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TonyTib
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Re: Source of your tools
TonyTib   5/19/2014 2:24:10 PM
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Some HF toolbenches look pretty nice.

I wouldn't take the cheap (gray) HF tool chest for free, but the Pro (red) line feels excellent in the store, and a co-worker who has several really likes them.


I recommend checking out the reviews on the HF website before buying.  Some stuff is junk, some stuff is a bargain.

TonyTib
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Re: The Problem with Crimpers
TonyTib   5/19/2014 2:20:42 PM
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One crimper only works when you need one type of cable.  If all you need is RJ's, life is easy.  But when you start adding in Molex Mini-Fits, Micro-Fits, KK's, Sherlocks, TE Mate-N-Lock, D-Sub, JST, and more AND you need professional quality (which typically means $300-$1000 per crimper), then the cost of crimpers becomes significant.


Of course, minimizing the types of connectors helps, but then again, if your product has a whole bunch of indentical connectors, it's easier to screw up assembly.


I'll give Molex credit for the $300 Micro-Fit crimper: it's actually a good value, beautifully made in Sweden (just consider that Swedish-made diag cutters can run $70).  OK, I still don't like crimping Micro-Fits, but at least it's only an occasional part of my job.

Aeroengineer
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Re: Source of your tools
Aeroengineer   5/19/2014 1:27:31 PM
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Oh and the soldering iron I go from Amazon.  I have another friend that has one, and he has enjoyed it.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Updated-Aoyue-Digital-Soldering-absorber/dp/B006FA481G

 

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Re: Source of your tools
Aeroengineer   5/19/2014 1:24:09 PM
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I got my breadboard and analog scope from Ebay.  Some of the other things from Aliexpress.  The workbench  Igot from Harbor Freight.  The tools that I purchase there tend to be things that I know are going to be low usage as they are more likely to break.  I have found, though, their tool benches as well as their tool boxes are pretty good, especialy considering the price. 

 

On a side note, I sent you an email a few weeks back on some measurement equipment questions, I was wondering if you happend to get it?

 

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Re: Looking for things
Aeroengineer   5/19/2014 1:21:08 PM
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One day I will get there.  I find that the more a tool gets misplaced, the more you end up with duplicates till you have enought of that tool that you will always have one handy.  Channel locks tend to be ones that I have multiple copies of.  Those tend to be very useful.

Aeroengineer
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Re: The Problem with Crimpers
Aeroengineer   5/19/2014 1:19:32 PM
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I thought that everyone just used needle nose pliers for crimpers ;)

MeasurementBlues
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Re: The Problem with Crimpers
MeasurementBlues   5/19/2014 12:53:14 PM
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"The problem with crimpers is that you can't get away with one, but need a whole selection"

Yes and no. When my house was wired for Ethernet, one end of each cable was unterminated. I bought a crimper and RJ-45 connectors, attached the connectors, and returned the crimper.

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MeasurementBlues   5/19/2014 12:50:50 PM
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My house is on four levels, including the basement. I have two tool boxes (one was my father's) so I'm never more than one flight of stairs away from a tool.

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Source of your tools
MeasurementBlues   5/19/2014 12:48:45 PM
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Adam,

Where did you obtain your test equipment and soldering iron? Did you buy new or used? You mentioned Harbor Freight Tools. They have stores in my area and I'll keep them in mind next time I need a tool.

Do you buy at swapfests?

See

Vintage Test Equipment: Not Just for Old Engineers

and

Electronics Flea Market Has More Than Electronics

 

Aeroengineer
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Re: Parts organizer & MCU kit
Aeroengineer   12/19/2013 9:01:50 AM
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Fshah,

So very true.  It is nice to have some order to the mess.  Finding good bins that meet my needs has always been difficult.  I have resorted to gettig fishing tackle boxes for some of my storage needs, but this is mostly for tools and such, not as much for components. 

 

Like you said, having a good set of dev boards is a must.  Now a days you can find them pretty cheap.  I have boards from all the major ARM Cortex vendors and they all were pretty cheap.  I have yet to make it through playing with all the different vendors, but I have played with a few of them.  It is nice to be able to get something setup for under $15 and have things like gyros, accelerometers, and the ever necessary LED's.

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