Inline skates can be fun, but like most wheeled contraptions, they’re even better when motorized. With

Inline skates can be fun, but like most wheeled contraptions, they’re even better when motorized. With just such a goal in mind, [The Real Life Guys] decided to whip up a set of powered skates, running on Makita power! To get power to the ground, the third wheel on each skate is modified to have a sprocket attached. A Makita drill is then fitted to the skate, transferring power to the wheel through a 90-degree gearbox and a chain drive. The drill is controlled by removing the trigger from the shell and hooking it up with an extended cable. It’s a lairy setup that probably takes serious practice to use effectively, but does allow for fancy tricks like differential steering if you really want to show off. It’s a great example of using a powerdrill as an all-inclusive motion setup, with the battery, motor and drivetrain already integrated in a neat, tidy package. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a powered set of ‘skates, either! Video after the break. This reminded me of a project that Steve Ciarcia wrote way back in 1981 about building a powered base using electric screwdrivers.https://archive.org/details/BYTE_Vol_06-05_1981-05_Software_Piracy/page/n67 There is an idea for Hack ...

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Thank you for Reading! On your next view you will be asked to log in or create an account to continue reading. Thank you for Reading! On your next view you will be asked to log in to your subscriber account or create an account and subscribepurchase a subscription to continue reading. Children, some in costume, skate this week at the Glacier Ice Arena on Riverside Parkway. The building, top, is listed for sale for $2.4 million, after the family that owns the business decided it is time to move on. Children, some in costume, skate this week at the Glacier Ice Arena on Riverside Parkway. The building, top, is listed for sale for $2.4 million, after the family that owns the business decided it is time to move on. Alan Koos remembers moving to the Grand Valley in the late 1980s and finding it odd that there was no ice rink in the area. He and his siblings rectified that in 2006 when they opened Glacier Ice Arena at 2515 Riverside Parkway. But after 13 years operating the ice arena, the Foos family is planning to move on and sell the business. Glacier Ice Arena is listed for sale for $2.4 million with Venture Advocates, a business brokerage in Grand Junction. The price, Koos hopes, ...