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Recommended Tools

Work in Progress

We're working on putting together a compact, yet exhaustive, list of the tools you'll want to have on hand for hacking on robotics hardware.

In the meantime, we hope this can serve as inspiration for what you ought to have on hand. And feel free to check for / reach out with any questions on the Discord server (found at the bottom of the page).


  • Mini screwdriver set
  • Standard size screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Soapstone


Wire tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Tweezers


Wrenches / Soldering tools

  • Crescent wrenches
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder, solder wick, tip cleaner


Allen keys / files

  • Allen wrench set
  • Files


Electronics components

  • Resistors, various resistance
  • Capacitors, various capacitance


Electronics consumables

  • Breadboard
  • Jumper wires
  • Spooled wire
  • Electrical tape


Advanced hand tools

  • Calipers
  • Channellocks
  • Wire crimpers


Scissor lift

A great way to develop with the Amiga, especially when working on control applications, is to put it up on a scissor lift. This way you can test measuring wheel odometry, controlling the robot, and more without concern of running into anything or pulling out any cables you may have connected.

We tend to use double scissor lifts, with a 770 lb capacity. But what's most important is that the table is long enough to lift the amiga from both crossbars.