I think "What tool to use"
is always less useful than "How to solve the problem (with some tool)"
I think most if not all tools-based inquiries can be rephrased in terms of finding a method or workflow to solve a problem.
In such a form,
"Use this tool in this particular way"
is still a valid answer.
For this reason, I don't think asking users to frame their questions in terms of solutions to problems rather than lists of tools is particularly onerous, or shuts out desireable questions and answers.
In contrast, if I ask the question
"Is there a tool that does X? / What tools can do X?"
then the answer:
"Yes, there is a world-famous tool that does that, called XYZ"
is technically valid, but much less helpful than the example above that had to actually include an outline of how to apply the tool to the problem.
The fact that the tool has worldwide notoriety doesn't make the answer itself any better, it just means the user might have better luck googling for an actual solution to their problem when the answer leaves them lacking further guidance.
If the tool is complicated for a new user to pick up, or solving the problem with the tool is non-trivial, this is likely to lead to follow-up questions asking, "Okay, I have tool XYZ, now how do I make it do X?" in which case we might as well have asked how to do X in the first place. ;)
For this reason, I think it's reasonable to edit / ask for questions to be edited to focus on methods to solve the problem, rather than solely identifying tools, to encourage more constructive answers - not just "giving users a fish"
should "Are there tools to do X?" automatically be converted to "How do I do X?"
That's my usual editing policy, myself. If I see a question where the problem is clear and well-defined, I'll try to convert it to the form "How do I solve this problem?" rather than "What tools solve this problem?" or "How did Game X solve this problem?" instead of putting it on hold or down-voting.
I don't think tools are evil or poison to a question, but I do think they can distract from or mask the root issue.