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Old 02-05-2004, 07:46 AM
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Whats the most useless tool you ever got?

As a kid, my Aunt once bought me a "One size fits all" wrench. Looked like a straight piece of steel with 2 loops on it. Rounded off the first 3 nuts I tried to remove. I donated it to the trash man. The next worse tool had to be the alligator socket that was another one size fits all (From my Dad, of all people!).
I don't know whats worse. The people who make it, or the people who buy the crap. Hate to look at a gift like that, but I hate to see them waste their hard earned money.
The diplomatic response when they asked how I liked it? "It worked OK, until I started using it. Then I must have used it too hard and it broke on me. Ya know, I buy my tools at XXXXX. Next year, if you really want to get me a tool, how about a gift certificate there? I could apply it toward that 42,000# impact wrench I've really been wanting.....
That way, their gift will be a lasting positive memory ! My Dad passed away 5 years ago in October. About 7 years ago, while he was still in pretty good health, he asked again about that socket from 20 years ago. I had to be honest with him and tell him the truth. He started laughing, and told me it was a joke present. He had one before he bought mine, and KNEW it was a POS. Just wanted to bust my "boys". Said I should have gotten an Academy award, or the Nobel prize for diplomacy. He was stickler about his tools. Everything put away, and had to be spotless.
His lasting words:
A rich man can afford to buy cheap tools. Only he, can afford to buy the same tool more than once.
How prophetic that statement is.
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Besides the "tool kit" my son bought me at the school sale when he was about 6, the 3/8" impact gun at sears. Truthfully, it was a recondioned unit but it was gutless. Used it once.
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Maikita 1hp rotary grinders that I paid $$$ for. Burned up 2 of them within 1/2 hr each just opening holes in 18 gage sheet metal with a 1/2" carbide burr - basically running at no-load. Factory didn't stand behind them, said I 'obviously overloaded them". Went back to Harbor Freight tools and have had no trouble since!
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A fan belt tightening aid from JC Whitney...it's supposed to keep the belt stretched tight while you tighten up the adjusting bolt on the alternator or whatever....this thing couldn't spread the legs on Courtney Love.... I mean it's weak...real weak....
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:09 PM
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A set of Taiwon socket drivers. They strip out the first time you put any torque on them.
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:39 PM
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Can't think of anything now...If I did receive anything that was useless I might have just used it as a hammer....see...usefull!!!!
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:49 PM
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One of those transmission platforms that you place on an ordinary floor jack. That thing is a skyscraper when placed on any of my jacks. I'll bo modifying it soon enough though, that's if I ever feel the need to.
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:56 PM
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Taiwan tap & die set the threads came off the tap instead of the part.
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Old 02-05-2004, 08:05 PM
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Maikita 1hp rotary grinders that I paid $$$ for. Burned up 2 of them within 1/2 hr each just opening holes in 18 gage sheet metal with a 1/2" carbide burr - basically running at no-load. Factory didn't stand behind them, said I 'obviously overloaded them". Went back to Harbor Freight tools and have had no trouble since!
If this is the 120VAC electric model, I have also used this grinder and found out the hard way that they don't work well until they have been run in for 15 minutes 5 or 6 times, seems like the bearings are put in a little tight. Once they break-in they seem to work well and last a long time, I just bought one for work a few weeks ago and sure enough it took a while to break-in before it didn't heat up the nose cone bearings. Works fine now.
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Not mine, but I was helping a guy work on his car and asked him to toss me a wrench. It was a brand new "made in China" combination wrench, about a 17mm. Since the bolt I intended to remove was it bit tight, I used the closed end. On applying pressure, the end of the wrench shattered like glass. I was amazed. He just laughed and said, yeah, that's the third one to do that. Said he paid about 4 dollars for the whole set. I went and dug out one of my wrenches and discovered the bolts I was working on weren't even all that tight. Unbelievably bad wrenches.
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Old 02-06-2004, 01:13 AM
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I've got one of those one size fits all wrenches, a socket with what looks like thick steel wires that wrap around the bolt, eye protection with headlamps built into the sides, some cheapo exacto knives made somewhere on the planet, some stamps that have the aphabet, Jeez, I'd have to go look in the useless stuff I got for Christmas box, I know there's a few more. Dan
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:43 AM
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Dave says:
this thing couldn't spread the legs on Courtney Love....


OMG,
She's easier than a pop-top on a beer can.

Hey !!
You say that like its a bad thing !! I must be getting old. Forget the challenge.....
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Old 02-06-2004, 11:51 AM
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A spot welder from Eastwood.
Worthless as *** on a bore hog.

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A spot welder from Eastwood.
Worthless as *** on a bore hog.

Troy
Troy;
I got one of their 'stitch welders'. Wanna add it to your collection of junk?
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Old 02-07-2004, 05:01 PM
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Dinger....I was thinking of getting a pair of those. I was working under the truck one day doing some wiring and needed some light. I'm just not to cracked on a trouble light under the vehicle. I know a couple of guys that burnt their garage to the ground that way. Of course they had a gas leak. I usually use a flashlight when I am underneath or set the halogen away but shining underneath. Worse tool I ever owned is RoboGrips. Palm biters. No matter what you use them on they will slip one tooth...just enough to pinch your hand!!

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