Contractor Talk - Professional Construction and Remodeling Forum banner
1 - 20 of 289 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,857 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Some one posting on the Prazzi putty chaser said we ought to make this thread.

So here is what i have in mind.

List what you think is a total P.O. S. tool and why. Photos and Video is encouraged to document the fault. Helping your fellow contractor stay clear of junk is the goal.


I am listing the Bammer, and the Puttychaser to get things started.

Craig
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
107 Posts
i can say with 100% of my heart that most anything that says task force or kobalt on it is is money in the trash.they even sound generic.
 

·
I eat sawdust.
Joined
·
3,975 Posts
Ridgid cordless tools are junk.

My Ridgid (MSUV or whatever it's call) Mitre-saw stand doesn't stick open, and when I'm cutting anything heavy one side will drop down all of a sudden. Kind of dangerous actually.

So far, I've come to the conclusion that most Ridgid stuff is junk. The prices are decent so getting a ridgid is okay if it's something not used often.

I've got a Ridgid shop vac that's decent, though.
 

·
Smart phone? Scan me!
Joined
·
2,137 Posts
Ridgid cordless tools are junk.

My Ridgid (MSUV or whatever it's call) Mitre-saw stand doesn't stick open, and when I'm cutting anything heavy one side will drop down all of a sudden. Kind of dangerous actually.

So far, I've come to the conclusion that most Ridgid stuff is junk. The prices are decent so getting a ridgid is okay if it's something not used often.

I've got a Ridgid shop vac that's decent, though.
I (for the most part) love my rigid mitre saw stand. I just lost a bolt and the damn shock doesn't work now (my fault for not securing everything) but all in all I love my stand :)

i can say with 100% of my heart that most anything that says task force or kobalt on it is is money in the trash.they even sound generic.
some of the drywall tools are okay.
 

·
I eat sawdust.
Joined
·
3,975 Posts
I (for the most part) love my rigid mitre saw stand. I just lost a bolt and the damn shock doesn't work now (my fault for not securing everything) but all in all I love my stand :)



some of the drywall tools are okay.
I've had mine for about a year and just started doing that recently. I haven't even been that rough on it.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
306 Posts
I have to shut my eyes, and picture all the times I chucked a tool into the woods...

Levels :blink: half a dozen of em... Everytime I have been on a job, and my level doesnt agree with the other guys... someones level has got to go. I chucked many of mine right there and then, till I spent the money for a set of Stabilibas. No one argues with a Stabiliba, even an old one.

Inside Corner taping tool. I see one, I laugh my ass off till it disappears...:lol:

Anything that's labeled "DoItBest"... think these guys are competing against Wally World. I've bought this stuff from local yards, when I left "The Real Tool" home. Ends up in the trash, when Im done abusing it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,977 Posts
I bought this for a Hardiplank siding job, it lasted about four days then broke.



They stand by their warranty though, Home Depot took it right back. This saw is junk, and the price reflected it too, I bought it for $180. The only other fiber cement saw I could find was the Makita for $300. I notice a lot of the Rigid tools are about $50 to $100 cheaper than comparable tools with a different brand. So you pay for what you get. But I never had a problem with the rigid worm drive saws, and I own a Rigid vacuum cleaner as well, works perfect.
 

·
Structural Engineer
Joined
·
513 Posts
Comparisons, one tool to the next:

Dewalt angle grinders from Home Depot are crap. For some reason, Dewalt makes a version for the Depot that is crap (we call them job grinders - they only last through the job you're on), but I go to AW Meyer in Ridgefield, and they have a different model number for the same size wheel, and they last years.

I have these little Dragster 88 welders that one of my foremen talked me into buying a few years ago. They're paperweights right now. You read the fine print and the duty cycle is 12%. Insane.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,588 Posts
I bought this for a Hardiplank siding job, it lasted about four days then broke.



They stand by their warranty though, Home Depot took it right back. This saw is junk, and the price reflected it too, I bought it for $180. The only other fiber cement saw I could find was the Makita for $300. I notice a lot of the Rigid tools are about $50 to $100 cheaper than comparable tools with a different brand. So you pay for what you get. But I never had a problem with the rigid worm drive saws, and I own a Rigid vacuum cleaner as well, works perfect.



I have a ridgid Worm drive, and a ridgid ripper. Both work perfect for me.

My vote is anything that says "jobmate".
And this thing too http://www.simplyasseenontv.com/product_info.php?products_id=34181496
 

·
Thom
Joined
·
4,137 Posts
Makita recip saw. Total piece of crap. Broke in one use.

Makita mini grinders. Throw aways. Work just fine if you need it only for an hour or so.

As for Task Force, my Task Force branded carpenter pencil seemed to work just fine.
 

·
Palisade Point Const.
Joined
·
2,276 Posts
Stiletto steel hammers- I've worked with a few guys that had these, and every one of them had trouble with the handle breaking. The same problem doesn't seem to be apparent with the titanium hammers, but the steel hammers must have the weakest handles ever.

PVC air hoses- need I say more?

8" Dead On Exhumer- the way that the claws are setup makes it really easy for the nail to slip out of the claws while you are prying. The larger one that I have has a slightly different head design and works really well, but the smaller one is junk. Oh, and the dimplier and bottle opener on all of them are pretty much useless.

This is interesting though, because quite a few of the things mentioned have worked just fine for me in my experience. I only own one Kobalt tool, a framing hammer, and it works great. Rigid cordless has always treated me good, and so has every Makita Recip saw and grinder.
 
1 - 20 of 289 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top