It is that time of year that gifts are exchanged and we at RC Driver can’t think of any better kind of gift than RC ones. Here we decided to put together a little guide of very affordable and handy RC tool stocking stuffers that recipients will find incredibly useful and they won’t put a huge hurt on your wallet. Following are ten gift ideas that cost less than $40 from well-known RC manufactures including: Duratrax, Dynamite, Losi, Pro-Line, PROTOform and TLR.
Duratrax TrakPower TK60 60W Soldering Iron
$16.99, item #DTXR1000
There always comes a time with RC when something will inevitably need to be soldered since these vehicles have so many electronic components. Having a basic soldering iron like the Duratrax TrakPower TK60 60W iron on hand will prove to be indispensable and it is very affordable at only $16.99. It is equipped with a power “On” light, has a slender non-slip grip, heavy duty 3-prong power cord and features a replaceable 2.4mm chisel tip.
Pro-Line Tire Rubber Bands
$8.99, item #PRO629800
The most affordable stocking stuffer out of the bunch are these Pro-Line Tire Rubber Bands at only $8.99 for four rubber bands—enough to glue a complete set of tires. Use these to aid in the tire gluing process where they will hold the tire against the wheel so the tire glue can fully cure. These bands can fit on 1/10-scale buggy, truck and short course tires and even larger 1/8-scale buggy tires. They come in Pro-Line’s go-to blue color and are completed with the white Pro-Line logo.
Dynamite Ready-To-Run Startup Tool Set
$35.99, item #DYNT0500
If the person on your gift list is new to RC or they are still using the inadequate tools that came with their car or truck, consider picking up the Dynamite Ready-To-Run Startup Tool Set. Inside of the protective, zippered pouch are many of the tools needed to rebuild and maintain a RC vehicle. This is a compact set thanks to the use of a ratcheting handle to which you insert any of the included drivers. Tools include: nut drivers 4m, 5m, 5.5mm, 7mm, and 8mm, hex drivers .50”, 5/64”, 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, Phillips screwdrivers #0, #00, #1, flathead screwdrivers 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, box wrenches 3mm, 4mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, and 7mm.
PROTOform Better Edge System: Sanding Drum
$33.99, item #PRM610300
If you want the new body you spent time and money to paint and detail to look its best then you must consider PROTOform Better Edge System: Sanding Drum to help ensure it is finished as good as possible. The Better Edge Sanding Drum is the first product specifically made for RC racers to finish off the perfect wheel-well. Just use a handheld rotary tool and the Better Edge Sanding Drum will smooth out all of the imperfections left from cutting your polycarbonate body with scissors. At 1.5-inches in diameter, it’s suitable for use on many scales of body: from 1/12-scale on up to 1/8 or even off-road bodies. The Sanding Drum comes with a replaceable high-grade silicon carbide spiral sanding band, rubber anti-slip O-rings and a mandrel made from durable tool steel to prevent damage from your rotary tool’s chuck.
TLR Shock Shaft Pliers
$30.99, item #TLR99101
When assembling shocks, it is critical that you take extra care when putting a shock end on a shock shaft. Reason being is that any damage to the shock shaft, even a scratch, can make the shock leak and therefore be inconsistent. Using these TLR (Team Losi Racing) Shock Shaft Pliers will securely hold the shock shaft in place while you screw on the shock end. They are constructed out of aluminum and hard anodized. With the different openings in the pliers, they will be able to hold shock shafts with 1/8-inch, 3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm diameters.
Dynamite Infrared Temp Gun/Thermometer w/ Last Sight
$24.99, item #DYNF1055
At only $24.99, you can give someone a gift that can be key in keeping their vital, not to mention expensive, components from getting ruined. The Dynamite Infrared Temp Gun is that gift where the user can check to make sure their engine or brushless motor system is operating in the proper temperature range. For example, if you are changing up the gearing in your car or truck, heat can build up which is a sign that the vehicle may be overgeared. This temp gun is very easy to use, compact and rugged. It has a laser sight so you know exactly which component you are measuring the temperature of. It is powered by a 9V battery that is included in the package.
Dynamite Shock Shaft Pliers/Multi-Tool
$26.99, item #DYNT1260
As you can tell, the design of the Dynamite Shock Shaft Pliers/Multi-Tool is quite different from the TLR Shock Shaft Pliers and there is very good reason. As the name implies, it is able to do several different tasks thus making it super useful. Along with being able to securely hold shock shafts, this tool can also hold shock bodies without damaging or distorting them. Additionally it was designed so that you could pop the shock end pillow ball in and out and at the opposite end from the joint is a tire hole punch. Dynamite made these pliers out of aluminum and gave it a hard anodized black finish.
Dynamite Body Scissors: Curved/Straight
$22.99, item #DYN2517
Having the right tool for the job is definitely a valid comment when it comes to RC and body scissors are a great example. When it comes time to trim a polycarbonate body, you want something that can easily cut through the tough material without ruining it. Show her is a combo pack that includes both curved and straight blades body scissors. The curved scissors are perfect for trimming out wheel openings and tight areas while the straight ones can handle the straight cuts.
Losi Camber Gauge
$13.99, item #LOSA99172
There are numerous tools out there that are used specifically for tuning a RC chassis and one that can make a big difference in the way a RC car handles is a Camber Gauge like this one from the crew at Losi. Camber is the amount of angle a tire had in relation to the ground. If the camber is out of whack, it will drastically affect performance. The Losi Camber Gauge is very easy-to-use and understand. It is molded from durable plastic and ruggedly constructed so the user won’t have to worry about special handling or storage.
TLR Turnbuckle Wrench
$11.99, item #TLR99102
If you are new to RC, you may not see the value of this TLR Turnbuckle Wrench. Once you start building kits and you need to assemble turnbuckles or make adjustments to a RTR equipped with turnbuckles, you will understand. The ends of this nicely machined wrench have openings that perfectly fit over 3.5mm, 4mm, and 5mm turnbuckles. This tool is ideal for making suspension tuning adjustments of turnbuckles and will make the assembly process easier. Made from aluminum, it is lightweight yet very durable thanks to its hard anodized finish.
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