I suppose it all boils down to whether or not you actually use all of them. I seem fine with two or three myself (Weller) plus a gun that I never use any more. I would say you are more of a collector considering the redundancy and the fact that if some of those were used frequently you would not get the tips off to change them.
25 T-Strippers (4 different types -Hey, I can't pass up a good clearance at Home Depot) 5 pairs of pliers 10 utility knives 5 hammers 5 channelocks 5 voltage testers 2 clamp ons 5 tape measures 4 pouches 3 tool bags
My excuse: Hand tools are basically consumable, so I like to have a good stock on hand.
I always like to have nice sharp T-strippers, so those get replaced pretty frequently. It still hurts to throw one away though.
Re: Too many soldering irons?#49966 03/21/0508:02 PM03/21/0508:02 PM
I have two Irons... I rarely use. But Paul, you may have crossed a line into the obsessive.... (unless they are on display somewhere, then you are a collector.)
But on what some people see as exessive in my tool collection: 9 pairs of linemans, one is always in pocket. 12 measuring tapes, one is always in pocket, one on dash. 7 levels, one is always in pocket. 6 of the same model 14.4 dewalt screw gun, 1 impact wrench. (7? 1-7 years old 2 batteries and a charger each.) My excuse: I have 5 tool boxes, and each specialized for what type of work I am doing. i.e. If doing a panel, I pull out one box, running conduit, another box, same for phone, romex, MC. And a general bag, that has 2 of my 4 meters for troubleshooting, and trim out. Some jobs I pull out two or more boxes, and toss them on my two wheeler. I rarely loose tools, and they seem to last longer as they are used less.
On the other hand: I do not own a pair of needle nose, or a pair of dikes. Two things that surprise people when they ask to borrow them. All but one pair of linemans are Knipex, and the nose is small enough to use as needlenose, and I find the only efficiant use for dikes is pulling nails.
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Re: Too many soldering irons?#49967 03/21/0508:14 PM03/21/0508:14 PM
I seem to have a glut of drill motors and bad bits. 4 cordless drills, one 1/4, three 3/8 and two 1/2", corded plus a 1/2 hammer drill, a drill press and an air drill (does a Dremel count?). There may be one or two I forgot. I don't even work in a trade. I just seem to inherit old drills as gifts from widows. I must have 100-150 bits in various states of destruction. I keep saying I will sharpen them some day. Of course every drill someone gave me came with a bunch of burned up bits. I just keep buying new ones because I hate a nasty drill bit screwing up my work.
Re: Too many soldering irons?#49969 03/22/0508:39 AM03/22/0508:39 AM
...I,too have multiples of tools that I use everyday,.. to make up for the ones that are lost in drop ceilings,ATTICS,basements,and that occasional bottomless sump pump well from hell that loves to devour tools,..and God knows what else is down there... Russ
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Re: Too many soldering irons?#49970 03/22/0509:17 AM03/22/0509:17 AM
But Paul, you may have crossed a line into the obsessive.... (unless they are on display somewhere, then you are a collector.)
Hmmm... I'd better put them on display then! Or maybe I could get away with it by just claiming to be the stereotypical English eccentric?
I forgot to add an Antex pipe soldering iron to the list -- It has twin elements and jaws to close around a pipe fitting for soldering. I saw that and bought it several years ago thinking it would "be handy for the odd plumbing job around the house," and so far I've never used it!