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    Tool you wished you hadn't bought

    Got this idea from Vaughns post (http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...1&postcount=13) in another thread.

    Are there any tools you've bought that you later found out you had no use for and really wished you hadn't bought it?

    Mine is my Skil Wormdrive saw. When I first started woodworking, I thought I'd get the biggest baddest circular saw out there. So I got a big, heavy, wormdrive saw. All I really needed though for breaking down sheet goods was a small normal saw.

    That saw has been sitting on my shelf for many years, and it wasn't until this year that I really found a use for it. Used it with a diamond blade for cutting flagstone. So, in a way, I guess I'm glad I had it, but if I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have bought it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    but if I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have bought it.
    IF I had done that I would have invented the internet instead of becoming a builder.
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    Totally wuthluss hole saw.
    http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/18V-Co...Out-Tool/H0599
    I bought it visualizing tiny routs and fancy mini-carvings. Also actually believed this hole saw would saw holes. Won't on anything over about 1/128" thick.
    Also bought two sets of routing/carving bits that are equally wuthluss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    ...Are there any tools you've bought that you later found out you had no use for and really wished you hadn't bought it?...
    Yes, I have a more than a few. All for various reasons, I no longer use. I have decided to get rid of those tools that I do not use. Less is better will be my philosopy. Otherwise I will end up like someone I know who constantly has to build new shelves and reorganize his shop space.

    Two tools that I will confess that I wished I had not bought, I bought for the same reason. I had been searching for some quicker method to flatten chisel and plane blade backs. In this search for the holy grail of easier flattening I bought a small Delta disk and belt stationary sander and the Worksharp 3000. They are both good products, but really are no substitute for old hand methods for this specific purpose. It is very easy to create more problems with power tools in this use. I have gone back to my hand methods such as a granite block with sandpaper, flattening plate with either silicane carbide or diamond paste and of course my waterstones. There is just no shortcut to this for me.

    Anyone in my area interested in these tools? Bart? Bart? Bart?...Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
    Last edited by Bill Satko; 06-25-2010 at 06:27 PM.
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    Also regret buying a bench top drill press.
    Good tool but same thing in floor model would be about 200% more versatile.
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    Easy, the cheap air compressor that keeps breaking down and needs some TLC. I should have held out for a real air compressor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Easy, the cheap air compressor that keeps breaking down and needs some TLC. I should have held out for a real air compressor
    I have a lot of those, the cheaper versions of what I really wanted. The mistake we always make when we first start, but in all fairness you really don't know if the current interest will stick. My biggest mistake in this department...contractor table saw instead of a cabinet table saw..
    Last edited by Bill Satko; 06-25-2010 at 06:25 PM.
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    I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned the Porter-Cable Profile Sander.

    I't probably P-C's biggest blunder on a tool. At least you can use the rubber 'profiles' for hand sanding.
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    Nothing any more as I sold them all off. Though I do have avaraible scroll saw that I rarley use.
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    Probably about 14 years ago I bought a Black & Decker belt sander on clearance at Kmart or Target for $6. I though I had a bargain. I never did get it to track well enough to be useful. It was way overpriced at $6.
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