HARBOR FREIGHT MAGNETIC PARTS TRAY WITH HOOD

— Testing a handy item when you’re working on your UTV —

Magnetic parts trays are a big help with all kinds of work on UTVs. They provide a secure place to keep fasteners, loose parts and tools together while you work on your machine. The magnet lets you stick the tray to any steel surface near your work, and it holds parts in place even if it’s more convenient to position the tray vertically or upside down. Harbor Freight’s Pittsburgh 9 1/2-inch magnetic parts tray with a hood is larger than more common round parts trays, which are usually 4 to 6 inches in diameter, and it includes a retractable hood to hold plastic and aluminum parts in place when the tray is positioned vertically. The 9 1/2-inch magnetic parts tray with the hood is $9.99. Harbor Freight’s 4-inch round parts tray is $2.99, and their 6-inch round parts tray is $3.99.

Harbor Freight’s Pittsburgh 9 1/2-inch magnetic parts tray is large enough to hold tools, as well as parts, and the hood holds plastic and aluminum parts when the tray has to be positioned vertically.

PERFORMANCE:

Even small jobs on UTVs, like removing body parts or a clutch cover, involve a surprising number of fasteners that are easy to lose or drop into hard-to-reach locations, so a magnetic parts tray is a very useful tool. Harbor Freight’s Pittsburgh 9 1/2-inch magnetic parts tray with the hood is extra helpful on UTVs, because they also use plenty of plastic push pins, plastic washers and aluminum parts that regular magnetic parts trays don’t trap when the tray has to be positioned vertically. In spots where the hood isn’t needed or creates clearance problems, it can be retracted. The hood and most plastic parts are black, so parts resting on the hood would be easier to see if the hood was a bright color. The 9 1/2-inch tray isn’t only good for parts; its large size and strong magnets let it hold a standard ratchet handle and several sockets to keep them easily within reach. The 9 1/2-inch tray uses two large magnets to hold itself and parts in place, and the magnets have rubber covers to prevent scratches on your machine.

THE VERDICT

Magnetic parts trays are a good idea that has been around for a long time, and Harbor Freight’s Pittsburgh 9 1/2-inch magnetic parts tray expands on this good idea in very useful ways. Its hood holds plastic and aluminum parts when the tray has to be positioned vertically, and the tray’s extra room and powerful magnets let it hold tools as well as parts.

CONTACT: Harbor Freight Tools stores or www.harborfreight.com

RATING: ★★★★

PRICE: $9.99

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