The other week my next door neighbour asked me to jump start her car, as it hadn’t been run for a while and subsequently had a flat battery. I rummaged through the shed to find my Clarke Jump Start 4000. It cost me the best part of £200 and I’ve used it only three times in the last two years, during which it’s been invaluable.
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The Mud Life Issue 7 October 2019
The other week my next door neighbour asked me to jump start her car, as it hadn’t been run for a while and subsequently had a flat battery.
I rummaged through the shed to find my Clarke Jump Start 4000. No problem, done, then the following day another neighbour had the same problem, and the Clarke fired up his ageing Saab instantly. It cost me the best part of £200 and I’ve used it only three times in the last two years, during which it’s been invaluable.
That got me thinking, what else have I bought that was quite expensive that I’ve only used a couple of times?
The first thing that came to mind was my proper Hi Lift Jack which I think it cost me £70 just over 30 years ago. Apart from straightening the front bumper on my old Lightweight, it came into its own when the steering box on my Series 1 fell apart just outside my backyard. Slotting the jack under the bumper, I raised and pushed her until I was able to reverse her straight into the yard again. I
On the opposite end of the scale, I use my Pentax K3-II camera pretty much daily, as 99% of the photos you see in The Mud Life Mag are taken with it. The body alone cost around £1,500 nearly 5 years ago, and it’s been more than tough and ultra reliable.
I was reminded of this the other week when I was taking photos of the Mercedes X-Class. After positioning the Merc in a typical ‘off-road’ pose, I grabbed the Pentax, stepped out and promptlyI lost my footing and fell, resulting in myself and the K3-II landing on a rocky lane with quite a thud.
Whilst I ended up bruised with quite a few cuts to my hands and a swollen elbow, my K3-II faired much better. Yes, it has another battle scar, but the tough stainless steel chassis and magnesium alloy body saved it, again.
I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes that I like to say to Muddy Madam when explaining the large receipt she just discovered – ‘The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.‘