Chuck

Favorite Tools List

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Thought I'd start this thread to see what folks consider their favorite tools for working on trains.

 

Say like list your favorite top 5.

 

Here's mine in no particular order....

  • Hakko Soldering Station
  • Hot Air Work Station
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wiha Screw & Nut Drivers
  • Very Small 120V Vacuum Cleaner  

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I look forward to seeing what people put as their favorite tools.

I really grab anything that I have. I wish I had more modeling tools. I use my carpentry tools because that is what I have.

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Great thread idea. Chuck, I'll have to second your first item:

  • Hakko soldering station
  • An old Window desktop computer in the garage dedicated to trains/electronics projects (JMRI, QSI software, Arduino IDE, quick Google lookups, etc)
  • Little Machine Shop Mini Mill (mostly for 7-1/2" gauge projects, but comes in handy for G-scale coupler adapters, etc)
  • Logan 10" lathe (also mostly for 7-1/2" stuff, but I do use occasionally for large scale)
  • Automatic wire stripper (it's easier to think of the bigger tools, but here's a small tool I sure appreciate)

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I had to think a little on this one, but here is what I use the most and would have to say by favorites.  Chuck, what is a hot air work station?

 

 

Dremel rotary tool.

Bandsaw

Sanding block

Xacto knife

CNC mill

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Ben, Those Hakko's are the best!

Yes I do like my mini-lathe...comes in very handy!

7-1/2" gauge??!!  You'e also a big railroader! 

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Rob, Hot air work station also called hot air re-work station...fancy heat gun are all they are. Small compact hand piece with variable temperature setting and fan speed. They have various sized "nozzles" and are basically used for desoldering components on printed circuit boards like surface mount chips and stuff....But I use mine mainly for shrink tubing.

 

Here's the type I have...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/162327338780?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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My girl bought me a dremel for Christmas a few years ago when she noticed I kept looking at them. I wore it out as I used it everyday. Well, the switch failed. I repaired it and it failed again. So I bought myself a Milwaukee tool version and I love it.

I had some mini routers for formica over the years and that makes me think of my dremel tool as a carpentry tool.

Anyways, that is my favorite that now I can't do without.

Soldering iron is a staple that is always right in front of my on my bench. I don't even think of it as a tool because I have used one for my whole life. So...

#1 is a soldering iron.

#2 rotary tool

#3 good files. All kinds like mini, hobby, rasps, etc. I have used them for so long, I use them like some use a knife, sandpaper, or a grinder. I just prefer the control using my hands. If you have made as many counter tops as I have, you understand me.

#4 automatic wire strippers. Fast and easy to use

#5 accurate test meter ( a cheap free one that isn't accurate is worthless)

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1. Dremel, I have several, the battery powered Stylus is my favorite. Plug in ones I use for bigger jobs.

2. My 1" belt sander unit that has a rotary sanding disc also, handy for lots of stuff.

3. Dremel table saw

4. My wood shop with all the tools in it.

5. Nice, pricey set of small screwdrivers that are really good.

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Dremel...Doh! I forgot about that and it is a favorite!! I'm the same as have burned a few up over the years. I bought a cheap one from Menards that was a variable speed thing...that thing would speed up on its own while using...what a piece of junk!

 

Interesting how most folks are into the woodworking with well equipped shops. I always leaned towards the metal working with grinders, torches, welders and such. Then again working on heavy equipment all my life pushed me that direction.

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