T Goes to Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Industry News, Training & Organizations' started by Jim McClain, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I wonder, Jim, if you had bad batteries or if you could get longer lasting ones for your seg? You have covered the trip good, glad you had a good time. Don't rule out next year! :yesss:
     
  2. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    I'm not going to rule out anything, Ken. I'd LOVE to be able to go again next year.

    I replaced my Segway batteries with some rebuilt ones late last year. I couldn't afford new ones, which cost about $1800.00 and I couldn't afford to go to one of the best rebuilders either, which would have cost about 1200.00 plus shipping (shipping is a big deal with these big lithium ion batteries) from the East Coast. Instead, I found another company, which was recommended by someone I trust, and paid 900.00. Turns out, that company uses slipshod rebuilding practices and wanted me to ship them my old cores without a permit, which could have cost me 10K in fines. But, these batteries get me a lot more miles than my old ones and I've got no other choice until these die.

    It looks like I have brought back something I wasn't aware of until yesterday. A cold. Great! Well, I started antibiotics, so we'll see how it goes.

    Jim
     
  3. HS345

    HS345 Pro Member

    I end up sick about 50% of the time when I fly. :( Them plane's is nuthin' but giant Petri Dishes. [​IMG]
     
  4. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    I can't fly because airlines won't allow the big lithium ion batteries that my Segway uses. I drove about 550 miles each way. I don't know where I caught the cold, but it had to be around my last day because cold symptoms usually come about 48 hours after exposure. My immune system is especially compromised because of lung disease, so I can catch a cold pretty easy and it can be dangerous. But this one seems mild compared to last year. I started antibiotics about 24 hours after the first symptom though. Didn't want to take any chances.

    Jim
     
  5. HS345

    HS345 Pro Member

    Well, I wish you the best in any event. Get well soon.....:)
     
  6. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I'm good here, I didn't get to see you guys again after the coffee. Maybe your tv buddy gave the bug to you. Hope your getting better.
     
  7. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    I didn't think about blaming it on Antonio Ballatore. That would mean I have a celebrity cold. Maybe I could go to ebay and sell my phle... no, that would be a bad idea. :(

    Off to the doctor in the AM. It's getting a bit worse, but still pretty mild compared to last year - I had 3 in a row and ended up in ER a couple times then. I felt good enough to glide into town and back to run errands today. Probably a mistake because it was damn cold, but it was the first glide on my Segway since I got home and it felt good.

    Jim
     
  8. RFI

    RFI Mr. Nefarious Senior Member

    So we have 3 or more members that I know of who went to Surfaces and I do not recall anyone mention if they saw any new tools or products worth mentioning.

    Fess up! Was there anything that caught your eye?


    Rob
     
  9. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I picked up some Imperial blades for fein tool. 10 pack of saw blades for $100. They will work with most multi tools. Also almost bought the new stair jig from Pro knees they had $100 off for the show. I wanted to see the trimmer but they sold them all the first day. I said they should have kept one to at least show us what it was like. Personna had a new slotted blade knife that you only flip the blade once. The end rachets and you turn the handle over to use the other side, if that makes sense. They also had serrated blades, slotted and utility. I got some from a friend that couldn't fly home with them. Gunlach is coming out with a crab type of tool you can seam under. Also good to match patterns when seaming as it can push away from each end or towards each end. Crank handle for fine adjustments. Came home with a ton of new catalogs from everyone so I need to clean out the old.
     
  10. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor Senior Member

    If I had a lot of stairs to do I would pick up their tread tool. It looks really useful, especially for those of us that only use a scribe once in a blue moon.
     
  11. Dave Garden

    Dave Garden CFI and Proud

    I saw new kneepads that were similar to proknee but are going to market for $50. I do not know wether the value will equal out because I love my proknees, but I did buy a pair and am testing them out. There was a tool call ergo tuck that was real neat. It is a plastic tucking tool that fits your hand better than the ones currently on the market. I also liked the seam weights that traxx had.

    The best tools though were the wet saws. Someday I will upgrade mine to one of these. When I look at the one I am using after coming home I feel like a caveman.
     
  12. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor Senior Member

    Hmm knock of pro knees? They could get some of the guys that don't want to drop $200 on knee pads. Although I have had my proknees for two years and they're still going strong, so there is something to say about purchasing a quality product.
     
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