We put together a new 19-category Maker’s Tools Buying Guide, which covers all the types of tools one would typically use for robotics, electronics, and hobbyist types of projects.
The list includes 60 tools of all kinds, from hand tools such as precision screwdrivers and flush-cutting shears, to soldering irons and multimeters.
While a lot of the recommended tools are well suited for field use, some are going to be more limited to workshop use, such as the Hakko soldering station, Akro Mils parts cabinet, and PanaVise vises.
Each category, with the exception of screwdriver recommendations, are limited to just 3 options. Our plan is to eventually expand each category into more detailed buying guides with additional recommendations, reference information, and tips on what features to look for.
With the exception of the Fluke multimeter and Weller soldering station, all of the tools on the list are ones we own, tested, or have used in the past.
What do you think? Are there any tools or categories you would add to the list?