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    Default A few tool suggestions

    Hello all:

    I just started school at SWIC (Southwestern Illinois College) on Friday. My toolbox was delivered and it's time to start filling it with tools. I have most of the items picked out, but there are a few that I'm unsure about: a machinist's square, caliper micrometer, soldering iron, and welding goggles. I'm trying to get quality stuff that will last a long time. Recommendations would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Square and Mic, get Starret although you'll never use the Mic in the real world.

    Soldering iron, Radio shack has good stuff.

    Goggles, get some that dim and brighten automatically, well worth it in the long run

    Steve
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    Thanks for the quick reply Steve. Starrett was on my list of possibilities. Do you recommend the 4pc. set with the protractor or the solid L-shape bars? No idea what I will be needing. For goggles, I was looking at Miller auto darkening weld mask/goggles. Think that fits with your suggestion.

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    Protractor is nice, Miller is some good stuff.

    I agree with your choices man

    Welcome to the board btw


    Quote Originally Posted by mdsalern View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply Steve. Starrett was on my list of possibilities. Do you recommend the 4pc. set with the protractor or the solid L-shape bars? No idea what I will be needing. For goggles, I was looking at Miller auto darkening weld mask/goggles. Think that fits with your suggestion.
    You never have a second chance, to make a first impression

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    Glad to be here. Found it to be a good resource. Especially like your video on the Johnson Bar. I ordered a Starrett 434-12-16R. Hope it gets the job done.

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    I have more videos coming, but I'm no Spielberg lol

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    I like the feel of Brown and Sharpe overall, with Starrett coming in second, and Mitutoyo third.
    Hands down, Starrett Ball Gauges are the best, and T Guages too.

    But, as much as I hate to admit it, the digital calipers from Harbor Freight (I have purchased roughly 20 over the years to build up shop tool rooms) pass calibration every single time. Same goes for the HF torque wrenches.
    yes you can have overkill....... but, can you ever have too much overkill?

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    Another bit of help...is it worth getting a 115 piece index drill set? I need a set, but didn't know if it would be beneficial to have the complete library of drill bits. If so, any brand or composition suggestions? I was looking at one by Norseman. Seemed to be a fit between the cheap and extravagant. $180.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdsalern View Post
    Another bit of help...is it worth getting a 115 piece index drill set? I need a set, but didn't know if it would be beneficial to have the complete library of drill bits. If so, any brand or composition suggestions? I was looking at one by Norseman. Seemed to be a fit between the cheap and extravagant. $180.
    usually, no.
    Most shops will provide drill bits.
    Even when I worked GA, that cheap ass shop provided them.
    yes you can have overkill....... but, can you ever have too much overkill?

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    Just buy an index, and stock it at work. Only Cobalt bits are worth a damn

    Depending on your job, mainly its #40 #30 #27 #21 #16 for most rivet sizes
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