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David Ashton
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Re: Duratool tool kits
David Ashton   8/7/2014 6:18:57 PM
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Hi Elizabeth.  Ref the Duratool toolkit - no it's not a pocket item, but for keeping in a drawer (which is where I keep mine) It's pretty handy.  If you want a pocket tool I'd suggest one of those Leatherman-type things - obviously not as comprehensive but much more suitable for a pocket.  You can get them with Pliers / Cutters and Flat / Philips screwdrivers which take care of most things, and you often get a file and a saw as well for when you want to take stuff apart instead of putting it together :-)

I have a similar Tenma meter - they make decent quality stuff.  I got a couple of those from Element 14 a couple of years ago so probably not the same as yours.  In mine the probe wires go straight into the meter - no sockets - probably a space saving measure but one I don't really like - it's almost inevitable that I'll have to open it up and resolder the wires in the future....

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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 6:02:23 PM
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@Elizabeth: Just pick a different one each year until you find one you like.

And he can send the ones he doesn't like to me LOL

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elizabethsimon   8/7/2014 5:58:44 PM
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Yesterday evening I arrived home from work to find a box from Newark on my front porch. As expected, it contained the two Duratool mini tool kits and Tenma multimeter that I ordered...


First impressions:
The Duratool kit is a bit larger than I expected. (mostly thicker) I wouldn't want to put this in a pocket but it's still a nice size for a radio kit or to fit in the desk drawer so they will serve the purpose that I bought them for. The plastic case feels a bit on the flimsy size but is good enough for the purpose.
The Tenma multimeter came in a nice clear plastic case that holds the meter and attached probes. The plastic case adds a bit (mostly in the width) to the traveling size but nicely answers the question of how to keep the probes from tangling in the bag. It also has enough room for an extra coin cell. When I first tried to power it on, nothing happened but then I discovered the coin cell tucked neatly behind the probes.
So I'd say that both items will serve the purpose that I bought them for. They won't replace anything in the large tool box that sits near the work bench but they're a lot more portable.



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Re: Interesting discovery
elizabethsimon   8/7/2014 5:56:18 PM
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Just pick a different one each year until you find one you like.

 

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Re: Interesting discovery
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 2:06:59 PM
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@antedeluvian: ...I have no clue which one to choose, and the birthday passes without a selection being made...

Tell your wife to send me one and then I'll tell you if it's good or not LOL

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antedeluvian   8/7/2014 2:03:49 PM
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Max

in the meantime, do you recommend them?

On every birthday mine my wife is at a loss as to what to get me for a present and asks me what I want. A Leatherman often springs to mind, but there is such a wide selection that I have no clue which one to choose, and the birthday passes without a selection being made. All I can say is that they look really well made compared to some of the cheap knock offs and giveaways that I have and indeed some of the range have unique attachements. Maybe next year.

 

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Re: Interesting discovery
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 1:57:57 PM
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@Antedeluvian: ...Amazon just made a suggestion on Leatherman tools...

I can;t say why, but I've never been all that interested in those Leatherman tools -- maybe it's just that I've only ever really seen (had my hands on) the cheap knock-offs, but I think it goes deeper than that... I'll have to ponder my dislike -- in the meantime, do you recommend them?

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Re: Vital for a toolkit
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 1:54:48 PM
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@nike_m: ...knifes and other small tools have fishing bobbins attached to them and...

You are obviously a useful man to have around... where were you when I needed you? LOL

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Interesting discovery
antedeluvian   8/7/2014 9:41:55 AM
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Based on my browsing history, Amazon just made a suggestion on Leatherman tools which I found intersting. Some Leatherman utility knives have a removeable bit driver, like this as an example. You can then get the bits (I don't know if they are standard bits) and even a bit extender 

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Re: Vital for a toolkit
elizabethsimon   8/6/2014 7:58:40 PM
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@mike_m

This is why everything of mine that sinks and is used around water has some type of homebrew floatation device attached to it.

I used to do something similar when I spent a lot of time sailing. I've gotten away from doing that since I don't spend much time using tools around water.

I'd usually attach a small tools to my life vest or jacket instead of a flotation device because if you lose it overboard in the middle of a race the skipper is NOT going to go back and pick it up even if it does float.

 

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