What's the biggest waste of money (tool) you have bought?

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 01-12-2012 07:52 PM 2565 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2012 07:52 PM

Just for fun I thought it would be fun to see what items people buy but never use. Only interested in the highest cost items in the below catagories.

We are all guilty of buying that shinny thing on the shelf, needing something for that 1 project, or buying something that didn’t live up to our expectations. I Have listed mine, what are yours?

3 criteria
Bought but never used:
Bought and used once:
Bought and it failed:

For me it was these things,

Bought but never used: Dremel Drill press attachment
Bought and used once: Jet Mortiser
Bought and it failed(junk award): Irwin quick clamps

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 08:02 PM

I weld and cut a lot of metal with 4” grinders. I burned through a makita and a millwauke in a year each. The gear heads burn out. I decided to order three of those $10 ones from Harbor freight. Each cut metal for 20 minutes before it began smoking. So, Bought but failed, three times.

On another note.. I was at Sears and bought a Craftsman because they had a 100% three year replacement guarantee for $7. I got it thinking I’ll just keep replacing it each year when it burns out. I’ll never have to buy another one again. Five years later it’s plenty beat up but still running… go figure.

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 08:07 PM

Morticing attachment for the DP. Too much set up time and very slow performance. It was good stuff, and well sharpened/tuned. I use the router now.


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#3 posted 01-12-2012 08:08 PM

Trend Router Lathe, these are as rare as rocking horse sh*t, (so had to buy it used off ebay $250) to make barley twist legs for a table. In the end my client changed his mind about the table so it’s just been stuck in a cupboard.

SIP Biscuit Jointer, used it once, demanded a refund, bought a Dewalt.

Jet benchtop edge bander. It kinda works, but I’m quicker with an iron.

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 08:13 PM

For me it’s the Grizzley Tormek clone. It’s in the “occupying bench space” category. It’s “made in Germany!”. I’m guessing that the guys who made Trabants found a new career.

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 08:17 PM

Hitachi Table saw : height crank and blade angle crank broke. Crappy thin blade insert.

Hitachi M12V Router : Bits slipped in collet. Cheap handles.

Ryobi cordless drill kit : no variable speed on the drill! It was either on or off. I owned that tool about 1 day.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 08:25 PM

@ Bill White – I concur, mine collects dust.

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 08:32 PM

anything from Ryobi, except my cordless weed wacker ;-) but i disagree with the irwin hand clamps, I use those for everything except glue ups. I also disagree with the Hitachi M12V router, mine hasnt slipped bits and the handles still look brand new since they have been sitting in a drawer for 2 years (the router stays in it’s table)

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 08:37 PM

#3. (About 15 years ago) Craftsman biscuit joint cutter that you bolted to bottom of a router. – Scary to use.

#2. (About 20 years ago)Hirsch (sp?) miter cutter that you bolted a circular saw to. – Very inaccurate, un-repeatable miters.

And the Grand prize Winner ……..

#1. (About 20 years ago) Black and Decker plastic router table. Was a piece of crap from day one but, got thrown out about an hour after one of the router mounting brackets broke while I was using it. There is no panic like a running router bouncing loose around under a table at about waist level

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#9 posted 01-12-2012 08:45 PM

Bought and used once: reciprocating saw, electric hand planer (but you couldn’t get me to throw them away)
Bought and never used: sale items: Ridgid vac and Makita cordless drill) at a Black Friday sale at Home Depot. Eventually gave them away.

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#10 posted 01-12-2012 08:54 PM

Bought but never used: Craftsman dovetailing jig
Bought and used once: Craftsman radial arm saw (bought used) sat for over 10 years,recently took advantage of recall
Bought and it failed: Bosch chorded drill, about $160.00 20 years ago, worked for about a week. Had it repaired a couple times. Circuit board inside keeps failing. Spent more time in the drawer than useable. Don’t know why I keep it. It still needs fixed, looks new, nice drill when it works.

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#11 posted 01-12-2012 08:59 PM

Bought but never used: Harbor Freight half blind dovetail jig. knew I wanted to do dovetails, wasn’t aware this would only do half blinds as I wanted to do through dovetails. This got sold quickly.

Bought and used once: MLCS mitered door frame bit set. I used it to build a prototype, and have been too lazy to build the real doors…. Am actually planning on doing this though. So not a total waste…

Bought and it failed: Toss up. Makita quarter sheet sander, or Harbor Freight hole saws.

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#12 posted 01-12-2012 09:00 PM

I did a topic (or one close to it) about the same thing you’re talking about now…..It was 452 days ago, and virtually asked the same question….so I won’t get into this one, cause I still got all the same crap now that I had then.

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#13 posted 01-12-2012 09:13 PM

Electric Porter Cable hand planer. I used it once to trim a door. It works good, and it has a nice steel carring case. I never have had a real need for it. I am glad I bought it used.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 01-12-2012 09:32 PM

I have a JET JET AFS-1000b Air Filtration unit that is still sitting in the box. I do plan on hooking it up, but just haven’t gotten around to it. My shop is in shambles and may be rearranged soon, plus I’m trying to figure out the best place to put it for maximum effectiveness since my shop is a small portion of our open, unfinished basement. I’m sure that once I do get it hooked up, I’ll be asking myself why I didn’t do it sooner. It’ll definitely get used though!

Right now I’m just using my dust collector or shop vac either hooked up to the tool being used, or placing the open hose next to where I’m sanding, in addition to using a dust mask. I know the basement will be cleaner once the JET AFS-1000b is hooked up, and I bet the rest of the house will also have a little less dust as well.

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#15 posted 01-12-2012 09:38 PM

Delta 6” benchtop jointer. Used like 4 times, realized I needed the bigger/longer floor model. What a difference!

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