Tools you wish to have?

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Irinikus
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Tools you wish to have?

Post by Irinikus » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:33 pm

I wish to eventually get these two tools to carry out repairs on my machines in the future: (Not in the near future though!)

Fluke 190-204 ScopeMeter Test Tool. (It's ridiculously pricey, but it's portable.)

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Weller WXR 3030, Rework Station, 230V. (A very neat system that covers all bases.)

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Re: Tools you wish to have?

Post by GRudolf94 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:26 pm

I just have a small 5MHz handheld Velleman oscilloscope, a $10 chinese DMM and have ordered a new cheapo rework station. Don't ask me what tools I want, I'd probably go crazy.
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Re: Tools you wish to have?

Post by jpstewart » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:05 pm

What do I wish to have, or what do I wish to have that I could actually use?

I'd love a good soldering station like the one in the original post, and might actually get some use out of it. I'd also love an HP 16702 logic analyzer and a good, vintage Tektronix analog oscilloscope (465 or 475, I think). But I'd need to learn a lot more about electronics to use them properly. (And safely!)

I'm a software guy who's good with a C compiler, but not so handy with the physical hardware. Despite that, those are the tools I'd love to have and that just might motivate me to learn how to use them.
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Re: Tools you wish to have?

Post by JacquesT » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:08 pm

A good solder station and multimeter, that's about it! I wouldn't know what to do with the rest of the stuff...
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Re: Tools you wish to have?

Post by Irinikus » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:41 pm

Why a complete rework station?

When carrying out some repair work on one of my SGI boards in the past, I had to make use of a friend’s rework station, and I must say, that if you want to carry out a repair involving SMT components, one of these things makes your life much easier.

Why a scope meter?

If you really want to have a good idea as to what’s going on inside a circuit, you need a scope. A good voltmeter is also a necessity. I would like kill these two birds with one stone, with a neat package, that I easily fit in a draw, when it’s not in use.
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