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 Posted - August 03 2020 :  9:43:45 PM Link directly to this topic  Show Profile  Add A-A-RON to Buddylist
So currently I roster I believe 21 Tycos. Now at the moment I have 18 fully operating Tycos, 7 MU-2 motors, and 11 power torques. The others are either a dummy and two units I don't intend to run.
Now as you may guess, it's no small task to keep this fleet running and maintained, and the right tools are a must-have. So whenever I go to work on a Tyco, here are the tools I grab from my tool drawer most often.

The flathead, Phillip's, and needle noses are self explanatory. 95% of my repairs involve those 3 tools, as they are just that useful.
The Channellock snips (which are out of my main tool box and cost like $20-$40. I reccomend the $3 hardware store bin special) are great for cutting handrail wires, plastic tabs, or a random junk freight car in half if you so desire.
The scissors are good for cutting electrical wire, clear plastic sheets, and decals. The exacto knife is good for cutting open packages, cleaning up any excess plastic on kit parts, and cutting decals as well.
Now the needle is actually a very powerful tool when it comes to Tyco motors. Here you have the perfect MU-2/PT oil applicator. The needle can also be used to hold the blasted PT motor bushings and springs into their slots as you go about putting a powertorque back together again. I used to use needles for precision glue application as well, but due to their ability to rust, I have since switched to toothpicks.
Overall these are my go-to tools. I hope some of you can find use out of this post.

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Great post - I also regularly use most of those tools too, my particular go-to's are the x-acto knife, flat-head screwdriver (mini,) and wire snips.
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Looks like my tools of choice!
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I have a nearly new tool set I got from a garage sale for $5 or so
a few things are missing but I stuffed it into a train box so I wouldn't be tempted to use it
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