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Suggested Electronic Tool List

What's in your Tool Kit, let me suggest this list.


OK, say you are going to start a small business which will build and repair electronic equipment.  What kind of tools will you need?    After some 40 years of fixing electronic stuff, I have a list below of some of the tools I would recommend. This same tool list might also apply for field service work, a R&D lab bench or a well equipped hobby room. Sure, you may want to add lots of test equipment, but below are the basic tools I think you will need.  Have I left anything out that you would recommend?
  • Alpha 60/40 0.032" and 0.015" rosin flux solder
  • Weller soldering station + wet sponge
  • Cordless battery powered soldering iron
  • Heavy duty, anti-static solder sucker
  • Solder wick assortment
  • 50 ft, 28 ga tin plated bare wire
  • 50 ft, 24 ga tin plated bare wire
  • 50 ft, 28 ga high temp insulated wire, multi colors
  • 5 ft, thin wall small ga teflon sleeving
  • 5 ft, thin wall med. ga teflon sleeving
  • 500 standard .042" Vector pins
  • 0.042" Vector insertion tool
  • Plastic tool box
  • Xacto knife + extra blades
  • Small plastic vise
  • Pana Vise
  • Small screwdriver set
  • Screwdriver assortment
  • Tweezers, fine and medium
  • Fluke 77 or 87 DVM or Wavetek 27XT
  • Adjustable wrench
  • 12" jumper wires with small alligator clips, assorted colors
  • Pen light
    Steel Rule, 0.1" and 1/64", 6" long
  • Nut driver assortment
  • Hole Reamer
  • Hex key set
  • Plastic black tape
  • Wire strippers, quality, 26ga16ga
  • Wire strippers, quality, 30ga22ga
  • 1" x 8" flat file
  • Small jeweler File assortment
  • Long nose pliers, small size
  • Long nose pliers, medium size
  • Side cutters, flush cut
  • Side Cutters, medium size
  • Black waterproof pen, fine tip
  • Yellow hi-liter marking pen,
  • White label material for marking inputs and outputs
  • Hand magnifier
  • Magnifying visor
  • Nibbling tool

What else would you suggest???

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