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Ingersoll Rand 3101G Edge Series Air Angle Die Grinder, Black
Ingersoll Rand 3101G Edge Series Air Angle Die Grinder, Black
Price: CDN$ 68.65
6 used & new from CDN$ 68.65

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best, Nov. 1 2014
If you're after a 90 degree angle die grinder, the 3101G is by far one of the best choices on the market. It keeps up with the big name guys off the tool trucks that cost much more, doesn't sound like a jet engine at takeoff like the cheap ones do and is comfortable to use (doesn't get cold in your hand like the all metal body ones do).

I will say, my one major gripe is the safety release on these grinders can be difficult to disengage, especially when they are new. They do wear in with age but even a well used unit will occasionally annoy you. That said, this gripe is not enough of a problem that I would deduct a star for it.

So whether you're a professional technician or DIYer, this grinder may not carry the price tag of the "pro" grade tools, but it certainly delivers professional grade results/performance and would be a welcome addition to anyone's air tool collection.

StarTech.com 2m White Micro USB Cable Cord - A to Micro B (USBPAUB2MW)
StarTech.com 2m White Micro USB Cable Cord - A to Micro B (USBPAUB2MW)
Price: CDN$ 8.46
12 used & new from CDN$ 6.86

3.0 out of 5 stars Love the length, not the quality, Nov. 1 2014
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I bought this MicroUSB cable as a replacement for the far too short stock cable included with my Nexus 7 tablet and at first it proved to be an excellent replacement and at 3 months it outlasted a more expensive replacement cable from a local computer shop. But sadly my happiness with this product was short lived as it didn't make 6 months before the MicroUSB connector and the wire insulation parted ways leaving the wire exposed. While this does not prevent the cable from functioning correctly, it is an annoyance as it leaves the cable in a much more fragile state and as such, makes this cable a product I would not recommend unless you very infrequently use a MicroUSB cable.

Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
by Rob Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.96
39 used & new from CDN$ 6.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans May Rejoice, Sept. 13 2014
I usually avoid book reviews as writing about plot lines and the other usual book review parts is not a strong suit of mine and you'll find none of those here, but this novel deserves at least acknowledgement of it's brilliance. To start with, this book builds off the Veronica Mars movie so I would strongly suggest you do NOT read this novel unless you've at least seen the movie, otherwise you might find yourself a little lost and filled with spoilers as The Thousand Dollar Tan Line picks up just two months after the events of the movie. That said, once you've got the requisite movie time down, this is a novel well worth the read.

I'll spare you the specific details of the story as other reviewers have covered that much better but I will say it will keep you on the edge of your seat and feels just like watching the old TV series, except you're making the visuals yourself and for once, Veronica herself isn't telling the story, a refreshing change that doesn't detract from the experience at all. I also have to say, the book pulls all the old TV show/movie punches with the original suspect/premise being turned on it's head and Veronica as usual landing herself in danger but what would a Veronica Mars novel be without these moments.

In short I loved The Thousand Dollar Tan Line and I can't recommend this enough to any fan of Veronica Mars who is longing for more. This book has already made me impatient for the sequel and I imagine you'll find yourself in the same boat once finished.

Assenmacher Specialty Tools M 0219 Oil Filter Housing Cup Wrench for Ford/Toyota/Mazda/Mercedes
Assenmacher Specialty Tools M 0219 Oil Filter Housing Cup Wrench for Ford/Toyota/Mazda/Mercedes
Price: CDN$ 24.58
3 used & new from CDN$ 24.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Addition to your Toolbox, Aug. 26 2014
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If you've got a car that this tool fits (such as the 2.3L Mazda 3, certain Ford Fusion models, Mercedes, etc) you should absolutely have this Assenmacher wrench in your toolbox. It grips tight (so it will require a bit of effort to remove when done) and easily removes your oil filter housing without scratching, scuffing or slipping off till the job is done. Also unlike some of the other Assenmacher oil filter wrenches, this wrench does have a 3/8 drive available to use or you can turn the nut on top with a 22mm wrench, so you don't necessarily have to have a decent wrench set to use this tool. So if you've got a car that needs the M0219 I can't recommend it enough as it's a professional grade tool at reasonable price (especially compared to the "cheaper" stamped metal ones available).

Assenmacher Specialty Tools HY 8815 Oil Filter Wrench for Hyundai
Assenmacher Specialty Tools HY 8815 Oil Filter Wrench for Hyundai
Price: CDN$ 24.58
3 used & new from CDN$ 24.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Assenmacher Does It Again, Aug. 26 2014
As a professional technician, I have several of these Assenmacher oil filter wrenches (since Toyota, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen all require different tools) and this Hyundai tool certainly does not disappoint. It more specifically fits newer Hyundai V6 engines with cartridge filter housings (and just like all other Assenmacher products, it fits tightly, so don't expect it to slide off when done) and makes changing the oil much, much easier vs using some of the other methods people may try from vise-grip oil filter wrenches to strap wrenches. Plus this tool does not scratch or damage your housing in any way and even allows you to use a torque wrench on your housing. So while these tools may be only used for one task, you will never regret having one of these in your toolbox if you own a Hyundai that has a cartridge filter housing this fits.

TEKTON 2830 Everybit Precision Bit and Driver Kit for Electronic and Precision Devices, 27-Piece
TEKTON 2830 Everybit Precision Bit and Driver Kit for Electronic and Precision Devices, 27-Piece
Price: CDN$ 13.43
5 used & new from CDN$ 12.89

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Set, July 1 2014
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This precision bit set is the perfect tool for anyone who does DIY work on smaller devices such as game controllers, small electronics or anything with those odd screws designed to keep the average person out. The bits are very well made, don't strip easily (yet to mark any of mine in any way vs. my old set that would mark easily when pressure was put on them) and the case is well laid out.

My one gripe with this set is the plastic opening tool. As many people have mentioned here already, it's made of very soft plastic and is easily damaged. I've barely used mine and yet the tip still has several grooves cut into it already. That said, the opening tool is not why I bought this set (nor is it a reason I would say anyone should) and considering the price, I can't deduct a star for it. So if you're after a precision screwdriver set that will get you past those "security" screws on many devices, this is the perfect set for you.

Assenmacher Specialty Tools TOY 640 Oil Filter Socket Wrench for Toyota/Lexus
Assenmacher Specialty Tools TOY 640 Oil Filter Socket Wrench for Toyota/Lexus
Price: CDN$ 23.19
3 used & new from CDN$ 23.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Tool, July 1 2014
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This is one of those tools that although it's single purpose, you'll be glad to have it in your toolbox since it makes changing the oil filter on any modern Toyota a simple task vs. a frustrating fight. Not to mention, unlike many of the cheaper "tools", this Assenmacher fits tight (which does mean you often will have a bit of work removing it when finished) and is a solid one-piece construction making it much harder to break vs. the cheaper tools you might find in your local auto parts store.

But as other have mentioned, the picture for this item is misleading. The tool you'll receive from Amazon does not have a hole for a 3/8 or 1/2 drive ratchet, just a nut on top that can be turned by either a 15/16 or 24mm socket or wrench. So if you buy this tool, make sure you've either got a decent set of sockets/wrenches with either size in the set or be prepared to buy a socket or wrench to use this tool. That said, considering this tool is leaps and bounds ahead of the stuff your local auto parts store tends to sell, I would say even if you do have to buy a socket to go with this tool, it's still impossible for me to recommend anything but this Assenmacher wrench. It's simply that good of a tool.

Eneloop 2000Mah Typical 1900Mah Minimum 1500 Cycle 8-Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries (SECHR3U8BPN)(Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Eneloop 2000Mah Typical 1900Mah Minimum 1500 Cycle 8-Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries (SECHR3U8BPN)(Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by E-TRONIX
Price: CDN$ 24.99
9 used & new from CDN$ 24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic, April 23 2014
For anyone looking for rechargeable batteries, Eneloops are the cream of the crop. I have Eneloops powering everything from remotes, game controllers and sonic toothbrushes to a 30 LED work light and they never disappoint. They last as long if not longer than the cheap AA's available from your local big box store and run toe to toe with the bigger brands in run time, all while saving you cash vs. buying new packs of batteries. For any type of regular device that requires AA batteries, Eneloops are a solid choice.

If though you're trying to power high draw devices like cameras (and their flashes) you shouldn't be looking at standard Eneloops, they aren't designed for that much demand and thus empty quickly. Either consider Eneloop XX batteries (which are much higher capacity with the trade-off of decreased recharge count) or stick to something like Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries.

With all that said, I once again must say I can't recommend Eneloops enough. Though they may cost more in terms of initial investment, they are a quality product and will save you money in the long run vs. buying packs of standard disposable batteries.

INNOVA 3030 Diagnostic Code Reader for OBDII Vehicles
INNOVA 3030 Diagnostic Code Reader for OBDII Vehicles
Price: CDN$ 69.30
4 used & new from CDN$ 69.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For the Basics, March 31 2014
If you're after something that shows live data or code descriptions this OBD scan tool is not for you. If though you're simply after something that can pull diagnostic and ABS codes (that you can then later read up on online), erase your check engine light AFTER you've completed repairs and/or verify your car is ready for emissions testing (if your jurisdiction has emissions testing) this scanner pretty much pays for itself after the first use.

Plus it's simple to operate, simply start the car, plug in the scan tool and once it finishes reading (which depending on the car can range from instant to a minute) you'll get either a green light (all monitors are ready, no codes set), a yellow light (1 or more monitors not ready) or a red light (codes set, monitors ready or not ready). Also because this is an OBDII scan tool, it works on any model of vehicle from 1996 to the present day and I can personally say I've used this scan tool on everything from Toyotas and Hondas to much more elaborate makes such as BMW's and Mercedes and regardless of the make, it performs as well on a BMW as it does on a Toyota.

So as long as you only need the basics and have a bit of patience (my only reason why I can't grant this tool a perfect rating) this is the perfect scan tool for anyone who does DIY car maintenance or is just starting out in the field of automotive repair.

HDE ® 2.5" Usb 2.0 Ide Hard Drive Hdd Case Enclosure - Black
HDE ® 2.5" Usb 2.0 Ide Hard Drive Hdd Case Enclosure - Black
Offered by HDE CA
Price: CDN$ 1.95
3 used & new from CDN$ 1.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Good For One Thing, March 31 2014
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As the other reviewers have noted, this enclosure works but is extremely cheap (hence the price point). The 2 screws that are used to hold this enclosure closed are stupidly small, very hard to screw in as the holes are poorly formed and the total piece of junk screwdriver they include just makes it that little bit harder.

But with those negatives stated I will say the one reason you should order this enclosure is if you have an old IDE drive (do NOT order this if you have a SATA drive, there's a separate enclosure for that) from a laptop that you need to salvage the data off of (the reason I bought this enclosure myself). For this purpose this enclosure is the perfect solution as it's less than $10 shipped to your door and allows you to get the important data off your old drive and onto to something more reliable or at least up to date.

So as long as you keep in mind this is not an enclosure for creating an external backup drive but instead an excellent tool for your workbench to save old IDE hard drive data, you can't go wrong for the price, just be prepared for some frustration putting this thing together.

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