I’ve been thinking lately that to help many vex teams financially, we can all compile all the 3rd party lower cost identical vex parts that are legal in the vex competition. I’m guessing it would save teams 20%-35% the money it would cost them to buy the same parts from vex. I would only say this for small parts and not the main parts such as metal and things, but things like zip ties, screws, washers and spacers (teams need a lot), pneumatic tubing and fittings, stronger and better tools, along with other parts. If you add it all up, it would make quite a difference. I request all forum members to reply with links and details of lower priced vex legal parts so we can all compile them all together for the benefit of all.
pneumatic tubing (credit to pjohn1959) which is $15 for 65 feet of tubing while vex charges $5 for 5 feet of tubing which is 5 times cheaper:
I once went to Fastenal. They gave us a 50% discount because it was school related. We bought 100 pack boxes of various screw sizes and the total still came to over $50 (with the 50% off!). It was absurd. The screws were nothing special…identical to VEX screws. I don’t know why it was so expensive, but I have never went back. I can get at least 5x the screws at McMaster Carr for the same price.
If I have the ambition I will try to find the invoice. The price per screw was astronomical. (regular screws…not fancy titanium or anything crazy) This was a couple years ago…perhaps things have changed.
Thanks, that will really help a lot! I have a question, for the 8-32 Thread, 2" Length, in the animated picture of the product, it shows it is 5/8 just round metal on the screw. What does this mean? Or is it just some thread? Here’s a picture:
It means it may be partially threaded. They use this as most applications that require a screw this long do not need the threads in that area.
I have ordered these from Mcmaster sometimes they come fully threaded sometimes not. Its a luck thing I guess.
The great part about the fully threaded ones is you can make any length custom screw you need with these handy tools. When you use these combination wire strippers it leaves the threads intact unlike other cutting methods.