Just wondering what some of you guys (and gals) have sitting on your bench for testing and building. I've acquired some equipment of time, some nice, some "works", and am always on the lookout for more. The biggest issue is the flood of "works" type stuff from overseas and even here. I realize I can't buy the latest and greatest stuff for a hobby, but hope to find out some good older stuff (and stuff to stay away from)
Currently I have a mix of mfg's, from HP, Tektronics, Tenma, and "others", and am somewhat looking for another scope and maybe solder station if I find one I like. I currently have a Xytronics temp controlled unit, but would like a digital model with sleep mode to go along with my hot air rework station. As for the scope, I currently have a Tektronics 2246, but would like to grab a digital unit, maybe not a 10Ghz unit, but more than the 100Mhz I have now.
A vacuum tool might prove handy for chips if anyone has a suggestion as well.
I guess it might help if I say that while I'm not against through hole components, I really like working with the smd stuff and making a circuit "tiny". It does makes it hard to breadboard a circuit though.
Any other suggestions on equipment out there are welcome. I really don't keep up on all the latest and greatest gadgets, because every one of them says they have the best product that works flawlessly. We all know that really isn't the case.