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

A simple set of nail clippers from anywhere is by far the best thing to cut off excessive zip tie length, the concave blade leaves a rounded edge.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

A few essentials:

Kant-Twist Clamps
http://clampmfg.com/kant-twist/

Deburring Tool
https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/05750997

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

Tenryu Alumi-Cut miter saw blades (example)

Lenox DIEMASTER 2 band saw blades with 14/18V tooth set (vendor)

Bright finish HSS screw machine length drill bits, in bulk quantities, stored in a Huot dispenser cabinet.

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

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A simple set of nail clippers from anywhere is by far the best thing to cut off excessive zip tie length, the concave blade leaves a rounded edge.
Why would you ever leave any edge on a cut zip tie? Does anyone in industry seriously use nail clippers for cutting zip ties? I think not. Flush cutters used by competent operators is where it's at.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

TS100 Soldering Iron. You can power it off a FRC battery in a pinch. If you think it's too small for heavy gauge wire, you'd be mistaken. It's even replaced my Hakko soldering station.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

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Does this work well in practice? Seems like the 1/2" hex broach is nearly as long as the "max working height" of the press, which would only let you broach thin stuff.
They make bench sized 10 Ton Hydraulic Presses in the sub $300 range. This would give you over 13" of working height.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...1793_200641793

The larger 20+ ton floor models would obviously do the job with ease if you have the dedicated space. The working range on these is beyond large.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

I'm surprised nobody has said this yet, but pliers are pretty useful. https://goo.gl/zsT2QW
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They make bench sized 10 Ton Hydraulic Presses in the sub $300 range. This would give you over 13" of working height. The larger 20+ ton floor models would obviously do the job with ease if you have the dedicated space. The working range on these is beyond large.
Yep, sure.
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Why would you ever leave any edge on a cut zip tie? Does anyone in industry seriously use nail clippers for cutting zip ties? I think not. Flush cutters used by competent operators is where it's at.
^ Please do this or just leave them uncut and tuck the tail in somewhere. The cut end that is not flush with the "head" of the zip-tie can cut you.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

So looking through this I had a few questions for supplies I have never seen or used.

What are clecos/what are they used for?

The ferrule crimps, we have in the shop and never used them. We were just asking the advantages and uses for em yesterday but didn't know the name of them.

What are 1-2-3 blocks and purpose?

The Brake Vice, how does it work?

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

What are clecos/what are they used for?

The worlds greatest temporary alignment holding tool for riveting. Used in aircraft manufacturing a lot if I'm not mistaken.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA1cMkTAgzs

Random video with demonstration. I'm not advertising that specific brand.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

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The ferrule crimps, we have in the shop and never used them. We were just asking the advantages and uses for em yesterday but didn't know the name of them.
They are used to make it easier and cleaner to plug wires into the Weidmuller connectors on the VRM, PCM, and the end of the PDP.
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So looking through this I had a few questions for supplies I have never seen or used.

What are clecos/what are they used for?

The ferrule crimps, we have in the shop and never used them. We were just asking the advantages and uses for em yesterday but didn't know the name of them.

What are 1-2-3 blocks and purpose?

The Brake Vice, how does it work?

Thanks for the help.
1-2-3 blocks are steel blocks that are ground to 1" x 2" x 3". Even $10 sets are usually close to size, squareness, and parallel within 0.0003". The blocks are made with various hole patterns but the most common is a combination of 23 tapped and clearance holes.

There are thousands of uses but they are mainly used for workholding setups. You can use the blocks as spacers or put a bolt in one of the tapped holes for a easy machinist jack. They can also be used with small strap clamps for holding small parts while sanding or cutting. Here is an example. At work I will occasionally stick a mag base to the large face and use it as a quick comparator. I doubt too many people are surface grinding in FRC but they are used a lot for blocking in material or parts on a magnetic chuck. This is a example setup I used when bending a few stainless rods. Adding two cap screws to the 1-2-3 block allowed the rods to stay perpendicular to the brake.


A vise brake is pretty much just a miniature press brake that can be put on a bench vise. The grizzly version just temporarily attaches to the jaws using magnets and you simply tighten the vise to increase the amount of bend in the material.
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Re: The tools you can't get through FRC build season without?

Impact driver. Once you have one, you'll wonder how you got by without it.

Portable bandsaw. A lot more useful than you might think.

Angle grinder. In addition to cutting and smoothing ferrous metals and cleaning welds, it's also probably the fastest and most satisfying way to remove excess length from wood screws or cut any iron/steel fasteners that are stuck or otherwise unremovable. Get a paddle switch, and ideally, a grinder designed for cutting. Metabo has a good video on grinder safety.

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