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Some of the tools I use.

I've had this tool case since the 1970s. It was originally an Xcelite TC-100 Tool Case in a leather type briefcase. I needed more depth in the bottom for meters and other tools so I had Anvil Cases build a custom road case that the original Xcelite tool pallets would fit in. It's designed sturdy enough to stand on. I actually used it for just that for several years at the sound board when I was on the road doing pro sound. It's now retired (like me) and has a permanent place next to my workbench.

Fluke 87V DMM
Fluke 87V DMM

The Fluke 87V is the meter I use on my electronics bench to check every other meter I own. It measures several ranges of AC/DC Volts, ohms, amps, capacitance, frequency, and temperature in F/C.

I purchased the 87V/E2 kit which included the case and other accessories. It came with a Fluke thermocouple and I added a Fluke K type thermocouple adapter so I could also use standard K type thermocouples.

I also added a set of the Fluke TL175 test leads to the kit along with a Fluke Volt-Alert that detects the presence of AC voltage. A plus is the case not only holds the meter and original probes but is designed with enough room to add additional probes and extras a tech would want.
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87V with Accessories
Accessories in Case
Carry Case

My Handheld Flukes:
8020A (1977), 8020B (1980s), 75 (1980s), & 87V (2013)

Home Made Breadboard
Home Made Breadboard

I work on mostly vintage equipment now but in the early 1980s when I was first started setting up the workbench and shop I was pretty limited at what I could spend. Fortunately there was a machine shop at work that I could use after hours to mill blank cases. For digital work I started out with a couple of breadboards. Along with them I built a +/- adjustable power supply, a +5V supply, a small digital meter, an adjustable 555 clocking circuit, and added a 16 bit logic display. I wound up putting them all together in this breadboard case.

That worked out well and I went on to build a matching function generator (in larger photo) based on a 555 Timer chip from scratch.
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Irwin 2078300 Wire Strippers
Irwin Wire Strippers

I picked up these wire strippers and love them. They are easy to use and you don't have to pick a hole as they automatically size themselves. Will strip wire from 10 gauge down to 22 gauge and will also strip a wire in the middle if needed. Made by Irwin, model number 2078300.
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Video

Power Designs Power Supplies

I use several DC power supplies on the bench. By far my favorite is this vintage Power Designs series from Palo Alto California. The top is a model 2005 precision supply with a unique dial design for setting the voltage from 0 to 20 VDC, 500 MA.

The bottom model 6050A will supply up to 60 VDC with a maximum of 5 amps at 7 volts and 1 amp at 60 volts. They all deliver steady DC voltage with pretty much no AC ripple to speak of.

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Also check out my Soldering Tools, My Workbench and
Tube Pin Straighteners, Pullers, and Tube Socket Adapters.


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