Basic Tools Needed for DIY RC Repairs

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Getting into the world of remote controlled vehicles is now easier than ever. Yet as we all know, the inevitable will happen and something will come loose or break. The majority of the time, fixes are simple and can be performed by anyone with just a few simple tools. Here you will learn about the basic tools everyone from the beginner to experienced RC enthusiast will need to repair their RC parts and vehicles.

Needle Nose Pliers

The usefulness of needle nose pliers becomes apparent as soon as there is an issue that standard pliers are just too wide for. Chassis have many cramped spots that will require a narrow tool to gain access. Needle nose pliers are just the tool for the job.

Hobby Knife

Cutting stickers, removing flashing off plastic parts, and taking insulation off wires for soldering are just a few of the reasons hobby knives are an essential tool for the RC enthusiast. Blades are easily replaceable and quite affordable.

Hex Wrenches

Anyone that has ever put together a piece of furniture from IKEA knows that those little L-shaped Allen wrench keys are torture when it comes to assembling or disassembling something. Do yourself a favor and avoid the hassle. Purchase a set of hex wrenches. The recommended sizes for metric are 1.5, 2, 2.5, and 3mm. For standard, .050, 1/16, 5/64, and 3/32-inch.

Phillips Screwdrivers

An obvious tool for repairing RC parts. Most RC vehicles will most likely have a majority of hex head hardware but also a few Phillips style screws. A number 2 and 1 size should do it. It’s not often one will need much beyond that.

Blade Screwdriver

Blade screwdrivers are great for slotted hardware, such as for tuning a carb on an engine. They are also great for prying, such as popping servo horns off of servos or removing E-clips. It is best to find one with an extra-long shaft, making it easy to reach hard-to-reach places without the need for removing the body.

Side Cutters

Side cutters are an excellent tool for removing parts off of part trees. The blade can get right against the part for a clean separation. They are also easier to use and more precise for removing excess flashing from plastic parts than a hobby knife.

Body Reamer

A body reamer is essentially a tapered conical knife that will give a clean and precise-sized hole in a body. When it comes time to put a hole in a car or truck body, the value will become immediately apparent.

These are the majority of the tools needed for RC repair, with some others being cross wrenches, body scissors, and a camber gauge. Each of these tools will make RC repair simple and expedited without the need for excess hassle and frustration. All RC enthusiasts needs to do is add one set of each of these tools to their toolbox and any issue, major or small, should be an easy and quick fix without too much effort.

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