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

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

  1. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    Funny how one persons opinion can be so opposite of anothers. On the Nolan helmets, I've been using the flip ups for 8 yrs, ever since I started wearing glasses, and absolutely swear by them, as far as the sun visor scratching the visor, impossible as there are small nibs of plastic which kaap the two separated so this can't happen , at least in normal use but I guess if the unit is stuffed into a small compartment or manhandled it could occur.I also have a Joe Roc ket Ballistic coat that has served me very well for the money but the zippers on the pants are worthless.
  2. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    I looked and looked and again bought somewhere else.

    I second this, that HF is not that good.
  3. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    A lot of Joe Rocket hatin' going on here. Makes me feel bad about my Ballistic 7.0 jacket I bought for next to nothing because it was available in my size. After a few months of light use I lost one dome snap already and the main zipper is a PITA to operate.
  4. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    Ive got quite a bit of stuff from HF that I think works well. Motorcycle Table lift, dial gauge, stubby ratchets, pliers, seal and bearing drivers, slide hammer, dial gauge mount.... The list goes on and on for me.
  5. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Yup, my tool box has Snapon, Craftsman, Matco and some HF tools...they've mostly worked just fine. Some things are obvious, some surprise you, but I've found it worth the gamble for a light-use specialty tool or set of something I don't mind losing. They have their place.

    I'm struggling to think of things I've bought that really let me down, I think about the worst as far as equipment goes has been power washers, been through 3 or 4 and they've all failed way too soon, and these ranged from a $100 Karcher electric to a $700 Honda-powered unit with a triplex ceramic pump. I'm done throwing money at them, cheaper to rent them and pay for the car-wash occasionally.
  6. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Well, unfortunately, I have to share the sad tale of another POS...

    A little over a year ago, I bought a top-of-the-line 4.25" hand grinder from Sears -- my first hand grinder was a reconditioned Sears, and I'd been using it for over 20 years.

    What a mistake. I was using it with a flap wheel to smooth welds. Within 4 months, the damn thing starts acting up - it needs a little nudge on the wheel to get it running. Then, it starts shooting BIG SPARKS out the vents! So I take it all apart, discover it's full of funk, so I clean it, chuck it up in my lathe and skim the rotor which had very bad arc burns, and reassemble it.

    It lasts for 2 months, then starts shooting sparks out the side again. It's full of funk again, and the funk is accumulating where the brushes are located! Kinda bad plan, since it's a GRINDER, and grinders make electrically conductive dust. WTF? Put the fan on the other end, Mr. Rocket Doctor.

    So, I haul it back to Sears. Turns out that Sears has PUSSIFIED the Craftsman name: now, it don't mean shit. Now the have a 90-day warranty (no guarantee anymore) on power tools. I ask the sales dood "So, does Sears still have a 'satisfaction guarantee'?" He says "yes", so I slide the grinder across the counter again and say "I'm not satisfied". He laughs heartily, and says it doesn't work like that. I asked for the manager, he repeats the same line, so I told him, and I'll tell everyone that will listen, that if I want a made in China POS, I'll go to Harbor Freight and pay $20, not $90 for a throw-away tool that is badly and dangerously designed. And, really, what is a Satisfaction Guarantee if they won't honor it? Nothing but lying advertising bullshit.

    I will *never* buy another tool from Sears, ever.
  7. Jklotz

    Jklotz Been here awhile

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    Hands down, mine would have to be the Corbin seat for the KTM 990. OMG, that thing was like a big, heavy piece of 4x8 covered by some fru fru leather looking stuff. I bought it right before a trip, and 200 miles in, I was wishing I had just left the stocker on. After 1000 miles, I was ready to fly home. I didn't, but what a piece of crap that thing is....
  8. Rottweiler

    Rottweiler I'm a Believer

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    Ditto for the Corbin seat on my Strom. A concrete block would be more comfortable.
  9. Bill the Bong

    Bill the Bong Supern00ba

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    BMW Enduro helmet. I'm not sure that it could be worse if they tried.

    Bill
  10. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Anything Harbor Freight made in China (oops, that's probably everything they sell). China's payback to the US.

    A new '89 Sportster. Left me stranded 3 times within the first 6 months I owned it. Flew it to Europe, and after touring around on it, sold it in Germany. My payback for WWII.

    Anything electrical, auto or motorcycle, made by a company called Lucas. Lucas's continuing payback to the world for Lucas jokes.

    Ditto for a company called Marelli.
  11. captainobvious

    captainobvious Adventurer

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    True, but you dont have to be a gentleman, hold doors, impress and hold a conversation either :lol3
  12. captainobvious

    captainobvious Adventurer

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    Transmission service from Aamco. You know...the transmission experts...:huh

    My fiance had problems with her Jeep Cherokee (no surprise there. Dont EVER buy a Jeep vehicle BTW) and the transmission with it starting out in 2nd or 3rd gear instead of first, and slipping. She forked over about $3K in repair costs and on the ride home the problem started again. They had initially said it needed a full rebuild which they did, then when we brought it back, they claimed it was the computer. They tried to make us pay for it and I said F yourself. They put it in on their dime and it did the same thing. Out over $3K as we got no resolution from the Aamco, nor corporate and her Jeep was vandalized within a week of that time so I just bought her a new car.

    F**K Aamco and Jeep who have consistent transmission problems with all of their crap cars.
  13. TheSweep

    TheSweep Adventurer

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    It is funny because everyone always says the same things about Harbor Freight. I get stuff there all the time, but nothing power. Who buys their power stuff more than once?
  14. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Expensive DeWalt power drill developed a dodgy switch within a few months and parts to repair it are almost as expensive as a new drill.

    No-name angle-grinder from one of these truck/tent sales cost me $10 with a spare set of brushes and a stack of grinding wheels. Gets very hot under prolonged high-load use but is still going strong after about ten years.

    Cheap air impact wrench from HF was so feeble I could stop it turning by holding it in my hand. They took it back for a full refund with no questions however.
  15. CHRIS_D

    CHRIS_D Been here awhile

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    Shad top box (SH-40). Purchased it new and had it on the bike for less than a month and it cracked by the latch. And no the bike was never down with this case installed. Sure I can understand how a product can be faulty, but the kicker is Shad's customer service is worst I have ever dealt with in the motorcycle community!! They would not replace the Top box. They claimed since it was mounted on a DS that goes off road that they will not replace it due to this off road abuse. This is even after patiently explaining to USA Director that it cracked along the plastic molded seam of latch and was not due to any abuse. :asshat I will never use their products even if there given to me!!!


    2000 Lincoln LS.
    Purchased it used a couple years back with 60K miles. Every time I turn around something breaks on this car. Unfortunately I still own it because I have so much damn money invested in repairs.:scratch
  16. jehu

    jehu ∩HƏſ

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    Vaso heated glove liners.

    Black and Decker electric lawn mower.
  17. Twinz

    Twinz Been here awhile

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    HF electric impact driver...useless!
  18. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    Tourmaster Transition Series 2 jacket and pants. Theads started fraying after a few months. I had both on during a 10mph low side. The pants fell a part and tour a fist sized hole. The jacket arm snaps un-snapped and the hard plastic backed armor flipped and ended up stabbing me in the arms. The jacket ened up causing most of the injuries.
  19. Shredahead

    Shredahead Old and in the way

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    Renault Fuego. Total pile!
  20. captainobvious

    captainobvious Adventurer

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