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Old 2nd November 2017, 04:35 AM   #1
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
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For me it would easily be my desoldering iron, I've had it now for
over 10 years now, but it's one tool I wish I would have gotten soner.


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Old 2nd November 2017, 05:01 AM   #2
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Hot (wire) strippers.

And when I finally came to terms with aging eyesight, a 5x long-focus microscope.
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Professional wire-strippers, crimping tool for RG-174 and other cables.

Guys who re-paved my driveway left behind a picaxe. This is one really handy tool. Planting jonquils for the spring you just have to use a couple strokes and you've got a nice trough for the bulbs.
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Those cheap wire strippers that are just a couple of pieces of black metal and yellow handles. You would not believe how much electronics work I had done stripping wire with knives or scissors.

Love my desoldering iron. I have a cheap one with a little rubber squeeze ball. Love it.

My table saw was a big step up. Gotta have it for speaker boxes and cutting aluminum sheet for enclosures.
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I have had a Pace desoldering station now for over 30 years, but I do agree, it is probably the one tool I wish I had bought even earlier.

My pro wire strippers - field work, not a bench hot stripper - have been with me for decades as well, but I wish I had discovered them earlier
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Capacitance meter
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Old 2nd November 2017, 03:24 PM   #7
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I will agree with Crimpers for connectors, far better than soldering.

I have a few various pairs around here for Coax, and Power connectors.
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Old 6th November 2017, 04:21 PM   #8
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A couple of step drills. The only real way to make round holes in thin sheet material. Holes of sizes between the steps can be opened out with a tapered reamer.
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Variac and a non-radio shack soldering iron.
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My Metcal soldering iron.
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