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We're obliged to veteran Reg reader Chris Winpenny for nominating what he believes to be a worthy successor to Asus' famous blonde beach babe – last seen enjoying an Eee Pad Transformer Prime before the sun set on her PC-punting career: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and friend The original Asus beach babe Enter Ryobi grinder …

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Anonymous Coward

Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

"Get out of the way! I paid to see the machinery. If I wanted to look at bad boob jobs and cellulite, I'd go to a strip club."

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

I hadn't realised these shows were an either / or situation.

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,

so that every mouth can be fed.

Poor me, cellulite. Aah.

[with apologies to Desmond Dekker and the Aces]

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

I always thought that first line was:

Get up in the morning bacon for breakfast......

Not sure how it fitted with the song title though.

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

I had a different misheard version:

Get up in de morning, making de breakfast,

So dat every mouth can be fed.

Oh,

Oh,

Me ears are alight, yeah.

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

And I thought the second line was:

Soda, savoury mouse and bread

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

No love for the Vitalite ads then?

Sad.

Steven R

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

Deffers 'Me ears are alight'. Here's proof:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KShjB5jyjM

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More Concerned About Safety Gear

They had the right idea, selling the idea that anyone with the get up and go to get on and do can get the job done, though I was concerned about the safety gear. At least she had goggles and gloves though the stone chips might still be a hazard.

I think the slab is secured though it would have been better if the clamp had been give a better showing and doubled up, maybe it was there and not shown. With just one clamp the work can rotate and cause serious issues.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Considering how clothing much many builders wear in the summer, she's quite well covered up really.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

First thing I noticed was that she wasn't wearing a dust mask and didn't have ear protection.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Aye speaking of common sense...

Wouldn't the same flying shards and splinters that make the use of safety glasses mandatory require a tad more covering of the upper body?

She does seem to know what she's doing....but I would bet most male readers will still be looking more at her cleavage than at at her slab grinding tool.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

> First thing I noticed was that she ... didn't have ear protection.

Quite right. This photo would have been much improved if it showed ladies muffs.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Benny Benassi - 'Satisfaction' (Official Video): http://youtu.be/V5bYDhZBFLA

Same gag, done better!

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Considering how clothing much many builders wear in the summer, she's quite well covered up really.

That is because THOSE TORSOS are basically sun-dried shrapnelled leather hide covered under a matting of MANLY FUR!

Not the case hear.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Wait, what? You said there is a slab grinding tool in the picture?

I guess I'll have to go back and study the picture to see if I can find said implement.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

How sad, my first thought was..ok, my second thought - was that those goggles had a gap underneath and that she was looking down at the work so there is probably a straight line path between flying dust/chips and her eyeballs!

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

"Benny Benassi - 'Satisfaction' (Official Video): http://youtu.be/V5bYDhZBFLA

Same gag, done better!"

Why does that video have a soundtrack that sounds like a porn theme done on an overclocked C64 SID chip?

Or is that what you kids listen to these days?

(checks date of song)

Oh.

Steven 'down with the kids, booyakasha!' R

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Joke

Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

First thing I noticed was that she wasn't wearing a dust mask

Her head wasn't the first thing I noticed.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Yep,

Id love to see her lady muff

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

She's cutting in the wrong direction. Dangerous to cut towards yourself - hit a hard spot, and that blade comes up out of the groove and straight at her legs.

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yup...plus, when you push, you have control, as the full weight of torso&legs work together to cleave the stone...hmmm...pulling the tool results in useless shallow scoring & our girl ends up flat on her back...hmmm

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Err, no. For the direction she is cutting (ie- pulling), the rotation of the blade means that it is pulling the grinder down, so if she "hit a hard spot", the grinder would jump forward (away from her) or would wedge itself further down and stop. If she were were cutting per your directions (ie - pushing), then hitting a hard spot means the grinder would jump up out of the kerf and try to walk away.

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@AC - "Err, no. For the direction she is cutting (ie- pulling), the rotation of the blade means that it is pulling the grinder down, so if she "hit a hard spot", the grinder would jump forward (away from her) or would wedge itself further down and stop."

You obviously don't cut much. Let me tell you, a grinder or a circular saw will gladly skip toward you in the opposite direction the blade is turning if given half a chance. I've got a couple of scars (small, fortunately) to prove it. You definitely want to push that rotating blade out away from your body - gives you much more leverage and control to keep it off your body.

Don't ever rely on the direction of the blade's rotation to tell you where the grinder/saw is going to end up once it decides to skip out of its groove.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Oh yes, there's an angle grinder in the picture. Hadn't noticed that at first.

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errr... yeah... I had a train of thought at some point but seem to have misplaced it. For some reason.

And then I noticed that in the (photoshopped) "asus beach babe" image the girl couldn't possibly be using the device due to the angle of the screen. Do I have my priorities right? :)

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"Do I have my priorities right? :)"

Absolutely. Any photoshopped image holds no weight as far as I'm concerned. Most especially the ones that are so bad they look like they were done by some lazy high school wannabe with a pirated version of photoshop.

The second amazon ad however, is entirely real. Entirely. Or I've convinced myself of that in any case. Either way, I don't care what anyone thinks.

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Fake

She is standing still, the grinder isnt ginding, her arm muscles are not tensed either (to actually display she is attempting the cutting & holding tight) and the boobs are mediocre.

Whats the IT angle? No news day, El REg ?

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Probably because they have taken this shot just after the grinder was switched off, hence the small amount of dust and the lack of tense muscles. To take the shot while it was on would be a nightmare has there would be too much dust and other issues interfering with a clean shot. Don't need an IT angle it's bootnotes, of which I hope she is wearing some good safety ones.

Does remind me that I need to get an angle grinder though...

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Re: Fake

That was my first thought too... I need to order a grinder, I keep having to borrow one...

But I like the idea of them using women for advertising power tools, it might finally stop most women seeing any job that needs a power tool as 'mans work'..

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Re: Fake

Tense muscles? You're doing it wrong.

You just have to hold the grinder and let it eat its way through the slab. No pulling other than to keep the disc engaged. And once the cut is 80% done you reposition the slab so that it's overhanging the workmate edge facing you, so that when you cut through the last bit both parts are supported; optionally you lay another tile on the one you're cutting (no need for that at the point in the picture, the largest part is on the table, and the tile is heavy enough that it won't easily shift from the force exerted by the cutter)

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Re: Fake

Grinding: The Aiki Way!

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Good safety boots?

God no... blunt too many blades.

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It's a publicity photo, I've never seen anyone cut a paving slab on a workbench. The normal method is to support it on top of another slab on the floor so the drop is minimal or directly on top of another slab, the lower slab will still have a usable side. If needed you can use your foot to stop the slab from moving.

Obviously they couldn't show this method in the photo as the young lady would have had to bend over further thereby distracting from the product.

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Re: Fake

I've never seen anyone cut a paving slab on a workbench

Apparently you've never seen anyone cutting paving slabs who values their back.

I've been cutting quite a number of Xella blocks (60x40x10) recently, using a Bosch alligator saw (roughly the same weight as that Ryobi angle grinder). Putting the blocks on a workmate makes it way easier to cut them, as bending over deep you need to keep yourself balanced as well as holding the saw/grinder/whatever, and you're unnecessarily tensing your back and thigh muscles.

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Re: Fake

I don't disagree with you on the back problem but that's what I see. Working practices differ from place to place.

One thing does puzzle me though. If you do use a workmate then why do you bother with all that 80% faffing about business and not just cut over the gap that opens in the middle of it.

>And once the cut is 80% done you reposition the slab so that it's overhanging the workmate edge facing you,

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One thing does puzzle me though. If you do use a workmate then why do you bother with all that 80% faffing about business and not just cut over the gap that opens in the middle of it.

That was about cutting a patio tile using an angle grinder. It also depends on whether you have a square tile or a non-square rectangular one, and along which dimension you need to cut it.

I usually (but not always) have to cut those Xella blocks so that they get shorter. In most of those cases, if you put the block across the workmate's gap, then at the end of the cut at least one of the remaining parts would have its center of gravity outside the work surface and fall to the ground, if you didn't clamp it. So instead I tend to put a couple of leftovers on the workmate, then the block to be cut on top of them, upright. Works Just FIne

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"I usually (but not always) have to cut those Xella blocks so that they get shorter."

And the technique for cutting so they get longer is...?

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>And the technique for cutting so they get longer is...?

That was a different AC.I understand you may need to cut out corners and such.

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I understand you may need to cut out corners and such.

Indeed. Or make blocks lower.

(I am NOT cutting corners. I intend to live in this house for the next 30 years)

BTW, I was using 'workmate' as a generic term for 'thing you put the stuff you're working on'. Mine is indeed made by B&D, the one in the ad clearly isn't, and doesn't appear to have a vice function.

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@AC - Re: Fake

Wrote :- "The normal method is to support it on top of another slab on the floor so the drop is minimal or directly on top of another slab, the lower slab will still have a usable side."

What BS. Cutting part way into another slab is a waste of effort and the lower slab will be weakened even if it "will still have a usable side". Some of us lay paving to carry more weight than flower baskets - cars for example. I recently laid paving around my house and two weeks later it had scaffolding standing on it for re-roofing. There must have been several tons of tiles stacked up on that scaffolding, but the paving held. Yours would have cracked.

My way for cutting a slab is to lay it on two baulks of timber with a gap where the cut is to be. On timber the slab is also less likely to slide or "walk around" with vibration

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@Stoneshop - Re: Fake

Wrote :- "Apparently you've never seen anyone cutting paving slabs who values their back. ... bending over deep you need to keep yourself balanced .... and you're unnecessarily tensing your back and thigh muscles."

With the slabs down near the ground I kneel down to do the job. I have bits of old carpet to kneel on (my "prayer mats") for such jobs. Yes, bending over while standing would be ridiculous.

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Re: Fake

I bought my wife a drill for her birthday once. And a bench grinder one year, too. Some women do like power tools and know how to use them.

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But can she type?

I guess they don't even come with keyboards, anymore.

What you've never seen a Makita calendar?

The EEE girl looked churlish, self absorbed, wasting a perfect day at the beach sorting out pictures of a perfect day at the beach by looking at them edge on. As for the prettiest girl we ever saw saw, at least has a certain contentment.

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I can tell most of the people on this comment thread only comment on disc cutters rather than actually use them.

I'd be using ear protection and eye protection. The mass of the slab means clamping is not required, but I'd support the cut off part so avoid damage to the laid surface or feet underneath - toe capped boots only protect the toe!

Someone else (unlikely her due to lack of dust) did the first part of the cut, then she's holding it in the cut and not really cutting, but the disc is running, or it has been 'shopped very well.

Either way, nothing wrong with this. Wonder if this disc cutter is as good as their battery ONE+ kit, which I rate very good.

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Just wondering ..

... if you'll get a prize for spotting that it's a disc cutter?

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Re: Just wondering ..

That is clearly an angle grinder not a disc cutter!

Even without looking at the description.

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Re: Just wondering ..

I did check this out on Wikipedia (hmmm) and the difference seems subtle. What do you say is the difference?

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My mate owned a Hitachi disc cutter for his work. When it refused to work one day, he was looking at a £60 repair bill. As a stop-gap, he bought a Lidl home-brand disc cutter for £50, and it's served him well so far.

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Re: Just wondering ..

Well here's an image of a disc cutter next to an angle grinder

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