Modeler Tool Suggestion List

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Modeler Tool Suggestion List
By Charlie Long, Lynchburg

DISCLAIMER: I am a Lowes employee and therefore in a position to see tools
that may be of interest to the group. You may find the same tools or tools
of equal value at another store or online.

Like other model railroaders, I'm constantly on the watch for tools to add
to my miniatures or precision tool box. Over recent years I've noticed that
Lowes and Home Depot now carry more precision tools. As a Lowes employee
and a recent transfer to the Tool World Department (NOT the best place for
a tool junky!), I have first hand exposure to all of the tool products.
There are a few that have caught my eye as potential for the modeler. Lowes
introduces some of these at the holiday season to boost gift sales. I'm
listing, with a brief description, a few here for your edification. And,
you just may find one or all of these on sale between now and Christmas.
You'll find the old brand General Tool as well as Lowe's own Kobalt brand.

General Tool No. 1912, Lowes # 524036. Reg. $19.98, now $14.98. Twelve
piece set in a case with cutting board. This is an interesting addition to
General Tool line. If you have ever traveled for business and tucked an
Accurail, Athearn or Tichy kit into the suitcase to work on at night you'll
find this little kit pretty handy. The case zips open like a zippered
notebook to expose a nice cutting board, Exacto style knife, pliers,
miniature screwdriver (changeable bits), tweezers, magnifier and steel
rule. The cutting board, knife and screwdriver themselves are probably
worth the price.

General Tool No. 500, Lowes # 78618. $19.98. 1.5 volt Cordless
Screwdriver. This is a favorite tool! I reach for this when I have
hard-to-reach locations. Uses the 1/4 hex drive changeable bits.

General Tool No. 63518, Lowes # 78627. Around $16.00. A nice set of one
handle and 16 precision bits to fit most anything. I like this set because
of the extended shafts on the bits.

General Tool No. 1433, Lowes # 190130. $19.98. I love my 6" stainless steel
digital calipers but these are on my wish list! This neat little carbon
fiber 3" set will probably do us modelers just fine for 90% of our work.
Gives measurements in decimal inches and millimeters plus fractional
inches! According to reviews, very accurate!

Kobalt Model SF20, Lowes No. 271891, Knife Set. Reg. $19.98 Now $14.98.
(MAY go to $9.98 for holiday sales!), 36 piece Exacto style blades. Handle
doubles as a precision screwdriver handle (bits included) but this set has
two blade chucks (collets?) with Kobalt 'SpeedFit' quick change
shaft/collar. This is very handy when two different blades are needed. All
in a very nice plastic case.

Kobalt Model 63401-6354185331925, Lowes No. 501837, Precision 'Double
Drive' Screwdriver Set. Reg. $19.98 Now $14.98. What's different about this
set when compared to other precision sets? Lowes introduced their 'Double
Drive' full size screwdriver line last year. This year they've expanded it
to the precision or miniature line. Basically, this design doubles your
output - half turn of the handle produces a full turn of the bit. Very
handy if you don't have (or want) the General cordless model and you have
to deal with long coupler or truck screws. 16 bits and extension included.

Well girls and boys I hope this helps. Any questions, fire away. I'll try
my best to answer. Don't forget to check for sales at Lowes and HD.

Have a great holiday season and be thankful!
Charlie Long
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