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Major Tom

Member Since 05 Jun 2008
Offline Last Active Feb 07 2016 08:10 AM

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In Topic: Corded v. Cordless Fein MM

04 February 2016 - 04:36 PM

I run Makita 18v cordless at my factory and at home. There are times when you need a jigsaw, grinder, rotary hammer or skill saw for a 10 minute job and it can be a real PITA running extension leads to get to the place you need to use the tool. What makes it easy is that I have 5 drills as well as the forementioned tools all using the same 3Ah batteries, have about 10 of those.
But, then again, I also have a couple of the corded version of everything as well to use on bigger jobs.
The one thing that pisses me off with my multi masters, is that they were cheap as chips when I bought them, now the original Fein blades cost almost as much as the original machine cost complete with blades!

In Topic: Laser traveler

02 February 2016 - 09:10 PM

In light air on a Laser there is a bit of a conundrum, if you try to set the sail with twist the luff is ridiculously full and is is almost impossible to go upwind, if you use a heap of vang, no Cunningham, and moderate out haul you have a far more efficient low drag profile for light wind upwind sailing, but, the boom needs to be sheeted above the outboard side of the traveller.

In Topic: Laser traveler

02 February 2016 - 03:32 PM

AFAIK, you may only use one piece of line for the traveler.

In Topic: When to replace ball bearing blocks?

22 January 2016 - 06:46 AM

I tend to replace them when I see ball bearings in the cockpit, only happened once in more than 35 years so far.

In Topic: New dinghy launched this month - Outsider

17 January 2016 - 03:14 PM

Looks a little bit too short with a resultant full bow to add volume, an extra foot would have made a better all round boat with very little extra cost.
Just my 2c.........