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Discussion in 'Tools' started by The_Otherside, Feb 28, 2018.
I have more than a few stripped hex screws.
Anyone have any tips to get them out?
Most are up front.
That's what you get with low quality hex tools. You could try grinding a slot in them if possible.
Yep, I have stripped screws even though it's the first time i've removed them and i'm a mechanic so I know better than most about these problems. Not sure if it's the tools being low quality though, seems like the screws are the low quality part even on my brand new kraton. Hope you get them out, i'd look at a small set of 'easy outs' for removing them to hopefully not damage anything else. Then i'd replace them with better screws, not arrma ones.
don't touch any screw until u get mip tools. I done the same thing like u stripped screws using low quality tools
@The_Otherside you can try using a screw extractor set to remove the stripped screws.
We start out and a screw starts slipping, that right aways tells us to Stop, we do what, keep right on going. I got a screw M3 or is it a m4 man loaded with Locktite and to much tightning from factory. Use heat to free locktite I read? I did just that. no good. cut a slot on a countersunk screw, good luck. So yes I tried a brand new extractor and failed as well. so I feel your pain I really do. so back to the start of my opinion.
We start out and a screw starts slipping.... I stop get the right tool which I did but I am wanting to get out here now and enjoy my hobby. In the nmean time use another Rc Model until you can find the answer you're after. I am no pro but I tried most methods but the MIP one.
A quality driver set is probably the best way to stop stripped screws. But if you have some already stripped that need to come out I use the irwin micro screw extractors works great. But honestly I havnt had to use it sense I bought my mip driver set.
Second the MIP. Especially on smaller grub screws. Pretty sure they will even sharpen them if they ever dull up.
Heat and screw extractors, or using a dremel to cut a slit are pretty much your only option for the already stripped.
Here's an alternative method I use from time to time on stripped screws...
For M3 screws that take a 2.0mm hex driver you'll need a 7/64" drill bit, drill and needle nose pliers or vise grips. For M4 screws use an 11/64" bit. The following example is a stripped M3 screw that holds one of the wing mounts.
Carefully drill the center of the screw head
Check depth until the head of the screw pops off and starts rotating
Remove part to get it out of the way
Use needle nose pliers, vise grips or a pair of side cutters or dikes to unthread the remainder of the screw
Took me longer to make this post than it did to successfully drill and remove the stripped screw.
Hope this helps others as an alternative method down the road when dealing with a stripped screw
That works on some. Although, a lot of the flat head screws end up without enough stump to get a pliars onto. But that's about the only way (without an ezout) to get a caphead or buttonhead screw out of something that's recessed like your wing mount. For flathead screws, it's either ezout or dremel. Typically, they are on a part that is accessible to a dremel, so that's what I do as I've yet to buy an ezout. I just ignore the damage it causes on the part around it.
On those countersunk ones, in the past I have used a dremel and a small cutting wheel to make a cut for a flat bade.
I have also found that once in a while, you can get the next size bit in the head if it strips, so i used a 2.5 to remove a 2.0 once.