Modding Top 10 PC modders' tools

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  1. brumgrunt

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    To narrow it down. We like things that cut things.
     
  3. Griffter

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    im not a modder, but those tools make me go ohhhhhhhhhhh, would love to have those in my workshop!... once i get a workshop after getting my house.
     
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    That is exactly how I feel... lol
     
  5. Guinevere

    Guinevere Mega Mom

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    I know it's not great for modding, but it's brilliant for UN-modding... or 'un' anything really! It's my favourite tool in the toolbox and it's very satisfying to use:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce the fubar:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. blacko

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    you missed a hammer off the list. You've got to have a big hammer. If something goes wrong the hammer can fix things by smashing stuff into a million pieces.
     
  7. daletur328

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    For me, has to be good variable solder station and good set of wire strippers. But never seen the dremel scroll saw before.
     
  8. Jay88018

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    +1
     
  9. David

    David RIP Tel

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    Can someone buy me the scroll saw and band saw, so I can have the full set?

    and a CNC milling machine

    and a 3d printer, that's it.

    and a laser cutter, that's definitely it, this time.
     
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    TadZilla tadbitnerdy

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    Don't forget a step drill bit to go with that drill. Cleaner cuts than a hole saw.
     
  11. Stef

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    Accurate measurements!
    - Good quality metal ruler (with metric and imperial).
    - Good quality T square thingy.

    Paper and pen/pencil, depending on how detailed you want to sketch, up to A3 in size.
     
  12. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

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    Just dropped £lots on a full set of engraving gear, mod mode engaged!
     
  13. The Bodger

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    One tool I love is my Antex GasCat. It's a combination of soldering iron, mini - blow torch, mini - heat gun (good for heat - shrink etc) and hot - knife attachment for shaping plastic. It may be something of a jack-of-all-trades, but its portability, cordless operation (it runs on cigarette lighter fuel) and small size make it an extremely flexible device indeed. It's just as useful mending wiring on a car miles from home as it is modding power supply wiring in a PC :)
     
  14. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I think the one item REALLY missing in you list was a hack saw, -or maybe one of those little engineering rulers.
    @Guinevere - Not a big fan of those. Things that try to do everything normally
    fail. I usually dual-wield two mini crowbars for light-duty destruction.
     
  15. fluxtatic

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    I'd second Stef, more or less. I love the triangular Alumicolor scales (although I waste god knows how much time turning and flipping them, seeing as how I only really use the standard ruler side.) Also been meaning to see if they have metric versions, as imperial's getting a little less satisfying every time I measure something. I use 6" and 12" both - the 12" is a little unwieldy for measurements on small pieces, while obviously the 6" is less than ideal for longer lines.

    Other than that, I get by with a Dremel, cordless drill, a few files, and a load of sandpaper (and a sanding block - essential for getting flat, clean edges on plexi, imo.) Next on my list is a drill press, though. Nothing extravagant, just a benchtop job - trying to drill holes square to a face is an exercise in frustration, either with a drill or a Dremel. A bench vise would be good, too - I realize some of the issues I have isn't just a lack of skill - it's hard to do precision work when you're limited to two hands - one holding the tool, the other holding (or holding down) the workpiece.
     
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    Plasters.
     
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    A Plasma Cutter for when a Dremel needs to go up to 11
     
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