Accessories & Parts

  • How Does a Heel Grounder Work?

    We’ve all experienced the sudden, uncomfortable jolt of a static shock, followed by the inadvertent yelp or maybe even profanity that comes out of our mouths as we quickly retract our hand from the surface we just touched. It’s not quite as bad as stepping on a Lego, but it’s still pretty bad, and I’m sure if anyone had the opportunity to avoid that sneaky shock for the remainder of their lifetime, they would gladly accept it.

    While there’s no way to avoid static shock 100 percent of the time in everyday life, if you frequently work in ESD areas, a heel grounder could save you and your equipment from harmful electronic transfer.

    GoKimco offers a product called the Desco 17200 Premium Foot Grounder that will protect the wearer from static shock build up. So, how do these simple devices work? When you experience that jolt of electricity, it is due to the built up static charge on your body jumping between you and the surface you’re touching.

    If you’re wearing the Desco 17200 foot grounders and making contact with an ESD floor, the electricity that would have built up static on your shoes and skin is then dissolved into the ground. This product is great for people whose projects require mobility such as soldering, kitting, and quality control, as the steps you take drain the static charges from your body.

    As mentioned briefly above, heel grounders are designed specifically for ESD surfaces and flooring. This is the only way to provide a continuous path for the static build up to escape directly through to the ground. With that being said, while we know that these rubber accessories are just to die for and deserve a spot on the list of latest fashion trends, wearing them out to your local grocery store or mall probably won’t prevent you from getting jolted.

    On the other hand, these adjustable grounders can save you from equipment damage. Over time, static transfer can cause partial or complete failure of sensitive devices. According to Erin Wade of Occupational Health and Safety, Electrostatic Discharge could be responsible for more than 25 percent of circuit failures. That’s a pretty big risk to take when you could easily slap on a pair of Desco heel grounders and cancel the static altogether.

    GoKimco offers this product at an inexpensive price to fit most shoe sizes comfortably for both men and women. You can find more information on the product here.

    Desco 17200 Heel Grounder

  • Holiday Gift Ideas at Kimco

    The holiday shopping season is upon us. To help you pick out the best gifts for the hobbyist on your list, we've made a list of great ideas for every budget. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the gifts we have selected in three different price ranges. Get your shopping done NOW!

    Under $50:

    PanaVise 301
    Panavise 301 Standard Vise Kit with Head and Base
    - Kimco Price: $49.99

    Every workshop needs a PanaVise, and the 301 is a perfect choice. Like having an extra set of hands, the 301 standard vise will hold household repair projects, printed circuit boards, automotive parts and more. Its jaws open to 2.25” and has a heat tolerance of up to 200°F. This unit is compatible with other PanaVise accessories and the base can be screw-mounted to a workbench or shop counter.


    Dremel 7300
    Dremel 7300-N/8 MiniMite 4.8v Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
    -Kimco Price: $32.82

    The Dremel MiniMite is a versatile tool for a variety of light-duty projects, including drilling, sanding, shaping and detailing. This portable tool can be used nearly anywhere, making it a perfect addition to any household. This MiniMite kit comes with a variety of accessories and is compatible with Dremel bits with up to a ⅛” shank.

    Suggested add-on:
    Dremel 531 ½” Stainless Steel Brush


    Eclipse Pro's Kit Driver
    Eclipse Pro's Kit PT-1136A LI-ion Cordless ScrewDriver, 3.6V with Light
    -Kimco Price: $17.18

    A handy cordless screwdriver that won’t break the bank, the Eclipse Pro’s Kit PT-1136A has a directional head that can be adjusted into three different configurations, making it perfect for hard to reach spaces. The built in LED light makes using the driver in low light situations a snap, and included in the kit are a variety of driver bits.


    Under $100:

    Hakko FX888D ESD-Safe Digital Soldering Station
    Kimco Price: Price: $91.35

    The Hakko FX888D is a popular hobbyist soldering station that features an easy to use digital display. The FX888D packs a big punch for a small price, and it looks really cool too! This station is perfect for use on RC cars and airplanes, computer parts, circuit boards, and other electronics.

    Suggested add-on:
    Additional Wire Sponge


    Steinel ThermaMelt
    Steinel TM6000 ThermaMelt 6000 Butane Powered Glue Gun
    Kimco Price: $53.04

    This is one serious glue gun. Powered by butane, this gun heats up within three minutes. It is suitable for a variety of hobby and crafting applications and uses replaceable LEC fuel cells.

    Suggested add-on:
    Additional fuel cells


    Daylight U33700
    Daylight U33700 White Twist Portable Task Light
    Kimco Price: $59.99

    As the name implies, this task light folds up to be easily portable. The rotating head features a “flicker-free” ballast and a 13W energy saving tube (200W equiv). This is a quality lamp for any hobbyist.


    Under $200:

    Dremel 4000 Kit
    Dremel 4000-6/50 High Performance Variable Speed Rotary Kit with 50 pieces
    Kimco Price: $185.28

    The finest and most versatile of all of Dremel’s rotary tools, the hobbyist in your life will be thrilled with the Dremel 4000-6/50. Featuring a high-performance motor, this tool is suitable for thousands of different hobby, repair, and crafting applications. Sharpen garden tools, sand painted surfaces, cut tile, metal, wood, plastic and more using the 50 included Dremel accessories.

    Suggested add-on:
    Additional cut-off wheels


    Aven Mighty Vue Magnifier
    Aven 26505-ESD Mighty Vue ESD-Safe Magnifer with Clamp, 3 diopter, 30" Arm
    Kimco Price: $157.08

    This illuminated magnifier features a crystal clear 7 x 5.2in., 1.75x (3 diopter) lens and is the perfect addition to any workbench. The spring-balanced arm has a 30in reach, and the head is equipped with two 9 watt fluorescent bulbs.


    Visit our gift page for more great holiday gift ideas.

  • When You Need the Most Precise Tweezer - Hakko hot rework tweezers


    Everyone has been there (even us at Kimco), standing in front of the bathroom mirror for half an hour trying to grasp this tiny molecule with these obtuse tweezers. Perhaps you were tweezing eyebrows or trying to remove a stubborn sliver. Regardless of the exact situation, the tweezers were just not precise enough for the job. Meanwhile, of course, someone downstairs is shouting “Honey, we’re going to be late….”

    For those whose tweezing escapades cause severe family strife, the Hakko FM2023-05 SMD Mini Hot Tweezer Kit from Kimco Distributing is among the most precise tweezers available. Most of our customers who purchase these tweezers or the Hakko FM2022-05 SMD Parallel Remover have much more delicate tweezing operations in mind, though. (Please, do not use the heating element if you are pulling out a sliver with these tweezers. After all, they are not actually made for this purpose.)

    Both Hakko’s Mini Hot Tweezer Kit and Parallel Remover, which are compatible with the manufacturer’s FM-202, FM-203 and FM -206 soldering stations, are designed to be used in the highly demanding electronics assembly industry. Kimco carries these tools, because they are manufactured to the highest standards, while also being extremely functional. The Parallel Remover’s fixing collar ensures proper tip alignment, while the Tweezer Kit is built to work on components as small as 0201. The Teezer Kit also has a rever-action tweezer function, which can be activated at the flip of a switch. Both are easy to set up and switch between functions.

    These tools from Kimco are certainly not built for getting out slivers. Their ESD-safe design and efficient heat transfer make them ideal for the fine work of electronics assembly and repair. Even if they were suitable for home use, their prices are a bit more than the average home tweezers. As Kimco’s featured product right now, though, they are a bargain for anyone who needs a high-grade tweezer for soldering.

  • Clean Your TLS220 With Brady Pck-5 Cleaning Wipes

    In the world of industrial, commercial, or service oriented businesses there is the need for specialized equipment that can be used in many different instances. The Brady TSL2200 labeling system is a tool that is used within the electrical field to create labels for organizing circuits, large panels of cables, and other electronic applications. Along with this type of work - some of it out in the weather - the TSL2200 can get quite dirty. Kimco recommends the Brady pck-5 cleaning cards to keep the mobile label maker in quality working order.

    These cleaning cards are perfect for anyone who is making use of the Brady TSL2200 label maker. As repairman are in the field, installers are working in less than ideal environments, and assembly workers go about their business, the label maker can become clogged with ink, dust, and other foreign objects. Keeping the labeller clean is important for continued use and crisp, clean labels. With the use of Brady pck-5 cleaning cards you can give the TSL2200 a wipe down and clean it right where you are.

    This cleaning card is designed to safely remove all dirt, ink, adhesive, and other contaminates from the thermal printing head and paper path of the TSL2200. It is also designed to improve printer quality and legibility. It will also increase output and machine life when used.

    You can find the Brady pck-5 cleaning kit for the TSL2200 at the website. Our pricing is low and we pride ourselves on being able to ship our products out quickly. Take a look today at our extensive lineup of Brady products.

  • Brady BIA-WT Board Inspection Labels Available at Kimco

    When it comes to the inspection process the more streamlined it can be the better it is on production and the bottom line. If you currently have an assembly process that contains several stations of workers, or sites, then the more streamlined it can be, the better it is for everyone. With the help of Brady BIA-WT Board Inspection Labels, workers can easily flag those parts, or devices, that need repair, or removal from the line.

    At Kimco we believe that these labels are perfect for both the industrial setting and the at home hobbyist, or part time repair shop. They are easy to use, stay affixed in place, and are easily removed without any adhesive residue. They are made out of Repositionable Vinyl Cloth so that they will not be susceptible to any electrostatic discharge. This means that they are safe to work with as well as easy to use.

    What makes these labels to wonderful is that you have the ability to quickly let someone else know exactly where the problem is within a circuit board. It could be a bad connection, a bad component, a bad solder, or some other defect that needs to be fixed before the product can be released for general use. There is no need for lengthy explanations. Just set a label in place and send it back.

    Kimco carries an extensive line of Brady products as they are recognized as an industry leader and authority. You can find the BIA-WT inspection labels, as well as many other Brady products, at the online catalog.

  • Clearly Mark Your Components With High Temperature Brady PTL 10-426 Labels

    One of the most important aspects of assembling electrical components is the labeling of each part and each circuit. To do this there must be labels that can handle the temperatures they will be subject to. The Brady PTL 10-426 labels are exactly what you need for quality control and better devices.

    Not many people realize that there is a lot of heat that is generated when an electrical device is being operated. The longer that the circuits are transferring information, or transistors are working, the heat continues to build. In a computer, the fans are used to help dissipate this heat. However, the insides are still quite warm. Regular labels that are used on different components can easily fade away, or discolor, rendering them useless.

    The Brady PTL 10-426 are High Temperature Polyimide labels that can be used in many different applications. They are used for Circuit Board ID, Component ID, and several other similar type of applications. As such, they are subject to high temperatures. Because of the polymide construction they easily transfer the heat so that they do not yellow, fade, or look burnt. You can read the printing on these letters for many years after they have been afixed.

    These high temperature labels are .750" x .250" in dimension and come in a 750 label roll. They are used with the Brady TSL2200 labeling system. You can find both of these products at the online catalog. Both are available at a special price and are shipped same day as purchase. While at the site you can also look at several other Brady products as well as accessories and tools for electrical and industrial use.

  • Easily Label Wires With Brady PYL 17-426 Labels

    When assembling a circuit board, or organizing a mile of cable wire, it is important to keep labels neat, organized, and easy to read. It is also important that they be rated for the extreme temperatures that can be found within electrical devices, coils, steel booms, and other high temperature applications. With the use of Brady PYL 17-246 labels you can now enjoy clear information for years to come without discoloration.

    One of the irritating facets of circuit board, or electrical component labels, is that after they have heated up, and cooled off, much of the printing that tells part number and other important information is worn off, discolored, or otherwise not able to be read. Thermal transfer labels by being able to ward off the temperatures and remain bright and crisp for easy reading of instructions, part numbers and other viable information.

    For use with the Brady TLS2200 labeling system, the PYL 17-246 labels are that essential item that can make assembly of circuits, repair of electrical parts, and organization of cable a breeze. This line of thermal labels can be manually or automatically applied at extreme temperatures, thereby eliminating the requirement to identify goods after cooling.

    Most extensively used for printed circuit board use, these labels resist lead-free direct wave solder, reflow processing and cleaning solutions. They are 1.000" W x 0.500" H (25.40 mm W x 12.70 mm H) and come in rolls of 500 labels.

    Check out the catalog at for more information about these Brady labels. You will find that they are competitively priced and are available for immediately delivery.

  • The Brady TLS2200 Thermal Label Printer Keeps Wires Organized

    Any job that requires installation of miles and miles of cable is in need of extensive labeling and organizing. Not just any label can do with this type of project. Thermal shielded labels are a special brand of labels that are used extensively within the cable and wire industry. The Brady TLS2200 Thermal Labeling System is the easiest, most productive, way of creating labels for identifying, marking, and organizing large cable installations.

    What makes this device so valuable to any installer or assembly worker is that the Brady TLS 2200® Thermal Labeling System is a light weight (2.75 lb/1.25 kg) portable printer. This small printer does not take up much room, but is packed with features to make identifying your structured cabling environment a snap.

    The Brady TLS2200 labeler is a fully contained powerhouse that will fit into any toolbox. It comes fully equipped and feature packed to handle many different project and jobs. Included within the list of features is that it delivers crisp, clear, non-smearing labels, automatically serialize, and can also print two copies of each serialized label - one for each end of the run, includes memory for label storage, banner printing, and PC connectivity, and there are 500 different labels available to fit all your identification needs.

    The Brady TLS2200 can be found at the website for a very low cost. Check it out today and see why this label maker is perfect for your needs no matter if they are large or small. Our fast shipping will have it out to you the day you order it.

  • Keep Consumers Safe with Brady Sl-13 Static Awareness Labels

    Safety in the workplace, and for consumers, is something that no company can take for granted. It doesn't matter if the business is run out of a basement for part time income, or a large corporation with millions in profits, when it comes to electronics you can not be too safe. The Brady SL-13 Awareness Labels can help keep consumers, and repairmen, aware of static electricity and shock and are a vital component to many electrical devices today.

    Electrostatic discharge, or ESD, is a very common occurrence within electrical devices that carry circuit boards, and micro chips. They reason is that they build up a lot of charge within the component itself that can be discharged through contact with tools or other items. Labeling a device with a Brady SL-13 awareness label will let the person handling the device about the possibility of ESD.

    With this warning, repairmen, assemblers, and hobbyists can then use ESD safe tools and handling materials when coming into contact with this type of component. The Brady SL-13 labels conform to Military Standard 129J and EIA (Electronics Industries Association) Standard 471. They are 0.500" x 0.500" (12.70 mm x 12.70 mm) in dimension and come to 54 labels to a card.

    Kimco carries the Brady line of safety products, labels, and printers as they are recognized as an authority and leader within the industry. Check out the website today for the Brady SL-13 awareness labels and other Brady products today. You will see that our prices are lower than our competitors and our shipping is fast.

  • Create Labels Fast with the Brady BMP71 Printer

    There are moments when you must create a label for a component, a wire group, or repair that you are doing. Instead of reaching for that piece of masking tape and marker, the Brady BMP71 Printer is a great way to make those labels fast, easy, and securely.

    This very versatile label maker is not your run of the mill department store variety label maker. It is built from the ground up to be a powerhouse for industrial, commercial, and even laboratory settings. Labeling wires, circuit boards, and storage cabinets with a wide range of different labels is quite convenient, and even necessary, in many areas.

    The Brady BMP71 Portable Label Printer offers more than 400 different label options. This easy-to-use labeler can help you cut material waste, save label making time, and print crisp labels. For the home hobbyist that is working on their creations, assembling parts on freelance, or repairing products as a part time business, this label printer is ideal. This does not mean that it can not withstand the rigors of outdoor line work or indoor commercial settings.

    This incredibly versatile printer can print on more than 30 types of label materials - including PermaSleeve™ wire markers, indoor/outdoor vinyl, polyester die-cut labels, flag labels, self-laminating wire markers, and raised panel labels. This makes those quick labels a breeze. It also boasts a QWERTY style keypad layout, large, graphical, full color display with on screen indicators, and a built-in wizards and other features for easy label creation.

    You can find out more on the Brady BMP71 printer at the website. There you will not only see our large online catalog of electronic and industrial supplies, but also our industry best prices.

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