I used a B&D jigsaw until I replaced it with a Bosch. The B&D was a
definite POS. It had a thumbscrew that held the blade in and
reciprocated with it. If you put your finger on the footplate to try to
guide the cut and keep the saw from vibrating off the work, every once
in a while, as soon as you let your guard down, that GD thumbscrew
would smash you right in the finger nail. I hated that tool.
In comparison, the Bosch is like a fine surgical instrument. It cuts
smooth and true and is totally easy to control. Mine is an older model
and was made in Switzerland. I am not sure if they are still made there
and if the quality is still as good, but this is a great tool.
My old one (1979 or so vintage) died the death the other day (or at least
broke a part that Bosch USA doesn't seem to have--I have a British friend
who on his next trip is going to try to get it from Bosch UK) and I replaced
it with a new one. The new one seems better in every regard--cutting
quality is the same (couldn't get much better), it has more power, better
blade control, improved ergonomics, and the best blade-change I have ever
seen on a jigsaw.
You would think that would be the case. But as I found with an
equivalently poor Crapsman jig saw, just making a blade go up and down does
not necessarily mean that the blade will actually *cut* wood. The Crapsman
I had appeared to more or less vibrate and scream the wood out of the kerf.
I'm not sure how such a simple process could be screwed up, but Sears's
manufacturer figured out a way to do it. Thing wouldn't even cut pine even
when equipped with good high quality blade.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
Maybe it's just me, but I never had a single problem with the baseplate
of that tool. Granted I've only used it once, but I've used similar
models with similar baseplate design with no trouble at all.
The worst tools I have are from this iGo "furniture assembling kit"
that my mother bought me for some reason. It has a cordless screwdriver
and cordless drill. Both run on two AA batteries. Yup, two AA
batteries. Pretty cheesy to begin with and the bits that come with it
break too easily. Which is pretty impressive given that there's only AA
power in there.
However, I can't really fault the two items for being what they are.
They're still useful if I need to quickly drill through something soft
and I'm too impatient to wait for the battery to charge on my cordless
drill or too lazy to mess with a corded. And the screwdriver IS angled,
which is more useful than not having it. They just don't have much in
the way of power and are such light plastic I'm surprised they haven't
fallen apart or the motor burned out by now.
I'm sure I have a lot of tools that people would consider POS, but I'm
of the opinion that as long as I can do what I need with them, I don't
care if it's the hottest thing on the market that looks like a sneaker
(coughhitachicough) and will make you a sandwich. Not like I could have
afforded high end tools on a student's budget back then anyway. But if
I could have, there would have been a table saw in my dorm room first
Lots of complaints about POS tools from Harbor Freight. Why are they
surprised? HF sells cheap. Yout get what you pay for. Like that
lousy Craftsman contractors TS I bought (used). Used it for a while
then got so frustrated that I bought a Delta contractors saw. MUCH
What bugs me is paying good money ($100) for a Porter Cable dovetail
joint router jig, and having it be mediocre. PC cheaped out on the
screws. They stripped out right away. I replaced them with generic
fasteners from my screw bin which have held up much better. The
hold-down bar is made of some new extra-soft steel which forces me to
really crank down on the hold-down screws to get my workpieces steady
(maybe the cause of the screw failure?). I cut myself on burrs on some
of the sheet metal because they weren't deburred properly.
Should bought the expensive jig. Then I would have had more flexibility
and higher quality. I know better than to buy cheap, but sometimes my
wallet does the talking instead of my brain.
One man's trash....... I love my PC dovetail jig.
I wrote in this thread about my horrible Wagner power roller, and
somebody else thought it was great. I guess beauty is in the eye of the
beholder after all!
I've bought enough crappy tools that I don't just have one worst:
1: Those little corner-rounding planes that Woodcraft and others sell
- totally useless. Their only virtue is that they don't cost much.
2: Ryobi detail sander - it's great for making your hand numb, but
little else. Thankfully it was a gift so I didn't actually pay for it.
3: B&D belt sander - the internal drive belt mis-tracked off the end
of one pulley, and chewed through the side of the plastic case after
about 2 hours of use over the course of 2 years.
4: Freud FT1700 router - built in above table adjustment stripped,
spindle lock broke, then motor died after about a year.
Needless to say, I don't buy Ryobi, B&D or Freud power tools any more
(though I still buy Freud blades and bits).
In search for a biscuit cutter I went to HD and got a Freud. Plugged
it in and it started TWICE then no more. Exchanged for a second one
that started ONCE. Third try on same day wouldn't start! They ran
out of stock that day. One kid asked another how to pronounce the
name but the second didn't know either.
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