Hi guys, I am looking for input on the tools of the trade, recommendations, etc.
So, I have watched Tangent's vids on soldering, etc., and I have followed his recommendations for tools, but am looking for some personal feedback as to what you guys are using.
My current list of tools:
1. Soldering/ de-soldering station-Aoyue 968. What tips-size, type, should I invest in for my DIY amp project? I was thinking 2mm blade? Maybe smaller/bigger as well. What about beveled, conical? I like the idea of having a small blade, as it will transfer heat better than a conical, and is recommended by many people. I don't know for sure about the size, though.
2. Solder wire 63/37 .032, is that a good size? I have yet to get it, but this is what was recommended. Any thoughts?
3. (Forgot brand name) drill, with plenty of dif. size bits for case work.
4. Good screwdrivers, and sockets, wrenches, etc.
5. Cheap DMM, VC97 3 3/*4 Auto range digital multimeter from http://www.centralcomputers.com/comm...wvidmvc97r.htm (I hope this link works). At any rate, just wanted to give you an idea of what I bought, and it's capabilities. I am interested in investing in a fluke down the road, but for now this will suffice. I am very interested in suggestions. I know the 179 is getting a lot of great reviews. Since this will be on my workbench, I may go the bench top route as well. But, $200 is about all I am willing to spend. A bench top model is not required, just an option if the price and performance ratio is right.
6. De-soldering braid.
7. Pana vise instead of helping hands, which are usually too cheap and falll apart on me.
8. Organizer type thingy to hold my electronics parts in.
9. Tip tinner.
10. Sponge and de-ionized water, with needle-tip-style bottle dispenser bottle to prevent spillage.
11. Wire stripper, the decent variety. Looking for suggestions-brand names, web site links, personal preferences, etc.
12. Connector wire-need advice on this one.
Anything else that I am missing? I am the type who likes to have the right tool for the job, and am willing to make an investment for the long haul.
Thanks for any help you can offer,