And now in a burst of refreshing honesty we're all going to admit to
the most useless, waste-of-money, unnecessary, white elephant, "why the
hell did I ever buy that" tool in our arsenal.
For me it's a B&D "electric file" - basically a needle-nose belt
sander. It's a something that should be handy as hell but it's just
too damned vicious. Touch it to a piece of wood and you have instant
"shit - too much". I've never been able to get anything done with it.
"Cut to shape . . . pound to fit."
Mastercraft Rotozip kit. Gift.
$150 CDN and the biggest piece of crap I have ever seen.
Even the power cord is made out of such hard wire you can't even stretch it out
in warm weather.
Nothing can be squared, the plunge router attachment is a complete joke.
The Original Freud Hot-Air Edge Bander.
I salvaged the hot air gun from it, and use it often , but the rest of
it went with the trash.
Truly one of those tools that should work, and sporadically did work,
but was no time saver compared to a regular iron. Just one major source
of frustration, to the point I 'repaired' it one day with some excess
energy and my lunch bucket ended up flying through the shop as a
I was told, several hours later, when the rest of the crew dared to come
close enough to me again, that I had uttered previously unknown words as
I was 'adjusting' the tool with a 5 pound ball-peen hammer.
It was very irresponsible and immature behaviour, but dammit, it felt
I couldn't live without a Dremel.
I even used it to remove the exhaust system from my 3/4 ton pickup.:)
Router attachment is cool, especially for installing hinges in almost anything.
I've never seen the router table.
How many cutoff wheels did YOU go through? :)
The Dremel almost made it onto my list, but it's a useful tool. Just not as
useful as it sounds on the box. Sure, you can do all kinds of things with
it if you're verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry patient. Sometimes it is just the ticket,
but I've never used probably half of the bits I have. Maybe 3/4. The wood
cutting carving shaping stuff is especially useless. I can carve wood
faster with a pair of tweezers.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
It saved me on a plumbing problem. Had to replace several toilet shutoff
valves and the gorilla who installed the originals crimped the compression
rings into the copper pipe so deep they wouldn't slide off, even with some
knarley pliers. The problem was the new valves and old valves had
different threads, so I couldn't use the old nut on the new valve. The
nifty dremel cutoff wheel ground almost all the way through the
compression ring and a little twist with a flat blade screwdriver popped
it right off. Whew, success!
To escape criticism--do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." (Elbert Hubbard)
I use the different size drum sanders often enough to keep my
dremel/sears "lil crafty" hanging over the bench.. nice when you want
a hole or opening just a bit bigger or need to debur something..
Please remove splinters before emailing
And another ditto for the Dremel. Working with old
machinery you'll find that a machine hasn't been used for
quite some time and for quite some time people will store
them in "less optimum" places. God bless the Dremel people
of Racine, Wis.
For about the same price, I bought a DeWalt low angle grinder and a diamond
cutting wheel. You can cut a lot of stuff with that rig, and very quickly.
Dremel stuff is too light duty for my Binford tastes.
Sigh..... this one's going to take a while. Gino... listen to me. I know
these things. Torches. Torches, Gino. They look really cool when they're
parked over in the corner, and you don't have to worry about tiny spaces.
With torches you can make spaces big enough to comfortably work in.
I finished the back yard, hit a weed near the gate as I went to work out
front. Finished the front and went back to find the gate in flames. Garden
hose wouldn't reach that side of the house, but had plento 5 gal buckets
laying about. The chipboard used to patch the gate was very hard to put
Some time later I was doing isolated weeds in the gravel when someone
shouted 'Hey, you can't do that in the city'. Was a fireman peeking over
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