29587Re: [midatlanticretro] wire wrap bits?
- Mar 9, 2013On 03/09/2013 07:50 AM, David Comley wrote:
> As I recall, the bits are available but pricey. I picked up a similarIf they're still available now, they'll likely be around for quite
> tool at the MIT Swap Meet a few years ago minus the bit, but balked at
> the price of a new bit and never bought one.
> If you're getting into anything big though, and no-one comes up with a
> no-cost bit, I'd recommend spending the money on it. On the last
> large-scale wire-wrap project I worked on, I used a hand wire-wrap tool
> from R*dio Sh*ck. Actually I used two: the first one wore out. Not
> having a power wire-wrap tool really slowed things down and the quality
> of the work suffered.
> Maybe I should dig mine out and get it working. Who knows how much
> longer bits will be available ?
awhile. The first time I heard people whining "they're all gonna go
away!" was easily 25 years ago.
About WW bits...It probably doesn't pay to buy a used one, unless you
can inspect it very thoroughly. The alignment between the core and the
sleeve is pretty critical, and dropping it once will likely destroy it.
I used one of those Radio Shack hand WW tools for years; it worked
great. I still have it, in fact...I've had it for almost exactly thirty
years now. I only use it for "quick gotta fix something on a DEC
backplane" type of stuff. If I'm going to wire-wrap a whole board, I
have a Cooper power wire-wrap gun that is just fantastic.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA
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