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Old 04-28-2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Made in USA

I have an old pair of small diagonal cutters that I wore out. I started shopping for a new pair and found these for $7:

and these for $25

I would like to have the Klein (made in USA, induction hardened) but it's hard to justify an extra $18 for the light use I will give them.

I also thought of buying a weller wes51. But reading up on it, I learned the company moved their manufacturing from North Carolina to Mexico a few years ago. And despite having cheap Mexican labor, they still want people to pay $100 for it, as though they're still manufactured in the USA!

I'd rather pay $10 for a cheap Chinese iron than $100 for a cheap Mexican iron with a recognized name slapped on it. Who do the greedy corporate executives think they're fooling?

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Old 04-28-2011, 02:47 PM   #2
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For soldering work at least, you're better off with a pair of flush cutting pliers vs. diagonal cut. Diagonal cut will cut things to a "point", leaving a sharp edge which. Flush cut in theory cuts straight across, leaving a more blunt edge.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:49 AM   #3
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True, if you want the ends squared off like they come from the factory. But once the board is in the case, the little pointy ends won't hurt me.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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But pointy ends gather a charge. Probably not an issue on a motherboard but might be an issue in high voltage like power supplies, monitors, etc. That's why tesla coils have round tops with a spark point. Just my 2 pennies. Personally I use some cheapo ones from harbor freight cause I always lose them
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