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Forum topic by jordanp posted 03-08-2013 07:27 PM 3122 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 07:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: nightmare tools bad horrible difficult recall awkward ras

Ok i’ve seen all of the “Tools of your Dreams” well here is a twist Tools of your Nightmares
It might be because it is extremely dangerous or because its just plain worthless and awkward to use..

Well after using my 1959 Craftsman RAS I understand the reason for the recall..

This is my Nightmare..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 07:31 PM

I used to have an old corded drill handed down from my dad. It was in cased in metal and would shock me every time I used it. Got tired of that PDQ.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 09:05 PM

My old hoedad from my tree planting days. Backbreaking work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 09:36 PM

My nightmare is my current table saw. One of those really crappy Delta bench saws like you see here:

The saw “jumps” when you turn it on. Fence doesn’t lock down straight. The saw moves when you try to push a piece of wood through it. It is loud, vibrates badly, has no dust collection.

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 09:56 PM

my old crapsman router a nightmare to use, hideous to look at, and runs when it wants too!

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 10:04 PM

My Black and Decker vibrating sander. The button was located so that every time your hand moved forward on the handle it would switch itself off. Absolutely useless for sanding migratory coconuts or anything else.

And while I think about it…my Crapsman lawn tractor. Junk from day one. Brigs and Stratton runs great…drive line is crap. Currently sitting out back gather leaves and stuff.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 12:47 AM

I once had a nightmare about the tool of my dreams. It really seemed like a perfect dream, in a nightmarish sort of way,... so I do not really know how to interpret it… Was it a dream? Or was it a nightmare? I am confused on such topics, as I find them too polarized in a dreamish/nightmarish sort of way, you know what I mean?...

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 04:01 AM

Lol, brilliant.

I had a Crapsman tablesaw (now gone thankfully) that was about comparable with mdawson2’s delta. Same set of problems. The nightmare part really happened when I was ripping something heavier and larger than I should have been on it and had a kickback. Well the saw was so light and the piece so heavy that the workpiece didn’t kickback – the saw did!!! Kicked right out from under the board! Seeing that blade come floating back towards me as I danced out of the way wasn’t something I’ll soon (ever?) forget.

I upgraded to a better saw not long after (and hung some sandbags on old lightweight in the meantime).

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 05:01 AM

I had a little argument with a 7 1/4” circular saw a few years back. Unfortunately, the saw won. My being left handed didn’t help that argument! I now have a whole new respect for circular saws and 66 stitches and a nice scar to remind me when I forget!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 05:09 AM

I have an aluminum tapering jig, any metals near a blade turning at high rpm’s is a bad idea
Used it several times, never ever again!

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#10 posted 03-09-2013 05:28 AM

Hmike is a tool. Can he be my nightmare

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#11 posted 03-09-2013 05:35 AM

tools are the least of my worries ?

on the other hand


scared stiff : ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 03-09-2013 05:47 AM

concrete relaxer

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#13 posted 03-09-2013 02:05 PM

Rum: ”...I upgraded to a better saw not long after (and hung some sandbags on old lightweight in the meantime)...”

Hey Rum! OR, do you mean something like this (plates instead of sandbags)? FWIW, I also upgraded.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 03-10-2013 01:55 AM

DMC1903: running aluminum into a spinning sawblade isn’t good for the aluminum, but won’t hurt the sawblade. I routinely cut aluminum on both my TS and SCMS, with no problems (except the stinging spray of aluminum chips thrown my way). It is dangerous, however, to have the blade in contact with the aluminum when you start up the machine, a mistake I’ve made twice now. One time it did something (I know not what) that left a small portable miter saw with a rumble that I couldn’t chase down. The blade didn’t wobble at all. The other time, I actually broke 2 or 3 carbide teeth off, and broke the fence on my Hitachi SCMS (easily replaced). No other damage, fortunately.

So now I’m very careful to avoid that. But you needn’t be anxious about your tapering jig being a danger (at least not for that reason).

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#15 posted 03-10-2013 02:08 AM

The wobbly style dado blade and this little kiss of death…..put that into a frigging sawstop!

-- "the woods are lovely dark and deep"- Frost

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