Your Guide to 4X4 Accessories for Road Trips

Your Guide to 4X4 Accessories for Road Trips

If you love travelling with one of the most versatile vehicles available to us, the mighty 4X4 ute, you probably want to take advantage of everything it offers. If you love using your vehicle to go on off-road camping trips, regardless of whether you are going hiking, mountain biking, or you like cycling in nature or simply want to set up camp and spend some time enjoying nature, there is an abundance of accessories you can get to take your 4X4 experience to the next level.

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Everything You Need to Know About POS Hardware

Everything You Need to Know About POS Hardware

What is a POS System?

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POS, also known as a point of sale system, is an integral part of any retail business. Whether looking to improve the sales, marketing, delivery process or anything else, you will need the right POS system in order to achieve these goals. POS is a combination of hardware and software that manage the whole checkout process. Depending on the system and company, some of them can handle payroll, scheduling, reporting and back-office management.

The most important and core feature is that the POS hardware system can accept multiple payment options like credit and debit cards, cash and mobile payments. It’s even said that POS hardware is preparing for accepting the newest paying method – bitcoin.

What Are the Necessary Hardware Components of a POS System?

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Display Unit

This is the core of every POS system because it’s the primary interface used to process orders and manage the checkout process. Through it, you and your employers will be able to see customer information, performance data, inventory and so on. All in all, it is a crucial component of a POS store.

Terminal

The most important thing you need to know about the terminal is that it’s the hardware interface that customers use to make payments. While in the past, wired terminals were the main choice for terminals, however, this has changed, and nowadays, POS systems can also provide you with wireless handheld terminals that can be moved at different locations. Thanks to them, you can improve the customer experience while increasing the employees’ efficiency as they can finalise the purchase without going to the checkout counters.

Input Devices

The truth is that all POS systems can rely on similar input devices like the mouse and keyboard, the main difference is in their assessment. For instance, some of them are hardware attached to the terminals, while other models can be accessed through the software on the display unit itself.

Card Reader

As the name implies, the card reader is designed to read the cards through the magnetic strip. These readers are designed for both debit and credit cards, but they can also scan ID cards in order to track sales from multiple employees on the same device.

Barcode Scanner

Barcode scanners can certainly facilitate the job of employees as they speed up the checkout process by obtaining the needed product information through their barcode. That way, the scanner adds the product/s to the checkout list without doing it manually. In other words, these scanners are connected to the POS system’s inventory management module in order to update the product stock levels once a product is sold.

Cash Drawer

Although these days people seem to prefer payment via credit and debit cards, still there are lots of people who still choose to pay in cash. That being said, it is understandable why today’s modern POS systems still offer cash drawers. That being said, today’s POS system providers offer different types of cash drawers and usually, all of them include key locks or removable cash trays for security.

The most common cash drawers are printer driven and connected by a telephone-style cable which is also known as an RJ12 connector. This cable is designed to be directly plugged into the drawer kick (DK) port on the receipt printer. Usually, these drawers are a standard 24 volt because the same voltage is used by the printer to activate the internal solenoid in order to open the cash drawer. Generally speaking, you can choose from three types of cash drawers: flip-top, compact and standard full-size cash drawer. Once you have the needed type, all you have to do is to set it up.

Receipt Printer

POS systems come with a receipt printer while today’s POS systems can also come with receipt delivery options through email and text.

Display Pole

The display pole is designed to provide customers with a running total of items scanned, including their number, weight, price and some other needed information like GST and so on.

The most important thing you need to know is that the best POS systems for your business can mainly depend on your business and the products you sell. Nowadays, you can choose from different types of POS systems like restaurant POS systems, retail POS systems, mobile POS solutions, grocery and convenience store POS systems, and so on. One thing is certain, regardless of the type of POS system you need, the chosen one will provide you with all of the essential tools in order to be successful. They also help you have a clear picture of your products and the products your customer is looking for. They can also reduce the time customer spend at check out, reduce the error rate and so much more. If not sure which is the right POS system for you, consulting with a professional is the best option you have in order to make the right choice.

Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

Each and every home should be well-stocked with a variety of tools. Truth is, you never know when you’re going to need to do some house repairs on your own. After all, you shouldn’t wait for a professional to come by for every single thing, especially when you could easily make that repair on your own. Having tools is very important for every home. There are countless tools that you can have, although not all of them are equally important. So, start organizing your workbench as soon as you can just to know what is the next tool you’re going to need.

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Must-Have Car Protection Accessories: Protect Your Vehicle From Wear and Tear

Must-Have Car Protection Accessories: Protect Your Vehicle From Wear and Tear

If you’re heading out for a long trip in the bush, odds are you doing it in a 4WD. It will already have the necessities to keep things running smoothly no matter what obstacles come in your way. Decent full-sized bull bars will brush off anything from kangaroos to fallen stumps. You’ll also be wise to have a few bits of recovery gear, like a winch up front, a few straps, and an appointed tow bar at the back. For the underbody, bash plates will keep the exhaust, steering and fuel lines intact. But what about everyday driving in less demanding circumstances, like suburban streets or light dirt trails? Here too you might come across surprises that might end up damaging your car and hurting your pocket. To keep everything clean and protected, here’s a list of useful accessories to help with everyday wear and tear.  

Side Steps 

Side steps are not just for looks. Sure, they give your 4WD a nice wide stance while also reeking ruggedness. But they’re also a must-have protective item stretching the length of the doors on either side. They’ll shield tyres and vulnerable side panels from rocks and road debris on and off-road. And in tight city streets or parking lots, you’ll avoid scraping doors and side mirrors when backing up, or from unspeakable acts of careless drivers. Besides this, side steps give you the comfort of entering and leaving your car without too much hassle. They can come in handy if you’re installing them on a taller vehicle, or you’ve got young children. And lastly, they keep things clean, considering all the different types of places you drive. Mud comes off easily so you won’t spoil the inside, and having a higher step means you won’t be wiping anything with your jeans when getting out.  

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You’ll find a range of 4×4 side steps for sale, in different materials, sizes and colours. Decent aftermarket models come in high-quality and durable aluminium or stainless steel with dented grooves or holes along the length for a non-slip surface. There are side steps to fit most 4WD and SUV makes and models, just look out for the manufacturing year of your car to ensure that everything’s good. Look for 4×4 side steps for sale that are compatible with a set of mudguards to protect wheels and suspension, and keep things dry and clean. Mounting side steps is done either on the rocker panels or the frame, and generally doesn’t require drilling. You can fit them yourself or with the help of a mate or at the workshop. Genuine OEM brands will be much dearer though not noticeably better, and you’ll pay more for labour at the dealership.  

Bonnet Protectors 

A useful and cheap addition to your vehicle are bonnet protectors, especially if you regularly drive on gravel or unsealed roads. Bull bars will get rid of the bigger things, but not smaller rock chips and dirt that might cause dents in the bonnet or cracks in the windshield. Bonnets protectors are made of hardened plastics and are up to the task. They’re easily installed with supplied clips, and are available for most cars, including all 4WDs.  

Headlight Protectors 

Headlight trims and protectors give some substance to bland-looking headlights while also protecting them from flying debris. Headlights will remain clean, which can be very beneficial if your car doesn’t have headlight washers. Protectors are made from transparent plastics and won’t affect beam quality. Aftermarket trims come in black moulded plastic to fit most 4WD headlights. Both parts need no work to the vehicle, but stick with double-sided tape, which is supplied in most kits.   

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Window Visors 

To continue with the go-anywhere look, a set of window weathershields or visors will allow drivers to keep windows open during any kind of weather. You’ll get fresh air in, but no rain or hail, so they are good if you want the windows down in the wet. Visors are tainted and UV resistant, meaning much-needed shade and protection in hot Aussie summers. They’re run along the door and roof lining and attach easily with adhesive tape, without drilling. They’re durable too, made of high-quality acrylic and a cheap aftermarket option that combines functionality and up-market looks for a range of vehicles.  

Boot Liners 

If you carry all sorts of things in the boot, like tools or oil, water and jerrycans, and anything that gets dirty, a decent rubber or plastic protector tray or boot liner will help. They’re waterproof, meaning no nasty spills or leaks to the seats, or anywhere else. Boot liners are textured, providing a non-slip surface for safely carrying larger items. And if you have big dogs with an appetite, these do just fine. Boot liners are moulded for a variety of vehicles and have a snug fit, without any nasty curling or wrinkling.  

Buying Vehicle Protection Accessories 

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As I mentioned above, bull bars and nudge bars, along with rear bars will protect you and your vehicle from accidents or impact with wildlife. They’re not, however, the only thing you need and want in most driving situations. 4×4 side steps provide comfort and protection and are combined with exterior door liners and mudguards for maximum results. A decent and inexpensive kit consisting of bonnet protectors, headlight trims and protectors, and window visors up your 4WD’s look while also giving assurance that no expensive repairs will result from driving in any weather or on any type of road.  

What You Need to Know About Installing a Throttle Controller in Your Mustang

What You Need to Know About Installing a Throttle Controller in Your Mustang

The majority of vehicles until the second half of the 80s relied on a simple throttle control system. Although more advanced tech was around during that period, it didn’t become mainstream until much later. You step on the pedal and the throttle opens, allowing air to flow into the engine and mix with fuel. This causes fuel to burn and thus, generate power which results in the movement of the wheels. But soon after the 80s were gone, a new type of throttle control system occurred, the electronic throttle control. This type of system makes use of electronics instead of mechanical parts. Electrical signals are sent through wires from the accelerator pedal to the throttle body.

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Cordless Paslode Tools Battery Guide

Cordless Paslode Tools Battery Guide

While electricity might be the biggest step mankind has taken when it comes to power needs, batteries were the first step in that direction. Being older than the invention of electricity itself, batteries weren’t always as convenient or energy-dense as today’s advanced battery packs. Batteries have led the way for many new technological advancements, especially when it comes to eliminating cords. This has been the case for power tools as well. Manufacturers such as Paslode started pioneering them it was clear that the future of power tools was cordless. Paslode is a power tool manufacturer that has been around for more than 80 years now. Today’s tools such as impact drivers, sanders, compressors, and jigsaws all rely on batteries, but what kind of batteries do Paslode use to power their power tools?

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