Under the “cheap tool” category (like, cheap), I purchased a few tool items from Temu.com last week, and they seemed interesting enough to share with y’all.
As backstory, the way they hooked me was their “$30 of free products!” gig, where you spend that amount and then get credit for the same amount on additional products, all in the same order. They keep upping the amount. So essentially you’re getting a lot of stuff for half off. Or, they’re overpricing everything by 2x, but it’s not hard to get back to actual value.
Here’s the bulk of what I ordered (including maybe $10 of other stuff not worth mentioning; the totality of which I spent $30 for). Let’s say I paid $25. As Hollywood would say, YMMV. OK, enough math this month for me.
The t-ruler isn’t super-well stamped, but prob good enough for me. Has a head that locks in 5 degree increments, and serrations allowing scribing/marking at each 1/8", to 18". It’s in imperial units, not metric (as are all these).
The thickness blocks are nice, though a slightly raised corner here or there might need a deburring tool taken to it. Nicely anodized aluminum with decent markings. You can get these sets on Amazon for around $20. I should have ordered two, cuz I can see needing pairs of these things…
The around-the-corner square is neat, allowing marking/scribing on two perpendicular faces at once.
The little marking too at the right has holes big enough for a mech pencil lead, and spaced every 1/16th inch up to 4". Might be good for marking car sides or cedar stock or building walls.
Couple of alerts. They have amazingly good photographers, making you think the item is far larger than it is. Read the dimensions, and don’t be too surprised if the thing fits in the palm of your hand. Also, they’ll hammer you with “incredible” deals once you order; but you can always unsubscribe. I haven’t yet, just because it’s fun to look at other stuff they sell, like shop consumables or whatever…
That’s my story. Any odd / fun / weird / cheap tools you’ve run across?