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    Default Very Small Allen Keys

    I have one job replacing a trigger mechanism on a Mig welder for which I need a very fine Allen Key. The ones I have go down to 1.3mm and this looks to be one size smaller than that.

    Autobahn have a kit that has a 0.9 and 0.7 hex keys but it is $39 which seems a waste for just two keys that I will use once.

    Does anyone know where I can get very fine Allen Keys from?
    I've tried the following with limited success:
    Bunnings; Repco, Supercheap, Autobahn (see above) and the Jaycar website (which I thought would have been a shot but no luck).

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    Hobby shops? Slot cars places?

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    I have a "Dick Smith 30pc Mini Bit Set" which is a screwdriver format set with hex bits down to 0.7, 0.9, 1.3, etc

    I bought it because it also has Torx bits from T4 to T20

    http://dicksmith.com.au/product/T633...et-with-handle

    If you are somewhere near the Northern Beaches you can borrow mine.
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    Guitar shops have 0.050" hex keys.

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    G'day Kevin,

    try a "proper" tool place - alltools, total tools, etc. Google tools and your suburb you should find a few - they will also have single size screwdriver type drivers, at much the same price though as the sets you talk about, however, they'll be made of the right stuff.

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    You can also try an electronics store.
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    G'day,
    have you tried Parklea Markets, or your local market, they might have some el cheapo ones. There is a hardware type stall at Parklea that has an odds bin, used and second hand stuff.
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    Parkleas not a bad suggestion. I have bought some off eBay today but they'll most like be a week or more away.
    I'll see what happens over the next few days.the family might like a trip to the markets - I might get brownie points!

    I usually buy a few odds and ends from the Indian hardware store on the "East side" of the markets (I think).

    I seriously thought Jaycar on sunny holt rd would have some, but not according to the website. Redhotelectric - Jaycar is a specialist electronics store over here.

    Pug206gti - Parklea is the nearest markets to me, I'm not that far away from you.

    Michael - thanks for the offer but I'm no where near the northern beaches. You came to my place to look at the blue R5 one time before I sold it. It has been sold twice over now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post

    Michael - thanks for the offer but I'm no where near the northern beaches. You came to my place to look at the blue R5 one time before I sold it. It has been sold twice over now!

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    Umm... did I? Goodness, I must be seriously demented ! (Or maybe it was a different Michael )

    Well, you could always pick up the set I listed at any Dick Smith for $20.

    And Hotrodelectric, Dick Smith is also an electronics store, established many years ago by the famous "Electronic Dick" , though lately it has degenerated into just another appliance store.
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    G/DAY Kev
    Try a bolt and engineering supply they sometimes sell single allen keys
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    Lee Bros., Parramatta, but they're probably closed until early new year.

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    I recently bought an iPhone repair tool set from Jaycar that has some tiny allen keys in it. Kit cost about $13.

    Dick Smith is just another appliance store these days with half of three fifths of bugger all for repairs. Sadly I think Jaycar is sliding the same way only going into tacky blingy shite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    I seriously thought Jaycar on sunny holt rd would have some, but not according to the website. Redhotelectric - Jaycar is a specialist electronics store over here.
    Cheers
    Oh gawd, that misspell of my name was funny. I started cracking up thinking of dead shorts and crossed wires. Anyway- I had completely forgotten about Jaycar. We don't have them here, soooo..... I was thinking more along the lines of Radio Shack as a lowest common denominator. I have access to a really good electronic components store here in San Diego (Willy's Electronics for. the. win!), but that doesn't do you much good, I'm afraid.

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    Umm... did I? Goodness, I must be seriously demented ! (Or maybe it was a different Michael )

    Well, you could always pick up the set I listed at any Dick Smith for $20.

    And Hotrodelectric, Dick Smith is also an electronics store, established many years ago by the famous "Electronic Dick" , though lately it has degenerated into just another appliance store.
    I also had zero knowledge of Dick Smith. The way you describe it, that's almost a bang-on description of Fry's Electronics. Which I don't bother with unless I absolutely must.

    I just tossed out the suggestion as a general idea, since a lot of the 'finer' tools I own came from such places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    I have a "Dick Smith 30pc Mini Bit Set" which is a screwdriver format set with hex bits down to 0.7, 0.9, 1.3, etc

    I bought it because it also has Torx bits from T4 to T20

    http://dicksmith.com.au/product/T633...et-with-handle

    If you are somewhere near the Northern Beaches you can borrow mine.
    That's a neat little set, and not stupid expensive. The pin vise for a handle is a nice touch.

    I'm assuming you guys have Harbor Freight over there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    I'll see what happens over the next few days.the family might like a trip to the markets - I might get brownie points!
    I usually buy a few odds and ends from the Indian hardware store on the "East side" of the markets (I think).
    Pug206gti - Parklea is the nearest markets to me, I'm not that far away from you.
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    is that the one with the leather bike bags ?

    Lee Bros., Parramatta, but they're probably closed until early new year.
    Is that the place that sells stainless steel nuts and bolts ?

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    Dick Smith Electronics was started with a borrowed $600 (from his missus Pip no less) and grew to become the best darn electronics store ever...those were the days when they sold good quality componants and plenty of them.

    Eventually Dick Smith sold out to Woolworths for a miserly 100 million dollars and DSE has been on a downward spiral ever since in my opinion.
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    Dick Smith has recently been sold on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    Umm... did I? Goodness, I must be seriously demented ! (Or maybe it was a different Michael )

    Well, you could always pick up the set I listed at any Dick Smith for $20.

    And Hotrodelectric, Dick Smith is also an electronics store, established many years ago by the famous "Electronic Dick" , though lately it has degenerated into just another appliance store.
    You're right, it was another Michael (but you already knew that!). The other Michael has an erily similar list of cars and is also from the northern beaches.

    Hotrodelectric - sorry for the misspelling. I don't often go back "up" when replying to check names and rely on my fading memory.

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. If I get desperate, there are two Dick Smith's each 5km away and Parklea etc just a bit farther. I'll decide whether to wait til the ebay specials arrive or bite the bullet and just get the job done over the weekend.

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    Here is what you need
    http://www.transquip.com.au/products...ET-30PCE..html
    and I recommend Transquip in WA who will ship a vast range of tools anywhere at very keen prices.
    Forget Dick Smith. He sold out just as the hobbyist interest in electronics was starting to wane. Woolies used the brand and retail outlets to shift towards the appliance market where the growth lay. That market is now fading as we buy them on the Internet.
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    Thanks Gerry.
    That's the same kit Autobahn had (at the original price).
    I've bought a $6 set off ebay from HK (made in taiwan). If I get desperate over the weekend and can't wait I'll go get the Dick Smith one Michael suggests; try the iphone one from Jaycar or head off to Parklea Markets.

    Cheers
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