Tools of the trade

shadows

Giga Shock!!
Seeing as people often ask as to which tools they should buy or look into. I thought it would be good to have a list of good tools to have in your arsenal for arcade repairs or just general electronics.
If you have any recommendations, post them up and I'll add them to list.


Hand Tools.

Crimpers :
- Hozan P-706

Wire strippers :
- Xcelite SAS3210 self-adjusting 32-10 AWG
A time saver for making harnesses.​



Soldering.

Desoldering :
- CirCuitSpecialists CSI474 Desoldering Station
- HAKKO 808 desoldering gun
- Edsyn DS017 Deluxe Soldapullt Desoldering Pump

Soldering :
- Edsyn 951SX LONER Temperature Controlled Soldering Station
- Weller WES51 soldering station
- Power Probe PPSK Butane Soldering Kit
- Pro Charge Cordless Rechargeable Soldering Iron
- Weller PSI100K Portasol Super-pro Self-igniting Cordless Butane Soldering Iron Kit

Multi/rework stations :
- GQ electronics 5200 hot air and soldering rework station
- CircuitSpecialists CSI825A Hot Air Station

Supplies :
- Solder Kester #50/245 SN63PB37 .020 2463378807
- Solder Kester 44 SN60PB40

Accessories :
- HAKKO 599B (Brass wire tip cleaner)
A much better option for cleaning the tip of your iron than the standard damp sponge.​



Test & Measurement.

Multimeters :
- Fluke 87V Digital Multimeter
- MS8261 DIGITAL MULTIMETER
- TekPower TP4000ZC
- Tektronix DMM914
- UNI-T UT-61E Digital Multimeter

Test Instruments :
- Logic Probe Elenco Electronics LP-560
- ESR Meter ESR-micro v4.0s
Russian made, should be available on eBay.​
- Oscilloscope OWON SDS7102V 100MHz 1GS/s 10Mpt 2-Ch DSO
- Oscilloscope Tektronix 2225 50MHz Analog 2-Ch (Discontinued)
- Oscilloscope SIGLENT SHS810 Handheld 100MHz 1GS/s 2Mpt


Programmers :
- EETools Chipmax
Only does 40 or fewer pin eproms​
- EETools Topmax2
Expensive but very good.​
- TOP2049 Universal USB Programmer
- Wellon VP-280 (Discontinued)
Great programmer if you can get your hands on one.​


Misc.

- EPROM Eraser BK Precision 851 Deluxe EPROM Eraser
- EPROM Eraser Vilber Lourmat VLE-12T (Discontinued)
- Vacuum pickup Aoyue 932 Vacuum Pickup Station


Power Supplies.

- Agilent / HP E3610A 0-8Volt 0-3Amp, 0-15Volt 0-2Amp Bench Power Supply (Discontinued)
- Agilent / HP E3614A 0-8Volt 0-6Amp Bench Power Supply (Discontinued)
- CSI3005SM 0-30 Volt 0-5 Amp Bench Power Supply


Chemicals.

Cleaners :
- Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)
- DexoIT DN5
Great cleaner for those 20 years old oxidized contacts.​
 
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Dion

Known Scammer, NeoGeoFreak Co-Founder
I made a video a little more than a year ago that dealt with the tools I tend to use often:



I also have these programmers:

Cheap WILLEM
Chipmax (only does 40 or fewer pin eproms)
Topmax2 (expensive but very good)
 
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Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
I really want to get an oscope but every time I ask people what specs I should be looking for to deal with pre-Y2K arcade games I get no answers.
 

shadows

Giga Shock!!
Depends on how much you want to pay, but you get old analog oscilloscopes for cheap. 50mhz would be plenty good, like an old Tektronix 2225. Those analog scopes are massive though.
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
Depends on how much you want to pay, but you get old analog oscilloscopes for cheap. 50mhz would be plenty good, like an old Tektronix 2225. Those analog scopes are massive though.

Are those small digital ones any good?
 

shadows

Giga Shock!!
If you mean those small ones that look like phone, then no. The sampling rate makes them pretty much useless.
 

Tyranix95

Giga Shock!!
Other thing's I've found useful:

de-soldering braid/wick, liquid flux, Q-Tips, and a good de-greaser. :D
 
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mainman

CPS2 Person.,
I really want to get an oscope but every time I ask people what specs I should be looking for to deal with pre-Y2K arcade games I get no answers.

Funny you should ask this question Xian as I have just got a handle on your question recently.

Ok let me start by mentioning my mistake. First and foremost I needed a handheld DSO. I researched a little and stumbled across a DSO 1060 made by a company called hantek. It advertises a 60 mega hertz bandwidth despite it only having 150ms/s sample. It was delivered and I gave it a try, the damn thing was only good up to 5 mega hertzs after which the aliasing made it unusable. The only good thing I could say about it was being able to use the mulimeter in scope mode although the multimeter itself wasn't all that great with it slow continuity and capacitance check.

Ok lesson learned, I returned and bought a SHS810
http://www.siglent.eu/shs810-100mhz.html

It is a 100 megahertz scope with a very vital 1GS/S sample rate. It also has 2mpt of memory depth. It also of course has a built in multimeter feature and even data logging. Battery life has been 4 hour continuous.

When you are shopping for a scope what you need to be concerned about other than obviously its bandwidth is sample rate and memory depth, I can not stress this enough.

With modern DSO when you input a analog signal that signal must be converted by the DSO and the real time sample rate determines how accurate that conversion is. Lets say your analyzing a 20 meg analog signal. Now the rule of thumb is that the sample rate must be at least 10 times the analog signal under test. So basically in order for that 20 meg analog signal to be displayed correctly you would need a real time sample rate of 200 megahertz to avoid aliasing. Danger never never never take the Equivalent sampling rate manufacturer advertise as gospel because ETS is always shit. Keep in mind that if your scope is a dual or more channel the sample rate will be divided among all the channels in use

Memory depth is so so important also. The size of the buffer memory determines how long it can capture a signal IN DETAIL before the memory is full. Lets say your doing digital trouble shooting on a 20 meg signal and there is a glitch somewhere you need to capture. What memory depth does is allow you to capture as many 20 meg cycles as possible in a period of time lets say 1ms for a example. The higher the memory depth the higher the details.

The vast majority of arcade gear is going to be in the 15-30Mhz range. Personally if your going to drop the money you might want to future proof for other electronics and go bare minimum 50Mhz range. Stick to a 1Gs/s sample rate if your scope is in the 100Mhz range and 500Ms/s if its a 50Mhz scope.

Now if you want a bench DSO the RIGOLS have a very very good reputation, good spec, performance and reliability so say damn near the whole eevblog and the amazon reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200422&pf_rd_i=507846


Both of the scopes I mentioned will handle everything you can throw at them but keep in mind the channels are not isolated so if your playing around with high voltages/currents be mindful that your two test point MUST share a common ground.






If you have a grand to spend the SHS1102 or SHS1062 would be the best choice as both channel are isolated.
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If you do a lot of surface mount work and have the cash to spare this tool will also come in handy

Hakko 394
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This right here is on my wish list and the only reason I have not bought one yet is because I put priority on my scope. I do a TON of surface mount work and my eyes just can't take it anymore which is why a PCB inspection system is a must buy for me and anyone else who does surface mount work on 100 pin plus IC'S. Hopefully I will get a refund this year.

Aoyue 638 PCB Inspection system
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A multimeter is a must have tool but even the name brand units from the major manufacturers are no substitution for a good LCR meter. The DE-5000 is also on my wish list as my cheapo unit does not have the accuracy.

DE-5000 Handheld LCR Meter
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A function generator is useful for experiments
This one is PC based
Hantek® 1025G
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BKV802I/ref=oh_details_o09_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is a pocket generator
Velleman HPG1
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YTWMZW...TF8&colid=28PU14GQTJ9IX&coliid=I2K72BEZS9I96U



A caliper is also a handy tool
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You should stock a bare minimum of caps, resistors, wire, copper tape.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SVHFXO...TF8&colid=28PU14GQTJ9IX&coliid=I328OP7YNORJ0H

http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Knows-Electronics-Value-Resistor/dp/B003UC4FSS/ref=pd_sim_indust_1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B4ZQ3L0/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013JLALK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AGUAII/ref=oh_details_o07_s02_i07?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CPBX6O/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



My setup


Tektronix DMM914
TekPower TP4000ZC
MS8261 DIGITAL MULTIMETER
SHS810 DSO
Hantek1025G function generator
Logic Probe
CSI3005SM power supply
CSI474 Desoldering Station
CSI825A Hot Air Station
Aoyue 932 Vacuum Pickup Station
Pro Charge Cordless Rechargeable Soldering Iron
Power Probe PPSK Butane Soldering Kit
Weller WES51
TOP2049 Universal USB Programmer
BK Precision 851 Deluxe EPROM Eraser

Various rotary tools, flux pens, solder paste, glue gun, etc


Good places to shop at online
http://sra-solder.com/
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/
http://www.aidetek.com/
 
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GadgetUK

Giga Shock!!
I really want to get an oscope but every time I ask people what specs I should be looking for to deal with pre-Y2K arcade games I get no answers.

Something like 40 / 60Mhz dual channel would be fine imo as most of the boards I've seen around that era tend to be < 20Mhz clock speeds. Although there might be 100 / 200Mhz boards out there around Y2K. I guess the answer is to check out the fastest clock speed of the types of boards you deal with. If I remember correctly there were ~266Mhz PC CPU's around that time (approx Y2K) so you might need a pretty good scope if you want to handle that sort of frequency.

All of the retro systems and arcade PCB's I've dealt with (80's and 90's) don't tend to go over 16Mhz. Digital storage scopes are better if you can find one, else analogue is fine.
 

GohanX

Hollywood Hulk Gohan
Indeed. The 808 along with the Hakko 888 soldering station are the best tools I have.
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
Indeed. The 808 along with the Hakko 888 soldering station are the best tools I have.

I might be getting an 808 and an 888D very soon. My desoldering iron died today and I feel it's time to try a new design since the one I had got way too many clogs. How is the 808 with clogs? And how easy is it to clean/swap parts, blah blah?
 
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