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Old 02-10-2004, 11:30 AM
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I'm always running into junk tools. One that comes to mind was a made in China pickle fork. The legs spread the first time I tried to use it. I bought it at Autozone, and they gave me a real hard time when I returned it. I had to pitch a hissy fit in the store in front of all the customers (got my money back). That Chinese steel is garbage. Makes me wonder how well their tanks would hold up in battle. Could probably punch a hole in the turret with your fist.
Another one that still ticks me off is the Crapsman 14v cordless drill I bought at sears. Only used it twice then I put it away for about a year. The next time I tried to use it the charger went up in a puff of smoke. The kicker was I couldn't even buy a replacement charger for it. It was discontinued. So now I have a cordless drill and no way to charge it. So I went out and spent the bucks on a Dewalt 18v. Much better.
Another one was my Craftsman mig welder. Worked great for a year till the gas solenoid fried out. Took the cover off and discovered whoever put the screws in the cover used one that was way too long and drove it right into the solenoid's windings. Well the 12 month warranty was expired, and even though I showed them it was a factory defect, they still wouldn't fix it or anything. I couldn't even find a replacement solenoid valve. I ended up buying some varnished wire from Radio Shack and rewinding the coil myself. Works good now.
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:57 AM
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Busted; here's a hint. Look into the Harbor Freight 18V cordless drill. I have had mine for over a year of HARD service and it is still going strong. Will work all day on one charge and only costs about $45 (a third the cost of your DeWalt?) on sale which it is quite often. I give them as gifts to almost every one I know!
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Thanks Willys, Since I already bought the Dewalt, I hope I don't need another one real soon. Would be a nice gift though. Right now I'm thinking about buying HF's 18v recip saw. Seems like a decent deal for $99.00. I'm hoping it'll go on sale for even less. That would be a great tool for my boneyard treasure hunts. A friend of mine raves about his Mikita cordless recip. Says its even stronger than his AC recip, but I've also heard about some poor quality coming from Mikita.
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Well... I hope HFs cordless recip is better than their regular one. I bought two and stripped the gears cutting a few pieces of ABS plastic pipe! I traded them both to HF (they gave me full credit) plus some cash for a DeWalt!! I am one who had mag experience with Maikita. Bought two die grinders and fried the motors on both after 1/2 hr of grinding open holes in 18ga mild steel with a 1/2" carbide burr. Now only use my $14 HF air die grinder which works super.
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Well if HF has a return policy like that (don't know, haven't had to return anything yet), I'll take a chance on that cordless recip. Thanks again Willys.
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I have been using Ryobi cordless tools for almost two years now. I bought a kit that had a drill, circular saw, recip saw, and a light. I beat the crap out of it every weekday for two years and it still works great. I just bought another Ryobi drill and light because it was on sale at Home Depot. The ryobi far outlasted the craftsmen cordless drill i had a couple years ago.

Oh yeah, this is supposed to be about USELESS tools. I received a Rotozip a few years ago as a gift. It is absolutely worthless to use it to cut straight lines. It has a circle attachment that works good, thats the only time i use it. I bought some cheap wire strippers off of eBay that broke the first time i tried to strip a 12 gauge wire.
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EBAY? You gotta see the 3 piece welding clamp set, that looks like vice grips. THey run about $10.00 . The jaws spring too easy. I tried to clamp 2 boogers together and they wouldn't hold ! 'Snot the tools you want to buy !
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Lately, it seems, the most useless tool I've come across is the web.... It seems most people don't know what it is OR how to use it.
They can take the time to ask on the site if anybody knows where they can find a "fiberglass front clip for their Camaro" or "does anybody know how to use a hammer" when all they have to do is type the same damn phrase into a search engine... It's getting old...
Just venting.
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the craftsman nut splitter from sears is the most useless tool that ive ever bought. when you try to tighten it the thing slides off.
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Old 02-14-2004, 06:23 PM
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Robo grips are junk. Chinese lineman pliers will take a chunck out
of your hand, MY hand

My Ryobi power tool kit I got from HomoDepot with light, saw, drill
and sawzall has worked very well.
I have had it at least 2 years. and I used the sawzall to cut the roof off my old ford van, so it can take abuse with ease.

Oh and don't buy one of those cheap Lincolin welders, I see stacks of returned Lincolin welders at HD.

Hobart all the way!
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I use robo grips all the time have no problem with them,and i work as a mechanic in a garage.
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bad tools

There is one that sticks in my mind, my wife got me an 18" cut off wheel from harbor freight and I cut one piece of steel with it and the bearings seezed up! That was $49 down the drain!


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