $129.99 23.08%
Cen-Tech Infrared Thermometer $19.83 $24.99 20.65%
Windsor Design 60-in. Workbench w/4 Drawers $129.99 $159.99 18.75%
Chicago Electric 5-in. Double Cut Saw $49.99 $60.00 16.68%
Chicago Electric Multifunction Power Tool Single Speed $14.99 $17.99 16.68%
Predator Engines 212 cc OHV Horizontal Shift Gas Engine $99.99 $119.99 16.67%
US General Roller Drawer 11-Cabinet $149.99 $179.99 16.67%
Pittsburgh 9-pc. Metric Fully Polished Combination Wrench Set $5.99 $6.99 14.31%
Pittsburgh 9-pc. SAE Fully Polished Combination Wrench Set $5.99 $6.99 14.31%
One Stop Gardens Solar Light Set (3-pc.) $8.99 $9.99 10.01%
Pittsburgh 105-pc. Tool Kit $35.74 $35.99 0.69%
Cen-Tech Automatic Battery Float Charger $4.99 $5.00 0.20%
Haulmaster 500-lb. Capacity Steel Cargo Container $39.99 $39.99 0.00%*
Central Pneumatic 50-ft. Retractable Air/Water Hose Reel $59.99 $59.99 0.00%*
Chicago Electric 12-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw w/ Laser Guide $119.99 $119.99 0.00%*
Chicago Electric 90-amp. Flux Wire Welder $89.99 $89.99 0.00%*
Chicago Electric Portable Generator 900W Max $79.99 $79.99 0.00%*
Gordon Pair of 2 LED Flashlight (3.5in.) $1.99 $1.99 0.00%*
Pittsburgh 3-ton Floor Jack w/Rapid Pump $69.99 $69.99 0.00%*
Average price: $48.37 $58.96 19.86%
Median price: $38.46 $39.99 16.68%

 

So what does this table tell us? Right off the bat, we can tell there are some big discounts. The top 4 most heavily discounted items are all under $20, so they’re affordable for those that want to score nice deals on Black Friday but not rack up the big tab. Depending on what you’re in the market for, different items stand out – the Pittsburgh Automotive 12-ft. 8 Gauge Jumper Cables for $4.99 is extremely cheap, and the Chicago Electric Auto-Darkening Blue Flame Design Welding Helmet is a solid 35% off.

*The last 7 items of our table are all listed on the Harbor Freight Black Friday ad, but they’re not exclusive Black Friday discounts. You can actually get all 7 of these items for the price listed in the Black Friday ad right now on the Harbor Freight website – that’s why we put the percentage off at 0%. There’s no reason to wait until Black Friday if you want one of these items.

Remember that Black Friday ads are often a mixed bag of loss leaders, solid exclusive discounts and savings you could actually get in the store right now. With that in mind, we’ve listed again the items on Harbor Freight’s Black Friday ad that you could get for the Black Friday price right now. Don’t be fooled – always price compare to make sure your Black Friday buys are actually great savings.

Harbor Freight  Black Friday Ad Item Black Friday Price Current Sale Price Original Listed Price % off
Haulmaster 500-lb. Capacity Steel Cargo Container $39.99 $39.99 $99.99 60.01%
Central Pneumatic 50-ft. Retractable Air/Water Hose Reel $59.99 $59.99 $99.99 40.00%
Chicago Electric 12-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw w/ Laser Guide $119.99 $119.99 $149.99 20.00%
Chicago Electric 90-amp. Flux Wire Welder $89.99 $89.99 $149.99 40.00%
Chicago Electric Portable Generator 900W Max $79.99 $79.99 $179.99 55.56%
Gordon Pair of 2 LED Flashlight (3.5in.) $1.99 $1.99 $9.99 80.08%
Pittsburgh 3-ton Floor Jack w/Rapid Pump $69.99 $69.99 $139.99 50.00

 

Be sure to check out our other Harbor Freight coupons year-round to always get the best deals at the tool and hardware retailer.

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