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06-23-2014 06:16 PM  3 years agoPost 1
Trickycopter

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Hi all I am thinking about getting a soko heli tool was wondering if it is worth the $65 dollars. I am using the True Blood swash leveler and a digital pitch gauge now. Any thoughts pro's or con's would be greatly appreciated. Thanks have a great day.

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06-23-2014 07:13 PM  3 years agoPost 2
ssmith512

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Hi all I am thinking about getting a soko heli tool was wondering if it is worth the $65 dollars.
Only you can answer that question.

But for me, no, not worth it. I would rather spend that money on fuel as my method of setting up a heli has been working for me for years.

Others enjoy the Soko tool and its features and "precision".

Steve

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06-23-2014 08:05 PM  3 years agoPost 3
ScottyB410

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Soko
I bought this thing when it first came out. It is by far, absolutely, the most accurate head set-up tool anywhere.

I was amazed. I thought I had my head set-up correctly but this thing showed me how far out I actually was. Further, it is great for "teaching" your FBL system what true level actually is.

Drop me a line if you want to know more.

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Scotty

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06-24-2014 02:06 AM  3 years agoPost 4
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no, you don't need it,, or, I will say after 12 years of flying I don't need it,

a good simple trick, when using the old tried and trued mechanical Pitch Gage, is to set your Gage at the Pitch you want, say 11 degrees, you then mount the Gage on your blade and set Positive Pitch,
now the trick is when you go to set Negative Pitch you remove the Gage but do not readjust it,, you simply flip the Gage upside down and remount it on the blade backwards, this assures you that you will get the same pitch Positive and Negative

another simple trick,, 9 years ago I started to use a set of Calipers when making up my Linkage, I measure end to end from inside the Ball Holes, I lock the Calipers, then make up the next corresponding Linkage and use the locked Calipers as a Measuring Jig, I do this with all Linkages,, I then balance my blades and use a sticker to get the balances between the 2 blades closer than what they are from the factory, and in the 9 years I have been doing this I have not had a Blade Tracking problem

but then again if you want the thing go buy it

Jim
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06-24-2014 02:30 AM  3 years agoPost 5
kamaroman540

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Maple Shade N.J

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Swash tool and pitch gauge
That's all u really need-some one told me that there buddy has one-so he redid the heli set up with the soko and seen no difference in how the heli flew from the other set up tools he used.

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06-24-2014 03:07 AM  3 years agoPost 6
Scott1115

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Greenwich, CT

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As others said, you do not "need" the tool. I've used the swash level tool and pitch gauge and it works well BUT.... the SOKO tool showed me how far off I really was (and I am super anal about my set up). This tool will get your head set-up balls-on.

Do you need it = no
Does it do an extraordinary job = yes
Is it much more $$ than a good swash tool + pitch gauge = no
Would I purchase it again = yes

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06-24-2014 03:14 AM  3 years agoPost 7
whoamis

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If it depends on a gravity level, I really have trouble believing it's more precise than a digital blade-clip level.

oops, bounced it!

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06-24-2014 03:28 AM  3 years agoPost 8
Trickycopter

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Thanks all I think I will put the $65 in on a better charger. My heli's fly smooth and set up to my liking.

Synergy E7 AMA member Team Old Farts citizen 401 www.trickycopterrc.blogspot.com

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06-24-2014 03:53 AM  3 years agoPost 9
Gearhead

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well the thing is, know-matter how well it sets up your Head you may have to change your TX setting once your in the air , know what I mean

Jim
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06-24-2014 05:30 AM  3 years agoPost 10
Ace Dude

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In my experience the best bench setups require the least amount of field setup.

  

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06-25-2014 05:18 PM  3 years agoPost 11
Clearance

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Rain Forest of Western Canada

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I really like the Soko's accuracy; After nearly 30 years of flying I haven't developed a more accuracy method. The drawback is that it's very time consuming. Not everyone has the desire nor the patience to setup their helis nearly perfectly.

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06-26-2014 02:26 AM  3 years agoPost 12
eobie

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I have it... I don't like it, or should I say I don't want to invest the time to learn how to use it. I'll sell it for a fair price. Shoot me a pm.

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