Friday, January 29, 2010
I recently came across this particular axe: the Lowe Humming bird. This is a very versatile axe and can be configured for many conditions. The configuration which I received the axe in is quite unique. It purpose: to climb snow. Not only does it have a tube pick on one end, but a extra large tube pick for an adzes. This is something I have never seen before, and I have seen my share of ice climbing tools. The axe appears to be a hammer only axe, without the option of switching to an adzes. An adzes is flat blade used to chop steps in the ice. Ice axes are often constructed so that both the pick and the hammer can be removed and replaced with another type of pick or an adzes. If this option is not present, most likely there is another version of the axe with a forged adzes.
It then begs the question, is this an adzes attachment or an extra large tube pick attached to the axe's hammer. I would imagine that it is in fact an extra large tube pick for the following reasons. The full circle design of the piece in question would hold the snow in place. If it was intended to be a chopping tool it should be destined to be self clearing. Sure a second "chop" would drive out the snow lodged in by the first bite. However this is a small amount of snow taken with each bite. No very efficient for making steps. Next the short shaft design is intended for vertical or steep travel. In the steeps, crampons are a necessity and thus negates the need for steps. Finally chopping steps is an old mountaineering technical. One would chop steps if they are not wearing crampons, on low angle and/or if they are marking trail for others to follow. If any of those conditions were true one would be using a longer mountaineering axe rather than a short climbing tool.
If you ever find yourself out on a steep snow field, and your ice axe isn't cutting it, or it is in fact cutting through the snow; know that there are specific built ice tools for climbing the NEVE!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
A joint patent for this design is held by the Phillips Screw Company and the American Screw Company. The purpose of this screw is to increase the torque which can be applied before the screw and driver interface "slips".
A regular screw driver can be used to turn Pozi screws however a Pozi driver should not be used to turn non-pozi Phillips screws. The four extra spline will prevent the pozi driver from sitting properly with in the screw and cause rounding of the four Phillips slots.
The term Pozi Drive is often confused with Posi-Trac. Posi Trac is General Motor Companies term for a limited slip differential. LSD not the screws on your skis.
The American Screw Company...Imagine all the marketing material you can come up with for those guys!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Of course it doesn't have to be. I brought it upon myself, by purchasing a skid plate with no access holes (oil drain and filter access). The thought was that it would protect the oil pan a little better. What I should have realized is that this is a grocery getter and not a Dakar Rally Car.
Drain ~2.5" hole location is 4.4" up (towards front) from center of the OUTER of the 2 rear mounting holes (elongated hole, measure from center) and 2.2" out (towards outer edge of plate on passenger side. So 4.4 up and 2.2 over.
Filter ~4.25" hole (2.5" hole then jigsaw or find a 4.25" hole saw) location is 8.9" up from the center of that same mounting hole and 4.9" out. So 8.9" up and 4.9" over.