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Absolutely Worthless Tools

The title says it all. We have seen plenty of posts about tools you should have, how about a list of tools that aren't worth the money you paid for them. I'll start:

Do not spend $22 getting the flywheel lock that is supposedly made for the Porsche engine yoke. It is made in Romania and I have no idea what flywheel they used for a model for the lock because it fits no Porsche flywheel that I know of. Save your money and make your own out of steel strap for less than a dollar.

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torque wrench.....
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I could name a few worthless tools, but they're up for re-election next year.

I would also say the clutch centering tool for VWs is fairly useless.

BTW, a yolk is what's in an egg, and a yoke is what holds an engine.
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BTW, a yolk is what's in an egg, and a yoke is what holds an engine.
LOL! My bad!
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my new Xmas laser level tool. i have a level and string that make this new piece of technology obsolete.

that and mechanics gloves.
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I could name a few worthless tools, but they're up for re-election next year.

I would also say the clutch centering tool for VWs is fairly useless.

BTW, a yolk is what's in an egg, and a yoke is what holds an engine.
Boy, someone has egg on their face!
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Cheap ass sawblades & files, you get what you pay for on these items IMHO. I disagree about the gloves, I have a pair of Ironclad Wrenchwerxs & love them.
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"BTW, a yolk is what's in an egg, and a yoke is what holds an engine. "

Yolk, yoke, joke, poke, soak,
OK quick, what's the white part of the egg?


Nope. It's the white. gotcha (at least someone had to fall for it)

Just to keep on topic, years ago (before I knew better) I bought a rather large craftsman socket set. It came with a 16mm regular and deep socket. never used either one.

For Christmas last year I recieved a couple of things worth mentioning: one was a combination hack saw/tree pruning saw/flashlight/tape measure.

The other was a ratcheting thingy that works like a pistol grip, you squeeze the handle to make it ratchet. Came with all sorts of attachments like screw drivers, sockets, etc.

Both of these gifts are up in the attic and have 1/4" of dust on them already.

The second one may actually get used someday, the first one doesn't have a chance.

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Those contraptions that convert or try to repurpose another tool. Like the "make your drill into a drill press" or Grinder to stationary cutoff saw.
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crappy "strappy" oil filter wrenches that do not grip tight enough, or slip, or even bend at the handle-to-strap pivot point... in the end, a well placed 'skewer' from a screwdriver gets them all off
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Snap ring pliers with removable tips, the tips keep twisting out.
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My $45 tie rod removal tool. It doesn't even come close to my $8 pickle fork and a 3 lb hand jack.
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I love that tie rod removal tool!
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Dont spend $15 on the stupid valve adjustment tool and replacement guages...

Take it to a P garage and pay them $250 to do it right and save you time and skinned knuckles.

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I sure hate my Dremel and my cordless impact driver.
The Dremel is your friend. I love the Dremel. Now a cordless impact driver I am not sure about!
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any tool made for use in the home. always go commercial grade if you want it to do what you want. cheap sawzall blades. one double thick demolition blade for $6 outlasts 20 $3 blades. snapon tool box brakes and drawer retainer locks. a few politicians that will remain anonymous and should. springplate adjuster wrenches that split every 3rd time you use them. slim jims.
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Torque wrench and mechanic's gloves useless? You're joking right?

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