Harbor Freight has come out with a new Hercules Extreme Duty jobsite backpack.
At the time of this posting, the new Harbor Freight Hercules tool backpack is priced at $140. Harbor Freight says that you “save $59” on this backpack, compared to Klein Tools’ 55484, which is priced at $200.
The new Hercules tool backpack appears to draw inspiration from several makes and models of tool backpacks, including Milwaukee’s $99 15″ Ultimate Jobsite backpack.
The backpack features 1680D tear-resistant fabric construction, and a molded base that’s impact-resistant and waterproof.
There are 51 pockets for holding various types and sizes of tools and accessories.
The bag also has a 14-pocket removable tool panel, for increasing the access and portability of your most-used tools.
Additional features include padded shoulder straps, a chest strap, metal hanging hook for mounting the tool bag on “everything from ladder rungs to pipes for easy access,” and a tape measure clip.
The main compartment can hold bulkier tools, such as cordless drills or impact drivers, hammers, or power tool accessory cases.
Harbor Freight’s website says that the tool bag has a 90-day warranty covering defects in materials and workmanship.
There are plenty of tool backpacks already on the market. Why buy this one?
Some of the features look well-thought-out, but they could have also been copied from other brands. That’s the biggest hesitation I have about the new Hercules tool bag – is it an original design, or an amalgamation of other brands’ original designs?
At $140, this is surely in premium tool bag territory.
Many tool bag brands, such as CLC Custom Leathercraft, Dewalt, Klein, Milwaukee Tool, and Husky, have multiple options and configurations, as tool bags and backpacks are rarely “one size fits all.”
Is this “Extreme Duty Jobsite Backpack” just the start for Harbor Freight’s Hercules brand? Or is it simply meant to be a more premium option compared to the $75 “Heavy Duty Jobsite Backpack” from Harbor Freight’s Bauer line?