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Really handy:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062731

I have one of the other pneumatic deals but this one works really well for me. It looks a little cheezy but I have no complaints.

Anyone else got any useful suggestions? Bench shots?
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http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00945661000P

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WES51-Analog-Soldering-Station/dp/B000BRC2XU

Panavise Jr. 201

Microshears

http://www.usbgear.com/USB-PRODUCT-DETAILS.cfm?sku=USBG-7U2ML&catid=433&cats=433

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-10-pc-screwdriver-set/p-00941633000P

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really double handy? smiley (One for the soldering iron, one for the pump?)
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Oscilloscope smiley

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ARM-Dso201-Portable-Pocket-sized-Mini-Nano-Handheld-Digital-Storage-Oscilloscope-/220976820974?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33733eb2ee
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Really handy:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062731

I have one of the other pneumatic deals but this one works really well for me. It looks a little cheezy but I have no complaints.

Anyone else got any useful suggestions? Bench shots?

I read an instructable once about how you can pop a hose (tubing) thru a hole into the squeeze bulb of one of those, and pump air thru it to make an el-cheapo SMT hot-air rework station. I'd imagine, alternatively, you could remove the bulb, and use a proper diameter piece of silicone tubing (to withstand the heat) instead; that way you could use it for it's original purpose, too.
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I'm planning on upgrading my solder station in the future. Now I have a RS 20/40 cheapo which is adequate but not great. The thing that really bugs me is the big heavy cord which ALWAYS seems to get tangled/twisted up. That, and the tip is pretty large for some stuff. I also have a RS third hand which is better than nothing. I would like to have a Panavise...

Not sure I'm at a level to require an O-scope yet but it's intriguing. Especially the little nanos  smiley-cool

Good idea on the SMT reflow with the sucker!  It does get MIGHTY HOT and seems to have no trouble removing solder from pretty big parts. I have a bunch of little 12v pumps from old blood pressure machines which would probably work. Plus some valves. Now I can start screwing up SMT stuff  smiley-grin

I picked this set up at Lowes this AM:



$10. Not heirloom quality and I prefer the old school plasti-dip handles but what the hey!

I really want a set of small, good quality, flush-cut side cutters
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I really want a set of small, good quality, flush-cut side cutters

Try a local craft store (y'know, with acrylic paints, artificial flowers, fabric, candle making kits, etc.) and look in the beading aisle.
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Digikey part #170M-ND.

$6.00.  I bought one, and it's absolutely the best flush cutter I've ever used.  It cuts right through through-hole part leads with no hesitation, leaving a nice clean shear.

I used it once to cut something way bigger than I had any business trying to cut and broke them, so I ordered two more.  In the meantime, I used a Radio Shack cutter that I bought for $9.  The couple weeks it took to place the next order and wait for the Digikey box to arrive were miserable.

Later on, I let my S.O. try them for beading work, and after five minutes, was told I wouldn't be getting them back. smiley-wink
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SirNickity, you should get (or maybe you already have) a job in sales smiley
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In the meantime, I used a Radio Shack cutter that I bought for $9.  The couple weeks it took to place the next order and wait for the Digikey box to arrive were miserable.

I've used the RS side cutter for many years without issue. Works well with cutting small wires, thin plastic, skin tags, warts, small moles...
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Thanks for the Digikey link!

I have a set of import knockoffs that are almost identical to those but they are about worn out. They actually came from a craft store beading section years ago and are my favorite snips.
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this is the best cutter i used, ruined it trying to cut harmonic steel
http://www.elettronicamarinelli.it/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=901001223_901002026_901002111&products_id=11170
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SirNickity, you should get (or maybe you already have) a job in sales smiley

LOL -- no, I went through a frustrating period of trying to find a pair I liked.  The affordable ones are not worth the money, and the good electronics supply store around here wanted about $30 for a pair.  That seems exorbitant to me.  I took a leap of faith on the ones from Digikey and felt like I had found the fountain of youth, so I thought I'd share.

Now, if I had to remove an errant mole, I think I'd sooner take a butter knife to it than the Radio Shack cutters.  Those things don't so much "cut" as "gnaw off" the part.  smiley-wink

Oh, one word of warning though:  When you cut a lead off, it will probably end up about 10 feet away.  I have to assume my carpet is conductive now.
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I took a leap of faith on the ones from Digikey and felt like I had found the fountain of youth, so I thought I'd share.

I've been meaning to pick those up. Tried a cheapo pair from Sparkfun, and was sorely disappointed. I still have them around, and occasionally take the file to them in an attempt to make them usable. Microcenter carries them too. Probably easy to find at various retailers. Less expensive than Klein as well.

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I have to assume my carpet is conductive now.

It's become an anti-static mat?  smiley-cool
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I have to assume my carpet is conductive now.

Add tweezers and bandaids to the list.
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