at an event. If you don’t already have
a pair, it won’t be expensive to get a
decent small one for your toolbox.
While having wire snips and
strippers may seem redundant, often
wire strippers have the cutter deep
within the jaws of the stripper. The
snips are only meant for cutting,
which means if you need to quickly
extract some piece of electronics you
won’t be stuck trying to cut it out
with a knife or awkwardly fumbling
with wire strippers.
These are also quite handy for
quickly removing zip ties if you use
them to keep the wiring in your
machine in order.
If you can fit a full wrench set in
your box, go for it. If not, an
adjustable wrench is almost as good
and takes up far less space. Even if
you’ve managed to not use nuts
anywhere on your machine, it can still
come in handy as an additional de-bending or prying tool.
If you end up having to do much
of any electrical repair at an event,
you’re almost certainly sunk without
one of these.
There’s a good chance you’ve got
one of these already, and you already
know how useful they are. The
abrasive discs allow for shafts to be
quickly cut down, lightening slots to
be cut, stripped screws to be slotted,
and wedges to be sharpened.
Whether you’re using them to
hold parts in place while you’re de-bending them, using them as a
weapon lock on a small robot (do test
to make sure it will actually stop the
weapon before assuming it’s capable),
or just using them as an extra hand in
the pits, these things always come in
handy. If you can fit it, pack a few in
1/4” Bit Set and Driver
A good bit set will make sure
you’ve almost always got the
screwdriver head on hand that you
need. If you use the case, you’ll have
them all relatively neatly organized in
one spot, so when you need them
you won’t waste time digging.
If you have more room for tools
than just a small toolbox, there are
quite a few handy things that you can
bring with you. In general, these will
allow for faster modifications or
repairs during an event.
The big use of a cordless drill at
an event is removing weight at the
last minute. It’s almost inevitable that
someone will have finished their robot
at the last minute and won’t have
gotten around to checking the weight
until the day of the event. Whether
it’s you or someone else in this
position, having a drill handy is a
decent method of dealing with the
Cordless Impact Driver
If you manage to make it toward
the end of the bracket at an event,
time starts getting quite tight. An
impact driver combined with a bit set
can dramatically speed up the removal
and reinstallation of access panels
If you absolutely need to grind it
flat, cut it off, or shave it down now,
an angle grinder is the tool to use.
You can get a wide range of wheels
for them with grinding, cutting, or
sanding as the primary focus, and
when used properly it can do the job
a rotary tool would do in a fraction of
the time. Just be careful with where
the sparks or dust gets sprayed.
Whenever possible, make sure to
cover any openings into your machine
with tape or similar to reduce the
chances of metal shavings getting in
and shorting something.
As with the angle grinder, a large
hammer will often do the same job as
the similar small tool but much faster.
A large sledge or demolition hammer
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