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 Post subject: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Sat 13, 2014 4:51 pm 
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Folks,

I believe that I'm breaking powdered iron tuning slugs (hex) by using a cheap plastic/vinyl tool.

Does anyone have a tool they would recommend that is made of ceramic or other non-ferrous durable material?

(Now I just have to find a source for those slugs I destroyed)
One step forward, two back ::|

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Sat 13, 2014 5:06 pm 
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I doubt if the tool is what's breaking them, more like the slug is seized to the can. That is, if the tool is the right one and doesn't have slop in the fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Sun 14, 2014 11:33 am 
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You can find on Ebay like that:

http://www.ebay.es/itm/Full-Type-8Pcs-A ... 33931bd4ef


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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Mon 15, 2014 4:41 pm 
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ariston wrote:

Those all look like just screwdrivers. The OP was looking for hex drivers. I did a search and failed to find any hex ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Mon 15, 2014 4:53 pm 
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Yes,
I was looking for hex- and going to have to stick with plastic. Even General Cement products are plastics. I found a source for replacement ferrite slugs at Nebraska Surplus and I ordered two types "red" and "white" and have no choice but to experiment with what they send me. Hopefully these will work as well as originals.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Mon 15, 2014 6:45 pm 
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I recently purchased a set of alignment tools made by "Philmore" - I only needed the "Zenith" hex tool (0.100" across the flats), but I figured the set was inexpensive enough, I may need the others someday. Disappointing - the tool I needed is poorly molded, and measures about 0.092" across the flats. It does not engage well enough to turn the slugs - luckily it did not split the slugs in the process. Good luck on finding useable tools - if you can find a set of vintage tools made in the 60's or 70's, you will probably be good to go. I have not had any luck finding anything suitable for my purposes, particularly since 0.100" is not a standard hex size. I will likely have to make my own out of Delrin.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Tue 16, 2014 12:55 am 
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epay search for tv alignment tool found many choices of sets from $8 to $80.

My sets were picked from hamfest/fleamarket sources over the years.

Walsco #580 Black pouch
may have been incomplete when I got it

GC Electronics Walsco Alignment Tool Kit Brown pouch
stuffed with whatever extra tools I have accumulated over the years,
including the ones from Heathkit for AM-FM and general coverage receivers.

COLOR TV Alignment Tool Kit clear pocket protector
Was this Radio Shack?
also stuffed with extras like trim-pot drivers and a nut-starter/extender.
On epay at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Radio-TV-Alignment-Tool-Kit-Assortment-6-pc-Set-w-Pocket-Saver-New-/111529297027?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19f7aa0483
From this collection, I found one marked GC 8606
that has two hex ends both measuring 0.0975 inch,
The tool is red plastic with one end a hex tip and thinner round shaft
the other end is a hex section of shaft ending in a small straight blade.
The center handle section is round & grooved.

I had always heard that a hard metal tool was to be avoided because it made it too easy to split or chip the core, softer plastic not as likely to do damage.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Tue 16, 2014 2:48 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Wed 17, 2014 3:16 pm 
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The old PTS Electronics (TV tuner rebuilders) made and sold an 4 piece alignment set that was fiberglass-filled plastic. Durable as hell. My dad used them for over 25 years without fail, and the hex flats are still crisp, with no rounding. I dunno where you would find them, but they are gray in color, are single ended, and have about a 2" long 1/4" splined/grooved handle. They are all about 4.5" long overall. The four tools were: standard hex for cores, a smaller hex for Asian IF cans, a square one for obscure stuff like RCA Quadrature coils, and a hex with a small chisel tip - used as a pocket tool, combining a slotted driver and standard hex in one.

I suspect that Toko or Coiltronics might even sell a hex alignment set, or offer one somehow.

Is there a market for 1/4" coil slugs? I have a drawer full, and another 1/4 LB in a butter tub.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Thu 18, 2014 10:28 pm 
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I got from a Japanese restaurant a pair of chopsticks made from a very hard plastic, using my dremmel tool I worked the point into a screwdriver. It works pretty good and it was free.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Sun 21, 2014 4:24 am 
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Thanks all.

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... and the hex flats are still crisp, with no rounding. I dunno where you would find them, but they are gray in color, are single ended, and have about a 2" long 1/4" splined/grooved handle. They are all about 4.5" long overall. The four tools were: standard hex for cores, a smaller hex for Asian IF cans, a square one for obscure stuff like RCA Quadrature coils,


I'm going to have to find the Quality I'm looking for second-hand at a hamfest or in someone's junk box.

I am SICK of cheap tools and plastic tools no matter what silly name they're given. I don't want to spend $1.50. I want to spend $20 on a tool I'm never going to have to &*^%$ with.

Mine has rounded at the end and only a part of the tool is engaging to turn the core, causing them to break. A metal hex wrench works perfectly w/o problems, and of course I can't use those for alignment.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Sun 21, 2014 9:09 am 
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Try your local Motorola or GE Commercial Radio sales & repair shop.
They should have a lot of alignment tools, as I got the "leftovers" from one and there was quite an asst. of tuning tools- all good quality too. I got the impression that maybe every radio came with a tuning tool?

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for alignment tool
PostPosted: Dec Sun 21, 2014 1:40 pm 
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trimmers should not be that difficult to turn. some tiny amount of lube should help :|


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