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Best Belt Sander In The Cheapest Price

There’re no doubt belt sander is wonderful tool you can use as the supportive machine for woodworking and many kind of other jobs such as remove old paint, refinishing the wood floor or sharping stuff.  But a belt sander is really a big investment for somebody. That’s why today I want to share the best belt sander in low cost for who’re caring.

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Product Size Dimensions Feature
Black & Decker BR318 3-inch-by-18-inch 14 x 7 x 7 inches – Easy to use- Handy design

– Capable to sanding the hard reach area with 13% narrower than other products.

Factory-Reconditioned Ridgid ZRR2740 3-inch-by-18-inch 12 x 7 x 7 inches – Various speed control- 6.5 Amp motor

– Auto belt tracking keep the belt in place when using.

– 12 ft cord long for more convenient in use

Black & Decker DS321 Dragster 3-inch-by-21-inch 15.4 x 6.2 x 6.1 inches – The tight cornes in front helps increase the sanding reach area.- Only weight 8.2 pounds for easy to use and carry with.
Genesis GBS321A 3-inch-by-21-inch 14 x 5.8 x 5.8 inches – Various speed control from 390 to 1,180 ft./min.- 8.0 Amp motor help smooth the surface finer and faster.

– Simple design.

– Front handle to use and adjust.

Factory-Reconditioned Ryobi ZRBE318 3-inch-by-18-inch – Included dust bag to protect your health- Simple design and handy usage.

– Easy to change the belt.

– 5 Amp motor.

– Very cheap

 

The same feature of these belt sanders are they all very cheap, lightweight and easy to use. Almost these products provides under $100 in cost. If you don’t have much budget for a sanding tool because you don’t need to use it often, these are the wonderful choice for you.

The second point you might like is these sander are very lightweight to use. They comes with 3-inch in belt sander to handle popular kind of sanding job and can use easy with the special design.

Some of these sanders delivers the various speed control to ensure you can solve both light and hard job. You can easy to adjust the tool for your different plans.

The weakness of these sander aren’t durable. That means it can work with you for a long time like others high-end belt sander. So if you want a product that can use for many years, these may not suitable for you. Before buying a belt sander, you also need to consider about other customers reviews to decides.

 

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FANTASTIQUE FURNITURE

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TITLED ladies have it, so do secretaries and Sydney’s smartest homes and people of more modest means can get it. Australian’s are falling in love with stylish furniture old and new from the provinces of France. French farmhouse tables with drawers the perfect size for freshly baked baguettes, Empire clocks that would make Paul Keating swoon and plate racks, pots and pans and porcelain figures from times of Napoleon III are arriving at a department store near you. David Jones has led the way into this casual new look that is being seized upon by bankers, baby boomers and bachelors. Heavy Victorian mahogany antiques from the heady days of the 80s are going out the door and being replaced with lighter, more functional and casual antiques that cost a lot less and fit into the user-friendly lifestyle that is quintessentially Australian. Women in the 1850s used a maie to house their dowry of beautiful linens, grain and even riding boots – such a lovely item with its deep sideboard drawers can be sensationally transformed into a lounge room cabinet holding the stereo or restored into a cocktail cabinet. Other antiques includes the popular Louis Philippe sleigh beds which, complete with provincial prints that seem to have been spun in the sun and designer bolsters and upholstery, costs less than $8,000 and also the smaller, less expensive iron day beds. David Jones’s national merchandising director, Phillip Garner, told The Sun-Herald that the store is trying to break the “don’t touch me because I’m so precious” attitude to antiques. “French provincial furniture is very romantic and suits the Australian climate and Australian living with its lighter timbers and practical styles. These antiques can be knocked around and look even better,” he said. He believes the move away from formal furniture – the big heavy dining tables with starched tableclothes and polished silverware – was triggered by the recession with people nurturing the home, rather than dining out at restaurants. “We are spending more time with friends and people are happier sitting in the kitchen putting together a big plate of antipasto, rather than spending two days cooking entrees for a dinner party. This new look is warm and friendly for informal living. The crystal and bone china can still come out of the cupboards but it will be used for in the garden, for an evening BBQ. It’s very European,” he said. David Jones has given up bringing in $20,000 tables and cabinets to make way for a $4,000 century-old timber kitchen table, or sideboards that might even be scrawled with the initials of a previous owner. ONE of the major buyers for David Jones is Ms Kim Burton of Kim Burton International, who has just returned from a trip to France where she and partner Paul Davidson scour through country fairs and auctions. “The French provincial look goes well with modern furniture as well as tribal art. It goes with anything really and just one or two well-selected pieces can soften and make comfortable the most high-tech home that needs a new look,” Ms Burton said. “Accent pieces with a vase beside a window make a beautiful connection between one room and another and can be put together for as little as $850. There are some very lovely and inexpensive small French antiques. “One favourite of mine is a blanket box settee with beautiful French carving and moulding. It could be put at the end of the bed to hold the doona in summer or be used in the loungeroom for sitting and storing magazines. They make such a stylish statement,” Ms Burton said. Her advice on looking after your antique is to use it and use a special beeswax on it only occasionally, not polish it with commercial sprays. Buyers at a recent David Jones exhibition included Lady (Penny) Street, who snared a pair of cast iron urns and Louis 15th-style drawer lift table, and Queen Street decorator Jane Whitehouse snapped up a three-tier iron plant stand even though she was suffering from Sydney’s dreaded influenza. David Jones will be showing more of Kim Burton’s range on September 1 at its Spring launch of recycled wooden furniture. According to Peter Cook of the Grafton Gallery in Double Bay – who is on the panel that certifies antiques arriving in Australia – buyers should be sure they are buying the real McCoy. It is worth remembering that nails stopped being handmade at the end of the 18th century, while screws were being machine made in the 1850s which gave them a uniform look, he said. Handmade furniture has variations in the carving where, say, the drawers slide into the chest. “However, a machine-made piece will be exactly the same all over,” Mr Cook said. He also agrees that the French provincial look suits Australia because it has a casual sophistication not dissimilar to our own slightly clumsy colonial furniture. A quick price comparison of these antiques with well-made modern furniture pieces, which are often the antiques of tomorrow, shows that they are only slightly more expensive and are guaranteed to appreciate in value if well maintained. But the big dollar American market is on the prowl. It appears that Californians have just switched on to this hot new look and once they have hit the French provinces and bought up big, these antiques could become rare and expensive. Already smaller items such as bedside tables are hard to get since Parisians have filled their city apartments with such pieces and are reluctant to part with them.

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Built – the ancient art of DIY

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You think you’ve got problems at home? Relax. It’s nothing new. BUILDING and house maintenance problems are as old as civilisation itself. Ancient communities faced the never-ending task of repairing eroded mud-brick walls and earth floors, patching the roofs of grass and thatch shelters, combatting rot in traditional timber building framework, repairing soft and vulnerable sun-dried brickwork, and maintaining friable stonework and internal whitewashed plaster. In ancient Rome, citizens were required to ensure their houses were in first-class order. Punishment for non-compliance often involved incarceration. In mediaeval times, building owners were compelled to meet specified standards of habitation and building construction, and journeymen and artisans travelled throughout Great Britain and Europe to assist owners and occupants maintain the more important building fabric. From the mid-19th Century, the popular press capitalised on the great demand for information relating to building maintenance and home management. Publishers such as John Weals of London produced rudimentary treatises on subjects ranging from well boring and tank construction to the manufacture of hand-made bricks and house decoration. . The concept of “doing it yourself” was expanded in the late 19th Century and weekly journals of workshop practice, home management and building maintenance were commonplace. Review of this mass of literature, much of which I have collected over the years, leads me to understand that the problems experienced by home owners in the 19th Century and early 20th Centuries are essentially the same as those experienced today. The high cost of hiring professionals to help solve relatively simple problems has forced most Australian householders to undertake their own repairs, with mixed results. The late 20th Century has seen a new boom in do-it-yourself programs, firstly on local radio and more recently on television (where the host is usually a retired pop singer in overalls). For the past eight years, ABC Radio 3LO has produced a DIY talkback program, which has provided me with an amazing insight into the nature and extent of building problems experienced by the Victorian and Tasmanian householder. Calls to this early morning program range from queries about a permanent mud-brick render recipe to combatting cockatoos’ attacks on western red cedar windows. Popular subjects include the removal of stains on every conceivable building material and household furnishings, high-technology solutions to the expensive impact of rising damp in brickwork and stone fabric, and the use of volatile solvents and chemicals in the home.

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OLD BECOMES NEW IN COUNTRY REVIVAL

ARE you looking for something a little more solid in the way of furniture?Some permanence with a taste of history? As the recession lifts and we crawl out of the plastic leftovers of 80s glamour, the polished timber and gingham fabrics of Country Style are again appearing in Australian houses everywhere. The move marks a return to quality rather than showmanship in both house design and decoration, and is ushering in a whole new range of products.

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The backbone of the country image is classic wooden furniture – chairs, bedheads, the hearty kitchen table and the classic dining setting – giving rooms a solid, homely ambience. But how do you find these essentials in the environmentally friendly 90s without sacrificing your wallet to the lure of antiques? The attraction of old growth timber furniture without damage to the forests has meant a rise in the popularity of recycled timbers. Those grand beams which hang in old warehouses, abandoned churches and sheds across Australia are increasingly being lovingly removed and remodelled for the home. In response to demand, new and more affordable ranges of recycled timber furniture are being released. Woolstore Furniture – which in the past used jarrah timbers – has just launched a new range constructed with hardwoods salvaged from colonial warehouses in and around Sydney. The timber is up to 100 years old and has been naturally air dried during its “previous life”. In the midst of organising the refurbishment of a 13th-century castle just outside Copenhagen, in Denmark, Woolstore’s founder and managing director, Joe Pierce, believes the current fad for traditional country style is a backlash against the 80s. The 80s, he argues, were typified by furniture which looked as if it had been manufactured rather than hand-crafted. “I think it’s more in line with the general community’s feeling of need for something permanent,” he said. “After a period of recession where question marks have been popped on all our lives in many areas I think design is going back to security and permanence. The crazes of the late 80s have been replaced with a more secure conservatism.”

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More efficient production and less expensive raw materials mean Woolstore’s new Greenway Range – inspired by the Georgian lines of Australia’s first notable architect, Francis Greenway – is a more affordable alternative to their world renowned jarrah furniture. Pierce styled the range with three typical Greenway facets – heavy use of pediments, solid columns, and breaking up the columns with flutes or arches. While Woolstore has been using recycled timbers for 10 years, Jamie McKnight of Dingo Design has been driven to work with “pre-loved” timbers during the last 12 months by a passion for scrounging, concern for the environment and a desire to work with the better quality timber which is available to those prepared to look for it. Those who made buildings 100 years ago had only the best to choose from and, according to McKnight, it’s not unusual to find red cedar simply “hanging about”. “The timber is so mature, it’s just so nice to work with,” he said. “It carries with it a feeling of what’s happened – something from a past era.” However, Naturally Australian manager, Clive Barker is well aware that the charm of recycled timber furniture lies not only in knowing it has a history. “Through a recession, I think you learn to value the dollar. You’re going to think about what you’re going to buy and not be frivolous with money. You know that this furniture is built from material that’s already lasted more than 100 years, so you can be fairly certain it will last a little longer.”

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The grass is always greener

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The first time my eyes fell on Signor Riva, I nearly fell to the floor in a fit of delight. Not for him, necessarily, although he is an extremely attractive man, but for the sheer elegance of him. He was wearing a black suit and white shirt, his pique collars so white, so starched, that it looked as though 15 nuns in a steam laundry had devoted a week of their time to his sartorial cause. His coat was slightly longer than normally seen, his trousers were of the same fine fabric, and the whole ensemble counterpointed his sleek grey hair and gave him the air of a distinguished cleric. We were introduced in the bar of the Villa d’Este on Lake Como (not a bad bar to confess to being in) by a mutual friend, and over a couple of years in Italy, Signor Riva has become Lorenzo and I have come to understand why he is such a paragon of style. It turns out that he is one of Italy’s half-dozen or so couturiers – in a field which owns such names as Sarli, Raffaella Curiel and Renata Balestra. In French terms, this is the design equivalent of being introduced to Hubert de Givenchy. Little wonder then that the chic Signor Riva – once the stylist for the House of Balneciaga – looked always as though he had stepped straight out of the pages of Stendahl’s Le Rouge et le Noir. He was in the very up-market end of the rag trade, the man to whom the daughters of heads of State in countries which are cash-poor but rich in small diamonds come to for their complete couture wedding needs. And over the years, we have increased our intimacy to the point where last June we had dinner with Australian friends in the village of Cernobbio. After dinner, though, came the pay-off. He invited us back to his house, just on the outskirts of the village. This is the moment I always long for on overseas trips – when you manage to get out of public spaces and into private ones, a chance to see how differently people live, or just how similar they are. The prosaic in a foreign country – the dishwashing liquid, the margarine packs – looks unbearably exotic. Look, Fairy Liquid! See, Barillo pasta. My goodness, Ipana toothpaste! There can be problems, of course, with this need to see private spaces, and in retrospect I really shouldn’t have gone to that loft in New York’s SoHo, but still, no harm done. I got a lecture about the Shakespearean debt of West Side Story and was reminded that single women always need to have the fare home, even if the fare is for a Qantas flight to Sydney. As Signor Riva asked diffidently if we would like to see his little home, the poor man was almost crushed in the rush of Australians all equally keen to get a peek at the inside of his home. Would we? We would! And so we did. He opened the electronic gate to the driveway and we turned right to a doorway flanked by two enormous red-flowering shrubs in terracotta pots. Speaking soothingly to his hound on the other side of the door, he eased his slight frame between it and the door jamb. This unseen dog happened to be called Andrew, which was first clue to Lorenzo Riva’s secret world. As the savage beagle (second clue) was soothed into quietude, the door opened on an almost impossible to believe scene. Lorenzo Riva, the maestro of Italian elegance, style and haute couture, has a deep and abiding passion for all things British, and things Scottish in particular. So that explains the dog’s name. Called after the patron saint of Scotland, he is a rather substantial pet to have in a country renowned for whippy little things such as whippets or Italian greyhounds. There was an English hunting scene in the foyer – all those hounds, all Andrew look-alikes. There was also a good dollop of tartan around the place, for good measure. Here, on the edge of dreamy Lake Como, with its villas (Gianni Versace had a villa around the corner at Montrasio) and its traditions dating from Roman times, was a designer who thinks that – in terms of house decoration, at least – the most chic style is Scottish. This is a classic example of the perversity of the world. Just as much of the rest of us yearn to be Italian or French, because to us they define glamour, the denizens of those two countries think Britain is the last gasp. Can you credit it? All over Paris, there are young people learning bridge, taking golf lessons, aspiring to british racing green Range Rovers (in Paris, of all places, where tiny cars look as though they are touch parked by aggressive toddlers). There was even a well-placed apologist (read PR) for a grand French couture house who spent every weekend skiving off to the wilds of the English fens to join her aristocratic farmer husband in a decaying stately pile, complete with shabby furnishings, down at heel retainers and some straggly acres of drenched sheep. She was photographed with the same whenever possible and could have looked more pleased with herself only if he’d had a dukedom instead of some lesser thing dating back several hundred years. There are even some French people who think Ireland is chic. They jump on Aer Lingus flights to Doo-bhlin every Friday night to immerse themselves in a little Irish style (stifle those shrieks, please). Drawn by the golf, the wide green countryside and the friendliness of the people (all relatively rare to Parisians), they waste no opportunity back at home in showing off about their Emerald Isle connections. Incredible. I was thinking of Andrew the beagle of Lake Como last week, when I was reading American Town And Country and its April issue on the greatest things in life. There, in a story on the villa on the edge of Lake Como, is a full-page photograph of Signor Riva and Andrew. Readers of the magazine would certainly have similar impulses, no matter where in the world they are: We wish we were there. Signor Riva and Andrew might be wishing themselves elsewhere, thinking loch, not lago.

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Basic infomations about belt sander reviews to find the suitable belt sander

Belt sander is one of the most powerful machine you need in your tool box. It clears raw materials, turn into very smooth, flat surfaces within the shortest time. A belt sander’s assessed by many elements like speed, control, easy to use,… So, let’s take a comprehension through basic belt sander reviews

Belt sander size is very important when you sanding. The suitable size give the great abrasive affect to your stuff. The small things such as toys, knives, blades need the specific belt size and belt sander type to make sure the sander can sharpen well. Oppositely, if you have an big project, you should pick up an big belt size to make job finish quickly and professionally.

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Belt sander don’t have a lots of types. It just have only 2 kinds are handheld and top bench belt sander. The handheld belt sander provides descendible feature to sanding everywhere with high power motor to smooth the rough materials even in corner or wall, floor,… however, with the special job need stable and fixed, the top bench belt sander seem to be more useful.

The range of belt sander price usually approximate from 40-2000$. The price base on the various of features and benefits users can get. But if you don’t need to sanding often. The cheap belt sander still alright.

To see more belt sander reviews, you should look for at the customers comments, questions and the issues relate to the product you want to buy. Research information and reviews is the fastest way to find the best belt sander for you. Because the reviews gives you the truthful looks and fully features of the products, the advantages, back draw, how to use, maintenance and also safety rules for working better and faster.

 

 

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How-to: flooring it

#1 Instead of refinishing motor-head Eric’s home-office hardwood floors, the Merge team gives them the winning look of the checkered flag at the end of a race. After a light sanding and mopping, apply a diluted wash (40 percent paint, 60 percent water) of black eggshell-finish latex, which allows the woodgrain to show. Seal with two coats of water-soluble satin-finish Varathane. A snap line device leaves accurate chalk lines on the floor to create 16-inch squares.

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#2 Low-tack blue masking tape, commonly used by painters to create a clean, hard line and protect areas that shouldn’t be painted, is laid along the full length of each of the chalk lines drawn on the floor. Using a razor blade and a straight edge, carefully cut one 16-inch tape section out of every other square and reposition it on the other side of the chalk line to mask off the dark squares. This will create larger alternating squares that can then be painted silver.

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#3 Mix a wash of the same silver paint used on the walls to fill in the larger squares. (Tip: Using a 2-inch flat brush, stroke in the direction of the wood gram. In order to see the grain through the silver paint, it’s safer to add too much water; you can always add another coat if you haven’t achieved the effect you’re after.) After the silver paint is dry, remove the tape in a quick, clean motion. To protect all that hard work, Kingery advises at least four coats of satin-finish Varathane.

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Paneling in unexpected places

Any picture that flashes in your mind when someone says “plywood paneling’ is likely to be out of date. In the last couple of years, the range of patterns and colors available in prefinished panels has dramatically increased. You’re no longer limited to a selection of wood grains, whether real veneers or photographic reproductions. Now you can choose panels with bold or subdued patterns, stripes, floral, and pictorials that remind you of wallpaper. The newest paneling products reproduce such surfaces as grass cloth, woven-reed matting –even marble. And some of the designs are embossed to provide textures for even greater realism.

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Unlike wallpaper, however, these panels give you a tough, durable surface that not only can be scrubbed, but resists dents and tears as well. And if you tire of the look after a time, you can always resurface with paint or paper.

Today’s broader choice in ply wood paneling inspired me to seek out projects in which the material would be used structurally–not just to cover a flat wall. The home improvements shown here are the result–all but one of them designed by Michael Cannarozzi for the Plywood Paneling Council and shot by Photography House. The exception is the divider arch on the previous page, which was created by Georgia-Pacific Corp., featuring its Firelight Forum oak paneling as an accent in the study alcove of an upstairs apartment. The alcove was created by framing a partition and facing both sides with matching paneling. Note that both the arch and window treatment echo the under-roof slant of the ceiling, their openings outlined in pine trim boards finished with an oak stain.

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Most of the other projects shown in the photos (and sketched above) are compact enough to be framed in 2 2 lumber. You can join the 2 s with glue and flat head screws, or by bridging joints with metal plates on the inside. The paneling faces are then cut to cover the frame, and are applied with adhesive or colored nails–or a combination of both. Though usually only a little thicker than 1/8 inch, the paneling will stiffen the frame joints for a sturdy assembly. Most paneling comes in standard four-by-eight-foot sheets. For economical cutting, it’s best to lay out (on graph paper) scale drawings of the pieces you’ll need.

The lighted foyer achieves its dramatic recessed effect by means of a false wall framed and paneled six inches in front of the actual wall. The oak paneling has evenly spaced grooves (every eight inches) and is applied horizontally to both walls. Don’t waste paneling on the lower part of the rear wall, because only the top will show. The “planks’ of the front paneling are cut back in steps for a ziggurat effect, and a stick-on shelf light is mounted vertically behind every other step.

More concealed lighting is tucked under the paneling-faced top of the slab-on-cube table. The paneling here is real birch veneer finished with a transparent wipe-on stain.

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Eight paneling projects to get you started (turn page for construction drawings) show range of patterns now available in plywood paneling, from actual or reproduced wood grains to wallpaper-like designs–even a combination of the two, as shown above. Most panels are prefinished, so once you’ve applied them (with nails or adhesive), the job is done.

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LIGHT headed

The quest for street-wise 429/460 Ford cylinder heads is somewhat of a challenge. A 460 can be amplified to a gargantuan 10 liters (over 610 inches), so most heavy-breathing Ford cylinder heads reflect the cost and proportions associated with monster motors. High port heads require special valves, valve train, intake manifolds, headers, and pistons-a hassle and big expense for bolt-on enthusiasts; likewise for Boss 429 hemi heads. For street/strip duty, 429/460 disciples have to either get friendly with a die grinder or locate a set of rare 70-’71 429 Super Cobrajet SCJ) heads. Until now. AR Incorporated told HOT ROD about its newer-than-new AR 429 Cobrajet aluminum heads that will be available by the time you read this. They’re a simple bolt-on that can add 104 horsepower and 43 lbs.-ft. of torque, according to dyno tests. The AR Cobrajet heads and a matched intake manifold will be available direct from AR or through Ford Motorsport. Re Motorsport part numbers will be M-6049-A429 for the heads and M-9424-E429 for the intake manifold. The heads list at $1395 (bare) or $1795 (complete) with one-piece swirl-polished valves, single dampened springs, moly retainers, machined keepers, and pushrod guideplates.

Jon Kaase of Jon Kaase Racing dyno’d Ar’s new CobraJet offerings, and you’ll find the results on page 54. Here’s how it went:

TEST I

First, Kaase baselined a crate 460 with 9.0:1 flattop pistons and a 780-cfm Holley. The hydraulic cam had .480-inch lift on both lobes, 215/220 degrees of duration at .050-inch tappet lift, and a 108-degree lobe separation angle. The heads were small-valve (2.080/1.650-inch), large chamber (96cc) units that are typical of ’72-and-newer passenger-car heads. Ford delivered the engine with an iron CobraJet intake. The CJ manifold performs better than stockers, even though the port match to stock heads is terrible. The out-of-the-box 460 produced 356 hp at 5100 rpm and 445 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3300 rpm.

TEST 2

The next step was to add AR Cobrajet heads, which improved flow and increased compression to 10.5:1 due to the smaller chamber volume. The head swap alone produced 460 hp at 5400 rpm and 488 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm-an improvement of 104 hp and 43 lbs.-ft. While peak torque rpm increased by 1100 rpm, torque also improved by at least 32 lbs.-ft. at each point below the torque peak.

TEST 3

For the next test, Kaase bolted up the AR aluminum dual-plane intake and an 830-cfm Holley. ne dyno reported 491 hp at 5600 rpm and 505 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. This 31 horsepower increase came without penalty as the rpm at peak horsepower increased by only 200 rpm. The torque peak rpm remained constant, while peak torque increased by 17 lbs.-ft.

TEST 4

To see how the AR heads respond to a bigger cam, Kaase slipped in a Ford Motorsport model (part No. 625O-A443) with .560/.580-inch lift, 234/244-degrees duration at.050-inch tappet lift, and 108-degrees lobe separation angle. Power increased to 552 hp at 6300 rpm and 532 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm. This demonstrated the AR heads’ ability to flow, but low-end torque suffered due to the larger cam.

TEST 5

The final evaluation was with a .701-inch lift roller cam (Motorsport part No. 625O-B460). Duration was an equally wild 264/274 degrees at .050-inch tappet lift. Although this was not an optimized engine combination, it pumped out 650 hp at 6800 rpm and 542 lbs.-ft. of torque at 5500 rpm. That’s an increase of 294 hp and 96 lbs.-ft. just by changing cam, heads, intake, and carb!

 

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Other Best Stand Mixers

WEST BEND

WEST BEND 41036

$99.50

Offers good results (egg whites whip up high; cake batters come out thoroughly mixed) at a bargain price. But you need to occasionally scrape the sides of the bowl for even mixing. The beaters are specially marked so they’re easy to insert in their proper holes. This model is also one of the quietest. Comes with 1 1/2- and 4-quart glass bowls.

MODEL: 41036  WEIGHT: 9 pounds SPEEDS: 12 CAN HANDLE: 4 cups of flour OTHER COLOR: chrome with stainless-steel bowls for $119.50

HAMILTON BEACH

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$119.95

This solid performer is notable for a head that locks in the up position, preventing it from accidentally falling down when you stop to stir. It ties with the West Bend for quietest mixer. The cord can be pushed inside the base for easy storage. Also comes with 2- and 4-quart stainless-steel bowls and a handy mixing guide above the control dial, Weak spot: The owner’s manual offers few tips and no starter recipes.

MODEL: Chefmix 60690  WEIGHT: 8 pounds SPEEDS: 14 CAN HANDLE: 6 to 7 cups of flour OTHER COLORS: none

SUNBEAM

$160.00

This sleek, chrome model prepares bread dough faster (by Up to 3 minutes) than others in its category. It comes with 1 1/2- and 4-quart stainless-steel bowls. A guide on the control dial indicates which speed to use for each chore. The instruction book is especially helpful and filled with recipes to get you started. When tackling dense mixtures like stiff cookie dough, the mixer head bobs up and down and appears to be struggling, but it always does a great job.

MODEL: Mixmaster 2359  WEIGHT: 9 pounds SPEEDS: 12 CAN HANDLE: 3 1/2 cups of flour OTHER COLOR: white with stainless-steel or glass bowls for $99.99

The Need to Knead?

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Many bakers prefer the convenience of making bread with a mixer but feel guilty because, deep down, they believe that kneaded bread tastes better. We put this theory to the test: First, our home economists pummeled white, buttermilk, and whole wheat doughs with mixers from the heavy: and middleweight categories, then by hand. They found it hard to tell any difference in taste or texture among them One exception: Though it didn’t affect taste, loaves prepared by heavyweight mixer rose slightly higher.

What’s in a Watt?

The higher the wattage, the more powerful the mixer — and thus more desirable. Right? Wrong. The overall design, including the shape, of the bowl and how the attachments move, is more important to performance. As for decoding the wattage, here’s an easy way to we if a model has the power you need: Look for the maximum number of cups of flour or pounds of dough it can handle. You’ll find this information on the box, or ask to see the manual.

How We Chose

We put 11 stand mixers to work, whipping cream and egg whites, mashing potatoes, mixing oatmeal-raisin cookies from scratch, making cakes from mixes, and kneading bread dough. To test each model’s power, we measured the maximum amount of yeast dough it could handle and evaluated its ability to cream butter straight out of the refrigerator. We looked for little or no spattering, ease of operation, and useful owner’s manuals. Our engineers also checked the construction and measured wattage, speed, and noise levels.

Hand or Stand?

Hand mixers are, well, handy. They’re inexpensive, ranging from $20 to $80, easy to store, and can do everything a stand mixer can (some can even knead dough). If you’re a holiday baker or mostly make cakes from mixes and occasionally whip up a cup of cream for berries, a hand mixer is all you need. But if you bake a lot, especially bread, you’ll find a stand mixer well worth the money. They do almost everything faster and with a minimal amount of effort — all you have to do is flip switch.

(*) All prices are manufacturers’ suggested retail; most stores mark them down by as much as 40 percent, so shop around.