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Posted August 18, 2013 - 08:10 AM

What's your least useful tool? You know, the one that seemed like a good idea at the time, but just sits in your tool box taking up space.

 

I remember an adjustable box end wrench that couldn't stand the torque and would slip.

 

 


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 08:14 AM

What's your least useful tool? You know, the one that seemed like a good idea at the time, but just sits there, taking up space.

Looking for a picture of my wife, hang on...

(Just kidding Hun, just kidding...
Love you bunches. Sense of humor and all that.

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Posted August 18, 2013 - 08:18 AM

Take her to a swap meet? ... No! ...hang on to her!



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Posted August 18, 2013 - 10:18 AM

Working in the auto repair business, I've bought my share of useless tools. The tool man comes in with some super-duper tool that is supposed to make a certain job easier so you buy it. After fumbling around with the tool you pitch it back in the box and go back to the way you've been doing it. On the upside, I've found that sometimes you can adapt a worthless tool to be useful for an unintended purpose


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 11:42 AM

In 77 I bought a special socket for the brakes on a friends Opel. I've never used it since. I did marry the friend. That has only lasted 35 years. Some tools are for collecting anyway. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 01:27 PM

On an '85 ford F150 you needed a special tool to work on the ignition.  I bought one and it sits in my tool box today but the truck is long gone.  Not sure why I keep it?  Just in case, I suppose.


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 01:32 PM

Battery powered digital caliper.  Never would work right.  I'll stick with my trusty dial caliper!


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 01:35 PM

On an '85 ford F150 you needed a special tool to work on the ignition.  I bought one and it sits in my tool box today but the truck is long gone.  Not sure why I keep it?  Just in case, I suppose.

I had an '86 Thunderbird that required that same tool I think...it's still in the toolbox waiting for Ford to recycle the idea LOL.

 

What I really like is when they come up with a "better" idea and create a tool to do the same job as ones that have existed for many years (Torx screwdrivers for instance). After you find yourself in the position to need this new style of tool, and you buy the best set that you can find (since they're obviously going to be around for a while) and the next time you run across that configuration, they've changed it JUST enough (i.e. put a security post in the center of it) that you have to buy a new set!


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 02:53 PM

I bought this router type gismo that looked like a jig saw but used 1/8" bits like a roto zip. Seemed like a good idea at the time but the cheap casting broke in less than 5 minutes use. I got another one as a replacement but never use it. 


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 03:01 PM

Although this isn't a toolbox tool, this is one of my favorite useless tools. It's a cultivator made by Craftsman a lot of years ago. It was in such good shape I couldn't pass it up. Although I have a garden, I've never really found a good use for it. Maybe I'll try it again some day and wonder how I ever lived without it.

 

 

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Posted August 18, 2013 - 04:52 PM

Although this isn't a toolbox tool, this is one of my favorite useless tools. It's a cultivator made by Craftsman a lot of years ago. It was in such good shape I couldn't pass it up. Although I have a garden, I've never really found a good use for it. Maybe I'll try it again some day and wonder how I ever lived without it.

That is cool. I guess its a labor saving device because you don't use it. :wave:  Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 05:01 PM

My workbench. Not that I don't use it, I just can't find the damn thing.
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Posted August 18, 2013 - 05:25 PM

metric adjustable wrench :D


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 06:24 PM

metric adjustable wrench :D


I bought the combination Metric/English/SAE/USS set of adjustable wrenches. They also work like torque wrenches. They slip off the bolt and you wrap your knuckles 1 ft pound before you get to the correct tightness.
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Posted August 18, 2013 - 07:52 PM

I have some odd adjustable wrenches They are worthless. I used one of them once and they have been hanging on a peg board ever since.

 

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I also have one pair of wire pliers that slips. They are identical to a couple of other pairs and always manage to get put back in the toolbox instead of thrown in the scrap pile.






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