Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cool Tool: Last Chance for Holiday Presents

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Give a man tools and he will make a robot to fish for himself. Tools really are the best possible presents.

  1. Brass Sponge
    Never forget to wet your sponge again.
  2. "Smart" Tweezers
    For when you have a pile of surface mount capacitors, all alike, all different.
  3. PCB "Fab-in-a-Box" *
    The best thing for making PCBs other than having lots of money.
  4. Calipers *
    These are the calipers I use, except the face of mine is cracked because I dropped it but it still works.
  5. Screw Chek'R *
    If you ever need to deal with screws this is an invaluable tool.
  6. Weller WES51 Analog Soldering Station *
    This is what I use to solder 0603 and smaller surface mount parts.
  7. microscope
    For surface mount soldering you want something like this... I dont know anything about this seller, do not blame me...
  8. Xacto Black Gripster Knife *
    I like this knife for detail work as I feel less likely to cut myself.
  9. Taig or Sherline CNC Mill
    I have used the Taig and I assume that the Sherline is just as good.
  10. Logic Analyzer
    I am still using an ancient Tektronix logic analyzer but one day I will get a USB logic analyzer.

* = I already bought this for myself.

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