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Weekend Video: Bowtech

13 Oct

Here’s another fun weekend video:

I find this especially cool because you can see how technologically advanced the manufacturing process is for Bowtech.  And even though it takes a lot of factory space and a lot of capital equipment, you can see how the setup makes sense because of the immense care and precision that goes into making each bow.  I’m sure there’s also a lot of pride that comes from owning a bow that’s made in the US.

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Weber Q Series Review

15 Sep

WeberQ220Product Description:

Weber started out as a small sheet metal shop in Illinois, and eventually grew into one of the world’s most recognized brands in outdoor cooking.

Historically, the company’s most successful grill has been its iconic charcoal kettle grill (now modernized and sold as the Weber One-Touch series).  But in 2003 Weber launched the unconventional-looking, gas-fueled Q series.  And since then, the Qs convenience and accessibility have propelled it to becoming one of Weber’s top selling lines.

Weber offers 3 different sizes and 2 different configurations in each size.  The smallest version (Q100) comes in a super-portable size and with a manageable 189 sq in cooking surface.  The largest version goes all the way to 393 sq in of cooking surface (the Weber website claims 462 sq in, but the extra 69sq in beyond the Q300 are just an included warming rack).  It also comes with a large stationary cart making it less portable but turning into a solid full-size grill stand-in.  Click here for a full chart comparing all the Q models.

*Weber also offers 2 electric Q grills, but we are not including them in this review.

American Alternative Review:

Weber manufactures and assembles many of its gas grills in Palatine, Illinois.  In this facility, they stamp, roll, and finish all the sheet steel before assembling it into finished grills.  Unlike standard grills however, the Q bodies are made out of cast aluminum and the grill plates are made of ceramic-coated cast iron.  Both of these major components require entirely different machinery, so Weber sources them (and most of the other Q parts) from factories outside the US before assembling these imported parts and packaging the finished grills in the Illinois.

3/5 stars

This good-but-not-great score makes the Q one of the better gas grill options at a lower price (for example it is both cheaper and more American-made than the Weber Spirit Series).

If you have the budget and the space for a full-sized grill though, we’d instead recommend one of Weber’s higher-priced options such as the Genesis or the Summit.

You can check out the Weber Qs here.

Last week to enter our drawing for an Amazon Gift Card!

9 Sep

If you haven’t filled out our survey yet, this is your last chance to do so and get entered for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.  The survey will close this Sunday at midnight Pacific Time!

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Manufacturing in America: Economic and Innovation Success

18 Aug

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