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proxess 14th November 2012, 07:15 Quote
To narrow it down. We like things that cut things.
Griffter 14th November 2012, 07:46 Quote
im not a modder, but those tools make me go ohhhhhhhhhhh, would love to have those in my workshop!... once i get a workshop after getting my house.
SchizoFrog 14th November 2012, 07:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
im not a modder, but those tools make me go ohhhhhhhhhhh, would love to have those in my workshop!... once i get a workshop after getting my house.

That is exactly how I feel... lol
Guinevere 14th November 2012, 09:23 Quote
I know it's not great for modding, but it's brilliant for UN-modding... or 'un' anything really! It's my favourite tool in the toolbox and it's very satisfying to use:

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce the fubar:

http://img.hgtvpro.com/HPRO/2008/01/09/hgpro_demo_ss5a_FatMaxFubar_w609.jpg
blacko 14th November 2012, 09:36 Quote
you missed a hammer off the list. You've got to have a big hammer. If something goes wrong the hammer can fix things by smashing stuff into a million pieces.
daletur328 14th November 2012, 09:50 Quote
For me, has to be good variable solder station and good set of wire strippers. But never seen the dremel scroll saw before.
Jay88018 14th November 2012, 10:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by blacko
you missed a hammer off the list. You've got to have a big hammer. If something goes wrong the hammer can fix things by smashing stuff into a million pieces.

+1
Spreadie 14th November 2012, 11:46 Quote
Can someone buy me the scroll saw and band saw, so I can have the full set?

and a CNC milling machine

and a 3d printer, that's it.

and a laser cutter, that's definitely it, this time.
TadZilla 14th November 2012, 13:32 Quote
Don't forget a step drill bit to go with that drill. Cleaner cuts than a hole saw.
Stef 14th November 2012, 13:43 Quote
Accurate measurements!
- Good quality metal ruler (with metric and imperial).
- Good quality T square thingy.

Paper and pen/pencil, depending on how detailed you want to sketch, up to A3 in size.
Baz 14th November 2012, 15:15 Quote
Just dropped £lots on a full set of engraving gear, mod mode engaged!
The Bodger 14th November 2012, 16:47 Quote
One tool I love is my Antex GasCat. It's a combination of soldering iron, mini - blow torch, mini - heat gun (good for heat - shrink etc) and hot - knife attachment for shaping plastic. It may be something of a jack-of-all-trades, but its portability, cordless operation (it runs on cigarette lighter fuel) and small size make it an extremely flexible device indeed. It's just as useful mending wiring on a car miles from home as it is modding power supply wiring in a PC :)
Cheapskate 14th November 2012, 16:57 Quote
I think the one item REALLY missing in you list was a hack saw, -or maybe one of those little engineering rulers.
@Guinevere - Not a big fan of those. Things that try to do everything normally
fail. I usually dual-wield two mini crowbars for light-duty destruction.
fluxtatic 15th November 2012, 07:25 Quote
I'd second Stef, more or less. I love the triangular Alumicolor scales (although I waste god knows how much time turning and flipping them, seeing as how I only really use the standard ruler side.) Also been meaning to see if they have metric versions, as imperial's getting a little less satisfying every time I measure something. I use 6" and 12" both - the 12" is a little unwieldy for measurements on small pieces, while obviously the 6" is less than ideal for longer lines.

Other than that, I get by with a Dremel, cordless drill, a few files, and a load of sandpaper (and a sanding block - essential for getting flat, clean edges on plexi, imo.) Next on my list is a drill press, though. Nothing extravagant, just a benchtop job - trying to drill holes square to a face is an exercise in frustration, either with a drill or a Dremel. A bench vise would be good, too - I realize some of the issues I have isn't just a lack of skill - it's hard to do precision work when you're limited to two hands - one holding the tool, the other holding (or holding down) the workpiece.
stanonwheels 15th November 2012, 15:03 Quote
Plasters.
hrp8600 15th November 2012, 18:30 Quote
A Plasma Cutter for when a Dremel needs to go up to 11
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