Best hex keys according to redditors

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u/eronic · 41 pointsr/AskMen

These sick colored hex keys. I've worked as a bike mechanic and we used the black version so I can personally vouch for the quality being pretty good.

u/[deleted] · 21 pointsr/bikewrench

That's a great bike to start with. I started off with a bike in much worse condition.

I usually start off by giving the bike a quick wash. Just water and some dish soap to get off all dust and loose dirt. After that I dry it with an old towel.

Then comes the tear down. I put it on my stand and remove the wheels and set them aside. Then I just start cutting off all the cables (brakes and derailleur). After that, the chain gets it. I use the Park chain tool.

Then its on to removing the derailleurs, cranks, stem/bars, brakes, etc. Rear derailleurs are mostly removable with a 5mm allen wrench. Front derailleurs, too, although some of the older ones may just have a hex head. The seat post binder bolt is usually 5mm, also. Hopefully it isn't stuck. If it is, just come back and ask for methods.

Onto the stem and handlebars. To remove the stem, just loosen up the bolt up top a couple turns and tap it with a hammer and hopefully it slides out without a fight. Then remove the brake levers from the bar, then the bar from the stem.

I use this tool for the allen bolts. Park AWS 10

To remove the pedals from the cranks, I use a snap-on 15mm wrench. Remember, the pedal on the left side is reverse-threaded.

The bolt (or nut) on the crank arms is most likely 14mm and on much older bikes sometimes 15mm. I use a 14mm socket with a ratchet.

Removing the cranks from the bottom bracket spindle can be a pain sometimes. The tool to remove them is a crank puller. I use the park ccp-22. Make sure the threads are clean on the crank apply a little grease on the tool. Try to make the tool screw in the most it can and don't cross-thread. Aim to get the tool to bottom-out on the crank. Then you start spinning the handle and then you'll get a little workout on your arms.

By this point I usually just have a frame, fork, headset, and bottom bracket left. I'm tired so I'll just stop typing for now, heh.

Ask If you need any help. Someone will gladly help you here and see if you have a local bike co-op/ kitchen nearby. They could be a great asset.

u/BrandonRushing · 20 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Instead of buying that one tool, I'd highly recommend just getting a full Allen wrench set for a couple bucks more.

The InSinkErator tool is just a 1/4" allen wrench.

u/Lcar210 · 11 pointsr/PLC
u/JamesOver9000 · 9 pointsr/Tools

I recently bought these guys:

Bondhus 20399 Ball End L-Wrench Double Pack with BriteGuard and GoldGuard Finish

Super great. Got them over 6 months ago and I Haven't had one break yet and I use them all day every day. Plus bondhus has a lifetime warranty.

u/rompenstein · 9 pointsr/Tools

Here's what I would personally recommend for a decent minimum starter set, assuming you're just looking for general homeowner/handywork tools:

u/Number1AbeLincolnFan · 8 pointsr/ar15

This might be excessive, but I wanted to be thorough so you can see what all is out there. I am having trouble thinking of anything that the following tools can't do, in terms of AR building and maintenance. This is basically my setup at home, though some.of the brands and whatnot are different.

I am operating under the assumption that you already have some basic hand tools in addition to the torque wrench.

The only things you absolutely need are roll pin punches and an armorer's wrench and some basic hand tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, needlenose pliers and so on. The rest just expedite the process and help solve weird issues that may come up.

Wheeler Engineering Roll Pin Starter Punch Set

Wheeler Roll Pin Punch Set

Wheeler Hammer and Punch Set In Plastic Case

Geissele Automatics 10-169 AR15/M4 Reaction Rod

Aeroshell 33ms / MIL-G-21164D / MIL-SPEC Barrel Nut Thread Grease + 1/2oz can

TEKTON Long Arm Ball End Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric, 26-Piece | 25282

TEKTON Long Arm Star Key Wrench Set, T10-T50, 9-Piece | 25291

IRWIN Tools Multi-Purpose Bench Vise, 5-Inch (4935505)

Yost UP-360 Universal 6 Inch Prism Style Jaw Cover

Real Avid Gun Tool Pro - for Modern Sporting Rifles

Wheeler Firearms Accurizing Torque Wrench

Wheeler Professional Gunsmithing Screwdriver Set (43-Piece)

TacWater USA AR15/M4/M16 Tools Multi-Purpose Tool Set (W)

Takedown Pivot PIN Tool set 223 556 6.8 SPC 300 AAC

Magpul Bev Block

u/LegendarySecurity · 8 pointsr/functionalprint

ProTip: A set of Bondhus hex drivers changed my life. I haven't ruined a printer screw in months.

These wrenches are the best there is:

Bondhus 20399 Ball End L-Wrench Double Pack with BriteGuard and GoldGuard Finish

And drivers:

Bondhus 10687 Set of 7 Balldriver...

u/LeftHandedOctopus · 6 pointsr/Tools

Tamper-Proof Torx, Tamper-Star, Tamper-Torx, I've heard them called all sorts of things. Lots of bits available for this sort of fastener now...

u/_Please · 6 pointsr/Tools

I got a few craftsman tools recently and while I bet they are overall "fine" I've been pretty disappointed with a few of them. I would also look to gearwrench, a bit higher quality and the price isn't much worse.

I'd buy this (1/4 and 3/8th sets) - $109

Half inch impacts and ratchet - $130

Wrenches, long pattern full polish and a free knife. - $118

Ratcheting wrenches - $50

Screwdrivers - $28

Hex keys - 18 dollars

Half inch extensions - 25 dollars

Total of 475 dollars, most of that ships free if you have prime, the rest from coastal tool supply ships for 8.95 flat rate or something. You could buy nut drivers or hex headed sockets with the rest of the money. Should be similar amount of useful tools, but much better ratchets. You could cut down the screwdriver set if you wanted and add stubby wrenches or something else. Again, that craftsman set would probably be fine, but I hate those ratchets and don't have any need for ignition wrenches and that extra stuff.

u/Pattycaaakes · 5 pointsr/coolguides

>Just keep one of those swiss army Allen tools. You know what I'm talking about.

I know exactly what you're talking about

u/d_paulson · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

As someone working through this but a few years ahead of you, I'll pass along the list of stuff I've bought and/or wish to buy...

Hand Tools

  1. You say you have screwdrivers, but ifs worthwhile to have a full complement of them. You might consider getting a hand tool set like this one. Also, diagonals. Can't stress that enough. Eventually, you might upgrade a lot of these, but it'll get you started.

  2. Ratcheting wrenches, along these lines. Conventional wrenches are functional, but these are much more so.

  3. Ratcheting hex key set. In fact, this one looks good. If you have any Ikea furniture in your future, these will be worth their weight in guld.

  4. Maybe a vise. That particular vice is mid-priced, but you can find well-reviewed vises at just about any price point.

  5. A good range of sand paper grits: 80, 100, 120, 150, 180. You might also pick up a sanding sponge.

    Power Tools

  6. A Dremel

  7. Maybe an electric circular saw or a jigsaw. I really don't know which I'd prioritize, but you should probably have at least one of them.

  8. If there's money left over in your budget, I'd suggest a random orbit sander.

  9. A drill press

    Also, there are fluids to consider

  10. Simple Green

  11. Penetrating oil

  12. Wood Glue

  13. Mineral Spirits

  14. Linseed Oil

    Of these, I'd focus on the hand tools, fluids, and the Dremel. You can always ask someone to buy you a saw for Christmas. If you have these things on hand, there probably won't be a job come along that you can't handle at some basic level. I'm assuming you don't need yard grooming tools, because that's an entirely different list.
u/Greybush_The_Rotund · 5 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

Get a Wiha 35392 metric Allen key set for $10 and forevermore have peace of mind.

u/Siphtor · 5 pointsr/Multicopter

Below are links to everything on Amazon:

Crazy Ants Reel Rolling Tool Bag Pouch Professional Electricians Organizer

BXQINLENX 8 PCS Gundam Modeler Basic Tools Craft Set For Car Model Assemble Building(A)

Stanley 84-096 5-Inch Needle Nose Plier 7-Piece Precision Screwdriver Computer Tool Kit (CTK100P)

Dynamite 5 pc Metric Nut Driver Assortment

NEEWER® Titanium Nitride TiNi Hex Driver Wrench 4 Piece Set 1.5mm/2mm/2.5mm/3.0mm

Bondhus 12592 GorillaGrip Hex Tip Fold Up Tool with ProGuard Finish, 7 Piece

There are also a few assorted items in there as well, standard scissors, small little brush(for getting dirt out of the quad in a crash), extra 12v power chord for my balance charger, small wrench(for propeller nuts), a couple extra small screw drivers. In the pouches: micro fiber cloth for fpv camera lens, zip ties and Velcro tape.

u/brandonsmash · 5 pointsr/Tools

These are the ones I have:

The color-coding is surprisingly useful.

They also have a stainless set that is specifically for stainless fasteners.

u/tgrummon · 5 pointsr/bikewrench

These Weras are, by far, the best hexes I have ever used:

Edited to add: Are you on a carbon or aluminum frame? Sounds like you need fiber grip or something in there.

u/TheSwami · 4 pointsr/3Dprinting

Some of the less intuitive acccessories I've found helpful:

u/i8leadpaintsince1974 · 4 pointsr/Tools

I have this set Ive had a small cheater on some of the larger ones and they've held up. Sometimes they fit a little tight, which is good and bad depending on the situation. The bright finish is great if you set them down on something dark. The holder is OK but the 3/8 and 10mm falls out sometimes. Ive had mine 3 years. I give it 9/10

u/AFTERWAKE · 4 pointsr/MTB

I've heard Snap On and Bondhus(amazon link) make good stuff. Snap On will replace any tool that breaks, no question, and I don't really know anyone who doesn't love their Snap On tools. They seem trickier to buy online though, but you could check your local Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, etc. Bondhus seems to have good prices for still quality tools, and they're on Amazon. You could also try Craftsman, though I'm not sure if you have a Sears near you and if they'll even be in business too much longer.

u/WanboNI · 4 pointsr/EDC

Dude, you should see my Amazon wish list......full of Wera stuff, but yeah, my wallet cringes each time I start browsing Wera. Really want these and this and these (although I have the same set, just with less bits) and these and this and this to put it all in..........that's like half the wishlist 😆

u/laquecuelga · 4 pointsr/bicycling

That fancy Park Tools hex wrench is 8 bucks. The screwdrivers are what, 2 dollars each?.

I don't understand going through all the trouble of cutting those steel wires for less than 12 bucks worth of tools that are not even new. Assholes.

u/BasicBrewing · 4 pointsr/Tools

If you're putting together furniture from a store, you'll probably want a set of allen keys around. I recommend Bondhus. Very solid tool for the price. I like the ball ends and prefer having them loose rather than swiss army knife style. There are better brands, but I don't think the added price is worth it for the home user.

I don't think wrenches are much use to most home users - especially if you have ratchets already. Might pick up some channel locks (or equivalent) and vice grips. Save some money and adds versatility.

Hammer, again for a home owner, doesn't make much difference. I'd probably suggest picking up one slightly smaller than you think you need. You'll likely be doing work that requires more precision that power in most cases.

Screwdrivers, it may be worth investing in a decent set. BUT if you (or somebody in your household) is prone to losing them or using them incorrectly (like as a pry bar or breaking up ice, etc), expensive screw drivers would be wasted on you. I'd start with a basic set you can get at the local big box (Kobalt is on deep discount at Lowes right now; Husky is a solid choice at HD; HF Pittsburgh will do most of what you ask of them) - all at a good price. Might also be worth picking up a cheap-y driver with interchangeable bits to keep in the junk drawer. Might just end up using that more than anything else.

Pliers, I don't think I would splurge on either. You will use them, but the difference between something high end vs entry level homeowner stuff will be lost on most folks. Not worth the extra money, in my opinion (and like screwdrivers, depending on who is using the tool, these are the second most likely thing to get destroyed being used incorrectly or lost). One other tool that might fit in this category are some wire strippers. I would spend a little extra money for a good pair. Lot of folks around here like Klein. Solid brand, solid tools. Little bit pricier. I have some Southwires which are a bit cheaper, but alot of guys get on for being made in China or inferior compared to Klein. I'm definitely not a pro, but I've not had any problems with them including wiring up a generator on 10/3 UF-B wire and doing a full electrical install in an office/shed.

u/ForeverBronzeRL · 4 pointsr/3Dprinting

This took waaaay too long to measure, test and design but I think it was worth it! (although they still don't line up at the angle I wanted :( )

This is a Allen/Hex key holder made for one of these sets or it's equivalents.

Thingiverse Link

It's made to fit in the keyhole slots on this pegboard. Although the mounting brackets are only super-glued on so you can make your own mounting brackets if needed.

If you have any changes you think I should make, please let me know

And if you do print it, be sure to show me a pic please!

u/SomeGnosis · 4 pointsr/rccars

Bought these 3 years ago, they are still sharp :) Be careful with power drivers...

u/ender32708 · 3 pointsr/ender3

Tool Basics

Real Allen wrenches, get ones that are like a screw driver.

Neewer - Set of 4 Hexagonal...

Goto harbor freight and get the following

  • caliper 6inch
    -dial indicator
  • heat gun
  • shrink wrap
  • soldering iron
  • zip ties
  • electrical tools
  • cheap multi meter

    New hotend fan
    New part cooler fan
    Nozzles mk8
    Capricorn tubing
    Hotend heating block
    Hotend throat
    Hotend sock
    Hotend heater

    Must haves
    Glass bed
    Glue stick
    New SD mini card 16 gb or under.
u/mrjaguar1 · 3 pointsr/Guitar

I have an allen wrench set like this that has everything in metric and standard that you would ever need for a guitar setup. The best part is its easy to find when you need it and you dont lose the smaller keys.

u/HenryJonesJunior · 3 pointsr/bikewrench

The PH-1 set isn't bad, but for my money I'll go with the $13 Stanley Long-Arm set any day.

u/turbofeedus · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Order the parts and bring them in to install.

cassette $25

chainring $9

chain $21

koolstop pads pair $8

EDIT: Or do it yourself...

BB tool

cassette lockring tool

chain tool

allen wrenches

u/plankingdom · 3 pointsr/Tools

I'm using Amazon links as requested, but if you have a local big box tool stop you can get the store brand of most all these items for the same price or less. I know from personal experience, that from the tools I've listed all but two of the items are cheaper in store than on Amazon.

Everyone needs a knife! (~$7 home depot)
Razor blade

Where are you going to keep everything? (~$10 home depot)
Utility Sack

You'll need a good all around screw driver. (~$8 home depot)
6-in-1 Reversible Screwdriver

Need some basic general maintenance pliers? (~$20 home depot)
Pliers Set

Ratcheting screwdriver for those repetitive screw jobs. (~$20 sears)
Ratcheting Screwdriver

Where the hell did I put that T6?
Magnetic Precision Screwdriver Set

Where did that damn screw go?

Extra stuff!

I recommend the ball end ones specifically if you don't have a good angle on what your trying to get at (cough towel bar cough cough).
Long Arm Ball End Hex Key Wrench Set

For those damn pesky wires and that damn lack of a third hand.
Helping hands

When duck tape and gum wont cut it.
Beginners soldering iron kit

I have used all of these specific items extensively besides the ball end hex keys, and that specific helping hands.

u/launchslugs · 3 pointsr/bmx
  1. Go to your local sporting goods store, Dick's Sporting Goods tends to be the best for this because of how aggressively they price clearance.
  2. Ask them if they have any "air backpacks". If the associate looks confused, ask for a manager. Air is when something goes below clearance and rings up for $0.02, and they will sell it for 75% off of the original price, but in many districts they're getting ready for inventory so they are motivated to move this stuff. I know at some of my local stores they just sell all air for $5. I got a $120 Browning backpack for $5. You're going to be looking for a nice hiking backpack with the part that goes around your waist so the bag isn't banging you in the back as you ride.
  3. Order a bunch of tubes, they are available for as little as $3, or if you run Tublitos then grab some patch kits and one extra tube.
  4. Order a cheap set of sockets, allen keys, and a chain breaker off of Amazon.
  5. Throw all that stuff in your cheap backpack with the last remaining part of your chain from when you initially cut it.
  6. Bring that bag with you every time you go riding anywhere.

    Now, for about $100 you'll never be stuck again. I'm amazed when I see people who aren't prepared for this kind of scenario.
u/thederpmachine · 3 pointsr/CloneHero

All the screws that hold the body itself together are T10 heads. I got this set off Amazon, works like a charm.

u/witsendidk · 3 pointsr/3Dmodeling

I'm really sorry you've lost your fingers. That's so horrible. I myself work in a shop using powertools on a daily basis so I know the risk and how easily it can happen, it's one of my greatest fears and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I hope you're coping alright all things considered.

There are definitely resources out there for you and people who can help. Here is one, I know there are more out there. I think there's one in particular I couldn't find.

Here's a list of a bunch of .stl databases.

Here's another list.

There's probably some overlap in those but that should help. I googled 'list of 3d model repositories' to find those, you may find more with similar searches like '.stl databases'. Add 'medical' or 'prosthetic' in there too, combine them and you should find some helpful search results.

There are also places online you can pay people to print stuff for you. But honestly if you find a model that you think works for your hand situation, please pm me! I would love to print it for you and send it to you probono if you want something from asap until you can print your own (I imagine you probably will have alterations you'd like after the 1st attempt) after you've figured out your printer. I'd be happy to help you get started as well if you have any questions at all. I have gone through the initial learning curve myself for about 2 years now so I know what you're in for challenge-wise. Check out the r/3dprinting subreddit, there's a lot of helpful folks over there, there also might be a specific subreddit for your exact printer. Yep, just checked, I believe it's r/MPselectMiniOwners. I've also gotten lots of help from 3dprinting discord channels (namely '3dprinters') Discord is a chat server program incase you're unaware.

Tools and materials wise, you will need only a few basic hand tools and filament. PLA will probably do just fine for your situation (you can use more durable filament later, PLA is just the easiest to work with and best for prototypes. Hand tools that I use are a metal spatula like these, and a pair of snips like these. I also regularly use 99% (highest % is best) isopropyl alcohol to clean my printbed surface. Also get a nice gluestick to help print adhesion to the printbed surface if you run into adhesion issues. That's about it, I have other tools and stuff I use but those are my most frequently used. You might want to get a decent set of hex head wrenches these are the ones I use, they work a lot better than allen 'L' style hex wrenches for working on your machine. That's assuming your machine uses hex head nuts though.

Also, Fusion 360 is the program I'd recommend looking into if you're trying to do your own modelling. It's actually pretty easy to learn, I used a site called which offers cheap lessons (~$10 a course sometimes cheaper) that are very helpful. Fusion 360 is free for hobbyists.

Seriously though, please don't hesitate to pm me, I'd love to help you out if you're interested in that. :)

u/thesirenlady · 3 pointsr/Tools

I have 2 sets of hex keys. The metric are blue, and the fractionals are red.
I do find that quite useful. Its not difficult to visually distinguish a 4mm from a 5mm. 5mm and 3/16" on the other hand, the color makes that easy.
Blue metric and red imperial do seem quite consistent across manufacturers, at least here in Australia.

Im not particularly sold on using multiple colors within one set.

u/ickybus · 3 pointsr/Tools

first result in search...

every set I see on amazon has both T8 and T9. Most are around $15-20 though.

Of course it wouldn't be /r/tools if I didn't recommend a Wera set

u/Syribo · 3 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

I bought this recently. Complete overkill for coil building, but it's nice to have a ton of hex key sizes available for pretty much anything. There's been so many times I've had to put something together, and either it didn't include a hex wrench, or the one with it sucked or broke. Now I'm set for almost anything.

u/franciscomor · 3 pointsr/balisong

Probably. could be wrong though. Regardless it's pretty cheap.

Here is a relatively cheap supply list:

Loctite Blue 242:

Nano-Oil 10 weight:


There are probably better torques but l think these will work. I have a $45 set so I didn't think that is really cheap lol

u/chronsbons · 3 pointsr/Tools

I am no pipe fitter, but i have used a fair number of tools as a bike mechanic.

Hex Keys/Allen Wrenches - Bondhus makes the best hex keys. period. If you have never used a ball end hex key, these things will blow your mind. (as a side note, these Bondhus keys would be your nice set, but you might want a shitty set as well that you are ok whacking with a hammer to release a stuck bolt) also i linked the metric/SAE combo pack because i can hardly believe that you wont be dealing with both. also also i linked the plated set because they will resist corrosion in the bottom of your toolbox better than the black oxide coated wrenches.

u/Vergs · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

As some of the other posters indicated, you will need a hex key. This is the standard screw on most bathroom accessory installations, e.g., towel racks, faucet handles, toilet paper roll holders, etc.

You don't need to worry about digging around to find the original hex key as a standard hex key will fit - you just need the right size.

Here's a link to a set on Amazon: Hex Key Set

You can also find these sets at the usual suspects, e.g., Ace, Home Depot, etc.

u/ChristophColombo · 3 pointsr/MTB

Tool kits are generally not a good idea. They often have a lot of tools you don't need, and they tend to be fairly low quality (especially at the price point you're looking at). For what you're trying to do, you only need 4 tools - a metric Allen key set, crank puller, splined BB tool, and Hollowtech BB tool. The crank puller and splined BB tool you probably will never use again, so going cheap on those is fine. But you definitely want a good Allen key set and a good Shimano BB tool is nice to have as well. I'd recommend these items:

Square taper BB removal tool

Crank Puller

Hollowtech II Wrench

Metric Allen keys

u/unicornloops · 3 pointsr/prusa3d

Oh not a torque screwdriver...just plain old hex head screwdriver. It’s a lot more comfortable in places than an Allen wrench.

Neewer - Set of 4 Hexagonal Screwdrivers Made of Titanium Nitride with Coloured Handles.Compatible with 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3mm Screws.

u/lipton_tea · 3 pointsr/networking

I agree, build you own kit. Below is my take. Know that some of those tools are not for every day use in networking, but who can resist getting more tools? Also, if you get all of these I realize it will be over $200. So, just use this list as a guide not a definitive list.


u/Jr712 · 3 pointsr/gamecollecting

It honestly wasn't bad at all. Took me about 10 minutes and would be much quicker now that I know what to do.

You have to remove 5 screws from the exterier and once you're inside another 3 screws I think.

You'll needa Torx 10 and Torx 20 screwdriver. Something like this would work and give you both and you'll need something to pry off the rubber feet with. I bought one of these but you can probably find something around the house to use.

Here's a good set of instructions for taking apart the Xbox:

And this video shows someone taking one apart and removing the capacitor:

u/Incursus · 3 pointsr/rccars

I thought I could get away without these when I was building my first kit. After about three hours, my hands were throbbing from trying to use the low-quality tools that I had.

Get the right tool for the job. Buy once, cry once. You'll never need to buy another set in your life.

Here's a link to the set that I bought:

u/Rhoxa · 2 pointsr/Multicopter

I've been using this set for years now on planes, quads, 3d printers, and all kinds of stuff. None of them are stripped. Even the smallest size is still good as new.

I have a Fluke 112 but only because the company I worked for replaced them and gave the old ones away. It is fantastic to have one, but I think they are like $150+ new. Totally not needed. I've had bad luck with the super cheap/free ebay and harbor freight specials. I would consider stepping up to the ~$50 price range. I use the continuity beeper like 95% of the time I pick up the tool, so make sure it has a beeper/buzzer.

u/sekthree · 2 pointsr/Multicopter

For what your looking for I have these and so far have worked out great.

u/panicatbulson · 2 pointsr/bikewrench

I was nervous that the Bondhus wrenches wouldn't be as good as the fancy Silca ones. And indeed the shafts of the smaller ones are not perfectly straight. However this has had absolutely 0 impact on how easy they are to use. The Bondus set rocks and is super cheap.

u/HilariousMax · 2 pointsr/knives

$10ish with Amazon Prime and ordered in the next 11 hours it's guaranteed to be there before 8pm Thursday.

but honestly, there's probably a Home Depot or Lowes or w/e within an hours drive of you (provided you live in the States)

u/waynep712222 · 2 pointsr/MechanicAdvice

one thing.. if you have an autozone.. go look for one of these

how is your air dam below the radiator.. that is used like a bulldozer blade to build air pressure in front of the radiator ..

which engine.. LT1. with optispark? examine the ignition coil.. its on the front of the cylinder head.. if you have a 305 TBI.. examine the coil on the back of the intake for signs of high voltage leakage.
little white circular marks indicate leakage..

lightly squeeze the upper and lower radiator hoses.. do the same with the heater hoses.. extra soft hoses get replaced.

u/Beefington · 2 pointsr/bicycling

The kit lacks a hex wrench set, which is a central fixture in any bicycle toolkit. Whether or not you buy that set, you won't get far without metric hex wrenches. The fact that they omitted such an important piece makes me really skeptical about the rest of it.

I have an SAE/Metric set of Stanley hex wrenches, similar to this $10 set. They've been serving me well for years (except the 4mm wrench that I lost X_X).

u/Girfex · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1: You seem smart enough to realize what you need to do to get to where you want to be. Many aren't that lucky, or that smart.

2: Don't focus on the time spent at work, focus (and treasure) the off hours that you can spend doign what you love and with those you love.

3: Set a picture of your family nearby, or on your phone. Look at them when things get to be too much. They need you, and if your biggest sacrifice for them is being bored, you're lucky. Think about them, and how much you love them, and how much they love you. And on your days off, spend as much time with them as you can. A year and a half is nothing, you can do this.


u/anothersip · 2 pointsr/MaliciousCompliance

Haha, yes! I personally like the DeWalt stuff (I like their drills/bit too). Something like this would probably work very well. Comes with a handle too if you don't have a drill.

u/AnubisTrading · 2 pointsr/ElectricSkateboarding

You are using a metric key on an imperial keyhole or vice versa, but if you're sure you're not these work wonders occasionally


If the screws are really stripped, you can either epoxy a bolt in them and use that to take it out, or use one of those stripped screw removers and a drill.

u/sadosmurf · 2 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

You want this:

It's available from JB Tool Sales and Micro-Tools for $5.95 and free shipping, which is lower than the direct from amazon price oddly enough.

u/tepidviolet · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

That should cover you for a lot of bike stuff. Bondhus is a really respectable American brand. It's on Amazon, and their stuff is really affordable, but it's not cheap Amazon crap. Make sure you buy directly from Amazon for the seller, and avoid Amazon Warehouse.

u/Burned_it_down · 2 pointsr/whichbike

If the bike you have fits you and hasn't been terribly abused it might be worth just keeping it. 550 is going to buy another entry level-ish bike. $200 in tools and parts can fix most issues, and you can keep up on your own maintenance from then on.

A 9 speed chain and chain tool. 30 bucks

[Brake and Shifter Cables and housing ]
( and cable cutter $50

9 speed cassette HG400 and Lockring tool $35

Cone Wrenches 13/14 13/15 15/16 17/18 $20 for repacking hub grease $11

allen wrenches $11

None of this is very difficult to do if you watch a youtube or 2. The hardest part is getting the derailleurs working again, and that isn't really that bad.

u/Jehu920 · 2 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle

Well definitely get this as you'll never regret having a nice set of hex keys and every fixed gear owner needs a Lockring Tool.

Grease and chain oil are also missing from that set and mission critical if you don't already have them.

For the crankset that kit should have you covered

u/DayMan_aAaaa · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I think your heart is in the right place, but I honestly think you should never buy a knife for a knife nut. We tend to be extremely picky.... Instead of a knife maybe put together a knife care kit. One of these is essential

Some corrosion inhibitor for the blade

And a nice set of torx wrenches

Wiha 36392 L-Wrench Set, Torx, Short Arm, 7 Piece

If you have any money left over, throw in some qtips and microfiber cloths. I know it doesn't seem as cool as a knife, but they would love it


u/IamSparticles · 2 pointsr/Vive

Get yourself one of these:

Very handy for opening all sorts of electronics devices. If you don't want to wait for shipping, I found one at my local hardware store for a little more money.

u/adamdevigili · 2 pointsr/rccars

Haven't seen it mentioned here but whatever you buy, get yourself a decent hex driver kit. I always recommend the MIP Thorp kit. There are a couple other quality brands, but I've had these for years and years. If you go cheap here (or worse, use regular allen wrenches) you will be stripping out screw heads left and right and that will absolutely take away from the fun.

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u/happysalesguy · 2 pointsr/HVAC

I don't know if you guys are seeing metric in the field these days, but this seems like a good hex tool:

u/Smlz · 2 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

Yes, get a better allen key set. I have a few of these and they are high quality and fits the screws perfectly. (No spinning or stripping)

u/fivethirdstwo · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Simple nice tools that I have been lusting after (I need a complete set of nice hex keys), and there is a socket set my wife didn't get me last year because it was out of stock.

Also a nice EDC flashlight.


u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/buildapc
u/SonsOfLiberty86 · 2 pointsr/dataisbeautiful

I don't know, sorry. If you don't have any wrenches I'd recommend getting something like this, it's a great thing to have in your gear.

u/IntoxicatingVapors · 2 pointsr/bikewrench

No problem, in no particular order of relevance, a few other great ones to consider are:

Knipex Pliers Wrench - My single favorite tool ever

Felco C7 Cable Cutters - You can usually find these used and sharpened for $20 on eBay

Dualco Grease Gun - Your bike needs grease, this makes it easy

Motorex 2000 Waterproof Grease - Can grease be beautiful? I think so. Exactly like the Dura Ace grease

Wera Hex+ Keys - I know you have some already, but the slightly scalloped faces of these "hex plus" keys really do allow you to remove very stuck fasteners without stripping, and I have even removed bolts stripped with standard keys

u/sharpic · 2 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

Wiha metric and/or inch sets in BIFL quality and guaranteed.

Comes with a holder, and I find I don't misplace quality tools.

u/TrumpyMadeYouGrumpy- · 2 pointsr/spyderco

I got this set. Expensive but they're working well so far.

u/somewhatboxes · 1 pointr/cycling

Like /u/jrm2191 said, Park Tool make some... comprehensive tool sets. Those prices are enough to make me choke, though. Your son's riding a ~$400 bike - I don't know how I would wrap my head around buying an $800 tool set, or even a $300 one.

But the tool sets are a good way to think about what tools you should buy. I'd get a basic tool set, fill in gaps, and upgrade selectively. What I'd do, in no particular order, would look like...

  • cheap tool set ($40) (total $40)
  • torque wrench ($50) (total $90)
  • chain cleaning tool ($10) (total $100)
  • cable cutting tool ($35) (total $135)
  • maybe chain pliers? ($10) (total $145)

    At this point I would start thinking about upgrading the tools that your son will use all the time. The thing that stands out for me is hex tools. He might use Torx screws, but he'll definitely use metric hex tools

  • some nice metric hex tools ($15) (total $160)
  • some torx equivalents ($11) (total $171)

    Then probably nice meaty tire levers to make replacing tires and tubes easier

  • tire levers ($9) (total $180)

    If you were looking to spend $300 or that range, then you'll notice you're way under that target. Feel free to start adding on some random nice things, like a portable multi-tool, which will pay off if he has an issue while out on a ride.

  • Portable multi-tool ($25) (total $210)

    I'm running out of things that aren't "consumable" (like brake cables, housing, etc...), so for my last recommendation, nitrile work gloves! (they'll make cleanup a breeze)

  • work gloves ($20) (total $230)

    There are tons of other things you could get (a bike stand, for instance) but at this point I'm getting a bit out of control. and there are tools I assume you have (e.g. a good screwdriver), but at some point I need to stop.

    And obviously feel free to mix and match whatever components you can afford/feel comfortable spending that much money on. One thing that might help would be to talk with him about what kind of work he does on his bike. He might be in desperate need of hex tools, but not treating himself to nice hex wrenches. That could be your quick, easy, cheap answer. Or similarly he might be nervously tightening bolts without a torque wrench, even in places that call for very precise amounts of torque. Again, easy answer regarding what to prioritize.

    Best of luck

    edit: totals didn't add up right, sorry!
u/codzilla · 1 pointr/3Dprinting

I picked these up a few days ago. Amazing quality for the price, wish I'd just bought a decent set from the outset.

u/no-fun-at-parties · 1 pointr/UCSD

Usually if you buy a new bike from a shop, they'll offer free tune-ups. I have no idea what that includes, though it probably doesn't include too much of adjusting your bike to fit you - I assume it's more things like truing the wheel (making it straight if it starts to wobble) and re-adjusting the shifting and brakes.

Honestly I think it's good to get handy with an allen wrench & screwdriver, and learn to adjust whatever you can yourself. Self-sufficiency and all. With all the videos on YouTube these days, there's nothing you can't learn. There are bike "repair stations" around campus, some of which haven't had all their tools stolen yet (though as far as I know, none of the tire pumps work anymore), that might at least be a step up from turning your bike upside down outside your dorm for some adjustments.

u/AZ_Legal · 1 pointr/czscorpion
u/smellmyface686 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Wiha 36392 L-Wrench Set, Torx, Short Arm, 7 Piece by Wiha

Awesome little set, quality tools that will do many jobs without destroying screws or falling apart.

u/Flacvest · 1 pointr/bicycling
  1. For that kind of riding, you got a good enough bike. Heck, you could have gone tiagra and would have been ok. The parts will last you a long time so you won't have to worry about upgrades in the near future.

  2. If you haven't yet, learn how to adjust the front and rear derailleurs yourself. It "literally" takes 1 minute or less to do. People don't learn and end up paying constantly when they take their bike into the shop for a "tune up".

    Learn how to adjust your brakes. Again, takes 30 seconds to learn and you can do it within 10. All you need is a hex wrench (probably 5mm).

    Learn how to clean your chain. It's easy to just put the bike up when you're done, but wipe the grime off your chain RIGHT AFTER the ride. Doing this keeps it down to a lower amount and reduces wear. Also, remember to wipe the cogs in the rear derailleur when you wipe the chain too.

    I would suggest buying a towel and a few rags dedicated to this. The towel to cover the floor (if you do it inside) and rags to wipe off the bike. If you have a hose that always helps. I don't.

    But if you get the bike wet, wipe standing water off. The bike is resilient but rust creeps in over time and ruins the look.

  3. I would suggest buying this:

    I got it and it's awesome. Lets you do virtually all maintenance sans BB removal and wheel truing on your bike. Seriously; you'll use the 4/5mm the most, and possibly the 3mm.

    Get a floor pump for your house and grab some CO2/nossile for flat repair.

    I normally carry 1/2 tubes, 2 CO2 canisters, 1 CO2 nossile, tire levers (you might not need those) on my ride in my jersey pockets. You can fix a flat in 5 minutes; no hassle.

    So I would say now, to buy 3 tubes; 2 or one to carry with you, and one for a backup so you aren't left with a low number should you flat one day and need/want to ride the next.

    Some people patch but I dont' flat enough to sweat 6 bucks a tube.

  4. Save for new tires down the road. Ride those until you get constant flats, then get yourself a pair of Continental GP4000Ss (if you want performance oriented) or Gatorskins (if you ride over a lot of glass)

    Those GP4000s tires are some of THE BEST tires you can buy right now for speed/durability/grip in wet/dry conditions. They really are magical.

  5. A jersey with pockets is awesome. Get one. It doesn't have to be something fancy, but anything will be better than a tech T shirt. What I do is

    Left pocket: Phone/ID/CC/Keys in a zip lock bag. Protects from rain and sweat.

    Middle pocket: Tools/Tire levers/Gels/Chews/Food

    Right pocket: Tubes

    I actually have a storage bottle on my bike under the seat, so all of that goes in there; I just stash food and stuff in the back pocket now.

    Also, if you get cycling shorts, and you should, you can put gels under the shorts on your legs for easy access and space saving.

  6. It "might" get expensive up front if you buy jerseys/shorts/pump/stuff all at once, but you'll only have to make that purchase one time.

    In the past year, I've spent 100 dollars on bike maintenance stuff. That's on new tires. For stuff I needed anyway.

    Lube lasts a long time, bar tape lasts a long time, quality gear lasts a long time.

  7. Learn some awesome new recipes for cooking. You'll want to eat healthy/healthier if you aren't, so look up some great dishes. Fish is awesome. Protein, tastes great, and pretty cheap if you pair it with other things. Swai tastes great with pasta and Talapia is awesome for a different overall taste palate.

  8. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. CO2, jersey recommendations, pricing, food, gels, maintenance, anything.

  9. If you aren't the type to just dive in with tinkering, swing by a local coop or bike shop if you have one near. Just go in, ask somebody how to show you how to adjust something, and 9/10 they'll be happy to help.

    The thing about bike maintenance is, it's kind of intimidating at first, especially if you're adjusting something and you don't "really" know what you're doing, but the physics are simple, and it's just a frame and parts held by tension on wires and some gears. Very simple.

    If you get something changes/adjusted by somebody, try and stay and watch. Or, hell, ask to help. I had to recable my bike last month and just asked to help the guy to do it. Ended up taking a bit longer but I know exactly how to do it on my own now, and it cut the cost of 60 (which is on the low end, actually) to 30.

    Last thing, I wouldn't worry too much about bottom bracket and wheel truing now; that requires special tools and isn't easily done without them. If you can afford to have that worked on, that's ok. (And those rarely need looking after, like once a year if you don't trash your stuff).
u/matticusbradicus · 1 pointr/ecigclassifieds

You're right, smaller than 1.5mm is actually pretty hard to find unless you buy a complete set.

If I didn't already have enough to drown in, I'd probably get this set.

u/ReversedEvolution · 1 pointr/bicycling

To go along with the allen keys that you will definitely need I highly recommend some Bondhus Allen Keys. A lot of people on the internet like them a lot, especially for cycling needs.

There's the colored set I linked and also a silver/gold/black set. Really high quality and relatively cheap. I think individual keys are much more handy when working with a bike. There's a imperial set on Amazon too, most bike happen to be in metric though and that's what I linked.

u/Xlbevfestlx · 1 pointr/electronic_cigarette
u/brzcory · 1 pointr/1022

It looks like it'd work, but your rifle should have come with a little baggie with allen wrenches in it, and one of those is specifically for adjusting the sights.

If you don't have this baggie, a full allen key set isn't much more than the tool you linked price-wise (and a full set is definitely more useful, as you'll need an allen key to take the rifle down for cleaning).

u/rabbittexpress · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

They're called Allen wrenches as well as hex wrenches all the time.

u/cadandcookies · 1 pointr/FTC

What kind of experience are you guys coming into this with?

Do you have mentors/are you yourselves familiar with the use and safety precautions necessary around power tools?

What kind of space are you in? Do you have a dedicated space to use or do you need to move things in and out of an area every meeting?

How much do you want to learn? Are you planning on using primarily Matrix/Tetrix this season or do you want to do custom fabrication?

If you're planning on using chain, I'd recommend getting at least one of these (Dark Soul #25 chain tool). You won't need to use master links again, and they're just in general great to have around.

I would definitely recommend getting Anderson Powerpole tools and items. Definitely get a TriCrimp and associated wire, connectors, and contacts, if you don't have them already.

I'd also recommend a few tools that come in useful just in general when it comes to FTC-- a good adjustable wrench is good to have around, whether you're doing custom or not. A ratcheting screwdriver is also good to have around, in addition to more standard versions. I'd also recommend my personal favorite allen wrenches (you can get just metric or standard sets, but I linked the paired version). For taking care of stuck bolts or anything else stuck, a good pair of locking pliers are also great. Also getting some good pliers for all your electrical needs is a good idea. Also extremely useful is a good square. On a similar note, a level is good for checking whether you actually bolted that part on straight.

You should also get a general set of combo wrenches and some of the specific sizes most common for FTC. Pretty much any reputable brand is fine for this-- don't spend more than about $50 for a set and $10 for an individual wrench (honestly, that would be super high, you should probably target half of that). A decent ratchet set is also good, but not absolutely essential.

Other good things to have around are a heat gun or heat bar (for doing custom plastic parts for your robot). You can do some great stuff with some creativity and some sheet polycarbonate.

To go with that, a vinyl cutter is great for doing sponsor decals and general cool stuff.

As far as "essentials" go, that depends on where you want to go. If you want to do lots of custom work-- or use something like 80/20, then you'll want some other tools to do that work. A good power drill is absolutely essential, and if you have the space, I'd definitely recommend getting a solid miter saw and an aluminum cutting blade (I know some people consider them too dangerous, but with proper safety training and precautions, I've never had a student or mentor get injured with one).

As far as materials for doing custom work go, I'd recommend getting some box aluminum (1x1 and 1x2) tubing, 1/8" and 1/16" polycarbonate (I'm partial to the dark tinted stuff, but it's a bit more expensive), and a full assortment of #6 and maybe #8 hardware. You'll also want some M3 screws for face mounting AndyMark and REV robotics motors. I like to use Copper State for this, because while they have a totally garbage web ordering system, their prices are great, and their website isn't that bad (to be honest, I'm a bit spoiled by McMaster-Carr).

You probably don't need me to tell you what kind of COTS parts might be good (if that's within the scope of this money). Electronics, good phones (not those stupid ZTEs), motors, are all good.

You'll notice that I'm not suggesting the very budget stuff-- while you can go that direction if you need to, quality tools help you get quality results. If you have the money to get and use the right tools for the job, I always recommend doing that as opposed to cheaping out with something you'll just end up breaking and messing up your robot with later.

A decent chunk of the tools I linked are suggested by my personal favorite review site, The WireCutter/SweetHome. I've used the majority of them, and my experience has been good enough that I don't have an issue recommending their suggestions for other tools relevant to FTC.

Hopefully that was somewhat helpful. I'd definitely consider the answers to the questions at the top-- they can help you narrow down what will actually be useful for you. I can definitely give more specific suggestions if you know what direction you're taking with robot building techniques and how much space you have/ whether you have to move.

u/xmusic123 · 1 pointr/Guitar

Sorry for the double up comment, but if you're really interested in a kit, here are each of the tool's they'll give you

Feeler Gauge

Allen Wrench Set (this is actually more comprehensive)

64th inch ruler

Straight Edge (For judging neck relief/bow)

Mini Screwdrivers

String Winder (with wire cutter)

Compare to $60 dollars


This actually seems like a solid deal, but you can get all of these at a hardware store for less and not pay for shipping and wait around for it.

u/jmblur · 1 pointr/bikeboston

10 and 14mm? I've NEVER seen hex bolts that big on a bike - they would correspond to M12 and M16 SHCS - so, half an inch diameter screws. you may be thinking of cone wrenches, which would vary based on hub manufacturer (and on older bikes, headsets).

For hex wrenches/allen keys, you don't need the fancy T handled wrenches. They're nice, but they're a luxury. If you're going cheap, just get a normal set of metric hex wrenches (like this - bonus SAE wrenches to boot ) or a folding set if you want something to take with you (but don't expect to be able to get crankarms off with it!)

If you have a fancier bike with carbon components, or want to get serious about bike maintenance, do yourself and your bike a favor and buy a torque wrench and a set of hex bits. The smaller bolts with lower torques (2-5 Nm range) tend to be the ones you'll overtorque and damage parts, so start with a torque wrench with a low range first. You can add the larger torque wrench (~10-75 Nm range) later.

Other than that, just get the tools for the jobs you end up doing on your bike. A chain breaker is a must, and cone wrenches for your hub (if it uses them) are great to have.

u/p4lm3r · 1 pointr/bikewrench

Wera HexPlus is the ones that will work on rounded allens. There are tons of YouTube videos showing how they work. I ordered my set from Amazon IIRC.

u/fartblaster2000 · 1 pointr/Sacramento

You can buy one with multiple sizes, like this :

Allen wrench multi tool

u/ghuba154510 · 1 pointr/Tools

Wera 05022639001 L-key-Set for 950 SPKL/9 SZ imperial

u/RosinMan024 · 1 pointr/rccars

MIP tools are great and available on Amazon. I was using some crap Dynamite hex drives that stripped three nuts in a row. The MIP tools handled those same stripped nuts without a problem.

MIP's are precision tooled and the reassurance and comfort I get from using them was well worth the price.

u/DaoDeer · 1 pointr/3Dprinting


($6)Wires:For the MOFSET mod


($6)Wire spades:For the MOFSET mod

($8)Assorted M3 Bolts:You need some for a few mods and for the bolts you will inevitably strip on this cheap wonderful machine

($13)Longer assorted M3 Bolts:For a few mods

($9)M4 Bolts:For one of the mods

($9)Metric allen wrench set:Had to order one of these since metric tools aren’t common round these parts

(~$20) PLA of preferred choice- You’ll run out of the sample bit quick so go ahead and order a roll or two to be prepared. You will note some upgrades require ABS so a small spool of that to your order will also help.

($6)M3 Lock nuts:Critically needed for a simple mod

($10)Threaded rod and nuts:Please note that this item seemed difficult to find online. I recommend going to your local hardware store and getting two 5/16” rods of at least 16” in length. They should have an assortment of threaded rod in various lengths available. Also note that the pitch of the threading matches the nuts you buy. Further instructions regarding this can be seen in Azza’s Z-Axis braces below.)

($6)9mm Wrench for the nozzle: Don’t wait for your first clog, go ahead and have this on hand to remove/change the nozzle. Note to only tighten/loosen the nozzle when heated.

Below is the order of printable upgrades I recommend but I suggest you mix in a few other prints along the way because this is a hobby after all and you should be having fun. It helps to have your quality as tuned in as much as possible for some of these so be patient and keep trying if you need to.


Spool holder- temporary : Until you can mount your spool on top of the enclosure or any other personal preference.

Belt tensioner- print x2


Shielded stop button

Cable relocator : It’s a pain, but if you spend the time to do this and turn your extruder motor 90 degrees then you can get the full Z height without ruining your cables. It does involve opening all the cables to the PSU and feeding a few extra inches back through the cable chains.

Cable shroud : Looks nice if you do the cable relocator.

The following need to be printed in ABS:

M3 Bed Nut retainer: 10/10 upgrade. I know they look worse than the nice metal stock ones, but these help keep your bed level longer.


Glass bed Holder

Now that the first major round of printed upgrades is done it’s time to shift to a few more supplies to pick up to really fine tune the machine.


($5)Radial fan: For CiiCooler

($5)Glue sticksThis and a glass bed is magic

($25)Borosilicate glass 8” x 8”

($26)Y-Carriage plate upgrade: This has been a nice upgrade as I now only need to relevel the bed every couple weeks instead of every print. Check out this guide for a ‘how to’ as well as a free upgrade by shifting your Y pulley over.

($15)rechargeable dehumidifier: For keeping in the bin with your opened filaments

($9)Extruder gears: Might be able to hold off on these, but will need eventually. If for some reason you have a Maker Select with metal X-axis blocks (V1 and V2, but not V2.1) then this is a must. You can follow this guide for a how to.

($28)Metal extruder plate and lever: Not needed, but nice.

($14)Noctua 40mm fan: Not needed, but makes the printer a lot quitter. A LOT quieter.

($50)MicroSwiss All Metal Hot End: The destruction of my PTFE tube by this point pushed me to doing this upgrade. If needed you can follow this guide for replacement. Remember to tighten/loosen when the nozzle its hot.

($6)Ceramic cotton: Tore off the stock one when replacing for the all metal hot end by accident. At least its thicker than stock

Now that the printer is in its final form, its time for the enclosure which is a stacked Ikea Lack hack.


Spool holder

Pi Case

120mm fan cover

Fan grill

120mm fan PSU modification: I edited this to fit upside down since my PSU is mounted on the underside. This was nice since I blew the 40mm fan anyways so it made everything a lot quieter than before.

IKEA Lack filament guide

Webcam holder: This is one I designed specifically for the webcam I happen to have lying around. The camera mount piece can be changed out no problem though for what ever webcam you have or buy. The SketchUp file is included on Thingiverse for such purpose.


($20)2x Ikea Lack: Luckily there is one right down the street from me. I am located in North America though, so we do not have the STUVA, if you live literally anywhere else you may check in to this as an alternative.

($80)Plexi glass for enclosure: Could be cheaper alternatives, but it looks cool

($9)Foam pads for feet

($42)Raspberry Pi3: For OctoPrint. I also suggest using a different USB cable than the stock one provided by Monoprice or you will have issues.

($9)2x 120mm fans: Used for the power supply cooling and enclosure

($6)Rocker Switches so that the enclosure fan can be on for PLA, but off for ABS

($15)Dimmable LED lights

($10)8mm LED light connectors

$250 printer + $452 upgrades/parts + ~$80 PLA/ABS to date

u/WizardOfAhhhs · 1 pointr/rccars

From my experience, no hex drivers will last a lifetime. I use these. They're not fancy, but they are high quality hex wrenches.

I have been building and racing RC cars for 20+ years, and I am also an engineer who has been building machines for about the same amount of time. I replace my hex wrenches every couple of years because they wear out and round over. This will happen to any hex wrenches because of variations and deformation of screw heads. For less than $20 you can have a full set of standard and metric wrenches, and they can be used for more than just RC cars.

Hope this helps.

u/kloyN · 1 pointr/Multicopter

I appreciate the effort. This seems promising and may be the better idea, the other route I was going to take was the Bardwell kit with some other stuff.

$381 no shipping/tax and the build kit comes with accessory kit including motor screws for CL1 5mm thick arms, double-sided tape, FC stack mounting screws, XT60 power lead, zip ties, and heat shrink.


Your idea seems like it may be "too little" for the project but I am honestly ok with that because I rather get something done then bite off something too big to chew and end up having to figure something out last second and it being a piece of crap.


So does that flight controller stick right into those frames and then you screw them in or something? You say I only need to solder the the power wires to the camera, where do the motors go? I probably sound like an idiot but I'm not really an electrician or carpenter, I don't build things, other then computers :P. I need to head off now so I can't do so much research right now and I spent all day researching today.. won't have much time tomorrow, we are going to tour a college. Can you recommend a good video that would go along with this build? Tomorrow, I am going to ask the teacher if the TV in the room I am presenting in has analog input, if not we go from there. We have access to a 3D printer but a lot of people are going to be using it most likely and I think its slow but I can definitely get the camera mount printed. Once again, appreciate the effort.

u/rshriot · 1 pointr/declutter

For what it's worth, there actually aren't that many different sizes. Every key you own is probably identical to one of these...

So if your stash ever overwhelms you, don't ever feel like you absolutely must keep them all.

u/BitJit · 1 pointr/airsoft

I have a gunsmith set from amazon that has more than you need but has a bunch of useful bits like the punches.

any hex set would do you fine from amazon

u/2000mc · 1 pointr/woodworkingtools

I know it might sound like splitting hairs, but if you don’t have bondhus or a ridiculously priced euro made Allen set, get some. Even brand new a lot of brands are a rounded head waiting to happen. Eklinds aren’t bad, but I pretty much quit having trouble with Allen’s since getting bondhus. They’re really not that expensive, but I almost never see them in brick and mortar stores.

u/spaghettiduders · 1 pointr/MouseReview

I tried a ton of Allen keys and couldn’t get find a correctly sized one. I bought this set thinking it might work and it did not.

TEKTON Hex Key Wrench Set,...

All I can say is don’t try this set.

u/Shockling · 1 pointr/gaming

Star shape is torx wrench. should be able to buy from a local hardware store or amazon

u/gwhunter280 · 1 pointr/ar15

Wheeler stuff is okay for one or two builds, but if you plan on tools lasting I would buy them separately. I bought wheeler initially and now have 8 ar's and have re-purchased all tools because the wheeler stuff doesn't last. I like the tapco intrafuse wrench because it has the necessary bottle opener, roll pin punches, plastic/metal hammer, allen keys, PRI upper block, pro mag lower block and if you have a free float handguard I use this spanner.

Edit: On my armalite ar-10t, the FF handguard requires a strap wrench so keep that in mind if you plan to deal with those.

u/nasorenga · 1 pointr/howto

A ball head hex key is the right tool. It allows you to turn allen screws at an angle.

u/WhiteStripesWS6 · 1 pointr/ender3

These bad mamma jammas are probably some of the best you can buy.

u/lFrylock · 1 pointr/Tools

For $30 in Canada these are fantastic.

Bondhus 20199 Balldriver L-Wrench Double Pack, 10999 (1.5-10mm) and 10937 (0.050-3/8-Inch)

I have his exact set and I use them all the time.

u/Icouldbeanyone · 1 pointr/SVRiders

Since you're lacking a tool bag, these would be useful for you.

You'll get the bolts loose to raise the tank.

Tank prop, I can't seem to find one, since mine didn't come with one either. I just use a dead blow hammer and prop it up.

u/GundoSkimmer · 1 pointr/bmx

I just get whatever is cheap from home depot/hardware store/target/etc.

But if you want specific kits or multitools, try: on sale makes it more worth it otherwise pretty expensive

Like I said, I don't like to buy "bike tools". Unless you really feel the need to get some compact multi tool for "reasons". I like to buy tool sets for the house so I have tools. Then take what I need for the bike with me in a backpack.

Those multi tools aren't gonna feel comfortable in your pocket anyway. Have a backpack. Have everything you need in it. And if you drive to a spot it stays in your car or if you're riding you carry it around but since you're already carrying a pack it's not much different if it's individual tools or a singular piece.

u/pixelbaron · 1 pointr/Guitar

Here's a list of basics that I bought recently to give you an idea:

Feeler Gauges

Hex Key Wrench Set

String Action Gauge

String Winder

Contact Cleaner for Electronics

Neck Rest

I already have various sized screw drivers, but if I didn't that would be on the list as well.

The above would be enough to do a basic setup: adjust truss rod, adjust action, get into the guts and clean the electronics. Everything will fit in a beat up old shoe box haha.

Along with YouTube videos, this book is a good reference guide. It has everything from basic repair and maintenance information all the way to repairing a broken neck or trying to repair a messed up truss rod.

u/eaktheperson · 1 pointr/DIY

HA! My grandfather gave me an oscilloscope. The cobalt gets me through the little stuff, but if I ever have a "real" job, or I'm going to get into something in a fairly intense fashion, I need a real set. IT also helps getting into tighter spots that the cobalt can't get into, however I also have three or four of these things however I actually prefer the cheaper home depot off brand version. Which is less than 5 bucks? Shit, that's a no brainer if you can spare the space. Comes in a case and everything.

Anyway, you stroke the screwdriver with the magnet a few times and, that's about it. Makes it easier to pick up bits, but then again this was common practise before taking your laptop into the shop.

Wrapping them with electrical tape is so they don't conduct electricity or arc if you're working on live wires (even electronics with capacitors).

Unfortunately this method only works with proper screw drivers.

u/jim-p · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Get a ratcheting T-handle with allen bits and then you can also use a drill to assemble things much faster. I've put together bed frames, chairs, etc. So much faster and easier. And then you'll also have a nice case for the bits so you won't have to tape them to anything to find them. :-)

u/kapitanpogi · 1 pointr/electronic_cigarette

Local hardware store have Hex key setHex key set for cheap. Most atomizers uses the 2nd smallest one.

u/SilencerShop · 1 pointr/NFA

It depends on the caliber. You don't need an adjustable gas block with 300 blk, but it can help a lot with 5.56. With 5.56, you will generally want an adjustable gas block to limit the gas, an adjustable bolt carrier to vent the gas or, at the very least, an H2 buffer to slow down the bolt carrier.

The adjustable gas block is the most elegant solution, but an adjustable bolt carrier works well and is easier to install for most people. A heavier buffer will help it cycle reliably, but it will still be overgassed.

If you already have an adjustable gas block installed and your handguard holes don't align well with the adjustment screw, you might be able to get to it using ball end hex keys, like these Tekton ones. These will allow you some leeway in terms of the angle you need to get to it. If the area is just completely blocked off, you will have to take off the handguard.

u/withershins_incavato · 1 pointr/Luthier
u/LilShaver · 1 pointr/prusa3d

This will make assembly and maintenance much easier.

u/jdtg · 1 pointr/electronic_cigarette

I just got a pack of allen keys from amazon and 1.3 is the perfect fit. The pack had a .9 which is to small, fyi

u/AnyColorIWant · 1 pointr/VapePorn

I'm currently settling in for the night, but I'll let you know once I wake up tomorrow.

In the meantime, this has been a huge help for me:

u/Alex_73 · 1 pointr/Tools

I spent 9 years working in IT, and my guess is that it's going to be a T10 torx bit. If your buying a set, get a decent one. My experience is with HP proliant servers, and they have always used a ton of locktite on those screws to keep them from giggling lose from vibration while running. I have personally broke a few of the cheaper drivers trying to get those screws out. Make sure you use the right size driver, the tricky thing about torx is that a smaller size can trick you into thinking that it will work, but those screws will be tight enough from the factory that the wrong size will strip the screw out. The correct won't have any slop and won't be able to wiggle inside the screw.

I would get torx keys if you can like these:
If you're ok with made in China, I'd recommend Tekton
Otherwise klein makes killer Made in the USA tools

u/roddouche · 0 pointsr/cycling

can you show me what these are supposed to look like? When I think of allen wrenches I think of those little bendy straws made out of metal

I also can't find a wrench that goes by the name of a newton meter torque wrench. Is there another way to say it?

This is all I was able to find when I looked it up. :(

u/seasond · 0 pointsr/howto

Hex keys, as in hexagon, are allen keys/wrenches. Ikea sometimes includes the necessary tools in their kits.
In order to keep costs low, Ikea won't make any proprietary tooling or hardware, so everything can be built with a basic toolset. The same goes for most products since the Industrial Revolution. :)

You should have an SAE and Metric hex set like this. They're cheap!

u/Marcotics915 · -4 pointsr/Tools

I got these keys to replace these wera keys. They’re the same other than the color coded sleeve for the most part

Edit why is this getting downvoted ?