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Build a beginers toolbox. you have $150...... GO!

By the96stang

7 years ago

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    #1 7 years ago

    Title explains it all! GO GO GO

    #2 7 years ago

    Multimeter, Nut Driver Set, Allen Wrench Set, Needle Nose pliers, Wrench Set, Soldering Iron, Solder, Flat and Phillips Screwdriver, Alligator clips.

    #3 7 years ago

    Craftsman tools:

    Screw driver set, nut driver set, pliers set, socket set, hack saw, c clamps 3 and 5 inch... Or a general hand tool set as big as you can get for 150.

    #4 7 years ago

    Soldering iron brand?

    #5 7 years ago

    Don't forget Novus 1 and 2, those Millwax cotton cleaning wipes, and a small flashlight.

    #6 7 years ago

    For most things a Home Depot Weller for $20 works fine.

    #7 7 years ago

    clip light and flash light

    #8 7 years ago

    an electronics repair box is a good buy too, usually can pick up something decent from the shack for under $40. mine came with a wire crimp/stripper, decent single temp iron, various tweezers and clips, small dykes, small pliers, drivers, etc. the three pieces i bought it for though that have proven indispensable are the extendable poles - one magnet, one retractable claw, one rotating mirror.

    #9 7 years ago

    I bought this tackle box at Walmart for $20. I like it a lot.

    #10 7 years ago
    Quoted from hawkeye11:

    For most things a Home Depot Weller for $20 works fine.


    Also, a 6-1 screwdriver, a leatherman, and a cordless drill.

    #11 7 years ago

    Ideal Characters 1-45, 10-Pack of Each Wire Marker Booklet Legend (Great for marking wires under playfield before un-clipping stuff.)

    Heat shrink tubing multi-size pack
    Zip Ties
    3AMP,5Amp,.....etc. Slow Blow fuses
    Extra TIP102, Diode 1N4004, 2N4401 Transistor, etc...
    Solder sucker

    #14 7 years ago
    Quoted from dnhayden:

    A tool set comparable tho this one:

    That's a good set for the price and beginner!

    #15 7 years ago

    I strongly recommend against "multi-tools" like leathermans, and those N-in-one screwdriver kits.

    I've had a leatherman for quite a while.
    I can't say I've ever used it (by used, I mean used to complete a task, not trying and giving up and digging out a more appropriate tool). It's more awkward as pliers, I can't remember the last time I've needed a second rate knife that doesn't really hold an edge, the saw is a joke (and you shouldn't be sawing your pinball machines either, generally speaking), and the screwdrivers are too awkward for use on a pinball machine (or much else). That's the problem with multipurpose tools. They do everything, but don't do anything very well.

    I also recently threw out a 6-in-1 screwdriver, for a similar reason.

    You're always fumbling with the bits, sometimes they fall out at critical moments, and the shaft is too thick to get into tight places*. I always find myself using standard screwdrivers whenever possible, rather than the 4/6/10/9000-in-1 screwdrivers. If you happen to be near a used tool store, you can get basic screwdrivers for pocket change.

    Working on pins is awkward enough with good tools. Using multitools just costs you more blood, sweat and tears (literally on all three counts, in my experience). Whenever I go to see my friend's pin, if work is going to be done on it, I bring the tools I think we'll need, otherwise we get stuck using his multi-tools, and a task that should take 5 minutes ends up taking a half hr as we struggle with sub-par tools.

    *"That's what she said"?

    #16 7 years ago
    Quoted from DrAzzy:

    I strongly recommend against "multi-tools" like leathermans, and those N-in-one screwdriver kits.

    I dunno, I think both of these tools are just fine to use, if used correctly and you know their limitations. You do make some valid points, but I think I'll keep my Leatherman in the toolbox.

    #17 7 years ago

    Molex crimper, Wire cutter, needlenose plier, socket set, nut driver, magnetic wand, small bubble level, spare Stern playfield bubble (for pitch), #1 and #2 phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, Adjustable wrench, Alan wrench set

    A good multimeter but that will easily cost $150.

    #18 7 years ago

    Don't fprget solder wick or a solder sucker. I think my sucker was $12 at Radio Shack.

    #19 7 years ago

    Knockoff soldering station $60, CL fluke dmm $75, Good wire stripper $15, youre done.

    Then save up some more cash and "Go" again!

    #20 7 years ago

    If you were to ask me for my number one tool for pin repair, it would be the six in one. I have a higher end one because I use it so much. The two nut drivers are the standard sizes of 95% of the nuts used on machines and we all know how many screws are involved. I have one tool in my pocket that can dissasemble most of a machine, and then I can pull it out of the handle and use it as a bit with the cordless drill.

    Best tool ever!

    Of course I also use a leatherman as my needle nose pliers and knife blade. So, what do I know?

    #21 7 years ago
    Quoted from donjagra:

    So, what do I know?

    I'm with you donjagra..... Maybe it's a Utah thing.

    #22 7 years ago

    I'm not sure why you'd want or need a 108 piece socket set in multiple sizes to work on a pinball machine. The only thing you'd use a teardrop wrench for is the legs.. and maybe the bolts for the head. What are you using the other 106 pieces for?

    Now the screwdriver with multi-bits. All day long.

    My list:
    Multi-bit screwdriver
    Wire strippers
    Soldering Iron
    Molex Crimper
    Robo-grip pliers

    Anything beyond these items just makes the job easier.

    #23 7 years ago

    Not 150...but it's the MASTER list I found on RGP one day.


    The Master List:

    Power Tools
    Shop Vac
    Cordless Drill
    Assorted Wood/Metal Bits
    Dremel Tool
    6" Bench Grinder
    Berry Mfg Parts Polisher

    Pin Tool Box
    Tool Box with at least 3 levels and a part sorter on top is
    9V Battery (to test bulbs)
    Alligator Clips
    Digital Multi-Meter
    Small Socket Set
    Nut Driver Set
    1/4" Deep Socket
    Large Flat Screwdriver
    Small Flat Screwdriver
    Large Phillips Screwdriver
    Small Phillips Screwdriver
    Screw/Small Part Retriever
    45W Soldering Pencil
    Soldering Stand
    .050 Gauge Solder
    Logic Probe
    Black Electrical Tape
    Jumper Wires w/Alligator Clips
    Slip-Joint Pliers
    Needle Nose Pliers
    Cable Cutters
    Wire Stripper 16-22awg
    Razor Scraper
    Exacto Knife
    Tooth Brush
    Flash Light
    Clamp-On Shop Light
    10' Extension Cord
    Putty Knife
    Detailing Brush
    Index Cards (contact cleaning)
    Paint Markers (assorted colors)
    Super Glue
    Tape Measure
    Allen Wrenches (separate small wrenches are better than an all-in-one)
    Small Level
    3/4 Round 6" Long Dowel (for pounding inserts back into PF)
    Bulb Removal Tool
    Light Socket Cleaning Stick
    Small Artist Brushes
    Contact Adjustment Tool
    Flexstone Files
    Hard Contact File
    Bamboo Skewers/Tooth Picks (for loose posts)
    Wood Glue
    Circuit Board Removal Tool
    Wrist Grounding Strap
    Cable Ties
    Red and Black 18 and 20 Gauge Project Wire
    Male/Female Crimp-on Quick Disconnects
    Molex Pin Crimper Tool
    Molex Trifurcon Pin Extraction Tool
    Molex .093 Extractor Tool
    Magic Sliders (for moving machines on carpet)

    Cleaning and Painting Supplies
    Pin Skates (for moving game around shop)
    Mean Green or Simple Green cleaners
    Glass Cleaner
    Goo Gone
    Goof Off
    Freeze Spray
    Canned Air
    Novus 1, 2 and 3
    Kit Carnuaba Paste Car Wax
    Isoprophyl Alcohol
    Steel Wool
    Scotch Brite Pads
    600, 1500 and 2000 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper (check the automotive
    section of your local mega-store)
    Sanding Block
    Walnut Shell Polishing Media (for Berry polisher)
    High Density Foam Weather Stripping (for lockbar gasket and behind
    standup targets)
    Krylon Triple Thick Clear Spray Paint (for sealing damaged
    Semi-Gloss Black Spray Paint (coin doors)
    Semi-Gloss White Spray Paint (underside of damaged/touched up/repro
    Krylon Semi-Gloss Ivory Spray Paint (for older cabinet touch-ups)
    Semi-Gloss Black Latex Enamel (for newer black cabinets and works
    great on those black Gottlieb side-rails too)
    1" Foam Paint Brushes
    Wood Filler (water base)
    Nevr-Dull Metal Polish

    Common Parts
    Leg Bolts
    Leg Levelers
    Balls (10)
    23/64" Mini-Post Rubber (40)
    27/64" Mini-Post Rubber (40)
    3/16" White Rubber (10)
    5/16" White Rubber (50)
    3/4" White Rubber (10)
    1" White Rubber (10)
    1 1/4" White Rubber (10)
    1 1/2" White Rubber (10)
    2" White Rubber (10)
    2 1/2" White Rubber (10)
    3" White Rubber (10)
    4" White Rubber (10)
    Black Rubber Post Sleeves (10)
    Yellow Rubber Post Sleeves (10)
    1/2" x 1 1/2" Red Flipper Rubber (10)
    3/8" x 1 1/2" Red Flipper Rubber (10)
    1/2" x 1 1/2" Black Flipper Rubber (10)
    3/8" x 1 1/2" Black Flipper Rubber (10)
    Black Shooter Tips (10)
    White Shooter Tips (10)
    #47 Lamps (200)
    #555 Lamps (200)
    #67 Lamps (20)
    #455 Lamps (20)
    #906 Lamps (20)
    Bally Coil Sleeve Assortment (10)
    Gottlieb Coil Sleeve Assortment (10)
    Williams Coil Sleeve Assortment (10)
    Gottlieb Speed Nuts (30)
    Nylon Post Nuts (30)
    Rubber Post Nuts (30)
    Williams Shooter Sleeves (5)
    Gottlieb Shooter Sleeves (5)
    Assorted Inner Shooter Springs (10)
    Outer Shooter Barrel Springs (10)
    Locks (5) 7/8" for coin door
    Heat Shrink Tubing
    Assorted Wood Screws
    Assorted Machine Screws
    Assorted Nuts
    Medium Leaf Switch Blades (10)
    Heavy Leaf Switch Blades (10)
    Gold Flash Switch Contacts (30)
    Hardface Switch Contacts (30)
    Molex .093 Male/Female Pins (100)
    Molex .156 Trifurcon Pins (100)
    Slo-Blo Fuses (5 each of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3, 4, 5,
    6 1/4, 7, 8, 10 amp values)
    Fast-Blo Fuses (5 each of 1/2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 20 amp

    Board Repair Bench Tools and Supplies
    Tenma Temperature Controlled Soldering Station
    Digital Multi-Meter
    Panavise Circuit Board Holder
    Swiveling Magnification Lamp
    Small Magnifying Flashlight
    Radio Shack Resistor Value Card
    Close Quarter Nippers/Cutter
    Precision Needle Nose Pliers
    Adjustable Wire Stripper (10-30 awg)
    Tip Tinner Compound
    Soldapult Desoldering Tool
    1 lb .031 gauge rosin core solder
    30 awg wrap wire (board trace repair and jumpers)
    Machine Pin Sockets
    An assortment of all of the common transistors, diodes, resistors,
    capacitors, bridge rectifiers, etc. that are listed in Clay's repair

    #24 7 years ago

    A set of Klein or WIHA magnetized tip hollow shaft nut drivers. I prefer the WIHA handle but both are good quality tools.
    1 WIHA deep shaft 1/4" nut driver to fit over posts that would otherwise need a crescent wrench or some other awkward tool (http://www.wihatools.com/300seri/341inser.htm). Hollow shaft drivers often are too narrow for screws, let alone for posts.
    A 6" crescent wrench
    A decent solder station... on a budget I'd get a chinese Hakko clone for $40-50 or so
    A few screwdrivers
    A set of Allen wrenches
    A multimeter
    Novus, metal polish, wax and a nice pile of microfiber cloths

    Edit: Holy crap tomdotcom, that's a real list!

    Probably just a tad over $150 though.

    #25 7 years ago
    Quoted from mystic:

    I'm not sure why you'd want or need a 108 piece socket set in multiple sizes to work on a pinball machine.

    Sorry, I just like having a reason to buy new tools.

    #26 7 years ago
    Quoted from dnhayden:

    mystic said:

    I'm not sure why you'd want or need a 108 piece socket set in multiple sizes to work on a pinball machine.

    Sorry, I just like having a reason to buy new tools. []

    I'm not saying I don't already have one myself.

    #27 7 years ago
    Quoted from mystic:

    I'm not saying I don't already have one myself.

    me too....

    #28 7 years ago

    I think I have all the tools I need for now... but nothing to put them in.

    Sears is having a sale on Craftsman chests. Might get something like this:


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