250 Dollar Workbench
This week we have a mega cast to discuss how to start a workbench on a $250 budget. George KJ6VU, Rod VA3ON, Vince VE6LK, and Dan AG7GM all present their recommendations while Mike VA3MW and Jeremy KF7IJZ give insight to the selections offered.
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George Builds an IC-705 portable case - ttps://www.hamradioworkbench.com/george-kj6vus-blog.html
Tester Diode Triode Capacitor Resistor Transistor LCR ESR NPN PNP MOSFET - https://www.amazon.com/wisTek-Transistor-Capacitor-Resistor-Colorful/dp/B07SZQ7VTF/ref=sr_1_83?dchild=1&keywords=lcr+esr+meter&qid=1613767657&sr=8-83
Plasti-Dip - https://www.homedepot.com/b/Plasti-Dip/N-5yc1vZ6z7
Veto Pro Pac - https://vetopropac.com/
Cycle25 Club YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy_0gANQteAstN8wHJR8QPw
George's List - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SuskqruwVKmGCd15li9__VOVXv45fz8rd7jqtpyL3Yw/edit?usp=sharing
Vince's List - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JQDEhrkI1ZuVnZaAKkoyyCSBUsRNBswHgkL9JVmRsxI/edit?usp=sharing
Dan's List - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ES1RqjK2JgH22COja79vSv4Dl4XJSfucV9wjfFxRd4I/edit?usp=sharing
Rod - Pliers kit (6)
Stanley Black & Decker/Dewalt
Screwdrivers (16) (iPhone)
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159 usd with lb solder and xcelites
DMM - Digital Multi Meter
Fluke Model 101
Kester "44" 63/37 .031
Tiny roll (Yellow)
Fits in caddy
Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ANZRT4M/
Hakko CHP-170 Micro Cutters - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FZPDG1K/
Uni-T UT-139C Digital Multimeter - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016JXASYE/
Irwin VISE GRIP Wire Stripper - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OQ21CA/
iFixit Mako Precision Screwdriver Set - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0189YWOIO/
Mitotoyu Pocket Steel Rule - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OBX14Q/
1/4" Right Angle Driver Set - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062FSAVI/
EEVBlog BM235 DMM - https://www.amazon.com/EEVblog-BM235-Brymen-Multimeter/dp/B01JZ1ADCO/
Another great, great show! I'll add, my Olfa cutter is my gateway tool of choice. Gateway? Yes, it's what I open all the packages from eBay, Amazon and the Orient Express with, LOL!
I usually enjoy your show, but in episode #123 ($250 Workbench) the comment about a Gomco (not "Gomes") was out of line. Here's why.
Lighten up, Francis.
Thanks for making this point. It's a practice that should be ended.
This was a great effort - anyone who is serious about having the ability to restore, rebuild, repair, or build anything electronic will benefit from the wisdom and insights provided here. I hope you will follow up with more of these type shows periodically. I could see more discussions about tools and techniques for tube radio repair, antenna work, maker projects, etc. You know that most of us suffer in one area or the other from not having the right tool (and good quality ones) and it takes time to build up a good bench, fixed and portable.
Loved the workbench show! I'm a longtime electronics guy, but new to ham radio, and I got some great ideas from you guys. But I was surprised that no one ever mentioned heat-shrink tubing. A multi-pack in a wide variety of sizes would be a great addition in a starter workbench, preferably along with an inexpensive heat gun.
Good addition, Bill! I use clear heat shrink with glue inside to cover Dymo labels for coax. Learned the hard way...
Always love to listen to the recommendations you guys give. Always spot on. I have and old old Weller TCP station that’s probably close to 50 years old the I bought for $20 CDN at a garage sale almost 20 years ago. The plug to the power unit is messed up. So I went shopping and I found this [CA$39.83 18% OFF]Quicko T12-942 MINI OLED Digital Soldering Station T12-907 Handle with T12-K Iron Tips Welding Tool Professional Tools from Tools on banggood https://banggood.app.link/fVBdJvmpueb
Hi Andrew, Thanks for this post. I'm a newbie at soldering.
Another great collection of tools I turn to is this gunsmith kit:
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