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Just a waste of ten bucks
on November 15, 2012
I have purchased a lot of things on Amazon over the years and this takes the cake for the worst. Luckily it was only ten bucks.
The first, literally, the first time I extended the snake part it locked out. The unit is designed with a locking ring on the end of the shaft to hold the snake in place or slide the ring down and the snake should slide back down into the shaft. The snake on my unit is permanently locked in the extended position, meaning this cannot be used as a normal screwdriver (admittedly, not why I bought it).
The snake part is very rigid, much moreso than a previous snake I had and unfortunately lost in the late 90's. The previous one that I had also had the entire length of snake covered, enabling the user to hold it in a variety of fashions. This unit is not covered and gives the user one small ~2cm ring at the end of the snake by which to hold the end in place. The rigidity of the snake makes this difficult if not impossible. I purchased this to turn a carburetor pilot screw and these two enormous design flaws make it useless to me.
The two compartments on the handle that store the bits are enclosed by blue plastic spinning covers. When I opened the box one of the covers had fallen off and I saw that the covers do not snap on at all, but are held it by pressure. The covers are not even designed to lock in (???). I put the parts back in the handle and put the cover back on. In the 10 minutes that I tried to use this tool both covers fell off, strewing the bits on the ground. Unfortunately, this is where I lost one of the smaller bits, so I cannot return the unit.
That I can tell, not one single aspect of this seemingly ingenuitive tool is executed effectively and I have not one positive thing to say about this beyond "it was only ten bucks."