One of the many advantages of being a new homeowner is being able to go out and buy a bunch of stuff for the house. You know, stuff that you’ll probably buy a single time in your life, so better make it good.
I quickly discovered that the puny extension cords that had served me so well until now were past their usefulness, so to speak. I have a large yard, and unfortunately quality battery-powered yard tools are out of my budget. I purchased some good-quality, corded tools instead – a weed trimmer and a hedge trimmer – and I needed the extension cord that could reach to all corners of the yard. On to my local Costco!
I purchased the Prime Outdoor Extension Cord, measuring a 100 feet in length, for $39.99 (Canadian dollars) plus the unavoidable taxes. Considering the power-hungry tools pictured on the box, I figured it would be OK for my light yard work.
I’ve now used it a couple of times, and here are the good points, and those that will probably bother me in the long run. No deal breakers.
- 100 feet in length: a generous length that’s more than enough for all my needs, present and future;
- 12/3 gauge: thick enough for the toughest, most power-hungry tools you can imagine;
- Power Indicator Light: A nice little feature that helps make sure you know there’s power in the cord when you plug it;
- The price: at $39.99, it was $30 cheaper than a NOMA similar-length extension cord at Canadian Tire, and the same price as a 25′ professional cord by the same retailer
- Costco: I bought it at Costco. I get my 2% off with my Executive Membership, my Amex Rebate and Costco’s unbeatable Satisfaction Guarantee
Points to Consider
- The Weight: a 12/3 heavy duty gauge and 100′ in length come at a price: the cord is REALLY heavy. Not a problem if you’re just leaving it there, but pulling it around for yard work is a workout. Coiling it by hand strains the shoulders.
- The connectors are not as tight as I’d like them to be, but that’s hardly a real issue, just something to be mindful off.
An excellent purchase. Combining the unbeatable price, Costco’s warranty and the product’s obvious versatility, it’s clear that I won’t be buying other extension cords for a long time.