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Discussion in 'Members Lounge' started by ThermalRunaway, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. RadioRon

    RadioRon Well-Known Member

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    I have purchased most of my equipment as surplus from local companies. A few items were bought on Ebay, and a few more through DoveBid. Those of us who have worked for some time in the electronics industry have grown to appreciate quality and will often not settle for less in our hobby equipment. Older HP equipment, for example, is often the best overall value when it comes to test and measurement gear.
     
  2. weegee

    weegee New Member

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    im on dovebid too, but all the good gear is all stateside, its all food processing and bio-tec over here :(

    i appreciate what you mean, i have tools at work that ive had since i started, and some i made as an apprentice that id never go without, and most of the tools that are out are rubbish quality, or too expensive.
     
  3. Brian Hoskins

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    I think I recognise an HP signal generator. 8565B, something like that? And also some HP Power Supplies.

    I agree with you - the old HP stuff was (and is) good test equipment.

    Brian
     
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  5. RadioRon

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    You're close Brian, its an 8657B.
     
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    updated pics, i brought in more of my componets, but im still running out of little drawers to put things in, and my bench is still covered :(

    the 'spare' resistors, these are for topping up the little drawers when they run out, there must be at least 100,000 resistors in there

    my cnc lathe, its small but it does the job - only use it for plastics and 'soft' metals like alumnium, brass, ect
     

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    weegee New Member

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    Just looked at RadioRon's pics again, do you work under the microscope, or just use it for fault finding, and component identification?
     
  8. Andy1845c

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    I assumed it was for surface mount work:confused:

    weegee - I like the breifcase full of resistors! Looks like somthing that would be full of money in the movies, lol
     
  9. kchriste

    kchriste New Member Forum Supporter

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    Is his full name "Vincent Price"? I went to high school with a guy named Vincent Price.
    It's payola for the electronics mafia! :D
     
  10. RadioRon

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    I work under the microscope. Most of my work is SMT and I'm not getting any younger either, so the microscope is essential for board assembly as well as debug and rework. I can't imagine getting along without a good microscope anymore.
     
  11. Brian Hoskins

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    I have 20/20 vision or there abouts (for now) but I can't imagine doing any SMD work without some form of magnifier either. For assembly and rework I can usually get away with my bench light / magnifier, but for inspection and fault finding a microscope is a much better tool. I like those ones you can tilt around so that instead of looking straight down on a board, you can inspect it from all different angles. I can't afford one of those, though!

    Brian
     
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    I use an old camcorder with a decent macro function and a 19" LCD monitor (with a PCTV card) for very small intricate work. I don't get on with stereo microscopes - I get seasick for some reason.
     
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    4 car garage in CA? you must be rich.
     
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    If you want a good microscope for cheap, check with local colleges or universities. Often they either donate their old optics or auction them off. I got a Bausch & Lomb microscope for $20 from a college and it's as heavy as a tank! It has two eyepieces, a zoom tube, and a turret w/ 3 oculars (I think that's what they're called) and the one is a 60x taking the total magnification into the hundreds. It has a mirror assembly and a rackable table for the slide. Came in a wooden case too! Presently I'm trying to get my hands on a mothballed 10" Meade refractor telescope that a college has sitting neglected in a corner closet!!
     
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    so here's mine
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  17. jrz126

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    Heres my lab/workshop in progress. I was able to get alot accomplished over christmas break.

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    I still have a bunch of work to do on it. I have to get some more pegboard and I think I'm going to put up a shelf aroud the top. I'm also going to move that PVC pipe in the spring. Its the exhaust for my furnace and I dont really want to go messing with that until it gets alittle warmer.

    I also need to build/buy some other storage shelves for the rest of my stuff:
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    That looks nice, Jeff! I am already envious! :)
     

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