Vilano Shadow Road Bike Review

Everybody is different and that fact is never more evident then when people are exercising. Certain people can do certain things, and there are even times when certain people can only do certain exercises. A lot of people love to run. This then causes a lot of people to get various injuries due to the demanding nature of running as a form of exercise. Once these injuries have been established, people will then look to another exercise which has a softer impact on their joints, and more often than not this exercise is found in the form of cycling. As exercises go, cycling is one of the least impactful and it is therefore becoming more and more popular amongst people. This then leads to the question of which is the best bike for you to use? Well, today we are going to look at one in particular, the Vilano Shadow Road Bike and see what it is all about.

 

So what can it do?

 

A bike is just two wheels, a frame and some handlebars right? Nope, not with the Vilano! It has a number of features all intending to make your cycling experience that little bit nicer. The first of these is the 700c wheel set, which is doubled walled, CNC machine sided to ensure a smooth ride. There are Shimano STI integrated brake levers/shifters which offer you precise control over your breaking and the ability to shift gears all in one small, conveniently placed unit which makes it perfect for the road. Another very nice feature is the 6061 double butted aluminium aero frame, which is incredibly light and therefore again perfect for the road.

 

What are the Positives?

The Vilano gets off to a great start as it is incredibly easy to put together. It takes the average person around 20 minutes to begin cycling from the moment they take it out of the box! Another very good point about this bike is the Shimano gears it has. These are top of the range and will serve you for a long time to come whilst making your bike riding experience even easier than it was before!

 

What’s bad about it?

Whilst you are getting top of the range parts in the form of the Shimano gears, it seems that Vilano have cut some corners where the rest of the parts are concerned. Some customers have complained that the gear cable is relatively weak and that the way some of the pieces of the bike have been put together in the factory is not up to standard. This may not be true about every single bike, but it does seem to be the case for a couple of them.

 

So what’s the conclusion?

For someone who is not an expert bike rider yet, the Vilano is a relatively good place to begin a cycling adventure from. It is easy to put together, even easier to ride, and as a bike which is at the cheaper end of the scale, you do get a lot for your money. If however you would like to compare this bike to other similar ones, why not visit Cycling Plaza to do so!

Cuisinart CRC-400 Rice Cooker Review

Over the last few years our kitchens have become filled with more and more gadgets, each designed to make our lives that little bit easier. You may already have a smoothie maker, microwave, and a huge fridge-freezer, but do you have the newest gadget on the market which can help you cook the staple of every kitchen cupboard, rice without any fuss? Rice cookers are being spotted in more homes than ever before and this is due to their practicality and in some cases versatility. This review will be taking a look at the Cuisinart CRC-400 rice cooker to see if it excels in both of those categories!

Discuss the features

The Cuisinart is a middle of the range cooker when you look at the rest of the market, but it has a list of very impressive features which would have you believing otherwise. This cooker will steam not only rice as the name suggests, but also meat and vegetables so in theory you could cook a whole mean in this one little machine, saving you time not only with the washing up but also with the cooking itself! It has a stainless steel steaming basket so there won’t be any risk of rust (try saying that three times quickly), a glass lid and a measuring cup so you can ensure precision whilst you cook. Now I am not saying you are a bad cook, but the good news is that this machine automatically switches to a “warm” setting when cooking is complete so there is absolutely no chance of burning anything!

What about the looks?

Pretty sleek for a rice cooker is the short answer. Stainless steel has been used in abundance whilst creating this cooker and that is no bad thing. The Cuisinart will have absolutely no problem looking at home in your kitchen. When you are done using it you will be able to put it away in a cupboard too, as it only measures 9.9 x 10.7 x 10.1 inches so it is on the smaller end of the rice cooker scale. 

What are the positives?

You will be able to cook the perfect rice dish with absolute ease with this machine. The steam vent will prevent any splatter from the boiling water and the chrome plated handles stay cool to the touch. It looks good and will do the job for you so it should make for a good purchase!

What are the negatives?

Some people who owned the machine have complained about it being rather tricky to get the water levels correct when making your rice, and that this has ruined their meals, so if you are close to buying this may be something to consider.

Summary

It is time to give you a great overview of this machine. Overall it appears to be a very good little cooker. It works well and will look good when sitting on your kitchen countertop, so you could do a lot worse than to buy the Cuisinart!

WORX WG775 Lawn Mower and Collection Bag Review

Prepping for a special event or occasion can take some extra time than expected. Not only does the inside of the home need to be clean and ready to accept guests, but the outside should be neat and clean as well. Grass tends to grow quicker than other plant life, which makes it a challenge to stay on top of before it becomes too high or unmanageable. Before a big event, you do not want to be stuck trying to explain why your grass is tall enough to fit a toddler. Keeping a well maintained lawn can easily be done with the right lawn mower.

Description and Details

This battery operated lawn mower can easily cut any yard that is six thousand square feet or less in one charge. If you are looking for an easy to manage mower, this one is definitely in the running at approximately 32 pounds. It can mulch, discharge in the rear, and catch it all in an easy to empty bag. The battery can be removed and charged away from the mower. The WG775 has a cutting width of fourteen inches and the height can be adjusted up to approximately three inches. Instead of the pull cords that are used to start some push mowers, the WG775 is easily started with the push of a button.

The Strengths of the WG775

Consumers have reported on how well this lawn mower has worked for anyone, including people who have issues that may prevent them from operating a vibrating mower. Those who have purchased the WG775 have rejoiced about how lightweight it is. Many who are over seventy have found this the ideal lawn mower as it is quick and efficient. After a charge, it is ready to cut a medium to large lawn without problems. To be able to maneuver, this mower has made it possible for many people to cut hard to reach places and avoid having to back up or constantly stop and go.

The Weaknesses of the WG775

Many people have found that they need more information on the charging of the battery to this lawn mower. Some have found it to become hot and damaged after leaving it plugged in for long periods of time. There is no turn off safety feature, which is one of the few things that consumers have reported it should have. Another issues that consumers have found is that the height of the cutting cannot reach below three inches, even when set to do so. The height difference compared to that of a heavier lawn mower is very significant for many WG775 owners.

In Conclusion

Purchasing a lawn mower from a top name brand store or from a large department superstore is a great idea for many people. However, purchasing that same lawn mower online could save you a ton of time and money. There are plenty of lawn mowers that will fit your needs and they are fully described online. You may not be able to test them out, but much like the WG775, you will see plenty of reviews to help guide your choice.

Ollieroo Dual Door Metal Folding Dog Crate

Training is a cinch with this dual door wire dog crate from the folks at Ollieroo.  A dependable crate is the first thing you need to help get a puppy, or any dog, accustomed to his or her new home by helping to potty and house train your pet while getting them familiar with the set rules and boundaries of the house. Through this repetition, the crate will eventually become a safe and secure place for your pet to retire to after a busy day. The crate folds easily to make it completely portable and comes with a plastic pan that is easy to clean in the event of any accidents during training.

 This Crate Keeps You in Control

The first step towards a housebroken puppy is a good crate and Ollieroo makes five different sizes for a wide range of breeds. When selecting the proper crate, you want to make sure your pet has enough room to be comfortable but also prevent him or her from having enough room to go to the bathroom at one end and sleep at the other. This makes it a useful tool for training and housebreaking, but furthermore the crate is meant to be the dog’s home, a safe place that is only associated with positivity, and that goes for the duration of the puppy’s maturity into adulthood. You only want to buy one crate,  so it has to be able to offer enough room when the dog reaches its full grown size. Once the training is over, the crate will be the dog’s main resting spot throughout the day. Buying the right one makes all the difference.

Basic Construction for Simple Functionality

A dog crate doesn’t need to do much more than provide a safe and comfortable enclosure to protect your pet and your home at the same time. Ollieroo has kept this in mind when they built their selection of crates, using slide-bolt latches, rounded corners and thick gauge wire to keep each one durable and and resilient. They all come with a removable, washable plastic pan that lets you clean up after any messes that the dog might make. Storage and portability are a cinch here too, all you need is to fold the crate down and carry it off with the attached carrying handles.

Summing Up

Ollieroo crates are available in five different sizes and offer a two door design for easy front & side access, which gives your pet immediate access into their home at two different waypoints. This also gives you the ability to enter the crate to clean up, refill food or water bowls, or just rearrange the bedding for your pooch. With a price tag of around $30, Ollieroo’s crate will give you years of dependable service as one of the major components of your relationship. For more reliable reviews on crates of all shapes, sizes, and prices, please visit http://www.petssensation.com/dog-crates/. You’re bound to find one that’s right for you.

WEN 5500 Portable Generator

Power outages are no fun. You can’t watch TV, you can’t play your stereo, you certainly can’t go online because your computer isn’t working. Don’t open the fridge or you’ll let out what little cold there is left and then your beer goes warm, not to mention all that food in the freezer that’s about to spoil. Let’s not even talk about when the sun goes down and everything is pitch black in the house. With the WEN 5500-Watt Generator you don’t have to be at the mercy of the weather or the power company or whatever is messing with the electricity. This generator offers 5500 surge watts and 5000 running watts, to keep you safe and secure in the basic comforts of civilization.  The engine offers terrific fuel effiency and you get six outlets in which to connect a variety of necessities that you can’t, and simply shouldn’t need to, live without. The 5500 is also great for camping trips and other outdoor events because it’s portable and safe to use in rugged environments.

You Never Know WEN You’ll Need Extra Power

The 5500 uses an EPAIII 389cc 13 HP OHV engine, powerful enough to handle a variety of power needs and with the 6.5-gallon fuel tank that it comes with, you get up to 11 hours of runtime at half load on a full tank. This adds up to excellent efficiency, which comes in very handy when you have a lot of appliances and necessities to power on and very little options for acquiring more fuel. This is applicable during a power outage or if you need to take it with you to a remote area for camping or fishing. Either way, the 5500 has you covered. It’s the best portable generator when it comes to versatility of accessibility of power and running time duration. The less fuel you need to burn the better, especially when you won’t be able to find anymore any time soon.

You Have Complete Control on this WEN

You have everything you need to operate this unit effectively all grouped and organized neatly across one easy to navigate control panel full of outlets and special features. The 5500 offers four household 120V 20A three-prong receptacles, one twist-lock 120/240V 30A receptacle, and one car-charger-style 12V DC outlet. Each one has been equipped with a power indicator light to tell you which of the outlets are active and there’s even an automatic voltage regulator to prevent surge damage and select voltage from 120 to 240. That’s not all, of course, you have an operational hours meter and a fuel gauge to monitor the generator along with an integrated spark arrestor which is something you’re going to need if you plan on taking this thing into the woods, as per mandate by the U.S. National Parks Service. The 5500 also features a low-oil shut down function to stop the unit from running when it’s low on oil which can be very damaging to the engine.

Summing Up

The 5500 offers a scant 500 watts of surge power, but the fuel efficiency and 11 hours of running time on a 6.5-gallon tank are both major advantages.. The proper bells and whistles are all there, with the exception of a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) which is designed to protect from being electrocuted in the event the power current isn’t properly grounded for whatever reason. While it’s not a deal-breaker, it’s certainly a drawback.  But you do get a complete 2-year warranty on the generator which should provide some additional piece of mind.

ProGear HCXL 4000 Treadmill Review

Even if you aren’t quite brave enough to venture into the gym but still want to keep fit, it is still very possible nowadays. More and more pieces of gym equipment are being transferred to the home so that people can work out in the comfort of a more familiar environment. This also includes what is probably the most famous piece of gym equipment, the treadmill. These are invaluable tools in many peoples attempts to get fit, but which one should you choose for your home? The question is tough, but we are here to help and today we are going to take a look at the ProGear HCXL 4000!

What features does it have?

When looking to purchase a treadmill you are going to go for the one which is a solid option. You want a machine which has enough positive features that you will be able to use it for years and years. Luckily, the ProGear seems to have a good number of features of its own. It has been tested for weights up to 400lbs, so it doesn’t matter where you are starting your fitness journey from the ProGear will be able to accommodate you. This is an extra wide treadmill, and the running belt measures 20 inches so it suits all running styles. Inside the machine is a 1.5 horse power high torque motor which utilizes “Quiet Drive”, a system which helps to reduce any noise made when walking. The ProGear even has a heart rate monitor so you can track your progress and health!

What are the Positives?

The wider than normal running platform is a big positive where the ProGear is concerned. This makes running or walking incredibly easy as some people do struggle to remain on the platform if they have an unorthodox running technique. It is quick to construct too, so even the novice DIY-er will be able to handle it. The other big plus for this running machine is the quiet motor which will make sure that your work out does not disturb anyone else in the house.

What’s bad about it?

There have not been too many complaints about the ProGear, but those that are out there revolve around the packaging that it gets delivered in. Customers who have bought the treadmill have stated that the boxes it comes in where damaged and soaking wet, and that this has even affected the treadmill itself. These seem to be problems that are coming up in isolation but you should still keep an eye on this if you choose to order one.

Conclusion

If you can get over the potential stress of the delivery process then you are in luck as you will be rewarded with a very good treadmill. The ProGear will be suitable for all of your running and walking needs, and not only will it provide you with a good platform to build on your fitness regime, but it is perfect for all of the family as well!

Mikita MAC2400 Big Bore Air Compressor Review

If you are anything like me then you love when your technology has multiple uses. If something can only do one thing then I will head back out to the shops to pick up it’s rival that can do that and make me toast at the same time too. Versatility is something that most air compressors have in abundance and that is why we will be looking at one in this review. The Makita MAC2400 Big Bore Air Compressor looks like it will be a very useful piece of kit to have around the house from the outside but just how good is it really? In this review I will tell you all about the features it has so sit back and relax.

Tell me about the features

Now the first of these features was confirmed by Air Compressor Spy so I probably shouldn’t be telling you about it at all but I’m going to anyway! This machine has a cast iron pump with Big Bore cylinder and piston and it is engineered to provide faster recovery time for improved performance. I told you it was a good one! The Makita also has a low AMP draw which reduces incidents of tripped breakers at start up. Its pump is oil-lubricated for cooler running temperatures and reduced wear. These are already a huge number of features, but the Makita has plenty more to come. It also has a roll-cage construction which provides it with complete protection in extreme environments, the large automotive style air filter increases air intake and efficiency and the durable cast iron cylinder will reduce wear and increase pump life. It’s removable for easy maintenance too! The final feature I will tell you about before you begin to get bored and distracted is the oil sight glass which makes for easy viewing so you will know when maintenance is needed.

What are its good points?

You know as well as I do that when the majority of people get the chance to moan about something they will do it but as hard as I have looked I have struggled to find any complaints about this air compressor! Everything that was just mentioned in the features section does exactly the job it is supposed to and things just work! Not great when you are trying to write a review but brilliant for you if you purchase it!

What are the bad points?

There aren’t really any and points to write about! As I just mentioned above, all of the parts on the Makita work very well and don’t seem to go wrong no matter how long you own it. The only tiny complaint out there is to do with the cosmetics of the machine, but who cares when it is just an air compressor!

What’s the conclusion?

Go and buy it. I don’t think I could put it much simpler than that. If you are looking for an air compressor then this is one of the best on the market and I am not blowing hot air when I tell you just how good it is!

Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer Review

Keeping our home up to the standards we strive for takes hard work and sometimes a little money. Sitting in our beloved gardens that we have spent hour after hour pruning, mowing and weeding doesn’t seem so perfect when sat on a grubby patio. The perfect patio or decked area can be easily maintained with a pressure washer. I am going to review the Sun Joe SPX3000. The reason for this is the multiple features it offers and the competitive pricing structure. Plenty of reviews are available but this professional site has a particularly good one, find it here Wash Wisely.

Design

The powerful motor powers through all sorts of dirt ad grime, the more stubborn the stain, the more it seems to enjoy tackling it. A fantastic feature the Sun Joe SPX3000 boasts is the dual detergent system which allows the user to easily switch the detergent on when the need arises. You can use the Sun Joe SPX3000min two ways, with the spray wand and when you need more power, the gun. Swapping between these two options is very easy and can be changed as and when the need arises The pump automatically switches off when the trigger is realised saving energy along the way.

The Technical Bits

  • Product weight is 31 pounds.
  • Two wheels make manoeuvrability easy, even when water hoses are attached
  • The power cord is 35 feet long so you have a good amount of cable
  • The hose is 25 feet long
  • Removable detergent tanks giving you the option to select how much, if any detergent
  • It uses cold water so straight onto an outside tap.
  • It has an electric 14.5amp motor of 1800 Watt, powerful for a little machine
  • This product has 5 quick connection spray nozzles: 0°, 15°, 25°, 40° and soap nozzles, all of which store neatly on-board.
  • You can connect your garden hose very quickly and easily.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • When you release the trigger the pumps stop saving energy and wear and tear on the machine
  • The machine is provided with 5 different nozzles, each giving a different water coverage, simply select a wider spray nozzle for a larger area although the pressure will drop as you select the wider spraying nozzles
  • Very light, only weighs 31 lbs so almost anyone can use it
  • Long high pressure hose and power cord means manoeuvring the machine is easy
  • Although it is light and easy to move, has a powerful motor

Cons:

  • Some of the plastic connections seem a little delicate
  • You have to make sure the connections are tightly screwed or a small leak appears on the high pressure hose connection

Summary:

I have to say if you compare this with other pressure washers, it is cheaper and just as powerful as its competitors. You can use it for the car, deck and patio all with great results. It will tackle the hardest of stains. Not an industrial unit but definitely more than enough power for use around the home.

Crock-Pot SCR300SS 3-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker Review

Why a Crock Pot, You Might Ask?

Have you ever slow cooked meat before? Let’s not even mention meat – let’s just talk about vegetables for a second. Slow cooking your food is the only guaranteed way to get the most flavor out of your ingredients, and isn’t that the main goal here? I love cooking, especially when the food that I make is going to taste as great as possible. I’ve always been intrigued by the amount of food you could fit in a crock pot, and I suppose it’s just a matter of how expensive one would be (or if it’s going to have a lot of extra space).

Do You Enjoy It?

I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed cooking this much before, and I can’t think of another product that I’ve used in my life that managed cooking like this one did. We always want to keep our lives as smooth as possible, and items like this one are going to work wonders for what you want to accomplish. All I needed to do was visit Slow Cookers Heaven (http://www.slowcookersheaven.com/), after that, I was completely sold on the crock pot process.

Features of the Crock Pot

It’s got 3 quarts of space in the round stoneware, and has 3 different settings (those being high, medium and low) to allow your cooking process to flourish. You can make all sorts of food without having a care in the world, some perfect examples would be either beef or chili (as well as stews). If you have three or more people that are looking to eat, this is a great product to remember – it’s also perfect if you want to cook a three pound roast. Perfect for dishwashers, and the stoneware lid is sturdy to boot.

Why Do You Like It?

I like it because there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, which can confuse people on many different occasions. It has three different settings so I’m never left without viable options, and it serves my entire family with ease (as I have a wife and son that I’m always cooking for). When a crock pot can be washed in the dishwasher like this one, you don’t need to get down and dirty in regards to cleaning it. All you’ve got to do is throw everything into the dishwasher, it’s just that easy.

Why Not?

Crock-Pot does a great job of providing slow cookers to people like you and I, but there is always going to be some sort of con to every product. With this one, it seemed a little too plain, as there are no buttons (merely a dial). It’s a small thing to be picky with, but it’s how I feel!

Your Conclusion?

It’s still a great crock pot, one that lets me create stews and chili that my entire family (and household) is going to love. Whenever I had guests over, I make sure they’re aware of my crock pot skills!

Makita 2705 Table Saw Review

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to make use of a table saw that never let anybody down? Well, this is a table saw that doesn’t really require a large introduction. If it did, it wouldn’t really be one that should be recommend, should it? This is a product that’s meant to be used on a professional level, so those of you that are “amateurs” might want to stray away from it. That’s not to say that anyone can’t make use of this product, it’s just a matter of whether you have the skills to efficiently handle your project or not. Table saws deserve all of the respect that they can build up, and this review is going to let you know why the Makita 2705 Table Saw is such a great product to work with.

We’ll talk about the different features that this table saw sports, as well as how you can go about using these features to your advantage. When you have the right table saw at your disposal, your project is going to seem as if it was easier than ever before. Most of the time a lot of people are going to change the way they go about handling projects, and they do that through the use of different power tools.

Table Saw Features

When you decide to put your faith in the Makita 2705 table saw, the large rip capacity of this product is definitely going to make waves in your project room. Contractors are always going to need the most efficient tools possible, because it will help you keep your project as high quality as possible. Low quality table saws are going to lead to low quality cuts – the telescopic fence rails in this situation come quite in handy. It’s a rather large table to use, as the dimensions come in at 24 x 22 inches.

Pro’s of This Table Saw

This table saw has a lot of positive traits going for it, the most obvious one being the 4x material being ripped in one pass. The T-slot miter gauge has grooves that will allow you to make use of commercial accessories. There’s a tool-less modular blade guard system with an adjustable riving knife, which is very useful for more than a few different needs. T-formed shanks are used for very versatile requirements, which is obviously going to come in handy for contractors all over the globe.

Con’s of This Table Saw

The con’s aren’t major, but there’s one problem I had with this table saw – and that had to be the fact that the dust port was shooting a lot of the dust out. I don’t know if that’s because I had it set up wrong or what, but it was annoying.

Summary

It’s a great table saw that is definitely one of the better products out there, and reviews (like the one at http://www.thesharpcut.com/makita-2705×1/) will always come in handy. It’ll let you know what to look for (and what not to look for) in this table saw.