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Old 08-06-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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I have been frustrated with stripped Allen wrenches - always round them over, no matter what brand I buy. Some are better than others, but they all seem to be slightly loose and round eventually, or wreck the fastener head.

I finally think I found the answer... I got a set of these recently:


And they are awesome! The hex head is milled, not drawn, and fits the fasteners perfectly (much tighter than the average hex key) and I used them quite a bit, no sign of wear at all.

I think these would cure your frustrations as well, if you are having issues with hex keys as I was.

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Old 08-06-2010, 09:04 PM   #2
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Re: hex drivers

yup...have been using those for a few years now and they are fantastic.
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:40 PM   #3
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Re: hex drivers

What previous brands had you tried? I've got 3 different sets and ya, some are made to better precision than others and last longer with a harder tip.
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:49 PM   #4
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Re: hex drivers

Funny how things work out...
Need to put some locktight on the screws that hold the
grips and the feathering shaft. My old hex-screwdriver is kinda round
by now, got another set at a store that sells electronics. Wouldn't you
know it, the thing is that much to small and its a 1.5. Got double of everything now, so if I loose one I won't go crasy.
Got an hex key but with only one, can't do didley, right, specially for the grips. I'll get some hex keys tomorow but these I like.

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Old 08-06-2010, 09:49 PM   #5
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Re: hex drivers

My metric ones are Team Integy, and they have served me well. My standard ones are Wiha, and they seem to be OK as well. The .050 one wore out, and it was replaced for free, (just postage).

I find the bigger handle ones are much easier to use, like my metric drivers, where the nylon handles of the Wiha ones seem to slip occasionally.

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Old 08-06-2010, 10:04 PM   #6
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Re: hex drivers

+1 on the Wiha drivers. They wear well, my only complaint is the smallish handles.

I didn't realize that they have a warranty program. My 1/16" just kicked the bucket after 3 years of fairly constant use. I cut a bit off the tip with my Dremel to keep me going. I have a replacement one on order from Brafasco.

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Re: hex drivers

Many good ones available:

If you want some with longer shafts and a ball link driver, you may find these of interest:


or instead of the link driver, you can get then same set with the fifth 3.5 driver (for use on 4mm bolts):

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This is what you may want for a handle, easy to torque, has ball link slots and the tips can be replaced, however the tips need to be longer.

The Thunder Tiger units are good with replacable tips and have a hole for making it into a T-handle. Most wrenches need to be longer for doing engine mounts and governor sensors.
The RC car world have tool kits worthy of a look, containing hex and heli type philips.

These ones are nice and long.


Buy tools for the expected application and check what fellow modelers use. The stem length is very important, more so than having a ball link feature.
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