I get lots of questions like, “What’s the best Hex Wrench for $5” or “What’s better, MIP or Integy?.” After about 40 episodes of Tool Tuesday under my belt, I have decided to compile a complete list for you, the “Best RC Tool setup for under $100.” Now this is a set of tools that I have found to be very versatile, durable and end up saving you a ton of money in the end. I will show you the best bang for your buck for a 1/10th-1/8th scale RC vehicle.
The long debated issue of best hex wrench for the money has been solved by MIP! It’s as simple as that. Quality over price on this one, as the hex wrench set is probably the most used item in an RC enthusiast’s arsenal. Available as single units, metric, and standard sets, the MIP Hex wrenches ($28.74) are comfortable in the hand and last a lifetime.
The AKA Double Drive Nutdriver ($21.93) has made its way into my tool bag and is my daily-use nut driver. With one handle, it allows for both 5.5mm and 7.0mm with a twist of the handle for those typical 1/10th scale wheel nuts. I always like it when I have a quality tool that does two things!
The Duratrax Pit Tech Deluxe work stand ($11.99) allows you to work on almost any sized vehicle (alright, 5th scales excluded!). It collapses down for easy storage and has a handy catch all hardware bin built in.
The Schelle racing Innovations Turnbuckle wrench ($18.82) adds quality to the unique styling. With the ability to adjust almost every sized turnbuckle on the market from Team Associated, JConcepts, Lunsford and Losi and the added 12mm Team Associated shock tool gives it that “two in one check”, again!
Lexan Scissors / Body Reamer
The Dubro combo kit ($13.08) isn’t the best looking/quality kit but it gets the job done. The scissors allow for curved cutting of most lexan bodies, and the reamer gets those perfect body holes every time.
Sum it All Up
Half of the Remote Control experience is working on your vehicle and learning all of the inner workings of what “makes it go.” Quality tools make that experience enjoyable and stress free, which is why we call this thing a “hobby.” Here’s the breakdown:
- MIP Hex wrenches ($28.74)
- AKA Double Drive Nutdriver ($21.93)
- Duratrax Pit Tech Deluxe work stand ($11.99)
- Schelle racing Innovations Turnbuckle wrench ($18.82)
- Dubro combo kit ($13.08)
The above accounts for about $94.56 and is not everything you’ll ever need, but it will get you through 90% of RC wrenching. So, did your choice of tools make my list? Please feel free to share below.