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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Sieg

    Cordless fan, cordless lights, gator grip socket thing, Chinese wrenches that are so fricking soft they mar the end of the open end first use

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Chinese wrenches that are so fricking soft

      How stupid do you have to be to buy them? Or if you acquired them in any way, how stupid do you have to be to use them? Who doesn't own a full set of wrenches yet feels qualified to use a trip on PrepHole? Are you trying to dislodge Bepis from the village idiot position?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Sieg

        Good for decorative brass fittings then.
        Good to know.
        Temu?

        When I was very very poor and unemployed I used my dads tools

        My dad is a boomer so think of boomer tools soft screw drivers, corded drills with runout

        Everything is soft and low quality he’ll run through Phillips #2 bits in a single job and then hold onto the partially r fully stripped one’s to reuse to destroy hardware later

        These are the chrome vanadium china stamped tools that you can bend by putting in a vise and using your hands

        For the harbor freight fanboys out there….these were harbor freight before they stamped them Pittsburgh

        I also have a no33 bench plane from harbor freight that’s fricking worthless

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >These are the chrome vanadium china stamped tools that you can bend by putting in a vise and using your hands
          >For the harbor freight fanboys out there….these were harbor freight before they stamped them Pittsburgh
          People don't even realize how fricking awful tools used to be if you didn't buy Craftsman at the bare minimum. It's crazy how decent Husky, Kobalt, and even Pittsburgh tools are these days, when even 20 years ago anything below Craftsman was basically on par with those $2.99 with a coupon socket sets they have at the HF checkout. My dad has some store brand set from the '80s or early '90s around, paid like $40 for it and it's unbelievable dogshit.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Kevin Van Dam

            It was before Taiwan learned how to make good tools. If you didn’t go Craftsman or another real brand, the budget options were like those 5pc wrench sets wrapped in shrink wrap that you find in the dollar bins at Advance Auto.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Also this. People b***hing about HF tools being dogshit don't even know how amazingly good they are for the price (pittsburgh level not the ultra shit socket sets you all are talking about.)

            I have been going through some extra sockets I have to get rid of a bunch of duplicates and some of those old cheap sockets are absolutely horrendous. They make even the cheapest crap today look like top dollar stuff!

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Good for decorative brass fittings then.
      Good to know.
      Temu?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Chinese wrenches
      This.
      Really makes you worry about Chinese nuts and bolts

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Racist

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    he fell for the 12v meme

    • 4 weeks ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      This

      The 18V vacs are already pretty weak, I wouldn’t expect much at all from a 12V wet/dry vac.

      Cordless fan, cordless lights, gator grip socket thing, Chinese wrenches that are so fricking soft they mar the end of the open end first use

      I love my 18V fans. I have 2 of them. They’re great for power outages and hot days under the car without running another cord. And if you have a BBQ and those c**t flies are trying to get to the potato salad, put the fan near it and they stay away.

      >Chinese wrenches that are so fricking soft

      How stupid do you have to be to buy them? Or if you acquired them in any way, how stupid do you have to be to use them? Who doesn't own a full set of wrenches yet feels qualified to use a trip on PrepHole? Are you trying to dislodge Bepis from the village idiot position?

      He’s trying but I’m still miles ahead.

      https://i.imgur.com/RcXtFtb.jpeg

      Tell me you're regrets

      My piss lasts longer than my batteries in this. And it's more efficient at cleaning things too.

      For me, maybe picrel. Something that seemed really cool in theory but Cobras already grip shit so well that there’s not much of a reason for it. I’m glad I didn’t spend $15 more on the Knipex version.

      Right angle impact wrench might be up there. But it’s still kinda new so maybe one day it will be a lifesaver.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      M12 vacuum

      M12, you buy a childs toy, then complain it's a childs toy. If your going with red it best be at least M18.

      Love these little homies. I've got a few more in the shop.
      Bought my top 5 air tools in M12 facsimile
      I find them about 60%-90% as effective as their air variant, depending on the tool
      >I get 60%-90% of my favorite air tools away from the compressor
      >same for when I have a small job and don't want to wait for the compressor to fill up

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i have some fricking excellent m12 tools
        >installation driver
        >stubby 1/2" impact
        >oscillating multi tool
        >rear-handle jigsaw
        the little dust buster vacuum is not one of them. it frickin sucks ass, and not in the way you want. fans and vacuuming in general are just a very high-power application that i don't think batteries are up to the job for yet.

        anecdote, i'm a space systems engineer and worked on power budgeting for an artemis program mission, and by far the most painful power consumption pinch point was the goddamn FANS to keep the air moving around the hab module enough that the astronauts didn't suffocate in their own co2. Like, more power consumption than running all of the valving for the rocket engines to land on the fricking moon, if i recall right. Moving lots of air just takes moronic amounts of electricity.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Kevin Van Dam

          >Moving lots of air just takes moronic amounts of electricity
          This fact comes to light when you think about compressors and how a 15A 120V compressor can’t really power many tools full blast for more than a couple seconds without refilling. Meanwhile stick an electric motor straight on that outlet, or even battery power with less watts overall, and it will run constantly.

          >Artemis
          Goddamn going to Kennedy Space Center and seeing a Falcon 9 launch was the most eye-opening thing and was most definitely the point where I realized our federal gov’t is a bloated bureaucracy that is completely ineffective at getting anything productive done with any sort of speed and/or efficiency.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          This. Vacuums are not battery friendly. I do have the m18 backpack vacuum and its alright for little spot jobs or for up on a ladder where you really cant get a corded vac easily, but other than that, meh. Also uses up batteries quickly.

          As I have said before in different threads batteries can't handle high draw applications well yet. Vacuums, circ saws, miter saws, table saws, are all better corded.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Used Portercable 1/2 hammer drill. Weak chuck gave out before my arm did.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A PEX crimping tool. Not that it's a bad tool, I just personally have no use for it. I only got it because it was $1 at a yard sale.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    none because i only buy good tools that i need

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    M12 vacuum

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    M12, you buy a childs toy, then complain it's a childs toy. If your going with red it best be at least M18.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    m18 fuel packout mountain dew edition

    i tell my helpers "fan speed 1 or you have to use the shitty corded one the shop gives us" because fan 2 will kill an 8ah high output battery in less than 10 minutes in my experience. so fan 1, with the 8ah, will last for about 2 weeks of little 3-5 min jobs. i know this because im autistic about charging and am quite lazy about having to do it.

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