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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

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They often come as sets of a square and hex The hex block is useful as a quick and dirty index for milling hex flats into round stock or working on multiple faces of hex shaft.

You can get 5c collets in various size hex bores. Super handy in both the closers and the lathe, if it has a closer of its own.
Here is a video explaining how to use collet blocks to make a hex shaft.

https://youtu.be/DzWolYW_MKc
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

Was reminded about this thread checker tonight. Comes in very handy to figure out which bolt is needed for a part. It's much eaiser to use then a normal thread gauge. We keep it tied to our toolbox.

Nut & Bolt Thread Checker (Inch & Metric) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003FJW0GK..._luaeAbF1XV491
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

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Or this for maximum portability and/or power outages.

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We have two 20V Dewalt drills and an impact driver that I can't imagine not having, as well as a few other much-less-often-used Dewalt 20V tools. We use them so much that it is easier to get the students into the habit of putting these batteries on the charger when we leave than the robot batteries. OBTW, is the Dewalt 20VMax circular saw a piece of junk or am I using it wrong?

Yes, we have a portable band saw, and use it quite a bit. It reminds me that a bench vise is essential! Using a portaband requires a bench vise or at least a buddy.
+1 to the vise for the portaband. Not sure about the DeWalt 20V circ saw, but I have the 5 1/2" 18V Ryobi, and I find it somewhat underpowered. It will cut a 2x4 on the deepest setting, but just barely.

Ideally, you should have more than two cordless drills. I'd recommend at least six, and twice as many batteries.

Some things I forgot in my first post:

Dremel/rotary tool - good for tight spaces, precision work, and smaller parts. Maybe consider a die grinder(oversized Dremel) for any heavy work or weld cleaning in tight spaces.

Oscillating multi-tool - Versatile, and also good for tight spaces/precision. Better for sanding flat surfaces than a Dremel. Also good for cutting where you can't really fit another type of saw or cutting tool.

Air compressor and air blow gun - A surprisingly effective cleaning tool, especially for an area too small to get a vacuum cleaner into.

Portable Shop-Vac with 1.25" hose - Better for cleaning the corners and other small spaces of robots than the 2.5" hose. Also consider a micro cleaning kit.

Junior hacksaw - Again, good for tight spaces or to avoid the weight of a full size hacksaw if it's not necessary. Tip: hacksaws are great for cutting pool noodles.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

Anyone have a preferred vendor for rivets in bulk? Our current process of just reordering a couple more boxes from McMaster sometimes leaves us with a couple of days without rivets if we don't order in time or we go through rivets faster than we think. Sorry if I missed a solution already provided in this thread.
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Fastenal?
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

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Fastenal?
Unless I am comparing the wrong sizes, Fastenal is about twice as expensive as McMaster.
I was hoping someone knew if "rivetsonline.com" or something like it where you can get 5000 rivets for half the price as the same amount from McMaster still delivers quality rivets.
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We used Hanson Rivets last year, both for a bulk purchase of rivnuts and aluminum rivets and a special order of copper ones to fit the steampunk theme.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

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Anyone have a preferred vendor for rivets in bulk? Our current process of just reordering a couple more boxes from McMaster sometimes leaves us with a couple of days without rivets if we don't order in time or we go through rivets faster than we think. Sorry if I missed a solution already provided in this thread.
We used http://www.blindrivetsupply.com/ for our last two big orders. Did 6500 rivets (4 different grip ranges) for ~$140.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

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We used Hanson Rivets last year, both for a bulk purchase of rivnuts and aluminum rivets and a special order of copper ones to fit the steampunk theme.
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We used http://www.blindrivetsupply.com/ for our last two big orders. Did 6500 rivets (4 different grip ranges) for ~$140.
Someone else also recommended blindrivetsupply, thanks for the suggestions!
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