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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #8225 on: February 12, 2019, 08:47:00 am »
How do you like proxxon’s other tools, like the sander? So far I just have a proxxon “dremel” (IBS/E and the MB200 drill stand).

Can't read the type number anymore, it's scratched, but I have a small dremel from Proxxon as well with a stand. Works pretty good for drilling small holes (a few millimeters) or cutting traces. But for bigger holes I need my drill press.

I have the Proxxon 28608 Precision Vice and I love it. It's awesome! I had a Clarke one before that and the Proxxon is in a different league all together! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a non permanent vice. It really is a solid piece of kit!

 
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« Reply #8226 on: February 12, 2019, 09:10:23 am »
I have a whole collection of Proxxon tools. The Vice above, plus a hand drill, drill jig, drill extension rod (good for hand modding plastic cases or work outside the jig) and circular saw (really good for PCB cutting if you use a diamond blade). So as you can guess, I think their tools are good too. I wouldn't recommend the vice with suction base. It loses it's grip with even the slightest of pressure on the vice.

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« Reply #8227 on: February 12, 2019, 01:31:08 pm »
I have the Proxxon 28608 Precision Vice and I love it. It's awesome! I had a Clarke one before that and the Proxxon is in a different league all together! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a non permanent vice. It really is a solid piece of kit!

I have a "Bernstein Spannfix" vice. I really like that you can quickly unlock it with the lever and rotate it in any direction, very useful for prototyping.
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« Reply #8228 on: February 12, 2019, 02:08:47 pm »
New tool day!

Got me a set of cable gland pliers (no more chewing up those press fit cable glands with my piers), some fiberglass scratchy pens for cleaning corrosion and stuff, and a set of IC extractors, and I even managed to find a set of discontinued IC Inserters (Yay for old guys hoarding stuff in Akihabara! :D )
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« Reply #8229 on: February 12, 2019, 02:15:00 pm »
I have a "Bernstein Spannfix" vice. I really like that you can quickly unlock it with the lever and rotate it in any direction, very useful for prototyping.
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« Reply #8230 on: February 12, 2019, 05:12:42 pm »
Not bought something, but got something for free which I will never touch right after use.

I checked in a 4-star Booking.com rated hotel in HK (Best Western, Causeway Bay), and immediately after I plugged in my laptop (ThinkPad X1C 6th, powered by an Apple 61W USB-C charger), I smelled something familiar.

After a bit sniffing, I found the literal smoking gun -- a smoking UK to universal socket adapter.

Naturally, the hotel gave me an apologize, and two new adapters which is great, except that they are made of the same shitty brass-plated hollowed aluminum pins sleeved with plastic with random holes and discolored iron socket springs.

The previous one probably suffered from a high current load, maybe someone plugged the kettle in it. I certainly hope the new one will survive, at least for the night, my computer's little current draw.

I hope I don't get a 240V arc flash right next to my bed during the night, but let's see. The next thing I will do in HK once I get up is to buy a proper adapter that won't set my room on fire.

Now I fully understand why Westerners boycott shit exported from China. They don't have to follow the same quality standard as their domestic counterparts have to, so a manufacturer can literally dump any illegal shit, as long as they're not sold within Mainland China.

I lived in one of the poorest province in China, yet I never saw things made of such low quality material and workmanship. And it made its way to a 4-star hotel in HK :wtf:.
 

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« Reply #8231 on: February 12, 2019, 07:08:34 pm »
Now I fully understand why Westerners boycott shit exported from China. They don't have to follow the same quality standard as their domestic counterparts have to, so a manufacturer can literally dump any illegal shit, as long as they're not sold within Mainland China.
Not all westerners are exposed to the same quality. Here in the US the "cheap chinese stuff" has much higher quality than the crap I buy in South America (more specifically, Brasil and Argentina) - especially when talking about chargers, extension cords, tools and children's toys. They are actually dangerous but can be bough everywhere. Shameful, really. 
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« Reply #8232 on: February 13, 2019, 01:07:02 am »
New tool day!
I have a pair of ic extractors ,one is the gx , and the other an oki(they are in storage)
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« Reply #8233 on: February 13, 2019, 02:51:45 am »
After a bit sniffing, I found the literal smoking gun -- a smoking UK to universal socket adapter.
Those universal adapters are crap + dangerous because of how they're designed. The nickname deathdapter is well deserved.

The previous one probably suffered from a high current load, maybe someone plugged the kettle in it.
I was talking to housekeeping last time I was in HK and she said some people bring their own electric grills with them so they can cook in the rooms :palm:
 

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« Reply #8234 on: February 13, 2019, 04:49:17 am »
Dick Smith MKII K-7214 ESR meter, original unopened kit (over 20 years old).
Don't see these come up for sale very often. Both Dave and Dick will approve of this purchase.

I also own a K-7205 LOPT/Flyback tester and a K-3602 Eprom Programmer.





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« Reply #8235 on: February 13, 2019, 05:58:37 am »
Ooh, I have that ESR meter!
That flyback tester looks interesting. Mind opening it up and taking some photos for a bit of reverse engineering?


[Edit] A quick google found me the original manual. Might have to make me one of these. :)

https://www.flippers.com/pdfs/k7205.pdf
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« Reply #8236 on: February 13, 2019, 06:02:03 am »
Ooh, I have that ESR meter!
That flyback tester looks interesting. Mind opening it up  and taking some photos for a bit of reverse engineering?

I'll go you one better
http://bobparker.net.au/lopt_tester/k7205.pdf

This is the newer version of the K-7205
https://anatekinstruments.com/products/anatek-blue-ring-q-meter-full-kit-for-self-assembly-artest_kit
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« Reply #8237 on: February 13, 2019, 06:04:41 am »
Ha, you beat me to the edit.

New project time! :D
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« Reply #8238 on: February 13, 2019, 09:49:21 am »
After a bit sniffing, I found the literal smoking gun -- a smoking UK to universal socket adapter.
Those universal adapters are crap + dangerous because of how they're designed. The nickname deathdapter is well deserved.

The previous one probably suffered from a high current load, maybe someone plugged the kettle in it.
I was talking to housekeeping last time I was in HK and she said some people bring their own electric grills with them so they can cook in the rooms :palm:

That happens in the UK too, my partner worked for a number of hotels up to 5 star in London and it's quite common to have maintenance reset breakers because people trip them with grills, it's also common to throw kettles away because people 'cook' in them, on one occasion she told me of a visitor who was storing fresh food in the bath with ice from the bar.
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« Reply #8239 on: February 13, 2019, 02:21:44 pm »
... on one occasion she told me of a visitor who was storing fresh food in the bath with ice from the bar.
Hopefully not human kidneys.
 

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« Reply #8240 on: February 13, 2019, 03:19:22 pm »
I have the Proxxon 28608 Precision Vice and I love it. It's awesome! I had a Clarke one before that and the Proxxon is in a different league all together! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a non permanent vice. It really is a solid piece of kit!

I have a "Bernstein Spannfix" vice. I really like that you can quickly unlock it with the lever and rotate it in any direction, very useful for prototyping.

That looks like a very simple and robust vice for sure! I think I would be very happy to own that vice too. It looks like a solid piece of kit that does what it says on the tin!  :-+
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« Reply #8241 on: February 13, 2019, 04:13:48 pm »
... on one occasion she told me of a visitor who was storing fresh food in the bath with ice from the bar.
Hopefully not human kidneys.
Or a body.   :o
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« Reply #8242 on: February 14, 2019, 04:19:50 am »
Two boards for 550$ from Fluke 5440B to steal parts and voodoo resistors from....  :-//
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« Reply #8243 on: February 14, 2019, 05:48:24 am »
... on one occasion she told me of a visitor who was storing fresh food in the bath with ice from the bar.
Hopefully not human kidneys.
Or a body.   :o
You guys have strange ideas about "fresh food".
 
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« Reply #8244 on: February 14, 2019, 09:28:34 am »
I have the Proxxon 28608 Precision Vice and I love it. It's awesome! I had a Clarke one before that and the Proxxon is in a different league all together! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a non permanent vice. It really is a solid piece of kit!

I have a "Bernstein Spannfix" vice. I really like that you can quickly unlock it with the lever and rotate it in any direction, very useful for prototyping.

I keep looking back at this. It's a very nice vice indeed! I think it's a much more upgraded/refined version of the one I have.
I love mine so can only imagine how much more a treat to use yours is. I see yours is about 5 X the price of mine but with these things you get what you pay for....  most of the time!
That's one of the things I like about the forum, you get a real world review of these things.

I know some will say "you don't need a more expensive vice" or whatever, but sometimes it's nice just to have these things. Kinda like owning a a Mercedes when a Ford or Vauxhall will do just fine.

I'm very tempted to invest in 1 and keep mine as a back up and to use the odd time you need 2 vices.

We'll see....  :)

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« Reply #8245 on: February 14, 2019, 10:54:24 am »
... on one occasion she told me of a visitor who was storing fresh food in the bath with ice from the bar.
Hopefully not human kidneys.
Or a body.   :o
You guys have strange ideas about "fresh food".

Meh, it's all protein...
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« Reply #8246 on: February 14, 2019, 10:56:59 am »
The two Workzone branded small vices (suction and edge mount) from Aldi go on special once a year for about $15 each which is a bit of a bargain.

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« Reply #8247 on: February 14, 2019, 11:01:52 am »
The two Workzone branded small vices (suction and edge mount) from Aldi go on special once a year for about $15 each which is a bit of a bargain.
Yeah, we get those in the UK too, I've looked at them a few times, you reckon they're good?
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« Reply #8248 on: February 14, 2019, 11:10:54 am »
They look identical (in design) to the Proxxon, just a different colour. However, I've no idea whether they used cheaper materials.

Speaking of which, I used my last Proxxon vice (suction cup version) to push close 100x 50pin Centronics IDC connectors to flat cable and when I was finished, the threads were completely sheared off and I had an ex-vice. So they are not made to handle higher pressure.

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« Reply #8249 on: February 14, 2019, 11:52:11 am »
The two Workzone branded small vices (suction and edge mount) from Aldi go on special once a year for about $15 each which is a bit of a bargain.
Yeah, we get those in the UK too, I've looked at them a few times, you reckon they're good?

Had mine for several years, I went for the a couple of the suction versions as they seemed more flexible on the bench. They are fairly heavy and unless it's off balance are fine for connectors and small pcbs etc. I don't use the suction but if required you could properly clamp them down or use a jig to secure them to the table.

No idea how strong they are but they have a bit of weight to them and do clamp tight for holding. The jaws have removable silicon grips and are unscrewable steel plates themselves so easy to do a wood conversion. Aldi isn't exactly staffed with rocket scientists so even if you put it through its paces they would likely take it back without issue. The price is right anyway.
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