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Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

This is gonna' make tupperware removal and minor adjustments a LOT easier (and dare I say it, more fun). Instead of five different screwdrivers/hex wrenches/torx heads, just one that you "rack the slide" to switch bits.




WORX SD homepage--check out the video




and no, I'm not affiliated with Worx, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

Pete, Have you got one yet? Looks like it doesn't cost an arm or a leg either.

"Front-mounted LED light means no more working in the dark" Yeah, I do all my maintenance in the dark. Might be good to take on those long bike rides.

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

Yup. Came fully-charged. smaller than a cordless drill (which is a good thing), and it turns at the speed of a cordless screwdriver (not a drill)

I ran around the house fixing the little things I've neglected for a while, had fun with it.

Only thing is doesn't have is a torque break, so you can set it to stop at a certain point, but it's plenty controllable and I don't see it ripping through sheetmetal or anything.

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

I bought a similar dingus from Sears, but it came with no bits and I don't think the battery is as good.

The bits look to be standard 1/4" short bits, so you can customize a cartridge for your needs.

27 in-lbs is dang near perfect for Tupperware removal and installation.

The six round magazine makes it acceptable for use in New York, too, being just under the 7 round limit....

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

Laughing...until Obama takes away our screwdriver bit magazines!

Yup, it holds standard bits, so the ones I've picked up over the years are good to go.


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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

You wouldn't get that tool inside the front of the fairing of an R1200RT to remove the four screws on the side ... especially the rear ones.

I wouldn't get anywhere near my bike with one of these, as it's damage just waiting to happen.

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

Looks like a must have for a handyman.
Which I believe I am . . . NOT
OK around the house anyway cutting grass and taking out the trash
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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

Only hand tools are used on my bikes.

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

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Only hand tools are used on my bikes.
I guess I just know when to let go of the trigger.

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

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Only hand tools are used on my bikes.
yup same here, that tool might be useful to remove screws
but when it comes to replacing them I need to "feel" that they go in properly
and especially with tupperware screws that they don't tear or rip the rubber grommet,
which is real easy to do.

Also while we're on the subject of tools,
whenever I do maintenance or anything besides major repair,
I always use the tools that are in my saddlebags,
if I need to get additional tools from my garage,
that means I need to add it to my "on board" tool kit.
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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

I cut off an old screwdriver, drilled a 1/8 inch dia hole in the end, and drove in a 3 mm hex bit. That way I can feel my way into starting those tupperware screws without over tightening them and can guide the screws properly. I don't want power for starting or tightening either. The threaded holes in the gas tank are especially crucial to get right.
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I cut off an old screwdriver, drilled a 1/8 inch dia hole in the end, and drove in a 3 mm hex bit. That way I can feel my way into starting those tupperware screws without over tightening them and can guide the screws properly. I don't want power for starting or tightening either. The threaded holes in the gas tank are especially crucial to get right.
Do you have a picture of what that tool looks like.
I understand cutting the old screwdriver but to what length or clean off. Are you using it basically as a handle or affixing the 3mm at some distance into the steel. Please clarify. If you don't mind sharing.
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Don't have the picture anymore & bike is stashed 100 miles away.

It was a large screwdriver with the end cut off so that all that was left was the handle and ~ 6 inches of rod. The rod was drilled 1/8 dia by ~1 inch deep in the end using a drill press. This was just the right diameter to allow a length of 3 mm hex key stock (from hex key obviously) to be driven in w a hammer. I think I had to grind the corners off the hex key a little bit to get it started.
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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

I don't know Niel, but it sounds like from your description there's already similar tools on the market w/o going to the trouble of fabricating one.
Or were you trying to keep idle hands from being the devil's workshop?

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

With our shops - (which we of course all must justify) I can make one about as fast as ordering - and then I don't have to wait! Besides I didn't want to throw the screwdriver away even though the #3 phillips head was totally shot.
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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

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I wouldn't get anywhere near my bike with one of these, as it's damage just waiting to happen.
True. 27 inch-pounds of torque is horrendous. I almost flipped my bike over once...

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Don't have the picture anymore & bike is stashed 100 miles away.

It was a large screwdriver with the end cut off so that all that was left was the handle and ~ 6 inches of rod. The rod was drilled 1/8 dia by ~1 inch deep in the end using a drill press. This was just the right diameter to allow a length of 3 mm hex key stock (from hex key obviously) to be driven in w a hammer. I think I had to grind the corners off the hex key a little bit to get it started.
I can visualize now.
Got the picture. Thanks for the follow-up, well explained.
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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

You guys are a riot.

You really shouldn't be using a standard screwdriver, you should be using a torque wrench so you are POSITIVE that you don't over-tighten your fairing screws. Otherwise, you might ham-hand one screw and under-tighten another, and we don't want that!

Me? I don't have Popeye forearms, so something that makes removing all those screws take less than half the time is something I'm interested in.

Just sharing something I thought was neat, certainly NOT insisting that everyone use them, particularly on those trick RT fasteners...

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Just sharing something I thought was neat, certainly NOT insisting that everyone use them, particularly on those trick RT fasteners...
Yeah, just the thought of those special fasteners makes me break out in a cold sweat.

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

I'm with you Peter. Seems like people are getting cabin fever and have to find something wrong with everything.

Thanks for the post, tool looks interesting. I had a high school shop teacher many, many years ago that often said "Don't blame the tools, blame the mechanic."!

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

Pete thanks for sharing what appears to be a useful tool for all kinds of around the house applications,
I meant nothing derogitory towards you because of my personal preference for using only hand tools,

I've been involved in some kind of mechanical work my entire career,
Saddleman wrenches on high performance race cars for a living,
guys like him and me know and love tools, I've never seen a tool I didn't like (or want)

but just like you don't use pliers or visegrips to remove a bolt
I'm a strong believer in using the "proper" tool for the application

I helped a guy remove the tupperware from his LT once he
had torn everyone of the rubber bushings with a cordless screwdriver
(he is a computer guy) and wondered why he had so many rattles
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I'm with you Peter. Seems like people are getting cabin fever and have to find something wrong with everything.

Thanks for the post, tool looks interesting. I had a high school shop teacher many, many years ago that often said "Don't blame the tools, blame the mechanic."!
I've fixed many issues that were created with the use of an improper tool,
so yeah I agree blame the mechanic and his "choice" of tools.

so if you can't fix it with a hammer,
it must be an electrical problem.


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a little too much torque.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APH9-TW9cM0

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Re: Got a neat new tool for BMW maintenance--WORX SD

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Only hand tools are used on my bikes.
You might want to mention that to the guys at Max BMW

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You might want to mention that to the guys at Max BMW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UHU4ZQ2C_Q
I want one of those "Save the TaTas" screwdrivers!

It looks like it has a lot more torque than my driver, though, so it would definitely flip my bike over.

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You might want to mention that to the guys at Max BMW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UHU4ZQ2C_Q
You might want to pay attention to the special cautionary warning he gives at 9 minutes!


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