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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade for some, perhaps..., March 15, 2010
This was relatively easy to install with no tools, other than the little wrench provided. Removing existing fan may be as time-consuming as installing the replacement.
Bought this with the expectation of some fan noise reduction (without having to install a larger diameter fan/ductwork). Well, the product lists that noise reduction may be "up to 50%," but this may be compared perhaps to 30 year old fans. My old fan is from the early nineties. This upgrade fan kit offered no noticeable noise improvement over my old fan.
It does give the appearance of moving more air, so there could indeed be a benefit to others with that need (again, other than having to install a larger/quieter fan).
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Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats for Snow and Ice
Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats for Snow and Ice
Price: $15.95 - $9,999.00

33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read some critical reviews too..., February 13, 2010
I have had my Yaktrax Pro for 6 years of very light use. They finally broke in the storm of 2010. I believe they are an excellent product for light use (walking to mail box, shoveling driveways, light hiking on paved paths). For these uses, I would buy it again if they last another 6 years.
Recommend you read some of the 2 star and 1 star reviews. Some of the criticisms have been fair: 1) Beware if you walk to a nearby store - they would be very slippery once indoors. 2) It is true that these would not be very helpful/durable for heavy duty hiking. In deep snow the front may tend to fall off and curl under your shoe (they stay put thanks to the velcro strap, so at least you don't lose 'em). 3) On very hard ice, the kind that, for example, forms after refreezing of melting snow, the coils may have a hard time digging into the ice, specially if ambient temperature is well below freezing (a fair criticism since manufacturer claims it's ok down to -41F).
On the other hand, they are not hard to put on, but they may be hard for someone with arthritis or a senior citizen or just someone with weakened hands. They are very good on packed snow and some ice. A light jog is ok. Ironically, if they make constant contact with pavement, it may shorten their durability.
It would be difficult to have a product that would work in all the situations that consumers will experience, but I think this product is superior to some of the inexpensive, spiked products. Having said that, I may try the Stabilicers that seem to get good reviews from outdoor enthusiasts (but I read that even those have issues, for people who have boots with a very large profile - and they cost an arm and a leg next to Yaktrax). Then again, I may stick to these for the price.

In summary, a decent product. Durability is a concern. Read other's opinions.

Toro Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Snow Thrower/Electric Broom #38360 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Toro Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Snow Thrower/Electric Broom #38360 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked as designed - including expected shortcomings, March 21, 2006
Used it for 16 inches of wet snow (not all at once, I went out and shoveled every time snow reached 4 inches). Probably best only for small driveways and decks. Other customers offer valid points: it only shovels forward, which can come back to your face (wear a mask?). It won't handle 6 plus inches of snow any better than a regular shovel. I didn't experience damage to its parts, as others reported. You must rotate the handle 180 degrees to switch between snow and broom (another reviewer must've missed this part). You can alter the height placement of the adjustable handle (it was manageable for 5' 10" guy). The broom-mode wasn't any better than a regular broom. I made up for the lack of directional throwing by altering the pattern of how I shoveled. Because I was never out more that 15 minutes, I never experienced freezing of orange power cord. On sale, I think it was a very good value. It reduced my shoveling time, and like someone mentioned, it broke the monotony of shoveling.

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