Harbor Freight has launched a new Hercules 20V [Max] cordless grease gun, which can deliver 5 oz/min of grease at 10,000 PSI.
The Hercules grease gun features a 14.5 oz stainless steel barrel cartridge and is said to have a 48″ anti-kink flex hose with spring guards at both ends.
And, Harbor Freight also launched a new Bauer 20V [Max] cordless grease gun. The Bauer can also deliver 5 oz/min of grease at 10,000 PSI.
It features an automatic high pressure shutoff, all-metal drive train, and 36″ anti-kink flex hose. It’s also designed for use with 14.5 oz grease cartridges.
This is the same tool, right?
The Hercules is said to have a 48″ hose, and the Bauer a 36″ hose, although it seems nobody told this to the product photography team.
You have the Hercules at $130, and the Bauer at $120.
Harbor Freight did something similar with their cordless heat guns, launching very similar Hercules and Bauer tools at the same time.
HF is not the only brand doing this; there was a time when Dewalt and Porter Cable launched similar tools with slight differences. Back in 2010, Dewalt’s then-new trim router had variable speed control and LED lights, while Porter Cable’s was a single speed model for $10 less.
It’s good to see Harbor Freight bringing new capabilities to Hercules and Bauer cordless power tool lines, but the lack of clear or strong enough differentiation has the potential to confuse or disappoint customers.
If you’re approaching both of Harbor Freight’s cordless systems without owning tools or batteries from either cordless, which way do you lean?
The Bauer is advertised as saving you $39 compared to the Ryobi P3410, while the Hercules is advertised as saving you $69 compared to the Milwaukee 2646-20.
So, the Bauer “compares” to the Ryobi, while the Hercules “compares” to Milwaukee? Even though they’re seemingly the same tool but with a different hose length?
Both tools are sold bare, and so you’ll need a battery and charger to get things working. Harbor Freight shows 5Ah batteries as a “frequently sold together” recommendation.
Here’s a pricing breakdown:
Hercules Cordless Grease Gun Pricing
- Tool-only: $130
- 5Ah Battery: $65
- Charger: $30
- Bundle Discount: $25
Hercules Bundle Price: $200
Bauer Cordless Grease Gun Pricing
- Tool-only: $120
- 5Ah Battery: $60
- Charger: $30
- Bundle Discount: $20
Bauer Bundle Price: $190