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The Useless Tools Thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Weasel, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,200



    Somebody got me a pair of those back when they first came out. I thought they were the shit, 'til the first time I tried to use them. Turns out they were 'just shit', not 'the shit'. I gave 'em to my son, he keeps trying to give 'em back....:D
  2. prpmmp
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,062


    Beautiful!! Must be Pa. humor!! Pete
  3. Goatdave
    Joined: Dec 26, 2009
    Posts: 116


    Craftsman clench wrench - they do neither!
  4. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    my father in law has a batteryless flashlight. How it works is... there's a capacitor inside it, and a coil, and a magnet. to charge the capacitor, you need to shake the magnet up and down so it slides up and down the coil thus creating current.

    It's not bad enough that it lasts for all of 30 seconds.

    It's the motion I don't really feel comfortable making in front of the inlaws.

    It actually makes a fap sound when you shake it.
  5. Hey Ive driven by your place your the guy that uses stumps for jack stands
  6. terryr
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 286

    from earth

    Dremel table saw. Vibrates like hell but won't cut even plastic. Finally put it out by the garbage cans.

    Cheap double flare tools.

    Home pressure washers. They kind of work, but nothing compared to the real deal.

    Super glue containers. Use the glue once and it gunks up. Might as well open it, use it once and throw it away.

    Spray can nozzles. CAN NO ONE MAKE ONE THAT ALWAYS WORKS?!
  7. B430
    Joined: Jul 23, 2012
    Posts: 1

    from Calgary,AB

    I treat harbor freight tools as a one time use tool. Any use past what I was trying to do when I bought it I consider bonus time. I'm usually satisfied with my hf purchases due to my very very low expectations.
  8. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 378


    The most useless tools I've ever purchased are the ones that my brother borrowed. I'll never see them again. They don't work for me at all.
    The best tools I bought are the ones that I charge five times the purchase price to loan out. Try it sometime. For example, if someone wants to borrow a ten dollar tool. Get a fifty dollar deposit. Sorry bro, rules are rules.
  9. RagtopBuick66
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,182


    Every screwdriver I own. Finding a good screwdriver around here takes longer than it would to just drill the damned screw out. The flatheads are all broken off at weird angles, making them useless for just about anything but punching out a lock tumbler, and all my Phillips heads are rounded out to the point of making them about as useful as an icepick for removing a screw. And yet, I keep them all around for some reason...

    Oh, and my cordless Dremel. WORTHLESS. Takes hours to recharge, and you get about 10 minutes of use out of it before it dies. For the money, I would rather just deal with a cord.
  10. Steve-Cook
    Joined: Jul 22, 2007
    Posts: 489

    from Garner, NC

    Floobee haircutting system
  11. how about a husky extending handle ratchet.Nothing to keep the head from spinning around.looked good in my neighbors yard.
  12. RagtopBuick66
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,182


    I've got one of those! Love it! There's a little button on the side you push in to keep the head straight. Might have to tap it in occasionally, but I wouldn't leave home without mine.
  13. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    I bought a pair years ago, they vanished, found them ten years later under a tool box drawer, mine actually work surprisingly enough, maby I got the only working pair used in the TV commercial

    They actually sell a ten piece screwdriver set at Home depot thats still made in the US all except for the tiny one, they look like old craftsman screwdrivers, I was so suprised to find a US made set of screwdrivers I bought five sets, They have held up well so far.

    as far as useless tools any vise grip made today in China, Visegrip died when Irwin bought them, I'll keep hunting down and buying the old Peterson made ones, an old used pair is much better then the new crap ones
  14. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    for most useless tool this has to beat all, who was the idiot who decided a crescent wrench was too hard to operate? battery powered? :confused:

  15. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,883


  16. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,135


    cordless anything. i want direct power from the wall. not descent power for three minutes then a recharge
  17. plymouth1951
    Joined: Nov 28, 2010
    Posts: 113


    The board of directors and all employees of harbor freight should be real embarrassed about what their company does. It's a great concept to mass market tools cheap, but damned those tools are just plain ol dog crap. Despite the marginal quality, the manufacturing employees continue to get paid, when our manufacturing personnel here could be getting paid. Hopefully someone from harbor freight is reading this. There must be a ton of profit in those crappy tools because we all know the company. I thought I should state the obvious.
  18. HamD
    Joined: Mar 3, 2011
    Posts: 298


    I'll say the Autozone brake pliers are a bending, joke of a riveted pile of crap. That's what I get for doing stuff after hours and having any optimism I suppose.

    Clear it by spraying upside down when done painting.
  19. stuart13
    Joined: Feb 21, 2012
    Posts: 65


    A friend bought Snap-On flex head oil filter pliers. Absolute crap, every time you squeeze them the arms flip different directions.
  20. adamshumard
    Joined: Jan 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,380


    Agreed!! Garbage.

    The gator grip has saved my ass more than once though.
  21. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    cordless tools have come a long way, you can now get a good drill with good battery life and many companies offer lifetime battery replacement, I remember the first dewalt set I bought, lasted a couple of months and then died, I think it sat in the back of a closet for most of a decade before being trashed
  22. Gigantor
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,819


    Spark plug boot remover pliers. They are great for holding large bolts up to the wire wheel but totally useless for removing spark plug boots from plugs! Hey, I was too young to know better.

    Cheap wire cutters and crimpers. Might as well throw them against the wall when you take them out of the package.

    Chinese double flaring tools. There's a frustrating and expensive lesson.

    Cheap channel locks.
  23. countrysquire
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 162


    Yep, if you don't have about 90 degrees to move the wrench, forget about it grabbing.
  24. Another one here for Craftsmen Robogrips. How the fuck did those make it out to the general public?
  25. RagtopBuick66
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,182


    I'll never buy cheap channel locks again. Nothing but frustration.
  26. gilby's garage
    Joined: Oct 12, 2011
    Posts: 380

    gilby's garage

    my brother in law is a useless old tool name Rusty
  27. GirchyGirchy
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 208

    from Central IN

    Yup. I'm in industrial controls as well, and this is my favorite for single wires. Ended up buying a pair for home, too. Mine are the 11062.

  28. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,949


    The graffiti art guys have come up with some pretty awesome spray nozzles. I came across a couple and was pretty surprised.
  29. GirchyGirchy
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 208

    from Central IN

    Cheap, no-name adjustable wrenches. They're only good for rounding off heads.
  30. X2 My old tools slowly disappeared (I forgot who I lent them to and they forgot who they borrowed them from). I bought a new set from Northern Tool. They don't work near as well as the oldies did.

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