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Vectrix electric scooter achieves lift-off

When we reviewed the Vextrix Electric Maxi-Scooter a few months back over at Gizmag, we loved the handling and sweet electric drive it offered But we never for a second thought wed ever see one getting up to these sorts of antics, soaring through the air and hoisting bulk wheelies down the road. Now, I can wheelie most bikes, but Im happy to bow down to the bloke that can wheelie one of these! Our mystery anonymous contact wont confirm whether the machine is stock standard or somehow tweaked, but we got a huge buzz out of these photos so...

How to Maintain Your Coffee Grinder

A great number of details can affect coffee quality, all of which can be mitigated with the right amount of care and quality equipment. Today we’re looking at the often neglected coffee grinder. While not every person can have the top of the line gear there are always simple steps that can be taken to boost the overall quality of your coffee, one of which being cleaning practises. Following on from my last list of cleaning tips, I thought I’d write an article based specifically on the more neglected coffee making tool – coffee grinders. In my early days as a...

Car Repair Tips and Tricks: When to Avoid Them

It seems like everyone is eager to share car repair tips and tricks when you’re experiencing trouble with your vehicle. The problem is, no matter how well-intentioned this help might be, occasionally some folksy wisdom passed down about automobiles can actually lead to more harm than good. Check out this list of three car repair tips and tricks you may actually want to avoid. 1. Cutting Your Springs Many people want to lower their car for better looks or improved handling, which is why there’s an entire aftermarket of parts suppliers that will outfit your ride with lowering springs that...

How to Clean Your Burr Grinder

A burr grinder is one of the essential tools in your coffee brewing arsenal and sets the stage for the quality of your daily cup. As we’ve detailed before, a good burr grinder is one of the best investments you can make toward coffee brewing perfection. It should be no surprise, then, that a grimy grinder can lead straight to a hot cup of disappointment. A regular cleaning of your grinder doesn’t have to be a chore and will ensure your brews are tasting their absolute best. Coffee grinders can get gunked up with a few different things that lead...

Tire Inflator Buyers Guide

What is a Tire Inflator? Tire inflators come in many different styles and are equipped with many different features. It’s always a good idea to know what you need and want the inflator to be able to do before you purchase one. Doing this will ensure that you get the inflator that will fit your preferences and needs and you won’t be wasting money. Tires are an important part of a car’s overall performance. If they are worn or unbalanced in any way, it can affect how the car runs. Having a tire inflator eliminates the problem of the vehicle’s...

4 Quick Ways To Maintain Your Coffee Grinder

So you’re already on board with the idea that your coffee grinder is critical to making good coffee at home. But…do you maintain it? Crusty, crispy, bean-crumb-filled, coffee-oil soaked grinders can suck the joy out of your brew. A little diligence and regular care will keep things up to snuff—the first step is admitting you have a problem. Coffee brewers aren’t the only things in your life that get covered in…well…coffee. Oily residue from coffee beans (the darker-roasted the oiler and slimier) and fractured debris from flying beans can get lodged, or coat coffee oils or particulate matter in all...

5 Must-Haves for the Good Oscillating Tool

On the years, oscillating tools have undergone a change. Originally intended for plaster removal in the 60’s, they’ve taken on all kinds of other applications, anythingfrom cutting plumbing pipes to removing old paint. It’s ended up being the go-to tool for most construction and handyman professionals or occasional athlete enthusiasts. Since its functions are varied, you’ll probably decide an oscillator for several purposes. Here’s a listing of must-haves to find the best multiple-use oscillating tool, and why you need them: Soft-Start Feature: There’s nothing worse than stepping into a tight corner and having your tool suddenly lurch uncontrollable. You could...

Klein Tools Wins Four Pro Tool Reviews Innovation Awards

Klein Tools, (http://www.kleintools.com) for professionals since 1857, announced four of its products were honored with 2014 Pro Tool Reviews Innovation Awards. The Klein Tools product winners include Foam Wire Pulling Lubricant (Cat. No. 51100), All-Purpose Pliers (Cat. No. J206-8C), the Switch Drive Handle System (Cat. No. 32700 and 32701), and the Tradesman Pro™ Organizer Lighted Tool Bag (Cat. No. 55431). “Certain manufacturers go the extra mile to add useful and often game-changing innovations to their product offerings,” said Clint DeBoer executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. “Klein tools deserve a coveted spot in the toolbox of any tradesman,...

How to Buy Compound Miter Saw?

A workshop isn’t complete without a miter saw. But what are the differences between a miter saw, a compound miter saw, a dual compound miter saw and a sliding compound miter saw? Keep reading and we’ll help you complete your shop with a saw that’s perfect for you. Miter Saw Model Variations A miter saw is a specialized tool that lets you make cuts at a variety of angles. The saw has a blade mounted on a swing arm that pivots left or right to produce angled cuts. You can use a miter saw to quickly make cuts for crown...

How to Choose a Cordless SDS+ Hammer Drill

Hitting hard, drilling big are important features of any SDS+ hammer drill. Many of us are tethered to a power cord when we use our SDS+ hammer of choice, but in this guide, we’ll show you why you should buy a cordless SDS+ hammer drill. What Can You Do With an SDS+ Hammer Drill? First off, we need to understand what SDS+ means. There are a few definitions of the term, the most common of which is “Slotted Drive System”. Some argue that it comes from the German phrase ‘steck, drew, size’ that translates as ‘insert, twist, fits’. Either way,...