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From: Steve Edwards <sedwards-at-awger.net>
Subject: Re: Tools of the trade [TANKS]
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 03:36:16 -0500
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

chris barthelson wrote:

> Hi all,
>        I was cleaning my shed/workshop today and started to wonder 
> what everyone else has in terms of tools and work area. Just curious. 
> And also what the single most important tool in a tank builders shop is.

Aside frome the usual assortment of hand + power tools, I have a 10" 
compound miter saw, air compressor (with twin NPTs for driving nail guns 
and other tools), and a Shopsmith ( http://www.shopsmith.com/ ). Ralph 
has a bench grinder, sawzall, drill press, various vices, a 3D routing 
table, almost every electronic toy known to man, and almost all the 
tools required to design and manufacturer every electronic toy known to 
man. His father in law has the heavier industrial tools (jackhammer, 
backhoe, etc).

Basically, if I don't have it, Ralph does; if he doesn't have it, his 
father in law does; and if his father in law doesn't have it, I don't 
need it.

Oh, with only one major exception -- none of us have a small milling 
machine. We know people with milling machines, and we can make-do, but 
it'd be nice to have a small one handy.

    - Steve "it's nice to have friends in low places" Edwards