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those Turnigy drivers are about $3 each. not exactly high dollar... :)
Don't know - I prefer the mantra "buy once, buy right". PB Swiss will definitely be cheaper in the long run, especially with a lifetime guarantee
 

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I looked them up. Looks like they only sell L wrenches? I used the L shaped hex wrenches for years, but if I am gonna spend $35 to $50 on a set, I want real handles. MIP 's with proper handles - 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 will cost about the same ($40) and will cover every hex on a Arrma 1/8 rig, except for the pillow ball cup.

Or get the Turnigy, for $10 for the whole set. Then replace them in a year or two for another $10.
 

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I looked them up. Looks like they only sell L wrenches? I used the L shaped hex wrenches for years, but if I am gonna spend $35 to $50 on a set, I want real handles. MIP 's with proper handles - 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 will cost about the same ($40) and will cover every hex on a Arrma 1/8 rig, except for the pillow ball cup.

Or get the Turnigy, for $10 for the whole set. Then replace them in a year or two for another $10.
Hex wise they sell bits, drivers, ball drivers, L-handles and T-handles. The ordinary drivers cost around £5 ($4) each with lifetime guarantee that is tried and tested - even if the tool if just worn out, 9/10 they will replace it no questions asked.
 

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$5 a driver is a good price. Where can I get them? The only on-line vendor I saw was Amazon, they only had the L wrenches.
 

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Hex wise they sell bits, drivers, ball drivers, L-handles and T-handles.
Be very careful with T-Handles as it's very easy to underestimate how much torque those wrenches apply to screws until it's to late and you've popped a head off.
 

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$5 a driver is a good price. Where can I get them? The only on-line vendor I saw was Amazon, they only had the L wrenches.
http://www.shop.pbtools.us/PB-205-Hex-Key-Screwdrivers_c64.htm

Slightly more in the US as they are made in Switzerland so imported over - for once it's cheaper to buy something in the UK haha!

Honestly at these prices, made in Switzerland and lifetime guarantee they are fantastic value.

Be very careful with T-Handles as it's very easy to underestimate how much torque those wrenches apply to screws until it's to late and you've popped a head off.
Got a set of Bondhus t-handles and you are correct - have to be careful. Enough to get them tight, then a slight turn more is all that's needed. I have popped a fair few by over tightening on things none-RC related so agree it's very easy to pop a head off!
 

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Thx Woodie. Spent a little more but will last. My neighbor has used Wera for 30 years! German!
 

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Are there any concerns around using the ball head hex drivers such as the Bondhus you link above? I've read some things saying that they strip out the screw heads easier than the standard hex ends. I'm getting tired of the tiny allen wrenches and considering a new set of hex screwdrivers.
get mip ,hands down best wrenches big handled
 

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It’s not too often I need to use these and everytime I do I forget just how nice they are. Just disassembled a cheap RTR tonight and there wasn’t a single socket head screw on it other than the pinion set screws. It was loaded with small Phillips head screws which are the worst for rounding out making the need for a quality Phillips head screw kit necessary.

These are hardened tips with a very nice ergonomic handle. They aren’t the cheapest but I will say that you a paying for the tips and not the handle lol. The handle feels cheap when you first pick it up but it shines during uses. It’s very smooth and spins freely in your palm without a hiccup when driving the screw. The tips fit precisely to the screw slot so long as you use the correct size.

I would say, as far as tip quality and slot fitment go, these are the MIP version for Phillips head screws.

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I just bought these-

https://shop.pbtools.us/SwissGrip-Hex-Key-Screwdrivers_c82.htm

I bought 1.5, 2, 2.5 in both normal and ball head. (don't like using balls to loosen tight unless I need to get into a weird angle)


Yes, they are, but they are still pretty good. Does swiss tools make them with a 1/4" drive? The MIP 1/4" ones aren't that expensive.

Found some I think... $4 a piece and they are pretty short.
https://shop.pbtools.us/PB-E6-210-1-4-Hex-Key-Power-Bits_c222.htm
 

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I'd suggest an inexpensive Digital Multimeter, too.

Harbor Freight has some decent ones that won't break the bank.
Sometimes we can get a free one at Harbor Freight with one of the free item coupons. Haven't seen the coupon in a few months but I did get mine free. Just a heads up. 😉 I've never left HF without something free.
 

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