I use a tractor to cut the bulk of the grass and use this for small areas that are inaccessible for the tractor. It was charged in May and its now July 10 and I'm still on the same charge. I assume I'll need to charge it sometime before the summer is over but so far it's on the original charge. It mows as good as any gas mower I've ever used. It's reasonably light weight and maneuverable.
We haven’t published a review prior to this because it took us quite awhile to complete assembly of the greenhouse — this isn’t as easy to assemble as some of the reviews reflect. Our application is a bit unusual…we first had to build a wooden frame on our increte deck as a foundation for this greenhouse (in order to avoid drilling into the increte itself, which is over a garage) The final product is good…I LOVE my greenhouse! It looks beautiful now, and I’m hopeful that it lasts. Keep in mind that— even with the doors propped open (with the bungee cords) and the vents open, it still gets quite hot, so the ideal use (during the summer anyway) would be for starting seedlings, etc. I have gotten some velcro strips to help tie up the shade cloth (it’s still very stiff) — I’m wondering if my plants will get adequate SUN if I have the shade cloths in place? The shade cloths certainly do help lower the temp and are a MUST HAVE in the summer months. I’ve asked my husband (engineer who’s built quite a number of things) to make a comprehensive list of pros and cons in order to help others who purchase this unit. That is below, and I’ll try to post a picture as well. 1) The automatic vent design is poor. This has been our biggest issue. When it’s closed, there is an air gap at the top on either side, and there should be a better way to fasten it to the ridge support…it appears that the top could easily blow loose in a strong wind. It you snap it on as it appears it should be, the vent won’t open at all. So it fits loosely along the top. We do still keep having an issue with one of the automatic vents opening askew and then not closing properly…we see that it is because the hinged lever arm isn’t exactly straight. That was our fault— it’s obvious that placement of the screw plate isn’t precisely lined up. It would be really helpful if they would provide a good fastening point —from the automatic opener attachment to the vent and to the pane below— maybe a metal piece? so that you don’t have to drill thru the plastic. At this point we’re trying to figure out how to correctly line this up without compromising the integrity of the plastic. Top of the vent (V-2) should be redesigned to allow the vent sides to be parallel and rest on the W-2 panel so that there will be no air gap at the top when the vent is closed 2) Quality control over the t-bolts — it would be so much easier if the threading on the t-bolts were consistent so that they could initially be hand tightened— especially in areas where you had to get two into a bracket at the same time. 3) The gutter drain circular opening is so high that the gutters would have to FILL before they start to drain. 4) Regarding the instruction booklet: page 39 step 9.4A: there are no spacers as mentioned in the instructions. It is impossible to install the S-6 screw without drilling out the hole. this screw should be installed BEFORE the vent is put in place and it does not appear the screw provides any benefit anyway On page 38, 9.2A and B: arm A and arm B are reversed from pictures in 9.1B and 9.1C 5) The attachment holes for the door handles on the door are drilled on 4” centers. The holes on the door handles vary between 4 1/8” and 4 3/16” They should match the holes in the doors. 6) The black paint was scratched from a lot of the members due to shipping. Lastly, customer service was great. They are really helpful and knowledgeable when you do reach them; a faster response time would have been better, however. WOULD WE PURCHASE THIS AGAIN? I have to say yes, and I’m hopeful — after a month of being AWAY from the process — that my husband would agree. The biggest issue to us is the poor vent design. Had that not been an issue, we would have rated this a 5 star!
I just tried out my new combo leaf blower/vac for the first time yesterday. My predominate impression of this lawn tool was howy heavy and cumbersome it was to operate. I am a 5'2" woman, but I am fit and strong. I'm not sure that this tool actually makes the task physically easier because just operating it is tiring in itself. It's like carrying around a bazooka. It does have guide wheels on the chute end, but those are only useful on the driveway or unobstructed grass. For a more precise aimed flow of air, you have to carry it. The shoulder strap is not a good design to alleviate the weight. Maybe it's not even a shoulder strap. It's almost like a lanyard to be used for hanging the blower in the garage. The blow/vac feature is very good and powerful. It creates quite a vibration, though, and my hands got numb after only using it for the first 15 minutes. The leaves were well shredded for compost. Dumping the leaf bag, according to the user manual, by simply unzipping the bag, without removing the bag from the unit was less than satisfactory. Only about 1/3 of the contents will actually just dump out. You have to hold the bag open while shaking and twisting the bag (and the entire blower, which again, is heavy) to get it to empty out. I bought this unit for the vac feature and to replace my **** blower which broke. I would not buy this item again or recommend it to others.
I don't understand how anyone could give this tile a bad review. It's so easy to install...just make sure you keep your male/female edges consistent and turned in the same direction. It's much easier to leave the hook ends exposed so you can just drop the next piece and click in place with a rubber mallet and not have to fit the loops underneath the laid tile. You get an amazing checkerboard effect finished look. I had to trim mine to fit, and it cuts easily with a razor knife. The cut next to my house is covered with trim, so that side was cut with a diamond blade on a circular saw since the cut side would be covered. The side edges of my project had to be trimmed as well and, since exposed, required a bit more precision to make a clean, straight edge. If you're using the ramp edges, this can be tricky since once cut, there's no way to connect the ramp pieces to the tile. I left one solid row of tile at the outside edge to connect the ramp pieces to, then alternated my trimmed pieces for the next row on each side of a solid piece. If you don't alternate them, you'll end up with a full row of trimmed pieces with nothing to attach them to. I know this is hard to visualize if you haven't worked with the tile, but this way, you'll have 3 sides of every trimmed piece attached with a loop or eye. The ramp edges give my porch a nice finished look so I totally recommend adding these. Once laid, the tiles stay in place and look fantastic. I blow them off with the leaf blower to clean them, and occasionally wash them down with the water hose to flush out any sand that has collected underneath. Mine have been down for about a year now, and the color hasn't faded one bit. I absolutely love the finished result.
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