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Required tools

Note: borrowing required tools isn’t allowed.

The following are required before any shop activity, including MCH 121:
  • 1 pair of safety glasses *
  • 1 6″ flexible steel rule with 32nd and 64th increments one side, and 10th and 100th increments on the other side
  • 1 scientific calculator with fractional function (Casio fx-260 Solar Fraction model, with an a/b, is preferred)
  • 1 combination lock
The following personal tools are required to be purchased before starting course MCH 150 or higher:
  • 1 machinists’ ready reference
  • 1 6″ dial caliper (Starret #120 or equivalent)
  • 1 black permanent marker
  • 1 set of hex-head (Allen) wrenches – 1/16″ to 3/8″
  • 1 set of open-end / box-end wrenches – 3/8″ to 3/4″
  • 1 silica carbide hone stone – for carbide tools
  • 1 aluminum oxide hone stone – for HSS tools
  • 1 dial test indicator with dovetail mounts (Starrett #709AZ or equivalent)
  • 1 magnetic base indicator holder (Noga #DG61003 or equivalent)
  • 1 universal indicator holder (Indicol #178 or equivalent)
  • 1 dial indicator (Starrett #655-441J or equivalent)
  • 1 cemented carbide right-hand turning tool – 1/2″ shank; grade: C5, K21 or all-purpose *
  • 1 cemented carbide left-hand turning tool – 1/2″ shank; grade: C5, K21 or all-purpose *
  • 3 HSS 5/16 square blanks *
  • 1 edge/center finder (3/8″ x .200 or 1/2″ x .200) *
  • 1 thread center gauge (unified national) *

* See instructor before purchasing.