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Really good nut drivers?

Post by Flounderguts » Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:22 pm

Anyone know of a source of really good quality metric nut drivers? I'd love to find something with hollow shafts and minimal face relief for installing nuts on jacks and pot shafts.

Advice? Tips? Ideas?
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Post by Flounderguts » Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:30 pm

Yeah, sold out everywhere....
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Post by sduck » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:36 pm

I've 3d printed a few of those, like the ones linked above. They're not very durable. The best ones you can get - https://www.kleintools.com/catalog/nut- ... ts-7-piece
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Post by huffnPuff » Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:05 pm

Flounderguts wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:30 pm
Yeah, sold out everywhere....
They seem to be available from the maker in NZ. These are molded, not printed, and are supposed to last longer.

https://peperspedals.bigcartel.com/prod ... et-sockets


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Post by teleport » Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:21 am

Wiha 34194
https://www.wihatools.com/softfinishr-n ... -piece-set

A lot of the time though, for pots and switches - instead of a tool with a handle, I'll often just use a deep socket from a ratchet set. (Craftsman or Snap-On style with the square lug). Seems like the absence a of handle allows a bit more control (helps finding threads), and also helps avoid overtightening. If there are a ton of parts I'll mount the socket on an electric screwdriver that has a clutch and set to a low torque value, (have found it's easy to overdo it on some panel controls, especially toggle switches). That said, those plastic drivers above look great, subscribing to their re-stock notifications.

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Post by the bad producer » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:33 am

I really like adding paper masking tape to the top of the metal ones and not having more plastic junk - win/win situation!

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Post by hamildad » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:38 am

I thought I had invented the masking tape when screwing nuts idea..

It’s a great solution.
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Post by lasesentaysiete » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:45 am

I use this: https://www.reichelt.com/de/en/tubular- ... 98098&&r=1

One end for 3,5mm jack nuts, the other for potentiometer nuts.

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Post by Graham Hinton » Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:18 am

Wera 395 HO series

Draper "Go Through" (previously called Vortex) socket sets--hard to find the 13mm drive ones, but highly recommended.

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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:27 am

the bad producer wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:33 am
I really like adding paper masking tape to the top of the metal ones and not having more plastic junk - win/win situation!
if you use enough torque to break a plastic socket then you already damaged the guitar pedal.I would rather have the tool fail first to tell me that I suck at tightening bolts. that tape will wear away. constant maintenance. adhesive leaking out onto the guitar pedal. good tools don't require constant maintenance or adhesives that are not set.
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Post by the bad producer » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:42 am

EATyourGUITAR wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:27 am
the bad producer wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:33 am
I really like adding paper masking tape to the top of the metal ones and not having more plastic junk - win/win situation!
if you use enough torque to break a plastic socket then you already damaged the guitar pedal.I would rather have the tool fail first to tell me that I suck at tightening bolts. that tape will wear away. constant maintenance. adhesive leaking out onto the guitar pedal. good tools don't require constant maintenance or adhesives that are not set.
If you break a plastic socket you've done more harm than that, that was my point.

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Re: Really good nut drivers?

Post by Flounderguts » Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:47 pm

Hmmm...might be time to make or modify a tool or two.

What I really dislike is that most drivers/sockets have a relief to make it easier to slide onto a nut or bolt. But jack nuts are so skinny (and often have their own relief) that there is a minimum of face engagement, so the tool tends to slip. I could take a grinder to a socket, but I was looking for a more elegant solution. I wonder if there are Nylon 66 nut drivers or something like that?
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Post by BartBral » Fri May 01, 2020 5:15 pm

I have the tendency of driving people nuts... can I be of any help? :hihi: :help:



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Re: Really good nut drivers?

Post by synth.void » Fri May 01, 2020 5:22 pm

Exploding shed has their own 3D printed drivers. You can find them in the tools section. I haven’t tried them though.

They look like this:

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Re: Really good nut drivers?

Post by Synth Con Meo » Fri May 01, 2020 8:07 pm

I bought a set of these: Rocket Sockets. I've only used them on one project so far but they worked great. It shows that they are out of stock right now though.
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