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Old 8th November 2017, 03:18 AM   #21
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
1) a decent temperature controlled Weller soldering iron station

2) a drill press

the jury is still out on the table saw as I've had it a year and it ain't yet been opened from it's box as-new on account of various limitations but this could be #3
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Old 8th November 2017, 05:03 AM   #22
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And I thought I was the only one crazy enough to cut sheet aluminum on a table saw. My shop teacher about had a cow when I showed him these pictures.
I used to work in the Scitech exhibits manufacturing workshop.
We routinely cut 1'' aluminium plate on a table saw...the trick is high speed blade and Citrus oil as cutting/lubricating oil.
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Old 8th November 2017, 07:01 AM   #23
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They make circular saw blades with a negative rake angle for cutting aluminum. I keep one in my power miter saw. I use it for cutting bar stock. For sheets I have a turret press. Not a common tool. (I do have a rule that I should spend more on material than the tool.)

One trick with a regular carbide table saw blade is to put it in backwards.
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And I thought I was the only one crazy enough to cut sheet aluminum on a table saw. My shop teacher about had a cow when I showed him these pictures.
I use a TCG blade for cutting Alu on the tablesaw. Lubricant is paraffin wax. Works really well with a very clean cut. Cover your arms and eyes when cutting aluminium or brass or you will bleed.
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Not for electronics but... My Rotozip always comes to my rescue. Dremels are nice but when with bigger jobs, when time is limited and accuracy isn't paramount, the Rotozip shines. I have used it for tasks that would normally require a planer, sander, tile saw, sawzall, router, hacksaw, etc.

For electronics, my best value for the dollar was a cheap set of magnifying eyeglasses with LEDs on either side. I find them much more convenient than headband magnifiers, stereo microscopes (which still have their rightful place) and desk lamps with built in magnifiers. Their downside, just like with my regular eyewear, is that I often forget where I've put them within 30 seconds of taking them off.
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Old 9th November 2017, 05:19 PM   #26
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Just ordered Boeshield, thanks for the recommendation!
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Old 9th November 2017, 06:12 PM   #27
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Yes George I can appreciate the man's concern with you using a rip blade for aluminum and leaving the fence in place.
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Old 9th November 2017, 07:14 PM   #28
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I used to work in the Scitech exhibits manufacturing workshop.
We routinely cut 1'' aluminium plate on a table saw...the trick is high speed blade and Citrus oil as cutting/lubricating oil.
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Hey hey! A fellow Perth inhabitant. That workshop at SciTech is great - all the toys.
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Old 10th November 2017, 03:12 AM   #29
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Each piece of good test equipment as I got it. What can I say?

Really good hand tools!

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Old 10th November 2017, 03:23 AM   #30
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Yes George I can appreciate the man's concern with you using a rip blade for aluminum and leaving the fence in place.
The moment you go too fast with ally in a table saw is quite... exciting!

I like the tip about feeding it in the other way - nice to stay out of the way of any grabbing and flying jobs.
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