What's the Worst peice of equipment you've ever bought?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Scrubs, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. jraugie1

    jraugie1 How hard can it be?

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    Roadgear waterproof gloves (insides pulled out when you removed them).
    Shoei -100 helmet (whistled)
    Firstgear Kenya Jacket
  2. gkaman

    gkaman Joined the Dark Side.

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    2000 VW Bug
    My wife talked me into this nightmare. "They are so cute." Had the thing for 3 months and can't even remeber how many time I had to take it to the dealer for warranty fixes. Took a bath on the thing just to get rid of it.

    Volvo S60
    What a POS. Bought it for my wife thinking it would be safe. The Pig (car, not wife) was so under powered it was actually dangereous to drive. You had to plan way ahead just to change lanes. No wonder they make the body of the car so safe.

    Anything from Harbor freight that has more than one piece.

    Fieldsheer Troy Gloves
    I think they are made of paper. Put my hand in the first time, and the leather tore, not the seam, the leather, and it was the correct size. I don't know what good they would do if I went down.

    Im going to stop here. I feel a little better though, thanks.
  3. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    +1 I drove my '75 with a 351 into a pole at about 50 MPH. KILLED the pole but only broke my back a little bit. I still miss that truck. I could not "tread lightly" though, just wasn't possible. I also hated the 10 gallon fuel tank(s) you were switching tanks & filling up (or running out) constantly.

    My Cousin had a II and liked to call it a 'bronco' but, well, it just wasn't.
  4. Elton

    Elton Adventurer

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    haha this thread is good :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
  5. Clayton Bigsby

    Clayton Bigsby Ready

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    Joe Rocket waterproof gloves- I think they made these backwards. Water gets in easily, but once wet, they never dry out.

    Joe Rocket Alter Ego Pants- Cut way too short, and the "waterproof" liner was a heavy piece of rubber designed to do the exact opposite of goretex- prevent breathability but allow leakage.

    Aerostich Stick-on Thermometer- I couldn't read it while the bike was running, and then it filled up with water. At least it was cheap!

    Harbor Freight tire changer- I actually bought this piece of garbage and took it out of the box before realizing what a piece of junk it is. I took it back to Ching-chong Freight before attempting to use it. I know people love them, but maybe they never took the time to learn how to change a tire.
  6. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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    A couple of things:
    '07 HD XL50 Sportster - my third Sporty, but I think the assembly line workers were watching the clock on a Friday afternoon. Leaky rocker boxes, disappearing engine mount bolts, passenger pegs wouldn't stay down. The EFI and rubber moutned engine made for a boring ride. Got rid of it with less than 2 riding seasons before the warranty ran out.

    Engagement ring - my ex wears that juicy 1 carat diamod on a necklace now. Every time I see her I ask for it back, but she won't give it to me. It's like she's wearing a mototrcycle around her neck.
  7. jraugie1

    jraugie1 How hard can it be?

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    Bass Pro Shops Extreme Boat Bag - $20. This thing leaks if a mosquito urinates on it.

    Those expensive fill your ears with rubber earphones you buy at the big bike shows. One side stopped working on the second trip I used them and she wants $100 to repair them.
  8. loner

    loner explorer

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    2001 Harley Davidson Softtail Deuce. Looks nice, but it's a rolling POS. Yesterday's $4600 service bill has something to do with that. :eek1
  9. ozcan

    ozcan Been here awhile

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    Years later the bloody thing still hasn't arrived... .
  10. ctbandit

    ctbandit Been here awhile

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    Motoboss "Waterproof" "Winter" gloves... :csm
  11. dusty308

    dusty308 wanderer

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    the ipod connectivitiy option in my car, broke in less than a year and they wanted $90 just to look at it not covered under warranty
    cheers :beer
    josh
  12. "D"aily "R"ider 650

    "D"aily "R"ider 650 Been here awhile

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    kinda funny to see all these people saying that harbor frieght stuff is so much crap. granted there are much better stuff out there. I work at a CAT dealorship as a mechanic, i have quite a few HF sockets and wrenches. i use all my sockets with my IR titanium (1000ft/lb revers torque) impact's and no problems. i've been useing them for a year + now and all of them are still working great. then again i might have just REALLY lucked out. they were nice tools to get started, but now these things just won't brake (knock on wood).
  13. Navy CWO

    Navy CWO Salty

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    My 1972 For Torino Station wagon! What a POS! It rusted out from underneath me from the inside out! Found out later that Ford decided they'd experiment with not priming the steel before painting the exterior finish. Apparently was a class-action suit about this.
    Also had no zerk fittings as it was "greased for life". Started squeeking at about 10,000 miles! I put my own grease fittings into the areas that had been drilled/tapped and fited with plugs!
    It was 28 years before I bought another Ford. I can hold a grudge!
  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Alpinestars Roam Boots. During their second season the seams ruptured which rendered them vented, instead of waterproof. I'm glad I didn't pay anywhere near full price for those holy boots.
  15. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    +1 not understanding the strong negative opinions regarding Harbor Freight stuff. In my experience their products range from average down to extremely cheap and nasty. However, the cheap and nasty stuff is usually easy to identify, priced accordingly and, depending upon your application, might work just fine (if you're expecting much more then you can hardly blame the cheap tools for your lack of good judgement).

    I have had perfectly acceptable service from HF sockets, wrenches, torque wrenches, screwdrivers, hot-air gun, tire inflaters and various other bits and pieces, most recently a small ultrasonic cleaner, on sale for $20, which works wonders to clean up small engine parts. Numerous friends and family members have HF $2.99 DVMs, all of which seem to be performing just fine. The only thing I ever bought from them that didn't live up to my (appropriately low) expectations was an air impact wrench that produced so little torque I could prevent it from turning with my hand. It was cheap so I wasn't too surprised and when I took it back, I received a full refund so I wasn't too dissatisfied.

    Things that really disappoint and frustrate me are the expensive tools and other items that fail to work as advertised or otherwise don't meet expectations.
  16. ColorItBlue

    ColorItBlue Been here awhile

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    I had almost forgotten but back then I had a 1970 Ford Torino Cobra 429SCJ w/ the toploader and a Holley 800 double-pumper that would go over 100mph in 2nd gear but the brakes were ultra-POS so that made for a nice combination...
  17. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    +1

    Not to mention, the best utility of HF tools is that you can buy a limited use, specialty tool there for a fraction of what you could elsewhere - and given that it's something you use very seldom it would be lunacy to stock your entire garage full of Snap-On stuff that never gets used.

    I've bought very few things there that left me sorry I did, and like you said the apparent quality translates. If I thought it was a gamble, it ended up being true. If it looked like a reasonably good tool, it surpassed my expectations.

    Back on topic: Worst POS I ever bought as far as equipment goes was a Sears riding lawnmower a few years back, their "top of the line". What a total piece of crap. Wouldn't run, wouldn't charge. Fixed over and over for engine, starter, pulleys, gears, belts, I used it very lightly in the first 2 months and was so utterly pissed at its almost comical failures that I took it back and demanded a refund...which to their credit Sears issued.

    I was so disgusted I went out and bought a Ferris IS1500Z zero-turn mower for $6000 instead....which has been flawless.
  18. Naegling

    Naegling Fireman/Ambulance Jockey

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    Body Bag

    Worst $11.20 I ever spent. It leaked all over my trunk... Smelled for weeks.


    Seriously - I bought a Dan Wesson .357 Magnum custom shop pistol one time. Every time you fired the thing it would shoot red hot bits of metal in your face from the barrel porting. I sent it back to the factory twice with no fix. I ended up selling it to a gunsmith for almost what I paid for it, so no loss really. but I still think twice when I shoot a revolver now.
  19. mike

    mike Long timer

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    I hope that's a typo...:huh
  20. GSXF

    GSXF Been here awhile

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    Velo motorcycle gloves... very bad fitting