Helpful Items to have Around


Big Tweezers

Big Tweezers

These big tweezers are perfect to have when you’re cleaning bearings. Once you’ve dropped them into your solvent to clean the oils and want to get them out without getting solvent on your hands, you can use these to get them out. Once they’re out, you can use the tweezers to hold the bearing while you wipe it with a cloth or a paper towel. I also slide the bearing down the tweezers to hold them while I blast them with compressed air to remove any debris. I can’t remember where I got these but I know I’d be lost without them.

YoYo Factory - Multitools

YoYo Factory – Multitools

The YoYo Factory – Multitool is a great item to have on your keyring. It removes bearings, axles and cuts string. Sometimes it struggles to remove a bearing if it’s really stuck on there but I use it before reaching for any of my more extreme bearing solutions.

6mm Split Pin

6mm Split Pin

If a bearing is really stuck on tight, these split pins can come in very handy. They apply outward pressure evenly so it gently expands the inner diameter of the bearing making it slightly easier to remove. They can be very hard to get in but once they’re in and you’ve got the bearing out, you can use a pair of pliers to remove it from the bearing. Be very careful when using this to remove a stuck bearing!

6mm Steel Rod

6mm Steel Rod

The last line of defense against stuck bearings. It’s just a steel rod that fits perfectly in the bearing hole. The longer the better (within reason) as the longer it is, the more leverage and force you can apply while gently upping the force as to not torque the bearing out too fast and hard as that can damage the seat. Be very careful when using this to remove a stuck bearing!

O2 Hurricane - Canless Air System

O2 Hurricane – Canless Air System

This is just an electronic canned air replacement. I don’t recommend using canned air because it’s very wasteful. Not only do they lose pressure fast but they also flood the atmosphere with nasty gasses. I love this O2 Hurricane because it has none of the environmental effects and doesn’t lose pressure after a few seconds.

I use it to clean debris out of bearings once I’ve cleaned them in solvents. Canned air can leave a slight film if it’s low quality but this works perfectly. A few seconds on each side is all I’ve ever needed. I didn’t buy the O2 Hurricane for the purpose of cleaning bearings, I bought it to clean my electronics like my laptop and other computers since that’s what it’s for but it works great for bearings too!

Finger Tape

Finger Tape

Finger Tape can be very nice when you’re starting out. If you haven’t developed a callous yet, use some of this on your throw hands middle finger to spread the force of the string across more of your skin. This wont help build the callous faster but if your finger is hurting from throwing so much, it can help stop the pain if you don’t want to stop. I got 10 rolls (which is a LOT!) for $5, shipped from China on eBay.

Yo-Yo Gloves

Yo-Yo Gloves

I don’t wear gloves a lot but on a hot day when your hands are getting a bit sticky, the string starts to burn your fingers easier. These gloves can relieve a lot of the pain caused on those days. They can have the exact same effect if you’re new and haven’t developed callouses on all your fingers yet.

The secondary use for gloves is that they allow the string to slide over your fingers faster allowing you to pull off your speedy combos faster than ever before!

Counterweights

Counterweights

I’m not really a 5a player but it’s always nice to have a few counterweights laying around. They’re cheap so a 3 pack sitting in your throw bag is well worth your time.