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Ed Weber
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Just isn't worth the price
Feb 5th, 2019 at 10:31am
 
So this isn't technically a question of the week but here it goes anyway.

What tool or turning related item have you purchased that simply wasn't worth the hype?
Something that did not live up to your expectations.

I ask because I often see tools for all different types of woodworking that are often, IMO and others, unnecessary, overpriced, over complicated, poorly made and/or all around gimmicky.




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Reply #1 - Feb 5th, 2019 at 12:45pm
 
For me, it's fun and interesting to see new tools that are supposed to do something better. It gives me a clearer idea as to how better to use what I have on hand.
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Reply #2 - Feb 5th, 2019 at 1:16pm
 
Personally, the Longworth chuck was the biggest bust for me.

Most times, it won't hold because the shape doesn't work on those posts. Then the chuck itself is almost impossible to open and close as there is no handle on one of the wheels allowing you to move it against the other.

Then the exasperating time spent trying to tighten those posts. I have spent less time torquing down the head on an engine. Roll Eyes

Willing to sell mine if anyone is interested. Just need to find it under the pile of stuff on my work table. Shocked
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Reply #3 - Feb 5th, 2019 at 1:17pm
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on Feb 5th, 2019 at 12:45pm:
For me, it's fun and interesting to see new tools that are supposed to do something better. It gives me a clearer idea as to how better to use what I have on hand.


Well I would think you are in the minority judging by how many new unnecessary tools are always on the market.
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Reply #4 - Feb 7th, 2019 at 7:42am
 
My Tormek. Works great, but have not turned it on in over two years since getting CBN wheels for the other grinder.
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Reply #5 - Feb 7th, 2019 at 12:47pm
 
Ed, I am in a minority. I'm old school. Use your head, then your hands. Not other way around.  Kiss Kiss
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Reply #6 - Feb 8th, 2019 at 5:51pm
 
Greg air sander👎👎. But Ill never tell my wife I dont like it because it was a Christmas gift. Ill stick with HF air models and quarter angle drills.
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Reply #7 - Jul 14th, 2019 at 3:22pm
 
Lets keep this thread going.  I learn alot from it.....
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Rick Caron wrote on Jul 14th, 2019 at 3:22pm:
Lets keep this thread going.  I learn alot from it.....


I agree Rick

I know not everyone will agree if something is worth the money spent but at least we can discuss it and during the process help others decide for themselves.

There has to be some more unfortunate tool purchases in the 5 months since I originally posted this question.
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Reply #9 - Oct 1st, 2019 at 8:35pm
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Feb 5th, 2019 at 1:16pm:
Personally, the Longworth chuck was the biggest bust for me.

Most times, it won't hold because the shape doesn't work on those posts. Then the chuck itself is almost impossible to open and close as there is no handle on one of the wheels allowing you to move it against the other.

Then the exasperating time spent trying to tighten those posts. I have spent less time torquing down the head on an engine. Roll Eyes

Willing to sell mine if anyone is interested. Just need to find it under the pile of stuff on my work table. Shocked



Yep the Longworth chuck.  Mostly because the donut chuck works on almost anything where the Longworth is hard to work with.

I made two donut chucks a small one of 8" and bigger one of 14" and both work great and I drilled them together on the lathe so it would fit the best and measured the threads so I could get almost the exact same place on all of them in tightening them down.
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