Name your favorite tools thread

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Paulo540, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Paulo540

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    This isn't mean to be a "ford v. chevy" debate, moreso just curious what you all use as your main troubleshooting and repair tools.

    Meters
    Scopes (Pawn shop Tektronix handheld 60mhz, cal'd)
    Solder Irons (Oki/Metcal PS-800e - love it, assemblers put 1000s hrs no faults)
    etc.



    Also, whats the best 'sleeper deal' piece that you bought just cuz it was cheap or as a backup, but ended up as a mainstay?

    For example, I love my 20$ (on sale) crafstman 82139 dmm. It does almost everything, and quite accurately I must say (several main functions, including TC been tested against calibrated equipment) Had it for several years, blown a fuse or two. Has it's limitations but rock solid.
     
  2. beenthere

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    I get the warm fuzzies over a 1/2 oz ball pein hammer. It let me make micrometric adjustments to accomplish setting up drive blocks in 18 Potter tape decks in a matter of minutes per drive. The spec on the field change kit said 8 hours per installation.

    Can't live without my Fluke 23 DMM. Or my Weller W-TCP soldering station.
     
  3. kbupnorth

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    My Leatherman. Use it about 10 times a day at work. I'm lost without it.
    Also my 30 year old P-38 can opener. Function and simplicity.
     
  4. Wendy

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    Definitely my DVM. Make and model isn't really important.

    Followed by (in no particular order) protoboard, power supply, oscope, and leads for the equipment with removable grabber clips. A second DVM isn't bad either.

    Followed by a decent set of wire strippers (T Handle), needle nose pliers, wire cutter, and decent screwdrivers.

    Did I mention my computer?
     
  5. t06afre

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    I have an old and cheap Weller solder iron. It is 25 years old. I pimped it up with a long life tip, and an isolation transformer. Somehow it settled to have the correct temperature spot on. For my hobbyist soldering this is my favorite tool. ;)
     
  6. Nanophotonics

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    DMM, scope, psu, breadboard, soldering iron, wire strippers and PC with internet.
     
  7. hobbyist

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    Proto boards, DMM, resistor sub box, audio signal gen., oscilloscope, variable benchtop power supply.
    Then the run of the mill soldering equipment.

    I seem to have gotten a collection of multimeters, because the electronics suppliers kept putting them on sale, so I bought them just for the great price deals.
     
  8. t06afre

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    My girl has the same thing with shoes:rolleyes:.
     
  9. Paulo540

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    "But honey, this one's got an off position on both sides of the dial!"
     
  10. Wendy

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    At bedtime a man gives his wife a couple of aspirin.

    "I don't have a head ache" she says.

    "Good," he says, "now that we have that out of the way..."
     
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