Speedy Raven tractor grounded again, perhaps for the season

Speedy Raven tractor grounded again, perhaps for the season

When Consumer Reports’ mower testers heard about the speedy Raven MPV-710 lawn tractor with a built-in generator, they were excited to put it through its mowing paces. But it’s been a bumpy ride for the $ 3,000 hybrid tractor. Shortly after our tests Lowe’s, the exclusive retailer, halted sales when the manufacturer, Denver Global Products, found a flaw that allowed the blade to spin when it wasn’t engaged. More problems followed and with the Consumer Product Safety Commission possibly … (read more)

On Kenmore’s 100th anniversary, everything old is new again

On Kenmore’s 100th anniversary, everything old is new again

It’s been a century since the first Kenmore sewing machine gave birth to a new brand, probably named after Kenmore Avenue in Chicago. Now controlled by Sears Holding Corporation, the Kenmore brand is on an array of appliances, including dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines. Earlier today, Consumer Reports was on hand for the 100th anniversary media event in New York City. For all the innovations on display, it was also apparent that, when it comes to appliance design, what goes … (read more)

Ace Hardware’s free paint giveaway is deja blue all over again

Ace Hardware’s free paint giveaway is deja blue all over again

Without spending a dime here’s your chance to try an interior paint that performed impressively in Consumer Reports’ tests and that we recommend. Ace Hardware is offering you a free quart of its Clark+Kensington Flat Enamel paint on Saturday, March 16. Ring a bell? If you missed the last giveaway here’s another chance to try Clark+Kensington paint.

You can find the form for the free sample on the Ace Hardware website. Fill it out and … (read more)