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newbie pinball toolbox


By bleach

5 years ago



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#1 5 years ago

I recently purchase my first pin (Addams Family).

Can someone suggest tools that every pinball owner should own? I've purchased cleaning supplies & the magnet fuse kit.

What tools do you have in your toolbox??

Thanks!

-Brian

#2 5 years ago

There are a LOT of threads on this topic. Use the Pinside search to get options.

PinWiki too: http://www.pinwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=General#Tools_of_the_Trade

faz

#4 5 years ago

I always start w\ my trusty 6-in-1 screwdriver (link below). It handles pretty much any playfield screw, nut, or post in one handy package.

Titan Pinball's Little Box of Calm is also handy at preventing expletive laced tirades when you can't seem to find that nut\screw\washer that you dropped.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_239374-16878-60223_4294857616__?productId=1067893&Ntt=6+in+1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3D6%2Bin%2B1&facetInfo=

http://www.titanpinball.com/products_detail.php?ProductID=107

#5 5 years ago

Whatever you buy, ALWAYS opt for magnetized.

I have both magnetized screwdrivers and hex wrenches. I can't tell you how many times I've lost nuts or screws in the playfield wiring because I wasn't using magnetized tools.

Get them. Trust me.

#6 5 years ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

Whatever you buy, ALWAYS opt for magnetized.

This is the best advice you can get.

#7 5 years ago

Some tools I find that are absolute must haves

Switch adjustment tool
http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=1518

Magnetic bowl (you can get these at hardware stores)
http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=1958

telescoping magnet tool (also at hardware stores)
http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=1865

wire strippers
http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=2505

Others include (no links)
Decent Soldering iron
Decent solder sucker
Decent Digital multimeter
Good set of Allen wrenches
Vice grips

#10 5 years ago

I am NOT a fan of the wire stripper indicated here. YMMV

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/wire-stripper-recommendations

faz

#11 5 years ago

I just posted a follow-up. It seems I forgot to do so earlier.

#12 5 years ago

1/4" and 5/16" magnetic nut drivers are by far the most used tools in my kit. You will need several tools but these would be first on my list.

#13 5 years ago

If you watch the Harbor Freight ads, you will find the magnetic parts dish as a "freebie" every now and then. Also you can almost always count on seeing an LED flashlight popping up as a giveaway too.

Myself, I like to wear gloves when I am cleaning just because there is always a sharp metal object you will run your finger into or over while buffing or cleaning.

And of course, you will need a decent level & maybe an inclinometer. These days, both of those can be replaced by a phone app.

#14 5 years ago

Mini-screwdrivers; like the ones that Bob Roberts gives for free in his arcade parts orders that have the little pocket clip on them (aka "the eleventh finger"). Indispensable in philips and slotted versions.

I would also submit, that although it might be up one level from "newbie", a decent pair of molex crimpers (and familiarizing yourself with different molex connectors and headers). With pinball, it's only a matter of time before you need to replace a connector.

#15 5 years ago

I tend to lose my tools. So I had to get what I call my Pinball Caddy to roll around the house since my pins are divided between 3 rooms. I just roll it from pin to pin and then when I am done I compact it and roll it under one of my Wide Body pins. holds everything, from wax, polish rags, solder station, desolder gun..... Parts, rubbers, LED's.... and everything else I need.

Home Depot

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#16 5 years ago

Thanks for all of the great advice!

#17 5 years ago

I second that. Thank you guys for tips and links.

#18 5 years ago
Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

I tend to lose my tools. So I had to get what I call my Pinball Caddy to roll around the house since my pins are divided between 3 rooms. I just roll it from pin to pin and then when I am done I compact it and roll it under one of my Wide Body pins. holds everything, from wax, polish rags, solder station, desolder gun..... Parts, rubbers, LED's.... and everything else I need.

Home Depot

Nice, Going to look into that toolbox!

#19 5 years ago

And BagAJellyDonuts has to be the best name on Pinside.
Winner.

#20 5 years ago

I have a different approach to my tool box. I have a toolbox of fixed size (normal carry size). If I can't fit a new tool in the box, something has to go.

I don't need 30 screwdrivers...and if I had 30, I still could not find the one I need because I would pull the other 29 out first.... EVERY FREAKING TIME

I have more tools in my workshop, but surprisingly I rarely leave my box to find a tool I need. Furthermore, when I go to a friends house to help with a project of theirs (again not pinball), I take my pinball tool box with and almost always have what I need.

faz
My 2ยข.

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#22 5 years ago

Welcome! Nice first game... Great advice here so far. Still transitioning from "new" status (feels that way at least) and currently restoring my 3rd machine. I do think the answer depends on how many pins you plan to own and whether or not you plan to shop, restore, or just play. If you are in it to win it, a couple things pop into my head (some of these aren't really for a "toolbox"):

- A hex drill bit extender is super handy (lots of hard to reach areas)
- Also, I hate myself for not currently owning/making a rotisserie (again, depends on how many games & what you plan to do with them)

Off-topic, but a work space separate from your gameroom is really nice if you have that option: workbench, drawer system for parts, etc. I have a workbench for soldering and small jobs but do a lot of work in my gameroom, which leads to parts everywhere.

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