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SpotCheck #31

A quick look at some of the cool stuff that has come across our workbench or inbox this week.

YETI Hopper

YETI Hopper YETI brand recently announced its new YETI Hopper Flip series portable coolers. Available later this year, the Hopper is said to be 100% leakproof, keep ice for days, and is made from materials found in survival suits. Optional accessories include a bottle opener and hardshell ice pack. The smaller version is priced at $280 and the largest at $400.

Cordless Power Without Sacrifice

Milwaukee M18 9.0 With the introduction of the M18 REDLITHIUM HIGH DEMAND 9.0 Battery Pack, Milwaukee will completely shatter cordless expectations, delivering up to 5X more run-time, 35% more power and run 60% cooler than standard lithium-ion batteries. In conjunction with the advanced framework of motors and electronics in the M18 system, this new battery technology exceeds what’s possible on high-voltage or multi-battery tools, and is fully compatible with the entire M18 system. Keep an eye on GarageSpot.com, as we've got a few new products from Milwaukee that we'll be covering more in-depth soon!

The Kayak of Car Buying

Car Sumo Logo A new automobile classifieds aggregation website, CarSumo.com, was announced this week. According to the company, the CarSumo platform has been described as the "Kayak of Car Classifieds" by beta testers and early adopters, as it brings together car listings from all over the web—including Cars.com, Craigslist, discussion forums, ClassicCars.com, eBay, and a multitude of other sources.

4 Wheel Parts Enters UTV Aftermarket

4 Wheel Parts + UTV 4 Wheel Parts, a leader in off-road performance product sales and service, announced its entrance into the immensely popular and growing UTV aftermarket. In launching its foray into the emerging UTV marketplace, 4 Wheel Parts has formed a multi-tiered alliance with the influential digital portal, UTVUnderground that will include content creation, marketing collaboration and the launch of the “UTVUnderground Garage” which will provide a vital retail resource to the UTV enthusiast.

Tire Buying Made Simple.

Simple Tire Logo A new website, SimpleTire.com, ships popular brand tires to an installer or your home, with zero delivery fees. Instead of buying and reselling tires like other retailers, SimpleTire leverages data and technology to aggregate tire inventory, for every type of vehicle, from more than 500 suppliers across the country. SimpleTire offers more than 5,000 tires from the most popular tire brands, like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Falken, Firestone, Fuzion, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly Tires, Kumho, Michelin, Nitto, Pirelli, Toyo, and Yokohama. Since the GarageSpot crew dove into a SimpleTire competitor recently, we'll likely do that same with this site. Stay tuned.

The Uber of Lawn Care

Lawn Guru Ann Arbor, Michigan-based LawnGuru provides on-demand lawn care and snow removal services, ordered through web and mobile applications. With the click of a button, LawnGuru instantly connects consumers with the best local outdoor service providers to take care of their lawn and snow removal needs within hours of each request. The company recently secured $1 million from various investors, which it will use to expand across the country. We'll dive in deeper once we see some expansion, as we're big fans of this on-demand movement. Cool.

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Forty-something years later, Michael still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Michael has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, lead a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a sales/marketing/PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, flying, trains, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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