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Silverline 633957 Cable Pulley Set 180kg
Silverline 633957 Cable Pulley Set 180kg
Price: £7.05

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple modification for 7:1 IMA (ideal mechanical advantage) if required/desired., 14 Jan. 2012
Incredible value for money but I can't quite understand why they've chosen to fit a plastic stopper block on the end of the rope which (along with preventing the rope pulling out obviously) serves only to convert one of the 4 valuable/useful pulleys on the upper block into a redundant/useless dead-eye fixing point !!!

By simply removing the plastic stopper block and then fixing the rope very securely (figure 8 or figure 9 loop (follow-through or dismantle/reassemble block to fit) with double overhand stopper-knot for example, see customer images for my fig-8+stopper) to the central spacer position on the lower block plate fixing bolt, this allows the previously redundant pulley to rotate and function giving the system an IMA (ideal mechanical advantage) of 7 instead of the 6 as configured from new.

Search wiki for "mechanical advantage" or "block and tackle" for more info regarding IMA and different configurations for block & tackle setups.

This of course means that the lifting block will travel a little less distance and also a little slower compared to the factory configuration as it will require 7 feet of rope to be pulled through instead of 6 in order to move the load by 1 foot but the increase in IMA from 6 to 7 may be of some benefit to anyone that could use that extra little assistance.

If you're not 100% confident in your knot tying abilities, call in a boy scout or similar. Don't risk having an accident as a result of tying an inadequate knot to the lower pulley block !!! The figure 8 & 9 are used on climbing/safety harnesses and animated tutorials can be found on animatedknots dot com (you can use the same follow-through technique for the fig-9 as for the fig-8 if required)... Double overhand stopper knot (also on animatedknots dot com) highly recommended for either loop just as a little added insurance.

Hope this has been of some use to someone ;)
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CLARKE METALWORK FIXED BENCH VICE 6" 150mm BLUE
CLARKE METALWORK FIXED BENCH VICE 6" 150mm BLUE
Offered by Abbey Access Ltd
Price: £57.08

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 10 Feb. 2011
Ok, so the actual vice doesn't look exactly like the one in the stock photo but then it's not unusual for online products to not exactly match their illustrations and hey ... who cares ? ... it's not like I'm gonna go parading it up and down the beach ... it's a VICE lol.

Now - apart from the slightly lumpy hammered finish type paintwork which doesn't matter in the slightest, the metalwork is well finished with no obvious burrs or bad fettling.

The machined steel jaws come together very nicely and again, no need to reach for the files to remove any sharp bits. There is the obligatory super-thick grease on all of the exposed metal areas to protect from rust which will come off quickly and easily with a few of squirts of WD40 and some old rag.

My digital fishing scale says it weighs 16.5kg which is pretty close to the 17kg that it says on the box that it came in. It's a little short of the 20kg in the item description but that's probably just rounded up so you don't get any surprises in the hernia department lol.

150mm (6") wide jaws - yes ... 80mm (3.14") jaw depth - near enough at 76.2mm (3") ... 180mm (7") jaw opening - not quite ... opens to 165mm (6 1/2") at 41 turns of the tommy bar from fully closed. *NOTE* Another turn or two out on the tommy bar and the whole movable front jaw assembly could drop out and remove a knee-cap, a shin worth of skin and several toes if you aren't aware that there's no stop on the leadscrew.

Delivery on this item was truly turbo-charged and only took approx 48 hours from placing the order. It's not supposed to be here for at least another 2 days going by the estimated delivery date so a big thumbs up to you there Westcountry Hardware ;)

So ... overall, I'm very pleased with it. It's a nice hefty bit of kit which hopefully won't snap clean in half like my previous 75mm (3") unbranded vice did when I tried to use a BMX freewheel sprocket removal tool to remove a BMX freewheel sprocket. Just gotta hope my bench doesn't snap in half now :D

Hope this helps someone, ttfn.
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TeckNet FM12 Portable Stereo MP3 FM Transmitter/Modulator With 205 Channels (For All Ipods, Creative, Samsung, Sony Models & All Other MP3/MP4 Players)
TeckNet FM12 Portable Stereo MP3 FM Transmitter/Modulator With 205 Channels (For All Ipods, Creative, Samsung, Sony Models & All Other MP3/MP4 Players)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the price ... Superb, 13 Dec. 2006
Ok, I bought 2 of these for myself and a friend and for the money they are excellent.

The ones I got had slightly different frequency choices to the ones listed, 107.1, 107.3, 107.5, 107.7, 107.9

On all of these frequencies there were stations in the background of varying strengths but the carrier signal from this transmitter is strong enough to blank the weaker background stations. You should be able to find one frequency which works better than others depending on what stations are broadcasting in and around your location, in my area I found 107.5 to be the best.

Now ... if you turn the volume really high on your radio with just the carrier wave and no music present then you can hear some crackling/interference but you honestly wouldn't have the volume that high under any normal circumstances.

The only other thing you have to watch out for is - if the output from your MP3 player, DVD Player or whatever device you connect to is too high it will either overload the input of the transmitter or cause the RF output power of the transmitter to fluctuate (probably due to the high current drain) especially with audio bass frequencies. The solution is to simply turn the source volume down until the distortion goes away. This might mean that you have to turn the radio up higher than you would for a normal radio station so just be careful that you don't blow the coils/cones out on your speakers when switching to other stations, CD/Cassette sources etc'.

Generally though, if you set the volume of your source device right and select the best transmitter frequency ... these transmitters are very good and more than adequate for their purpose.


Hama Star 63 Tripod with Carry Case
Hama Star 63 Tripod with Carry Case
Offered by TapeCity
Price: £17.90

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for non professional use., 29 Sept. 2006
Like other reviewers have said, this is a very good tripod for the money. All I will say is that if you need a tripod for camcorder use and you're going to require very slow and smooth pan and tilt movements then you really should be looking at much more expensive semi-pro level and above tripods preferably with fluid damped heads. This one tends to jerk and judder when panned or tilted very slowly.

Overall, excellent quality and very good value for money. Top marks.


Case Logic Dcb15 Large Digital Camcorder Bag - Nylon - Black
Case Logic Dcb15 Large Digital Camcorder Bag - Nylon - Black

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for a budget camera/camcorder bag., 27 Sept. 2006
For the money this is a very good camera/camcorder bag. It's constructed from a heavy duty hard-wearing nylon outer and has more than enough space and pockets for a typical camera setup and accessories.

Obviously if you have an SLR camera or similar with many large lenses then you'll need a much bigger bag/case but my Canon MVX460 camcorder fits perfectly (similar to the illustration) at one end with loads of room to spare.

I would have liked to have seen a fuzzy lining with at least one Velcro divider to keep the main camera body tightly held in place but I guess you have to go upwards of around £50 or so for those kind of features. Stuffing a lint-free duster/cloth between the camera and the stitched-in double-pocketed divider will work just as well.

I don't know if it's the same with all of them or whether it's just a short-term special but mine came with a quite large seperate velcro-fastening memory-card wallet which sits in its own dedicated internal pocket.

Overall I'm very pleased with it :)


Inov8 Canon BP-208 Replacement Lithium Digital Camera Battery 700mAh 7.4v Li-ion 2 year warranty
Inov8 Canon BP-208 Replacement Lithium Digital Camera Battery 700mAh 7.4v Li-ion 2 year warranty
Price: £14.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable value for money., 26 Sept. 2006
Everywhere else on the net I've seen this battery for sale it's been over £50.

On first trying to inset this battery into my new Canon MVX460 camcorder it didn't look like it was going to go in. On closer inspection there appeared to be brass or gold-plated pins obscuring the connectors which looked permanent and immovable.

After gently probing the pins with a watchmakers screwdriver it became apparent that they were indeed spring-loaded and would actually move out of the way.

On second insertion attempt, the battery popped beautifully into place. So my advice to anyone else obtaining this replacement battery is simple ... if the battery doesn't pop straight in - DO NOT force it, be very gentle and jiggle it in or (like I did) make sure the spring contacts will bend easily across and then very gently try it again. It will go in if you're careful and I'm sure that once it has been inserted and removed a few times it will bed in and install a lot easier in future.


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