Bowflex Max Trainer M7 vs M8

Bowflex Max Trainer M7

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is basically the same machine as the Bowflex M8 except for some technology differences and just a slight modification to the console to hold various mobile devices. You will have a difficult time getting a concise answer as to the essential differences of the M7 vs. the M8. In a practical sense, I’ve owned both machines, so I will spare you some time and explain the difference as best as I can: Other than the console layout, the mechanical hardware of the M7 vs the M8 is 100% the same. In a nutshell, the difference is that the Bowflex M8 includes interactive Bluetooth technology. Here’s what that does for you.

Max Intelligence, Console, and Software

Bowlflex Maxtrainer M7 vs M8 Differences

Bowflex M7 vs M8


The M8 Bluetooth technology means you can use the machine with Bowflex’s Max Intelligence software which basically gives you intelligent video and training workouts that are displayed and interact with your workout on your mobile devices; iPhones, iPads, etc. You can also stream the interactive software to your television with the use of an Apple TV or other streaming hardware device. The Max Intelligence App basically takes over the job for your console. For example, when you plug the Bowflex M8 Maxtrainer into your iPad, the display on your console will switch to your iPad. When your are connected to your mobile device, you will no longer see anything displayed on your console. This isn’t necessary, because the iPad gives you everything you need; heart rate, RPM, time, etc.. The console of the M8 is a little bigger to allow you to snugly mount various sized screens for your moble devices. There is also room on the bottom for a remote or water bottle.

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Apple Pencil Cap Replacement

I did not even own my Apple Pencil a full day before I found myself already looking for an Apple Pencil cap replacement. For such an innovative company, Apple still does some things that don’t make sense. The included Apple Pen cap which is magnetically attached, comes dislodged very easily. My cat knocked my Apple Pencil off the kitchen table while I was upstairs getting ready for work. When I came back down to the table for breakfast, the Apple Pencil was on the floor, but the cap was no where to be found. I searched and searched for it, and only found it hours after I had already researched new cap replacements on Amazon and found the Tranesca Aluminum Apple cap replacement in 3 colors for $8.95. Furthermore, it comes with an adapter which even secures the little lightening adapter to your charger’s adapter cable. Genius! Two products in one. Why couldn’t Apple have done this?

This product is well made. These pencil caps were very nicely packaged with a professional Thank You card. Obviously, Tranesca is a company who cares and wants to satisfy their customers. The caps are well made and fit very snugly onto the Lightening Port of the Apple Pencil. The big bonus with this product is that Tranesca even includes an adapter for the lightening adapter; another small piece that is likely to get lost which Apple overlooked when they sold us their $100 Apple Pencils. While they are rather nice in appearance, my one small disappointment is that the aluminum up closes really looks as though it is spray-painted plastic. It does not have that ultra-glossy finish of a metal product. I’m being overly picky here. This Apple Pencil replacement cap which comes in a set of 3-different colors and serves two purposes in one will make you glad you lost your original Apple Pencil cap.

How to Dethatch a Lawn with the Greenworks Dethatcher

Wondering how to dethatch a lawn without becoming inflicted with a sore back and blisters on your hands? Who isn’t? As much as I look forward to Spring time and the great, Colorado outdoors, I always dread the thought of dragging a rake through the lawn, pulling up thatch, and then bending over to bag it. Dethatching a lawn is not only a bit tiring, and hard on the back, arms, and hands, but it is a tedious process, especially if you have a huge lawn. Even with my medium-smallish, yard, I always wonder where to begin. Even a small yard has a lot of dethatching surface if you’re going to do it all by hand. Since buying my Electric Kobalt Lawnmower 6 years ago, I am no longer able to use my inexpensive, Arnold Power Rake blade which I bought and reviewed here several years ago. Upon waking up one morning and realizing it was time to rake, I finally decided to look into an electric lawn dethatcher.

Greenworks Dethatcher

14-Inch 10 Amp Corded Model 27022

Greenworks Dethatcher

The Greenworks Dethatcher is a very light-weight, corded, electric lawn dethatcher. There are no blades to mess with from your lawn mower. It’s a stand-alone tool that does one job and one job only: Dethatches your yard. It comes with several, inch-long tines that rotate via an electric mower. There is no bag included, so keep in mind that you will still probably want a rake to rake-up the thatch in big piles or you can try using your mower with grass catcher to collect all the thatch. Upon first use I went over my entire lawn in a matter of minutes and was able to easily mow up the thatch into my grass catcher. However, I wondered if I had really done a good enough job dethatching. Though it seemed to I had only a half-bag of thatch. A week later I learned how to dethatch a lawn much more effectively with the Greenworks dethatcher. I will share it with you.

How to Dethatch a Lawn Electrically

How to Dethatch a Lawn

The key to dethatching your yard properly is to go slow and take your time. The Greenworks dethatcher, in fact, is very effective at pulling up the thatch if you focus on going over areas slowly, and spending more time on dry, heavily thatched areas that need more attention. You can also gently back-up, then go back and forth over an area several times. You will quickly notice the thatch piles up the most where it is most heavily thatched. Though the cord is a bit of a nuisance at first, I learned to route the cord to one side of where the job is and work away from it. It helps to do a lawn in two or three sections, so the cord is out of the way. You’ll notice from the picture that there are nice piles of thatch after the job was finished.

Thatch Piles

The thatch shown here is after raking it into small piles. Only light raking was required. The job, overall, takes much less time and effort than raking by hand. My front yard shown here is very thin. I never get anymore thatch than this when I spend the extra time and effort doing the back-breaking work of hand-raking. I think dethatching the yard this way did a much more thorough job especially after doing a second run a week later. One of the benefits is that you won’t mind doing it again if you have to. It’s really pretty easy.