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Offline DB10

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2015, 06:18 AM »
I first came across square drive in New Zealand, they seem to be very common there and I really got to like them.
 In the UK we would always use Spax screws if we could, excellent quality screw.
 In Aus they do seem to be very behind the times when it comes to screws most just sell Phillips and not very good quality ones at that. I have tried everywhere in Aus to get Spax Screws without any luck, even on line, the choice is very limited and then you got the added cost of postage.

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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2015, 08:06 AM »
I was on board with Robertson screws, but then I got an impact driver with crazy power, and the bit sticks quite a lot. So I would like to try torx now.

Trouble is, I live in a small town, and all they sell by the pound are Phillips. It might be many many years before they get Torx here in the land that time forgot.

The internet is your friend.  You can order whatever screws you want there I hear.  [thumbs up] [poke]

Peter


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Offline Cheese

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2015, 08:40 AM »
You can buy all the GRK Screws you want here

Willy, thanks for the link. I didn't know they could be purchased on the internet.

Previously I had to go from local source to local source to find the size, material and configuration I needed. PITA

Offline Laminator

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2015, 10:05 AM »
I guess I'm just an oddball but I prefer Phillips and have zero problems with them, as long as it is a quality industrial screw and not the soft garbage hardware store variety.

I despise square drive because of the bit sticking in them is worse than annoying.

I never bought any torx but I regularly  have  to back many of them out (as well as square ones) to reposition (fix) misaligned millwork.  The torx screws I've dealt with seem to work well except the head is on the large side which causes problems when a proper countersink is not used, which I see often.

Using an impact, the expensive phillips screws that I use are totally easy to drive and the bit never sticks or cams out and they don't break.

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2015, 10:15 AM »
   I think the head size will depend on the brand to some degree. I have found the GRK R4s to actually be a bit smaller head diameter than many others.  Probably also depend on the intended use of a particular screw type as well. I have seen another brand ( I forget the name, I used a box and they were also good screws) of torx 'deck' screws in the big box store  that clearly has a somewhat larger head.

Seth

Offline BMH

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2015, 10:19 AM »
GRK screws for 90% of my work. I framed up 3 temporary structures using 2x4 and GRK screws over the last year using the same screws and recycling most of the wood.That means screwing in and out the same 3" plus inch screws with no effect on the head or screw. Being self taping helps the process along nicely. That is quality and I do like their cabinet screws and R4.

Offline pettyconstruction

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Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2015, 10:34 AM »
Torx 20-25
I think it would be nice if all heads shared the same tip,but I'm dreaming.
Grk gets my vote,then spax,then square drive .
Chuck
« Last Edit: March 26, 2015, 10:45 AM by pettyconstruction »

Offline deepcreek

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2015, 10:46 AM »
I've been a big fan of square drive for a long time.  I find that when the bit starts sticking it is either "worn out" or I am over torquing.

I also really like SPAX and GRK star drive.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2015, 11:33 AM »
GRK screws for 90% of my work. I framed up 3 temporary structures using 2x4 and GRK screws over the last year using the same screws and recycling most of the wood.That means screwing in and out the same 3" plus inch screws with no effect on the head or screw. Being self taping helps the process along nicely. That is quality and I do like their cabinet screws and R4.

Along the same lines of the BMH post, I've found Torx screws to be the best for cement form work. The drive recess doesn't seem to fill with cement as readily as the Robertson drive recess. And even when the recess does have cement in it, you can just "jab" the Torx driver into the recess and it grips good enough (because the bit is flat on the bottom and the edges are sharp) to remove the screw from the form. Some of the screws I use on cement forms have been re-used 15-20 times and they still work, now that's value added. 
« Last Edit: March 26, 2015, 11:41 AM by Cheese »

Offline Greg Powers

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Re: Your favourite Screw Drive Style
« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2015, 11:50 AM »
Torx are great when using and impact driver, virtually NO cam out.
Greg Powers
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