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01-16-2009 11:13 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Bunchkin

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A lot of people use special tools for one specific heli-related purpose like a pinion puller. Is there any other way to get the pinion off?

Also, right after i put in my new motor, ESC, and BEC, i stripped the gears . http://www.helidirect.com/product_i...roducts_id=2975 Will this tool allow me to use my current main gear's one way (the blade 400 one) and put it in a gear without a one way bearing? Or is there something similar that will allow me to do so?

And do you really need a ball link removal tool? Cant you just get it off with your hand?

I understand why you need some of these tools but the price will add up fast if you get a lot of thses.

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01-16-2009 11:22 PM  9 years agoPost 2
tryan02

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Canton, Missouri

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pitch gauge is the only really heli or RC specific tool I own. But I have always been fairly well off with my tool collection. As far as allen's screwdrivers and all the normal stuff needed. As far as changing the one way you can use any type of press I have pushed out things not heli main gear bearings I just buy them together. But my $40 tabletop drill press can punch out the best of things quite easily. Kind of a necessity is the mother of invention type thing but it all depends on your mechanical ability. I built my own blade balancer from a couple boards plexiglass and a CF rod I had laying around.

As far as pinions I strictly use grub screw ones never slipped one yet just use a dab of loctite.

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01-16-2009 11:43 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Gregor99

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Western Wa

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I started off with very little and added to the collection over time. If you can afford a big purchase up front it avoids having to go through the pain of finding out why a "special tool" is needed.

I started with a pitch gauge and some hex wrenches that I already owned. Then added to the collection though Xmas gifts and other assorted nessessity required purchases.

Most of the heli tools I own I do use. But got along without them before. A pitch gauge and hex drivers are a requirement. The rest make the hobby easier, more fun and more accurate. Here's list of tools that I regularly use. Some I had and some I built up over time.

Pitch gauge
Hex tools (I upgraded to the Align set of 4)
Small pliers and snips
Small Screw drivers
Ball link pliers
Hobby scissors
Helimax blade balancer (I used a drill bit and two cans of olives before this)
Gram scale
Digital calipers
IR thermometeres (I have two different sizes)
Digtal Volt/Amp meter
The Greaser (for packing bearings with grease)
Dremel

As for the pinion puller, I was all set to get one of those when I had an Esky pinion spin on the shaft. Luckily I was about a foot off the ground when it happened, and thankfully not inverted. Since then I've switched to pinions with a proper grub screw. That has caused a few other problems, but I'm not going back to press-ons if I can help it.

On the one way bearing puller, your call. I don't mind buying a new bearing with the main gears. I don't go through main gears fast enough that I need to start cutting costs there. It's about $5 more per gear with the OW. But that saves the labor time and the possible damage to the gear during the OW bearing replacement. Plus you get a new OW.

If this is for an HBK2, HD now sells an inexpensive main gear without the bearing. You can pop out the entire bearing along with the bearing holder from the old gear and slip it right in the new gear. Much easy than pressing out bearing.

http://www.helidirect.com/product_i...roducts_id=9861

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01-17-2009 12:04 AM  9 years agoPost 4
fenderstrat

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Aston,Pa

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And do you really need a ball link removal tool? Cant you just get it off with your hand?
I used to think the same thing,"i dont need ball link pliers",but "MAN WHAT A DIFFERENCE" once you use them you wont go back,and once you get into other helis it REALLY helps,like tail servos mounted in the frames

I have collected a nice set of tools over the last year,the better the tools the better the set up,just got a nice set of digital calipers,and they came in handy 3 days later for setting the clutch play on the 50,0.3 mm is hard to see or feel

with a good set of hex drivers,screwdrivers,ball link pliers,a digital scale,calipers(no need for digital,but its NICE )and a pitch guage,you can really get a nice flying heli

GREGGOR,thats a really good list,as of now i have everything but the GREASER,and my helis will be ready for spring

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01-17-2009 12:14 AM  9 years agoPost 5
Gregor99

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Western Wa

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just got a nice set of digital calipers
You know its funny about the calipers. I've always wanted a set and figured I'd use maybe once a month, if that. But now that I have them, I've ended up finding all kinds of uses for it. Very handy.

Its the reverse for the IR thermometers. I thought I'd use them all the time, every flight. But once the baselines have been set, and the typical temps are known, I don't end up using them unless something feels unusually hot. Which is rare. Occasionally I'll check pack temps but often times I know what it'll be before I take the reading.
GREGGOR,thats a really good list,
Thanks!

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01-17-2009 12:36 AM  9 years agoPost 6
fenderstrat

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Aston,Pa

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same here,I've used the calipers for making sure the paddles are the same distance from the hub,making sure linkages are the same lenght(when necessary),checking screw/bolt lenght....very handy

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01-17-2009 01:21 AM  9 years agoPost 7
blade blaster

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N.C USA

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I got a good collection of "rc specific tools",alot from heli direct wich i'm very pleased with.Makes rc life alot more pleasant and they didn't break the bank!

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