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My wife wants to buy me a tool kit for

The b-day: so far she has made great contributions

To my flight safety, CO detector, ads-b, etc.


Point is:

What is the best toolkit for the CTSW ?


What level work are you doing on it?  If only oil changes then just a few tools (oil filter wrench, drain pan, allen wrenches).  If more, then you will need a lot of specialized tools your wife cannot guess what is needed. 

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Part depends on what you are comfortable doing yourself and what you plan on doing routinely.  


I carry a small kit with me.  Metric allen keys, metric combination wrenches, 1/4" drive metric sockets, couple of straight and couple of phillips screwdrivers, side cut pliers, medium slip joint pliers, safety wire, plastic wire ties, scissors.  


If I travel alone (and therefore have good capacity for baggage), I carry mounted extra main and extra nose wheel/tire, a jack, and tools needed to change a wheel (including an aluminum jack sourced from ebay originally supplied with Mazda RX-7 cars). Note the special "bolt" that secures the wheel.  A crowfoot wrench or specially bent open end wrench is needed.  If I'm going somewhere and I don't want to be dependent on local services, this could be a real convenience.  


I do think that the key is consider what maintenance/repair you are comfortable and likely to do and then what tools are needed.  For example, if you are really planning on getting involved in maintenance of your plane, you will need a torque wrench, and quite possibly two to cover the full range of fasteners and associated torques.  Really, anything other than emergency maintenance requires a torque wrench.  


I personally prefer to purchase tools individually rather than in an assembled kit.  Money permitting, premium tools are a better investment than less expensive tools.  Although not inexpensive, you might want to look at Grainger, MSC, or McMaster for generic (not-airframe specific) tools.  


Good luck! 

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FredG - I, like you, prefer to purchase tools individually rather than an assembled kit. 


But, for me, an assembled kit in a molded box where each tool has its' place, is advantageous for a traveling kit. About 15 years ago I bought an "All Trade" kit for the motor home. This is a lower quality brand which I would not want to do any real work with. But, it has come in handy more than once. I have judiciously returned each tool to its' spot and 15 years later all is well. I certainly don't use any of these tools on the RV-12 that I am attempting to build.

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