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Old 11-28-2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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I have a few a few tools i have picked up along the way. mostly relying on some friends to let me use their tools as i tried to figure out if i really wanted to get into the hobby. Well after i year and buying 2 more cars i know im not going anywhere and would like to invest in a tool set. I have a slash, a sc10 and a sc8e. so just wondering what set everyone would recommend...thanks!
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I use Team Associated tools, I have the entire set. They aren't the most expensive tools, not the best either but I got a deal on them and I have built many kits using them without fail, so I can't complain for what I paid for them.
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If you don't mind dropping the cash, Hudy. You can buy good tools once, or cheap tools many times. You can save some money if you get their Profitool line that has plastic handles. The tips are the same.
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My assocaited tools are fantastic. They have lasted a long time, and replacing the tips is only a few $$$$.
One thing though, I just bought cheap nut drivers (Dynamite), as they don't chew out fixings. Good hex drivers are a msut however.
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Wow I would never want to build a car with those.

Buy what is in your price range and from a well known company. Replaceable shafts are a great feature. Integy has some good tools for a reasonable price. I have had my Losi tools for many years, and I have been wanting a reason to spend retarded amounts of money on Hudy tools but still don't need to replace my 'cheap' tools.
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I like Bondhus tools, especially the hex drivers and L-keys. I think "RC specific" tools are overpriced, and personally I don't care about having a fancy anodized aluminum handle. I guess with those you can buy replacement tips, but the Bondhus have a lifetime warranty anyway.

These are what I currently use:

http://www.amazon.com/Bondhus-20899-.../dp/B000EB850M

http://www.amazon.com/Bondhus-10687-...0989804&sr=1-5
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MIP, EDS, or Hudy. Expensive, but you will never need to buy another set.
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Whatever toolset you decide on, you'll most likely need to get

1.5 mm hex driver
2.0 mm hex driver
2.5 mm hex driver
3.0 mm hex driver

5.5 mm nut driver
7.0 mm nut driver

0.050 hex driver
0.063 hex driver (1/16)

If you run 1/12 scale with SAE hardware (CRC, SpeedMerchant, BMI, etc), you'll most likely need

0.078 hex driver (5/64)
0.093 hex driver (3/32)

3/16 hex driver

body reamer

For Associated and Serpent side link screws, you'll need a 1.3 mm MIP hex driver.
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How about the Tamiya tool set? Are they any good?
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I have three different brands in my tool pouch. EDS, RC Pro and Associated.

I'd recommend any of them to anyone, over the cheap crap Integy tools I started with.
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Wow I would never want to build a car with those.

Buy what is in your price range and from a well known company. Replaceable shafts are a great feature. Integy has some good tools for a reasonable price. I have had my Losi tools for many years, and I have been wanting a reason to spend retarded amounts of money on Hudy tools but still don't need to replace my 'cheap' tools.
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Look too big and bulky for my liking but everyone has their preferences right. With small symmetrical handles you can spin them much easier when putting screws in and out of aluminum parts.

Are integy tools complete rubbish?? I know they are not awesome tools but for the price they seem pretty decent. They only thing I don't like about my losi tools are the short shafts, wonder if Hudy shafts will fit the handles????
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I used Integy hex drivers for several years, their "nitrided" ones. I've actually got 2+ sets. The simple fact is they are ok, but not better than that. Tips are easy to break (on the smaller sizes) and don't fit THAT securely in the fasteners.

After resisting them as "overpriced" I finally stepped up about 2 years ago and bought a full set of Hudy hex drivers. Once you decipher their size "labeling" scheme they are noticeably better how they fit the fastener heads, etc. Have since picked up a half dozen different socket drivers and am planning to pick up a set of their screw drivers. They truly are tools you'll buy once. You'll pry these from my cold dead hands. Maybe.

A friend has the full set of Associated tools, they seem to serve him well and have done so for several years now. I know he would certainly recommend them.

Another friend has a full complement of Losi tools and is similarly happy with them. I've got a few Losi tools that I've picked up here and there. They seem ok but I've not used them enough to really have an opinion.
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MIP yellow handles... i had mine since 1996 and no issues with the tip wearing and beleive me it has been used on set screws for ever.

i have a 1/16 Associated and after 10 or so yrs it is starting to round.

The hudy Profils are big but the tips are great

if you can find TSAiS get them. expensivr but the best tip in the market (my opinion) i use one of their vernier dial handles for tweak screws and man they are nice

i have a set if early integy metrics, since 2001, and these the tips will wear round with use. i use the 2mm hex a lot and over time had to put a dremel cutting wheel to the tip to square it off to fresh metal.
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