Modeler Tool Suggestion List

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Sat Nov 16 10:23:15 EST 2013

You didn't list it, but I especially like the cordless Dremel No. 770 T2
Multi-Pro 7.2 volt rotary tool. I got it at Lowes several years ago. It comes
in a small zippered soft-side mini tool bag with a small box of some basic
tools; drills, stones, polishing pads, sanding drums, cutting wheels and
such. I use that for about 90% of my model building needs that call for a
Dremel tool.

Greg Harrod

In a message dated 11/16/2013 6:21:45 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
nw-modeling-list at writes:

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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