The CAT RP3600 strikes a perfect balance of quality, power, features and reliability. CAT is a brand synonymous with work-grade equipment. If you want a cheaply made generator look elsewhere. If you value durability then you’ll be impressed by this gas-powered generator with 4500 starting watts and 3600 running watts; but there’s far more to it than meets the eye, such as an LED lit panel, tight-fitting outlet covers, full CARB compliance, and much more, which we’ll discuss. [Read more…]
What do you do if your Leaf Blower won’t start? Why won’t it start? What’s the problem? Can you fix it or do you need to take it to a repair center. We expect our tools to work and when they don’t, if the beginning of a long day.
A leaf blower that fails to start can be infuriating and a frustration, to say the least. This article should help ease of all of that. I’m going to take you through all the steps in diagnosing and resolving staring issues for leaf blowers. [Read more…]
With its combination of portability and gas-free power, the BLACK and DECKER LCS1240 has been one of the best selling light-duty cordless chainsaws in the past five years. It offers a combination of affordability, quality and ease-of-use — and for most homeowners it’s enough to handle all those cutting tasks around the yard. [Read more…]
Makita vs Milwaukee : How do these two power tool brands compare?
If you’re serious about your power tools, the question of Makita vs Milwaukee must have crossed your mind at some point. It’s possible that DeWalt could also feature in this debate. But, for now, let’s not over complicate things. Both Makita and Milwaukee are a formidable force in the power tool world. Everyone from DIY enthusiasts, to contractors and large scale manufacturers depend on these brands to deliver top performance and ultimate durability. [Read more…]
Who Makes Craftsman Chainsaws? Makita? Husqvarna? Black+Decker? Echo? Ryobi? Dewalt? The story behind the most popular chainsaw brands.
Craftsman is a power tool brand with a long and proud history. Though, over the years the brand has undergone changes of ownership and not everyone is sure who makes Craftsman chainsaws. Some say it’s Poulan, others reckon Sears. Neither of these answers are true or, perhaps, only partially true in the case of Poulan. This article is going uncover the history of the Craftsman brand, revealing who makes their chainsaws today. [Read more…]
Our Picks for the Top 4 Quiet Camping Generators in 2019.
For many of us, the attraction to camping has a lot to do with the peace and quiet of nature and the great outdoors. The whisper of the wind through the trees, melodic birdsong, or the chitter chatter of squirrels are all part of the experience. Yet camping need not be uncomfortable, a few creature comforts certainly won’t go amiss. With this in mind, we’re going to review some great quiet generators for camping.
Today we’re going to answer the question : How long do generators last?
I recently spent a lot of time doing research on how long portable generators last as this is something many of our readers would like to know. But the information isn’t easy to find. It was only when I started looking at standby generators that I found manufacturers, like Generac, expect their engines to last 3,000 hours. Generac even claim their engines last three times longer than the opposition.
Let’s dig a little deeper into generator longevity. I think you’ll be surprised at how long a well-maintained quality generator will actually last.
I recently did a Google search on how to ground a portable generator. Even with years of electrical experience, I found all the articles to be confusing and overly complicated. Or the opposite, not providing sufficient or correct information. I’d think that if you don’t know much about wiring and electric codes, terms like neutral bonded, separately derived system, and ground fault current path, can be more than just a little confusing. [Read more…]
What is a good CFM for a leaf blower?
Awhile back I had a discussion with my neighbor about my leaf blower. He wanted to know how I decided whether my blower would be suitable for my garden. I explained that I wanted an electric leaf blower for its ease of use, maneuverability, and durability. The model I selected had the highest cfm rating I could afford, as this was important to me. Then the questions started rolling in: Why electric? What is cfm? What is a good cfm for a leaf blower? [Read more…]
Searching for a definition of Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) reveals some complex explanations, not easy for most of us to understand. Calculating Harmonic Distortion (HD) requires a good understanding of algebra and THD is even tougher to understand. Because this is more important than many people may realize, I’m going to try explaining Total Harmonic Distortion so that it can be understood by all.
In order to answer the question what is harmonic distortion, we first need to understand what a sine wave is and how it works. The effects of THD on a sine wave applies to most of the equipment we use in our everyday lives, from stereos and radios, to the electricity we use in our homes. [Read more…]
This article is going to try to answer a question that many of our readers have been asking — What’s the best power tool brand? A timeless question; often debated but rarely agreed upon. I’ll attempt to answer this complex question as best as I can. But let’s be honest, there can be no absolute answer. There are many ways to approach this topic, such as: What’s the best DIY power tool brand? Or, what’s the best power tool brand for contractors? Perhaps, more importantly these days could be what’s the best cordless tool brand? Choosing the best brand, when buying battery-powered tools can help a lot in the years to come. Using the same batteries and charger for all your cordless tools is ultimately the best way to go. Making the right decision from the outset can make all the difference in the long run. [Read more…]
Pressure washers are great for speeding up a lot of outdoor cleaning jobs. You can use them to clean your patio, driveway, gutters, pool, etc. Some people use pressure washers to clean their car, because it is much faster and easier than using a bucket and sponge. But which type of pressure washer is right for you? [Read more…]
Welcome to our Generator Maintenance Guide. The goal is to help you keep track of everything you need to do to keep your portable generator running smoothly year after year. Like it or not, it means you’ll have to get your hands dirty from time to time, but don’t let that scare you. [Read more…]
DeWalt DW734 vs DW735 : How do these planer’s compare? Which one is right for you? We help you understand what sets these two models apart and why you would choose one over the other.
If you’re setting out to buy a new wood planer, it’s likely that DeWalt could be one of your top choices. Carpenters, contractors and DIY enthusiasts alike all rate this as one of best power tool brands. If you’ve already made your mind up, deciding that the DeWalt is the way to go, your only remaining question would be DeWalt DW734 vs DW735. [Read more…]
There are countless reviews of the best generators for sale. Top 5, top 10 generators, you name it. But wouldn’t it be great to know what people who have bought these generators feel about the products that they have bought?
Electric vs Gas Leaf Blower, what are the differences? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each power type?
Like most modern tools and appliances, a leaf blower is designed to make standard household chores much less time consuming. If you’ve got property with trees on it, chances are you spend a significant amount of time on weekends clearing up leaves from your lawn or driveway. And trees don’t just shed in Autumn, they may do so year-round. Raking is quiet and nice for the environment, but your back is going to thank you for purchasing a leaf blower. Not only will it get the job done in a fraction of the time compared to raking, but you can also use it as a multipurpose tool. Leaf blowers can be used to clear dirt off pavements, sidewalks, and driveways, and for cleaning your patios or gutters. [Read more…]
Think of the Quick Dam Flood Gate system as flood insurance that will prevent your home from being flooded — either through doors or other wide spaces surrounding your home, like you garage. Protecting your home requires a range of flood barriers and the Flood Gate system is an essential component for building strong protective barriers that can extend over long distances. We think you’ll be impressed by how fast and easy it’s to use.
Let’s take a closer look… [Read more…]
In this article we give you a range of options to allow you to choose the Best Hurricane Generator for your specific needs. If you live in an area where hurricanes are probable, or likely then you would be wise to invest your money into a hurricane generator to get you through the days and weeks that follow. Most people wait for a disaster to strike before taking action but in the case of a hurricane, you really need to prepare beforehand because you won’t be able to find a generator locally in the days before a hurricane is predicated or in the weeks after it arrives.
I hope this article inspires you to plan ahead and choose a hurricane generator to match your budget and power needs. [Read more…]
Champion 100519 Review — A unique Open Frame Inverter Generator that straddles the best of both worlds and still affordable. But it’s not a true inverter generator, which we explain in the article.
On the Champion website they call this generator “The Champion 100519 Digital Hybrid 6250-watt DH series open frame inverter with Quiet Technology”. What does that mean? What is a Digital Hybrid Inverter generator and Quiet Technology? Those are valid questions and I will post some answers as we continue. One way of discovering the meaning of those phrases is by breaking them down and examining the meaning of the words. [Read more…]
Welcome to our review of the Trailer Valet XL-PRO — an excellent motorized trailer dolly. We also compare it to the older model Trailer Valet XL. What’s changed and how is it better? If you have the XL model should you upgrade? And if you happen to have some extra money in your bank account, we give you a third option — Trailer Valet RVR, the ultimate in convenience.
Either way, these trailer dollies will make your life much easier and although not cheap, they will make moving your trailer or boat much easier. [Read more…]
What is CFM? Do you know? Of course not, if you did, you wouldn’t be here. Luckily you’ve come to the right place. You have questions and we have answers.
Believe it or not, here are a few common questions people often ask on forums are : What is CFM? What does CFM mean? CFM vs MPH: What’s the difference? [Read more…]
You’re ready to take on your gardening venture so you head to the store to get the supplies you need, but where do you start!? After you plan out to purchase the plants and/or seeds you want choosing the best tools used for gardening can be a bit overwhelming. Do not despair! There is a vast selection when it comes to supplies and equipment to make your garden grow with ease but there’s no need to go overboard. There are, however, some tools you simply can not do without. [Read more…]
We answer your fuel questions, such as : Is there an advantage to using an octane rated higher than your vehicle? What is octane? and other questions that you’ve been asking. One day when combustion engines are obsolete, people will be asking questions like : Mom, did people really drive cars with gas engines? Did people really drive cars? Why?
Anyway, let’s get back to combustion engines and octane ratings. [Read more…]
The best cordless hedge trimmer depends on a few things, such as : your budget, the types hedges you have, the area of hedges you need to trim and whether or not you want the freedom of battery-power or if you don’t mind managing an extension cord as you work. Personally, battery powered tools are worth every penny because they allow you work unencumbered, in in many cases, they can be as powerful as gas-powered tools. [Read more…]
What’s the Best portable power station for you? For your specific needs, budget and expectations? Do you want an indoor generator to get you through a power outage? To take camping? or to power your tools when you work in the garage? Their are a myriad of ways you can use a portable battery power station and in this article we discuss and review 4 excellent models that we feel are worth your money. [Read more…]
Welcome to our Husqvarna 350BT Review — one of the bestselling gas leaf blowers, and for good reason. It’s unapologetic at what does — blowing leaves, dust and other yard debris, quickly and efficiently. And yes, it’s loud, but generating 180 mph winds in the palm of your hand requires a lot of mechanical energy. Hearing protection is a must. [Read more…]
The Husqvarna 122HD60 is my pick for the best gas hedge trimmer for homeowners. It’s been specifically designed for everyday people like you and I — people who simply want to pick up a hedge trimmer, turn it on without any complicated procedure and then start trimming our hedges with a blade that stays sharp. The Husqvarna 122HD60 gives you what you need, in a well-balanced and lightweight body (10.8 lbs.), with dual-action, double-sided blades made from hardened steel.
Let’s take a tour of the Husqvarna 122HD60, and a couple other quality hedge trimmers to give you a point of reference in making your decision. [Read more…]
Welcome to our Husqvarna 360BT Review — a commercial-grade backpack leaf blower, engineered to handle the day-to-day use expected from a professional operator. Built for your comfort, with an ergonomic harness and handles — will efficiently move leaves and other debris around as fast as possible with its 65cc X-Torq engine.
We also compare it to the Husqvarna 350BT and the 4-stroke Makita EB5300TH blower to give you some points of reference. Which blower is right for you? We help you choose wisely. [Read more…]
If you have a cat and you like having plants in your home the it’s essential that you know the answer to this question : Are succulents poisonous to cats?
Succulents are plants consisting of thick leaves with a fleshy texture. Their ability to retain water make them easily adaptable to long periods of drought and a popular choice for plant lovers that have a hard time remembering to water their plants. These common plants, however, could mean trouble for pet owners. [Read more…]
Window vs Portable Air Conditioners : What are the advantages of each type of AC? How do you decide if you should buy a window model or a portable standing AC that you can move around on wheels? For me, it’s an easy decision to make because I love the flexibility of a stand-up portable air conditioner, but that’s just me. We discuss this topic in detail and give you both sides of the story so you can be informed.
Where are Husqvarna Chainsaws made? Everything you ever want to know about the Husqvarna Brand.
As one of the oldest companies in the world today, with a proud Swedish history, the question “where are Husqvarna chainsaws made?” may seem irrelevant. But is it really? We live in a globalized society, making it almost impossible know, with any certainty, where our products are made. Even if the label says made in Sweden, or the USA for that matter, it’s more than likely that some (or most) of the components are manufactured in other countries. [Read more…]
In this article we review 5 of the best Indoor Generators for the money. Also commonly called : Portable Battery Power Stations. Take your pick. I think the latter is more suitable to what these products are in practice, but either way, they do provide a much-needed gap in our ever-growing need for portable power. We discuss a wide range of topics about indoor generators that will help you choose the appropriate model for your specific needs, as well as educate you on the various factors and features that are available. We go deep on this topic because there’s lots for you to consider.
A common question people have, is : Husqvarna 150BT vs 350BT : How do they compare? What’s the difference? Which leaf blower is the right choice for your specific situation (and budget)? Knowing the facts about these two popular and very-well made blowers will ultimately allow you to make the smart decision. We believe that knowledge empowers consumers to choose wisely and so we always do our best to provide answers to your questions as well as provide a broad base of knowledge of things for you to consider before spending your money.
With that being said, let’s move on and discuss the Husqvarna 150BT and 350BT. [Read more…]
Welcome to our Husqvarna 120 Mark II Review, as well as general discussion on all the current Husqvarna Mark II chainsaws, a new series incorporating next generation technology to make Husqvarna chainsaws even better. Most of the innovation is in the professional 550 XP (G) Mark II and 545 (G) Mark II, which we’ll talk about later in the diagram. [Read more…]
The WEN PW31 is gas pressure washer designed for homeowners. A well-balanced model with a practical set of features for all of your home projects and cleaning needs, and yet, still very affordable. WEN is company that makes products that homeowners can afford but designed with the right amount of functionality. The PW31 is another hit from WEN, as they have managed to have hit the sweet spot with this durable pressure washer.
How do portable air conditioners work?
Tired of your noisy room fan that never truly cools the room on a hot summer night and only aids in evaporating the sweat on your skin? After all, it only eases your discomfort somewhat while you endure its many disadvantages. It messes with your hair and the paper on your desk, dries your eyes and it’s noisy, not to mention the obvious fact that a fan only moves the air around so when the air is hot, it only create a hot breeze. A fan doesn’t actually cool your room when the air is warm. [Read more…]
We answer a range of lawn mower oil questions, such as : What kind of oil does a lawn mower use? Can I use synthetic oil in my lawn mower? What type oil for my push mower? Can you put motor oil in a lawn mower? [Read more…]
One of the best things about summer has to be a barbeque. This leads to the question of, gas vs charcoal grills. People will have their own opinions, but this article will offer the pros and cons to buying and using both gas and charcoal grills. We’ll also be covering all the facts and tips that you might need with regards to gas and charcoal grills. Also, can you taste the difference between charcoal grilled food and gas? Watch the video in the latter half of the article to find out. [Read more…]
Today we answer a common question that chainsaw owners ask : How Tight Should A Chainsaw Chain Be? This is an important issue that every chainsaw user should know how to do and understand why. An incorrectly tensioned chain affects both the performance of the chainsaw and your own personal safety. The last thing you want is your chain to come off because you were too lazy to check your chain tension (or didn’t know how).
Either way, there’s a lot to cover in this article. Also, there are videos throughout so you can see exactly what you need to do to keep your chainsaw tightened (tensioned) correctly. Safety should always be your top priority when using a chainsaw. [Read more…]
We’ve compiled all the facts on the Honda EU2200i Recall to help you determine if your specific serial number generator is affected and also to guide you on what to do if you own a faulty unit. Also, if you’ve been contemplating buying a EU2200i, wait until this issue has been rectified before making a purchase. If you want to learn more about the generator, read our original review.