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HelicopterMain Discussion › Who makes the BEST Hex Driver's?
11-29-2011 07:24 PM  5 years agoPost 21
eddiscus

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http://edsracingproductsstore.com/i...rod&productId=5

EDS allen drivers. Still fit like the day I bought them.

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11-29-2011 07:28 PM  5 years agoPost 22
Rob43

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MIP - NOT!

Sure they are certainly precision made. And they fit the sockets perfectly However: they are very brittle. They are not guaranteed if they snap off. This was not from overtightening either. I was simply removing set screws. I even spoke to them thinking they would replace them, and they weren't interested. No guarantees. Period.

Rob

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11-29-2011 07:29 PM  5 years agoPost 23
Glenn Goodlett

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MIP Thorpe is nice but...

The MIP Thorpes are nice but 1) They are not color coded which would be handy and 2) They don't offer ball ends in all sizes. Also they don't offer a set so you must order from multiple places to make a set.

With that said, MIP is what I use daily and I plan on fixing the color coding with some spray paint.

Glenn

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11-29-2011 07:47 PM  5 years agoPost 24
whoamis

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I use shrinkwrap on the thick part of the shaft to indicate MIP driver size, it's not perfect.

oops, bounced it!

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11-29-2011 08:00 PM  5 years agoPost 25
carramrod

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@ ROB43
I wonder if your experience with MIP was an isolated incident or if others have had the same problem? How long ago was that?

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11-29-2011 08:42 PM  5 years agoPost 26
magbarn

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I know they're hardvto find but I'm actually having good experience with thunder tigers hex sets. In fact, I was able to remove a 1.5mm screw that a mip stripped.

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11-29-2011 08:43 PM  5 years agoPost 27
Tag1260

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I've heard the brittle thing before but didn't know they weren't guaranteed for that.

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11-29-2011 09:04 PM  5 years agoPost 28
carramrod

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They should absolutely guarantee a broken tip.

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11-29-2011 10:42 PM  5 years agoPost 29
Chief_USN

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After over 15 years of using MIP Thorpe, I have only had one break and it was a 1.5mm and I would say it was my fault for putting to much torque on it. I've been using Thorpe since I raced R/C Cars as a teenager back in early 90's and had a 2.5mm since the beginning. A couple of years back, my tool case got lifted and the only tool I was really pissed about was that Thorpe driver. Anytime I need to remove or install a hex screw, Thorpe is the first and only one I reach for. I agree, they should have a warranty and maybe sell them as a set, but the quality out weighs those two cons. And who can really remember a color code anyways? I know I can't. I did take a sharpie and go over the etching in the handle to make it a bit easier to read, but in all honesty, there isn't that many sizes that our models use and if you can't look at the tip of a driver and tell what size it is, then a color code won't help you much either. If you have both SAE and Metric, just keep them seperated. JMHO.

Chad

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11-29-2011 11:57 PM  5 years agoPost 30
4cyclic

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Montreal, Can. and​northern Vermont

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MIP

I'v broken a couple of 1.5mm, but it was because I dropped them on a hard floor. However, this is after using them exclusively for past 30 yrs. not a bad record really.

I still have a couple of my original ones. Great tools they are.

Life is meaningful flying helis.

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11-30-2011 01:35 AM  5 years agoPost 31
Flying Brian

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+1 Thorpe

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11-30-2011 01:44 AM  5 years agoPost 32
carramrod

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I agree with Chief USN the pro's far outweigh the cons and MIP tool's will be what I use going forward. Thanks for all who posted.

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11-30-2011 01:45 AM  5 years agoPost 33
Jgatorman

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Birmingham, AL

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My Thorpe's sit vertically in my case so I just engraved each size on the top of the plastic handle works great. Also I have broken a 1.5 mm but only due to abuse. As in most cases you just don't understand until you own one. MIP Thorpe simply the best.

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11-30-2011 01:57 AM  5 years agoPost 34
jadams

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I found them for $10 ea online now. not too bad you really only need the 2.5 but a set of 4 is nice too.

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11-30-2011 04:08 AM  5 years agoPost 35
Taipan

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I've had my set of Hirobo hex drivers for about 12 years now & used them to build countless of helis. At fun flies my mate uses them all the time.

The tips are still good as new plus they're double ended so if you break one, simply undo the set screw holding the shaft & turn it around to use the new tip!

Hirobo is obviously of excellent Japanese quality!

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11-30-2011 04:21 AM  5 years agoPost 36
Ace Dude

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MIP!

I have a complete set of the MIP and Losi drivers. I've never broken a MIP driver and have used them regularly for quite a few years. I find the plastic handles much more comfortable than the metal handled drivers.

The Losi drivers are okay. They have replaceable tips, but they are shorter.

The MIP's are the first ones I reach for.

I have some PB Swiss too. Nice, but will have to see how they hold up to the MIP.

I didn't see this mentioned before, but MIP used to offer a service where they would grind a new tip for you if you broke it off at the end.

Bottom line is that anything hard is going to be brittle.

  

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11-30-2011 04:29 AM  5 years agoPost 37
mjy1288

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After 35 years of using all kinds of hex drive tools, MIP/Thorpe is by far the best hex driver I have ever used, they are brittle because they are hardened. I have found that if you try to break something loose with a quick twist is when they break, but if you place a large socket over the handle and slowly apply torque, they are nearly unbreakable, plus I have never seen any of them round the tip off.

"Big" Mike

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11-30-2011 04:59 AM  5 years agoPost 38
dodgeguy44

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On the subject of power drivers. I have been using a Dremel power driver for RC and household repairs for about 4 years now. An excellent, powerful 'fits in your hand' tool that is easy and precise to use.

If my wife had another job I'd have more Helicopters

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11-30-2011 01:47 PM  5 years agoPost 39
Rob43

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My MIP hex driver tip failures were this summer. I bought four sizes at Toldeo back in March. The first was a 1.5mm. I tried to remove a set screw from a factory assembled tail hub. Since the tip broke off in the set screw, I eventually had to cut the hub off. Then, I snapped a tip off in a set screw attaching a motor pinion. This was 2mm. Again, I had to Dremel cut the pinion from the motor shaft which wasn't fun. Both situations left a poor taste in my mouth. Then, when MIP asked me "what was the application?", I was done with them. I had one other wrench bust a tip, but it won't be MIP again. I assume the fault on both...since they both failed from overtorque. I was shocked since this didn't happen with my Align drivers. I didn't particularly like the attitude they had on the phone.

Rob

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11-30-2011 02:39 PM  5 years agoPost 40
Jgatorman

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Wow. It is simply amazing to me that someone would get upset after knowingly misusing a tool (over torquing) and breaking it and then get upset because the company who has been around for quite sometime and they know they build a quality product ask how you broke it. Really?

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