I use mine too. remodeled my kitchen, two bathrooms, garage, shed, various
wood working projects, etc. First couple years after I bought the set I
worked installing e911 systems so I screwed various 66 nd 110 blocks and
equipment to the walls in the equipment rooms and drilled all kinds of
holes to run cables, mine were well used.
I've got a consumer level Wally world brand 12 volt drill whose battery
pack was starting to suck pretty bad after 5 years.
I had it rebuilt for $60 CAD, with a one year warranty, and can't
believe the difference.
I've got another cheapo 9.6 volt and will take that pack in next week
for rebuilding as well.
Life. Nature's way of keeping meat fresh. -- Dr. Who
I don't know if you pay attention to boring, straight rags like consumer
reports but they give a pretty sobering picture about hybrids in this
month's issue. They are not what they are cracked up to be. I'm also
surprised at the emotional drive over a few miles per gallon. At your 60
miles/day, you could drive a car that gets a real 24 mi/gal with
conventional reliable proven gasoline engine and cost $1890/year for gas.
Or you could pay a few thousand more for an unproven hybrid and hope it will
get the purported 40 mi/gal and save $750/year. That's at $3.00/gal.
'tain't worth it to me.
On Mon, 05 Sep 2005 02:18:57 +0000, BillyBob wrote:
I think the point of the hybrids is to reduce the externalized costs of
conventional engines. Greenhouse, smog, uppity furriners, that sort of
thing. It's hard (for me, anyway) to quantify those other costs, though.
I don't have any battery-powered tools (just scads of small AA-eater
gadgets). Just wanted to toss this idea out to you folks who use them:
would you find any use for a cranked charger, like the cranked radios?
Higher current draw, of course...
"Keep your ass behind you"
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| I don't have any battery-powered tools (just scads of small AA-eater
| gadgets). Just wanted to toss this idea out to you folks who use
| them: would you find any use for a cranked charger, like the
| cranked radios? Higher current draw, of course...
I think I sense a great idea coming on: How about attaching the crank
directly to the tool so as to eliminate batteries altogether - I think
you could make a drill with cranked gearing...or even a drill that is
just a chuck attached to a crank.
Some of the tools in this family could even be simple push-pull tools:
How about a screwdriver that all you had to do was push-pull on the
handle? A push-pull saw or a push-pull jointer (or even a push-pull
DeSoto, Iowa USA
My wife's Prius (a 2001 model, IIRC), really does get in the low to mid
40's. Here's a guy (http://randyrathbun.org/prius/prius_mileage /) who kept
track of his gas for 3 years, and averaged 47 MPG (that's probably the
newer model, which gets better mileage than the older one my wife has).
I'm not sure what "a few thousand" means, but let's assume you mean $5k.
That pays for itself in about 6-1/2 years. That's not a bad ROI.
... if, and this may be a big "if", you don't have to replace the
batteries in those 6 1/2 years. Then the payoff is farther out. Seems
like waiting 6 1/2 years is a pretty long time to wait for break-even to
me. I certainly would think twice if I was told that an investment would
take that long to just break even.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
On Mon, 05 Sep 2005 10:31:54 -0700, Mark & Juanita
I eyeballed a hybrid a couple years ago but lost interest when they
said I'd have to replace the batteries every 3-5 years at a cost of
more than 8 grand. I sincerely hope that's not true of the newer ones,
but it's kept me away from serious consideration ever since.
"We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and
bring something to kill"
The other factor is that a hybrid is a *MUCH* more complex and sophisticated
piece of machinery - more things to break, more specialized parts. Early
reports of high reliability are just that - early reports. Let's see what
happens to them in 5-10 years.
I still love my 1991 Toyota previa with 180,000 miles. My average mainteance
cost for last four years has been less than $400/year. I don't need no
stinkin' electric motor.
Anyone remember the Cadillac 4-6-8?
The 4100 was another POS that leaked coolant into the oil because of the
ridiculously long intake manifold bolts that were underneath the valve
covers. Almost no one bothered to retorque them and hence the leaks.
I'd find many of the bolts so loose upon disassembly that I could remove
them with my fingers.
Hm, I was told it was an o-ring leaking between the steel sleeves and
the aluminum block. Or, do those bolts allow that leak? Mind, I'm not
saying there aren't more than one problem with the engine. My folks got
bit by that one - GM's "fix" was to pour radiator stop-leak into the
tank & hope for the best. Oddly enough, next winter, my dad had to buy
a new heater core... and then the camshaft became, well, not all that
On Wed, 07 Sep 2005 19:08:15 +0000, BillyBob wrote:
I have, however, owned two Geo Metros. Very reliable little car, very high
mileage. My first long trip in one (4 spd. manual, 3 cyl.) netted 52 mpg,
Detroit to Minneapolis ... mostly at speeds clearly not posted. City
mileage was about 37 mpg.
It's a good car. Easy to maintain. Needs to come back.
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