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Is there somewhere in Australia I can buy a set of allen keys for the SME 3012 tonearm.   Looked at ebay and one chap is asking for $35.00 postage.  Rather purchase locally.  I'm in Perth.

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Can't you just get a set of them from bunnings  - i'm  sure you will find some that fit and surely it would cost less than something with the SME brand

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Try Bunnings. Or a tool shop.  I have a set put out by Kingchrome with a screw driver type handle   but looking online but I  can't find them.   They are nice to use.   

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My set of allen keys doesn't have one size I need.   I suppose I could always construct one from a small flathead screwdriver 

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Bunnings have a set of hex allen keys on a keyring for $2.  Look on the website, it should tell you the sizes on the pic. 

It may be harder to get one if you require a torx head in a "pacific" size. 

A specialist tool shop will probably have the one you require if it's an unusual size, so try a chain like Sydney Tools (I would guess they are on your side of the continent).  There are lots of tool shops around. 

 

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Hello,

Go to electronic shops and check the size of Allen keys in the phone repair kit. You may find your Grail here ! I4m not familiar with British measuring system but I bet you can find such sized tools in Australia !

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Probably the 1/16 imperial?

 

https://www.bunnings.com.au/kincrome-25-piece-metric-and-imperial-hex-key-wrench-set_p6116772

 

But they also have another very small size set with the 1/16 as the middle size:

 

https://www.bunnings.com.au/kincrome-7-piece-imperial-mini-hex-key-wrench-set_p6120338

 

And don't try and bodgy one up from a screwdiver, use the wrong size, or use cheap keys. All you'll do is mash up the socket.

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You could take the arm (carefully) into Bunnings (or the relevant part from it if it can be dismantled) and try the range on display to get the right size (if they have it). 

 

 

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@OLLY, have a complete set that came with a Mission arm i had fitted to a Linn Sondek, spare paddles for silicone bath and grommets, turntable is long gone

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13 hours ago, OLLY said:

Is there somewhere in Australia I can buy a set of allen keys for the SME 3012 tonearm.   Looked at ebay and one chap is asking for $35.00 postage.  Rather purchase locally.  I'm in Perth.

I have got 3009 and been thinking to upgrade to 3012.

You can sell me the 3012 and pass the headache to me.I am in Perth🤩

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You need to know what size.  
 

Don’t use cheap stuff as it will round off the sides,  if you do make sure it’s made of Chrome Vanadium Cr-V as some of the the best metals for tools.

 

The kinchrome from Bunnings would be your go to:

 https://www.bunnings.com.au/kincrome-25-piece-metric-and-imperial-hex-key-wrench-set_p6116772

 

I have a set of these in hard plastic case 

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Thanks for all the help.  I'll buy a complete set, sure to find the correct sizes that way.

 

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SME stands for Scale Model Equipment Company Limited started in 1946 owned by Alastair Robertson-Aikman. SME being a UK company was using imperial standards therefore those tone arms and screws are imperial size and not metric.

I used to own a SME 3012 S2 for many years and was using my imperial set of Allen keys for the screws. I attached photo of my Allen keys, the set in yellow is imperial and red is metric. Hope this help.

SME SCREW SIZE.jpg

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4 hours ago, kwtools said:

SME stands for Scale Model Equipment Company Limited started in 1946 owned by Alastair Robertson-Aikman. SME being a UK company was using imperial standards therefore those tone arms and screws are imperial size and not metric.

 

I used to own a SME 3012 S2 for many years and was using my imperial set of Allen keys for the screws. I attached photo of my Allen keys, the set in yellow is imperial and red is metric. Hope this help.

 

SME SCREW SIZE.jpg


Can’t read the metric set but the imperial yellow set says Made in the USA……. I swear by some of the tools that are made in the USA, they don’t skip on quality… Every tool that was issued to me when I was working on Kodak, we’re bulletproof, could never wear or damaged them they were that good,  and some here would hate me say it but they were indestructible compared to the European.   
 

Edited: and that’s the best way to get a set where it has a place for each size,  you can never loose it that way!  

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22 hours ago, Addicted to music said:


Can’t read the metric set but the imperial yellow set says Made in the USA……. I swear by some of the tools that are made in the USA, they don’t skip on quality… Every tool that was issued to me when I was working on Kodak, we’re bulletproof, could never wear or damaged them they were that good,  and some here would hate me say it but they were indestructible compared to the European.   
 

Edited: and that’s the best way to get a set where it has a place for each size,  you can never loose it that way!  

Looks like we are of the same kind!! As you can see the yellow set is about 35 years old and hardly any wear. I was involved in tool making since 1967 all my life and ultra precision machining since 1980 and I like owning quality tools. Never believe in junk tools especially many of the cheap products from the East.

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Similarly for me, now that lockdown is over, I need to take this Audioquest banana plug to Bunnings to find a very tiny Allen key to unscrew this screw that got stuck….
I lost the original Audioquest Allen key that came with these over priced silver plugs. 

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8 minutes ago, att23 said:

Similarly for me, now that lockdown is over, I need to take this Audioquest banana plug to Bunnings to find a very tiny Allen key to unscrew this screw that got stuck….
I lost the original Audioquest Allen key that came with these over priced silver plugs. 

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I am assuming Audioquest is an USA product and if so again USA is imperial and you need to get hold of the correct Allen key or else risk damaging the allen socket of the screw.

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