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‘Home Depot’ Publishes My Critical Review Of ‘Cub Cadet’, 3X 26″ TRAC Snow Blower; ‘Cub Cadet’ Refuses.

by Anura Guruge


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It is encouraging that at least ‘Home Depot’ acquiesced to publish my review.

Not impressed at all, at all, with ‘Cub Cadet’. They come across as a corrupt, cowboy outfit. I regret buying this snow blower from them. I was deceived by the reviews.

BEWARE. BEWARE of Cub Cadet.



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Assembling ‘Cub Cadet’, 3X (3-Stage), 26″ TRAC Snow Blower — Owner’s Manual Useless, You Are On Your Own.

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Nothing about connecting Shift Lever
to Shift Rod!



With no snow expected in the near future, I was going to do the assembly at my leisure, one step at a time.

So, the first step, per the instructions, was to assemble the Handles and the controls on them.

Well, I got it done, but NOT thanks to the to the dumb, garbage Cub Scout instructions.

Once I lifted the handle up and checked that all the cables are wiring were free (and not trapped) I noticed this heavy duty rod just flopping around. Didn’t look right. Knew it had to be attached to something. So, I got a light and started looking around. Noticed that the shift lever had nothing attached to it. So, I literally put two-and-two together. There were two hole options. Not sure which one I should have used.

The instructions also do not tell you which chute type you are contending with. You have to work that out.

And then there is this DIAGRAM (↓). Not impressed.



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Rod Stewart’s Magnificent, 124′ HO-Scale Model Railway (Depicting An U.S. Cityscape).

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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”



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WOW. Now that is a layout!

I could not — I would not — even aspire to anything of that detail, thoroughness and competence. Never knew that he was an avid and gifted model railroader, though it appears it was fairly well known in the right circles.

“Maggie May” was a hit in 1971 when I was at University (in Swansea). I became a big fan. I eventually got to see him, perform live, in the lates 1980s, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

I will confess that I am a bit perturbed and disappointed that he opted for an U.S. motif. But, to be fair, that gave him the most scope for doing the buildings and surroundings. Nothing in the U.K. could have, realistically, been that busy and included both passenger and freight.

I am impressed and humbled. Way to go, Rod. Bravo.


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Garmin Has A ‘Mecca Finder’ Widget For Its Wearables.

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I do not know how long they have had it for. Can’t find a version number. Judging from the reviews it appears to have been introduced in 2019.

The last review is disturbing! Says the direction calculation is wrong! I can understand. There might be nuances that a non-Muslim might not get. It would be like a novice trying to figure out when Easter is supposed to be — rather than just looking it up.

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I am (as a Garmin shareholder, user and fan) proud of Garmin. This was cute.


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I Have $24 Leather Straps On Both My Garmin Fenix 6s And They Look Great.

by Anura Guruge


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I like leather straps on my Garmins. It really started when I got my Garmin MARQ Explorer with its gorgeous (initially) $250 strap. No question. That is the nicest leather strap I have seen for a Garmin. But, I did not want to spoil that strap wearing in 24×7, especially with a lot of sweat or swimming (though Garmin claims that this will improve it ‘patenia’). So, I experimented with some other cheaper leather straps — including Garmin’s much cheaper, standard leather strap.

They were ‘OK’ but felt ‘plasticy’, didn’t have any stitching and tended to show scratches. So, I continued looking on Amazon and eBay. A couple of months ago I came across these $23.99 TRUMiRR straps. I got the darker one. It looked great and it did not quickly show wear-and-tear like the previous one. So, I got the light one too. I now have them on my two Fenix 6s. I think they look great and they work amazingly well. I stopped wearing my Garmins when I shower so as to stop getting the straps wet. It will become interesting next Summer when I start swimming. Will I start wearing one of my many silicone straps. I have never had a nylon strap and really should try one.

But, I wanted to share these TRUMiRR straps with you. I know you will be happy with them. All the best. PAX.

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My Two Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphires Side-By-Side — The New Titanium On Left, The Other The Older Black.

by Anura Guruge


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Anura Guruge Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire Titanium Black DLC



The Garmin MARQ Explorer I returned to get the Titanium Fenix 6.

Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire MARQ Explorer Anura Guruge


So, I now have two Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Sapphires — latest in Titanium and the other in Black DLC. Yes, I like the Fenix 6. SMILE.

I like the Fenix 6 so much that I returned a Garmin MARQ Explorer to get the Titanium one!

Here is the ironney (and possible even sadness). The TWO Fenix 6s together, even with one being Titanium, costs less than the MARQ Explorer. That is sobering. But, having worn two I liked the Fenix 6 better. I am not new to Fenix. I have owned a Fenix 5 and a Fenix 5 Plus.

The Fenix 6 display is head and shoulders better than that on the MARQ. The display is noticeably blacker (like with AMOLED) and brighter. Once you get used to the Fenix 6 display the MARQ looks washed out and pale! The software also is more reliable.

The Fenix 6 Titanium is JUST the bezel and maybe the back. The body is plastic. That is disappointing. The MARQ Explorer was all Titanium and, as the image above shows, had more presence. But, that is ‘OK’, I wasted too many hours getting the MARQ to go back to my watch face and do what it was supposed to do.

With the new maps released earlier this week there was a lot of software that had to be downloaded to my Fenix 6. Garmin Express had some issues. I had to do it twice — on two separate PCs, but in the end I got it all loaded and squared away. Good job I had a bit of experience with Garmin. SMILE.

Talking of which I do maintain an Excel Spreadsheet of all the smartwatches that pass through my hands given that I go through a fair number a year. This is today’s cut.

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Yes, I got the Fenix 6 Sapphire — as I have my last 6 Garmins — from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA). I do not deal with anyone else.

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I Returned My MARQ Expedition & Am Getting A Second Fenix 6 Pro — This One In Titanium.

by Anura Guruge


Putting the MARQ to bed (or at least into a box).


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I had it for 5.6-months. When I got the MARQ I was so happy and excited and I thought I would keep it forever — and I did have a Rolex that I kept for 22-years before giving it to my son.

The MARQ software had issues. Some of it probably because I insisted on using my preferred (customized) ‘ActiFace‘ watch face rather than one supplied by Garmin. But, last night was the last straw. All of the MARQ conniption appear to happen AFTER I finish a walk — whether as a GPS activity or just walking 1,000+ steps without invoking ‘walk’. Well, last night, after my 11pm walk, the bloody thing beeped and squawked and the next thing I knew it appeared to be LOCKED. Finally worked out that it had gone into ‘battery saving mode’! Ah! I had charged it, 100%, 11-hours earlier. Battery was down to 14% and I had the Pulse OX off. Well, I wasted 30-minutes getting things back to normal and I then had to charge it again.

That was IT. I had enough.

Prior to that, at least once a week, after one of my walks I would lose ActiFace. It would take 15-minutes to get it back. There never was one guaranteed solution. Required me trying this that and the other.

Yes, IF I also did NOT have a Fenix 6 Sapphire I would not have known any better …

But, to be fair, there was a reason I had got a Fenix 6. The MARQ never felt robust. I had vision of it dying — totally, as had two Vivoactive 3s. This time around I did not want to go for 4-days without a Garmin to track my activities. So, I had decided that I am always going to have two Garmins around.

The Fenix 6 is head-and-shoulders better than the MARQ Explorer (now called the ‘Adventurer’). The software is more reliable and the display is much, much, much, much better.

Hence, why I am getting another Fenix 6. This one in Titanium. NO, I will not be wearing the orange band. Instead I will use a $22 leather band from Amazon. They look real nice on the Fenix 6.

Well, I will keep you posted.


I do keep track of my Activity Trackers.

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