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1/4″ socket wobbler modded to fit 1/4″ hex drivers and bits.

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by AK Adventurer, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. AK Adventurer

    AK Adventurer Ice, Ice, Tigre

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    OK, so, There are a lot of times I need a screwdriver in a small hard to access place.. my bit kit has what I need usually, but working out clearances usually requires a wobbler/flex adaptor.

    Problem is, No-one makes a wobbler in 1/4" hex drive. Nadda. Zilch!
    I've designed one to have 3D printed, but $$ is also at zilch right now, so, on to modds! :)

    Started with a Powerbuilt 1/4" socket drive wobbler.

    Square hole ground lightly to accept hex bits, and magnet added to aid retention.
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    Oposite square end ground to fit into hex openings. Magnet also added.
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    This is how I was doing this before, a female square to female hex adaptor on one end, and a male square to male hex adaptor on the other. It came out rather long, and would hinder the help that the flex gets you, it usually needs to be as close to the bit/fasterner your driving as possible. It was Too long.

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    You can see here how much shorter it is now, without needing the adaptors.
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    And amazingly, I stayed within specs for it to still fit snugly onto/into 1/4” square drive tools/sockets.
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    And, added a magned to my bit kit case to keep the tail end from flopping around in storage/transit.
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    G.
     
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  2. OreoGaborio

    OreoGaborio Loaded Pockets

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    Very nice!
     
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  3. WyldStyl3

    WyldStyl3 Empty Pockets

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    Snap-On makes one. I have one, model TMU8. Quick Google search:
    http://www.eastcoasttoolsma.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=11999

    There's also one of these:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Snap-on-1-4-drive-universal-shallow-socket-size-1-4-inch-12-point-very-nice-/380667043180?pt=Motors_Automotive_Tools&vxp=mtr&hash=item58a1861d6c
     
  4. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

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  5. ncc123

    ncc123 Loaded Pockets

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    Why not use a Hex bit flex drive?
     
  6. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

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    Biggest reasons are
    1. size
    2. in some cases the amount of torque you are applying can damage the flex-shaft.
    ATB,
    Sam
     
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  7. AK Adventurer

    AK Adventurer Ice, Ice, Tigre

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    Yeah, what he said ^^^^ and, I've never found one of those flex things that wasn't super spring loaded, and takes both hands to hold it bent, and hold it with enough force to keep the bit in the screw, and let you turn it by hand... In a drill with a lot of space they are great, otherwise they suck.
     
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    AK Adventurer Ice, Ice, Tigre

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    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

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    Didn't you read the pamphlet? Pretty sure it explicitly states: "wolves hunt." ;)

    The search term I put into Google was "universal joint bit holder" and pretty as you please, the VIM pops up near the top of the list.
    You're quite welcome. When you're broke, you help other people spend money. :Juggle:

    I really do want to add that to my bit kit, somewhere down the line though.

    ATB,
    Sam