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wheres a good place to buy tools (for electronics work (and preferably without hurting my wallet too much))? Answered


In the UK


As well as the places I suggested for components.

You actually need very little - A reasonable small screwdriver, a soldering iron - I bought my latest at Lidle it is temp controlled and seems to work very well.

A pair of side cutters worth getting a good pair. A pair of long nosed pliers some solder a solder less bread board. The whole lot needn't cost you much over £20 I have a wealth of tools gathered over years and generally don't use a lot of them.

If you go the picaxe route some of their proto boards have screw connectors. Makes life easier

once again your expert advice is extremely welcome thanks

ebay...what kind of electronics?

Because for micro-controllers,LEDs,motors,servos,controllers,sensors etc ebay is the cheapest!

If you need any links to specific items I can provide those to you!

I think others have said this, but I'll repeat it: If you're on a budget, don't buy tools until you're fairly sure you're going to need that tool. Yes, this may slow down work on a project until you can get that tool -- but it avoids sinking money in tools that you could be using to buy more important tools, or to buy supplies for more projects.

And, yes, buying the cheapest tool is usually a false economy. If you aren't going to use it often then you may not want to go for the most expensive either, but shoddy tools make the work less _fun_ in addition to being less accurate and wearing out faster and their other limitations. Your budget may force you to buy simple and upgrade later, but when you do so that's more money that could have been spent on other things.

(That being said, I've bought some el-cheapo tools when they were on sale and within my "disposable" price range. On the other hand, I've sometimes regretted not having waited and bought better.)


7 years ago

Buying tools is just like any other big ticket purchases and in order: figure out precisely how much you can spend, make a list of exactly the things you want and their order of importance. If you're like most of us, what you have to spend will fall short of the actual cost of what you want.
Determine the qualities you need for each item regarding need, price, quality, brand, serviceability, availability, upgrade features and the reliability/reputations of the manufacturer and seller.
Can you use good condition used or re-manufactured items , especially for the high dollar items? Are they available where you live?
Don't overlook hidden fees and expenses; repair costs, parts availability and price, durability, warranties/guarantees, extended service and/or warranty fees, shipping costs and taxes.
Can you repair the item yourself or will you need trained technicians and/or special equipment for the job?
Don't needlessly tie yourself to purchasing a single specific item or dealer without some thorough research. It may not be too important when looking to buy a $5 tool but it may be critical when you're in need of something that will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars (or whatever monetary unit you use).
I owned a general contracting company for better than 20 years and I have bought everything from screwdrivers to tracked backhoes and these are just some I've learned through the years.
There are probably many things I have missed or left out here but it should give you food for thought.

Buy cheap, or buy once. Jayefuu, who works with me has decided (on my advice) to go for the buy once option. If you aren't the type who abuses your tools, then buy tools that will last.

For example, Wire cutters - Lindstrom make the best ones of all, they are going to cost you the top end of 40 quid, but they will cut hairs for your career.

Cheapest = harbor freight tools. definitely not the highest quality, but they work and they are cheap. After a while though the soldering iron tips corrode and get little more than useless..