4/15/2014

Razor-Back Tools

RAZOR-BACK Professional Tools, a leading manufacturer of non-powered landscaping and construction jobsite products, introduces its newest offering, the round point SuperSocket shovel, with Power-Step feature. The SuperSocket shovel is a durable option that can dig in the hardest, rockiest soil, and is made for tackling the toughest jobs.

Perfect for jobsite digging tasks such as breaking sedimentary rock or solid clay, this new offering features a socket five inches longer than standard industrial-grade shovel sockets, providing more steel reinforcement to provide a strong socket connection at a length of sixteen inches. The industrial-gauge steel blade reinforces the strength of the shovel for added durability. This combines with the new Power-Step, an over-sized and cleated step for secure foot placement for improved leverage while digging.

The SuperSocket shovel has a number of features that make it the best tool for your tough job:

• Heavy duty, industrial gauge, open-back steel blade
• Forward-turned Power-Step feature, ideal for digging
• Available in premium 48-inch white ash handle or fiberglass handles
• 10” cushioned grip on wood handles and 9” cushion grip with rubber liner on fiberglass handles

All SuperSocket shovel blades are American-made, and most of the RAZOR-BACK tool line is manufactured in the U.S., demonstrating the RAZOR-BACK brand’s increased commitment to supporting U.S. manufacturing and job creation.

The RAZOR-BACK SuperSocket shovels with Power-Step feature are available at industrial professional supply locations nationwide.

About RAZOR-BACK Professional Tools

RAZOR-BACK Professional Tools is the premier tool brand for quality performance in the professional and top end consumer markets. RAZOR-BACK Professional Tools are constructed with superior materials and designed for ultimate strength, performance and long life and is a brand of The Ames Companies, Inc. The Ames Companies, Inc. is the leading, as well as the oldest, manufacturer of non-powered lawn, garden and professional tools in the U.S. Headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg), the company manufactures and markets a wide variety of long-handled tools, wheelbarrows, hose reels, hoses, snow tools, cutting tools, hand tools, pruning tools and striking tools. To learn more, visit us on Facebook or Razor-Back Professional Tools.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. GRIT Magazine does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



4/14/2014

The Airlighter is unlike any other fire lighter on the planet designed for serious grillers, tailgaters and campers. It runs on a patented technology that combines a high velocity flame with a jet-air-stream that ignites charcoal instantly so that you can be cooking for guests within five minutes.  It is an environmental breakthrough for grilling, greatly reducing the amount of fuel needed to get your grill going. And, it is also the safest way to start and maintain your grill, avoiding unwanted lighter fluid burn accidents. Faster. Cleaner. Safer.

Airlighter for grilling

The Bison Airlighter jets a 4-inch flame to instantly ignite charcoal and wood. The super-heated 2,600 degree flame can overcome wind, rain and stubborn to light fuel with ease. Once kindling is ignited the flame can be turned off and a built-in, cool air fan will deliver powerful airflow to quickly spread flames throughout the fuel pile stocking the fire to high heat for the fastest cold to cook time. With the Bison Airlighter charcoal-grilling fans will never have to resort to using lighter fluid again resulting in cleaner, healthier and better tasting meals.

Fireplace lighting

Portable and multi-purpose the Airlighter can be used in any setting inside the home, backyard or deep woods to light charcoal grills, campfires, wood fireplaces and just about any other fire. The adjustable grip handle makes it easy to maneuver the Bison Airlighter into any grill, fire pit or fireplace and the LED flashlight on the front of the device improves visibility for lighting fires at night. The storage hook on the underside of the Airlighter can even be used as a bottle opener, solving yet another common grilling dilemma.

Airlighter LED Flashlight

The Bison Airlighter is designed with safety in mind. The barrel of the device is air-cooled and remains cool to the touch at all times, even seconds after lighting a fire it will not burn skin or melt a table. There is also a child-lock on the device so it can never be switched on accidentally.

The integrated battery in the Bison Airlighter can be used for 30 minutes, or up to 40 barbecue lightings before it will require charging. Designed with a standard USB port the Airlighter can conveniently be charged at home with a wall outlet adapter or on the go in a car. The flame on the Airlighter runs on butane that will last for 15 minutes of constant burn time, enough to light up to 40 barbecue fires.

Order the Bison Airlighter, or for additional information, visit Airlighter.

About The Bison Company

Founded in 2013, Bison is a privately held innovation company based in New York. The Airlighter is the first product from Bison and has been designed and developed in-house and is patented globally. The Bison Company is dedicated to creating great products that offer significant improvements to existing methods to answer consumer needs. The Bison Company is a subsidiary of Infora, LLC. which develops a unique range of consumer products and distributes them through retailers including specialty local retailers, mail order catalogs, online stores, and national chains. For more information visit The Bison Company.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. GRIT Magazine does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



4/10/2014

ChickenWaterer.com today announced the release of the Cluck-ulator smartphone app, the most comprehensive app ever created for backyard chicken owners. The Cluck-ulator helps users make decisions about the composition and management of their flocks and is six tools in one:

Breed Selector — chooses the ideal breed(s) of chicken for each user when the user selects characteristics from a wizard like menu including: type of breed (egg layer, meat bird, dual purpose), laying amount, egg shell color, breed temperament, and four other important criteria.

Breed Selector in ChickenWaterer App

Breed Photo Gallery — allows users to choose the ideal breed(s) of chicken visually by browsing through an alphabetical list of chicken breeds.

Breed Descriptions in Cluck-ulator

Coop Planner — provides housing requirements including coop and run size, perch space and number of nest boxes needed when the user selects the number of chickens in the flock.

Egg Estimator — provides an annual estimate of the number of eggs a chicken will lay when the user selects the breed and age of that chicken.

Cluck-ulator Egg Estimator

Food & Water Estimator — Calculates the daily food and water required for the flock when the user selects the number of chickens, type (egg, meat, dual purpose), growth stage, and ambient environmental temperature.

Poultry Valve Calculator — calculates the water pressure and per cent of valve pressure capacity when the user selects the height of the water column in their wear supply tank.

Users of the Cluck-ulator also have access to other resources within the app including the ChickenWaterer.com blog, Twitter feed, and Facebook page where information, tips, and other content of interest to chicken owners is regularly posted.

"The Cluck-ulator is a powerful tool for both new and experienced chicken owners," said Mark Delman, General Manager of ChickenWaterer.com, "The inclusion of coop planning, foods and water and other tools in one app truly distinguishes the Cluck-ulator from other apps that only to help users choose a breed of chicken. And it's free so that everyone can use it."

The Cluck-ulator is available in both iPhone and Android smartphone versions and can be downloaded respectively from the iTunes App Store and Google Play store. The Cluck-ulator requires an internet connection via either wi-fi or cellular service and can also be accessed via tablets or other mobile devices such as the Apple iPad, Kindle Fire, or Samsung Galaxy Note.

Key Features:
• Search from over 50 breeds of chickens using simple wizard-like interface.
• Calculated food, water, housing and other requirements.
• Estimate egg production now and in the future.
• Calculation outputs in U.S or Metric units.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. GRIT Magazine does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



4/7/2014

An article I wrote last week on work pants for the summer featured only men’s pants which (deservedly) caused the indignation of the female audience on GRIT’s Facebook page. Some of them blamed GRIT Magazine, but in fact it was us from Work’N'Gear writing a guest article. We definitely weren’t trying to imply that only men sweat out in the garden, as one of the comments suggested. So now I want to apologize on our behalf and to make it up to the ladies by giving them some suggestions for summer work pants as well.

Women’s Relaxed Straight Fit Stretch Twill Pants by Dickies

Dickies Twill Women's Pant

Dickies‘ reputation for manufacturing high-quality work clothing has remained spotless since the very founding of the company in 1918.

This pair of work pants is convenient for work in the garden, because of its relaxed fit and straight leg construction. They’re made of 7 oz. stretch twill (97% cotton and 3% spandex) to ensure not only breathability, but also elasticity. And you don’t have to worry about gaping in the back thanks to the snug fit of the contoured waistband.

Women’s Original Fit Corduroy Carlyle Pants by Carhartt

Carhartt Corduroy Carlyle pants

Carhartt is another well-established US brand, famous for its high-quality work wear. This family-owned business has been around since the 19th century.

The Corduroy Carlyle work pants are made with 8.4 ounce fabric (98% cotton and 2% spandex) and are conveniently equipped with 5 pockets. The fabric is very durable and will withstand outdoor work thanks to the triple stitched inseams.  The pants are made to sit below the waist for extra comfort. Finally, the legs are wide enough to fit over work boots, so you can wear them for practically any job.

Women’s Plain Front Cotton Pants by Red Kap

Red Kap Cotton Pants

Established in 1923, Red Kap has a reputation of stylish and durable work wear that is always “done right,” as the company motto goes.

Their women’s plain front cotton pants are made out of 100% cotton to ensure optimal softness and breathability. The fabric is also made to stretch naturally, even without the addition of spandex. It’s a 7.5 oz twill, which means the pants are durable and do not stain easily. The pair is equipped with three pockets — two slack-style pockets at the front and a back pocket on the right that closes with a button.

Women’s Relaxed Fit Carpenter Pants by Dickies

Dickies Carpenter Pant

I will conclude the list with another pair of work pants by Dickies, this time geared towards women who work in carpeting, specifically.

These carpenter pants are extremely durable thanks to 9 oz. Oxford duck fabric. Duck cloth is the same kind of fabric that is used in the manufacturing of many durable items such as sneakers and tents. For those of you who love trivia, you might find it interesting that original duct tape was also made from this same fabric and that’s how it got its name.

The pants are a relaxed fit, which means they sit right below the waist to ensure maximum comfort. They are equipped with a hammer loop and Dickies’ trademark ScuffGard® technology.

Choosing any of these 4 cotton work pants will help you be better prepared for work in the summertime. Ladies, am I forgiven now?


Lachezar Stamatov is a recent Psychology graduate with interests spanning across various fields – health, food, technology, sustainable farming, you name it. He loves blogging about his outdoor experiences, so follow his articles to give your motivation a kick. He’s also a regular contributor to the Work N’ Gear blog.


This press release is presented without editing for your information. GRIT Magazine does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



4/4/2014

University of Kansas RedTire Program

As retirement loomed, Casey Thomas knew he would eventually have to sell his animal hospital of more than 30 years. He spent seven years preparing to sell his business without an inkling of who would actually buy the Junction City, Kan., veterinary practice.

“My wife and I knew we were entering the latter days of my practice,” Thomas said, “and we knew we wanted to keep the business strong until we sold it.” They updated equipment and technology, modernized procedures and capabilities, all in preparation for a mystery successor.

But Thomas didn’t make his desire to retire known until he received a postcard from the University of Kansas RedTire Program. “It was exactly what we were looking for — exactly what we needed at the right time,” he said.

After months of due diligence and negotiations, RedTire brokered its first official match, February 2014, closing the sale of Flint Hills Veterinary Hospital, to Julie Ebert, Kansas State University alumna and fellow doctor of veterinary medicine.

“Vets are well trained in medicine and surgery and, to a certain extent, business management,” Thomas said, “but most of us rarely sell a practice until we’re ready to retire.” RedTire provided not only an introduction to a willing buyer, but also gave Thomas a structure to begin negotiations, he said.

The Redefining Retirement program, known as RedTire, matches graduates of Kansas Regents institutions with business owners who are looking for a successor. The initiative, operated by the KU School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurship, focuses on small- and medium-sized businesses in rural Kansas.

“You hope that when you nurture a business for 30 years, you’ll find a successor who will come in and provide clients the level of care that they’re used to, and I’m sure Dr. Ebert will do that,” Thomas said.

RedTire addresses a major challenge for small businesses in rural America by matching businesses needing replacement management with qualified candidates. The program helps both parties navigate the transaction and provides business counseling as new owners grow the business and create jobs.

“We are overjoyed by the completion of RedTire’s inaugural transaction,” said Wally Meyer, director of KU’s entrepreneurship programs. “Flint Hills Veterinary Hospital provides an essential service to the Junction City and Manhattan communities and we’re thrilled to provide support for these veterinarians so they can realize their respective goals of retirement and business ownership.”

Thomas said RedTire played a critical role in making the transaction happen. “RedTire took us from a place where we didn’t know each other, didn’t know much about the sale, to where we were ready to make the agreement formal,” Thomas said. “I truly believe that, without RedTire, this deal would have never happened.”

“As a public institution, we are committed to the growth of Kansas,” said Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of Business. “As a business school, we are proud to find private sector solutions to social challenges. RedTire typifies entrepreneurship in action.”

RedTire is currently assisting 20 business owners as they seek new ownership to preserve their businesses in communities across Kansas. The program is a free service and is financed by the KU School of Business and a grant from the Economic Development Administration. Since launching in 2012, RedTire has been called a “national model” for addressing rural small business succession planning by Forbes.

Thomas has simple advice to other small business owners looking to RedTire for succession planning: “Build a healthy practice and you’ll have a healthy sale.”

For more information, visit RedTire.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. GRIT Magazine does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



4/4/2014

Yanmar America Corporation

Yanmar America Corporation is proud to be a Title Sponsor of this year’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair being held at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center on Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, in Fletcher, N.C. Yanmar has long been committed to the sustainable land owner and the rural lifestyle that is important to them. Visitors to the fair can visit booth 5013 where Yanmar will be exhibiting their new line of sub-compact tractors, which will be launching to Authorized Yanmar Dealers this spring.

For more information regarding Yanmar America Corporation or Yanmar Agriculture equipment please contact Kim Toole at 770-877-7708 or visit Yanmar Tractor.

About Yanmar America Corporation:

Based in Adairsville, GA, Yanmar America Corp. is a subsidiary of Yanmar Co., Ltd. – which recently celebrated its 100th year of operation. Yanmar America is a recognized global leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced performance diesel engines and diesel-powered equipment for a multitude of market segments including marine and industrial engines, compact tractors, compact construction equipment and energy systems. Yanmar Co. Ltd., was established in 1912 and in 1933 became the world's first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. Over the last 80 years, Yanmar has been a manufacturer of world-renowned diesel engines, energy systems and agricultural, construction and industrial machinery. With global headquarters in Osaka, Japan, Yanmar is well recognized for the unsurpassed quality of its products. Its American headquarters representing North, Central and South America is located at 101 International Parkway, Adairsville, GA 30103. For more information, please visit Yanmar America.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. GRIT Magazine does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



4/1/2014

Spring is already here and summer is on its way, too. It’s time to ditch those polyester work pants and go for something breathable, which does not retain temperature as much, yet is still durable. And what’s better suited for this purpose than cotton pants?

Cotton is a natural hypo-allergenic material that is also very light and allows for good air circulation. Whether you work on big outdoor projects or just want spend a few hours in the garden, cotton will provide you with the needed protection while giving you the desired comfort.

With that in mind, here are some of the best cotton work pants available in the US, and at the very bottom — a Canadian innovation in work gear that will hopefully hit U.S. shelves, too.

Men’s Loose Fit Cargo Pants By Dickies

Dickies Loose Fit Cargo Pant

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Dickies is one of the leading US-based companies in the work clothing and accessories sector.

This particular style is made of 100% washed cotton wilt, which makes them extra soft. A button waist and a loose fit will ensure all the comfort you need while moving around. The front is plain, while the side comes equipped with pleated cargo pockets. The 19” bottom leg opening makes the pants perfectly fit over work boots.

Men’s Weathered Duck 5 Pocket Pants by Carhartt

Carhartt Weathered Duck 5 Pocket Pants

Carhartt is another US-based clothing company with roots in work gear manufacturing, and practically Dickies’ main competitor.

The Men’s Weather Duck 5 Pocket Pants are made of 12-oz., 100% cotton ring-spun duck. Ring spinning is a special method for creating yarn that is strong and durable yet soft. The pants come with a relaxed fitting at the seat and the thighs, and end with straight leg openings. One of their main advantages are the 5 pockets, which pretty much allow you to carry a whole tool shed around.

Men’s Wrinkle Resistant Cotton Work Pants by Red Kap

Red Kap Cotton Work Pants

Red Kap is an American company based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1947, they became famous for developing the first shirts and pants durable enough to be washed in an industrial laundry machine.

Who said cotton needs to be ironed? This pair of pants is made of wrinkle-resistant cotton, so you can wear them straight out of the dryer. The fabric is made of preshrunk twill, so you don’t have to worry about shrinkage over time. Finally, the back outlet waistband will ensure the comfort you need in your day-to-day activities.

Men’s Flame Resistant Heavyweight Jeans by Berne Apparel

Berne Apparel Flame Resistant Jeans

Berne Apparel is an Indiana-based US company that started out by manufacturing workwear for farmers in the Midwest.

The company’s flame resistant heavyweight jeans are made from 100% cotton, but the fabric is heavier (14 oz.) as it provides protection against fire and electricity. In fact, it meets a variety of requirements, such as ASTM F1506, NFPA 70E, and OSHA 1910.269(l)(6)(iii). The front button is arc-resistant, while the brass fly will protect you from flames. Extra durability is ensured by the triple needled stitch along the inseam and the seat seam, as well as the reinforced bartacks, placed on all stress points.

Coolworks Workwear Ventilated Pants by Meshwear Technologies

Mesh Technologies Coolworks Ventilated Pants

This pair of pants is the innovative work wear we promised to show you. Meshwear Technologies is a Canadian company that came up with the idea of “convertible” work pants.

The inspiration for their ventilated pants came from a steel worker, who couldn’t wear short pants to work. The ventilated pants, while made of polyester instead of cotton, are cleverly equipped with leg covers which easily come off and are just as easily put back on. What’s left below is a tear-resistant mesh that allows for more air circulation while also protecting from fire and abrasion. Simple, yet smart.

As I said, Meshwear Technologies are still operating in Canada only, so their ventilated pants cannot be purchased in the US yet, but I am certainly excited to see more of their innovative products in the future.

I hope this brief guide will assist you in your next purchase. What other gear are you planning to get for this summer? We would love it if you shared your opinion in the comment section below.


Lachezar Stamatov is a recent Psychology graduate with interests spanning across various fields — health, food, technology, sustainable farming, you name it. He loves blogging about his outdoor experiences, so follow his articles to give your motivation a kick. He’s also a regular contributor to the Work N’ Gear blog.


This press release is presented without editing for your information. GRIT Magazine does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.





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