why NOT ESD tools?

For screwdrivers, tweezers and pliers/cutters, why would one NOT buy ESD safe tools for audio electronics? Even for the slightly higher prices, this would seem to be a no-brainer. I'm outfitting a new electronics bench and plan to invest in high-quality, "lifetime" tools, so your comments will be really useful. Thanks.


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2007-10-14 10:15 pm
Hi There;

Do you plan on working with CMOS or VLSI a lot; then yes. Mostly bipolars and tubes; no; it would be a waste of money.

MOSFETS; maybe but there are easier ways and most are zener protected. I've built a few MOSFET based amps and serviced others. Other than a mat and wrist strap (and sometimes not even that) I have never blown a device from static. ESD is usually a latent failure. After 10-15 years of service all MOSFETs that I have handled are fine. Again; I do use a mat and wrist strap most of the time.

Good luck.