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Old Jan 08, 2016, 09:06 PM
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Where to find tiny tools

I thought I had all the tools I need but I decided to build a few 250 quads and found my massive sockets to be much too large for the job. I have the allen screw tools for the screw heads but I need tiny tiny tiny sockets or socket drivers. How would I know what to look for? Where do you order such tools?

I have this frame:
http://www.fpvmodel.com/fmx250-mini-...-led_g852.html

And a ZMR250 from Banggood.

Any advice on small tools is welcome.

Thanks all.
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Old Jan 08, 2016, 09:32 PM
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Micro Mark has all kinds of small tools and at a good price. Be careful it's addictive!

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Old Jan 08, 2016, 09:35 PM
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My wife already asks why there is a package at the door almost every day. I started shipping them to work.
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Radio Shack used to have a tools section for this sort of thing. But that was then....

Any other electronics stores in your area? I mean the ones that sell components for making stuff. Not the local Wii or Nintendo store.....

Check the junk tool stores as well. Sets of small nut drivers that look like jeweler's screwdrivers used to be sold in the big bargain tool bins a lot of the time. Also check some of the hardware stores. I've seen them on the racks in the tool section. I know that Home Depot is a washout for that sort of thing but I've seen them at other tool stores.
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Old Jan 09, 2016, 09:35 AM
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I have a Harbor Freight. Not sure about other true electronics stores.
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Micro Mark is on line, be sure to check them out.

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Old Jan 09, 2016, 11:31 AM
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I well Cherokee. Can I use a micrometer to measure the outside of the nut to find the right size?
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I have this set http://www.banggood.com/JAKEMY-JM-81...p-1005006.html , the 5.5 mm socket fits the nuts for 3mm bolts.

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Old Jan 09, 2016, 01:11 PM
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Try here, if they don't have it, it isn't made....

https://www.microfasteners.com/tools...ellaneous.html
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Old Jan 09, 2016, 01:19 PM
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I have this set http://www.banggood.com/JAKEMY-JM-81...p-1005006.html , the 5.5 mm socket fits the nuts for 3mm bolts.



Mike

How is it holding up? I like the idea of one-stop shopping.
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Old Jan 09, 2016, 01:21 PM
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I measured the outer diameter of the nuts and they were about 4.9mm so I think they are supposed to be 5mm.
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You can also buy nut driver sets from Hobbyking.

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I'm a little leery of items from Harbor Freight and HK (though I have used them). I head to McMaster-Carr, an industrial supply house, and use their precision nutdrivers.

As a suggestion, head to www.mcmaster.com and look up p/n 52965A12 . It should show you an example of a 3mm hex nut driver. I use these a lot. Good quality. Easy to handle.

Just my $.02

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Old Jan 10, 2016, 09:56 AM
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I see the mcmaster ones. They look nice. I just want to try to balance price versus amount of use. I spare no expense for tools I use all the time but for something that rarely gets used how much do I really need to spend? Or how much can I hide?? 🙈
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I look at it this way - when I'm at the field or working late at night at the bench (when all the stores are closed) how much is it worth to me when I strip a cheap screwdriver or nut driver, etc. I don't pay the crazy prices that some woodworking stores claim, but McM-C is usually a pretty reasonable compromise, IMHO. McM-C sells to industrial customers, so they have to keep the quality up. You usually get exactly what you pay for.

Just my $.02

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