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HelicopterMain Discussion › Who makes the BEST Hex Driver's?
11-30-2011 03:06 PM  5 years agoPost 41
BossieB

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Hirobo hex drivers. They are colourcoded and excellent quality, they still fit with no sign of wear after 15 years

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11-30-2011 04:04 PM  5 years agoPost 42
rexxigpilot

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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.
Sounds like you may have gotten bogus MIP drivers or just a bad batch. Who did you buy them from? I have never snapped an MIP driver. I use them particularly for hard to remove screws like on a T-Rex 700 frame, even when someone uses Loctite on them (a no no!). I and many others have twisted the snot out MIP's without them breaking.

Just the other day I tried to adjust a twisted boom on my T-Rex 700N while at the field. Seems like poor alignment on Align aluminum booms is common. I didn't have my MIP drivers with me, so a friend loaned me his Align driver and several other brands he had in his toolbox. The screws were stuck hard. The hex heads started to get mangled trying to pop the screws loose with the Align and other tools to no avail. I decided to fly with a twisted boom instead of risk never getting the screws out. When I got home, I grabbed my trusty MIP driver and loosened all those now slightly damaged screws without any problem. My MIP's are now in my field toolbox.

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11-30-2011 07:21 PM  5 years agoPost 43
Chief_USN

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As with anything out there, your going to have those that have had issues with a product. Nothing is perfect. What you have to look at is the success/failure ratio. Right now there is alot more people with success than there is with failures and the ones with failures are mostly because of misuse and/or abuse. Do your research, go to a funfly or your local field and try some different brands out and make an educated decision. After working in two hobby shops, doing 30+ yrs working with tools and using a ton of different drivers for different projects, the MIP's are by far the tightest fitting drivers out there that I have ever used. Some screws are so tight, you have to almost force the tip into the head to get it to sit right. I want to say Losi's are the next tightest but it has been a while since I've used them. I have not tried the PBSwiss but have also heard good things about them. One that is really got me confused is the JR set that goes for $150. Nobody has mentioned those. Is it because they are so expensive that nobody is buying them or do they just suck? Until I find something better, and I haven't, my vote will always be MIP. I wish they made Torx drivers so I could get a set for working on my cars. I would buy them in a heart beat.

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11-30-2011 08:23 PM  5 years agoPost 44
carramrod

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I got suckered into the JR set and yes they suck.I will be replacing my driver's one at time with MIP.

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12-01-2011 01:02 AM  5 years agoPost 45
GM1

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Tallahassee, Florida​US

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On Being Old

Many years ago (Long Ago an Far Away), before Heliproz South, Ron Lund had some custom made driver sets that were available at Rick's Ron's company back then). I bought the 4 driver set which was expensive for the time but each driver, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 mm were all just a fuzz oversize and fit tightly in the hex heads. I have NEVER stripped out a head or rounded a tip and I have always been able to pull out 1.5mm set screws that other drivers wouldn't even begin to turn. I truly have been offered $100 for the 1.5 driver and turned it down as the drivers are truly irreplaceable.
I have Thorpe also and they are OK.
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12-01-2011 01:10 AM  5 years agoPost 46
Dr.Ben

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Yeah, Ron made them and custom ground each tip for a tight fit in a new set screw.

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12-01-2011 01:30 AM  5 years agoPost 47
4cyclic

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Montreal, Can. and​northern Vermont

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If you want tight fitting, try the Helidirect long tip hex drivers. Almost too tight. I have a complete set, but I just reach for my MIP
99% of the time.

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12-01-2011 01:43 AM  5 years agoPost 48
bustedmp

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Shamokin, PA

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I have been looking for a good set as well. I have had a set of the great planes ball tip drivers for a while. Happy with them, but the smaller the driver, the smaller the handle. My wife bought me a set of nice alum handle duratrax ball tips, it was a nice thought, but the 1.5, and 2.0 rounded off after a few uses. I did find that my GP drivers do have a very hard shaft and tip when I tried to straighten the 1.5 that has been bent since I've had them and it snapped right off. The duratrax handles may find their way onto the GP tips soon. I have a set of the L shaped hex wrenches that I bought from Mac Tools, and I have had no issues with them either. The ball tips on anything round out any fastener much easier than a standard tip. Ball tips should only be used for free turning bolts or screws anyway.

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12-01-2011 04:52 AM  5 years agoPost 49
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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MIP/ Thorpe. Wish I had bought them first. Stupid me bought a bunch of other kinds before I realized what is best.

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12-01-2011 05:05 AM  5 years agoPost 50
jadams

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East coast USA

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Just bought a set of thorp. 1.5,2.0,2.5 and a 2.5 ball end. $45 shipped. Same here wasted lots of $$ on other brands.

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12-01-2011 10:20 AM  5 years agoPost 51
Anthony.L

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Seattle, WA

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Hudy, or their decent knock off EDS.

I love MIP/Thorp but they must go back to the factory to get a fresh tip. With the Hudy/EDS you can order replacement tips. However with that said, I've yet to need a replacement tip in 6 years of constant use.

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12-01-2011 10:33 AM  5 years agoPost 52
carramrod

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I'm putting my crappy tool past behind me and with a new year will come new MIP tools. BTW All the other tool's in the JR kit are great it's only the hex drivers that lack quality. And the case is nice except for the giant DSM stamped on it.

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12-01-2011 02:33 PM  5 years agoPost 53
Wave

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Guys, Don't forget that a lot of the drivers out there have extended hex tips.

This allows you to grind them shorter on a bench grinder past the rounded edges....voila ! new tight driver. Don't forget to quench the tip in water as you grind, so as not to change the hardness of the tip.

MIPS may work well for the hardcore guys, but for a weekend warrior like myself the cheap drivers have never let me down.

Oh yeah...I do use the PB Bauman for industrial work.

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12-01-2011 03:05 PM  5 years agoPost 54
jschenck

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The best = "D'Best" - Actually I have a set of 6 year old Mavrikk drivers that have worked well for me. Same with a 4 year old set of Align 1.5mm-3mm

What I have found is the smaller the screw the more important it is to have a good quality driver. The 3mm stuff can be generally worked pretty well with a black steel L wrench (though it does suck to deal with). 2.5mm stuff if it's tight needs a tip made from stronger material and not rounded off.

Where it gets critical is 1.5mm and smaller. The 1.3mm (.050" ) and .9mm wrenches for the 250 - It's nearly impossible to work on a 250 without a decent set of 1.3mm and .9mm wrenches. The supplied Align black steel wrenches are horrible.

Same with the philips screws. Though I can usually use a cheap "jewlers" driver there it has to be the right size.

EDIT: I like the Mavrikk driver handles for the hole drilled in them - use one of the other wrenches to make a T handle and you can easily put enough pressure to break things - needed when getting a stuck frame screw out of a 600/700.

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12-01-2011 07:45 PM  5 years agoPost 55
Ronald Thomas

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MIP/Thorpe

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