For Example, the Maytag brake tool
The tool is not even available anymore, but the function can be substituted by using longer screws(1" 10/24) in the brake housing and loosening it up to relieve the pressure. That tool used to cost almost 200 bucks, if I am not mistaken.
Then there is this tool
for the Performa hub nut. It is not available anymore, but is substituted by part number TJSHSW-1 made by Pro. (no image available) They want 70 bucks for this item.
This tool, for the older Maytag brakes,
costs almost $60. It is strong, and is a unique application, but it appears to be cheaply made, something that the Chinese could crank out for less that $0.25 a piece.
This tool, for the springs,
is nice if you use it a lot, but can be replace by pliers or vice-grips and elbow grease. Even so, at around $22 it is not too expensive.
You can get nuts off by chiseling them, or by destroying them in one way or another, but why are these tools so expensive? I think it'd be a great service for the users of this forum if we could offer suggestions for viable work-arounds.
What have you guys come across?