I think it's a realistic test. Imagine pulling from off the street onto an icy driveway. That'd be almost exactly like this.

One of the craziest situations I've seen was when I was probably close to 20 years ago when I was in Scouts. Our Scout meetings were in a building at the bottom of a hill. During our… » 10/24/14 9:59am 39 minutes ago

Funny you mention band saws. A little while back I was having some issues with my little 10" Rikon band saw. It's been pretty good to me, but I probably push it a bit hard. (Prior to getting my scary-as-heck table saw, I was using it to rip pieces of 2x4, that sort of thing). A while back it snapped a blade, so I… » 10/21/14 6:32pm Tuesday 6:32pm

Plug-in car heater for cold winter days?

I vaguely remember something that my dad had rigged up one winter. It was a car heater that ran on a timer, and plugged into an electrical outlet. It headed up the interior of the car in winter so that my mom (or whoever it was that was driving that day) wouldn't have to leave the car running that long.

Does this… » 10/09/14 11:39pm 10/09/14 11:39pm

Nice! I'm glad to hear that you're having fun with the car, as that's what it's all about.

It doesn't matter whether you're driving a clapped out rust bucket of a Mazda 323 hatchback or a Gallardo, I really think the spirit of the Jalop is about having fun on wheels. And I'd say you've nailed it. Thank you for… » 10/09/14 9:46am 10/09/14 9:46am