02-10-2013 08:28 PM
Well today was tune-up day in my shop. It's my twice yearly day where I tune everything up. Sand rust off machines and do what I can to get everything running like well a fine tuned machine. Well i guess I should be embarassed to say this but I finally noticed how bad my bandsaw is. It's an early 80s 12" Craftsman I got after my father-in-law passed way. Well the issues: The motor is very well attached to the mount the mount is very well attached to the legs, the shaft coming out of the motor has a wobble and to make matters worse the shaft coming from the wheels to the belt pulley has a wobble so bad you can see it while it's running. It's also loud and squeaks at start up. The guide bearings don't always stay properly adjusted. After seeing and typing all that stuff I realize I'm kind of in desparate need of a new one.
Here's my question. What is your worse shop tool? What needs replacing or upgrading the most?
02-10-2013 09:06 PM
The only bad one I can think of is a power planer from a traveling tool truck. The problem is that the blades are trash. I should put it in a yard sale. Come to think about it, I believe I did, but there were no takers!
02-11-2013 01:27 PM
02-11-2013 06:04 PM
My worst tool is a Harbor Fright scroll saw. It was given to me as a gift. First thing that went out was the capacitor. I went to a motor shop and got one the same value but three times the physical size. They were amazed that the small chinese capacitor actually lasted as long as it did.
Second thing is the table is cast aluminum, but the casting is crooked, and the table cannot be made straight. This may be okay for thin scroll work - less than 3/8 inch thick, but even that's pushing it.
Third is the dust blower mechanism never did work.
I had to replace the upper blade "grabber" screw. It was stripped from the factory.
So far, since 2002, I have used it on three thin projects, and all it does now is take up space.
I'll probably find a worst enemy, and give it to him. Serves him right!
02-12-2013 03:57 AM
The ones I paid to little for because I didn't think I'd use it very often.
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"The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot.. it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better"
02-12-2013 06:31 AM
The worst one might be the one that has been neglected for long time.
One we just didn't think it was worth spending time to sharpen, fix, etc.
One to replace is the one that has seen its time. It has served us well but.....
02-13-2013 09:21 AM
My worst ones usually have already found their way into the trashcan. Nothing worse than a crappy tool - that's the one you usually hurt yourself using.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it
02-13-2013 04:40 PM
My worst tool is my window fans. When it gets in the 100s down here in Alabama all I'm doing is pulling hot air in from the outside. I just have to get up early and head in the house around 2 or 3 in the afternoon when it gets that hot.
As for anything else, thank goodness I'm finally replaced all the crudy tools over the years with some decent ones. However, I am looking to upgrade my scroll saw at the present. Mine is a Dremel and does a fairly good job, but I would like a little less chatter. Dremel offers excellent customer service, by the way.