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Sell defective tools to be used as passive-aggressive gifts
The Bad Tools product line features the following defects:
right angles error ~2 degrees, rulers have a sixteenth of an
inch (or 2 mm on the metric side) missing or added here
and there, all 'straight' edges are bent and have random
slivers cut out, the hand plane is tilted, the work table is
not planar, mounted power tools come down in a different
place when they are spinning compared to when they are
stationary, and every tool has "precision" printed on it.
Some of these defects are already baked among my tools,
but it takes a while to find the defects. By then the tools
are old enough that they can't really be given as a gift.
With the new Bad Tools product line, we standardize the
deviations from standard so you know, right out of the
package, the tool will bring hours of confusion to that
If you've seen the real one, you'll recognize this [lurch, Apr 18 2013, last modified May 25 2019]
[Kansan101, Apr 18 2013]
Harbor Freight Hammer
[Kansan101, Apr 18 2013]
||That's pretty much all of the cheapest Chinese tools
at the bottom of the display in the hardware store.
||If only I could bun the link.
||I immediately thought of that too.
||That is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.
||Personally, I love Harbor Freight. If you want tools for occasional use at home, its the way to go.
||Yeah, I know they will wear out quicker than snap-on. But at home, most of em will last a lifetime. For less than a tenth the price. See links. Two hammers, both made in China. I never wore out a hammer.
||Any kind of fasteners that have something that looks like a screw thread on them, but it's just individual, separate grooves. Partly baked with helium bottles which have a left hand thread.
||Everyone's looking for something to blame.
||<obligatory> Everything is a hammer, ecxept a screw driver... because that's a chisel.
||//Personally, I love Harbor Freight.// I'd be lying if I
implied I don't go there. I do, and will again. But you
can't deny that they do carry some stuff which pretty
well lands in the center of [Ketchupybread]'s idea
||Hmm, "gumption trap" in "Zen and the art of motorcycle mechanics"?
||Well, your friend made two mistakes there. One is
electrical tools from Harbor Freight that would
cause a real problem when
they stop working. The other is relying on said tools
||You have to know what to buy there. It's a great
getting little random crap to have around the
bought a 100+ piece security bit set at HF for $10
allows me to take apart pretty much anything. The
is cheap and the bits are always falling out of their
but I know for sure that the bit I need is going to
there no matter what type of screw I encounter.
||It's also great for getting cheap power tools for
use. Want an 18V cordless drill? Sure, the battery
not last all that long on a charge, and sometimes
electrical connection between the battery and the
a bit spotty, but for $17 I don't really give a damn.
that I don't make my living with my tools, and how
use them, I'd rather have two or even three crappy
power tools that will work fine for occasional use
than one good one for the same price. And as
points out, most of their hand tools are perfectly
||But I wouldn't rely on anything I bought at Harbor
to get me out of a jam. Frankly, your friend should
had more sense than to depend on a jumpstarter
Chicago Electric that's clearly made in China.
||if (mens rea) then baked=true