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John Lee04/04/2018 11:02:38
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There are plenty of threads describing favourite & useful tools but I'm sure that all of us who have been in this game awhile have impulse purchased tools that turned out to be effectively useless & now reside in the back of a draw.

Reaching for the pliers to change the blade in my Swann Morton knife I noticed a blade removal tool in the tray which was used a couple of times & then decided that it was more trouble than it was worth.

So what's cluttering up you draw which we should think twice about when trawling the stands at the next model show?

Ron Gray04/04/2018 11:04:54
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Useless tools? More often than not it’s my fingers!

John Rudd04/04/2018 11:08:51
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Cheap hack saw blades!

I bought a pack of Junior hacksaw blades from a well known trades outlet ( begins with S ) cheaper than I thought they would be.....and they are for a reason...

Used one yesterday to cut some flooring trim ( aluminium ) ......What utter crap they are! Buy cheap, buy twice...definitely the case this time...

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator04/04/2018 11:09:02
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Ah, beauty and possibly even usefulness, is in the eye of the beholder (or user?). Before I tie myself any more in knots trying to simultaineoulsy run two parallel metaphores allow me to explain,....I actually quite like the blade removal tool! I've had one for about 5 years and, as a person with a seemly limitless talent for cutting himself, I always use it.

Now if we want to talk about devices designed to put a thread on the end of 2mm control rods - yes I would agree a usless tool, unless the control rod is made of cheese!

BEB

Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 04/04/2018 11:10:45

J D 804/04/2018 11:10:37
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I bet some health and safety type saw that and ordered heaps of them.wink

Geoff S04/04/2018 11:28:52
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Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 04/04/2018 11:09:02:

Ah, beauty and possibly even usefulness, is in the eye of the beholder (or user?). Before I tie myself any more in knots trying to simultaineoulsy run two parallel metaphores allow me to explain,....I actually quite like the blade removal tool! I've had one for about 5 years and, as a person with a seemly limitless talent for cutting himself, I always use it.

Now if we want to talk about devices designed to put a thread on the end of 2mm control rods - yes I would agree a usless tool, unless the control rod is made of cheese!

BEB

Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 04/04/2018 11:10:45

I use my snipe-nose pliers to remove and replace scalpel blades. I think I had a one of those special tools but it was useless or (more likely) I was using wrongly.

The trouble with so-called 2mm control rods (at least the ones I've bought from SLEC) is that that they aren't 2mm! The thread is rolled like bike spoke threads and is 2mm but the rod diameter isn't. The only way to put a thread on the opposite end is to solder on one of those 2mm adapters also supplied by SLEC.

The tool I've had most trouble with is a fairly expensive double action Iwata air brush. It is always clogging and I can never make it work properly. I suppose I'm not using the right paint. I have a really cheap Badger single action air brush I've had for years and I use it a lot. It seems happy with any paint I put in the pot. It cost about £12 when I bought it.

Geoff

Martyn K04/04/2018 11:35:21
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Titanium drill bits. Bought from Banggood. OK in balsa and ply but overheat in anything harder.. I'll stick to decent HSS is future

Richard Wood04/04/2018 11:41:59
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The disc sander attachment on my old Dremel jigsaw was wobbly & of no use.
The jigsaw itself was very handy though...

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John Rudd04/04/2018 12:35:51
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Posted by supertigrefan on 04/04/2018 12:05:12:

and for me, the only drill bits for metal I can totally rely on are proper cobalt....all this 'coated' business is a con.

Yep....I had a set of the 'titanium coated ' drills....Absolute rubbish! Tried drilling a hole in some mild steel plate, the bit didnt seem to be cutting, so I pressed a bit harder....next thing, the drill just bent...might as well have been made from liquorice....the remaining bits went into the bin!

Don Fry04/04/2018 13:04:38
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I have a router attachment for a Dremel. Expensive. Useless piece of junk, does not slide down the pillars at right angles to the workpiece. Funny enough I have a router table for the same Dremel. Fine bit of kit.

Jon - Laser Engines04/04/2018 13:50:13
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I got a tap/die set from somewhere and its hopeless. Most of the dies are deformed so dont cut, and the ones that do could barely cut a thread on a wooden dowel.

I tried using a 5mm tap on some soft ali and it only got a few mm in before in it took on the mechanical properties of a cheese string and tied itself in a knot.

Flippin hopeless!

Edited By Jon - Laser Engines on 04/04/2018 13:50:40

Flyer04/04/2018 14:07:09
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I think my biggest problem is the person holding the tools............ blush

Ade

Ron Gray04/04/2018 15:03:33
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I learnt a long time ago that taps and dies need to be of high quality to get good results, same goes for machine tools imo.

Stuart C04/04/2018 15:28:58
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If the drill does not have Dormer embossed on the shank, then its in the scrap bin.

J D 804/04/2018 15:53:58
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I once had some twist drill bits that untwisted on first use!!!frown

Broken Prop04/04/2018 16:27:57
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U Boat spanner.............

An adjustable spanner that used hinged blades (a bit like feeler gauges) to set the gap. Sold as used by the Kriegsmarine in WW2, by a bloke out of a suitcase at the Great Dorchester Steam Fair years ago.

Unbelievably fiddly to set up and the resulting gap was never accurate. I have grown quite attached to this useless piece of kit over time and often get it out to look at it.

Use it? Not on your Nelly!

Pete

cymaz04/04/2018 17:18:57
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Bought THIS...ok for the first couple of cuts. It then wore out! (Well what do you expect for £5..delivered very quickly though. ) Cut a nice spiral groove down the pipe...ended up using a dremel cutting disc.

Ended up in the metal recycling bin. Good riddance 

Edited By cymaz on 04/04/2018 17:19:52

Dave Hopkin04/04/2018 17:44:17
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Cheap screwdrivers with moulded plastic handles

Either the blade just deforms and twists or the plastic handles shatters...

Peter Miller04/04/2018 18:11:48
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I have had a drill reverse its flutes when kt jammed.

Another classic. Opening out a 1/8 hole in mild steel with a 3/16 drill. I was surprised how fast kt went through the steel. The 3/16 drill went through the mild steel and came out the other side reduced to 1/8.

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