need recommendations on what brand, specific computer tool kit to buy (physical tool kits, not softw

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Trevor Smithson, May 25, 2005.

  1. Hello

    I'm looking for recommendation on what brands and specific tool kits
    to buy. I had a cheap, about 10-piece kit, but it got lost in a
    recent move. It had some regular screwdrivers, a few mini-style
    screwdrivers, a chip extractor, tweezers, a screw/connector/jumper/
    box, and came in a crummy zipper case. Got that one at a trade show a
    few years back as a freebie.

    Whatever I get, in addition to the above I'd like the kit to have a
    wire stripper/cutter, a soldering iron, needle-nose pliers and a
    ratchet driver with standard/phlips/torx/square bits. A small
    flashlight would be nice.

    Amazon has a Belkin 55-piece kit for $34.98: has a Fellowes 55-peice kit for $33.88:

    No soldering iron with the Fellowes, it does have a voltage tester.

    Both have free shipping available, and both are priced about 40% off.
    None of local stores have much available but the cheap 8-to-20 piece
    kits, or very expensive kits with LAN and/or electrical tools.

    Anyone have/used either of these? Are the tools of good quality?

    Any other brands or specific kits I should consider? I don't need a
    nice case or anything, as I plan to put all the tools I get into a
    small tollbox that I have. I'd like to keep the price below $50.
    Trevor Smithson, May 25, 2005
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  2. I usually get by with a Philips screwdriver and the occasional
    pocketknife or needlenose pliers. Sometimes even my old multimeter. But
    you might want to look over:
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, May 25, 2005
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  3. Trevor Smithson

    Plato Guest

    Over the years I've seen those pc toolkits and such and often they come
    with tools that are either too cheaply made or tools you dont need.
    Personally, I've always found it best to get the ones I need
    individually, even tho it costs more.
    Plato, May 25, 2005
  4. Both belkin and fellows are mediocre quality. I'd say go to a decent
    hardware store and pick out what you need.

    My kit consists of both regular and philips screwdrivers in size 1, 2
    and 3. A set of extra-small instrument maker screwdrivers. Some tiny
    pliers and a tiny wirecutter, a cable stripper and an RJ45 crimp tool.
    I'm meaning to get me a set of torx screwdrivers as well.

    Jeroen Wijnands, May 25, 2005
  5. I've actually got a small fortune tied up in tools from crimpers to cat5
    testing to 18v cordless drills, saws and nibblers and hacksaws and ...
    but like I posted, most of the time when I'm working on a single PC it's
    a Philips screwdriver from the local dollar store (means el-cheapo) and
    sometimes a pair of needlenose pliers getting most of the work.
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, May 25, 2005
  6. Don't you be comin' around *here* with that hacksaw, Mister. :)

    When I put the case-side fan in my machine, I used a nibbler for the
    first time. What a nifty little tool for not much money! I haven't
    needed it since, but it was WELL worth the twelve bucks or whatever I
    paid for it, for that job alone. It did a bee-yootiful job.
    Blinky the Shark, May 25, 2005
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