Klein Tools Lighted Torpedo Billet Level
The first thing that you need to do when it comes to buying a new torpedo is choosing the right size. You will have to choose between two different sizes: one with or without a handle, and another with or without a magnet. There are many other features such as color, shape, weight, etc., but these are the main ones that you must consider before making your decision.
There are three types of torpedoes available: flat, cylindrical, and round. Flat and cylindrical torpedoes have handles at both ends; the rounded type does not. Round torpedoes usually weigh less than their flat counterparts (although they may be heavier).
The cylinder-shaped torpedo weighs more than its flat counterpart, but it is easier to hold because there is no handle protruding from the top end.
When purchasing a torpedo, make sure that it fits into the hole in the bottom of your boat. If it doesn’t fit perfectly, then you’ll have to cut out some extra material on either side of the hole so that it will fit properly. Don’t worry if you don’t get everything exactly right; just try to keep the dimensions consistent with each other.
Most people will tell you that it’s a good idea to get a torpedo level with a handle, but this is not always the case. A torpedo with a handle does make it easier to keep hold of the device while you’re working under your boat, however, you may find that the extra weight of the handle makes it a little more inconvenient when you are trying to do certain jobs. (Most of the time, the handle won’t be in your way, but it might make it a little harder to get the torpedo level under a very tight area).
If you can afford it, you may want to buy one with a handle to make your life a little easier when working on your boat.
One of the most important decisions that you will have to make is whether or not you want one with or without a magnet. Having a magnet is very convenient because you can easily stick it to any metal part of your boat and it will stay there while you are trying to level it. If you don’t have a magnet, then you must always hold on to the torpedo at all times.
One of the first things that you will notice when looking for a new torpedo is the wide range of prices. While some are quite affordable, others are priced much higher than you would expect. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the more expensive model is better than the cheaper ones, as all of these devices are very similar.
The main difference between models is the amount of features (such as a handle) and the strength of the magnet.
You may have to try out a few different types before you find the right one for you. Most boating supply stores should carry these devices, but you may have to ask for them by name as they aren’t always on display. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at your local store, try looking in some of the other boating supply stores in your area.
When buying online, make sure that the website is reputable and well known. (Most of the time, well known boating and fishing supply companies have their own websites. If not, try looking them up at bssa.net).
In any case, these devices are fairly inexpensive and you shouldn’t have any problems finding what you’re looking for. If all else fails, you may have to shop around in order to find one that’s within your price range. There are quite a few different types, so you should be able to find one that meets your needs.
So there you have it – a list of features to look for when shopping for a torpedo. As long as you’re careful with your money and don’t overspend, you should be able to find one that will work for you. Good luck!
Soft-sided coolers have been around for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that people began to take notice of them for outdoor activities. While they were once considered to be for lazy people who didn’t pack properly (as compared to those who had the traditional hard-sided coolers), they are now accepted in most circles as a legitimate way to keep things cold while you’re out having fun. They’re especially great for those who tend to overpack as you can really shove a lot of stuff in one of these and still expect it to keep your food and drinks cold.
The best thing about soft-sided coolers is that they are so versatile. You can use them for more than just keeping your drinks cold. Here are just a few examples:
Pack a blanket or some extra clothes in it to sit on.
Put some extra food or other “luxury” items in it so you have plenty of room in your other pack.
Use it as a pillow (especially if you’re the only one who brought one).
Put all your trash in it and keep your backpack free of clutter.
While soft-sided coolers might not be right for everyone or for every situation, they do have their place. If you haven’t tried one before, consider giving it a go the next time you go out. You might be surprised at how much you like it!
Soft-sided coolers do have their drawbacks, though. They aren’t quite as strong or as efficient as their hard-sided cousins, so they will cost a bit more and won’t keep your stuff as cold. They’re also a bit bulkier and aren’t immune to things like torn straps, broken zippers, or punctured sides.
So they require a little more care.
The shape also matters. You’ll usually find them in the more traditional bag style or in an “apron” style which has a front pocket that unclips and lays beside the main portion for larger items. The apron style usually holds more and is great for keeping large things organized inside the cooler (rather than having them roll around on top of one another).
We’ve found that both types of styles have advantages and disadvantages. Some people swear by the apron styles since they can hold more stuff. Others (like me), prefer the bag style since it’s easier to carry (especially when it’s full).
As with most things, the best advice we can give is to go try a couple out before you buy. You might be surprised to find that soft-sided coolers aren’t just for the weak-minded!
Bio: Over the years, Matt has become quite the outdoorsman. Whether it’s camping, hiking, or geocaching, he enjoys getting back to nature whenever he gets the chance. His goal is to instill this love of the outdoors in his children.
Bio: Megan has a passion for all things creative. If it involves art of any kind, you can be sure that she’s giving it her all. Whether it’s writing, music, or crafting, she’s always trying to improve whatever it is she’s doing at that moment.
She also loves going outdoors and exploring nature whenever she gets the chance. Her goal is to instill this love of the outdoors in her children.
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