VendorModelPriceLinkWhy do you need, how we use it, etc.Total$8,583.00
CNC Router OmioX8-2200L-USB$2,800.00 parts. We don't own this router but I have heard good things and it's own of the few that comes complete with everything you need. Add HSMworks (For Solidworks) or Fusion 360 as a CAM package and you can be cutting parts really quickly. This router has a 30" x 22" cutting area which is big enough for most FRC applications.
Manual Lathe with DRO
Precision Matthews
PM-1022V$2,400.00 cylindrical parts, such as spacers. This lathe has all the features of that we have been trying to add to our grizzly lathe for the past 5 years. Do yourself a favor and just buy this one, add a DRO (included in this price) and you are all set. You will need some tooling but not much to get turning.
3D printerPrusaMini+$399.00
The prusa is mini+ is the smaller of the prusa option but at about half the price it includes most of the features of the bigger MK3S. We own multiple Prusa Minis now and they are excellent. The interface and support make it easy to get started. We'd recommend getting two of these over buying a single MK3S.
3 Ton Ratcheting Arbor PressMSC231290$401.00 use with the 1/2" broach, MSC will do 20-30% off coupons sometimes, so you can get this even cheaper. You don't know you need this until you have one, it's seriosly great.
1/2" hex broachAndyMarkam-2204$294.00 hex pattern in the parts
Evolution Rage SawHome DepotRAGE 3$200.00Cut metal and wood stock with a straight edge. We don't own this saw, we own a more expensive horizaontal bandsaw but if we were starting over, we'd start with this, it will cut most of the stock you need and cuts wood as well so you don't need another miter saw.
Drill, Impact Driver and Reciprocating Saw SetAmazon
Milwaukee M12 Line
$200.00 12v line is great for small hands and compact spaces in the robot. We use the Mikita versions but would go with the milwaukee if we were starting over. They have right angle drills, band saws, circular saws, etc. They are also coming out with a Rivet Gun for this line, and they have dozens of other tools. The M12 line of tools is great. You can get cheaper import batteries on Amazon or Aliexpress.
California Air Tools 5510SE
$165.00 with air rivet gun
Sheet Metal Plate ShearNorthern Tool
Klutch Plate Shear
$150.00 sheet stock quickly with a straight edge. Another one of the tools you didn't know you were missing, we love our shear it makes cutting down scrap from the router so much faster.
Bandsaw - Craftsman 9in BandsawSears$120.00 is a great band saw, much more reliable than the ones sold at other big box stores. We take our bandsaw with us to most of our competitions.
Electric SmokerWal-Mart$110.00 your powder coated parts. Cheaper than a full sized over. If you have 220V in your lab try to find a used oven somewhere or build your own; If you are stuck with 120V this is a great option. We added an aluminum plate and some insulation to the bottom to get it to reach 450F for powder coating.
Powder Coat GunHarbor Freight$75.00 your parts colorful. Way better and faster than spray painting. We'd never go back to spray painting.
Drill Press - WEN 10" Drill PressAmazon$75.00 more precise holes then a hand held drill can make. Also has more torque for drilling larger holes or through steel, etc.
Air Rivet GunHarbor Freight$70.00 Rivets quickly
Drill Rivet GunAmazon$63.00 drill rivet adapter is great when working at events where you don't have your compessor for the air rivet gun. There are cheap versions that will work for a while but this version is better and will last longer.
Shop VacuumSears12004$50.00 up your stuff, haven't used this specific one but it looks like a good deal. We have a black and decker one that works well but is a bit more expesnsive.
ShelvesAmazon$50.00 in your shop for storage and can be broken down and used in your pit as well. Get another 1 or 2 if you have the money and the space.
Tailstock Drill ChuckAmazon$47.00 you to drill the center of things with lathe. So you can drill the center of shafts, etc.
Storage bins for partsAmazon$45.00 clear storage bins. We use these for pneumatics, electronics, and other robot parts. We have had them for years and they haven't broken yet.
Bench GrinderAmazonWEN 4276$43.00 steel- bolts, tools, etc
Belt sanderHarbor Freight$40.00 HF coupon, used to smooth cut edges, every part should go through the sander before going on the robot
Anderson Crimping ToolAndyMark$40.00 to crimp Anderson Powerpole connectors which we use for all our motors.
Bench viseAmazon$36.00 things for driling and cutting, bending things, etc. Mount it to a piece of wood so you can clamp it to a table, you can then bring it to events with you that way.
ScaleAmazon$35.00 isn't the model we use but it's about $15 less and has pretty good reviews. Use a piece of plywood on top of it to allow the robot to balance on it.
T-Stack 2 DrawerDewalt$32.00 2 Drawer holds screw drivers, wrenches, reciprocating saw blades, allen wrenches, etc Buy Multiple
Vise BrakeGrizzly$32.00 you ben thing aluminum and lexan on the vise. Ideally we would get a bigger box and pan vise or find a pneumatic press brake but those cost a lot more.
T-Stack 1 DrawerDewalt$30.00 1 Drawer is for larger items like label maker, measuring tapes, tape, hammers, etc. Buy Multiple
Milwakee Aviation Snips SetHome Depot$30.00 are one of our favorite tools that we own. They cut through sheets or plastic and thin sheet metal easily. We reach for these a lot and they are always in our tool bag that stays on our cart. You can get cheaper versions from other companies but we recomend this model, they have held up well and seem to be worth the few extra dollars.
T-Stack Large BoxDewalt$28.00 tool boxes are awesome for the pit or the lab. One large box goes on top of the stack
Lathe Tool SeteBay
1/2'' Indexable Turning Tool Set
$27.00 started with a cheap set of indexable cutters for the lathe, so we could buy spares and not care if we messed them. The cheap ones have worked pretty well for most of the jobs we do since they are all in aluminum or plastic.
#35 Chain BreakerVEXpro$26.00
#25 Chain BreakerVEXpro$26.00
Orbital SanderAmazonBDEQS300$25.00 parts after they come off the router
Rivet Gun 2 HandAmazon$25.00 to install pop rivets, they are lighter and faster than bolts and nuts
PWM CrimpersAmazon$23.00 for crimping .1" PWM style crimps
Air Nail/Staple GunHarbor Freight68019$22.00 and nail wood together, good for bumpers and field construction
12-18AWG wire stripperAmazon$20.00 wire strippers
6-12AWG wire stripperAmazon$20.00 wire strippers
Wrench set - Husky Combination Wrench Set (28-Piece)Home Depot$20.00 and Metric wrenches, includes some smaller wrenches in duplicate sizes which makes it easier to tighten some nuts and bolts that need the same size wrench. Having a 2nd set or at least another standard set is very useful.
Rivet Gun 1 HandAmazon$16.50 to install pop rivets. This gets into tighter spaces but needs more strength to use
Drill Bit Set (3/8" shank)Harbor Freight$16.00 20% coupon. Simple Drill bit set for 3/8" chuck drill. You will want to get more drill bits as you go.
Router BitsAmazon$15.00 have started using cheap 3.175mm(1/8") router bits for most of our aluminum and polycarbonate work. They are so cheap that we don't care if we break a bit which often happens as students are learning to use the router. Single flute bits work well for high speed routers when cutting aluminum and polycarbonate.
Ferrule Crimp ToolAmazon$15.00 to crimp ferrules on to wires for sticking into Weidmuller connectors on PDP, PCM, VRM, etc
Chain BreakerAmazon$15.00 to push out chain links and replace them with master links. Eventually move up to a Dark Soul tool for #25 or similar for #35 chain. But having one of these on hand is always helpful, we own 2-3.
Wire cutter and CrimperAmazon$13.50 Wire Crimpers with a bit of skill you can crimp just about any connector with these if you don't have the proper tool on hand. Quickly start buying the right tool because it will reduce your failure rate but you can use these if you don't have anything else.
Ratcheting InsulatedCrimping ToolAmazon$12.00 Insulated crimp connectors on to wires. These shouldn't be your most used connectors but you will use them at some point. Manual ones are fine most of the time, so you could get by without them if needed.
TEKTON 6823 2-in-1 High-Tension HacksawAmazon$12.00 hacksaw with a front handle for good price. You will still need to hack saw at some point.
IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Multi Tool StripperAmazon$12.00 multi-purpose wire stripper. Should handle most wire stripping needs. Also cuts bolts and crips insulated and non-insulated terminals
Small item storage binAmazon$11.00 nuts, bolts, rivets, crimps, fittings, etc
Large item storage binAmazon$10.00 items like sensors, motors, VP stages, bearings, etc
Soldering IronAmazon$10.00 wire together, might be able to get by without this
Heat GunHarbor Freight$10.00 sorts of stuff, heat shrink, polycord melting, etc
Drill Press ViseAmazon$10.00 to hold objects while you are drilling them, either with hand drill or drill press
Cheap socket and bit setWalmart$10.00 always end up losing sockets and bits so we just buy cheap ones. For most stuff we can't tell the difference. Home Depot and Lowes normally have $5 or $10 sets around Black Friday and Christmas too.
Step DrillAmazon$10.00 for drilling larger holes in thin metal and plastic. 1-1/8" size lets you easily drill bearing holes
Locking Pliers (aka Vise Grips)Harbor Freight$9.00 you don't buy this set make sure to buy at least two locking pliers. Look around for deals, we don't suggest the dollar store versions of these as they don't hold up as well.
Furniture DollyHarbor Freight$8.00 to move things around including the robot if you don't have a better cart. We use them to move our batteries (in a bin) and our robots at demos, etc
Countersink SetAmazon$8.00 countersinks into holes for countersunk bolts and screws
5 pc Metal File SetHarbor Freight$8.00 for remove sharp edges or making items slightly smaller.
6 Pc Precision Pliers SetHarbor Freight$8.00 for all sorts of gripping tasks.
Hex Key SetHarbor Freight$8.00 will use these a lot, getting another SAE set would be a good idea. Dollars stores often have cheap sets as well.
Combination SquareHarbor Freight$7.00 helps with 90 degree angles and laying out cuts, etc
Deburring toolAmazon$5.00 to clean the inside of holes, etc. May want to get a few of these. Cheaper on ebay or from china if you can spend money on aliexpress or banggood, etc
12 pc Needle File SetHarboar Freight$4.00 Files for small items
Automatic Center PunchHarbor Freight$4.00 to make hole locations, get 3-4 of them. Lifetime warrenty so just take them back and replace them when they fail
Stanley 66-052 6-Piece Precision Screwdriver SetAmazon$4.00 best precision screwdriver set that we own. We have bought multiple of these over the years. Cheap and work well.
6 in Bar ClampsHarbor Freight$3.00 for clamping things to a table to cut them, or holding robot parts together while you match drill them. Buy a lot of these, the more clamps the better
Flush cutterAmazon$3.00 for cutting wires and zip ties. Awesome to have a couple of these around. These ones will ship from China, Hakko brand cost a few $ more but will ship from the US so you'll get them faster
Aluminum Rafter SquareHarbor Freight$3.00 degree angles are hard, this makes it easier
Screw driversDollar Store$1.00Get a few cheap dollar store sets for now. The Harbor Frieght's pro set is only $10 for 8 good drivers but you don't "need" them yet.
GlovesDollar Store$1.00They will do the job to start.
Fabric tape measure$1.00Get it from a Dollar Store or Micheal's or Hobby Lobby. Used for measuring Frame Perimeter
Utility knifeDollar Store$1.00
ScissorsDollar Store$1.00Find some descent dollar stor scissors, look in the kitchen section.
Broom & Dust panDollar Store$1.00
ruler or yard stickDollar Store$1.00Measuring things, eventually get metal rulers, calipers, etc
Rubber MalletDollar Store$1.00Hitting things
HammerDollar Store$1.00Hitting things with a bit more force
multimeterHarbor Freight$0.00Free from Harbor Freight with other purchase. Also look for the Fluke multimeter in FIRST Choice, it's a great multimeter and normally a good deal.
tape measureHarbor Freight$0.00Free from Harbor Frieght if you wait for a coupon. Get several
Tool Bag$0.00Any bag will do, often free with other purchases. Keep on your cart for tools you need in queue, etc.