Taylor Speedstir Review

bobodaclown

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Apr 14, 2011
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Murrieta, CA
Hello All,
So I've taken the plunge and purchased the Taylor Speedstir to utilize my with my test kit. Used it for the first time today here's my impression and review.
First and foremost, it's a nifty addition to the test kit and it makes me feel geekier than I already am with my test kit!

The bar stirrer takes up about 1.5 ml of space. I measured the water first then added the bar stirrer, 10ml went to 11.5 (their are markings on the clear tube that comes with the kit).
Yes the bar stirrer does fit in the test tube that comes with the K-2006, it's tight but does work.

I did use the stirrer when doing the drop borate test, and water did not come out of the test tube, but it sure made doing that test easier. Actually it makes all the test easier, instead of drops, swirl, drops, swirl, just put in the water, the bar stirrer, turn it on, start adding drops.. Viola!

It it required, nope, but if you've got an extra $35 bucks that you want to spend, it's a geeky tool, that makes testing a bit easier.

Oh, remember don't toss out the magnetic stir bar, when you pour out the solutions.

5/5 stars.. huge geek factor!
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
Actually it makes all the test easier, instead of drops, swirl, drops, swirl, just put in the water, the bar stirrer, turn it on, start adding drops.. Viola!
Viola? I took viola lessons as a child. I was traumatized because they ran out of violins before they got to me, and handed me that big ole viola. It was like being handed a tuba instead of a clarinet. :poke:LOL

Oh, remember don't toss out the magnetic stir bar, when you pour out the solutions.
Oh yeahhhhhh.... done that a time or two and never found 'em in the grass! Now I order extra and keep one for each testing tube.

5/5 stars.. huge geek factor!
Yeah it is :)
 

domct203

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Love mine! Not only does it make the testing easier, but more accurate and much more repeatable.
 

pabeader

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May 14, 2015
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Cartersville Ga
To keep from losing the stirrer, I pour the different solutions into a small plastic measuring bucket. If you pour carefully, you can keep the "bean" in the vial but if it slips out, you can easily retrieve it.
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
I actually have two speedstir's so I guess that makes me doubly-geeky :crazy: However, I do have one complaint - I wish they'd either slow down the spinner or give you a variable-speed selection. I find the SS works a lot better when the batteries are a little used; fresh batteries make the spinner go way too fast and it can actually make 10mL samples harder to see. I was actually going to look at a chemistry supply store and see if I could find some micro-sized stir bars as the one that comes with the unit is really too fat. It would be better if the stir bar was about half its current diameter.
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
There are a number of different sized ones available through smile.amazon.com :)
I just ordered a bunch of stuff yesterday. I'm rocking Amazon Smile. Already got $5.50 donated this year. Lee's going to take his kids to Dairy Queen for sundae's ...


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borjis

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Aug 19, 2014
2,711
Pacific NW
I remember the first time I used the TF-100 and without a speedstir.

Getting dark out, had the kit out on the deck by the pool, mosquitos buzzing
around and eating me alive while I was trying to do water tests on my first
home with a pool.

Then I realized i could just test inside and i did get the speedstir immediately
and have been much happier about testing since.
 

Holydoc

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Jul 17, 2016
268
Navarre/FL
I also love the speedstir. It is great for testing.

My only complaints are:
1) If the vial gets a bit wet on the outside and leaks onto the stirrer mechanism, the vial will actually start spinning along with the stir bar. :)
2) When the batteries get low on power, the stir bar starts acting a bit erratic and jumps around.
3) Emptying solution out without loosing the stir bar is a bit tricky. I may get a small aquarium fish net to strain through to catch the stir bar each time.

Otherwise, it is the "Cat's Meow"!
 

pabeader

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May 14, 2015
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Cartersville Ga
I use a small plastic cup to drain my vial into. If you hold it at a very flat angle, you can empty the vial without losing the stir stick. And if you do, it's pretty easy to retrieve.
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
I just stick my hand into the garbage disposal when I drop the magnet in. As long as my mother-in-law isn't around, I feel safe enough to do that :shock:


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