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  1. #91
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Scarborough, Maine
    Welp, I finally got the Aero Press and Capt. Ebb is right on as usual - it does indeed make a tasty and smooth cup-o-joe! You get the smoothness of a French press without the grit. Still using the paper filter though. One of the nifty things I like is that you simply "pop" the grinds (along with the filter) out into trash after pressing, then rinse the unit. No muss no fuss. I'd hate to have to dig the metal filter out of the trash and clean it. I guess I'm a product of this culture of convenience...
    Totoro (Sea Sprite 23 #626)

  2. #92
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    San Rafael, CA
    Aeropress takes years of practice....
    From coffee roast & apolitical bean selection, number of beans per scoop,
    seconds of grind, getting it all out of the grinder, into the chamber, loading
    it with correct ounces and perfect temperature sweet water, number of
    paddle strokes, how many seconds of soak? too long and the grounds stay
    wet.... yeah, right, just kidding.

    The morning coffee ritual with the device does require a number of steps.
    Do the second part next to the sink, so that rinsing the stainless strainer
    is but a deft pirouette between extraction, twisting the retainer cap (which,
    if the plunge has been finessed satisfactorily, will produce a puck of nearly
    dry coffee grounds... that releases the disk into the cap as it's twisted off.
    About 20% of the time I'll get it right.
    Does require quick handling because the cap is still pretty hot when removing.
    Did I plunge with aplomb? If the grounds are wet the disk sticks to the puck.
    Like I say, it takes awhile to train yourself to this tool...unless you're a born
    natural barista.

    Bought a new press from Aerobie. Can now get the Able filter from them.
    (New Ables have a very easy plunge and allow a bit of fines to settle in your
    cup. Personally don't mind. But paper filters give you completely clean brew
    with zero sediment.) All other parts are available as well.
    Also got a new S-Filter ('S' stands for micro-wire screen) made by Kaffeologie..
    This filter has a frame around the screen which makes it thicker than the laser
    cut Able. Couldn't make it work, too thick to get the cap to lock on to the
    To get room for the thicker filter, I was going to fiddle with a cap and try
    filing the lands down a bit (looks simple enough) but never got round to it...
    The new Aeropress is gorgeous. You'd expect changes. Except for graphics
    and a beautiful job of molding, all old and new parts are interchangeable.
    Me? still using my ole friend.

    Used up two stainless Able filters. Didn't wear them out, but krinkled the disks
    into stars, eventually the slight bends became too numerous to seal the cap,
    allowing grounds to escape through.
    My original cap has a belly in it. Put a metal disk in it, apply lots of pressure for
    lots of mornings and the disk ends up with radiating bend rays . It wasn't
    until I saw the new dead-flat caps that I realized the old one had bellied out
    from morning resistance exercises. It wasn't designed that way.
    I think the early Able's had finer holes, too.
    But heat and pressure had altered the cap and made it bulge.
    Extra pressure came from reusing the paper filters, which would be rinsed
    and dried on the bottoms of tumblers. The darker a filter became the more
    exercise to push thru a cuppa. Couldn't bear tossing an almost white one away
    ....so stainless really works for me.
    Ordered a very reasonably priced replacement stack of filters. Never used 'em.

    Aerobie recently sent a flyer advertising a new addition to the portability aspect
    of the Press. This is a stainless 'cup' that is large enough to pack the whole
    kaboodle and all its parts inside. Assuming that does not include the holder and
    paper filters, or any ground coffee. Sent an email, never heard back, asking
    what kind of stainless the cup was made out of.* Good idea for the boat.
    .................................................. .................................................. ..................
    Later EDIT: Bought extra caps that hold the paper or stainless filter disks.
    It is for sure that the grid is molded totally flat when new. The new easy
    Able disk that allows very fine sediments through, as said, requires minimum
    pressure to make coffee. Only a couple months old the stainless disk is now
    collecting a number of minor radiating bends. A straight-edge across the grid
    of the cap tells that a permanent bulge is being made. It won't matter when
    using paper filters. But it now appears that a permanent stainless replacement
    cannot be depended upon, because long term use of the metal filter eventally
    creates so many bends it will let grounds through.

    Later edit: 3 years of daily mug of finely ground, the Able s.s filter has not
    gotten 'starred' any worse. I'm more gentle in my plunging, it's all automatic,
    there is a tiny amount of sediment that is so fine that, except for it collecting in
    the bottom it almost is in solution. Like this fine 'dusting' on the tongue at the
    end of a perfect cup of organic Pacific Rim joe.

    .................................................. .................................................. ..................
    *The dedicated stainless steel cup may have been double-sided to keep liquid
    hot. Seem to remember a reviewer complained that the container should
    have had a top, or lid. The price was around $20. Can't find it on the net....
    Later even again: Just acquired JavaPresseCoffeeCompany's Manual Burr
    CoffeeGrinder. Looks like a totally uneventful tube "Built with Brushed Stainless
    Steel that illuminates any environment", until we place the crank on top. Tube is
    actually three pieces that fit 'seamlessly' together. 7 1/2" long, and 1 7/8" D --
    slips snuggly into the AeroPress plunger. Meant to pack along on global jaunts.
    $24 from the Company, $30 from amazon.
    Last edited by ebb; 05-22-2018 at 04:11 PM.

  3. #93
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    San Rafael, CA

    Thumbs up MEGAPRO 151SS (15 in 1) DRIVER

    First attracted to this screw driver because it has a #3 Philips.

    My other 2-bit drivers, just couldn't take it any longer!

    These might be the multibit drivers that were looking for me!!

    Megapro 151SS has a stainless steel shank, bright yellow
    nylon handle
    with tiny molded-in handicap traction nibs that are
    a bit aggressive,
    a marvelous pull-out carousel with 7 nickel-flashed double-
    end bits*
    that sucks back into its hollow handle as if there is a
    vacuum. Handle ends are navy blue and revolve independent
    of the body so you can turn the driver and bear down or guide it at
    the same time. It's 8.75" long with large handful of solid cylindrlcal
    knobbly yellow grip. It got personality! So, not all that much 316
    stainless per se, but on the grip you can't miss MADE IN THE USA

    Could be 'assembled in the USA' -- hope we can mostly be assured
    that this clever and innovative tool is made with... pride. This is a
    Canadian firm from B.C. that makes only innovative screw-drivers.
    Don't know that 'Made In Canada' wouldn't be just as convincing.
    It is in all aspects precisely engineered. Nothing wiggles, all tight.
    Bought two, one for a gift.

    Going to keep one onboard and one at home!

    Unique 2" bits are 'Electroless Nickel Plated ENP Double End':
    One slot 4-6 -- Two Phillips 0-3 and 1-2 --
    Two Robertson square 0-3 and 1-2 --
    Two Torx star 10-15 and 20-25.
    Spec 1/4"x2" HexShankDoubleEndBits, with a noticeable tiny mid
    shank 'pressure' ball to hold bit in the shank. Under a loupe, it's
    hard to tell that the bit starts as a steel hex rod and then gets
    detailed with a CNC machine into their precise form.
    These are the only ENP bits offered by the Company. Allen hex
    from 3/32 to 1/4" and 2.00 to 6.00mm in S2 steel are available.
    Some anti-theft two-prong spanner bits are also offered. 1/4" & 3/8"
    socket adapters to drive nuts w/ yr own sockets. There's more.
    When you locate them, www.megapro.net - find their 16pg catalog.

    *Bits are Rockwell 59-62: S2. Can't do that with300 alloys. Easily
    remove from the pull-out storage inside the end cap, but need extra
    force to snap them back into their holsters. Weighs 7.9oz.

    https://www.techtoolsupply.com/ lists more than 100 Megapro
    double bits to choose from. TechToolSupply also stock many of their
    drivers. Two or three are also 'yellow handle' --
    to get SS version: 151SS . Driver does not ratchet.
    What's extra nice? Easy to find yellow handle in the tool bag!!

    Driver from Specialized Product. $24.80 http://www.specialized.net/
    This outfit is located in Southlake Texas. Two 151SS sub-total at
    $49.60. Freight added $13.55. They also charged me $4.03 sales tax.
    TOTAL: $67.18. $33.60 each. Still cheaper than amazon or ebay.
    They don't stock any Megapro bits.

    MEGAPRO RATCHET DRIVERS (toward a more complete kit)
    {currently amazon has wrong description & comments on this driver}:

    Megapro Ratcheting Driver 211R2C36RD 13-in-01 Red is the
    only ratchet aye can find that has the 2" double-end bits.
    Same length as above with a more usual and more comfortable
    handle in a handsome tapered red nylon and black anti-slip grip.
    No stainless. Expect shaft & bits eventually rust.
    Easy and smooth left-lock-right ratchet collar has inside a patent
    -pending: ZAD 8 Zinc Alloy Solid Core precision 28-tooth design
    (make of that what you will). Revolving palm end with a 6-12
    slot-Philips-square-Torx selection of those clever 2" bits in cheerful
    and patented carousel storage. 7.8oz. Made in Canada.
    This Megapro could be uograded by the maker to a s.s. shaft and
    nickel-plate bits. It would then get my vote as the best looking and
    most talented driver you've ever had in your hand.

    171BK/RD-R 7-in-1 Megapro Ratcheting Compact S.S.
    Good-looking red/black tapered handle - but smaller and significantly
    lighter. Same left-lock-right smooth turning ratchet in the collar.
    Known as 'insert bits', and harder yet less brittle 'impact bits', they
    are standard hex 1". Shaft magnetically accepts any 1/4" hex-end
    from your collection, including cordless impact bits. Stainless shaft:
    6 normal 1" slot-Philips-square bits in the carousel. 6.4oz. USA

    There is a vast array of insert bits, a few made a Germany, most
    made in China, probably all major brands. Irwin on the web are very
    good with good info, their bits are labeled well. Aye look for slot bits
    and Frearson because they are still found on bronze screws. Irwin
    has an eight pc SLOT set (found on zoro.com) Irwin has a single
    Frearson #2 (we only need the one for all screw sizes.) that looks
    better made than others that pop up... which aye'm still searching
    for. RESEARCH Insert Bits-Fastener Drive-Tools=IRWIN TOOLS.


    Most inserts do hard work in impact drivers. Your source says:
    made from S2 steel, doesn't say it like VegaIndustries: "modified
    shock-resistant S2 steel." S2 plain can be brittle and shatter in
    your cordless impact driver. Doesn't really matter with our manual
    Megapro's. Look for quality bits whose heads are CNC machined.
    (See Makita A-98348, 50pc Impactx Driver Bit Set. $24. Bet the bits
    are not made in Japan, bits are beautiful and the tips are CNCed.
    Commenters also like the case. (amazon)

    To collect and organize the short 1/4" hex bits, now have a couple
    Enkay 3030 ScrewBitHolder poly bag, Red. You get two 2.75x2"
    33 hole pliable plastic blocks that you push the hex ends into. $8.
    Easy in / easy out. Nicely molded, China. 'Poly bag' is the package.

    If you are going to fill out your double end bits, haven't found a
    simple holder for them. Nor a soft case for all bits and 3 drivers.
    Plus a couple stubbies, extra long bits, sockets, flat ratchet wrench.
    Simple waxed fabric maybe, with industrial hook-&-loop closure.

    The 2" double bit organizer I'm looking for is a similar idea as the
    3030, but bits lay flat in tightly spaced open channels, in a compact
    red rubber/plastic tray, maybe 3 x 4", each 'tray' holding 12 bits.

    Like the holster in the end of the Megapro's. Easy in / easy out.

    There's no nice plastic thingy to corral Megapro double-end bits.
    I've sent them a note about that, also mentioning the marine
    'recreation' market might be interested in an expanded set of
    nickel-plated bits and stainless drivers, one ratcheting. Marine kit,
    simple or expanded, but include a couple Frearson #2 bits. Their
    nickel-plated bits should be etched: MEGAPRO ENP. Like Irwim
    offer slot-Philips-allen-etc driver bits in complete sets.

    To preserve the rustables try a lanolin product called Fluid Film.
    Spray it on, dry it off. It stays not wet but pliable, doesn't harden.
    Sheep wax. Processed out of sheep wool. Nobody gets hurt. Has a
    bit of petro in it... the aerosol propellant. Non toxic, non-flammable.


    'Leave red herrings all over the internet' ..... Loud Sue
    Last edited by ebb; Today at 01:14 PM.

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