Bargains Wanted! (MHV Tools Wishlist)

A very generous donation of $4,000 from the ACT Chief minister has been received, to go towards a 3D Printer, Projector, Table Saw, and Lathe or Mill. We’ve just received a 3D Printer from LulzBot, so that frees up these funds for the other items in that list. What else do we need? Should we try to stretch the funds if there are good quality bargains to be had? What else do we need? Please help build a wishlist and alert us to any bargains going!

  • Table Saw
  • Projector
  • Lathe or Mill
  • 3D Printer filament
  • Miscellaneous hand tools (we seem to be getting low again? Screwdrivers, side cutters, crimpers, etc)
  • Acrylic and foam working stuff

… those of you who actually use the workshops should probably chime in here :slight_smile:

Some recent donations from a work colleague:

  • HP precision benchtop multi-meter
  • another soldering iron/hot air re-work station
  • A pair of laptops

And from me for permenant loan once we move:

  • 500MHz 4-ch Tektronix 540A DSO
  • Wavetek 75 arbitrary waveform generator
  • A dual 3A 40V lab power supply

perhaps table saw with safety features.
Not as cheap as the ‘bunnings specials’ though.

Could cut acrylic on table saw (i have used my track saw to cut acrylic before)


oh perhaps some dust extraction unit to reduce dust.


We should keep a look out for second hand/free whiteboards/corkboards too. Because due to asbestos issues our current ones won’t be coming with us :frowning:

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Good idea! I have plans to investigate whiteboard paint and things too once we move :slight_smile:

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Once we’re in the new space and can inventory more easily, I plan to investigate which tools have gone missing and write up a replacement list.