Is there a small first-aid kit in your field box? You
need only a few small items to deal with most
minor medical problems.
I’ve learned that sometimes the
fanciest piece of gear is not always the
best for my hobby workshop. Sure, a
low-quality tool won’t last as long under
heavy use and could possibly break in
a hazardous way, but if it’s only being
used to cut balsa or foam, it might last
me a lifetime! My drill press is a cheap,
imported unit, but it is satisfactory for
the light work that I give it.
I learned a different lesson with wire
cutters. After going through many pairs,
and sometimes getting poked or pinched
when they broke, I settled on the most
expensive cutters available and have
used them for two decades.
Cutting music wire can be hazardous
and it’s nice to have a dependable tool in
hand. Many of my other hand tools are
imported cheapos that last, as long as I
only use them on model airplane parts.
After trying various electric rotary
tools, a top-of-the-line Dremel is my
favorite. Spinning a cutting bit at high
speeds calls for a well-made tool, and I
gladly paid a little extra for it. The no-name motorized units were given away.
How about sanding tools? Inexpensive
is usually best, but a few more robust
(and costly) abrasives are useful for
metal and hardwood parts.
Do you have the same mixture of
fancy and cheap equipment? Maybe you
prefer only the best (or the best priced).
Please share your comments with me,
and I’ll publish the results of this
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